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  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
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    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
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    Professional Golf 2015: The Complete Media, Fan and Fantasy Guide
    by Daniel Wexler
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    The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    by Chris Millard
  • The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    by Dan Washburn
  • The Early Days of Pinehurst
    The Early Days of Pinehurst
    by Chris Buie
  • Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    by Bill Fields
  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
  • The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
  • Gleanings from the Wayside
    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
  • Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos

The poetic temperament is the worst for golf. It dreams of brilliant drives, iron shots laid dead, and long putts holed, while in real golf success waits for him who takes care of the foozles and leaves the fine shots to take care of themselves. WALTER SIMPSON




Texas Tech Senior Lands Masters Spot With LAAC Win

The Latin America Amateur Championship intially produced this short wire story on Matias Dominguez's 11-under par, 277 win at Pilar Golf Club. (A longer story appeared on the official site eight or so hours later.)

The win in the inaugural event lands the Texas Tech senior a spot in the Masters as well as the U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship.  Rex Hoggard notes the improbable nature of the win, as Dominguez was the 421st ranked amateur and is 293rd ranked college golfer.

Dominguez was emotional after the win:

“It’s a shock right now. Everything is just going crazy and my family, everybody was just crying. So many emotions,” Dominguez said. “As a young golfer my dream was to play the Masters. That was my last goal as a golfer. Hopefully I can share this moment with my friends and family.”

Dominguez's post-round TV interview:

The Masters Twitter account tweeted this image:




Video: First Fox Sports Ad For The U.S. Open

This will not be the most meaningful 20 seconds of your day but the lone airing from the thrilling NFC Championship game couldn't top the multiple UFC promos (at least in the eyes of the marketing department).

Strange hearing two Dan Hicks calls on Fox...**

**Seems the promo only lasted a few hours on YouTube so no need to his play above.

Anyway, here is a version Tweeted by Fox earlier in the day. See if you can spot what forced a takedown.

And the original Tweet, in case it goes the way of the Colts.


Video: Robert Allenby Talks About His Ordeal

Steve Sands of Golf Channel landed an interview with a battered, bruised but lucid Robert Allenby. The Australian golfer who was mugged Friday night comes off as very credible telling this bizarre story and is feeling "very lucky" to have survived.

Sands also asks Allenby about the social media skepticism and Allenby's confident his story will be vindicated by the assailants using his credit card.

The only questionable element in the story came when Allenby described the wine bar crowd, prompted by Sands asking if he remembered talking to anyone in the place besides his dinner mates.

"I don’t remember anyone else. They were talking golf, big golf fans, big Robert Allenby fan.”

He did say fan, not fans. So he's got that going for him.


"At 11 years old, he’s a rapper, a YouTube star, & an entrepreneur."

Way back in the last week of 2014 you first saw Matty Du Plessis' music video here thanks to a Twitter tip from Matty himself. And now having gone viral, Ross Lippman of Matty's home state in Vermont profiles the golfer and entrepreneur who got to Hartford, Vermont by way of Cape Town, South Africa.

From Lippman's report:

“The videos were really a way for me to expose myself to the business”, said Matty in an interview at his home course at the Quechee Country Club,

“I want to be out there, so I just start to make these videos and put them on top of what I did every day.”


Robert Allenby: "I didn't think I was going to survive this one" 

Quite the unbelievable story of kidnapping, burglary and salvation by homeless Hawaiians that Robert Allenby is sharing after apparently escaping a more ominous outcome.

Steve Sands of Golf Channel had the first on-air report and you can see his reporting of it here.

Ben Everill of AAP tracked down Allenby not long after and shares the golfer's tale. Allenby had mised the Sony Open cut Friday before this incident reportedly took place.

From Everill's story:

"I was separated from my friend in the bar after we had paid the tab at 10:48pm and he went to the bathroom and next thing you know I'm being dumped in a park miles away.

"I only know this part because a homeless woman found me and told me she saw a few guys pull up and throw me out of the car. That is where I got the scrapes above my eye from the sidewalk."

Shaken and in a bad way Allenby realised he was without his phone, wallet or any cash and was starting to be harassed by other homeless people in the park.

"The homeless woman got me away from the others and then a retired military guy walking past came to my aid," he said.

