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Slow Play in Golf

Recently I played in a stroke-play club competition. My group of three happened to draw the first starting time on the Old Course: 7 a.m. None of us played particularly well, but when we walked...

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Letter from St. Andrews: Head, Heart, Hands, Health

Appeared May/June 2008 LINKS

In the mind of any clear-thinking golf aficionado, surely there is no longer a question of whether Tiger Woods is the greatest player of all time. All you Jones Junkies,...

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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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