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Ben An Wins Long Drive with a Ball That Just Goes Too Far

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One of the fun things at the PGA Championship is their decision to reinstate the Long Driving Competition. They had done it for years before doing away with it but since 2014 we’ve seen some massive belts. Probably the most famous of its past winners has to be the Golden Bear himself. Way back in 1963 a young Jack Nicklaus smacked one 341 yards…with a persimmon clubhead. Who knows what he could have done with one of those high tech… Continue Reading

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An Early Tee Time for the PGA Championship

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In a major championship season that seems to be moving as fast as Jason Day’s driver we are prepping for the final major of the season. The 98th PGA Championship begins Thursday with some players still not over their jet lag from the Open Championship. Thanks to the Olympics and the condensed schedule our major season will be over at the end of the July. What may have been construed as the best option to fit the PGA Tour, 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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Bethpage Black May Host ’19 PGA & ’24 Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner In the afterglow of the PGA Championship at Rochester, it seems that the PGA may be coming back to New York in a very big way. The scuttlebutt is that Bethpage Black will be hosting the 2019 PGA Championship and on top of that, the Tillinghast monster will be the scene of the 2024 Ryder Cup. GolfWeek is reporting that the PGA of America will be awarding The Black two of the biggest jewels in golf.   … Continue Reading

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The Classics of Golf: A Hall of Fame Library

by Jeff Skinner For many of us golf addicted psychos this crazy game is a full blown obsession.  And I admit it, “My name is Jeff and I’m an addict.” There isn’t a moment that goes by that golf isn’t at the very forefront of my mind.  Whether it is playing, or daydreaming of playing, practicing, reading, writing or just unconsciously gripping an imaginary club, golf is never out of my mind.  My living room is an indoor practice range… Continue Reading

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Golf Digest’s Top Ten Public Courses…Bring Cash

by Jeff Skinner The February issue of Golf Digest includes their latest list of the 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.  The list is full of familiar names that host majors, PGA Tour events and even Ryder Cups.  But what the list doesn’t include is any courses that are really public. The list represents some of the best courses any of us could ever imagine playing and that’s the catch.  With the prices on most of these layouts all we can… Continue Reading

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The DVR: A Snowbound Golfer’s Best Friend

by Jeff Skinner What does a golfer do when a nor’easter is pounding on the windows, dropping snow and making any chance at playing golf impossible?  Well, in my case yesterday I went to my DVR and looked for anything I had that was golf related.  Of course I had plenty of recorded golf but I came across the PBS Special “Golf’s Grand Design.” Now I remember recording it back in August but I hadn’t yet sat down to watch… Continue Reading

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Back to The Black: Hurricane Style

by Jeff Skinner What do you do when a hurricane is approaching and everyone one around you is preparing for 60 mph winds, ten inches of rain and everything else associated with a hurricane?  If you’re a normal person you hunker down with a few days of supplies, cross your fingers and hope that the worst doesn’t hit you. But if you’re a golf addict with a bad jones for a round of golf you head out to the course. … Continue Reading

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Seeing a Little Red At Bethpage Black

by Jeff Skinner Bethpage Black is one of the toughest courses in the world.  It’s long and well protected by deep bunkers everywhere on the course. And the greens are enough to give every golfer nightmares.   A.W. Tillinghast, with a little help from Open Doctor Rees Jones have made this course a true gem that tests golfers at every level.  But one of the few knocks each time the pros tee it up at The Black is the less… Continue Reading

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The Classic 17th at The Barclays

by Jeff Skinner I spent a few hours roaming the grounds of The Barclays on Saturday and got to see some splendid golf.  I can understand why the players like Ridgewood Country Club.  It’s a healthy challenge with tree lined fairways, strategic bunkering and severely sloped greens.  It’s a Tillinghast classic. Matt Kuchar should hire me as his good luck charm. I watched him play four holes over two days and he birdied every one of them.  By the time… Continue Reading

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