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e have a saying down in New Orleans: “Laissez les bon temps rouler,” which means “let the good times roll,” and so far we have certainly been on a roll in 2014. In addition to TPC Louisiana celebrating a decade of being the home of professional golf in Louisiana, we also celebrated Zurich Insurance Group’s 10 years of sponsorship of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. As a Club and as fans of the game, we also had the pleasure of watching future star Seung-Yul Noh lift the trophy at this year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, taking home his first win on the PGA TOUR and joining the long list of great players to have won our event. In addition to the great golf that was played during the week, the proceeds from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans continued to help support many of the children’s charities located within the region. We truly owe a big thank you to all our players, the Zurich Insurance Group, our local host organization the Fore!Kids Foundation, and also our spectators, volunteers and TPC Louisiana staff for continuing to help support the local community. As we pass the halfway point on the PGA TOUR calendar, the excitement on TOUR has also been on a roll. So far this season, we’ve seen Jimmy Walker celebrate three times, Bubba Watson win another Green Jacket, Adam Scott claim the No.1 spot in the Official World Golf
Rankings and Martin Kaymer’s return to elite form with amazing victories at THE PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open. And there is much to look forward to, with the final two months of the 2014 PGA TOUR schedule packed full of action with two majors and four FedExCup Playoff Events, including the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Like the previous FedExCup Champions, the winner of the FedExCup will have to play his best golf coming down the stretch. With fall right around the corner and the sun setting earlier each day, I encourage everyone to take some time away from their busy schedules to enjoy the game we love. Play well, have some fun, and enjoy the rest of 2014. It truly is the year for more good golf!
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n addition to holding the Guinness World Record for life of Payne Stewart is honored on p108. Lastly, I enjoyed Most Broken Bones in a Lifetime (433), daredevil what might have been my best work week ever, riding my motorcyclist Evel Knievel was a font of good quotes, motorcycle around in Southern California before driving including: “Anybody can jump a motorcycle; the Bentley’s new Continental GT V8 S (p86) around the Napa trouble begins when you try to land it,” and “You Valley (p132). With a top speed of 191mph, the car might are the master of your own ship, pal.” have impressed Evel as well—though I doubt Bentley would Such bravado is fairly common to motorcyclists, at have appreciated him trying to jump it over any canyons. I’ll least when they’re talking to other motorcyclists (or sitting leave you with that, and with another quote from the staron their motorcycles talking) and it’s a good thing: go in spangled “Last Gladiator,” who attempted more than 75 strong, and you’ve got a better chance of surviving. Go motorcycle jumps in his career but still found time for golf: in believing you’ll win, and you have a better chance of winning (a philosophy tested and proven by one Arnold “I learned one thing from jumping motorcycles that was of Palmer, among others). Whether this spirit is at the core great value on the golf course, the putting green especially: of a motorcyclist or is simply a temporary affectation Whatever you do, don’t come up short.” for weekend rides, there’s no denying the truth of the motorcycle itself: the leather jacket and unshaven jawline Onward and upward, might be for show, but the road rolling by and the consequences of hitting it are absolutely real—and in this, all bikers are in it together. There’s something here that applies to life in general, and on p34 I talk about it with Harley Davidson racing legend Mert Lawwill and a few others. In the same matterof-fact spirit, actor Diego Klattenhoff impressed me as a down-to-earth guy with whom I’d happily crack open a beer any day of the week (p44). Moving to golf, Arnie’s Reade Tilley important 1954 Amateur win is celebrated on p70, and the
his week someone asked me again why I started Kingdom, the forerunner to this publication, TPC Signature. As it’s always been, my answer to this question was straightforward: I wanted to publish the sort of golf magazine that I would like to receive, and the chance to work with Arnold Palmer is surely a chance that no one would ever turn down. Later the same week, musing over a post-work Glenmorangie with colleagues, the question had us reminiscing about the early days, when we first started Kingdom, and the problems and struggles we faced back then. While we still have enormous room for progress and improvement, it did make me realize just how far we have come over the last 11 years. During that time, the magazine has continued to grow and to evolve, widening its circulation and its audience in great measure. Now, we have moved forward yet again, and what a leap it is. This year, I am delighted to report that we have been asked to produce a special, custom version of Kingdom for all of you: the members, players and guests at every TPC course across America. Entitled TPC Signature, the publication you’re holding will reach a network that includes the hosts of some of the most prestigious PGA TOUR events, along with clubs that more quietly thrill with top-quality layouts and service. Among the latter is the delightful TPC Jasna Polana in New Jersey, where we interviewed Homeland’s Diego Klattenhoff for this issue.
As all of you know, one of the true highlights of TPC courses is that you don’t have to be a star or a pro to play one—though many stars and pros do play them—and that holds true for golf in general. In fact, it’s one of the greatest aspects of our sport. I will never play tennis on Wimbledon’s Centre Court nor will I throw a pitch at Wrigley Field or shoot hoops in Madison Square Garden. However, just like all of you, I continue to enjoy playing the courses where legends of the game have played, from Old Tom Morris through to Arnold Palmer and Adam Scott. How better to feel like a legend yourself than to walk in the footsteps of heroes, and golf makes it possible. May you enjoy legendary golf of your own,
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Changing lives and growing the game at the home of the Travelers Championship with The First Tee of Connecticut
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NOLA “Way down yonder in New Orleans, in the land of dreamy scenes, there’s a garden of Eden, that’s what I mean” From “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” by Joe Turner Layton, Jr. with lyrics by Henry Creamer, 1922
n a 2010 warning to summer visitors in New Orleans, the Farmer’s Almanac sternly cautioned that “hot days tend to begin very warm and sultry and end that way.” That sounds pretty good to us, especially if sultry is accompanied by a cold beer and charbroiled oysters from Drago’s, one of the Crescent City’s many sublime eateries. There are so many good restaurants in New Orleans, and so many places to laissez les bon temps rouler, that its easy to forget the city also serves up some fantastic golf, the best of which is at TPC Louisiana. If New York City proves that Americans can get to work on time and Los Angeles casts us as a premiere entertainment source, the City of New Orleans reminds the world that we’re human after all. The original melting pot, New Orleans was a multinational hub long before 1803, when it became part of the United States. Its mix of Africans, Spanish, French, natives and others created the vibrant culture it celebrates today, and the balance of laissez faire freedoms and determined resilience the city displays together represent a complete personality, one that’s as friendly or as tough as it needs to be. If the Big Easy has its priorities right when it comes to enjoying life, it should
come as no surprise that one of the finest golf courses anywhere can be found here: TPC Louisiana. Over 10 years as the region’s premiere golf destination, the course has stood shoulder to shoulder with its diverse community, sharing in New Orleans’ spirit, its challenges and ultimately its triumphant re-emergence in the wake of one of history’s worst storms, Hurricane Katrina. The home of the state’s only PGA TOUR event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana also shares in the city’s commitment to business, attracting an international field and benefitting the community both financially and culturally. Celebrating a decade of excellence, TPC Louisiana offers yet more proof that New Orleans is more than just the home of the world’s most famous Mardi Gras. And in true New Orleans spirit the course is public, open to all. “I wish we were a golf destination, but unfortunately we’re not a Myrtle Beach or a Vegas,” says Luke Farabaugh, the club’s general manager and a local native. “We have restaurants, we take advantage of Bourbon Street, and there’s an opportunity here that if [visitors] want to golf, they’re going to play the No.1 course in the area.”
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THE COURSE Without question, TPC Louisiana is that. Since it opened in 2004, the Pete Dye design has held its own as one of the country’s “Best Upscale Public Golf Courses,” as awarded by Golf Digest. Just 15 miles from the rollicking French Quarter, the golf course offers a strategic challenge among 250 acres of wetlands in Avondale, along the Mississippi River delta. “It’s basically flat out here, so Mr. Dye had to get creative,” explains Farabaugh. “The result is that you might have one hole where you have to hit a draw off the tee, and the second shot might be a fade. On the next hole he’ll switch it up, so there are a lot of places where you really have to be able to shape your shot to put yourself in the best position.” Kelly Gibson, a New Orleans native who played on both the PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour and who was a consultant on TPC Louisiana’s design, elaborates: “Oh yeah, it’s a low-elevation course; it’s two-to-four feet below sea level and there’s only four feet of elevation change on the whole property,” he says. “So the challenge is meeting the environment and making sure you have something that can be managed agronomically, something that’s built for the average amateur plus that will challenge pros once a year.” Gibson explains that the TOUR professionals enjoy the variety of angles on the course and the strategy needed to play effectively.
Immense bunker at Hole 11 (below left) and a water hazard (above)
There are a lot of places where you have to be able to shape your shot to put yourself in the best position “I recall one of the things I enjoyed about [playing in the Zurich Classic] was that I used all 14 clubs in my bag,” he says. “There are six easy holes, six medium ones and six very difficult holes. You don’t have to hit driver off every tee; you can hit a 2-iron or a 3-wood.” Along with creating dynamic angles over the 18 holes, Dye used a lot of sand: there are more than 100 bunkers at TPC Louisiana, and a few of them are jaw-droppingly huge—we half expected to meet someone on a camel coming out of the desert on Hole 15, where the bunker is 150 yards long and features six small turf islands. In fact there are 103 sand traps, and 62 of them are pot bunkers that are only too happy to bump up your score. Because the course is eight feet below sea level and is frequently quite humid Gibson says it plays a bit longer than it normally would. Its setting also means that certain forms of wildlife really love the course, which is part of the Audubon Golf Trail. Understandably, it’s common to see a variety of birds on course, along with turtles, frogs and—with perhaps surprising regularity for non-Louisianans—alligators. One of the course’s more famous toothed inhabitants even has a name: “Tripod,” due to a missing leg. Place prehistoric beasts on the list of hazards, then, to which Gibson also adds wind. “I would think, depending on the wind, that the par 3s can play extremely tough, the toughest par 4 is No.6, and No.15 with the wind can be extremely challenging,” he says, offering yet another reason you should bring all the shots in your repertoire.
K AT R I N A Beautiful and also in play, certainly, are the many Cypress, Live Oak and Magnolia trees that dot the course. Sadly, there are nowhere near as many as there were originally, due to Hurricane Katrina. The year after TPC Louisiana opened, Katrina—the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history—cut a 180-mile wide swath of destruction across the Gulf Coast, venting most of its fury on New Orleans, 80 percent of which flooded in the wake of the storm. In a hurricane that took many homes and more than 1,800 lives, and which re-shaped the City of New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, it was inevitable that the new course would be affected. “TPC [Louisiana] lost a few thousand trees and we were basically shuttered for over a year,” Gibson says. “It took six months just to clean debris off the playing grounds. Shortly after the storm there was no electricity, then low pressure, then high pressure, low humidity and scorching heat, and there was no way to water the course so they lost their grass coverage—on top of the damage from trees everywhere. I remember going out there in my truck and being in total disbelief about how much damage there was. I couldn’t drive down the first tee due to trees being down. There were eight local courses that were completely destroyed; I think four or five have come back on line. It’s probably going to take 20 years to get through the effects of the storm.” Farabaugh agrees, stating that TPC Louisiana is still addressing the damage. “We lost near 3,000 [trees],” he says. “A lot fell. We’ve planted 450 to 500 so far, and so we have a lot of five- and six-year-old trees now. Numerous fairways used to have more of a tree corridor, and the gaps opened up some possibilities for the pros, so we’ve had to fill some of those in.” As evidenced in the numerous stories of heroism and community spirit that came out of the storm, as much as Katrina destroyed it also brought out the best in people.
This included Gibson, who was playing on TOUR when Katrina hit. Working with others in the New Orleans area, he immediately organized a charity foundation that helped feed first responders, “taking care of the people who were taking care of us,” as he put it. It’s a great example, but just one example, of the community spirit and the impact of golf on the area.
