Category: General Discussion

Phil Mickelson in New Prime – Doesn’t Know It

With 44 Wins, Phil Mickelson at That Awkward Age Phil Mickelson is entering his second Champions Tour event this week. He won the first one, and for a time it may begin to look as though the fox has gained admission to the hen house. Mickelson has turned the magical age of 50. Actually, I’m …

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The Golf Course as a Shared Space?

Golf Course Opting for Multiple Use – How Will That Work? Yes, it is a shrinking world, and perhaps we all have to do our part to make public spaces healthy and efficient. It is, however, an odd concept for a golf course. The tennis courts in my home have half converted to pickleball, a …

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Two Faces of Washington State Golf

Visually, Washington State a Split Personality, Both Beautiful For years, I’ve put up with “Now let’s see, where’s Washington State? – Is that Up around Utah somewhere?” “You folks drive cars yet?” “Y’all still wear coonskin caps?” and the like. It is among the most beautiful and misunderstood part of the North American continent, albeit …

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The DeChambeau “Thing” Starting to Rankle

Fellow Pros Exasperated at DeChambeau Repeat Performance in Vegas A lot of people dared to hope that the DeChambeau phenomenon would not become a “thing”…but it did. There was no getting around it. It was inevitably going to become a “thing,” and a big one. What is now called “smash and bash golf” is becoming …

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Ireland – Wonderful and Brutal

Who Has Courses Like This? Welcome to the Wild Side I direct everyone’s attention to an article in Golfweek by Jason Lusk. It is an account of a visit to several northern Irish golf courses, some off the beaten track, some of enormous prestige. I have been to Ireland on a number of occasions, and …

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Oregonians Thought Tokatee a ‘Goner’

Tokatee, Beloved Oregon Course, Survives Holiday Fire Most of the time, golf courses are built within hailing distance of a city or major town. Put a golf course in the middle of nowhere, and it had better be a good one if it wants to survive. Such is the case of Tokatee Golf Club, situated …

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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Us About ‘Papwa’?

‘Papwa’ Sewgolum Should Have Been Part of It All The name of Sewsunker ‘Papwa’ Sewgolum, to my knowledge, has never crossed my mind, and it should have. I am such a fool for great stories that come out of the shadows from history. They remind me that golf is not something apart from life, something …

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Pagdanganan Distance – Einstein Not Only Way

Oh No, Another One, This Time on the LPGA – Bianca Pagdanganan We have just finished a week at the PGA’s U.S. Open, where a contrarian heavily invested in the science of velocity and impact taught a clinic to the golf world. The world is in such shock over the way in which the Open …

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DeChambeau Paradigm Shift?

Bryson DeChambeau Made Theory Work-Can Others? Some have described Bryson DeChambeau’s U.S. Open win as “outrageous,” but I don’t think the comment was pejorative, rather one of awe. Some have taken to referring to the new champion as “The Hulk” or “The Golf Hulk.” Yes, there’s a touch of that. I have myself used the …

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Woods, Williams, Mickelson – Age Our Nemesis

Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Phil Mickelson Don’t Want to Stop Tiger Woods shared a sympathetic  tribute to tennis great Serena Williams as they share some of the ills we experience approaching middle age and beyond. He swept aside all other considerations for the moment, and chalked it up to the biggest reality in life. The …

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