Bradley S. Klein
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Augusta National’s new look: A tree assessment
Our Bradley S. Klein offers up his perspective on the many changes to Augusta National, all seemingly caused by the harsh, cold winter that hit the area in February – felling the Eisenhower Tree and many others.
Augusta Influence: Iconic proving ground shapes course design
More than any other U.S. layout and probably second in the world only to the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course has had widespread impact on the game. The layout designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie is endlessly fascinating to walk and to see on TV. And it has become a meme for subsequent design.