July was Pie in the Sky

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Even by the normally frenetic Vagabond Golfer standards, this latest foray to the Northeast was supercharged. My travel-to-golf pace generally falls between intense and insane, but July's day-to-day was unsurpassed in my personal annals for the combinati… more »

Crumpin-Fox Golf Club in Massachusetts remains a timeless delight

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About 16 or 17 years back, and close to 600 golf courses ago, I was first exposed to a wonderland called Crumpin-Fox Golf Club. This is a delightfully hilly and serene walk through the woods in the northern Massachusetts town of Bernardston, adjacent to… more »

The continued diminution of The Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links

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What do these two groups of golfers have in common? Group One: Palmer-Nicklaus—Irwin—Miller—Watson—Norman—Stewart-Faldo. Group Two: Loren Roberts-Stewart Cink-Glen Day-Jose Coceres-Aaron Baddeley-Peter Lonard-Boo Weekley-Brian Gay It… more »

Puma golf apparel is Premier

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It would be great being Geoff Ogilvy. He's one of pro golf's finest players, leading the 2009 Money List with nearly 3 million bucks, and closing in on 20 million in career earnings. He's a former U.S. Open Champion, and has won 3 World Golf Championship… more »

Pete Dye Book named Book of the Year

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Just a quick note to let those of you in the blogosphere know that I am extremely honored to have learned that my latest book, titled Pete Dye--Golf Courses, was named as the Book of the Year by the International Network of Golf at last week's PGA Show i… more »

HECKLED BY A HALL-OF-FAMER

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I had a unique experience this past Monday evening at venerable Coral Ridge CC in Ft. Lauderdale, where the 77th annual Doherty Cup was being contested. For the second time in three years I was asked to be the dinner speaker for this gathering of some o… more »

Sanctuary Cap Cana is as good as it gets

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My just-completed visit to Sanctuary Cap Cana, on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, was sensory overload in every capacity. The resort hotel is laid-back but luxurious, two separate structures (one in Spanish Colonial style, the other bui… more »

The new Pete Dye Book is Out, and I'm giving away gifts to celebrate!

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It began as an innocuous and unrelated conversation in the winter of '06. It lead to Perry Dye hiring me to conceive and execute a major book that details the incredible highlights of his dad’s unprecedented career as a golf course architect. The bo… more »

600 Courses on the Lifetime List

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Crossed an important milestone last week in Michigan's leafy Upper Peninsula. Played course no. 600 on my lifetime list - an absolutely stellar and challenging venue in the town of Iron Mountain called Timberstone, as lovely a walk in the woods as a golf… more »

Oakland Hills and the Townsend Hotel--Detroit Diamonds

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Had the distinct pleasure of playing Oakland Hills about six weeks ago. The golf course is a wonderful combinations of roller coaster terrain, thoughtful bunkering and puzzling greens. It was plenty to handle from 6,500 yards, and the pros about to tee… more »

The Snake River Sporting Club is Sensational

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There’s an expression that’s become common in Jackson, Wyoming over the last couple of decades. The billionaires are pushing the millionaires out of town. The incredibly rustic terrain, the soaring drama of the Tetons, the accessibility to Yellowst… more »

The (surprisingly) Good, the (insufferably) Bad, and the (unbelievably) Ugly

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Played a very worthwhile muni, in the downtrodden Catskill Mountains of New York, of all places, that was an extremely pleasant surprise. Tarry Brae in the village of Loch Sheldrake is well-conditioned, with lots of interesting elevation changes, modest… more »

Raving about Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho

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When my hometown of Savannah becomes a late-spring steam bath, there is nowhere I'd rather stray to than the cool and refreshing grandeur of the great Northwest. Oregon's Bandon Dunes Resort has become one of the game’s most desirable destinations in t… more »

Coastal Georgia's Hampton Club Not to be Missed

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I had the good fortune of enjoying a wonderful golf course I’d never before seen on Georgia’s St. Simons Island not long ago. The Hampton Club was once home to Hampton Plantation, an 18th century, antebellum plantation where cotton, indigo and rice… more »

No more PGA Tour Perks for Craig

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24 of the first 28 winners of the Players Championhip were also Major winners. From Jack Nicklaus in 1974, through Tiger Woods in 2001. These include a passel of current or future Hall-of-Famers named Floyd, Trevino, Norman, Price, Couples, Sutton and Lo… more »