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Opportunities To Play Top 100 Golf Courses

Posted on July 17th, 2013

I often get asked how to play Top 100 golf courses and I always say that there is no real secret. In my experience I have found that by and large it’s mostly a matter of luck. That said, sometimes there are opportunities to play Top 100 courses that don’t require anything but having some cash and a willingness to help a good cause. One of those opportunities is happening right now. The American Cancer Society will be putting on a charity event at Olympia Fields on Monday July 22nd featuring an auction that includes numerous opportunities to play

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Posted on June 10th, 2013

U.S. Open week has finally arrived after what feels like an eternity since the USGA first announced the U.S. Open’s return to Merion. The golf media is going nuts over the USGA’s return to this historic venue and for good reason, it’s an incredible place. If you haven’t given it a look yet check out the profile I posted a few years ago. The course has had a few minor changes since then and the setup altered considerably to test the pros but the bones are the same. Over the last 6 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have

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The Memorial Tournament Preview

Posted on May 29th, 2013

I don’t talk about the PGA Tour all that much on this website. As I’ve said before there are others that cover the Tour very well and I feel like any commentary I might have would just be background noise. That said, when the Tour stops at a Top 100 golf course I tend to pay a little more attention and like to throw my 2 cents in. Last year I had the chance to play a round at Muirfield Village and the only thing I can say is that the course is every bit as great as it

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Augusta National, Aunt Jenks and the 10th Hole

Posted on April 8th, 2013

Since 1934 The Masters has been the proverbial green flag for golfers all across America signifying the beginning of the season. During the 80 years that the tournament has been contested at Augusta National Golf Club hundreds of thousands of patrons have visited the club to witness the best players of the day competing for the title of Masters Champion and the prized green jacket that accompanies the title. With such a long tournament history there are many people who have special ties, bonds and memories associated with Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters. My friend Jim’s family

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Streamsong Resort Travel Planner

Posted on February 23rd, 2013

  The hottest new golf destination this season is Streamsong Resort in rural central Florida. There seems to be a lot of questions going around about exactly where its located, how to get there and when to go so here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.     When do I need to start planning? If you want to stay in one of the 12 rooms in the clubhouse you need to call immediately! We booked about 6 months in advance to get the clubhouse rooms and that was before all the press that

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How To Play Bethpage Black

Posted on February 19th, 2013

One of the questions I get asked with great regularity is how I was able to “get on” at a specific Top 100 course. Nine times out of ten the question will be in reference to one of the 80+ private courses on the Top 100 list, but just about every tenth time I hear the question it’s in reference to Bethpage Black. It seems an unusual question considering that the Black is a public golf course run by the state of New York, but this is no ordinary municipal track and securing a tee time can be very

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Pinehurst North Carolina Travel Planner

Posted on February 4th, 2013

  The first thing that I’ll say in this Travel Planner is that I am going to use the name Pinehurst generically to mean the sand hills region of North Carolina. The North Carolina sand hill region technically consists of Pinehurst, Southern Pines and the Aberdeen area, but because the use of the term “sand hills” is synonymous with another region of world class golf in Nebraska I am going to stick to calling this North Carolina sand hill region by the name Pinehurst. Also to confuse matters even more we have Pinehurst Resort. Pinehurst Resort is the owner

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The Ultimate Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Travel Planner

Posted on November 18th, 2012

  Non-golfers may have never heard of Bandon, Oregon, but you can be assured that dyed in the wool golfers know this small seaside town as the home to one of the greatest golf resorts in the world. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort opened the Bandon Dunes Golf Course in 1999 which was quickly joined by Pacific Dunes in 2001, Bandon Trails in 2005 and then Old Macdonald in 2010. In 2012 a nifty little 13 hole par 3 course called Bandon Preserve opened for play which completes the current course lineup at the resort. There are many things that

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Ryder Cup Golf Courses

Posted on September 26th, 2012

It would seem that just about everyone loves the Ryder Cup. What’s not to love after all? It’s a chance to cheer on our fellow countrymen against the countrymen of a far away land and isn’t that what sport is all about? This week Team U.S.A. will host Team Euro at Medinah Country Club for the 39th playing of the Ryder Cup and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about it! With all due respect to my friends and readers across the pond . . . Go Team U.S.A.!!!!! Patriotism aside, what I really love about the Ryder

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Little Known Fact About Headcovers

Posted on September 6th, 2012

Here is a little known fact about headcovers . . . they are guaranteed to add 10 yards to your drives. Maybe not, but the way I see it everything I read in the golf media offers to add some extra yardage to my drives so headcovers must do the same. With the extra 10 yards I will gain for a new shoulder turn, a wider stance and a slightly stronger grip PLUS a new headcover, that adds up to 320 yard drives according to my calculations . . . at least that’s what the lessons given in all

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