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On the cover: Payne Stewart, ignoring the roar at Pebble Beach, California, in 1991. Payne is watching over an issue full of style, substance, and soul that runs from Tom Coyne’s “Sacred Sand” to Caleb Hannan’s exploration of the outer limits of “pure golf” at the Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch. Excursions to an unlikely golf Mecca in Tennessee, a family-run hickory factory in Louisville, Kentucky, Gary Player’s stud ranch in South Africa, and a course called Rye for the annual Oxford vs. Cambridge old boys tournament make this a truly global affair. Representations of the game throughout range from Ballesteros, S. to Skywalker, L., and from oil on canvas to beyond the visible spectrum.

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Photo: Kohjiro Kinno

“Golfers like to do a lot of things on their own: beat a bucket at the range; play a familiar course at sunrise; complete a full circle of made 3-footers around one hole on the putting green. Normally an empty course at dusk would have felt like a gift.”

Don't Be a Sheep

Exploring the boundaries and uncertain future of Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch.

Photo: David Cannon

“I’ll never forget the look on his face as an 18-day-old foal sprinted around him in a small grass paddock. If static images had sound, it would still never do that moment justice.”

At Home With: Gary Player

Running with horses, and up the side of a mountain: time spent not relaxing at the legend’s stud farm in South Africa.

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Photo: David Cannon

“Brains and golf are not necessarily great bedfellows.”

The President’s Putter

For decades, Oxford has squared off against Cambridge in this quintessentially British event that cuts to the core of what a golf competition should be.

BURGHESS, 2008, oil on canvas, 48 x 64 inches

“From all these things, ideas start to form, and I pull gently on their threads like when I’m trying to remember a dream in the morning.”

The Emergent Pattern

War, loss, freedom and golf inspire the artwork of Geoffrey Cunningham.

Photo: Brian Oar

“We would have been happy to play the scorecard routing again, but our hosts unlocked an entirely new and equally spectacular golf course.”

To the Place We Belong

To some, Sweetens Cove is nine holes in rural Tennessee. To others, it’s a religious experience.

Photo: Robert Beck

“This is probably someone famous from the Pro-Am, but I was more interested in the tree.”

New Tricks

Sports Illustrated photographer Robert Beck captures golf beyond the visible spectrum.

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Photo: Jon Cavalier

“Today’s technology has rendered many of golf’s sub-400-yard par 4s defenseless. Not the 11th.”

Yardage Book: Heaven

Finding the green, and history, of Merion’s fabled 11th hole.

Photo: Geoffrey Cunningham

“The factory heats up quickly and workdays are typically completed by the time most of America is taking its lunch break. In the old days, that meant the boys could skip out for an afternoon 18 and an evening full of beer, laughs and sketchy bars before waking up (or staying up) to do it all over again.”

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Louisville Golf is somehow still making hickories. And they’re loving it.

Photo: Chris Reynolds

“Stephenson, who dated Donald Trump for a year in the mid-’70s, was one of the most recognizable female athletes in the world in 1983.”

The Year Is: 1983

From Michael’s Moonwalk to Seve’s smash, reliving one of golf’s great years.