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We Spy...The American Club

Appeared in Fall 2011 LINKS

Okay, so this wasn’t EXACTLY the Navy SEALs taking down Osama bin Laden, but it was a covert ops assignment nonetheless. My mission: visit a major golf resort anonymously so we could find out what the experience was like without all the perks that come with representing a major golf magazine. The target: The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, home to two-time PGA Championship host Whistling Straits.

Upon arrival at the redbrick lodge—the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort—my biggest concern was blending in with the other guests and not looking like a golf writer. With our doughy physiques and sense of entitlement, we’re easy to spot, too.

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We Spy...The Marriott/TPC Sawgrass Resort

Appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of LINKS.

MY HOPE OF REMAINING INCOGNITO got an immediate jolt when, while wandering through the cavernous clubhouse of the Tournament Players Club, perusing historic photos of Players Championships past—notably the first one on the TPC course in 1982 when winner Jerry Pate tossed architect Pete Dye and then Tour Commissioner Deane Beman into the lake beside the 18th green before diving in himself—whom do I bump into but Deane Beman, looking fit and on his way out to play.  

“What are you doing here?” he asked immediately.

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We Spy...Pinehurst

Appeared in Spring 2013 LINKS

IN A LITTLE MORE than a year from now the USGA will descend on the tiny village of Pinehurst, North Carolina, for an unprecedented fortnight of championship golf—back-to-back men’s and women’s Opens. Last year, the resort unveiled a stunning restoration of its famed No. 2 course, which will host both events.

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We Spy... Bandon Dunes

This article appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of LINKS.

THE CONSENSUS number-one golf resort in the country, Bandon Dunes is at the top of just about every golfer’s bucket list. But is it as good as it’s cracked upto be? I decided to see for myself and talked a few golf buddies into joining meon a four-day, three-night excursion.

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