ZURICH CLASSIC In 2005, TPC Louisiana began hosting one of the South’s premiere PGA TOUR events: the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a tournament with roots that date back to 1938. Even in its early days the tournament was somewhat of a bellwether for golfing talent, seeing an early win by Billy Casper (1958, in a playoff over Ken Venturi) and, much later, K.J. Choi’s first TOUR win in 2002, when the tournament was played at the city’s English Turn Golf & Country Club. Since moving to TPC Louisiana that reputation has only increased, with Jason Dufner finding his first TOUR victory here in 2012 in a playoff against Ernie Els, and Bubba Watson taking his third TOUR win here in 2011. Additionally, the Zurich Classic was the first win for both this year’s victor, Seung-Yul Noh, and last year’s,
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COMMUNITY Whatever future winners the tournament presents, the event is in good hands. Zurich Insurance Group, a leading global multi-line insurer, renewed its commitment to the Classic through 2019, standing by New Orleans and TPC Louisiana as a great place for golf. Together with the Fore!Kids Foundation, which hosts the tournament, Zurich has raised over $11 million for some 40 charities that serve thousands of Louisiana kids in need. Additionally, Fore!Kids’ CEO/ Tournament Director Steve Worthy says the Zurich Classic has injected just over $40 million into the local economy over the last five years—not bad for a city better known for seafood than for sand traps. Accordingly, Worthy admits that many fans attending the tournament aren’t necessarily there for the golf—initially, anyway. “We’re not a golf destination, not a hardcore golf area,” he says. “The people we’re selling to, it’s more about the food and drink—which are exceptional. A lot of our fans couldn’t pick Ben Martin out of a lineup.”
But if some fans wouldn’t recognize Martin—who set a new TPC Louisiana course record this year by shooting a 10-under 62 in the first round of the Zurich Classic—they definitely recognize the food at the tournament. Legendary local eatery ACME Oyster House serves up the fare for which it’s known (and plenty of drinks) in a dedicated hospitality area on course, and the annual “Champions Club,” located on Hole 18 during the event, has become a top eatery in its own right, offering signature dishes from the likes of Arnaud’s, Emeril’s Delmonico, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, the aforementioned Drago’s and many others. Tickets to these areas sell out quickly, and the party atmosphere they create brings more than a little of the region’s bon vivant spirit to the tournament.
F I N A L LY Great dining, great hotels, great people and great golf: it’s safe to say that New Orleans has emerged from the past decade in fine style, and TPC Louisiana has been there right along with it, helping where it can, providing an affordable, top-shelf recreational opportunity for local residents and visitors alike. “It’s been a challenge,” says Gibson. “The course has met a lot of adversity. Two hurricanes, one of which was the most significant in U.S. history, and it’s still coming back. But players are raving about it, they’re becoming accustomed to what Pete Dye’s intent was. It was rough out of the box, but now that it’s matured TPC Louisiana is finally being embraced.” We’ll call that a sultry embrace, then, and see you on Bourbon Street.
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More Than Just A Game TPC River Highlands offers some of the best golf in the state and more, with The First Tee of Connecticut right next door.
hile all TPC courses offer great golf, top-notch amenities and excellent service, the golf facility in Cromwell adds something else to its menu of services: changing lives. The club, located in Cromwell, Connecticut, hosts the PGA TOUR’s Travelers Championship each year on its championship course, but it’s a smaller track and the facility above it that are helping to make all the difference in the lives of the area’s children. A four-hole practice course
known as The Karl Krapek Family Learning Links is just one component of The First Tee of Connecticut’s on-site David & Geri Epstein Learning Center, but what a resource it is. The course, along with a putting green, driving range area and substantial headquarters building, comprise the chapter’s headquarters. Reaching approximately 65,000 children a year through the game of golf—and the lessons that the game offers—Connecticut’s program is one of the largest in the nation. Benefitting from professional facilities and exposure to the game as it’s played at the highest level, the location adjacent to TPC River Highlands is also one of the best. “It’s really cool when it’s filled with kids—it’s great!” says David Polk, President and Executive Director of The First Tee of Connecticut, looking at the large main room of the organization’s David & Geri Epstein Learning Center building at TPC River Highlands, which is cleared during the annual Travelers Championship to create space
for tournament staff and events. When The First Tee of Connecticut classes are in session—there are three seven-week programs per year, plus seven weeks of summer camp—there can be as many as 100 kids per day coming through the facility. Of the tens of thousands of children reached each year by the state as a whole, more than 1,000 come through the Cromwell location. “It’s such a great program,” says Polk. “We’re teaching them life skills and using golf as the classroom. We teach respect: respect others, respect yourself and respect your surroundings. You learn to focus, you learn that you demonstrate respect by repairing divots and by raking bunkers. “One of the biggest lessons we teach here is perseverance,” he continues. “If you miss a shot, you manage your frustration, manage your failure, manage your way to success. You keep at it. It’s one of the biggest lessons, as you learn later in life.” In teaching these life skills, The First Tee of Connecticut has a tremendous advantage in its Krapek Family Learning Links, a four-hole layout that offers a number of tee and target variations that represent a wide selection of shot types. Set alongside TPC River Highlands’ excellent driving range (which includes a dedicated section for The First Tee), the little course is a beautiful addition to the landscape and quite a special, protected place for the First Tee’s children— or for anyone who wants to practice their fundamentals. Playing around a water feature, it provides a great learning lab where the game can be practiced in a setting that is, perhaps, less intimidating than tentative first expeditions onto a larger, busier course would be. Another asset is the David & Geri Epstein Learning Center, which provides both meeting space and educational opportunities. Upstairs in the center, and named for TPC River Highlands locker room attendant who gave a substantial donation to The First Tee of Connecticut, the Ron and Opal Gilmore Gallery commemorates the PGA TOUR’s
From the Ron & Opal Gilmore Gallery (left); Krapek Family Learning Links (above); and a scene from the Travelers Championship, held at TPC River Highlands (right)
history in Connecticut with an array of inspirational historic photos and tournament memorabilia. Downstairs from that, the Nine Core Values are boldly displayed high above the large main room, while children’s art celebrating the First Tee decorates parts of the walls. During the week of the Travelers Championship much of the Learning Center is utilized as space for tournament rules officials and for various breakfasts or other gatherings. It’s a great bit of cooperation as the event brings numerous pluses to The First Tee of Connecticut, including funding from the tournament and visits from PGA TOUR pros, who often spend time with First Tee participants and their families. The rest of the year the Epstein Learning Center functions as a top-notch educational and activities environment. Available programs include group lessons, in which students meet once per week for an hour and a half. Both golf and life skills are taught, and students are regularly evaluated for progress through a tiered system, via which they can advance to other learning opportunities. A nine-week “Team” program is available to slightly more advanced students, and in this coaches focus on social interaction and on-course activities. Additionally, a summer camp offers a somewhat immersive experience over a series of days that expose children to both golf and life skills.
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Beyond that, The First Tee of Connecticut also supports in-school programs, in which the school’s physical education teacher or a First Tee coach introduces children to golf and to the benefits of the game. With all of this outreach, it shouldn’t be surprising that The First Tee of Connecticut is responsible for developing some fantastic golfers in the state. Recently, the program has been celebrating the
continuing progress of Jason Liu, a teenager from Windsor, CT, who at 14 was the youngest player in the field at last year’s Connecticut Open. Over more than seven years in the First Tee, Jason has earned scholarship money, learned valuable life skills and improved his game to the point where he’s now one to watch among the state’s young golfers—and he doesn’t graduate from high school until 2017. Other First Tee of Connecticut participants have gone on to play college golf, including Nick Shemkovitz and Sadie Martinez, who each spent at least a decade in the program before heading for the college game last year. Beyond the game’s many playing opportunities, The First Tee of Connecticut also exposes kids to the greater world of golf, evident in its participation with the John Deere Careers on Course program. This year, 17-year-old Christie Williams was able to shadow TPC River Highlands Golf Course Superintendent Thomas DeGrandi for a day at work during the Travelers, giving her a glimpse of what a superintendent does and how a course functions. In addition, Christie was chosen from a national pool of First Tee participants to attend a prestigious Life Skills & Leadership Academy in San Diego this summer, which will extend both golf and life skills training and offer a chance to compete at a higher level athletically and academically. It’s just one more example of the kinds of resources that The First Tee delivers to children, and the kinds of success for which the program aims. It’s worth the time and effort, Polk explains, because The First Tee of Connecticut —like The First Tee as a whole—has a mission that’s far greater than just teaching the game: “I don’t care if these kids don’t become the greatest golfers,” Polk says, “as long as they learn life skills here. That’s what it’s all about.” To learn more about The First Tee of Connecticut or about TPC River Highlands, visit thefirstteeconnecticut.org or tpc.com/riverhighlands
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er hands had been on my shoulders as we rode, and when we stopped the kiss was done in one motion, quickly, as she leaned forward and climbed off the bike: a light touch of her lips upon my cheek, and then she swung her leg over the seat and walked away toward the others. She’d insisted on wearing a skirt and heels for her first ride on the motorcycle, and I wondered that she’d dismounted so gracefully, balancing the smallest part of her shoe on the foot peg before spinning to step down, pulling her skirt into place at the same time. She was Ukrainian and Romani, I believe, strong and feminine with a dark burst of fireworks for hair, and here in the woods along the Dnepr River just outside of Kiev, it was good to look at her. We could hardly say a word to each other— her English was as bad as my Russian—but she loved the motorcycle, and it was enough.
This is how I picture motorcycling: friends in late summer, a campfire picnic on a river in a foreign country, thousands of miles from home and nothing but the road in front of us. Even today, when I ride it’s with that idea in mind, the solid feel of the engine under me, the shifting colors of the landscape and my bike moving within it, and the isolating sound that creates space and which drives me forward in so many ways. There are truths in all of this, but I can’t be bothered to separate them out, and for anyone who doesn’t ride such truths would be indecipherable anyway. As with making love or witnessing the birth of a child, there’s only one way to know. Outside of that understanding, for the many who don’t ride, there is often only one truth to the motorcycle: its danger. But this is an impossibly shallow assessment of the vehicle. If nothing else, let us say that the motorcycle reveals different truths to different people, and reserves only one to be shared universally with all who ride it: honesty.
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Mert Lawwill in On Any Sunday, Photo courtesy Bruce Brown Films, LLC
My first motorcycle was a Dnepr 16, purchased new at the factory in Kiev for just under $300, sidecar included. On an adventure in 1992, a friend and I spent most of our money on a pair of them, figuring they’d provide both transport to Western Europe and something to sell once we got there. The men at the factory laughed at the idea of us riding 1,700 miles to Paris on bikes they’d built and suggested we purchase a third one as well—for parts. The Dnepr was a copy of a late 1930s BMW R71, but any similarities between the German bike and ours, built to low standards with sub-par materials in the tough years following Ukraine’s 1989 revolution, were cosmetic. In the end we made it as far as Austria before my motorcycle surrendered, gasping and chugging across the Viennese border with a cracked cylinder head, failing clutch, and array of other afflictions. While I was tearing into it with a wrench—again—on the side of the road, a male dancer with the Vienna State Opera pulled up, admired the bikes and offered to buy them both. My friend and I quadrupled our money, and took a train to Paris.