"He got me into a taxi and paid for me to get to my hotel and I called police from there. I have his details and will be getting back in touch with him for sure."

Tim Rosaforte spoke to Allenby and the details he shares align with the earlier version shared by Sands. Rosaforte reports that Allenby seemed to be in "shock" but that he was still thinking of playing the upcoming Humana Challenge despite his facial injuries.

Stephanie Wei talked to Allenby's caddie Mick Middlemo, who confirms that Allenby mysterious disappeared during their visit to the Amuse Wine Bar near Ala Moana in Honolulu.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt they slipped something in his drink,” Middlemo told WUP. “None of us were really that drunk. We had a couple bottles of wine. (Allenby) didn’t remember leaving (the bar). He vaguely remembers being with these (three) people. Next thing he knew, he woke up in the park.”


Vets Lose Northern Trust Open Tickets In Ongoing VA Land Fight

Gale Holland of the LA Times reports on the latest issue to arise over the ongoing battle over utilizing the vast Veterans Administration property in West Los Angeles. Among the components tussled over are the on-site golf course, UCLA baseball's longtime home stadium and now, parking for the Northern Trust Open.

With the Department of Veterans Affairs' last minute canceling of its longtime (30-plus years?) contract for tournament parking, the PGA Tour has rescinded the remaining free passes for vets included in the contract.

“The VA has voided our contract, and the tickets were part of our contract,” said tournament spokeswoman Laura Neal.

“They’re saying, ‘I’m going to take my marbles and go home,’” said veterans activist Robert Rosebrock. “The tournament was a very big thing, veterans really looked forward to it.”

The 800 tickets distributed to vets to date will be honored, according to the tour. The story suggests a new parking home for the event will be announced soon.

More fun will be to see how this gets portrayed in the local press. The tour will, undoubtedly, get lambasted though it's hard to blame them for taking a tough stance with such a bizarre last minute move after such a long relationshp with the VA.


January 17th: Golf Channel Turns 20 

Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press takes stock of the Golf Channel as it turns 20 and notes how far the network has come from laughing stock to precedent setter for other sports.

Ferguson writes:

The network was launched on Jan. 17, 1995, and could be seen in about 10,000 homes. It began as a premium fee ($6.95) and changed to part of a basic cable package by the end of the year, helping it to reach 1.4 million homes.

Twenty years later, Golf Channel can be seen in roughly 120 million homes in 83 countries and is broadcast in 12 languages around the world. Its offices in Orlando, Florida, have more than quadrupled to 160,000 square feet.

And there is no shortage of programming.

The first tournament it broadcast was the Dubai Desert Classic, which Fred Couples won in 1995. On its 20-year anniversary, Golf Channel will have four hours of live coverage from Rory McIlroy's season debut in Abu Dhabi; seven hours of taped coverage and four hours of live coverage from the Sony Open (including a pre-game show), along with its popular "Morning Drive" and a news show.

Morning Drive celebrated the birthday with appearances from co-founder Joe Gibbs telling the thinking behind starting the channel, original on-air personalities Kraig Kann and Mike Ritz with some fun stories, and Rich Lerner sharing the fun tale of how his mom convinced him to become of the net's first on-air team members.

Van Pelt phoned in for a long Morning Drive interview and reflects on the early days, with some stellar footage and eventually, a Lerner appearance that includes a mention of Orlando Jewish Community Center pick up games!

And there was this photo of Van Pelt interviewing Tiger Woods appeared as a memory of how far things have come (or gone):

Kelly Tilghman Tweeted this early photo:


The Silver Lining In Matt Every's DQ...

It's never pretty when a player is disqualified for a rules violation. Especially since the reaction to non-conforming (bent) club issues typically focuses on the peculiarities of the Rules of Golf.

D.J. Piehowski explains what happened to Matt Every at the Sony Open.

“He asked for a second opinion on the bend,” PGA TOUR rules official John Mutch said. “The bend in this club was about 10 inches up from the neck. It was substantial.”

According to the rules of golf, a player can carry a non-conforming club in his bag, but he is subject to a two-shot penalty per stroke, with a maximum of a four-stroke penalty. Because Every played a shot with the club, he is subject to disqualification.

