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Category Archive for 'Classic Courses and Architecture'

As a bay area resident, I can confirm that if there’s one man who embodies golf in San Francisco, it’s Ken Venturi.  Venturi was on the scene at Olympic this week – a place he knows well having become a junior member at the age of 16.  Who better then to walk us through the [...]

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About a month ago, I first heard about Aetna Springs Golf Course.  Some friends of mine were trying to get a group together to make the one hour drive to Pope Valley, near Napa in the Northern California wine country.  At first I didn’t pay the request much attention as my tastes in golf courses [...]

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It’s almost Masters time and my favorite used book store had an appropriate new arrival that I snagged for a few bucks: The Masters, Profile of a  Tournament by Dawson Taylor (1973).  The bulk of this book consists of a series of tournament summaries (one for every Masters from 1934 to 1972) but there are [...]

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Having just finished my first reading of Darwin’s Golf Courses of the British Isles, my interest in historic courses and architects has grown.   While I wait for the release of the TV series I’ve been passing the time by poking around the internet and happened to stumble upon a report entitled Golf Courses as Designed [...]

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Been doing some catching up this week and saw an interesting tidbit from Doug Ferguson of the AP (bolding is mine for emphasis): “Of the 200 hardest holes on the PGA Tour this year, only one was a par 5 – the 14th hole at Pebble Beach was tied for 20th with an average score [...]

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Happy holidays everyone! Still on vacation visiting the parents and inlaws but did have a chance to break free for a short time and do some catchup around the world of golf.  I was happy to see this trailer for Bernard Darwin’s “The Golf Courses of the British Isles”.  I’ll definitely be tuning in.  There [...]

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Norman von Nida, Kel Nagle, Gary Player, Bill Dunk, Bruce Devlin, Hale Irwin, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Peter Senior, and Robert Allenby. What do all these names have in common?  All were winners of the Australian PGA Championship. The Australian PGA concluded at Coolum this weekend in exciting fashion as Greg Chalmers added his name [...]

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**Update 11/29/2011: Federal Judge Susan Illston  issued an Order Denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction at Sharp Park Golf Course.  The plaintiffs, “a collection of non-profit conservation groups” led by the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, had sought an order to halt mowing on Holes 9-18 and to halt winter flood-relief pumping at the [...]

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Whatever your thoughts on the state of modern professional golf, you have to admit it’s been a lot of fun watching the President’s Cup this week.  Royal Melbourne is one of only a few courses that can actually be the story.  This week’s happenings  inspired a bit of research by your humble correspondent on Dr. [...]

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