Archives for: April 2009

The USGA is ruining golf (according to Scotland's old school)

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ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND -- It's come to my attention on my second trip, more than once, that the old school Scots aren't very keen on the USGA's handicap system. A local Gullane legend, Archie Baird (who is in his 80s and still plays quite often on Gul… more »

Old Course at St. Andrews genius revealed after a second round (and in different wind)

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ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND -- There are those out there (and you knucklehead golf writers know who you are), who don't think there's anything to the Old Course at St. Andrews. They call it overrated and a glorified pasture. Moderately organized chaos, more or… more »

New golf course sneak peek: Tom Doak's Renaissance Club near Muirfield, Gullane in Scotland

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GULLANE, SCOTLAND -- Of all the recent golf course projects in Scotland, from the St. Andrews Castle Course to Machrihanish Dunes, Castle Stuart and of course, Donald Trump's Aberdeen resort, there is one project that's flown a bit under the radar, but i… more »

North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland's East Lothian region an influential, must-play links

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NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND -- Muirfield is unquestionably the most well-known golf course in Scotland's golf-rich East Lothian region just east of Edinburgh, thanks to its Open Championship pedigree. But for the traveling golfer, it might not be the are… more »

Musselburgh and St. Andrews in Scotland: The Cradle of Golf vs. the Home of Golf, Old Tom vs. Willie rivalry

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MUSSELBURGH, SCOTLAND -- St. Andrews and Musselburgh in East Lothian are separated, as the crow flies, by little more than about 30 miles on Scotland's eastern side. And both have their own very legitimate claims of "firsts" in golf. St. Andrews of cours… more »

Links? Or not to links? It's definition is the question at Dunbar Golf Club in Scotland

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NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND - When a Scottish golf club's historian pulls a chair up to your table in the dining room, be sure to sip your pint a little slower and soak in the knowledge. That was the case today following a round at Dunbar Golf Club in Ea… more »

Can't decide on a Scotland golf shoulder season? Lean on April

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NORTH BERWICK - The first time I went to Scotland in 2006, I arrived during the second half of the October shoulder season. The "shoulder season" is the two transitional months between the summer season and off-season, usually April and October for most… more »

Game on! Time for ten days of golf in East Lothian and St. Andrews, Scotland

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It's been just over two years since I was last in Scotland for a golf trip. I've been to the British Isles and Ireland numerous times since then, but I'm finally getting back to the good ol' home of golf, where the spirit of the game pours out of every p… more »

Women golfers should pay cheaper green fees than men at the golf course

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Maybe I'm not taking my pills - or this coffee's gone bad. I just wrote a column proclaiming Augusta National (and every other private club) should offer small blocks of daily public tee times. Click here to read it. Now, I'm announcing another long-… more »

Sergio Garcia doesn't like playing in the Masters at Augusta National - and that's okay

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It looks like the Golf Channel was able to get to Sergio Garcia (my idiotic pick to win the Masters and every major for the rest of our lives until he wins one) following his Sunday round at exactly the right time, because they got a golden nugget of a p… more »

Brainwashed yet? Masters TV coverage needs more than three sponsors

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So I think I found something more annoying than the regular season PGA Tour events with its endless stream of sexual dysfunction and prostate enlargement drugs: The same three sponsors peddling the same spots over, and over, and over, and over, and o… more »

Angel Cabrera wins the green jacket, but the 2009 Masters belongs to Phil Mickelson

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I don't think anyone is really going to have many lingering memories about Angel Cabrera's 2009 Masters victory, other than perhaps his ridiculously lucky tree shot that found himself in the fairway (followed by a great up-and-down - we have to give him… more »

From Tiger to Boom-Boom, Lefty and the Shark, storylines in 2009 Masters at Augusta National abound

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More than any year I can remember in recent memory, the 2009 Masters has a slew of story lines to watch for as they tee it up tomorrow morning at Augusta National. Why it feels like a bigger deal than normal to this year, and why I'm going to be on t… more »

Follow The Masters at Augusta National online and on Twitter

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The Masters does online coverage at better than anyone, thanks to their online streams of Amen Corner and No. 15 and 16. But this is the year that "Tweeting" of the Masters on Twitter will be in seriously high gear - from a wide variety o… more »

New Boyne Resort unlimited golf package includes free round on Top 100 beauty Bay Harbor in northern Michigan

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Golf season is almost painfully around the corner in northern Michigan (my favorite golf destination in the entire world when looking for the unbeatable mix of quantity, scenery and value), and this summer golf package that just came across my desk shoul… more »