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My Scotland Adventure…Castle Stuart

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Our second Monday in Scotland had us on one of the best modern links courses on the planet.  Castle Stuart in Inverness sits on the Moray Firth with spectacular views all around. But its the course, built upon classically rumpled linksland and transitioning upward onto a bluff for awe inspiring views that makes this so very memorable. Gil Hanse partnered with Kingsbarns developer Mark Parsinen to sculpt a links that melds into the rugged landscape but feels like it has… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure ….Continues

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Our time in St. Andrews was marked by sunny days, links golf, bustling streets and a few nights out in a very friendly and popular village. The streets were always busy with tourists, golfers, shoppers and the pleasant folk of the Auld Grey Toon. We visited the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and stopped by Old Tom & Young Tom Morris’ graves, spent some time walking along the West Sands, hit the British Golf Museum and found a few spots… Continue Reading

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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Big Names Not the Way to Grow the Game at Olympics

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All right, I have to admit that Olympic fever is hitting yours truly. I have been addicted to NBC’s multiple platform broadcasts as I try to grab a little bit of all the competitions down in Rio. Sure, watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and the swim team is great and those high flying, gravity defying gymnasts are amazing. And of course the beach volleyball is fun. How aren’t they covered in sand? But I am not limiting myself to the… 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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Golf in the Olympics…Big Whoop

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With golf being back in the Olympic Games this year there is much talk about the 2016 golf season being such a special year. All the effected parties are saying the politically correct thing with “growing the game” and “it’s an honor to represent your country” thrown about very often. I haven’t heard many dissenting voices when it comes to golf making its first appearance in the Olympics since 1904. So it has been 112 years since someone teed it… Continue Reading

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Tom Doak Lets Loose with 2nd Confidential Guide Volume

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Golf’s bad boy is at it again. Tom Doak has just released volume two of his Confidential Guide to Golf Courses – The Americas (Winter Destinations) and true to his nature he doesn’t hold back when it comes to some of the iconic courses golf fans have grown to revere. Doak’s first volume of the revamped Guide addressed Great Britain and Ireland and he plans on releasing a total of five books over the next few years each addressing another… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.18

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse close out their Chambers Bay presentation with a big finale, the eighteenth hole. Controversy follows the player from tee to green. Mike Davis will set this hole up as a 604 yard par 5 one day and a 525 par 4 the next. Davis insisted that a large, very large fairway bunker be placed in the landing area to make the players think about their tee balls. The bunker is so deep and penal it’s… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.16 & No.17

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse show us the sixteenth at Chambers Bay which nestles up close to the Puget Sound and even closer to the railway line that gives this course a definite British feel. Less than driver for most on this 423 yard par four with a green that narrows down to just six paces at the back. The par three seventeenth can play from 172-218 yards and you get another look at the railway. This is the only… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.14 & No.15

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse show us the 14th at Chambers Bay, a long par four with options off the tee. The right side is more conservative but the left side of the fairway will reward a long tee ball with a shorter approach into one of the less dramatic greens on the course. The par three fifteenth is a hole filled with options…options for Mike Davis and his team that is. This hole can be set up to play… Continue Reading

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