Archives for: April 2009

It's easy to make golf history in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. ? There are some golf courses in Virginia that can put a double-bogey in perspective.At Cannon Ridge Golf Club, for example, you'll find real cannons left over from the Civil War. Every few holes, there are plaques that tell you… more »

Deane Beman is not only designing golf courses, but players to play them

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- You've probably heard this from me before, but the biggest problem with retaining golfers isn't that golf takes too long or is too expensive; it's just that it's often too difficult and frustrating. With that said, there are a n… more »

Recession writes new rules for PGA Tour sponsors

You might have noticed that the upcoming PGA Tour event in Charlotte no longer bears the name of its title sponsor the past few years, Wachovia.That's because Wells Fargo of San Francisco bought Wachovia, and the Wachovia brand is being phased out.… more »

Lots of great venues where you can give golf the old college try

Over on, we just published a review I did on the Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University in Tempe.Playing college golf courses has a whole different feel than regular daily fee or resort courses. First of all, it's a real bonu… more »

You, too, can have a 'Symple' swing, sort of like Brian Gay's

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One thing that struck me watching Brian Gay lap the field at the Verizon Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., this weekend was how simple his swing is. A couple of times during CBS' telecast, David Feherty talked about how… more »

Bill Murray's wayward golf shot was dangerously funny

One day after actor/comedian Bill Murray's loose tee shot nearly killed Gayle DiMaggio, she almost got plunked her again, but everyone involved seems to have a pretty good sense of humor about it.On Friday, Murray's hooked tee shot on the ninth hole… more »

Jack Nicklaus vs. Pete Dye vs. Tom Fazio; Who's your favorite? Whose courses do you avoid?

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We recently published my review of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz on The week after I returned from Arizona, I mentioned to one of my colleagues that I played the course. His scornful comments of Jack Nicklaus… more »

Bring your better half to the new pro-am golf event

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There's a new pro-am set for this fall's Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it's a lot different than anything we've seen at a PGA Tour event. This is a couples event, so if your wife, husband or significant other plays golf… more »

Angel Cabrera survives and thrives to get in and win Masters playoff

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Boy, you had to feel for Kenny Perry. The Masters was his to lose, and he did. A skulled chip shot on 17 and a hooked approach out of the bunker on 18 was his undoing. Then he hit another bad shot on the second playoff hole on 10 to open the door for Ang… more »

Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson battle was bonus game at the Masters

If you believe Tiger Woods, what we saw unfold for the better part of four hours on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club wasn't a title fight between Woods and Phil Mickelson, even though at one point commentator Nick Faldo compared it to Frazier-Ali.… more »

Who will come out on top this weekend at the Masters is anybody's guess

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Chad Campbell didn't fold, and neither did Kenny Perry, but who's the best bet to come out on top this weekend at Augusta National? Campbell shot a solid 70 during much tougher conditions during Round 2 at the Masters; Perry, who has never had much su… more »

Masters Round 1: Tiger Woods in position; field goes really, really low at Augusta National Golf Club

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Many of us thought Augusta National was getting a little too tough after Tom Fazio allegedly "Tiger-proofed" the course a couple of years ago. Apparently, all you need is some nice weather and some accessible pin positions. These guys really are that go… more »

Masters golf features plenty of oldies, including the music

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I hate the music, but love the Masters. It's my favorite of the four majors, partly because it's the first of the year, but mostly because of the golf course and some of the old characters who play in it. And nothing looks as spectacular in high defin… more »

J.B. Holmes' long wait at Shell Houston Open ends in Masters disappointment

HUMBLE, Texas -- You had to feel for J.B. Holmes Sunday at the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course. He posted 11-under, then waited around for 2 hours and 40 minutes. By the time eventual winner Paul Casey made a bogey on the… more »

Will Phil Mickelson's poor showing hurt him at Masters?

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HUMBLE, Texas -- Last year, Phil Mickelson came to the Shell Houston Open to check out the Augusta-like setup at Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course. Admitting that it was more important to prepare for the following week than it was to win the Houston… more »