We will be adding new content frequently to our News tab as long as the COVID19 pandemic keeps everyone home. Golf has always helped players stay healthy—by getting them outside, walking across a pleasant greensward, carrying clubs (or having an ambling conversation with their caddies if they’re lucky enough to have that companionable service available), swinging vigorously every little while and enjoying the company of friends. We hope these contributions will echo golf’s therapeutic benefits as we eagerly await the moment we can return to the links.
Golf Course Architecture on “Creating Calusa Pines”
We were honored to see Creating Calusa Pines in the March 2020 issue of Golf Course Architecture, the UK-based global “journal of golf course design and development.” Club histories rarely win such attention, so we’re grateful to GCA’s editors for finding space for our book.
Columbia Sportswear’s Compassionate Chief: A Tribute
At Columbia Sportswear, compassion and generosity rule. That’s because the man at the top, Tim Boyle, who shepherded the transition of his family’s company from a small vendor of hats to a global sports apparel powerhouse, is a kind and thoughtful boss.
Made for TV Matches Reveal More About the Courses Than the Players.
TV charity matches may not rouse touring pros to perform with the intensity and drama they bring to a professional golf tournament, but made-for-TV events provide a better view of the courses they are being played on than the typical TV broadcast does. Even the annual...
No Tees, No Grooves, No Glory
You may have played The Ocean Course from the tips, or the Old Course in a gale. You may have arrived for the final round of a member-guest with a hangover so overwhelming that you used handicap parking--and deserved it. But there is another, tougher form of golf. I tried it...
Revisiting “The Swinger” — a Novel by Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck
I recently reviewed Michael Bamberger's new book, The Second Life of Tiger Woods, in tandem with an appreciation of Curt Sampson's Roaring Back for the Pacific Northwest Golf Association's website and magazine. You can read that review at...
Putting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
As have you, I assume, I’ve considered and rejected various self-improvement projects during this long, lonely time-out: lift more? look up old friends? learn to hit the high note on the pan flute? No, no, and no. Instead, I’ve re-discovered the soothing, almost numbing effects...
Remembering Doug Sanders
He played golf his way, too, with a swing so short and snappy that it was nearly invisible—but man, did it ever work: 20 PGA tour wins and second place finishes in four majors. For all his pomp, Sanders competed as hard and as well as anyone.
“No one could play like Sanders—and his golf game was good, too,” I concluded cheekily in The Eternal Summer.
Guest Columnist on Golf Club Histories
David currently serves on the advisory board of OpenRounds formed in 2016 “to increase club utilization while deepening member engagement.” Dave oversees a newsletter called “Club Scene,” which is distributed to OpenRounds members, where he recently wrote about club histories.
John Garrity’s Marvelous Masterpiece, Ancestral Links
The best golf writing maneuvers along a treacherous ridgeline separating the chasm of sentimentality from the gorge of self-indulgence. There’s something about golf that gets the sap rising. In Ancestral Links, John Garrity had to tread with special care.