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Patrick Reed Looking to Go All Beast Mode

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With the temps in the teens and the snow coming down here in the Hudson Valley watching the pros playing at Kapaula is a welcome sight and a tonic for my winter blues. Half of the 2016 winning American Ryder Cup Team is taking advantage of the wonderful Hawaiian weather so there was bound to be a few conversations concerning the overdue American triumph. Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel spent a few minutes with the emotional heart of the… Continue Reading

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Chip Shots from My Couch

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It’s official: I’ve played my last round of 2016.  Freezing temps have closed all the courses in the Hudson Valley and as I am writing this snow is falling outside.  But that didn’t stop me from walking a few holes today. Instead of a boring walk through the neighborhood I headed up to James Baird State Park, an old Robert Trent Jones design and choose to walk a few holes (without clubs) to get myself off the couch and maybe… Continue Reading

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Pebble Beach: Always a Must Play

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Consider this my mid-winter rant. Right now it’s 17 degrees with a windchill of two degrees here in the Hudson Valley and a forecast to get colder through the weekend. Last week’s warm temperatures that allowed a few dedicated golfers to sneak in a winter round is nothing but a memory with no chance of a repeat now. But I keep telling myself all is not lost. I get to watch the PGA Tour on one of the most beautiful… Continue Reading

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Winter Golf and My “Watson” Moment

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And the season begins! An unseasonably warm spell in the Hudson Valley this week had all us golf starved hackers chomping at the bit for a few holes of real golf. With zero snow on the ground and temperatures nearing 60 all that was needed was a course to play. And thank god there was a little nine holer just minutes from my house that stays open all winter. As long as there is no snow they’re open and this… Continue Reading

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The Cruel Gods of Golf

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The Golf Gods are a cruel bunch. They tease you and tease you and lead you on and then bring the hammer down on you to crush your dreams. Such was the case for me as my ’15 golf season came to an end. I guess I shouldn’t be so miffed that my golf season ended when it did, after all playing any golf in December while living in New York’s Hudson Valley is a bonus. But two weeks ago… Continue Reading

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Great Golf for Great Prices

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Like many golf fanatics who are housebound by the chill of winter I escape my boredom with a few needed diversions. The Golf Channel, websites, books and magazines get teamed up with some living room putting to help me escape from my seasonal prison. Golf Digest’s listing of America’s 100 Greatest Courses is always a welcome addition to my arsenal of tools to fight off the winter boredom. But at the same time it is a bit frustrating. The vast… Continue Reading

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Some More Green for Public Golf

by Jeff Skinner Living in New York’s Hudson Valley has its advantages. We get to enjoy all of the four seasons, well I enjoy three of them anyway. The Hudson Valley is full of history and a beautiful place to live. Along with that comes the quantity and quality of great golf courses in the area. Westchester County boasts dozens of historic, world class courses. And Long Island, a hot bed of classic courses is close enough to enjoy also.… Continue Reading

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Know the Rules: Red Stakes vs Yellow Stakes

by Jeff Skinner Finally, the weather has turned and the courses are starting to open here in the Hudson Valley.  It’s time to shake the rust off and get that swing in the groove.  Your swing isn’t the only thing that may need a bit off freshening.   Take a look at some of those pesky rules that you’ll have to deal with and someone in your group always gripes about. Here is one of the most misunderstood rules in the… Continue Reading

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A Cure for The Golfer’s Winter Blues

by Jeff Skinner Another day in the Hudson Valley and another forecast for more snow.  I am sitting here watching it come down again with a possible 3-5 inches expected.  It is ironic that we are snowbound and frosty over here while the Winter Olympics in Sochi are troubled by warm temperatures and lack of snow.  Maybe the Hudson Valley can put in a bid for the Winter Olympics?  I for one can’t want to see bare ground again. In… Continue Reading

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Time for Nine… My Pick Is Vassar Golf Course

by Jeff Skinner The announcement of the new “Time for Nine” program by the PGA of America and the USGA got me to thinking about the courses in my area where I enjoy playing nine holes.  I’ll get out and play the front or back nine of some local state or municipal courses but for sheer enjoyment and bang for the buck the winner here is a small, nine hole course that sits on the campus of Vassar College. Vassar… Continue Reading

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