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Did Golf Enable Trump’s “Locker Room Talk”?

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Donald Trump and I travel in different circles and thank God for that.  But we both have an affinity for golf though apparently for different reasons. I enjoy the camaraderie, the challenge and the history the game offers and Trump likes making money off the game and maybe spending some time in locker rooms. Other than a few quick showers in some of Scotland’s great courses on my recent trip I haven’t spent much time in locker rooms.  Forty something… Continue Reading

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The USGA Needs to Dump Trump

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The people of the United States are not the only ones faced with a critical decision about Donald Trump next month. So is the USGA. With Trump’s never ending monologue of disparaging women the USGA has to be contemplating the effect Trump, whether President or not, will have on their 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. The Open is scheduled for Trump’s National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. next July. As each day brings more and more controversy surrounding Trump and his… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure…Royal Dornoch

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We continued our Scottish adventure on Tuesday with one of our most anticipated days of the trip: 36 holes at Royal Dornoch. The debates rage on over which is the best course in Scotland…and the world and Royal Dornoch is always in the mix. Some rate the Old Course as the best but the history of The Open and Old Tom has as much to do with that as the course itself. Royal Dornoch usually sits right behind the Old… 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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Lyle Slovick’s “Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Legends” Is a Winner

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Every golfer knows that golf, just like life can be difficult. As we make our way around the course we have as many ups as we do downs. Part and parcel of the game is facing difficult challenges and overcoming those bad breaks and poor bounces we encounter. In a new and enthralling book by Lyle Slovick we get to see that many champions of the game had to overcome major obstacles in their lives and live with difficult challenges… Continue Reading

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Ernie Els: Not Always Easy for “The Big Easy”

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Ernie Els has had an amazing career. The four time major winner returns to the scene of his first major win this week at Oakmont Country Club. Els won his first U.S. Open at 24 in a playoff here and has since earned entry into the Hall of Fame. He’s won all around the world and to outsiders looked to have been living a charmed life. He played hard and partied with the best of them. His large frame and… Continue Reading

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Oakmont Country Club and Its Disappearing Trees

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Much has been made about the “new and improved tree-less” Oakmont Country Club.  When it was first built it was built to be tough, no, the toughest course in the land. Years later members planted thousands of trees that grew and enfringed on the original layout of the course.  Now after two periods of intense tree removal over 15,000 trees have been removed revealing the course in all its original splendor. Here’s a great piece from Matt Ginella of The… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Countdown…One Month to Go

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The U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club starts one month from today.  It’s called the most difficult course in the United States, with Carnoustie taking all world honors and it has been home to many memorable Opens.  Hogan, Nicklaus and Miller all won there and it has hosted the U.S. Open nine times. It’s time to start taking a look at what faces the ’16 field that will try and earn their piece of history at this historic course. Here… Continue Reading

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Jenny Shin Breaks Through for First LPGA Win

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It may have taken longer than she had wanted but Jenny Shin finally captured her first LPGA win at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Shin, 23 first turned pro in 2010 and started on the LPGA in 2011 was able to finally earn her win in her 133rd start. She’s another of the North Koreans that have been dominating the LPGA recently but Shin’s story has a different twist. She started playing golf at nine and her parents decided… 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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