“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.”
Riding with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, college golf’s most unlikely dynasty.
“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.”
Exploring the mind, life and radical architecture of Desmond Muirhead.
“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.
“[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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“My handicap remains in the 8s due to one fatal flaw: the most embarrassing sand game since Top Gun.”
An epic tale of bunker failure.
“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.
“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.
“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.