Jul 01, 2015 | 09:42 am

Tilly Splendor

Golf course architecture fans will definitely want to catch the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship today at Philadelphia Cricket Club on Golf Channel at 2pm eastern. Keith Foster restored the A.W. Tillinghast course in 2014 and the result is absolutely stunning, as you can see in the aerial video above, as well as in the club's restoration video (also read our story in the January issue of HotLINKS). Most noticeable is how open the course is and how much definition there is to the holes now. The greens, bunkers, and tall, blond fesuce just pop off the TV. While watching today, be sure to notice the "Great Hazard," a collection of 13 bunkers on the 7th hole, and the fescue-covered hill to the right of the 15th green that was previously hidden by trees. Philly Cricket sure has a lot to chirp about.

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Jun 30, 2015 | 08:40 am

The Gambler

Phil Mickelson is in hot water again. ESPN Outside the Lines reports that nearly $3 million of Mickelson’s money was laundered as part of an illegal gambling operation that accepted and placed bets on sporting events. Greg Silveira, a former sports gambling handicapper, has pleaded guilty to three counts of laundering $2.75 million which two sources say belong to Mickelson. Silveira faces a potential prison sentence of 60 years but will likely serve something much less. Mickelson has had no comment thus far, and it’s unlikely he’ll be charged, although the story is still developing. A year ago Mickelson’s name was connected to an insider-trading operation before he was eventually cleared of any direct involvement. 

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Jun 29, 2015 | 06:59 am

Donald Ross—The Movie

While most golf movies aren’t very good at capturing the essence of the game, here’s one that understands its subject well. “Donald Ross: Discovering the Legend” is a documentary about the great Scottish-born architect who came to the U.S. in 1898 and designed more than 400 courses including such classics as Pinehurst No. 2, Inverness, and Oakland Hills. The film was a two-year labor of love for Cob Carlson, an award-winning film editor and producer from Boston who interviewed golf luminaries such as Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, and Peggy Kirk Bell, and got the cooperation of architecture experts as well as Ross’s descendants, who provided rarely seen photographs. “At the heart of this film is the simple idea that Donald Ross’ lasting and unique contribution to the game should be more widely recognized and appreciated,” says the website,, where you can view a trailer, see bonus scenes, and order the two-hour-long DVD for $20, plus shipping.

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Jun 26, 2015 | 07:06 am

Now This Is A Foursome!

Call it the Grand Slam of course architecture: Four of golf’s greatest players—Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player—will work together to design a course for the Greenbrier Sporting Club, the private real-estate community that’s part of the famous West Virginia resort. Behind the grand plan is Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, who had to do more than a little arm-twisting to get the four legends to collaborate. Among his selling points, he envisions the mountaintop course eventually hosting a U.S. Open, which would be a first for the Mountain State. “We’re getting history made in West Virginia with these four doing something that they’ve never done before,” Justice, who is also running for governor, told a local radio show. He explained that Nicklaus will be the lead dog with the others chiming in, but “it’s been difficult to get them to all play in the sandbox.” Groundbreaking should happen within the month; the opening is slated for next fall.

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