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Social Corner: Fowler, Thomas & Kaufman take Oakmont

| 05.16.2016 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all of the new social media outlets, mainly Snapchat, it’s easy to keep up with many of the younger PGA Tour players. The world started to take notice when Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman shared their spring break trip to Bakers Bay. Ever since, the golf world has taken notice that these guys share a lot of what they do on a day-to-day basis….

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The Vero Beach Golf Scene

| 04.21.2016 | 0 Comments

In March of 1969, the golf development visionary E. Llwyd Eccelstone acquired 3,200 acres just north of Vero beach proper that encompassed a vast swath of beachfront, Indian Riverfront and over a thousand acres of wetlands. Despite Vero’s old Florida feel that was literally and figuratively miles from Miami and the Palm Beaches, Eccelstone’s trailblazing work at Lost Tree Village in North Palm gave instant credibility to the John’s Island….

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The Horseshoe Green

| 03.24.2016 | 0 Comments

While playing Forsgate Country Club a few years ago, we first discovered the amazing ‘Horseshoe Green’ design that resembles a crater-like shape in the middle of the green. Charles Banks incorporated the horseshoe green design on the 12th green at Forsgate, a version of the famous “Short” design found on many C.B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor layouts. Recently, we discovered a photo of the original 18th green (above) at the Greenbrier’s….

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Fox Chapel Golf Club

| 09.13.2013 | 1 Comments

Fox Chapel Golf Club is a Golden Age gem designed in 1923 by one of golf’s greatest architects, Seth Raynor.  It has played host to a number of championship events including the 1985 US Womens Open, the 2002 Curtis Cup and most recently the Senior Players Championship among others. The course is held in high regard by many of the game’s legends including Tom Watson, who summed the course up perfectly when he said, “I….

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Cabot Links

| 10.27.2013 | 0 Comments

On a crisp and clear late September morning, we departed State College, PA in route to our ultimate destination, Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. We knew the trip was going to be something really special when we touched down at Gate F – 19 at the Philadelphia Airport and discovered that our flight to Halifax departed within the hour from Gate F-18. If you are familiar with the Philadelphia….

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Baltusrol Golf Club – Lower Course

| 11.11.2012 | 1 Comments

The Lower Course at Baltusrol is up there with the best in the world not only in design caliber but in championship history caliber as well. It is a true test of golf in a one of a kind setting. After starting my day on the Upper Course, I didn’t think it could get much better but it absolutely did as I walked the fairways at one A.W. Tillinghast’s best….

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Rustic Canyon Golf Club

| 10.24.2014 | 0 Comments

Located just north of Los Angeles in Moorpark, CA, Rustic Canyon Golf Club is a top-tier public course designed by Gil Hanse. Just as the name insinuates, the course is located in a large canyon with holes climbing through the hillside. The routing makes strategic use of the unique landscape, providing an enjoyable experience with a variety of options. With the help of Geoff Shackelford, Gil Hanse carefully selected the….

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Spring Golf Trip 2011 Continues the Tradition

| 04.04.2011 | 2 Comments

Continuing a multi-generational tradition, our eightsome heads for North Carolina Wednesday April 6.  The CCNC Tradition began forty years ago when I accompanied my fathers good friend Charlie Kunkle (U.S. Amateur Semifinalist 1956 & Masters Participant) and their buddies to Pinehurst and one of the first, and most well designed and laid out, gated communities.  Known as “The Safari” group, these men of the Greatest Generation lived large at CCNC where they….

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