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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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A.W. Tillinghast vs. Donald Ross Golf Course Architects

Expect a tight match when A.W. Tillinghast and Donald Ross inevitably reach the final of the Golf Architect Match Play.

Both have courses that have hosted majors. Tillinghast, the Philadelphian inspired by

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Muirfield Golf Scotland Private golf Course

Five-time British Open winner Tom Watson’s opinion of Muirfield leaves little room for interpretation. “I love the place,” he enthuses. “I love the feel of it, the smell of it, the taste of it....

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