Course Spotlight: TPC River Highlands has a proven track record for success
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Course Spotlight: TPC River Highlands has a proven track record for success

CROMWELL, CT – One advantage of walking the course the week of a PGA TOUR event is seeing where the players compete from. I take that knowledge to the practice areas and watch the world’s best prepare to confirm my observations. Once the players figure out the formula, it never ceases to amaze me how…

Course Spotlight: Embrace the unknown that comes with a major test at a new venue
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Course Spotlight: Embrace the unknown that comes with a major test at a new venue

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course sits on an amazing cross section of terrain. Bordered by Century City and the Playboy Mansion, few golf courses on the planet have such a fascinating contrast between parkland golf and reality. Designed and built in 1928 by George Thomas and William Bell, the par 70…

Course Spotlight: Get to know Oakdale Golf and Country Club
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Course Spotlight: Get to know Oakdale Golf and Country Club

This week is a major championship-esque for those north of the border in Canada. For two weeks in a row, a national champion will be crowned. Although the RBC Canadian Open has been a fixture on the PGA TOUR for many years, it is different than most TOUR events. Just like our national open, the venue changes.

Course Spotlight: Why TPC Scottsdale serves as a great comparison course for Muirfield Village
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Course Spotlight: Why TPC Scottsdale serves as a great comparison course for Muirfield Village

DUBLIN, Ohio – Selecting a great comp course can be a tricky conundrum to decipher. Most of us fall for the trap of picking golf courses that look like one we are handicapping. In some cases, this strategy will help you find a good match. The best matches, though, are the ones which require the…

Course Spotlight: The power of par-4 thinking at Colonial
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Course Spotlight: The power of par-4 thinking at Colonial

Composite skills are often overlooked when previewing a tournament. Betting storytellers love to break apart the talents and pick one set over another. For example, hitting the fairway at Oak Hill was a huge priority. Let’s agree it was the biggest determining factor toward success, but it wasn’t the only indicator. I know all of…

Course Spotlight: Players facing bigger (and tougher) test at Oak Hill for 105th PGA Championship
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Course Spotlight: Players facing bigger (and tougher) test at Oak Hill for 105th PGA Championship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Architect Andrew Green made the, well, greens bigger at Oak Hill’s East Course. In doing so, he made them more difficult. Yes, you read that correctly. Bigger greens will be the talk of the town in Rochester this week. We can cover the removal 600 trees from the course and debate the…

Course Spotlight: Building a game plan for 20+ birdies at TPC Craig Ranch
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Course Spotlight: Building a game plan for 20+ birdies at TPC Craig Ranch

K.H. Lee has made 53 birdies and two eagles at TPC Craig Ranch over the past two years. The two-time defending champion brings scoring to another level when he arrives in Texas. Most fans see his prolific totals and think he got hot with the putter, but I have news for you: no putter is…

Course Spotlight: A tale of two sides at Quail Hollow
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Course Spotlight: A tale of two sides at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Quail Hollow Club sits just outside the Queen City of Charlotte. A shrine to golf, this par-71 layout measuring 7,538 yards on the scorecard is a wonderful combination of brute strength and tender touch. The Wells Fargo Championship was played in Maryland last year because Quail Hollow was hosting the Presidents…