In May of 1974 at California’s San Jose Mile, dirt track racing legend Mert Lawwill crashed twice in one day, both times at more than 100mph. A wipeout in qualifying saw his body slide into a trackside post at speed (a 1975 Cycle World Protect and Serve article offered that “the resulting ‘whump’ ended the horrible tumble”) and he was temporarily knocked unconscious, but “I think like any little boy, it’s something that your mother doesn’t want you to do,” says Ofc. Anthony Sciarrino of the Harley-Davidson rider changed clothes, re-entered on a the Los Angeles Police Department’s prestigious motorcycle backup motorcycle, qualified 9th fastest and then won his division, talking about how he got into riding. “That danger heat—much to the delight of the crowd. Already in severe aspect appeals to all of us who like that adrenaline rush, to pain at the start of the 25-lap main event, Lawwill crashed go out there and go off dirt jumps and get better and better. again during the second lap when he swerved to avoid another It’s exciting as a little kid, and as you get older you become rider who’d gone down, caught a hay bale and slammed into one with it. If you don’t, that’s when bad things happen.” the wall. This one took him out of the race for good. Sciarrino has been riding motorcycles with the LAPD After a month recuperating—during which he stepped for 13 years, starting and stopping his bike’s engine as on a hornets’ nest and suffered a severe sunburn—Lawwill many as 60 times per day as he patrols the city. Statistically returned to racing and crashed yet again, going into the wall at Santa Fe before being run over by another rider. speaking, Sciarrino says, the motor officers’ job is the most dangerous in the department, with the highest number of He finished 11th overall for the year, with a re-dislocated shoulder, a re-injured elbow, a broken ankle, cracked ribs, injuries despite the fact that the elite squad of 257 officers among the LAPD’s 10,000 are some of the best trained pulled muscles, and all kinds of hurt. motorcyclists anywhere. “It’s like a pinball machine on the “That’s crazy, isn’t it,” Lawwill says, after I recap the year for him, then ask if he ever considered quitting the bike. highway: tool boxes, barbeques, mattresses, ladders… All these hazards that are out there, we’ve hit them,” he says. “Not seriously. All I ever thought about was how could I get To blow off steam, Sciarrino occasionally heads out over this injury real quick. It was just a necessary evil,” he says. “I just rode within what I felt was my comfort zone. for a weekend track day to race motorcycles with other enthusiasts, who don’t always know he’s a police officer. Every time I fell down it surprised me.” “You’re in the pits and talking to guys: oh I’m a doctor, The 1969 AMA Grand National Champion retired in 1977 with an incredible 161 Grand National finishes, I’m a dentist, I’m a construction worker and suddenly, ‘I’m a police officer,’ and you leave it at that, and everybody kind earning himself a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of of goes, ‘What!? You don’t seem like a cop, you’re cool.’ Fame. “I always tell people I was as comfortable sliding They’ll say silly things like that. We’re just regular folks.” sideways at 120mph on a racetrack as I was sitting on
Mom rarely smiled when my motorcycle was mentioned. “I got fed up riding around roads where I lived, and I just Ironically, she was partly to blame for it. When I was five or wanted to go farther,” says Phil Weston, a 64-year-old building so she’d let a friend take me for a ride, me sitting on the gas site manager in England and president of the country’s Iron tank and grinning under the adult-sized helmet resting on my Butt Association, which is an offshoot of an American club of shoulders, on which Mom had insisted. By the time we made long-distance motorcyclists. Complete a verified 1,000-mile the first turn, I was hooked. Years later, Mom cemented my ride in a single day and you can join. After that, it’s anything fascination with a story about an Indian Scout my father had goes. “I went to Istanbul for dinner on a Saturday night, then ridden while he was in the Army, near the time he went to back. It took four days: two days there, two back. Once you Vietnam. “He told me the Indian had a suicide clutch, that it can do 1,000 miles a day you can go anywhere,” he says. was fast, and that he really loved it,” she said. Weston has completed two of America’s Iron Butt My father died after the war but before I knew him, and Rallies—11,000 miles in 11 days around the States—and as a young man I was desperate for any connection. Unable to he placed 14th out of 80-some participants the last time he remember his voice, it was difficult to imagine us in conversation. rode. Part of the challenge is managing fatigue, something But I could easily picture him on the Indian, racing around on with which most Iron Butt members are all too familiar. back roads—and that’s an experience we could share, even if it was separated by death. This is one of the motorcycle’s truths: that it crosses boundaries. The essence of those boundaries is different for everyone who rides and may consist of nothing more than distance. But for some motorcyclists the experience goes deeper, and it usually begins with crossing a line that many people consider to be another truth of the motorcycle: danger. Perhaps ironically, crossing this line seems to trouble non-motorcyclists as much as—or more than—those who ride.
At the track they’ll say, ‘What? You don’t seem like a cop— You’re cool.’ They’ll say silly things like that; we’re just regular folks
“When you ask people who don’t ride why not, or if you tell someone you ride, the first thing you hear back is usually something about some accident they know about,” says Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who studies behavior genetics, and who rides motorcycles. “The danger is first and foremost in some people’s minds.” “I mean, realistically Reade, I guess subconsciously that’s one of the reasons I do ride, if that makes sense,” says my friend Michael Malry. “Why do thrill seekers seek thrills, putting themselves on the edge of their tolerance level, if you will? It’s a rush—and you’re aware.” “There are people who are risk takers, so I can see danger can be a reason to ride,” says Stoltenberg. “From an evolutionary sense, taking risks has a lot of strong benefits. We need to take risks at times. I think that there’s some natural selection for people to take risks, but there are also individual differences. That’s not why I like to ride. I also knew somebody who was in a serious accident and had a brain injury because of motorcycling, and after that I thought pretty deeply about whether I was going to continue riding or not. I can’t give up something that I really enjoy doing because there’s some risk involved, I don’t want to spend my whole life sitting on my couch.”
“Maybe you start to slow down or you change lanes and don’t see something, or you yawn… If you yawn you might as well stop straightaway... I just like sitting on the bike and going places. I don’t really care what roads I’m riding. People say, ‘oh, you don’t see anything,’ but I was in Istanbul sitting in a roof garden having a coffee listening to a singer in a mosque. It’s almost worth it just to do that. Who wants to see the same old cathedrals? If I want a pizza I’ll go to Italy.”
Decisions I-80 took me past Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, which I’d wanted to see, but it was October and I’d foolishly thought I could beat the weather to Wyoming. For several days, the new 2002 Indian Chief I was riding had been a dream, carrying me out of Huntington Beach, California, where I breathed the salt air of the coast before turning inland to spice my lungs with Gilroy—“the garlic capital of the state!”After that came the deserts and the Salt Flats, but somewhere east of Salt Lake City I realized my mistake. I was in the blizzard before I hit Rock Springs, and then I disappeared. It took three days to cross Wyoming, riding as slow as 15mph, icicles hanging off
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my clutch and brake levers, wearing everything I had, hazard lights blinking and me praying I wasn’t run off the road by one of the large trucks that kept spraying snow and ice over me and my sidecar rig, which was forever sliding. It was my own damn fault for being here, and there was nothing for it: either I kept going or I parked the bike until spring, and that wasn’t an option. The odd car passed with a young boy’s face pressed up against the window, mouth agape, but otherwise I was so very much alone, riding in a darkness that shifted from white to black even at noon. The trip was for a magazine story, and I could have taken any route back to New York City. Someone was trying to resurrect the Indian Motorcycle Company, originally in business from 1901 to 1953. There had been a couple of half-hearted attempts to revive the brand before, but the guys in Gilroy were the first to create a new motor and it looked like they might pull it off. East of Buford I started losing elevation, finally, but it was still snowing in Cheyenne and I didn’t see the sun until Nebraska. Not long after I pulled into New York, my hands only beginning to lose the ache they’d found on the trip, the motorcycle was stolen. And shortly after that the magazine went out of business, and so there you go.
she says her members (nearly 7,000 worldwide) just like to ride. Once a year they raise money for Holocaust awareness, but it’s more about education than any kind of ministry. Otherwise, the JMA is practical: “The way we look at it as motorcyclists is that anything is dangerous. If you have to think about how dangerous it is, you shouldn’t be doing it.” As for any notion of mortality while motorcycling, “it’s pretty much pushed to the back of the mind in Judaism—it works out much better [as a motorcyclist],” she says. “It’s a form of worship for us,” says Dawud, one of the 50 members of the United Muslim Motorcyclist Association (UMMA). “Everything we do is to please our Lord.” For UMMA’s members, as far afield as South Africa and Malaysia, the motorcycle is also an important bridge between old and new: “Muslims rode horses in ancient times,” Dawud says. “They did the same things on horses that we do on motorcycles, race, have fun… It helped keep their camaraderie together. And today we reach out to club members with our old clubs that we used to ride with. The motorcycle is the one thing that still connects to the way I used to live and the way I live now, it’s one thing that keeps our friendship connected.” Women can join UMMA and the group welcomes contact with other clubs, so there has been outreach and God conversations across secular and religious lines, crossing “Motorcycling has always given people a sense of freedom,” boundaries that many might have considered insurmountable. says Kerry Gibson of the Christian Motorcyclists Association “Motorcycling opens up, not only to the Muslim but to (CMA), whose 160,000 global members help raise millions the non-Muslim, that we have a world and a society that we each year for the ministry, which uses motorcycles as a tool have to get along in, that we have to socialize together without for outreach. “You can feel the air, you’re in the wind, you bringing the destruction to our own selves, and if motorcycling can smell the smells, and you’re sharing is doing that and it’s doing it on a positive that experience together. If you ride a level, I just see it’s been a good thing.” motorcycle very much you’re going to My Truth ride through rain and bad weather, and You can lie to a car, and a car will lie to other people that do it know what that’s you. But a motorcycle won’t listen if you all about. There’s a common thread if don’t come honest, and it will always you look at a relationship with God: It’s give it to you straight. Decisions have about freedom, being free from your sin, consequences, and those decisions begin free from the hardships of life… When before you climb onto the bike. But at the you ride you understand what somebody end of it, you mostly get a fair shake. else is going through on their ride, and it This is my truth is the same way with a of the motorcycle; relationship with God.” yours might be different. “Jewish people In a forest clearing by have camaraderie a river with friends anyway,” says Betsy thousands of miles Ahrens, president of from home, or flying up the Jewish Motorcycle the highway solo with Alliance (JMA), who gold Pacific light roaring says that motorcycles overhead, the only don’t really build danger that I accept is anything for her being overwhelmed by organization that didn’t all the beauty. exist already. Instead,
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There’s some Steve McQueen in this guy, I decide, happy that he ordered a beer and not a smoothie while we’re playing the course at TPC Jasna Polana in New Jersey. He’s certainly had to network in Hollywood—everyone does—but after a short time it’s obvious that his success is more likely due to his strong work ethic than to any love of indulging in BS. Testament to his determination: Homeland, The Blacklist, a role in the film Mean Girls, an appearance in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, and on and on... Already established as a solid actor, his star’s going in the right direction. Beyond that, he keeps his personal life personal, shows up to work on time and occasionally likes to let off some steam on a golf course. Because the same farm that shaped his work ethic also shaped his formidable shoulders and arms, that’s bad news for the golf ball. “I almost never use my driver,” Klattenhoff tells me, pulling out a new Callaway 3-wood on yet another tee. “Usually I just don’t need it.” It’s not a boast; the guy crushes the ball. In one instance on a par-3, I hit a soft 8-iron and landed six feet left of the green. Diego hit a wedge and landed four feet past it. “Sand wedge next time?” I offered. “You’ve got nothing left in the bag.” “I was golfing at this charity event in Glendale,” he recounts. “They loaned me these whippy clubs with crazy shafts; they just kind of bent all around when I swung. So we were coming back toward the clubhouse and the
entire front of the thing is glass, all windows, and it’s full of people and everybody’s looking out. I decide to go for it in two, so I just went for it with the swing—and it took the clubhead a minute to catch up, I mean I’m at the bottom of the swing and the clubhead’s just passing my head, and then it whipped around and this ball just ballooned and it was heading for those 10-foot windows and I was thinking, ‘Oh, man, it’s gonna go right through the glass!’ But it just kept going and finally it rattled off the clubhouse roof.” Baseball, hockey and scrapping were the sports of choice in French River, the town in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, where Diego’s father decided to settle down. A well-educated man and a potter, he’d come from Bremen, Germany, set up the farm and started a family. “I grew up playing baseball,” Klattenhoff says. “In our county there was no money, it was rural, so lots of neighbors’ kids would come for miles. You’d ride your bike in to play baseball or road hockey, beat the f*** out of each other and then you’d go home. We were 6-, 7-, 8-year-olds. Golf was never a thing.” Diego and his two brothers spent their young lives in a world of paper mills, steel mills, shipbuilding and coal mining, working fields and moving hay like the other kids in the area. The idea of being a famous actor was a million miles away. Golf, as it turned out, was a little closer. “There was a 9-hole golf club in Pictou, and dad had a membership,” Klattenhoff says. “It stunk like hell because it
Where I grew up it was baseball and hockey... You’d ride your bike for miles to play. Golf was never a thing
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was near a mill. I’d hang out, eat peanuts, listen to dad shoot the breeze with his friends. I had a great time. It was totally different, it was foreign; you played hockey or baseball.” Diego’s father taught him to swing a club, and he liked it enough that he’d practice hitting a ball from his family’s field to a neighbor’s field across the road—“something to do,” he says, for a kid in what felt like the middle of nowhere. As foreign as playing golf in Pictou County, perhaps, Diego discovered an interest in acting, and a trip to the movies eventually decided it. “I saw an article on the movie Boogie Nights, and decided I wanted to see it. I’d only been to the theater a few times, and I went with my brother. I was blown away. I thought, ‘I want to be in that movie.’” At the age of 19 Klattenhoff decided that he’d had enough of small-town life and moved to the big city of Toronto to take acting classes. He found a job as a bartender and began working on the rest of his life. “I knew one person there in theater, and he was in this method [acting] class. I had nothing else, so I thought why not. It turned out to be crazy abusive: you go in the room and there’s some woman weeping in the corner, over here some guy’s ready to punch someone out… It was interesting, but it was like you’re joining the French Foreign Legion or something.” More classes followed, with Diego eventually studying under the highly regarded acting coaches David Rotenberg, Bruce Clayton and Rae Ellen Bodie, among others. The rest, as they so often say, is history. His role as Mike Faber on Homeland earned him worldwide acclaim (and a friendship
with fellow Homeland actor Damian Lewis, with whom he occasionally golfs) and The Blacklist, on which he plays FBI agent Donald Ressler, is only growing in popularity, with millions of viewers worldwide. He brings as much athleticism to his roles as he does acting talent, evidenced in the constant stream of action scenes in Blacklist, and anyone could argue that he’s done a good job in choosing his roles. “Who knows how you find a role, exactly,” he says. “When you read it, it sparks something in you. Like Homeland: I thought, “It doesn’t matter what, I just want to be part of this tale.” For Blacklist, a car picks him up from his NY apartment sometime after 5a.m. He runs lines in the back seat on the way to work, which can start near 6. As the week goes on the shooting days get longer and longer, so Diego often gets home in the early hours. That’s most of the year, with a few months “off” to do obligatory promotional travel for the show and to audition for other projects. For all of the obvious rewards, it’s a tough career and one that you have to earn. That’s not to say that French River rolls out the red carpet when he goes home: “People kind of don’t notice,” he says. “There are three guys in the NHL where I’m from; they’re heroes.” It doesn’t seem to matter to him, and after most of a day together I’m not surprised. Straightforward and downto-earth, the guy doesn’t appear to be chasing success so much as he is a challenge—no matter what he’s doing. “Acting has the discipline of sports, it’s an art form for a reason,” he says. “Trying, failing; trying, failing. If you’re gonna do it, you do it. That’s your singular focus: figure out your riddle. It seems so simple when someone who knows how to do it is doing it—and it’s not, it’s so complex. Right when you think you’ve figured it out it kicks you in the ass.” No wonder the guy likes golf.
