A Golfer's Dream: 'Regular guy' Larry Berle conquers Golf Digest's List of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses

A fellow from middle America decided to go on a quest a decade ago. He completed the quest by playing America's Top 100 golf courses. He then decided to sit down and write a book about his travels. Larry Berle dedicates 90 percent of the book to a… more »

Pushing 40 (years, not mph)

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My blogging buddy, Kiel Christianson, hit a nerve when he mentioned an aging Greg Norman and the ultimate year of crossing over. With that as a pithy introduction, here is my list of what I remember (and sometimes miss) most about golf during my first 3… more »

Kid named Hall: inspiration for all

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Dennis Walters' book IN MY DREAMS I WALK WITH YOU reveals what it is like to be a paraplegic who has made a career out of inspirational golf clinics. Jack Newton lost an eye and an arm to a propeller, yet continued to play and announce the game. Pat Br… more »

Why St. Andrews rocks the house on the five-year plan

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Some of my colleagues on the Travel Golf blog circuit have put down the grey lady of golf as out of step, touch, and even time! The ball goes too far, the tribulations of the fairways and greens are closer to clouds and ocean waves than they are to a pr… more »

Walker Cup team to the young

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One of my favorite things to do in odd-numbered years is to envision which Buffalo-area courses could host the Walker Cup. How difficult can it be? After all, you don't have the crowds that an Open or Amateur can bring in, nor the media onslaught that… more »

Where do Wie go from here?

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All the uproar over the girl from Hawaii has caused me concern, and not just as the father of three lovely daughters. Not since, well, Annika, has the golf world (which ranks right up there with world peace and space exploration in importance) been quit… more »

Hurdzan Postponed?

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Michael Hurdzan is one of my favorite course architects. I have traveled to Columbus to play Cooks Creek and Golf Club of Dublin, and marvelled at his ability to make the challenge equitable for the duffer and the player. Subscribing to a theory espous… more »

Caddie demands, gets top $$$ to endorse . . .

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I have seen the future, and it is not Pogo. In a recent press release, caddie Ronan Flood was revealed to have worn a certain brand of shades that help to read putts better, to help his man Paddy Harrington win the Barclay's (loved the commercials where… more »

The Swords of Toledo: dependable, pure, and hard!

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The boxer from Mexicali, Mexico should not be here. The youngest of eleven children who grew up in a carboard-metal hut, should not be here. Yet here he is, champion of the Lake Erie Charity Classic on the Nationwide Tour. It is fitting that this vict… more »

Forgotten how much fun this game can be? Try running a kids' golf camp!

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Do these symptoms describe you? Prone to fits of anger when any forward-moving shot doesn't come off as it would for Annika or Tiger; Shake in fury when you come up on a foursome that doesn't QUITE play as promptly as you'd like; Get livid when your pla… more »

A Tale Of Two Cities, err, Players: Wie and Goosen

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This has nothing to do with a Dickens’ novel; since the title is so malleable, I’ll use it. Two weeks ago, Retief Goosen plummeted from a three-stroke first-place perch on Saturday evening to a four-way tie for 11th place at the Men’s US Open at P… more »

The First Tee: A profile in courage

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There is quite a battle going on in the city by the Falls. The combatants are the curmudgeons that "own" the Hyde Park golf courses and the kids who want to improve them for a new era. The Hyde Park North 18 was the original site of the Niagara Falls C… more »

Let me tell you how the ladies do it

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Once upon a time, the Canadian Women's Open came to Legends on the Niagara, the superb complex located just shy of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Actually, it was last summer. Meg Mallon was the ultimate victor, making it two national championships in… more »

How To Open (or not) A New Golf Course

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Three golf courses have opened recently in western New York. All are positioning themselves as upscale, daily fee tracks. There is a lesson to be learned in the manner in which they opened. Course A opened first, pushing its start date to the Spring,… more »
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