The Ghost of Christmas Past: Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf

The Golf Channel did all golf aficionados a solid on Christmas Day by broadcasting old episodes of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf all day long. Watching that beautifully grainy footage from the 1960’s of some of the game’s legends was a fantastic nightcap for the holiday and reminded me of how much I enjoyed those…

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The Links at Novadell – Hopkinsville, KY: An island of green in a sea of tan – CLOSED

Update: Unfortunately for we avid golfers, The Links at Novadell apparently closed its doors for good on December 31, 2016.  This was a good one that I’m sad to see go away. The Links at Novadell wins the 2015 Flattest Course Award.  Yeah, sure, it’s not exactly a links golf course, considering that it’s eight…

One Bearded Movie Review: Bat *21 – The Story of How Golf Saved A Real American Hero

In the realm of golf cinema, anyone who ever picked up a club has their favorite golf movie.  Caddyshack is quoted everyday on tee boxes, grill rooms, and corporate offices around the world. Happy Gilmore was an instant cult classic among golfers for its brilliant one-liners and its unconventional underdog come hero narrative.  And Tin Cup is…

One of my favorite walks: My Old Kentucky Home State Park Golf Course, Bardstown, KY

One of my favorite walks this summer was at the Kenny Rapier Golf Course at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky.  It was neither the easiest nor the hardest course to walk, but it is one of the most pleasant. It’s difficult to succinctly describe the course because it really is a…

December Poll Question: Do your visits to “big name” courses live up to expectations?

One of my guilty pleasures and great joys each winter is reviewing the lists of the major golf publications’ lists of “Top 100” courses and the like. I also enjoy some of the more static lists like the Golf Course Architects Top 100 and the The Links Association’s list of the 246 True Links Courses,…

Results of the November Poll Question: What kind of tee do you use?

The results of the November poll question are in and the One Bearded Research Team has analyzed the data, and it’s clear that the you, Dear Readers, definitively prefer unpainted, natural wood golf tees. I’m hardly surprised by this result; sometimes the simplest things are just the best.  I’m just curious if this groups’ affinity…

Rear Back and Let it Rip – Longview Golf Club, Georgetown, KY

Longview Golf Course, just outside of Georgetown, Kentucky, is a hacker’s paradise. It’s fairly wide open from most tee boxes, it’s sneaky short due to the par three’s being so long, and there is a nice variety among the holes that allow for plenty of different shot-making options. The golf course is out-of-the-way for nearly…