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Continuing Kingdom’s series on fantasy golf courses constructed from the world’s best holes of the same number, here we imagine a classic 18-hole challenge consisting of 11th holes. We were not short of candidates for the final 18, and we cannot deny that there have been selection issues, but like with a great Ryder Cup team—when four golfers have to sit out each pairs session—selecting our final 18 has been a good problem to have. Some of these holes you might know, others you probably won’t photography by
Par 4, 411 yards Bukit Course, Singapore Island CC
Par 4, 423 yards South Course, Oakland Hills, Michigan
The 11th hole of the Bukit Course at Singapore Island Country Club is one of the highlights on one of the great championship layouts in the Far East. Originally designed by James Braid and opened in 1924, and then updated by Frank Pennink in the 1960s, this lush parkland layout runs alongside the MacRitchie Reservoir. The Bukit Course comes with long-standing Tour pedigree, having staged the Johnnie Walker Classic, Singapore Open and Singapore Masters on the European Tour, and even the World Cup in 1969. The 411-yard 11th is an ideal starting hole for our course, affording golfers a broad fairway to receive those nervy opening tee shots, while the fairway leans slightly to the right and towards a green protected by bunkers front left and right. That right-side bunker, in particular, will gratefully receive any approaches that fade away, short of the green.
This 423-yard par-4 demands accuracy and shrewd course management, with a fairway turning left and then right before reaching the green. With a trio of bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway off the tee, there is an area on the left that is flat and provides golfers with the ideal line into the raised, two-tier green. The renowned South Course at Oakland Hills, outside Detroit, was originally designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1918, and it was later adapted by Robert Trent Jones. It was after Trent Jones’ work that Ben Hogan referred to the South Course as “The Monster”—after Hogan had won the 1951 U.S. Open there—and it has been used frequently by the USGA and PGA of America to stage the most prominent tournaments in the United States, including six U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships and the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004. The first club professional at Oakland Hills was Walter Hagen, whose original pro shop was housed in what had previously been a chicken coop.
Par 3, 159 yards Falsterbo GC, Sweden
Par 5, 558 yards Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Florida
The first par-3 of our composite of elevens brings water into play for the first time, and demands an iron strike of unerring accuracy. The Falsterbo Golf Course is situated at the tip of a narrow peninsula that reaches into the Baltic Sea from Sweden’s mainland, with a network of narrow tributaries giving the course definition, beauty and a certain ruthlessness. Most of the distance between the tee and the green on this par-3 is over water, with players crossing a bridge to reach the putting surface. Once golfers have cleared the expansive hazard, there is a string of bunkers protecting the inland sides of the green. One of the few true links golf courses on the European mainland, Falsterbo opened in 1909 and is Sweden’s thirdoldest course.
The 11th hole on the Stadium Course at Sawgrass, our 4th hole, is full of typical Pete Dye treachery. The first par-5 on our layout, from the home of the Players Championship, it demands some difficult shot-making decisions. To an extent, the quality of the tee shot dictates the strategy for the second shot. From a short drive or one that veers off the fairway, the percentage second shot is to lay up short of the water crossing before a short iron third shot can be played over the water and onto the green. From a long drive on the fairway though, golfers might be able to take on the water crossing with the second shot to a portion of fairway lying short and left of the green. It should be a routine approach to the green from there. Whether it is with the second shot or the third, all golfers must take on the water before reaching the green. It’s a test of nerve.
This 394-yard par-4 epitomizes the serenity of Latrobe Country Club, in Western Pennsylvania, where Arnold Palmer grew up, learned the game, and worked on the golf course for his father, who was club superintendent. Lined by pine trees, the fairway rises and then dips as it sweeps down to the right and to a green that is well-guarded by two bunkers. It is an inviting golf hole and rewards straight driving. A distinct feature on Latrobe’s 11th is one of the golf course’s covered bridges. “When we built the golf course we needed to have bridges across the streams,” explains Palmer. “My father thought it would be good for them to be covered, so they also substituted as rain shelters. It was a great idea and worked from the beginning.”
Par 4, 394 yards Latrobe CC , Pennsylvania
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Par 4, 449 yards Royal Dornoch GC, Scotland
Par 3, 148 yards Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Oregon
From the pine-covered hills of Latrobe to the gorse-covered links of Royal Dornoch and its stunning par-4 11th hole. Hugging the beach on this North Sea coastline, if played into a headwind, the exposed 11th hole can be a brute yet it represents Scottish links golf at its very best. They say golf has been played on these Dornoch links since 1616, though the golf club itself was not founded until 1877. Local boy Donald Ross became the club’s first professional but had no hand in laying out the Championship golf course at Dornoch. That responsibility fell to Old Tom Morris at first, with the 11th as the course stands today the work of George Duncan, who shaped it after the Second World War.
The Pacific Dunes Course at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast boasts some of the finest links holes in the United States—and perhaps none more so than the par-3 11th. It may be the shortest hole in the 11th Hour, but with a green that rolls towards the beach and the Pacific Ocean, with unforgiving run-offs into the dunes beneath the hole, anything other than a clean strike onto this green is likely to be punished severely. There is room around mounding to the right of the green but if a tee shot lands there, best wishes getting the chip to stop on the green afterwards… golfers may as well have hit their tee shot to the left in the first place.
Par 5, 618 yards Upper Course, Baltusrol, New Jersey From the modern classic of Pacific Dunes, our course moves to one of the mightiest par-5s in American golf, and the timeless classic that is the 11th hole of the Upper Course at Baltusrol. At 618 yards from the tips, this is a four-shot hole for a lot of players (although six sets of tees ensure this course is accessible to golfers of varying ages and abilities). As if the distance of the hole was not enough, the bunkering here is extensive, with a 100-yard series of bunkers protecting the left side of the fairway. The green is protected by a ring of bunkers, and even has a swale in front to punish approaches that are just slightly short. This would be birdie chance for Adam Scott, but not for many more besides. Baltusrol’s Upper Course was designed by one of the godfathers of American golf, A. W. Tillinghast, and was later remodeled by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Baltusrol’s famous Lower Course will host the centenary PGA Championship in 2016.
Par 4, 385 yards Balmacewen, Otago GC, New Zealand After the stringent test of straight driving of the longest hole of Baltusrol’s Upper Course, golfers come to the shortest par-4 of the outward nine, prior to recovering in the halfway hut. The 11th hole of Balmacewen at Otago Golf Club in Dunedin, New Zealand, is the signature hole of this golf course. A truly great short par-4, Arnold Palmer once drove the green here in an exhibition match, although that is a shot too ambitious for most. The hole does run downhill to the green, with a wide landing area for tee shots with a long iron or fairway wood, before the fairway narrows as it approaches the green. Righthanders must ensure they do not hook their tee shots, as the left side of the hole slips down into a densely wooded valley.
Par 4, 483 yards Pinehurst No. 2, North Carolina Host to not one but two U.S. Opens this year, the 11th at Pinehurst might seem an obvious choice, but the hole’s merits justify inclusion in any year. The hole opens a challenging string of par-4s at Pinehurst as the course heightens its challenge on its back nine. The view from the tee is dominated by stretches of sandy waste and stubborn tufts of wiregrass, to test the golfer’s mental resolve before a club has been swung. At 483 yards from the back, and bending gently from left to right, it is a long hole for a club player, and demands two immaculate strikes. Golfers cannot head left of the green, where plenty of trouble awaits.
Par 4, 435 yards Black Course, Bethpage State Park, New York Attached to an iron railing behind the first tee of the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island is one of the best signs in world golf (as far as we’re concerned) because of its straightforward honesty. The sign says: “WARNING-The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.” It does not exactly help to settle first tee apprehensions, but hey, welcome to New York. The thing is, they should probably post the same sign by the 11th tee, and this par-4 is where our course now lands. At 435 yards from the tips its length is not unreasonable, although the fairway narrows significantly at around the 300-yard mark, with expansive bunkering here too, which might put golfers off using driver from all tee boxes. The sloping green also poses a severe challenge and putts coming back down from behind the hole are usually knee-knockingly fast. Another masterpiece courtesy of A.W. Tillinghast.
Par 3, 158 yards Shinnecock Hills, New York After Bethpage we decided to head to the Hamptons to visit one of the very oldest golf clubs in the United States: Shinnecock Hills. One of the five founding member clubs of the USGA, the original 12-hole course was built at Southampton, Long Island, with the help of 150 Shinnecock Indians from a nearby reservation. The uphill, 158-yard, par-3 11th hole at Shinnecock, which serves as our 12th hole, can play longer than its yardage, although the prevailing wind is from behind, so club selection can be a challenge in itself. The green slopes back to front on this linksy, exposed hole, with a defensive line of three bunkers punishing short tee shots. Shinnecock Hills is one of the most revered venues for the U.S. Open, and the USGA’s major returns here in 2018.
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Par 4, 367 yards East Course, Merion GC, Pennsylvania, This may be the shortest par-4 on our imaginary course, but if the fairway shapes up anything like it did for the golfers in the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, this 367-yard par-4 will also boast the narrowest fairway of our 18 holes. Merionâ€™s 11th is striking and distinct, yet there are hazards galore awaiting misdirected shots. Golfers really cannot afford to land their tee shots to the left of the partially blind fairway, as a cluster of three gaping bunkers awaits, and beyond them, Babbling Brook comes into play. The brook then cuts in front of the green and loops around its right-hand side and behind. The one side of the green not flanked by water has another generously proportioned bunker, so pinpoint accuracy is critical with golfersâ€™ approaches to this green (and why finding the fairway off the tee is so important). There cannot be another par-4 in golf that measures less than 370 yards and yet which sees so many golfers forced to lay up with their second shot.
