“He shrugged his shoulders as if it was so obvious that everyone should see it: “Why not always play like that?”
The Match Club
Peeling back the layers of Ohoopee, where par is never invited.
“It was designed exclusively for restricted areas. Their entire game was out of bounds.”
High on the Crime
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“The surfaces on which these children putt and stomp and shout are no ordinary greens; they are perhaps golf’s most extraordinary.”
The Playground Drawings
Donald Ross’ long-lost greens became a gift for Nashville’s youngest players.
“Had social media been around then, there’s no telling what would have been said online about Tobacco Road.”
The One Less Travelled
An oral history of Tobacco Road’s path from curious case to Mike Strantz-designed cult classic.
“The only hint of the course that never was is a stunning artificial practice putting green and the incongruously turfed deck of one of the resort’s swimming pools.”
One man’s quest to build the first artificial course comes up dry.
“Was the course really so hard? Can a nine-hole golf course with seven holes under 130 yards truly be so tough?”
Redefining golf masochism at the Bad Little Nine.
“It provides for the opportunity of an experience entirely of its own when played in reverse—one that can be equally as fulfilling as play across the normal sequence of holes.”
Yardage Book: St. Andrews Club
Unearthing the home of golf’s long, lost left-handed routing.
“This was no backyard one-off. Short courses could be created anywhere; he was proving it every day.”
Trial by Fire
Brough Creek National is changing golf architecture one burnpile at a time.
“Walking back to my car, still astounded by the events of the day, I was acutely aware that this was a life-altering experience.”
10 Hours in Heaven
A pilgrimage to the National.