However, this DQ could be a landmark one for the PGA Tour where controversy is generally shied away from. Okay, pretty much buried whenever possible. Yet where did we learn about the DQ and Every's disposal of the wounded weapon?

The PGA Tour Twitter account! Say it so!

By the way, what's wrong with that umbrella? Somone grab it please!


Reconsideration Of Olympic Format A Possibility

Bob Harig talks to some of the five families leadership about the progress of 2016 Olympic golf and the USGA's Mike Davis gave the best answer I've read in some time about the format's purpose and sustainability.

While no one expects at change in 2016, he at least signaled that the International Golf Federation will examine some tweaks before presenting the IOC a vision for the 2020 games and beyond.

"I think one of the things the IGF will look at in the future is can we somehow get match play involved, can we get a team aspect, can there be a way that maybe men and women could play together. But first we want to have a great Olympics in 2016, and then our board will look at that and I think it's something we'll explore."

Davis is leaving Buenos Aires on Saturday to meet Dawson in Rio and view the course. Both are scheduled to be at an IGF event next week in Orlando, Florida, during the PGA Show.

He said he would love for there to be more than 60 players per event, but the IOC was concerned about having too many players, due to the challenges of housing so many of them throughout the Olympics.

That dilemma took on an interesting twist when at first the IOC balked at the players using caddies during the competition. "Could you imagine them having to carry their bags?" Davis said.

Oh but it would have been more athletic!


Video: Boy Gets Golf Clubs, Declares Best Christmas Ever

Great spot by the Golf News Net crew with this Christmas 2014 video posted just this week of a wee lad watching his present get opened, only to see they were golf clubs. What followed as an epic declaration...


Video: Rory McIlroy's 177-Yard, 9-Iron Hole-In-One

Just a stock 9-iron from 177 and Rory McIlroy's first career ace in competition.

From the European Tour's YouTube channel:


DVR Alert: "The Making Of A Champion" On Fox Sunday

Jack Nicklaus kindly took media questions this week (kindly because he took multiple Tiger questions) to promote the USGA documentary, "The Making Of A Champion." The film, by Ross Greenburg, airs Sunday at noon ET prior to NFL pregame coverage.

From an unbylined story previewing the film.

This is the eighth film the USGA has released and the third produced by Greenburg’s team. Nicklaus, not surprisingly, has been a popular subject. In 2012, Greenburg made a film for the USGA on Nicklaus’s first U.S. Open win, in ’62, when he toppled Arnold Palmer at Oakmont. Nicklaus says he has enjoyed the process and flipping through his mind’s scrapbook.

“I think it's kind of neat,” he said. “I never really paid a whole lot of attention to what I did, but to have somebody sort of exaggerate, glorify it you might say, is very flattering. It's been years since I've done any of that stuff. To go back and look at it and see some of it and see some of the shots you played, it's kind of fun.”

A preview:


Green Jackets Off Property & The LAAC's Big Price Tag

If you've seen any coverage of the Latin America Amateur Championship brought to you by the Augusta National Golf Club, USGA and R&A, you've noticed Chairman Billy Payne sporting his green jacket off club grounds.'s Bob Harig covers the very calculated call to wear those coats at both the LAAC and the Asia Pacific Amateur.

And he also notes the club's hospitality, even another continent away.

Putting on such an event is no small financial undertaking. Specific figures are not disclosed, but it is no stretch to say that the costs run significantly past the seven-figure mark.

Each of the players in the field is given airfare, accommodations and food. Even the caddies are provided. With more than half the players coming from U.S. colleges, flights to Buenos Aires add up. A price tag of near $500,000 would seem reasonable just for that aspect of the tournament alone.

Then there are all the other elements that go into running an event. Undoubtedly the Masters, the R&A and the USGA have leaned on their corporate partners such as Rolex, AT&T, Mercedes and others to help defray the costs. But it is a significant commitment nonetheless.

"We have the time, we have the resources, and we believe it to be completely consistent with what our founders believe," Payne said.

There's currently a four way tie for the lead in Buenos Aires with a Masters berth on the line. Ron Driscoll reports.


Video: Randolph's Shaped-Shot Around The Trees

I haven't a clue who Jonathan Randolph is but he's playing the Sony Open this week and he hit one of the cooler shaped-shots we've seen in a while because, well, it is so rare to see people shape shots. I knew all of those trees at Waialae could serve a positive purpose!