Par 4, 369 yards Predator Course, Predator Ridge, British Columbia
Par 5, 512 yards Monument Course, Troon North, Arizona
Believe us, if you have not visited Predator Ridge in British Columbia it would be worth the trip just to play the 14th hole of our composite collection. This is the 369-yard 11th of the Predator Course at this mountain resort in the town of Vernon, midway between Vancouver and Calgary. Nestled in the heart of a landscape of breathtaking beauty, the Predator course offers some characteristics of links, such as rolling, mounding fairways and expanses of tall meadow grass between holes, yet the fairways are softer, greener and more manicured than you would expect of a links layout. The fairway of this 369-yard hole offers golfers a fair width considering its limited length, yet the real test comes with the second shot, which needs to find a green off to the right of the fairway which is jealously protected by an imposing chain of five bunkers, three of which have the look of links-inspired pot holes.
The contrasts featured with our 11th Hour are probably never more marked than they are in making the transition from the Alpine par-4 at Predator Ridge to the rocky, desert setting of the Monument Course at Troon North in Scottsdale. The 11th hole of the Monument Course is the last par-5 of our course, and while it measures only 512 yards from the back tees, the hole runs uphill from beginning to end. If golfers veer left or right into rattlesnake territory, our 15th hole could prove energy-sapping in the extreme. Surrounded by rocks and cactuses, the verdant fairway is an appealing target from the tee and of generous width, but beyond the first cut of rough golfers are lucky to have a clear shot. Bunkering does not come into play until the area where second shots might land, within 100 yards of the green, but then in all the fairness that designers Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish could muster, the green itself has only a single bunker behind it, and so offers a hint of forgiveness once golfers reach it.
Par 3, 197 yards Palmer Lakeside Course, Barton Creek Resort, Texas
Par 4, 473 yards Old Course, Ballybunion, Ireland
The final par-3 of our 11th layout takes us down into the Lone Star State for the first and only time in 18 holes. It is worth the wait, as the 11th hole on the Palmer Lakeside course at Barton Creek is the signature hole of this idyllic course. With an elevated tee, playing across a valley with a lake at the bottom and up to a raised green with a stream beside it and a cascading waterfall in front, this is a par-3 that has it all. With the stream protecting the green from the left, and a cluster of six bunkers defending from the right, Palmer left little room for error, but with shorter tees at 165 yards, 154 yards and 120 yards, there is a hole distance that is fair to all. This remote golf course, which is renowned for the quality of its greens, overlooks Lake Travis and offers golfers a number of far-reaching panoramic views, as well as occasional sightings of whitetail deer.
At the business end of our layout, we are taking no prisoners. The 473-yard 11th hole on the Old Course at Ballybunion is a stunning links hole, but its difficulty matches its beauty. A narrow fairway separated into three sections runs alongside the North Atlantic coastline, and you know you are going to test your nerve when the advice from the club professional is as follows: â€œWith the prevailing wind blowing from the sea, aim your tee shot down the boundary line.â€? Toying with out of bounds? Easier said than done. There is some mounding to help balls that land to the right of the fairway, but this really is not a hole for the right-handed slicer. The green is raised and, like many at Pinehurst No. 2, it is shaped like a turtle shell. Golfers who get their ball to stay on this green in two shots have played a magnificent pair.
Par 4, 423 yards East Course, Royal Johannesburg, South Africa We complete our layout with one of the most famous golf holes in South Africa: the 423-yard 11th at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. The hole offers golfers a great opportunity for a strong finish as it plays downhill from the tee, so distance should not be a problem after a well-struck, straight drive. The tree-lined hole doglegs gently to the right, and what should be the final full swing of the round needs to be a good one, as a stream crosses in front of this green to punish short approaches. The local knowledge is to stay on the left side of center with this approach, where there is less distance to clear the stream, although the championship pin positions tend to be to the right of the green.
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REACHING NUMBER Adam Scott reached a world ranking of No.1 for the first time in May, and ever since he has been doing his best to stick to instructions from Greg Norman to “run with it.” Scott spoke exclusively to Robin Barwick
eing ranked number one in the Official World Golf Ranking comes with increasing kudos, as the heritage of the World Ranking slowly evolves. When Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros and Fred Couples were growing up, the World Ranking did not exist and they dreamt of winning majors. Langer became the first official world number one in 1986, and ever since then, young golfers have grown up with their eyes on both the majors and the number one ranking. The number one ranking does not match the glory or stature of a major triumph, but its significance among the laurels of golfing achievement grows. When Adam Scott, now aged 33, was a golfing protégé growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast in the 1990s, his childhood hero Greg Norman was number one for most of that era. “Greg was my idol and everything he did was what I wanted to do,” recalls Scott, who has enjoyed unstinting support from Norman as Scott’s own professional career has flourished. “I wanted to win tournaments and major championships. I wanted to be like him, play like him and be number one like him.
“When I got to number one I spoke to my Dad, and he said it was 20 years ago that I told him I was going to be the number one player in the world, back when I was 13. I don’t remember that, but I must have had some confidence going at the time!” Other than from his dad Phil, himself a PGA professional, one of the first messages of congratulation Scott received on reaching number one was from Norman, who has twice captained Scott in the International team for the Presidents Cup, in 2009 and 2011. “Greg has encouraged me to take this position and run with it,” says Scott, “a lot like he did. Greg said, ‘To reach number one is a huge accomplishment, now stay there for the next 10 years!’ I am taking it one week at a time. “I try to downplay most things, but having reached number one, I definitely did not want to give it up after just one week. It took a few years of hard work to reach this position, and giving it up after one week would not satisfy me. I only had that feeling once the number one ranking had arrived. The workload to stay at number one might be even more than the workload that got me there in the first place.” Scott’s arrival at the top of the world game—ousting the injured Tiger Woods—was confirmed on May 19,
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A S P R I N G TO R E M E M B E R Victory at Colonial capped a hectic and unforgettable spring for Scott. Within the space of six weeks he returned to Augusta in April for the Masters as defending champion, got married in secret the week after, was then crowned world number one and capped it all by winning at Colonial. It is not easy to concentrate on your game when you are defending champion at the Masters. The defending champ takes on the role of a club ambassador, having to fit in extra media demands, hosting the famous Tuesday night Champions’ Dinner, and staying at the club until the Sunday evening no matter what, to present the Green Jacket to the new champion. Measured and thorough, Scott enlisted
and after popping open a bottle of Dom Perignon with friends to celebrate at home in the Bahamas, the 2013 Masters champion hot-footed to Colonial CC in Texas for the Crowne Plaza Invitational to make sure his tenure as number one did last more than that one week, with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and 2014 Masters champ Bubba Watson in close contention for the coveted top spot. After a scrappy opening round of 71, one over par, Scott clicked into gear with immaculate rounds of 68-66-66, before defeating Jason Dufner with a birdie at the third hole of a sudden-death play-off. More than a tour win, that victory provided undisputable validation, along with a bit of breathing room at the top of the world. “Reaching number one in the world was a pretty incredible feeling,” adds Scott, “and then to win that week was just so special. That was a week I will never forget. “Now I am trying to embrace it, and trying to enjoy being world number one. I don’t know how long it will last and so you need to enjoy it while you are there. My performances over the past two years, which have got me to number one, only bring good memories and good feelings.”
Reaching No.1 in the world was a pretty incredible feeling, a week I will never forget the help of a professional chef to create the menu for the Champions’ Dinner. In an upgrade from the grilled chicken, mashed potato and macaroni cheese served by Bubba Watson in 2013, Scott served artichoke & arugula salad with grilled calamari to start, followed by Australian Wagyu New York strip with Moreton Bay bugs (similar to shrimp), and then to finish, strawberry & passion fruit Pavlova (his mother’s recipe). The wine was Penfolds 2009 Chardonnay and Penfolds Grange 2005 Shiraz, from South Australia— wines which are not stocked in your typical supermarket. “I was a little nervous before the Champions’ Dinner,” admits Scott. “I had no idea what to expect. A couple of the guys were winding me up, asking whether I had picked my song. I was like, ‘Really?’ I may be a little gullible, but that was pretty funny.” The acid test with the Champions’ Dinner is to see
At the API (below), on his way to victory at Augusta 2013 (right), Crowne Plaza Invitational (above)
how many guests go with the menu, and how many quietly opt for a ‘stick-with-what-you-know’ steak. As a proud Aussie and the first Australian Masters champion, Scott was keen that the illustrious fellow Masters champions would not opt out of his offering. “I think my menu was received very well,” he says. “No one to my knowledge ordered anything other than what was on the menu, so I think I passed, and I made sure to serve good wine so the wine drinkers couldn’t have a go at me about that! The Champions’ Dinner is just a buzz.” As defending champion and dinner host, Scott was also required to speak. “Speaking was emotional, so I kept it short and sincere,” he recounts. “I said how grateful I am to Augusta National for everything I’ve been able to experience in the last 12 months, and how everyone in that room has been an inspiration to me. I probably rambled a little more than that, but that was about it. It’s quite hard to address a room with all the guys that you’ve looked up to forever.” All the while, in the background Scott was secretly planning his wedding to Marie Kojzar, which took place at a small ceremony at Scott’s home on New Providence Island in the Bahamas on April 17, just four days after the Masters. To ensure privacy, the small number of family and friends invited to the wedding thought they were going to a postMasters party, and only the couple’s parents knew about the wedding in advance. In keeping with Scott’s low-key approach, the newly weds did not even go on honeymoon. “We figured we didn’t need a honeymoon,” says Scott. “Our life is pretty much like a honeymoon all the time so there are no plans for that.”
Scott and Captain Greg Norman together at the 2011 President’s Cup
THE MAJOR MISSION Scott grew up dreaming of winning the Open Championship just like Norman, of winning the Masters that cruelly eluded his idol, and of being world number one, just like the “Great White Shark.” So far, Scott has achieved two out of those three ambitions, and those who watched the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham will know that he should have achieved all three. Scott’s next bid for the Claret Jug takes place at Royal Liverpool in July, where he played well in the 2006 Open, finishing in a tie for 8th, which was a career-best in the Open at the time. Scott’s finish should have been even better too, had he not sent his second shot at the last hole in the final round out of bounds. He left Royal Liverpool that Sunday with a triple bogey souring his mood. Norman has gone so far as to claim Scott could win more majors than any Australian in the history of the game, which would mean surpassing Peter Thomson’s haul of five—all of which were Open Championships. “Greg strongly believes in my ability and has always pushed me to achieve,” says Scott. “Slowly but surely, maybe I’m getting there, but I don’t know how you put a number on how many majors you want to win. To win five would be a dream career. Not many guys have been able to do that lately. Other than Tiger, Nick Faldo is the only guy to have more than five since 1980. It’s a good goal to have. If I keep focused, I believe I’ve got more majors in me. How many more, I don’t know.”
