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Bradley S. Klein

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Rater's notebook: Dismal River in Mullen, Neb.

Bradley S. Klein writes that Dismal River, remodeled but still raw, flashes its potential in this month’s Rater’s Notebook.

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En-Joie GC faces premature end to season

Turbulent weather has claimed another U.S. golf course, this one a fixture of the PGA Tour.

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Storms batter courses from south to north

The Quechee Club in Vermont is an extreme example of the damage to golf courses up and down the Eastern Seaboard, mainly due to Hurricane Irene.

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Good night, Irene: Eastern Seaboard cleans up

It’s a good thing the fourth round of The Barclays, the PGA Tour’s playoff opener, was cancelled. If not, eventual winner Dustin Johnson would have needed a boat to get to the 16th green at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., on what normally is a water-less hole.

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A club pro with a big-time game

For Jimmy Wright, the 1969 PGA was but one of many tournament achievements that collectively amount to a kind of Grand Slam of club pro life.

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Rater's Notebook: Atlanta Athletic Club

From its first major to today, Atlanta Athletic Club has been fine-tuned for toughness. Bradley S. Klein

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Klein: Focus on caddies is unparalleled

We are used to Tiger Woods in the spotlight. Even Rory McIlroy. But the current focus on caddies is unparalleled.

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Notebook: Open venue Royal St. George’s

Royal St. George’s, host of the 2011 British Open, demands control off the tee and near the greens, even after the ball touches down. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Book Review: ‘Deane Beman: Golf’s Driving Force’

From 1974 to 1994, Deane Beman presided over the growth of the PGA Tour. Adam Schupak explains how he converted a great game into a big business

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What to watch for: Sunday's course setup

A final round that threatens (or promises) to be a coronation, but you never really know. But some telltale things today will reveal a lot about the day.

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5 things: McIlroy has to avoid the jitters to win

With Rory McIlroy enjoying a six-shot lead and seemingly on his way toward a coronation, Saturday’s telecast should be fascinating to watch. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Five Things: Look for more low scores Friday

Friday’s second round at Congressional Country Club offers the prospects of unusually low scoring. Bradley S. Klein explains why.

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Congressional's clubhouse large and lively

It’s a cold, damp Friday night in April, and the golf course – all 36 holes – is still struggling to emerge from winter’s chill. But inside Congressional Country Club, the joint is jumping.

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5 Things: The ins and outs of Congressional

When following the U.S. Open on screen, whether digitally or visually, here are 5 Things to look for about how the course is playing. Plus, check out the cool flyovers courtesy of our partners at USOpen.com.

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Greyling in fine company at Congressional

Ernie Els played with Christo Greyling on Wednesday, and not just because the 1997 champ has good vibes here.

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2004 Open at Shinnecock ‘a learning experience’

For serious golf-course geeks, one of the highlights on the calendar is the annual U.S. Golf Association press conference on the Wednesday of the U.S. Open.

Review: ‘Wonder Girl’ leaves us wondering

Villainous professional wrestler George Zaharias, an 8 handicap, met Mildred Didrikson when they were paired together during the first two rounds of the 1938 Los Angeles Open.

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2011 U.S. Open: Inside Congressional

2011 U.S. Open preview: From photos of Congressional's first five honorary presidents to the 36 holes of championship golf, Congressional is packed with something for everyone.

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Congressional's makeover perfect for U.S. Open

After its third closure for reconstructive surgery in the past 21 years, Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course sports a thematically unified parkland look that should hold up well in the face of the capital’s stifling summer heat, just in time for next week’s U.S. Open.

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In Upper Midwest, a golf season in peril

Souris Valley Golf Course, a popular muni in Minot, N.D., has more water holes than ever. The Souris River that bisects the course has spilled its banks and flooded most of the 18 holes. The course, part of the Minot Park District, might not fully open this season, golf professional Steve Kottsick said.

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Rater's notebook: Royal Isabela

Royal Isabela builds to a dramatic conclusion. Bradley S. Klein says there is a definite rhythm to the holes of this dramatic, cliffside track.

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Golf in Alabama emerges from day of fury

For all the tornadic devastation loosed on Alabama last week, golf courses seem to have been spared the worst of the impact.

