Which is Better? | Merion or Pine Valley

This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of LINKS.

Merion Golf Club

Its incomparable championship history and taut test of shotmaking give this year's U.S. Open site a decided edge

by Gordon Dalgleish

It takes either a brave or remarkably naive member to think he can mount a successful defense of his golf club in a faceoff with the number-one course in the world. Pine Valley has a storied and, in many respects, mythical history.

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Which is Better? | Alter the Old Course or Leave it Alone

This article appeared in the 2013 Winter issue of LINKS.

Alter the Old Course

The current changes simply continue a process of evolution that began nearly 150 years ago by Scott MacPherson

WHEN THE ST. ANDREWS Links Trust announced that changes would be made to the Old Course in preparation for the 2015 Open Championship, golf in the western world seemed to stop.

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Which is Better? | National or Shinnecock

Appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of LINKS.


MacDonald's 'Ideal Golf Course' has endured for more than a centry as a masterpiece of strategic design  by George Bahto

A STONE’S THROW apart on the eastern end of New York’s Long Island, the National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club are joined at the hip, two grande dames of American golf.

Architecturally, however, they are worlds apart.

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Which is Better? | Cypress Point or Pebble Beach

Appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of LINKS.

Cypress Point

by Frank D. “Sandy” Tatum

It was designed by a genius on terrain that is without equal–No wonder LINKS Magazine rates it #1 in the world

To engage in an argument pertaining to golf course superiority when your adversary is Scott McNealy who has Pebble Beach in his arsenal is daunting.

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