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STARTING GUN Arnieâ€™s hard-fought victory at the 1954 U.S. Amateur heralded Palmerâ€™s pro career and the birth of the modern game. Here, Richard Johnson looks at the trial that pitted the paint salesman against the millionaire playboy, changing golf forever
immy Gill, Arnold Palmer’s 16-year-old caddy during the 1954 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club of Detroit, remembered a very businesslike Palmer that week, arriving at the practice tee by 7 every morning and working on the putting green after each round. “He was great beyond six feet, but pretty erratic inside six feet,” Gill recalled years later. “But he was bold on every putt. He would never be short.”
at the time no one could have guessed at the significance. The victory would not only transform his life and career, it would change the professional and amateur games in ways unimaginable. “That’s where it all began,” Palmer once said. He was referring to his own path, but could have just as easily been talking about modern golf. The Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, just north of the Detroit border, became one of the game’s
The teenager was particularly impressed with the way Palmer hit his long irons. “He was so strong, big shoulders and arms, and he was so confident,” Gill said. “He was a gambler. He’d just go for it. If he missed a shot he knew he could make it up later. He had something about him. That walk of his, the way he attacked the ball.” It is a vivid portrait of the 24-year-old Palmer, who 60 years ago this August outlasted a valiant Robert Sweeny, Jr. in a taut, exhausting championship match. Sweeny, the 43-year-old “graying millionaire,” conceded on the 36th and final hole after losing his tee-shot in tall grass. It was a splendid moment for Palmer, though
sacred grounds. To this day, the aura of Arnie’s Amateur fills every oak-encrusted nook and cranny of the place, from the men’s grill to the locker room to the highceilinged banquet hall where a few years later Henry Ford II would stage debutante balls for his daughters. The championship match on Saturday, August 24 was billed as a “battle of the classes.” The young paint salesman, seven months out of the Coast Guard, versus the son of a prosperous American investment banker. Sweeny, winner of the 1937 British Amateur, was born in California, raised in New York, and followed his older brother
Charles to Oxford. With his combination of golfing genius, easy charm and movie-star looks he became a fixture in British society. Palmer literally grew up on a golf course. At 7 he was learning to drive the tractor at Latrobe Country Club, where his father was club pro and greenkeeper. “We hailed from different galaxies,” said Palmer. Sweeny, a slender 6-foot-3 with dark, wavy hair, was among the last of the game’s Great Gatsbys. He was a cool socialite with a mother-of-pearl swing, shuttling between homes in London, Long Island and Palm Beach, squiring the most beautiful women, and playing the most beautiful golf. Battling Palmer in Detroit, he made the last stand of the game’s old aristocracy against its new merchant class. He personified the Bobby Jones era, the age of the patrician amateur. He was aristocrat enough to play with the Duke of Windsor, charming enough to tee it up with Hollywood stars, and skillful enough to battle Ben Hogan for $10 Nassaus at Seminole, one of his home courses. His friend the actress Merle Oberon followed in the gallery as he won the British Amateur at Royal St. George’s. In Sport of Princes: Reflections of a Golfer, Laddie Lucas described Bobby as “hovering like some superior bird-ofprey over this pre- and post-war scene. Spare, good-looking, and invariably well-dressed in well-cut clothes, Bobby Sweeny was a commandingly able player. He also danced as impressively as he swung a golf club.” Bruce Critchley, the British TV golf analyst who played with Sweeny at Sunningdale in the 1960s, said: “He was a beautiful player. I remember seeing him hit a 2 wood off a barren lie. It was just astonishing skill. There was no rush to his game, just elegance; nothing but elegance. It was the way he lived his life. It was his style in everything.” Palmer called him “the finest swinger and striker of the ball I’d ever seen. If I’d been able to see Bobby Jones play, I imagine he’d swing like Bob Sweeny.”
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Of course, Palmer also was a highly regarded player in 1954, having won the All-American Amateur at Tam O’Shanter in Chicago earlier in the year. But he was not expected to win in Detroit. Teenage caddie Lew Echlin carried Palmer’s bag in a practice round and wanted no more of the job. Instead, Echlin chose to work the scoreboard for $2.50 an hour. Palmer did not exactly waltz through the opposition when the tournament started. His opening round win over seven-time New York metropolitan champ Frank Strafaci came on the 17th hole. The next day Palmer needed the full 18 to get by Florida State’s John Veghte. On Wednesday morning he defeated 31-year-old Richard Whiting, captain of the 1946 Notre Dame team, on the 17th. In the afternoon he knocked off 35-year-old Walter Andzel of Hamburg, New York, 5&3, and got off the course before a thunderstorm hit. Still, Palmer’s triumphs weren’t getting much attention. The biggest gallery on Wednesday followed pre-tournament favorite Frank Stranahan and Harvie Ward. Stranahan, the power-lifting 32-year-old heir to the Champion Spark Plugs fortune, managed an exciting one-up victory.
Known as “Muscles” and the “Toledo Strongman,” Stranahan would meet Palmer on Thursday. Indeed, the two friends were fast becoming old foes. Stranahan had disposed of Palmer 4&3 in the 1950 Amateur and 11&10 in a 36-hole North and South semi-final. A week before Detroit, he had won the World Amateur in Chicago, with Palmer finishing second.
In the afternoon, Palmer met 1953 Canadian Amateur champion Don Cherry, a professional singer from Texas who performed at the Dakota Inn in Detroit the night before. Palmer’s victory on the 17th hole sent him into the semi-final on Friday against Edward Meister, Jr., a 36-year-old former Yale golf captain. There would have been no duel in the sun with Sweeny had it not been for an heroic shot in that tense, marathon semi-final. Palmer was one-up after 18, though neither man played particularly well in the morning. Both recorded double-bogey sixes at the 18th. A local sportswriter reported: “The contestants hit shots that cheered the hearts of duffers in the gallery.” This time Palmer was ready. He Play improved after lunch, though played better than he had all week and neither could build much of a lead. With pulled out a 3&1 victory. He was surviving the match all square going to the 36th hole, the tournament’s toughest bracket, Palmer would play what may be the single which besides Stranahan included 1954 most important hole in his life—certainly it Masters sensation Billy Joe Patton, former was up to that point. U.S. Amateur champion Charlie Coe Meister ripped his drive down the and Harvie Ward, who would win the middle of the 18th fairway and then punched tournament in 1955. They had all been a 5-iron to eight feet. Palmer’s tee shot flew eliminated and now the paint salesman was into the rough and his second bounded over the tournament favorite. the green into a swale behind the green. The ball was barely visible in the deep grass and During his week in Detroit, Palmer found himself moving through the toughest bracket of the matchplay draw Palmer had little green to work with as he faced a tricky pitch onto a slippery slope that slanted severely away from him. He’d have to make the ball stop quickly. Meister, studying a makeable birdie putt, hovered above. Palmer slipped a wedge under the ball, causing it to land softly on the fringe and then trickle down the slope, stopping four feet from the hole. “I doubt that Arnold ever hit a more miraculous shot,” Mark McCormack wrote. A monument is placed on the spot where the ball lay buried in tall grass behind the 18th green. Meister missed his birdie try, but Palmer still had to make his slick side-hill four-footer to extend the match. He deliberated long and hard over the putt. “If I missed it, being short would have not done me any good,” Palmer said. “It was a crucial putt needless to say. My best recollection is that it was a straight-in putt, straight in the hole and that is what happened.”
“I doubt that Arnold ever hit a more miraculous shot”
Palmer’s father, Deacon, had been hanging back after the victory, but finally he walked up and said, “You did pretty good, boy” In overtime, Meister missed putts of 10, eight, five and 16 feet—any one of which would have prevented Palmer from reaching the final. On the 39th hole, the 510-yard par-five 3rd, Palmer unleashed a 300-yard drive with his trademark ball flight—one of those upside-down spoon-shaped tee-shots that he made famous with his slashing swing. He then nailed a low, whistling 3-iron that ended up 30 feet from the pin and two-putted for birdie and victory, putting an end to the longest semi-final in U.S. Amateur history. The showdown with Sweeny was set for the next day, August 28, 1954. A wire photo that ran in newspapers across America that morning showed a grinning Palmer in shirtsleeves and a pokerfaced Sweeny in suit and tie with their hands on the trophy, and the caption: “They’ll play for this today.” A gallery of 3,500 followed the match in warm, sunny weather, including Palmer’s mother and father. Although Sweeny towered over his 5-foot-11 foe, Palmer out-drove his opponent by as much as 40 yards on some holes. But Sweeny, superb with the short stick, built an early lead by sinking a series of epic putts—a 35-footer on the second green and 20- and 25-foot big benders on the third and fourth. Dazed and disheartened, Palmer recalled in A Golfer’s Life that as the two players started down the fourth fairway a “beautiful girl following Sweeny suddenly came through the ropes and out onto the fairway and waltzed right into his arms, giving him a real double-feature kiss. “I remembered watching them in disbelief, and maybe a little envy, thinking what a cruel game golf could be. Here I was, getting pasted in the tournament I’d always dreamed of winning, and my opponent was not only rich and handsome and hitting perfect golf shots but getting the girl as well.”
But after the two men hit their drives on the fifth tee, Sweeny threw an arm around Palmer and said, “Arnie, you know I can’t keep this up.” He did for a while, though. On the seventh hole Palmer took a bogey five to give Sweeny a three-up lead at that point.
The match never made it to the green. After searching for his ball for a few minutes, Sweeny gave up. He walked over to Palmer and said, “Congratulations, Arnie, you win.” Palmer threw an arm around Jimmy Gill and then gave his mother Doris a hug. He began to look for his father, Deacon Palmer, who was hanging back. Finally, Pap walked up and said: “You did pretty good, boy.” Of Sweeny, Palmer said: “I don’t know if he’s the greatest putter in the world,
Mr. Palmer celebrates his marathon victory with his parents
But in the hot, sticky August—and after five grueling days of match play—the older man began to wilt. With a par on the 32nd, Palmer went ahead for the first time in the match. He birdied the next hole to go two-up, with Sweeny’s own 12-foot birdie try spinning out of the cup. Dog-tired, Sweeny came back to halve the next hole and win the 35th with a 15-footer to send the match to the 36th and final hole. First up, Sweeny drove into the thick grass on the right. With sweaty palms, Palmer stepped up. “I became very nervous at that point,” he said. “I was very cautious.” He laced his tee ball 250 yards down the right side of the fairway.
but he sure was firing them at me today.” The questions started. Would he turn pro immediately? “I like selling paint,” Palmer told a reporter. Still, some observers thought they caught a glimpse of the future. John Dietrich of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “This was the birth of a new super champion.” But first things first: A week after the tournament Palmer met Winifred Walzer in Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, Pennsylvania, where he played in bandleader Fred Waring’s annual invitational. They were soon married and Palmer made his decision to become a professional. He played in his first Masters the following April.
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blame Doctor Baz. For those of you who have not met Dr. Baz, he is an old school friend of mine obsessive about fine wines, malt whiskies and golf. He is now a naturalized U.S. citizen, having a mother from Florida, and has amassed a small fortune on the West Coast peering into the darker recesses of his patients’ anatomy, for Dr. Baz is a colon and rectal surgeon. Anyway, it was Dr. Baz that called long distance in an excited manner telling me that he and I were going on a grand adventure in Scotland and that I would need to take an entire month off and bring my golf clubs. He then added, in something of a rush, that we would play 30 great Scottish courses in 30 days and it would be “A riot.” I suggested that it would more likely be the death of us both but he was having none of it, adding only that he was arriving in Edinburgh airport a week from Sunday and that I should meet him there at an absurdly early hour. Having filed some hurried copy to various longsuffering editors and having explained to my wife that I needed leave of absence for 30 days, I was headed for Edinburgh airport. Far from the most popular man in my household, I nonetheless was ready to meet my golfing chum, although I had no idea where we were going to stay or play as Dr. Baz had made the arrangements
and all I was meant to do was to drive us from one destination to the next. “My dear fellow,” he cried upon seeing me (for although a naturalized American, Dr. Baz still maintains the image of the perpetual English public schoolboy as he insists his patients consider this approach reassuringly expensive), “Take me directly to Turnberry!” As the good Doctor is a gold member we got a free upgrade from Hertz and headed west in automotive style to Ayrshire and what is without a doubt the most beautiful of all Open Championship venues. The Turnberry Resort is stunning, with fabulous facilities for visitors and sensational views out to sea and the Isle of Arran—and there’s a truly great golf course thrown in for good measure! Dr. Baz had booked us a deluxe room with a sea view, although we had barely time to check in to our spacious and extremely comfortable accommodation when it was time to pull the clubs out of the car and head for the first tee on the Ailsa course, host to so many famous Open Championships. The golfing gods were certainly with us as the grey clouds began to lift before we were halfway up the first fairway and the sun started to pour though. The scenery was far more breathtaking than our golf, but to play that stretch of holes that takes us to the honey and white
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lighthouse standing on the rocky ruins of Robert the Bruce’s castle is pure golfing joy. There is not one weak hole on the Ailsa, and playing from three through 10 is one of the great course sections in world golf. After a couple of beers gazing from the windows of this most welcoming and well-equipped clubhouse down the 18th hole reminiscing on our round, we walked slowly back up the hill to the great white hotel with its red-tiled roof for some fine dining and one or more of the wonderful selection of single malt whiskies to be found at the hotel’s Ailsa bar. The following morning we tucked into a hearty Scottish breakfast and then took time out to enjoy that most vital of pick-me ups for the more mature golfer: a therapeutic massage in the fabulous hotel spa. We had allowed ourselves enough time to enjoy a trip on the scenic coast road north before arriving at our second venue at Prestwick, scene of the very first Open Championship in 1860. Prestwick is wild and wonderful; a living monument to the derring-do days of Victorian golf, where one drives over giant sand dunes into firm, fiendishly well protected greens. Here we can relive the great days of Young Tom Morris, the Tiger Woods of his day who swept all before him. Young Tom scored the first recorded “eagle” three here in the 1870 Open, just a year after he had scored the first recorded hole-in-one. Sadly we cannot stay long in the historic and warm old clubhouse because the good doctor has arranged a diverting boat trip from Ardrossan that will take us first across the Firth of Clyde over to the Isle of Arran and then onto Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula. We were staying at the small and extremely friendly Lochranza Hotel and taking in both a nine-hole and a quirky 12-hole course that Dr. Baz thought would give us a chance not only for a break but to undertake the first of our whisky tastings at the Isle of Arran Distillery.
