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Tiger Woods Course Architect

How might the world’s No. 1 golfer fare as an architect? Though characteristically close to the vest about his plans, Tiger Woods recently hinted that “player-designer” soon could be part of his resume.

“I am going...

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Manmade Links

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Arcadia, Mich. (1998)
Rick Smith and Warren Henderson clear-cut 245 acres of Lake Michigan-fronting bluffs to expose rugged terrain that was crafted into an Irish-inspired links. The 225-foot elevation change may...

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Key Shots for Playing Links Golf

I grew up in Belfast, just 20 minutes from Royal County Down, one of the best links courses in the world. Countless rounds there helped me learn to play links golf. Every years, I bring...

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Golf and Royalty

Appeared in July/August 2007 LINKS

No country takes royalty as seriously as the United Kingdom does. Although the British crown is no longer the seat of government, it still holds plenty of historic, symbolic...

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Youth Movement

Appeared in May/June 2006 LINKS

Yates Wilburn had tried just about every team sport—baseball, basketball, football, soccer—but the stocky 8-year-old struggled to keep up with his peers. Then his mother signed him up for...

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Come Together

Not for more than 100 years have there been as many good professional golfers from England as there are now. You have to go back to the days of the professionals J.H. Taylor, one of...

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Caddies on Campus

As my college years went by and around me people who had maxed out their student loans were taking second or even third jobs, the free ride I was on for tending pins and raking...

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The (Lost?) Art of Course Setup

Midway through the 2002 Australian Open's first round, play was cancelled because Victoria Golf Club's greens had exceeded the speed limit. Players putted off the green. Uphill putts hit past certain holes trickled back well...

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Seve Ballesteros vs. Nick Faldo

Even a brief look at the record book shows that choosing the better match player is no easy task when the two options available are Britain’s greatest-ever golfer and Continental Europe’s most inspirational figure. Nick...

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'99 Ryder Cup vs. '86 Masters

If the matter were a comparison between the careers of Jack Nicklaus and Justin Leonard, the outcome would be lopsided. But as Bobby Thomson can attest, a single, epic play never fades, providing the defining...

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