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At LINKS, we take pride in providing our readers—both of the magazine and this Web site—the latest information about golf courses and golf destinations around the world. We do so with lively writing and with...

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Creative Process

Jack Nicklaus is 68 now, with 21 grandchildren, at the stage of life in which even the most intense personalities mellow with age. On the course, he has given up competition altogether.

As an architect, the Golden Bear no longer seems to be a Grizzly. Far from being set in his ways, Nicklaus continues to evolve after nearly 40 years in the design business. His recent courses are not as difficult as some of those he built during the early and middle years of his design career. They also exhibit a willingness to try different directions in his philosophy.

Exhibit A is Sebonack Golf Club, a collaboration with Tom Doak that fits in seamlessly with its rugged surroundings in eastern Long Island. The course is very playable for all levels of players, and is a departure from the manufactured, manicured look long associated with Nicklaus.

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Here Comes the Sun

The British Open is one of the very few truly global sporting events. But if you get in a London cab this summer, the driver is...

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Call of the Wild

I have a friend who is better known as the “Great Explorer,” on account of his propensity for trailing off the fairways and prowling through the undergrowth of our parkland layout in search of...

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California Golf Courses Hosting US Open

Surprisingly, only three California courses—Torrey Pines will be the fourth—have hosted the U.S. Open. (Illinois and New York both have eight Open courses each.) But California’s Opens have produced some of the best memories in...

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U.S. Open too fast Green Speeds Stimpmeter

During the 1987 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, the U.S. Golf Association was able to use a severely sloped hole location on the 18th green. At Olympic’s next Open 11 years...

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USGA Golf Museum Arnold Palmer

The gathering on June 3 at U.S. Golf Association headquarters in Far Hills, N.J., was billed as the unveiling of USGA's renovated museum. But it quickly turned into another celebration of the King. Considering one...

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Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Architecture

Reflecting on a life in tournament golf, Bobby Jones once said: “All a man can do is beat the people who are around at the same time he is.” Jones avoided discussing how his skills...

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Augusta National Golf Course Masters

The Masters is called a tradition unlike any other. Well, this was a day unlike any other.

As eye opening as it was to see the course for the first time in 1999, I was even...

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Best Match-Play Golf Holes

Par 4s

Bandon Trails; Bandon, Ore.
14th hole, 325 yards

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s fiercely debated two-shotter is our only 21st-century entry. The elevated tee shot plays to a wide, severely left-to-right sloping fairway. Play...

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