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Bradley S. Klein

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TPC Scottsdale shines after recent renovation

TPC Scottsdale shines after recent renovation, read to host PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open

The real news out of TPC Scottsdale is that a totally revamped Stadium Course will great PGA Tour players this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Hansen’s “A Difficult Par” wins USGA Book Award

James Hansen’s “A Difficult Par” wins USGA Book Award

The U.S. Golf Association has given its prestigious Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2014 to James Hansen for his definitive biography of Robert Trent Jones Sr., “A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf."

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Passion, commitment drive PGA Show

Brad Klein: Passion, commitment drive PGA Merchandise Show

The PGA Merchandise Show presented Brad Klein with some ideas about how the industry can, and should, move forward.

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Hanse's Olympic course complete but unnamed

Gil Hanse-desgined Olympic complete in Rio de Janeiro but unnamed

The Gil Hanse-designed golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games doesn't have a name yet, but Hanse is just happy it's complete.

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Wade Hampton remains a residential gem

After 26 years, Wade Hampton still a residential gem

There aren’t many real estate courses from the 1980s that have aged as well as Wade Hampton Club.

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My Year in Golf: Bradley S. Klein

The year in golf courses: Pinehurst No. 2 steals the show

As 2014 draws to a close, Bradley S. Klein reflects on some of the courses that were notable this year.

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Klein: Growing the game starts at home

Klein: Growing the game means shaping grandchildren's golf swings

After years of telling folks in the golf industry to “grow the game at your home facility,” Bradley S. Klein finally got to practice his own advice this year and developed his own junior golf program.

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Klein: Pebble Beach's 18th just fine without cypress tree

Klein: Pebble Beach's 18th just fine without cypress tree

If a tree falls on a single course, does the sound resonate across the entire industry? Apparently, that’s the case. In fact, it has happened twice this year.

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Cuba's economic rebirth could make golf a reality

Thawing U.S.-Cuba relations could mean mulligan for island golf

President Barack Obama'€™s announcement Dec. 17 of a new era in Cuban-American relations, including normalized diplomatic recognition and some modest restrictions in trade, represent considerable steps for golf in that country.

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Kidd picked to build second course at Sand Valley

David McLay Kidd picked to build second course at Sand Valley

News that David McLay Kidd has been selected to design the second course at Sand Valley in Rome, Wis., comes as little surprise, writes Bradley S. Klein.

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Industry examines pace at USGA symposium

Industry members discuss all aspects of pace at USGA symposium

Who knew that 16 hours of meetings over two days could pass so quickly and be engaging at every moment? That was one of many surprises for the 100 or so industry folks who attended the U.S. Golf Association’s Pace of Play Symposium at the organization’s headquarters Nov. 12-13.

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Dyes celebrated at Golfweek Architecture Summit

Dyes celebrated at Golfweek Architecture Summit

Pete and Alice Dye were the guests of honor at a recent three-day architecture summit at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The occasion was simply to appreciate the life work of this remarkable couple.

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Wade Hampton founder William McKee dies at 62

Wade Hampton founder William McKee dies at 62

The golf business is legendary for its memorable personalities. William McKee, 62, founder of Wade Hampton Club in Cashiers, N.C., was one of them.

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Klein: PGA's Ted Bishop skids on social media

Bradley Klein: PGA of America's Ted Bishop skids on social media

In light of Ted Bishop's recent social-media posts about Ian Poulter, the real problem is not just a slip of the tongue and the temptations of hitting “post” on social media, writes Brad Klein.

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Klein: Tillinghast deserves his spot in Hall of Fame

Klein: A.W. Tillinghast deserves his spot in World Golf Hall of Fame

Our Bradley S. Klein says that A.W. Tillinghast is finally getting his spot next to Charles Blair Macdonald, Alister MacKenzie and Donald Ross.

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Match play ideal for all, except maybe Team USA

Klein: Match play ideal for all, except maybe Team USA

Maybe the U.S. team would do better in this event if its members were more familiar on a daily basis with the classic form of the game as it has been played on British links for centuries.

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Back9Network launches satellite TV presence

Back9Network aims for 'lifestyle' presence in launch of channel on DirecTV

Back9Network launches today on DirectTV, with programming devoted not to tournament coverage but to what its CEO calls "lifestyle" and an intention to move away from its racy digital roots.

