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CommonGround Golf Course

Posted on September 11th, 2013

The first game of my trip to Colorado was at CommonGround Golf Course which is located in the town of Aurora. My buddy Fred from Philadelphia was with me on this trip, so once we met up at the airport we drove out to a hotel in Aurora so we would be near the golf course the next morning. A few hours later we were up and out the door for our 7:30am tee time that cost us all of $52 . . . yes, just $52, that is correct.

CommonGround Golf Course is a really interesting story that has intrigued me since I first learned of the project back in 2008

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Brickyard Crossing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Posted on August 28th, 2013

What would a trip to Indianapolis be without paying a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianpolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been hosting races since 1909 and is one of the most iconic raceways in the World. I’m not much of a race fan, but I do like golf and since 1929 there has been a golf course adjacent to the speedway which makes visiting pretty convenient for someone like me. In 1993 Indiana native Pete Dye was brought in to redesign the golf course and in doing so he created one of the most interesting novelties in golf . . . four holes INSIDE the infamous speedway.

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Wolf Run Golf Club

Posted on August 26th, 2013

Once we left French Lick we hightailed it back to Indianapolis so we could drop Keith off to catch his flight back to Chicago and get settled into our hotel for the second leg of the Indiana swing. For the next two days Corey and I would be staying in Carmel and playing a few courses around the Indy area. After we dropped Keith off at the Indianapolis airport we met up with my friend A.C. who lives in Indy and who had very kindly arranged all of our golf while we were in town. Over dinner A.C. told us we would be playing Wolf Run Golf Club the next morning. His description of the course had me a little concerned. He kept telling us “Wolf Run is SO hard, but you are going to LOVE it”. Hmmm . . . that sounded a bit like telling me that someone was going to punch me in the stomach but that it was going to be a jolly good time for everyone. You could say that I was a little bit skeptical.

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Ford’s Colony Country Club (Blackheath)

Posted on August 21st, 2013

I started playing golf in Williamsburg fairly regularly about 10 years ago. In fact it could be argued that this is where I re-established my love for the game after taking a hiatus from age 18 until my early 30s. As my parents neared retirement they began to spend quite a bit of time in Williamsburg and eventually moved there once my Dad retired from working full time. With my brother and me both living in Richmond it was pretty convenient for us, so we began making regular visits and those trips almost always revolved around a game of golf. In addition to my parents, my aunt and uncle ended up making the move to Williamsburg after spending their entire adult lives in Arizona. Over the years my aunt has been the most consistently avid golfer in our family, so it was neve too hard to put together a foursome.

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Sultan’s Run Golf Club

Posted on August 14th, 2013

I’ve already posted about the Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses at French Lick, but there is a third course that is now affiliated with the resort, Sultan’s Run Golf Club. Since we were going to have a free afternoon on the day we arrived at French Lick Resort we decided we may as well give this course a look.

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The Golf Club at Landsdowne (Norman Course)

Posted on August 7th, 2013

The second round of golf that we played on our family vacation to Landsdowne Resort was on the Greg Norman course. We were expecting pretty good weather when we booked the trip but had a strange front blow through that made it unseasonably cold and caught us, especically me, a little off guard. I hadn’t even packed a long sleeve shirt, so I had to borrow a jacket from my Dad the day we played the Norman course. Here we were just a few days before the start of June and the temperature never got out of the mid-50s. It was pretty crazy.

The Greg Norman designed course at Landsdowne Resort opened in 2005

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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick

Posted on July 31st, 2013

The Donald Ross Course at French Lick is the original course associated with the French Lick Resort and opened in 1917. In 1924 the course played host to the PGA Championship and was won by the infamous golden era professional Walter Hagen. As often happens, changes were made to the course over the years and eventually many of the Donald Ross features had been removed.

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The Golf Club at Landsdowne (Jones Course)

Posted on July 24th, 2013

Location: Landsdowne, VA Architect: Robert Trent Jones II Year: 1991 May 23, 2013 For the last couple of years my family has taken a little vacation together around Memorial Day and it is always to a spot that has golf available. After doing Pinehurst and Hilton Head Island in the past we decided to try something different this year and go to Landsdowne Resort in in Northern Virginia. I had heard of the place, but had not ever been there and really didn’t know anyone else who had been there. It doesn’t bode well when you ask all your

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Preserve)

Posted on June 24th, 2013

Anyone who has been paying attention to new golf course openings over the last year or two is certainly familiar with Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw’s new course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon Preserve. There haven’t been many new courses opening so the fact that a 13 hole par 3 course is one of the biggest stories in the industry is pretty telling.

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Chambers Bay

Posted on May 13th, 2013

After a rather soggy day at Sahalee Country Club I pointed my rental car south and headed for the Tacoma area where I was scheduled to play a round at Chambers Bay the next day. Chambers Bay is located in a town by the name of University Place, which, interestingly enough, is NOT the home of a university. The town was named in the 1800s after the University of Puget Sound purchased a tract of land with the intent of building a new campus there. Even though the new campus was never built and the university sold the land back to the city, the name University Place stuck and it has been used ever since.

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