No.12

Like a par save from the bushes, No. 12 defiantly makes its own way. Some names will be familiar, like Seve Ballesteros marauding onto the U.S. golf scene, Coore & Crenshaw turning trashed land into Trinity Forest and Fowler & Wolff returning to Oklahoma State. But some, like rebel architect Desmond Muirhead, and Wawashkamo, the island course stuck in time, must be read to be believed. It’s enough to make one long for a comfortable pint at an iconic St. Andrews watering hole. Scroll to get that too.

Features
The Program

“Laughter all around as Wolff heckles Fowler from the fairway. It takes several more misses, but Fowler finally makes it and a mock cheer goes up from both groups. Even today, Karsten is hard.”

The Program

Riding with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, college golf’s most unlikely dynasty.

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Elysian Dreams

“Let’s be clear: He was always looking for symbolism and how golf holes could evoke emotion. But now, refreshed and feeling like he had nothing to lose, Muirhead was about to shake up the industry.”

Elysian Dreams

Exploring the mind, life and radical architecture of Desmond Muirhead.

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Proof in the Spirits

“That the golf course is here at all, though, is proof that some people will do anything for a drink.”

Proof in the Spirits

A toast to the thirsty souls who brought golf to the U.S-Canada border during Prohibition.

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Yardage Book: Troubadour

“[Crenshaw] looked out over what would become the ninth fairway, pointed to his left and said, “If that was an ocean, I’d swear to you we were standing in Scotland right now.”

Yardage Book: Troubadour

Working through the sizable challenges of Trinity Forest’s pint-size par-4 5th.

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Funny Because It’s True

“I thought, ‘Isn’t this weird how we represent these sports?’ We’re representing an idealized half-truth. Nobody’s representing the game in a way that seems very true to the experience.”

Funny Because It’s True

Charles Lindsay’s hyperbolic images make light of golf’s nightmare situations.

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My God, What a Show

“Golf can be a cruel and capricious monarch, but Seve always saw opportunities others couldn’t.”

My God, What a Show

The four shots that immortalized Seve Ballesteros.

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The Case for Going Bunkerless

“This is as good a time as any to ask: Do our courses really need bunkers?’”

The Case for Going Bunkerless

One round at this sand-free masterclass is ample evidence.

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We Found Our Feet in Avalon

“Our plan to sail to Catalina Island and dig up some little-known golf history completely unraveled as naïveté, bickering and seasickness threatened to capsize our entire trip.”

We Found Our Feet in Avalon

First-time sailors in search of dry land and a lost course on Catalina Island.

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A Day at the Dunvegan

“We come from different places and speak different languages and vote for different people. But for sacred blocks of four and a half hours (it had better be three and a half around here), we share a frequency typically reserved for identical twins.”

A Day at the Dunvegan

Snapshots from St. Andrews’ famous post-round watering hole.

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The Time Machine

“It is golf through a time capsule, where never once has a digger or bulldozer broken the soil, and they never will, given the island’s ban on engines.”

The Time Machine

Times change. Wawashkamo doesn’t.

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Essay: Chasing Jenny

“If she could go from Duke to being tied for the lead of a major, maybe I could go from child disaster to something a bit less…mortifying.”

Essay: Chasing Jenny

One woman’s Open loss helps another find herself.

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Fiery Ejections

“My handicap remains in the 8s due to one fatal flaw: the most embarrassing sand game since Top Gun.”

Fiery Ejections

An epic tale of bunker failure.

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Interview: Colton Craig

“I’m not trying to bash any of my similar-aged peers, because many get to do cool work for the top firms in the business. That’s awesome, but what about real problem-solving?”

Interview: Colton Craig

An epic tale of bunker failure.Golf course design has a new kid on the block.

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A Short Defense of the Pitch’n’Putt

“You can’t find the competitive fire to compete against yourself on a short course or an interesting three- to four-hole loop? All due respect, but what the hell is wrong with you, sir?”

A Short Defense of the Pitch’n’Putt

Some people need to open their eyes.

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This Could Be Ugly

“Despite prayers for a safe landing, I would inevitably top it. These are moments when you learn about yourself.”

This Could Be Ugly

Going to battle with golf’s greatest handicap: nerves.

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