Archive for June, 2014

Kawana Golf Club (Fuji Course), Japan

Jun 30th

The legendary Kawana Hotel was the brainchild of a wealthy businessman named Baron Kishichiro Okura, who was educated in Britain during the early 1900’s and returned to Japan to build an English style luxury retreat on his stunning Izu Peninsula property. Following work on the Tokyo Golf Club, Charles H. Alison holidayed at the Kawana hotel in late 1930 and was so overwhelmed by its beauty that he convinced the Baron he should build a world-class golf course on his dramatic site.

Kawana Golf Club (Fuji Course), Japan

The land available for Alison’s course was on a rocky ledge high above Sagami Bay, with glorious views over the water to Oshima Island and Mount Fuji on clear days. Unlike cliff-top courses such as Pebble Beach or Old Head that boast uninterrupted views, here there was dense foliage separating coast from course, significant gradient changes and a wide variance in terrain. The result is an unusual dune, links and parkland mix which is saved by Alison’s brilliant design, exceptional fairway bunkering and a routing that takes full advantage of the landscape’s best features and is dotted with a number of outstanding golf holes.  But wait, there’s more…

Santa Maria Golf « Blog Justteetimes

Jun 29th

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Santa Maria Golf « Blog Justteetimes

If Golfers Acted, These Would Be Their Famous Movie Quotes

Jun 28th

Bill+Murray+2012+Ryder+Cup+Captains+Celebrity+XAOpY4Y17M-lThere are some great lines from movies. Lines that stick in your head. Lines that you hear and you can immediately identify the film from which they came.

We love the movies. We also love golf. So we decided it might be fun to put the two together.

We have taken some classic one-liners and put them in the mouths of some players who just might have uttered the self same words. We have also given reminders of which movies they came from and who originally said them.

Tiger Woods: “I’ll be back.” (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator)

John Daly: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
(Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca)

Phil Mickelson upon seeing his coach’s newly-designed golf course: “Do you think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?” (Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

Rory Sabbatini shakes his playing partner warmly by the throat: “Go ahead punk, make my day.” (Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry)

Jack Nicklaus, upon realizing that Tiger Woods might beat his record of 18 major titles: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” (Marlon Brando, The Godfather)  But wait, thre’s more…

Golf Books #147 (Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects…)

Jun 26th

…The Creation of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses in the Words and Images of History’s Master Designers)

The tests a golfer faces on the course are the direct result of the challenges originally faced by the golf course architect, whether they’re complicated terrain, forces of nature, budget limitations, demanding developers, or the difficult task of balancing the practical scientific needs of a golf course with the architect’s creative instincts.

Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects offers readers behind-the-scenes tales from America’s master architects themselves in their own words. Elite designers such as Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arthur Hills, Arnold Palmer, and others share their personal anecdotes related to the creation of some of the world’s most famous courses: from run-ins with snakes to bulldozers sinking in quicksand, to holes created by accident, such as the famed island green seventeenth at the TPC at Sawgrass.  But wait, there´s more…

Bill Haas’ remarkable career

Jun 25th

Bill Haas’ FedExCup victory is the highlight of what has been a very consistent career, especially the past few seasons.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Brian Curley

Jun 24th

Brian Curley

Brian Curley (born November 12, 1959) is a golf course architect. He was raised in Pebble Beach, California where he played, caddied and worked at the area’s iconic courses. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Curley is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and currently serves on its Board of Governors.

Curley is a 1982 graduate of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California. Much of his early years in design were spent working alongside golf course designer Pete Dye and future design partner, Lee Schmidt, while working with Landmark Design Company from 1984 to 1992. In 1997, he and Schmidt formed Schmidt-Curley Design, working primarily in the southwest United States.  But wait, there’s more…

Western Gailes Golf Club, Scotland

Jun 23rd

Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is situated on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland where many of the finest Scottish golf links are located and is only 4 miles from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport.

It is recognised as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland measuring 6899 yards from the championship tees. The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.  But wait, there´s more…

Alboran Golf

Jun 22nd

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Golfamily Album #7

Jun 21st

Golf pros of the 1860’s – Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris

Golf Cartoon #177

Jun 20th