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Klein: Ryder Cup view from the couch

Klein: In Ryder Cup view from the couch, tough to blame Tom Watson

When you play as badly as the U.S. did this week, with Bubba Watson not earning even a half point and the likes of Rickie Fowler not winning any matches, it’s hard to blame your Ryder Cup captain.

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Gleneagles, PGA Centenary: Hole-by-hole review

Gleneagles, Ryder Cup: Hole-by-hole review of PGA Centenary

A fixture of the European Tour calendar since 1999, Gleneagles Resort's PGA Centenary Course will play host to the 2014 Ryder Cup perfectly. Here's a hole-by-hole review.

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Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary lends view to a thrill

Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary lends view to Ryder Cup thrill

Despite its lack of seaside charm some have grown to expect from golf in the British Isles, Ryder Cup host PGA Centenary at Gleneagles in Scotland should give spectators what they want to see.

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Tour Championship: East Lake, hole-by-hole review

Tour Championship: East Lake, hole-by-hole review for PGA Tour's FedEx Cup finale host

East Lake looks and feels on the ground and on the TV screen like a manorial parkland estate as it hosts the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola to determine the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup champion.

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Deutsche Bank Championship: TPC Boston review

Deutsche Bank Championship: TPC Boston, hole-by-hole review for PGA Tour's 2014 FedEx Cup

TPC Boston is a fun place for a shoot out and makes for good TV theatre as the Deutsche Bank Championship's final round unfolds on Labor Day Monday in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup.

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The Barclays: Ridgewood CC, hole by hole

The Barclays: Ridgewood CC, hole-by-hole review for 2014 FedEx Cup

The PGA Tour's FedEx Cup opener, The Barclays, returns to Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey -- where its 7,319 yard, par-71 layout will be drawn from the club’s three nines.

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Valhalla: Hole-by-hole review, PGA Championship

Valhalla: Hole-by-hole review for the PGA Championship by Bradley S. Klein

There's no doubt Valhalla is a tough course, with a whopping 77.6 rating and a slope of 152 from the club's back tees -- and if this week's PGA Championship tees were rated, both figures would be higher.

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Valhalla can weed out PGA Championship also-rans

Jack Nicklaus' renovated Valhalla will filter out 2014 PGA Championship also-rans

With its brawny par 4s, Valhalla -- which Jack Nicklaus designed in 1986 and renovated in 2012, will separate the PGA Championship victor from the also-rans.

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Hole-by-hole review: Royal Liverpool at Hoylake

Hole-by-hole review: Royal Liverpool at Hoylake

This is the 10th time for the Open Championship at Hoylake -- despite its initial modest look, Royal Liverpool has depth of character. Here's a hole-by-hole review of the course.

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Worth the wait: Cliffs' Mountain Park an S.C. gem

Worth the wait: Cliffs' Mountain Park an S.C. gem

Mountain Park's heathland-style design shows Gary Player at the top of his game, says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Women's golf takes spotlight at Pinehurst

Pinehurst offers big stage as women’s golf takes national spotlight

The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence.

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USGA finds common ground for men, women at Pinehurst

Data-driven USGA finds common ground for men, women at Pinehurst

Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance.

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Round 2 at No. 2: Pinehurst shapes up well for women

Round 2 at No. 2: Pinehurst shapes up well for U.S. Women's Open

Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far.

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U.S. Women’s Open: Pinehurst No. 2, hole by hole

U.S. Women’s Open: Pinehurst No. 2 hole-by-hole review

It's time to start week two of these back-to-back championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, with the USGA's goal for Pinehurst No. 2 that the women play "the same clubs" into greens as did the men -- no easy achievement.

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Review: 'Difficult Par' keeps up with Joneses

Review: 'A Difficult Par' by James R. Hansen keeps up with Joneses

Golf architects tend to be a self-assured lot – none more so than Robert Trent Jones Sr., as outlined by James R. Hansen's "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf"

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Klein: Pinehurst, one week complete

Klein: Pinehurst conditions, one week complete for U.S. Opens

Having attended more than 20 U.S. Opens, I've not seen a course in better shape “the morning after” than Pinehurst No. 2 first thing the morning after Martin Kaymer's win as the women began practice.