First up was Lochranza, a straightforward, flat nine but in glorious surroundings with steep mountain slopes on three sides and the Kilbrane Sound in the opening on the fourth side. This was truly relaxing holiday golf that allowed us to regain some confidence after our previous round at Prestwick in a strong wind. From Lochranza we drove south to Blackwaterfoot and Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club. Shiskine links has achieved cult status amongst canny Scottish golfers. A links has been here since 1896 although it has remained just the 12 holes since the end of World War One when six fell into disrepair. Seven holes are par-threes although all remarkable, none more so than the third which is blind and nearly vertical. With green fees at £22 this is a must-play course. Leaving behind the scenic wonders of Arran we get back on the ferry at Brodick and head for Campbeltown on the long finger of land sticking out into the Irish Sea known as the Kintyre peninsula to take on three courses, two tough and one straightforward but all three wildly beautiful. A U.S. property company, Southworth, has revitalised Kintyre since it opened its wonderful Machrihanish Dunes golf course, designed by David McLay Kidd who created the Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon. Southworth has lovingly restored the formerly derelict Ugadale hotel immediately opposite the famous old Machrihanish Golf Club, where one tees off on the first across the beach and the crashing waves of the Atlantic, and has also breathed life back into the Royal Hotel in Campbeltown. We took caddies at the Dunes course, as it is almost as easy to get lost on your way around, as it is to lose your ball when driving blind over towering sand dunes. All the staff involved with the Southworth project are first class and, for those without their own vehicle, will happily arrange transport down to Southend to play the short
yet delightful Dunaverty where the good doctor and I looked back across to Arran and Turnberry on the Scottish mainland before heading into town for a most informative and enjoyable whisky tasting at Springbank’s historic distillery. Then it was time to get back on the road and a glorious drive north up the coast on the A83 to Tarbert, where we stopped to pick off nine holes at the local course, another beauty on the shores of Loch Fyne. From there we swept around to Loch Lomond and an overnight stop at The Carrick Club at Cameron House, where we again took a massage in the hotel spa. A tall and elegant masseuse named Jai cracked and crunched my ageing neck and back into golfing shape in time for me to tee off happily the following morning and enjoy the challenge and beauty of this undulating and scenic course.
“Madness not to play it whilst we are here, dear boy. Sheer madness!” said the naturalized American We then headed north to the western Highlands and Fort William on the A82, where the good doctor had discovered that at the base of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, lay Fort William Golf Club. “Madness not to play it whilst we are here, dear boy. Sheer madness!” he exclaimed. So play it we did, and I must say, having walked under the railway bridge to the first tee and caught sight of Ben Nevis soaring in the distance, much against my first instincts, I was extremely glad that we did. And at £25 for the round was left again to marvel at just what terrific value some of the lesser-known Scottish courses offer.
We then drove east from Fort William heading for the Cairngorms National Park and one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The Boat of Garten is named after a long-closed ferry, and opens with a deceptive and unprepossessing par 3. But don’t be put off: from here on in this James Braiddesigned beauty is jaw-droppingly magnificent with the quality of the holes equally matching that of the surroundings. This may only be a short 5,876 yards off the tips, but no one takes the Boat to bits, and it only costs £45 to play! One James Braid masterpiece wasn’t enough, and so Dr. Baz had arranged for our next round to be even more northerly and at the home of the James Braid Golfing Society at Brora. Having played the wild, windswept links in the far west at Machrihanish we faced an equal challenge on this far-flung outpost of the eastern side. We played off the yellows, rather than the competition tees, which cuts the length to 5,951 yards but which still represents a stern test, especially if the wind blows (which it usually does). Sheep roam the fairways and Arctic Terns sweep along the shoreline, and both kept us company on our way round before we teed up at the 190-yard par three 18th with its well protected green sitting slap in front of the clubhouse window. Invariably, this seems to be full of members casting critical gazes. Checking out of the Royal Marine Hotel, Dr. Baz showed me his list of east coast courses and what beauties we had in store. A mere 25 minutes away is Royal Dornoch, a Royal club since 1906 and one of the very finest links in British golf. A quiet start over the first two holes gives no idea of the challenges and beauty to come, but both come aplenty against a backdrop of the white, crescent beach of Dornoch
Firth. Donald Ross was the greenkeeper at Dornoch and it was from here that he left to find design fame and bring golf fortune to America. Tom Morris helped extend the course to 18 holes and created the raised, well-protected greens that still provide such a great test of golf today. The doctor had booked us into the wonderful Glenmorangie House and had arranged our tee-time not only at Dornoch but also at our next two ports of call: Tain and Nairn. After 12 days and 12 courses my feet were seriously starting to ache so we didn’t get to Tain, on the other side of the Dornoch Firth, until around lunchtime after a lazy morning and a hot, recuperative bath. Tain is another Old Tom Morris course where much of the great man’s handiwork remains to this day and the club is as welcoming as it is affordable. We had more business to do in Tain as we were to embark on a serious tasting at Glenmorangie distillery, that famous old malt that is “The Spirit of the Open Championship,” but more of that and Glenmorangie house later. We drove past Fortrose & Rosemarkie golf club, which is another stunning little James Braid course on the Moray Firth on our way to Nairn. Dr. Baz had started to panic because our tee time at Nairn was on ladies’ day and we were due out behind them. Yet I can honestly say that I have never seen lady golfers anywhere move at the speed of those at Nairn. After two holes we simply ate their dust as they disappeared off into the distance of this fine old links. Afterwards we dragged ourselves out of our deep armchairs in the clubhouse and drove east towards Castle Stuart, scene of Phil Mickelson’s 2013 Scottish Open victory. Founded in 2009 this is a new kid on the block in terms of Highland golf and the first round for both of us, but what a beauty it is. The following morning we were not sure
whether it was our golfing exertions, the clubhouse bar or the cottage on site that was responsible for one of our best nights of sleep of the entire trip. We then took in Moray, very much the St Andrew’s of the Highlands with an Old and New course that start and finish in the town of Lossiemouth in front of a grey stone clubhouse. The Old is another of Tom Morris’ inspired creations. We could have played eight more courses along the Morayshire coastline but we were heading south to Aberdeenshire and a quartet of wonderful tracks that can be played around the old granite city. The first is very much the Turnberry of the east coast, although now sadly lacking the grand hotel that closed during World War II. Cruden Bay is as beautiful a links as can be found anywhere and should be on the list of all golfing visitors to Scotland. It also has the great virtue of being easier than the remaining three, although still a terrific test. Trump National at Balmedie, south down the A90, has bedded in remarkably for such a new track although it is a ferocious test when the rough is long and the wind gets up. Murcar Links on the outskirts of Aberdeen is another classic Scottish track with narrow fairways that needs a carefully plotted round to score well whilst the back nine at Royal Aberdeen can be well nigh unplayable when the wind blows, but what a course it is. We stayed inland from Aberdeen at the sumptuous country hotel of Meldrum House, which also has a beautiful parkland course, great practice facilities as well as a terrific dining room and wine cellar plus a resident ghost. We saw no sight of the “green lady” but loved everything else! By now the pressure was on with only nine courses left to go in our marathon. My game was decidedly ropey when we played Montrose with its lightning fast greens, and I approached the prospect of Carnoustie, without doubt
Top Left: Murcar Bottom Left: Cruden Bay Right: : Castle Stuart
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Scotland’s toughest Open venue, with something approaching “That’s a great shot,” the caddy remarked. “You’re almost dread. The wind got up, too, as we battled our way round. Dr. on the fairway!” Muirfield is brutal but brilliant and serves Baz’s seven handicap had vanished by the time we reached a sensational roast lunch as well. the turn. Suffice to say, off my 13 handicap, on this course I Sandwiched between Muirfield and North Berwick was simply relieved to get round in under 100. is the high-end Archerfield estate, home to three 18-hole We were on the closing stretch with Dr. Baz refusing layouts, one of which is totally independent of the other two. to play Gleneagles, saying that it was over-rated and far too We played The Renaissance Club, a Tom Doak design, over-priced, so we headed for the auld grey toon and the whose American owner, Jerry Savardi, is confident that his home of golf: St. Andrews. It was time to visit the Jigger Inn course soon will be playing host to the Scottish Open. for restorative Glenmorangies before checking into the Old As neither of us had played here before one of the Course Hotel for equally restorative massages. highlights was the inspirationally photogenic par-4 tenth, Everything that can be said about the Old Course at St which sits among dunes, atop a cliff overlooking the Firth Andrews almost certainly has been so there is little for me to of Forth. Big-hitting Dr. Baz aimed his tee shot across the add other than make sure that you play the New Course as rocks and sea below, but for me (and I suspect for most of us) the route is more of a sweeping dogleg from right to left, to a green set hard against the cliff edge. This led us to our last port of call, at North Berwick. Thankfully, with me barely able to swing a club I was so stiff, the wind abated and I was able
“That’s a great shot,” the caddy remarked. “You’re almost on the fairway!” Above: Crail Below: Kingsbarns
well whenever you visit and enjoy the best curry in town at Jahangirs. We had two more tracks to see in the Royal Kingdom of Fife before we left, the first being the fabulous Kyle Phillips design at Kingsbarns, which may be expensive compared to some of the courses we have played but which is still money well spent. The second was Balcomie links at Crail, considerably cheaper than Kingsbarns, the seventh oldest golf club in the world and offering some classic seaside shots to be played into high greens over seemingly acres of gorse. Crossing the Firth of Forth, there was not much of me that did not ache, but Dr. Baz reached into his bag for some painkillers and insisted that with only three more courses to go we should sign off in style. Our first stop was Muirfield where the doctor had hired a caddy for himself. We were told that we must play off the championship tees for the front nine and I was thrilled to nail an absolute cracking drive on the first.
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to slowly get round the historic West Links whose rough is mercifully kept short. Apart from a hideous five putt on the par-four 16th hole, where there is a three-foot gulley in the centre of the green and the flag was on the far side, coupled with my innate exhaustion this is always a course well worth playing. As lovely as it was, I just rather wish it had not been my 30th round in 30 days!
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Gold in the Glass
Unlike wine tastings, one of the greatest joys of sampling fine malt whisky is that the taster is under no obligation to spit it out. My golfing companion and I had embarked on a madcap tour of the best of Scottish golf courses and we also wanted to sample the best of Highland whisky on our travels, which brought us to Tain, home of Glenmorangie
The iconic Distillery (left) and Glenmorangie House
he beauty of Glenmorangie, pronounced incidentally like “orangey” with the emphasis on the second syllable, is that not only can one enjoy a tour around the distillery and sample some of the world’s finest single malt, but one can also stay just five miles north in Glenmorangie House in one of the six sumptuous and individually furnished bedrooms, all of which come equipped with a decanter of delicious malt whisky. We had played up the road at Tain golf club during the afternoon and, having enjoyed a long hot bath, I sat gazing out to sea from my room, supping a heavy tumbler of whisky with just a small dash of water, as is the traditional way. I cannot recall when I was so entirely at peace with the world. Even the horrors of my short game during my round at Tain were put clean out of mind. According to local sources, alcohol has been produced in Tain since 1798 when a brewery was built that shared a local farm’s water source, the Tarlogie Spring. A former distillery manager, William Matheson, bought the farm in 1843 and converted the Morangie brewery and named it Glenmorangie, Gaelic for “the valley of tranquility.” Matheson shipped two old gin stills up from London to begin his process and built the rest of the plant around them before selling the business on to Macdonald & Muir, a wine and spirits business based in Leith—and Glenmorangie’s best customer. The Macdonald family was to retain ownership for almost 90 years, when the company was acquired by the French luxury goods conglomerate, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) in 2004.
