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Bradley S. Klein

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The U.S. Golf Association has withdrawn an initial plan for Colorado Golf Club to co-host the 2012 U.S. Amateur.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

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Rater’s notebook: Cape Fear National

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest dazzles as it distracts. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Rater’s Notebook: The Twenty Ten Course

Bradley S. Klein breaks down The Twenty Ten Course.

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The Twenty Ten Course a worthy host

The Twenty Ten Course looks American but gives Wales a calling card as a destination. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses

Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses list, which spans 22 states and includes 30 courses throughout the U.S.

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Klein: What to look for at Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay is not only the site of next week’s U.S. Amateur, but also the 2015 U.S. Open. Bradley S. Klein takes an inside look at the course.

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The Heartland: Rolling through the Sandhills

The view of Nebraska from 37,000 feet may not seem compelling, but as Bradley S. Klein found out during a tour of the state, there is much more to the Cornhusker State than what meets the eye.

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Commentary: PGA Championship: A view from the couch

We’ve not seen a run-up to a major like this one. The three-day circus in the press tent at Whistling Straits leading into last week’s PGA Championship was weird even by recent news standards.

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Fictional pro confronts stirring Irish adventure

Charles Kingston, the fictional six-time PGA Tour winner, faces a return to Q-School in the fall and is going through an early mid-life crisis.

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Tweaks continue at Whistling Straits

With its latest tweaks, Whistling Straits will tease and taunt players at this year's PGA Championship. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Hole to watch: No. 18 at Whistling Straits

This 489-yard, par-4 is the most confusing on the Straits Course.

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Rater’s notebook: Whistling Straits

With the PGA Championship nearing, Bradley S. Klein examines Whistling Straits.

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Rater’s notebook: Meadow Brook Golf Club

There is little doubt that the owners of the newly reopened Meadow Brook Golf Club will tout theirs as the “longest course in the littlest state.”

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Hole to watch: No. 17 at the Old Course

A blind tee shot over the “Old Course Hotel” sign and a long second shot to a vaulted green perched above the deep, revetted Road Hole bunker.

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Beware: Old Course’s oversized greens

Huge fairways and greens mask the inherent challenge at the Old Course. Bradley S. Klein explains why they’re perfect for both a major and the everyday player.

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Hole to watch: No. 2 at Oakmont

The few players in the 2010 field who competed here in the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open scarcely will recognize the course, given all of the trees that have been cut down, the resulting windswept feel of the place and the presence of those wavy rough grasses.

Longtime Kentucky pro Leishman, 83, dies

Gordon Leishman, a longtime Kentucky PGA member, died July 3 during a casual round at Spring Valley Golf Club in Lexington.

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Rater’s notebook: The Patriot Golf Club

Maj. Dan Rooney makes for a good story. His golf course, The Patriot Golf Club, might make for a better one.

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Pebble Beach seduces with risk/reward

The power of Pebble Beach: So much natural beauty, so many risk/reward options. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Davis’ eye for course setup crucial for USGA

Mike Davis plots strategic flexibility on the USGA’s championship courses

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Hole to watch: No. 6 at Pebble Beach

This par-5, 519-yard hole at Pebble Beach is as lovely as it is difficult

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Curtis Cup returns to its ancestral homeland

One of amateur golf's most prestigious events, pitting the U.S. women's team against its GB&I counterparts, begins Friday at Essex Country Club, a Donald Ross classic steeped in Curtis Cup tradition.

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Tradition, strategy abound at Curtis Cup venue

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.

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Behind-the-scenes: Bandon’s Old Macdonald

Bradley S. Klein consulted on the design of Old Macdonald, which opened Tuesday at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Go behind-the-scenes to see what went into the design of the course.

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Journey at Pechanga inspires a little gambling

Not much of a gambler? Neither is Bradley S. Klein, at least until he steps up to the sixth tee at The Journey at Pechanga in Temecula, Calif. It’s risk-reward golf at its finest.

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