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….
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….
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….
Desert Forest Golf Club Scottsdale, AZ Desert Forest Golf Club is the ultimate golfer’s course. This past summer I got the chance to play there with a good friend of mine who lives in the area and is a member of the club. What I love about it is that golf is the only focus. There’s a pro shop, locker room, grill and a championship golf course. Having not played….
Located only a few miles outside of New York City lies Baltusrol Golf Club, a place where many of golf’s greats have won major championships throughout the last century. Baltusrol does not have just one major championship caliber course, it has two. The Lower course and the Upper Course, though the Lower is where all of the major’s have been held. We were fortunate enough to play both courses: a….
As per my last post, I spent the day on Thursday, October 29th at Oakmont Country Club. My dad George and I hosted Canadian journalist Robert Thompson and his friend John for what was a great day despite high winds and low temperatures. Nonetheless, it was Robert’s first time at Oakmont and the last of the top then courses that he had seen. The course was in excellent shape,….
Designed by George C. Thomas in 1927, Riviera Country Club is one of the greatest classic golf courses in the world. Coming it at #22 in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses rankings, the course features classic design elements such as the boomerang green on the first hole, the Redan fourth hole, the Biaritzz type green at the fifth, and a hog’s back fairway on the seventh. In addition to….
Toftrees Golf Resort – State College, PA Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, Pennsylvania is an often overlooked and underrated gem. Designed by the prolific Edmund Ault in 1968, Toftrees is a wonderful layout with clever routing over rolling terrain. Right form the start, on the opening tee shot an interesting experience is foreshadowed by a generous fairway with a dramatic uphill ridge at the 230 yard mark. The….