Posted by PGA Tour Entertainment:


"The Tour seems to be missing the key component of an affective testing program--transparency."

Rex Hoggard at explains why the revelation of Bhavik Patel's PED violation was not only unsatisfactory, but strangely lacking in the primary detail: what PED was used.

Since we learned that information in the Doug Barron case, why not in this one?

Although the Tour’s original PED manual in 2008 stated, "... the PGA Tour will, at a minimum, publish the name of the player, the anti-doping rule violation, and the sanction imposed,” for a performance-enhancing violation, that policy was amended in January 2009 when “the anti-doping violation” wording was removed from the policy.

However subtle the reworded policy may seem, it only serves to further extend a cloak of secrecy that has defined the anti-doping program since its inception.


Video: Extreme Golf At Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers GC

Thanks to the team over at The Big Lead for spotting what will be the closest I need to experiencing hurricane-like conditions on a golf course.

In this case, a course claiming to be the northernmost in the UK.

The clip:


Teeth Of The Dog Lands 2016 LAAC

There had been hope from some quarters that the 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship, underway in Buenos Aires, would be played as the new Olympic Course in Rio's test event.

But going to Pete Dye's legendary Teeth Of The Dog isn't a bad alternative.

Kevin Maguire reports on the announcement.


Augusta, Baltusrol, Muirfield & Troon In Two Weeks!

Okay, in doses and through the lens of Ron Garl, but still...

Randall Mell at reports that 49 of the top 50 LPGAers are set for the new season-opening, 120-player Coates Golf Championship in two weeks at Golden Ocala, which I'd forgotten is a theme course. And unless you count Augusta National with its Old Course inspired holes as a theme venue, this may be the first true tribute course to host a major tour.

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is a course designed by Ron Garl that features eight “tribute” holes, replica holes modeled after iconic holes at Augusta National, St. Andrews, Royal Troon, Baltusrol and Muirfield. The replicas include Augusta National’s 12th, 13th and 16th holes, Royal Troon’s postage stamp hole and the Road Hole at St. Andrews.

“I can’t wait for fans to see the Tribute holes,” Lincicome said. “They really look like famous holes all around the world.”


Masters Berth On The Line In Buenos Aires

The first-ever "LAAC" brought to us by the Masters, R&A and USGA kicks off Thursday from The Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires. The winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship earns a spot in the 2015 Masters.

Bob Harig reports from Buenos Aires on the latest effort to grow the amateur game, piggy-backing on the already hugely successful Asia-Pacific Amateur.

The field consists of 109 players from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. The World Amateur Golf Rankings were used to fill the field, but every country in the region is represented by at least two players, including places such as the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, and Barbados. And all of it is funded through the efforts of the Masters, the R&A and the USGA (and their corporate sponsors), which is taking part in this grow-the-game initiative for the first time.

Andy Hall talks to ESPN's Sean McDonough who along with Andy North and Dottie Pepper, have an entirely new field of players to get to know and a short time to get there.

“When I first was assigned it, I honestly couldn’t name anybody who was in the event,” he said. “That’s the biggest challenge, but we’re getting a lot of help.

You can follow the proceedings online here.

The telecast times. (Note the Saturday shift to ESPNEWS.)

First Round: Thursday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Second Round: Friday, Jan. 16, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Third Round: Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. (ESPNEWS, WatchESPN)
Final Round: Sunday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)
Final Round Highlights: Sunday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. (ESPN2, WatchESPN)


Mickelson Skipping Pebble Beach And Riviera

James Raia reports that Phil Mickelson will skip two of his favorite events to spend more time with his kids on their spring breaks. Without Mickelson at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open, the two west coast events lose their headliner.

Without the WGC Match Play anchoring the West Coast Swing and the overall schedule spreading the wealth, both events may struggle more than ever to lure many stars. This, despite being the two best courses on the PGA Tour and when ratings spike without NFL competition.

“These are two of my favorite events,” Mickelson said on his website overview for the 2015 season. “But with the kids in two schools with two different spring breaks, I’ll take that time off. They’ve accommodated my schedule enough over the years. It’s time for me to accommodate theirs.”

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