Going for it: my truth discovered in Scotland

Standing in fairway of the 457-yard, par four 18th hole of the Leven Links, there was no decision. I was going for the green. As Fred and Matt debated their layup targets, I was brimming with adrenaline for opportunity to hit the perfect shot. Somewhere along my journey as a golfer, I changed. One of…

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Seeing the Golf Course Architecture in the moment: a short case study

My relationship with golf course architecture, primarily from the standpoint of a player, is a continuously developing gambit. I know most of the names of the important architects from various eras of golf course design and I’ve committed a handful of template holes to memory so that I can pretend to keep up with a…

“More Than Just a Golf Blog” – My interview with Golf House Kentucky

The following interview was originally published on the website of Golf House Kentucky, which is Kentucky’s umbrella organization for amateur and professional golf on April 24, 2019. Usually I both ask and answer questions myself, so it was a nice change to get to talk golf and answer of few questions with Ethan Fisher, PGA. …

Hitting into the Sun – My White Whale of Golf Conditions

On my journey from hacker to avid amateur golfer, conquering the weather and various environmental factors encountered on a golf course was nearly as big a hurdle as poor alignment, a bad path on the takeaway, and coming over the top on the downswing. Along the way I have cast out most of the old…

Managing Unrealistic Golf Expectations

Managing expectations is a tricky proposition, in golf as in life.  Balancing hopeful optimism and evidence from past performances without tilting expectations too far in either direction takes mental toughness and discipline, which probably requires a stronger mind than mine. The end of last season was a roller coaster ride that saw me playing the…

Golf on a three dimensional postcard – Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia, MI

I don’t know if there are hard and fast rules on how many favorites one can have, but my list of favorite golf courses expands from the top each year. My trip to play Arcadia Bluffs resulted in its eighteen holes instantly earning a reverence that few golf experiences may ever match. It instantly became…

The Cradle at Pinehurst – The Best of Short Course Fun

I am an enthusiast of great short golf courses, by whatever name they are called and however they are supposed to be played.  Par 3 course. Short Course. Executive Course. Pitch and Putt. Putting Course. Nine holes. Twelve Holes. Eighteen holes. The labels make no difference, so long as the golf experience is engaging and…

The Trophy Club, Lebanon, IN – A familiar, linksy jewel of a course

In 2016, our annual Guys’ Golf Trip took us to the greater Indianapolis metro to explore the best public courses in the area. Indy is well-known for its many memorable Pete Dye-designed golf courses, but it was a course constructed by Dye understudy, Tim Liddy, ASGCA, that perhaps made the most lasting impression. The Trophy…

A Dirty Dozen: twelve terrible Bluegrass area golf holes

With the PGA Tour visiting Harbour Town and Augusta National this month, there has been plenty of discussion of good and bad golf architecture, favorite holes, restoring versus remodeling, and the like in recent days. This got me to thinking about some of the worst holes I regularly encounter locally, so that I could give…

Reminder: Do not ever hit into people! Ever!

On a randomly warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in January, I snuck out with two friends for nine holes of winter golf.  And something happened that utterly ruined a perfectly nice round that, frankly, I’m still mad about two months later.  So I’m hoping that committing the episode to writing will provide some cathartic relief. My…

Happy New Year! The PGA Tour is returning to Kentucky in 2018!

When most golf fans think of the PGA Tour coming to Kentucky, the magnificent Valhalla Golf Club is probably what comes to mind, having hosted multiple PGA Championships, Senior PGA Championships, and even a Ryder Cup (the 2024 PGA Championship will return to Valhalla as well). The ambitious owners of Keene Trace Golf Club, located…

Sun Mountain Course at Paiute Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada – An Oasis of Peace

Las Vegas has a well-known way of presenting everything in and about Las Vegas to its out-of-town visitors.  The City, and more specifically The Strip, is all about bigger, louder, brighter, flashier, better. Another characteristic of the City is that it’s a place that loves to boast and sell the dream of “what if,” though…

An accidental audience: Chi Chi Rodriguez can still hold court with anyone

Sometimes, there really is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time, through no good deed of your own.  Random dumb luck is a powerful force within the universe, and exactly how I came to enjoy an impromptu audience with golf legend and Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez. On Demo…

Yeah, go ahead and tend the flag for me, will ya?

Ego and insecurity can be terrible, debilitating handicaps in the game of golf. Just two days and four holes into 2017, I received my first embarrassing dose of involuntary humility. A welcomed weather anomaly resulted in above average temperatures, allowing Bryan and I the thrill of playing golf in Central Kentucky on January 2nd.  The…

Heron Point G.C. at Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC – Dye’s Greatest Hits

I understand how golfers that have played the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links could overlook the Heron Point G.C. on the Sea Pines Plantation as just one of the “rest” of the courses on Hilton Head Island. Heron Point lacks the breathtaking views of Calibogue Sound, the PGA tournament pedigree, and the immaculate conditioning that…