BANDON, Ore. – I've gotten stupidly lucky the two previous times I played Pacific Dunes – sunny and mostly calm, the best way to appreciate its ingenious routing and seaside splendor. Who can say what the southern Oregon coastal weather will be May 9-13? That’s when the United States Golf … [Read more...]
News of note and notes on the news.
It’s not the first tournament on the PGA Tour schedule … but it’s first in the hearts and brains of U.S. golf fans. For many of us, it’s the real Opening Day of golf, notwithstanding that scary-warm day in January when you had to shed layers. Note: Global climate change is clearly a … [Read more...]
AFTER THIS, a lot of us will take a fresh look at the Rules of Golf, and that's not a bad thing. For me, if I was taking a drop like Tiger Woods did today on No.15, I would have, in all righteous ignorance, added "no closer to the hole" to my mental computation of where … [Read more...]
OLYMPIA – You’ll find him tucked back off an alley in a neighborhood of warehouses and empty buildings, and it’s by appointment: He’s the guy with the key. His vocation is golf teaching pro. These days, he’s a liquidator. He’s making a little something off each sale he makes of the marked-down golf … [Read more...]
BREMERTON, Wash. – The roughs are long and sticky and will only get longer. The greens are fast, and might get faster. And while members and visiting players battle through – and maybe curse – the challenging setup at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course, it’s all in the game plan as Gold Mountain … [Read more...]
You can’t go over them, and you can’t get through them. You will be in them, but it wouldn’t be Sahalee Country Club without them. It’s the trees – mature, lush, resplendent. They’ll be in evidence and almost certainly in play when the U.S. Senior Open comes to Sahalee July 26 – Aug. 1. The … [Read more...]
The envelope in the mailbox last week was not overly large, but it had some substance. The return address showed the United States Golf Association. The envelope was stuffed with the usual literature about why it’s a great idea to belong to the USGA, with all the info about how to renew. If … [Read more...]