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June 8, 2010 | 1:46 p.m.

Olympic pitch

Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam

DUBLIN, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam, asked to be “global ambassadors” during golf’s all-out sales pitch to be part of the Olympics, want to build the course in Brazil where the Olympics will be played in 2016.

Nicklaus said he and Sorenstam have written a letter to the International Golf Federation requesting they be considered as architects of the first Olympic golf course since 1904.

“I think this is a very functional partnership,” Nicklaus said. “I hope we can work a deal.”

There figures to be no shortage of architects. Henrique Lavie, commissioner of the Tour de las ...

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June 7, 2010 | 4:07 p.m.

Home-spun touch

Bradley S. Klein
The 10th green (foreground) and the par-3 11th hole.
The 10th green (foreground) and the par-3 11th hole.


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MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, Mass. – One of amateur golf’s most prestigious events returns to its ancestral homeland this month. The Curtis Cup sets up shop June 11-13 at the venerable Essex County Club, 30 miles northeast of Boston.

Essex County Club, founded in 1893, was home to Donald Ross from 1910 to 1916, when he served as golf professional, expanded the course to its current routing and walked to work from a house that sits behind the 14th green.

The club, rated No. 63 on the Golfweek’s Best Classic Course list, has a ...

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June 1, 2010 | 11:06 a.m.

Big, bold strokes

Bradley S. Klein
Old Macdonald's seventh hole utilizes a huge dune overlooking the Pacific.
Old Macdonald's seventh hole utilizes a huge dune overlooking the Pacific.

BANDON, Ore. – The design and development of a golf course is a long, drawn-out process. There are the occasional moments of epiphany, interspersed with cold, wet days out on the site, slogging along for hours looking, thinking and hoping for an idea to pop into your head.

With Old Macdonald, newest of the four courses comprising Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the nearly four-year effort involved a communal program that is rare in golf and that has its own unique rewards. I have no idea how “signature designers” can think they are achieving anything but public-relations photo ops when they fly ...

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Categories: Top Stories, Architecture
May 6, 2010 | 9:36 a.m.

Marvelous munis

Martin Kaufmann
Butterfield Trail, No. 3 in Golfweek's Best Muni Courses 2010
Butterfield Trail, No. 3 in Golfweek's Best Muni Courses 2010


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It will come as a surprise to no one that the Black Course at Bethpage State Park once again occupies the top spot on Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses list for 2009-10. The A.W. Tillinghast masterpiece, which Rees Jones buffed up a decade ago, last year played host to its second U.S. Open in seven years.

The runner-up to the Black again this year is Chambers Bay, the University Place, Wash., links that will play host to the U.S. Amateur this summer.

What might come as a surprise is ...

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April 26, 2010 | 2:51 p.m.

Klein on Design: No. 6, TPC Sawgrass

Bradley S. Klein
No. 6 at TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)
No. 6 at TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 393, par 4

Architect: Pete Dye (1981)

Where: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., The Players Championship, May 6-9

Ranked: No. 16 on the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern List

It’s great because . . . no tournament course in the U.S. makes better use of angles and perception/misperception of ground features than this historic Dye tract. In an era when everyone else was building for aerial power golf, Dye took a dead-flat swamp and tamed it into a bewildering concatenation of quirky bounces, false safe zones ...

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April 19, 2010 | 3:11 p.m.

2010 Ryder Cup

Celtic Manor's Twenty-Ten Course
Celtic Manor's Twenty-Ten Course

NEWPORT, Wales – Europe captain Colin Montgomerie has had nearly $750,000 spent on preparing the Celtic Manor course in Wales to meet his specifications for the Ryder Cup in September.

However, many of the changes are subtle and do not follow the attempts to gain a distinct home advantage against the Americans made by his predecessors Ian Woosnam at The K Club in Ireland in 2006 and Sam Torrance at the Belfry in 2002.

The alterations, unveiled to the European golfing media on Monday, have been implemented despite the fact that the Celtic Manor course was built and opened for ...

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April 8, 2010 | 10:32 a.m.

Hole to watch at Augusta: No. 16

Bradley S. Klein
The par-3 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.
The par-3 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.

No: 16 170 yards, par 3, Augusta National Golf Club

Architects: Robert Tyre (“Bobby”) Jones and Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1947)

Where: Augusta, Ga., The Masters, April 8-11

Ranked: No. 9 on Golfweek’s Best Classic List

It’s great because . . . the last of the five water holes on Augusta National – all on the back nine – provides a theatrical setting for championship golf. The hole, established in its current form in 1947, embodies a distinctly modern sensibility of power, aerial shotmaking and all-or-nothing drama. In many ways, it’s a precursor of the stadium-like setting found at TPC Scottsdale’s ...

