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Seve and Everything After

Log on to the official website of Severiano Ballesteros and you’ll find a revealing passage about his 1980 Masters victory. It is prefaced with a bit of well-deserved preening: Seve was 10 shots clear of...

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Jesse Ortiz Orlimar Bobby Jones Golf Clubs

It could have been such a beautiful story for Jesse Ortiz and Orlimar Golf—a classic tale where Cinderella finds the glass slipper and marries the prince. Where the hero discovers the pot of gold...

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Ideal Grillroom

The defining room of any club should have an airy, high-ceiling setting, where bets are settled and unwinnable arguments debated below the names of former club champions or invitational winners memorialized on wood siding reaching...

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President Eisenhower's Golf Buddies

The initiative came straight from the Oval Office and was code-named “Operation Rocky Mountains.” It called for an elite unit to be mobilized and flown to Denver on a tightly coordinated schedule. Once safely on...

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Ping Eye2 vs. Callaway Big Bertha Golf Club Iron Driver

In the ever-evolving golf-equipment industry, no two clubs have been more influential than the Ping Eye2 iron, introduced in 1982, and the Callaway Big Bertha driver, dating from 1991. Each club represented a giant...

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Common Golf Hole Designs Golf Architecture Seth Raynor

Modern architects are often criticized for repeating themselves, yet Seth Raynor—a design genius and the man responsible for such renowned layouts as Fishers Island, Fox Chapel, Camargo and Shoreacres—laid out...

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Golf Course Architecture golden age

After helping establish the U.S. Golf Association and winning the first U.S. Amateur in 1895, Charles Blair Macdonald bemoaned the state of American golf at the start of the 20th century: few players and...

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Golfers becoming Golf Course Designers

When the subject is golf course architecture, school is always in session for Ben Crenshaw and Davis Love III. When the Crenshaws and Loves go out to dinner, Julie and Robin talk between themselves, knowing...

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Old Tom Morris vs. Jack Nicklaus Golf

Old Tom Morris can never match Jack Nicklaus’ sheer breadth of accomplishments. But then, who could? Over nearly 50 years in the game, first as a player then as an architect, Nicklaus’ numbers—18 majors, 117...

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Arnold Palmer vs. Phil Mickelson

If history is fair, it will say the 2006 U.S. Open was not Phil Mickelson’s career nadir, but his moment of realization, that the “maturing” that produced two Masters and a PGA Championship in three...

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