No. 20

Rarely is golf just about getting the ball in the hole. No. 20 is a meditation on the bigger picture, from a sojourn in Scotland to mourn a son to answering one of life’s toughest questions at Pine Valley. Meanwhile, Tom Doak shares an epiphany at Tara Iti, and a lifelong dream is achieved at Southern Pines. Our celebrated cover artist also paints some much-needed fresh perspective on the game. But as Tom Coyne discovers on his trip to Oakmont, sometimes the score really is the thing. Join them for more revelations inside.

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A Weekend at Barney's

“He knew how much Pine Valley meant to every one of his guests. Despite always being practical, Barney still knew that history needed to be felt rather than read, because knowledge is far more than facts.”

A Weekend at Barney’s

Answering Pine Valley’s unforgettable question.

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Tara Iti

“With deep bunkers already surrounding it, and the stiffened green, it is the hardest shot on the golf course for me personally—because we made it harder than I wanted it to be.”

Yardage Book: Pucker Factor

Playing Tara Iti’s iconic 17th with the man who built it.

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The Price We Pay

“As they were celebrating by the 18th green, my son walked over into the middle of them and shook every single one of their hands. I still cry when thinking about it. I think I always will.”

The Price We Pay

Tragedy and a search for peace in Scotland.

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The Ball That Counts Oakmont SWAT

“As we strode out to our opening hole, I eyed my six partners and wondered who among us would walk back in as our hero. The fact that I was looking at everyone but myself was a worrisome sign.”

The Ball That Counts

Oakmont. The SWAT. Let’s go.

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You Ain't a Beauty, But Hey, You're Alright

“Pour a little out for an ol’ girl who, like us, had a lot of miles on the tires, some dirt underneath a dented veneer and still enough motor to make it to the next tee. ”

You Ain’t a Beauty, But Hey, You’re Alright

Singing the praises of a golf road-trip legend.

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New Ways to Get Better Henry Taylor

“While his pieces today can fetch nearly seven figures at auction, Taylor was not widely known until his 40s, when the art world discovered his spontaneous canvases and found-object sculptures.”

New Ways to Get Better

Henry Taylor turns his celebrated eye to golf.

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Golf in its purest form. Delivered direct to your door.

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The Next Big Leap

“Even in this sanitized version [of the jump into Poppy’s Pond], there is no disputing that golf will lose something when the LPGA moves this storied major to Houston next year. But what, exactly?”

The Next Big Leap

An elegy for one of golf’s murkiest traditions.

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Power of Three Southern Pines

“It’s a lovely old soul where that golden hour of sunlight—the warmth cast on the bottlebrush and the wire grass, the long shadows that make the bunkers look like bottomless pits and the pines like skyscrapers—seems to be shining from more than a century ago, just waiting for someone with a bag on their shoulder.”

Power of Three

Southern Pines takes its rightful place among the giants.

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The Ballad of Gorjus George

“While the overwhelming majority of fans who flip on the weekend telecast have no idea who he is, they should know that those shot-tracer lines tracking 370-yard drives to the inch have their origins in what was known for years on Tour as ‘The Book.’”

The Ballad of Gorjus George

Before ShotLink, he created the yardage books players craved.

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A Romp at the Gables

“You can forgive a bunch of folks for getting dressed up in some spectacularly goofy outfits in order to get away from it all for one blissful spring day.”

A Romp at the Gables

The 1970s were a strange time, man.

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Golf Rustico

“Along with his trash bag, he carries weather-beaten pin flags and beat-up squares of faded green artificial turf. Such is daily course management for the Club de Golf Pozuelo.”

Golf Rustico

A toast to Spain’s open-land golf.

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What Happens at Golf Camp

“We were actually doing it—hanging out with the prettiest girls our sixth- and seventh-grade eyes had ever seen. Then it happened.”

What Happens at Golf Camp…

A preteen tale of hope, love and crushing embarrassment.

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Lipping Out - Left, Right, Left

“I made my first left-handed par on the ninth. I immediately texted my dad as if I were 13 and had just birdied a hole that had always been my nemesis.”

Left, Right, Left

Discovering the joys of switching sides.

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Yes, I'm Still Running

“My wife has a right to an explanation for all the time and energy I dedicate to something that appears on the surface to be self-indulgent. I believe I will eventually come up with it.”

Yes, I’m Still Running

Examining the existential crisis of every golfer with a family.

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Lipping Out - A Window into the golfer's soul

“They probably have almonds in a Ziploc bag. They definitely have a Sharpie. Diehards need a Sharpie like caddies need comfy shoes.”

A Window into the Golfer’s Soul

One look at their bag is all you need.

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