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My Nine Favorite Holes

I've been fortunate enough to play dozens of top courses with many memorable holes. To narrow the list to my top nine holes is no easy task since my favorite hole is usually...

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Ideal Scorecard

The look, feel and even the coating of its scorecard say so much about the self-esteem of a facility. The ideal clubs generally have pocket-size, two-color cards with the name, logo and perhaps founding date...

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Ideal Practice Area

While old-school simplicity has been held up for most of our ideal settings, traditional values must be set aside for the prototypical practice area. After all, practice is a modern invention that many find a...

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Ideal Parking Lot

No matter the route taken, the parking area sets the tone for the day. Is it overwrought with planters, curbs, stripes, speed bumps and other assorted directional nonsense? Or have you seemingly arrived at someone’s...

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Ideal Locker Room

While the golf course provides sanctuary from everyday life, the locker room offers a safe haven from the travails of the links. However, basic function with just a splash of comfort reigns supreme in our...

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Ideal Halfway House

Besides fresh and simple food, we do not ask much of our halfway house, which is perhaps why there are so few of any distinction. Then again, what more do we need than a simple...

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Ideal Golf Pro

With his kind demeanor and deep love for the game, the ideal pro sets the tone for our club. From the scorecard to instruction clinics to tournament operations to the shop he oversees, he has...

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Ideal First Tee

The most famous first tees are defined by some form of grandeur—a sweeping view of the course and fairway below, or some distinctly original setting. Most of the revered first tees are small and elevated,...

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Ideal Finishing Hole

Like those useless exams in school that merely assess your ability to memorize loads of information, purely physical shotmaking tests often leave strategy and fun out of the process. The mind is only asked to...

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Ideal Clubhouse

The prototypical clubhouse should be comfortable, functional and convenient as only a well-planned residence can be, since the club is a home away from home for members.
    
Stanford White’s clubhouse at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club accomplishes...

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