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November 7, 2002 | 1:39 p.m.

2002: Rare combo: Quality, affordability

Bradley S. Klein

Moorpark, Calif.

On a Saturday morning in the fall, superintendent Jeff Hicks arrived at 5 a.m. to open the gates to Rustic Canyon Golf Course, only to find a line of eight cars awaiting entry. “We’re all booked up,” he told one driver. “We know,” said the would-be golfer. “We’re here to book times for next Saturday.”

If the golf industry built more courses like Rustic Canyon, the game wouldn’t be in an economic slide. Throughout the Los Angeles area, high-end layouts with triple-digit green fees are discounting and having trouble filling their tee sheets. Not ...

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October 19, 2002 | 5:08 p.m.

2002: Storied Interlachen should be fine stage

Bradley S. Klein

Anytime you hand pro golfers five par-5 holes in a round, they’re likely to make a ton of birdies. Add the drama of team match-play competition, then flip the order of nines so that the course winds up on a famous, reachable par 5 with water, and – presto! – you have the makings of a thrilling event. In this case, it’s the seventh Solheim Cup, a biennial event pitting 12-player teams from Europe and the United States Sept. 20-22.

The setting is storied old Interlachen Country Club, 16 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Interlachen dates to a 1911 layout ...

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Bradley S. Klein

Quiz time.

What’s the longest course ever to host a U.S. Open?

What’s the first daily-fee facility ever to hold the event?

What’s the first U.S. Open venue with a warning sign on the first tee?

The answer to all three questions is . . . Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., 25 miles east of midtown Manhattan. The par-70 layout measures at 7,214 yards.

Public golfers line up the night before to pay $31 green fees. And when they reach the first tee, a sign greets them: “WARNING: The Black Course is ...

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