Strange's announcement started us thinking about possible replacements. Even though Charles Barkley turned down "Monday Night Football" last week, he'd provide a needed jolt to the ABC golf team. Doesn't matter that Barkley's swing would scare viewers away; we'd keep him far away from any instructional segments. In terms of entertainment value, nobody can touch Barkley, but we'd also consider the likes of Peter Jacobsen, Fuzzy Zoeller and Hale Irwin. ABC wasn't eager to work around Strange and his Champions Tour plans, but we're guessing accommodations could be made for this talented trio.
While we brainstorm for other possible replacements, be sure to check out our usual full roster of reviews and travel features, plus a sampling of letters we received last week in response to Chris Wallace's controversial opinion of Pinehurst No. 2. As always, your comments are welcome on any topic. Have a great week.
In between, you can find just about anything on the cultural barometer, including an NFL team, enough barbecue joints to stuff a hog factory, an equal amount of upscale and downscale bars and restaurants, a symphony orchestra and ubiquitous, soaring Baptist churches reminding you that you're still in the Bible Belt, where ostentation is a virtue.
Borrowing from Alabama and others, Kentucky recently opened a dozen 18-hole courses and five nine-hole courses scattered throughout the state's park system. In West Kentucky there are four 18-holers worth checking out and all are within 40 minutes of each other. Perfect for an off-season golf road trip.
If architects cannot imbue an entire golf course with the quality of strategy, they can still use (or not use) strategic elements to create situations that reward a strategic approach. In part two of senior writer Derek Duncan's look at strategy in golf, he examines a few variations of these elements that are commonly used by today's top course architects.