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Jack driving a Pontiac. Hogan revving a Toro. Tiger’s iconic “Hello World” spot. No. 11 celebrates the art, power and influence of golf’s pitchmen and women in our first-ever special section. It includes so many essays and old-school stunners we had to add eight bonus pages. Then it’s on to a range sesh with 97-year-old legend Jack Burke, treks to Royal St. George’s, Silvies Valley Ranch, and Pebble Beach, and even a daring mission to a sand course in Libya. Scroll for No. 11’s full script.

Features
A Felicitous Farewell

“If 17 Mile Drive hadn’t been there already, Alfred Hitchcock would have built it and stuck a blonde in a convertible on it.”

A Felicitous Farewell

A Pebble Beach stalwart bids his favorite course adieu.

A Universal Oasis

“After we left, I wondered why the Mad Dog’s son urged me to go to this deserted place. It occurred to me that maybe the course wasn’t forgotten.”

A Universal Oasis

Follow the Flying Sword to Libya’s golf sanctuary.

“This was to be the perfect location to build a southern rival to St. Andrews.”

Yardage Book: The Talisman

A glimpse at Royal St. George’s most famous blind spot.

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“It moves the soul, as all great ads are supposed to do. And the soul, when open, has no color, no economic entitlement or true target audience.” 

Selling the Dream

Celebrating the power and influence of golf’s pitchmen and women.

“It’s fun when people walk off the course after their second round….Because you can just see that the light has come on for them.”

Dispatches From the New Frontier

Reverse routings are served family style at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Shrink the Game

“We must make golf smaller. Allow people to grow to love all little things that are great about the game. We all own golf.”

Shrink the Game

In praise of golf’s small pleasures.

The Faz Factory

“What happens when tastes change from Cheesecake Factory’s industrial-size comfort food to the funky taco truck with local ingredients? What happens when golfer’s would rather skip Shadow Creek for Sweetens Cove?”

The Faz Factory

Exploring the alarming connection between designer and restaurant.

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Lost on Track

“‘Where should we play?’ Uncle Scotty asked, eyes locked on the screen….‘Everywhere,’ I thought to myself.”

Lost on Track

Next exit: Golden Tee country.

There’s a million different ways to tell a story. And I don’t think that people ever gave golf photography that type of flexibility before.

Outlier

Straight-edge, punk rock and hickory: Christian Hafer plays from the fringe.

My Terribly Generous Friend

“Tommy called my dad early one Saturday morning and said, ‘The Canucks got into the gambling whiskey. They want a match.’”

My Terribly Generous Friend

Growing up with Tommy Bolt and his misleading moniker.

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There’s a Swing in Everybody

“You’re there to take it all in, to listen, to envelop yourself in a whirlwind of philosophies, bon mots and old-school lessons that resonate long after you’ve left.”

There’s a Swing in Everybody

At 97, Jack Burke Jr. still has plenty of lessons to share.

Interview: Jacques Slade

“What am I doing by bringing my own personal style that is disrespectful to the game?”

Interview: Jacques Slade

YouTube’s resident sneakerhead demands answers.

“We celebrated all the way back to Raccoon Run’s charmingly obsolete clubhouse, where waiting family members asked for our score. Joe, almost guiltily, answered, ‘Eleven under.’”

The Last Run

A fitting goodbye to a family’s beloved home course.

Essay: The Scavenger Society

“And then I saw it: the result of another golfer’s terrible hook, beckoning from a thicket. I couldn’t stop myself; I am who I am.”

Essay: The Scavenger Society

Digging deep on one of golf’s most relentless communities.