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Two Pups and One Underdog

It was 25 years ago this month that my New York City roommate and I packed our bags for the guy trip of our lives, a boondoggle to the Masters. We were a...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Out of Left Field

Appeared in January/February 2008 LINKS

Very seldom do I stray from my beloved St. Andrews nest to other parts of Scotland, but when I do, I invariably discover something interesting—or odd.

Case in point, a...

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Courses New and Old

Here’s a good one for you. Roughly one year ago, I was invited to design a golf course. In China. 
   
Now, what I didn’t know about golf course architecture—and for that matter, China—could have filled an...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Ladies First

Appeared in July/Aug 2007

Unlike in America, where the U.S. Golf Association runs the women’s national championship, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has no official role in the British...

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Letter from St. Andrews: A Glimpse of Seven

Appeared in Jan/Feb 2006

I’m sitting in a little trailer, high atop a hill precisely two miles east of the center of St. Andrews. The trailer is unfurnished except for a simple table and...

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Letter from St. Andrews:

Appeared in Jan/Feb 2004 issue of LINKS

Well, we’ve made it to the Auld Grey Toon, but not to our auld grey hoose. Renovation of our apartment—sorry, our “flat”—proceeds apace, which is to say...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Is Eight Enough?

Appeared in May/June 2007

Earlier this year, the St. Andrews Links Trust announced that its No. 7 course, currently under construction on a clifftop two miles southeast of town, would be named

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Letter from St. Andrews: Wooden Performance

Appeared in March 2007 LINKS

It’s 9:55 a.m. at Craigielaw Golf Club, near the village of Aberlady, East Lothian (about three miles from Muirfield). My tee time is in five minutes and I have...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Caddie Mastery

Appeared in April 2007 LINKS

The seasons don’t change much in St. Andrews. Blessed with a temperate climate and cursed with a bleak landscape, the Auld Grey Toon sees little in the way of...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Playing the Percentages

Appeared in March 2004 LINKS

There’s something I’ll bet you haven’t been losing much sleep over. A couple months ago Tiger Woods turned 28—the same age Bobby Jones was in 1930, the year Jones won the...

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