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Rediscovering Raynor: North Shore polishes a gem

Thanks to a bold revision by Don Zucker, the historic North Shore Country Club is back. Bradley S. Klein takes a look back at the club's history.

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Best Courses: On Tour and open for play

Our annual list of Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses You Can Play reveals that some courses on the pro circuits – PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour and LPGA – are surprisingly public and accessible.

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Restoration leaves Pinehurst better than ever

After a radical restoration, Pinehurst No. 2 is better than ever. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Klein: 2011 Masters already feels historic

I’m tired. 5 hours glued to the TV. More leaders than I can remember. Birdies, eagles...oh my.

Hope springs anew, 18 holes at a time

The ground is coming to life again, and with it, the hopes of golfers.

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Breaking down the design playbook

Too much of the discussion about golf courses is dominated by scratch players. Sit around the 19th hole at your average course long enough and you’d think that most opinions about course design concern yardage from the back tees and making holes tougher.

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Top course designs feature different techniques

The best designs – classic or modern – can arrive to final form in different ways. Bradley S. Klein explains.

USGA pulls out of Colorado GC for 2012

The U.S. Golf Association has withdrawn an initial plan for Colorado Golf Club to co-host the 2012 U.S. Amateur.

Attorney general drops claims against Tucson CC

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has dropped claims of discrimination against Tucson Country Club, according to court documents obtained by Golfweek.

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Waldorf Astoria GC shows Jones’ evolving style

Despite redundancies, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club illustrates Rees Jones' evolving style. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Rater's notebook: Waldorf Astoria GC

Here is how Waldorf Astoria stacks up by the numbers:

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Davis plots strategic flexibility on USGA's courses

Mike Davis doesn’t know how many days he spends on the road a year, just that it’s a lot.

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If USGA needs pinch-hitter, Trump is ready

It looks like carefully calibrated mutual interest might just bring together two powerful golf forces in New Jersey.

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2011 PGA Show wrap-up: Golf's new sensibility

Anyone who finds inspiration in that mid-1990s era of garrulous, cigar-chomping backslappers is badly equipped to deal with the intricacies of revenue management and point-of-sales technology needed today.

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'Flogton' is golf's version of the XFL

'Flogton' premise: To build a more inclusive game that’s more fun and that’s not so resistant to technological innovation.

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Rater's notebook: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores

Here is a Rater's notebook of The Golf Club at Harbor Shores.

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Community hangs its revival hopes on Harbor Shores

There is much to admire about The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, but costly green fees and excessive putting surfaces undermine the good intent.

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New Mexico course in debt, on brink of closure

New Mexico's Championship Golf Course has a $4.6 million deficit and is under consideration by an advisory committee to be shuttered.

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Rater’s notebook: Sweetgrass Golf Club

A Northern Michigan casino course, Sweetgrass Golf Club features a surprisingly elegant layout. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Book review: The real Tiger Woods?

It was an ordinary shot, like so many others he made that year. But it was the kind of moment that etched forever in my mind what made Tiger Woods so special.

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Rater’s Notebook: St. George’s G&CC

Rater’s Notebook: St. George’s Golf & Country Club

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St. George’s stands the test of time

Every once in a while a course pops up on the radar screen and just speaks to you powerfully and relentlessly. This enchanting place is St. George’s Golf & Country Club.

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Papago operator, Phoenix officials in legal joust

Phoenix has begun legal proceedings to remove an affiliate of the Arizona Golf Association from day-to-day management of municipally owned Papago Golf Course.

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‘How do I get my course nationally rated?’

Bradley S. Klein offers some pointers on how to get a course nationally rated.

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Justice, Greenbrier face second lawsuit

Jim Justice and his Greenbrier Resort are facing another lawsuit, with the architect who oversaw the restoration of the Old White Course alleging non-payment.

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Contractor sues Greenbrier for $1.275 million

The Greenbrier Hotel Corp. has been sued by a golf course construction contractor claiming $1.275 million is due for unpaid labor and materials, Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Favorite hotels of a road-weary traveler

Spending half the year on the road has made Bradley S. Klein appreciate the details. Check out his list of top hotels.

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Sources: Olympia Fields gets 2015 U.S. Am

Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club will host the 2015 U.S. Amateur, sources told Golfweek. Bradley S. Klein reports.