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April 5, 2010 | 5:36 p.m.

Klein on Design: No. 16 at Augusta

Bradley S. Klein
No. 16 at Augusta National Golf Club
No. 16 at Augusta National Golf Club

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 170, par 3

Architects: Robert Tyre (“Bobby”) Jones and Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1947)

Where: Augusta, Ga., The Masters, April 8-11, 2010

Ranked: No. 9 on Golfweek’s Best Classic List

It’s great because . . . the last of the five water holes on Augusta National – all on the back nine – provides a theatrical setting for championship golf. The hole, established in its current form in 1947, embodies a distinctly modern sensibility of power, aerial shotmaking and all-or-nothing drama. In many ways, it’s a precursor ...

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April 4, 2010 | 11:42 p.m.

Hole to watch at Augusta: No. 13

Bradley S. Klein
No. 13 at Augusta National.
No. 13 at Augusta National.

No. 13: 510 yards, par 5

What’s distinctive: The course that championed the “par 41⁄2” still has the most exciting and risky par 5s in all of championship golf. The most graceful is the relentless dogleg-left 13th hole, the culminating point of Amen Corner. The hole is protected on the lower inside left by a stream that laces across the front of the green and is decidedly in play on second shots. The creek especially is a factor for second shots from the right rough – a common landing spot for drives that don’t quite make it around ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Never have there been so many changes in one year at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Palmer had the crew of his design company revamp all the greens, changing the strain of grass and altering the contours to allow for more hole locations.

The scorecard certainly will be different on Thursday. After experimenting as a par 70 the last three years, Palmer thought it was better for Bay Hill to return as a par 72. The fourth and 16th holes have been restored to par 5s.

And the defending champion, Tiger Woods, won’t be there ...

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Categories: PGA Tour, Architecture
March 22, 2010 | 6:13 p.m.

Klein on Design: No. 15, Bay Hill Club

Bradley S. Klein
No. 15 at Bay Hill Club
No. 15 at Bay Hill Club

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

Yards: 429 yards, par 4

Architect: Dick Wilson, 1961; Arnold Palmer, 2009

Where: Orlando, Fla.

Event: PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 25-28

It’s great because . . . Bay Hill is a big, broad-shouldered layout, with Dick Wilson’s trademark diagonal greens and compelling carries across water so that tee shots and approaches have real drama despite the relatively undistinguished natural terrain. The course also has just emerged from a dramatic renovation, especially of putting surfaces. The green expansion and regrassing creates more hole locations and ...

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March 15, 2010 | 5:26 p.m.

The latest from a road warrior

Bradley S. Klein
Yalong Bay Golf Club could be a cornerstone in making Hainan Island the Myrtle Beach of China.
Yalong Bay Golf Club could be a cornerstone in making Hainan Island the Myrtle Beach of China.

This annual design awards feature now is in its 21st year, each one more arbitrary than its predecessor. As usual, it’s drawn from my latest year of travels, which usually amounts to 150 days on the road and visits to 125 or more courses. – Bradley S. Klein

Booked on Golf Award

With traditional golf publishers having bailed on the niche market of architecture, a trend has emerged of micropublishing club histories. Three recent arrivals stood out in terms of layout, research and significance. “Pebble Beach: The Official Golf History,” by Neal Hotelling, photography by Joann Dost, is indispensable as ...

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March 11, 2010 | 9:24 a.m.

Oldies, but goodies

Golfweek Staff
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.
Pine Valley (10th hole pictured) returns to No. 1 on the Classic list.

March 11, 2010 | 9:23 a.m.

Modern marvels

Golfweek Staff
Sebonack Golf Club, ranked No. 6 on Golfweek's Best Modern Courses.
Sebonack Golf Club, ranked No. 6 on Golfweek's Best Modern Courses.

March 11, 2010 | 9:23 a.m.

Public statement

Golfweek Staff
Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.
Oregon's Pacific Dunes is the state's No. 1 public access course as ranked by Golfweek.

2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

State-by-State 2010

Public-access courses

The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; includes daily-fee and resort courses

(m) – modern course; (c) – classic course; * – new to list


Alabama

  1. Limestone Springs, Oneonta (m)
  2. Capstone Club, Brookwood (m)
  3. Kiva Dunes, Gulf Shores (m)
  4. Farm Links at Pursell Farms, Sylacagua (m)
  5. Ross Bridge, Hoover (m)
  6. The Shoals (Fighting Joe), Muscle Shoals (m)*
  7. Grand National (Lake), Opelika (m)
  8. Grand National (Links), Opelika (m)*
  9. Timberline, Calera (m)*
  10. Oxmoor Valley (Ridge), Birmingham (m)*

Alaska

  1. Anchorage GC, Anchorage (m)
  2. Moose Run (Creek ...

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