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To GPS or Not To GPS

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George Peper has been writing about golf for what seems like forever. He’s now the editor of Links Magazine and he isn’t shy with his opinions. In the Summer issue (and on the website) he touches on a subject that has sparked a few debates on the course, the GPS. Now, he says he loves his GPS watch and I even submitted to modern technology and have my own match box sized GPS. And we both find them useful to… Continue Reading

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What Makes a Golf Course Great? More Than You Think

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Serious golf is about to be played this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the top three golfers in the world will tee it up together for the first time in 2016. Trump National Doral, aka The Blue Monster will look a bit different this year as Gil Hanse was given the OK by his lordship The Donald to tweak his still fresh redesign. There will be some narrower landing areas for the long hitters as Hanse has moved in… Continue Reading

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A Sunday Full of Golf & More

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We all will be treated to a full day of golf today as all the major tours are in action and being broadcast to us all day long. The gents of the European Tour made a great move in featuring links courses and scheduling the Scottish Open the week prior to the Open Championship.  The fields at the Scottish have become deeper and the courses have been spectacular. The star of the week so far has been the wonderful links… Continue Reading

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Chambers Bay and a “New” U.S. Open

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Normally, controversy about the U.S. Open usually happens during the week of the championship. Traditionally players will complain about the length of the rough, the speed of the greens and maybe the conversion of a par five into a par four. But this year things are different. With four weeks before play starts the sniping at the USGA has begun. Or should I say the sniping at Executive Director Mike Davis has begun. Last month Davis stated that Chambers Bay… Continue Reading

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Gil Hanse: “Talking Is Overrated” Still Added to Fox Coverage

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FOX Sports has announced its full cast of characters for its inaugural season of USGA coverage and from the looks of things they will have plenty of on air talent. In addition to Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Holly Sonders, Brad Faxon, David Fay, Corey Pavin and Juli Inkster FOX has added plenty of new names to their season long coverage of the USGA events, including the U.S. Open in June.  I count twenty new additions to the FOX Broadcast Team… Continue Reading

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Strategy vs. Length…A Losing Proposition

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There was a bit of griping at the WGC-Cadillac Championship over the weekend. The Blue Monster is now two seasons removed from an entire overhaul by noted golf architect Gil Hanse and some players were calling it unfair. When Donald Trump purchased The Doral resort he opened up his wallet and set Hanse loose on a total makeover. Now, with the course fully grown in and the PGA Tour paying its second visit to The Donald’s baby we got to… Continue Reading

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This Week’s “Classic Doubleheader”

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With the PGA and LPGA Tours visiting old, classic courses this week we have been treated to two of the most “classic” of the classic courses we will see all season. The Northern Trust Open is being played on George C. Thomas’ masterpiece, Riviera Country Club. Thomas, known as The Captain, designed and built many courses in California after moving there from Philadelphia but Riviera is considered his best. It is an old school, strategic design which was restored by… Continue Reading

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Tom Doak’s Christmas Gift to Golfers

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If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for the golf nut in your family I may be able to help. Or I should say Tom Doak can help. Doak is one of the top golf course designers in the world and isn’t shy about sharing his views on courses, his and others.  Back in 1988 when he was still an up and comer, he published his Confidential Guide to Golf Courses. What at first was his own self-published project… Continue Reading

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Aussie Open Set for Thrilling Finish & Geoff Ogilvy: “The Thinker”

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Thanksgiving and its following weekend gives us sports fans plenty to be thankful for. We had a great slate of NFL games on Thursday and Saturday brings us “Rivalry Weekend” in college football with so many exciting match ups. Hopefully, the great golf going on down under doesn’t get lost in all this football hype. The stage is set for a thrilling finish at the Emirates Australian Open as many golfers are jammed atop the leaderboard with some big names… Continue Reading

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Pinehurst: A Small, Ironic World of Golf

by Jeff Skinner For such a small community, the village of Pinehurst has had an immense impact on golf in America. The epicenter of course is Pinehurst Resort and Country Club and its championship course, No.2. The resort is a huge place with eight, now wait, cancel that, nine golf courses as they just bought another Sandhills tract to add to their inventory of courses. There are many courses in and around Pinehurst and it is a bit of golf… Continue Reading

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