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Will U.S. Open enable course-setup revolution?

Will Pinehurst's U.S. Open spotlight enable course-setup revolution?

One observer hopes that folks watching this week's U.S. Open don’t dismiss Pinehurst's course makeover as some fad – that instead they embrace the revolution of this firm, fast, linksland in the pines.

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Birdie fest? Klein's Sunday hole-by-hole at Pinehurst

Ready for a birdie-fest? Bradley S. Klein's Sunday breakdown at Pinehurst for 2014 U.S. Open

Sunday’s set up for Pinehurst No. 2 looks like it’s ripe for a barrage of red numbers at the U.S. Open, with four eagle opportunities awaiting the bold player.

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Pinehurst's impossible 16th hole: a primer

Pinehurst's impossible 16th hole: a primer

As Sunday's final groups head down the back nine, the par-4 16th hole at Pinehurst promises to offer up some fireworks due to its length, small green and tricky putting surface.

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Pinehurst's elusive 15th hole: a primer

Pinehurst's elusive 15th hole: a primer in par-3 strategy for the U.S. Open

The par-3 15th hole at the Pinehurst No. 2 has been oddly elusive thus far at the U.S. Open, and Saturday's third-round setup might cause some fireworks.

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What’s up with those 'not rough' areas? A primer

What's up with Pinehurst's 'not rough' areas? A primer for U.S. Open

It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.

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Couch-potato guide: Thursday at Pinehurst

Couch-potato guide: What to watch Thursday at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein gives you 10 things to watch Thursday at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Thursday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst

Thursday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst

Pinehurst is playing at 7,360 yards on Thursday, 202 yards under the scorecard. The biggest change is that tee on par-5 fifth hole has been moved up 48 yards, bringing the elusive green within reach of much of the field in two shots.

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How Pinehurst gets its maddening greens ready

Pinehurst's morning mow & roll: Getting those maddening greens ready

Our Bradley S. Klein was on the course with the course crew at 5:15 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2, taking in how they get a major course prepared and keep it playable.

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VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst

VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst No. 2

Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.

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Death watch? Potential issues on Pinehurst's 9th green

Death watch? 9th green at Pinehurst could get away from U.S. Open players, officials

If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.

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Pinehurst's new sixth tee shows USGA’s flexibility

Pinehurst's new sixth tee shows USGA’s flexibility

A mere seven weeks ago, it was determined that the sixth hole at Pinehurst needed to be adjusted. On Monday, players saw a new tee box that pushed them 31 yards backward, making a tough tee shot even harder.

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Pinehurst No. 2: Hole-by-hole review, U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2: Hole-by-hole review, 2014 U.S. Open

The U.S. Open field will have to deal with confounding greens, scruffy sandy waste areas and all manner of ground game. Here is a hole-by-hole look at Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross masterpiece.

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Pinehurst adds ninth course to portfolio

Pinehurst Resort adds ninth course to portfolio as U.S. Open approaches

The Jack Nicklaus-designed National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., has been bought by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club; its course will be renamed Pinehurst No. 9.

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Hole by hole: Prairie Dunes, NCAA men's final

Hole-by-hole: Prairie Dunes CC, NCAA men's championship

The country’s leading college male golfers are in for quite the challenge at Prairie Dunes CC during the 2014 Men's NCAA Division I Golf Championship in the form of a challenging links layout.

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NCAA Women: Hole-by-hole at Tulsa CC

NCAA Women: Brad Klein's hole-by-hole breakdown at Tulsa Country Club

Our Bradley S. Klein visited Tulsa CC recently and offered up this hole-by-hole breakdown of the site of the 2014 NCAA Women's Division 1 Championship.

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Message of 2014 U.S. Opens: Scruffy is new neat

Message of 2014 U.S. Opens: Scruffy is the new neat

A good story to be told by the USGA about its forthcoming national championships is the different look at Pinehurst -- scruffier, less green, less manicured, and also firmer and faster. Luck will play more than a small role.

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Klein: Watson's Masters win, view from the couch

Klein: Bubba Watson's Masters win, view from the couch

Sunday was left to a sort of rivalry between youth and experience to make something memorable of the Masters. Notice we didn’t say wisdom, not the way Bubba Watson plays, though it earned him the championship.

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