“It’s not often that architects have to design green complexes in the shadow of a giant metallic orb in the craggy hillside above. But Lee loves his art, as I was about to discover.”
An examination of the cultural, spiritual and financial effects of a surreal golf experience in South Korea.
“The power of books is that they live on long after their authors have passed, but 60 years after the publication of Five Lessons, the man who created some of the game’s most significant and lasting images of the swing…is a ghost.”
The Hawk’s Hands
Piecing together the life and legacy of Anthony Ravielli, the artist behind the iconic drawings in one of golf’s seminal instructional works.
“It’s hard not to fall for the place. If you grew up playing scruffier, low-cost public courses, you’ll recognize those familiar charms at Canal Shores. But warm-and-fuzzies aren’t enough to save a golf course.”
A Club with Broad Shoulders
Taking the El Loop at Chicago’s Canal Shores, where a band of diehards work every day to defend a course perpetually in peril.
“Seven holes or 25, played clockwise or not, with a list of rules you could fit on a business card—there was once a little rebel spirit in golf.”
Perhaps 18 isn’t golf’s magic number. A chance 12 holes in Shiskine’s rock cathedral forever changed one man’s view of the perfect round.
“If you’re ever in a spot with a bunch of other photographers, you should probably move. What’s the point of getting the same thing as everyone else?”
A layoff led to a job at the PGA Tour. Now Ryan Young is capturing frames that belie his age.
“MacKenzie crammed all of this into a hole measuring 387 yards from the championship tees, a priceless relic in this era of super-sized courses.”
Yardage Book: Ageless Wonder
Like its infamous green complex, the classically beautiful 16th hole at Pasatiempo is layered with history and lore.
“It’s a trip full of stories and trivia and short hikes through the woods to see depressions in the ground he claims are abandoned Donald Ross bunkers. As a golf nut, it’s a guided tour I should have had to pay for.”
The Roof of the World
Trekking through golf’s history and future with renaissance man and rising-star architect Riley Johns.
“Boat from Montauk. PB&J with bacon at the turn. Seth Raynor. Dreams, man, dreams.”
To some, it’s just a trinket. To others, it’s another pelt for the wall.
“Truth and lore get seriously tangled when it comes to the Horizon Hills money matches. From Cook’s account, Trevino shot 63 to Floyd’s 65 on the first day. Then another 63 to Floyd’s 64 on the next. Titanic and Floyd were down $18,000 when they convinced Trevino’s backers to go to a third and final match, this one for $20,000.”
Homage to the Hustle
From Titanic to Trevino, an appreciation of the game’s characters who would go to great lengths to empty your wallet.