And whilst the ownership may have changed the tradition most certainly has not. Water is still drawn from the Tarlogie spring, barley still harvested from local fields, the distillation process is still undertaken by 16 local workers, who have long been known as “The Sixteen Men of Tain,” all of whom still undertake the majority of their tasks by hand. A tour around the distillery takes the visitor through the entire process from when the spring water is added to the barley that then germinates when enzymes turn the starch within the barley into soluble sugars that will later be converted into alcohol. The most impressive part of the tour, apart from the tasting at the end, is walking through the rows of giant copper wash stills, the tallest in Scotland, that hold the liquid that produces the vapors that cool in the necks of the coppers to condense back into alcohol. The stills must be made of copper as all other metals tried have failed to produce a top quality whisky. Having distilled the liquid, the production process has barely begun because it must then be left to mature in oak casks that provide two thirds of the whisky’s flavor. The bulk of Glenmorangie casks are imported from the USA where they have contained Bourbon or Tennessee whisky. The Original Glenmorangie single malt is aged for 10 years in Bourbon casks from Missouri that help develop a mature spirit that is soft, mellow and creamy to the palate. Since LVMH bought the company the Glenmorangie team have scoured the world for different casks capable of transmitting a variety of subtle flavors to
bespoke whiskies that are transferred after the standard 10-year maturation. Sauternes casks have been imported from France to deliver rich, spicy and dessert-like flavors to the Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, highly unusual with French casks that only rarely complement a single malt. The Glenmorangie Lasanta is aged for an additional two years in Oloroso casks from Spain while Quinta Ruben spends its last two years in Port casks from Portugal to deliver a scent that is akin to mandarin and Seville oranges. My golfing pal and I loved the 18 year old Glenmorangie, which spends 15 years maturing in American casks and then a third poured into Oloroso casks before being re-blended. It is like drinking a warming, heathery-flavored honey with just a hint of smokiness. My pal remarked that it was so smooth he regarded it as the perfect putting medicine and immediately bought a bottle to transfer to the hip flask that he keeps permanently in his golf bag. It was a highly appropriate thing to do as Glenmorangie takes its golf every bit as seriously as my golfing chum. The company is one of the official suppliers to the Open Championship and can rightly proclaim itself ‘The Spirit of the Open’. It is currently running a competition for members of the public to name the world’s 18 ‘Most unnecessarily well made golf holes’ with the winner having an all expenses paid trip to the 2015 Open Championship at St Andrews as well as enjoying the warm hospitality found at the home of Glenmorangie, that equally “unnecessarily well made whisky.”
Flying down the edge of the Pacific on San Francisco’s Great Highway, the Bentley spreads its wings. The cold waves and wide sands of Ocean Beach disappear in a greygold blur—as does a small cluster of slower cars lumbering south like a herd packed together to keep warm. A straggler in the left lane seems startled when we race up from behind and hurries out of our way, clearing the path for another burst of speed. With the top down, engine growling proudly, the Bentley leaps ahead and leaves the other cars to disappear into a wash of small, sandblasted specks. The sun is shining, the salt air rushing over us is crisp and clean, the road is open and there’s no place on Earth we’d rather be than sitting behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. It’s a rich life, indeed
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t’s not subtle, this Bentley: huge haunches rising over large wheels, broad grill carved into the solid face, headlights staring at you as if you’re in the way—and if you’re in front of the new Continental GT V8 S, you are definitely in the way. Big, powerful and fast, the latest beauty to wear the Flying B does a fine job of keeping the Crewe brand’s reputation for excellence intact, in comfortably dynamic fashion. A 4-litre 521hp twin-turbocharged V8 gets the “S” trim of the beast—and at 5,500 lbs for the convertible, it is a beast—from 0–60 in 4.5 seconds on its way to a startling top speed of 191 mph. At anything north of 80mph, you feel the weight of the car in the momentum, seemingly pushing the Bentley to go even faster, which it is happy to do. It’s an exciting sensation that falls just short of “scary” thanks to the knowledge that a formidable set of vented disc brakes and a cutting-edge braking system can bring the thrill ride to a controlled halt quickly. Likewise, nearly everything is to scale in the performance of the GT V8 S: an aggressive acceleration curve (especially in Sport mode) is matched by a blink-quick ZF automatic transmission and re-engineered steering that produces precise handling. The latter is aided by a solid chassis and sophisticated electronic suspension system, which offers a luxuriously plush ride in “Standard” mode, as befits Bentley’s red-carpet reputation, or more firmly performance-oriented control in “Sport” mode, befitting Bentley’s racing pedigree. The interior sets a comfortably rich stage for the whole experience, with sublime leather and wood everywhere, including standard Piano Black veneers that are sanded and lacquered up to 18 times during the application process. As one would expect from Bentley, everything is nicely designed and fit tightly ship-shape to the highest standards. All of the niceties are here: concert-quality audio, ample screen for navigation and entertainment/vehicle information, well-considered climate control system that includes heated and cooled seats, bold instrumentation and more. Our test car included a heavy-ish, branded eyewear case built into the console, which could be removed and then clipped back in, allowing sunglasses (or any glasses, we suppose) to be well protected and ever at hand. For those who already appreciate Bentleys, the latest Continental will be reason for continued celebration. And for those who have yet to experience the marque, the Continental GT V8 S is a wonderful find, exhibiting all of the power, control and comfort that Bentley fans have come to expect ever since W.O. Bentley built his first car in 1919. That car, and every car since, began with a lust for speed.
With full-time all-wheel drive, you’ve a big car, a huge amount of power and the tools you need to go incredibly fast in a controlled fashion
. Performance . The engine in the “S” trim Continental generates a serious 502 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm, partly explaining the quickness off the line. As previously mentioned, the roar of the engine at speed can be sincerely staggering, but when one is gently motoring about town the engine shows off its variable displacement, switching off four of the eight cylinders to reduce fuel consumption and cut both frictional and gas transfer losses. The change was hardly noticeable to us, and we’re sure owners will appreciate its effects. Translating the engine’s horsepower to the wheels, an 8-speed transmission is of the now-familiar automatic/manual variety with manual controls available at any time at the console stick or via paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. Shifts were effortless and instant, and we were able to maintain consistent power feel throughout the range of gears when driving up (and down)
twisty mountain roads. For a car already stiffened a bit since the last manifestation, with revised dampers and a beefier rear anti-roll bar among other notable touches, the serious “Sport” mode tightens everything even more, pushing revs before shifts and firming up the otherwise comfy Bentley’s ride to ensure maximum control and as little roll as possible in the corners. The result is fairly exhilarating, serving up huge helpings of power and speed along with reassurance in the handling department. We can’t say that you’re ever unaware of the vehicle’s prominent size, but it never feels unmanageable. With full-time all-wheel drive, you’ve a big car, a huge amount of power and all the tools you need to go incredibly fast in a controlled fashion. The only other requirements are driving skills and an open road.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT V8 S CONVERTIBLE
4L twin-turbo V8 521hp with 502 lb-ft of torque at 1,700rpm 0-60 : 4.5 seconds top speed: 191mph as tested : near $250,000 engine : power :
. Experience . If the lines of the Continental are beautiful with the top up, we’re satisfied with the top-down result as well. It’s a beautiful design that’s endured with only a few changes made over the modern Continental’s 11 years. The S trim gets a lower Beluga gloss aerodynamic body trim and a slightly lower ride height (10mm) compared to other Continentals, and the open-spoke wheels and red brake calipers add a bit of edge to the stance as well. Likewise, optional Beluga gloss door mirrors and dark tint lamps in the front and rear push the S’s aggressive nature. In the convertible, the power top is fitted with four layers of insulation, and we found highway noise with it closed negligible and idle noise nearly nonexistent. The top can be opened with the car going at speeds up to 20mph, revealing the wider world at large and the pleasant roar of the engine, which was truly satisfying under acceleration. Up or down, we enjoyed the optional Naim for Bentley sound system and its 15 channels of exquisite sound, controllable from the in-dash display and via analog knobs as well, which we appreciate for practicality as much as we do for styling (second that for the old-school vent pulls). The 14-way adjustable seats allowed a tailor-made driving position, and the in-seat massage equipped in our test car was enjoyable, if a bit unfamiliar. On a particularly hot day in the Napa Valley, however, the seat coolers—which we thought little more than a novelty—were particularly nice. We’re guessing the air vents for the neck would be good as well, especially providing heat in cool weather, but we didn’t have a chance to test them. We can find things to criticize, of course: We’ve never bought the Continental as a true four-passenger car, with its impeccably crafted rear seats better suited for groceries than
for adults in our 5’ 11” opinion. And we could go on about having to adapt one’s driving style to the car’s weight, etc., but this kind of thinking rather misses the point. As a grand tourer and as a statement of quality, it’s tough to find better. With only a hint of aggression on its beautiful body, the latest Continental is an absolute beast beneath the bonnet, and if you’re behind the wheel and the road ahead is clear, you’d be hard-pressed to imagine a better situation.
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. Dents . . Remote Car . Take the enjoyment of driving a Bentley into your office or home with this remote control Continental Supersports from Bentley itself. Whether you’re doing laps in the bedroom or chasing the cat around the kitchen, it’s fantastic fun for kids—and for those of us who are kids at heart. shop.bentleymotors.com
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. Clock . Bentley and Breitling have been working together for over a decade, and this luxury desk clock is a fine testament. The elegant timepiece is encased within Bentley’s finest burr walnut and features Bentley’s signature knurling. Time never looked better. shop.bentleymotors.com
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Seduced by the warmest of welcomes and immaculate modern facilities, travelers are flocking to the ancient gateway between the continents of Europe and Asia, and specifically to Belek, a region lush with natural beauty, five-star amenities—and golf. Paul Trow discovers the jewel in Turkey’s modern tourist crown, and sees a bit of the old, old world as well...
ack in 1994, Belek, in southwest Turkey, was an obscure coastal village best known for Caretta turtles laying their eggs on its beaches and impressive backdrops provided by the snow-capped Taurus Mountains 30 miles inland. Since then it has become the eastern Mediterranean’s must-visit golf destination with 11 pristine developments, all carved from ages-old pine and eucalyptus forests. For Europeans, it’s an easy decision to spend a long weekend here for the golf alone. For travelers from further abroad, Turkey offers the chance to have a rich, foreign experience in an exotic land that’s easily accessible and full of modern luxuries. Of course the golf is a lure as well, and most of that—and most of the top accommodations—will be in Belek, easily accessible on a one-hour flight from Istanbul.
ost Americans traveling to Turkey will arrive in Istanbul, and it’s well worth spending some time here. For those eager to get on with a luxury vacation, however, there are numerous flights each day to the international airport at Antalya. From there it’s only 40 minutes’ drive to Belek and its more than 50 five-star hotels, where “full-board” means virtually unlimited food and drink. There’s plenty to do and see here, but let’s start with the golf.
he Antalya region is often described as the Turkish Riviera, due as much to its preponderance of resort courses as to its beaches and sunshine. Two decades ago, the arrival of the National Golf Club in Belek triggered the area’s reinvention and opened the doors on golf tourism. Northern Ireland had more than a passing influence on the 18-hole course here, thanks to TV celebrity David Feherty and his compatriot David Jones. The Ulstermen’s design made imaginative use of the sylvan terrain along with four ticklish lakes to create several testing doglegs and blind approaches. Three holes on the front nine take the breath away, notably the short 2nd which is Turkey’s answer to the infamous island 17th on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Throw in the long 4th, banked down the left by a river, and the par-4 8th, flanked by water on both sides, and the back nine will seem a doddle by comparison. Until, that is, you come to the 18th. It measures barely
350 yards, but no matter how far your drive goes you have to negotiate the pond that shields the front and sides of the green; and if the pin is set left, that same hazard winds round behind the putting surface for a further bite at your cherry. No wonder Feherty is regarded as a tease! No hotels are attached to the National, but visitors are made to feel completely at home in a clubhouse that exudes exceptional 19th-hole
bonhomie—as participants in the annual Turkish Airlines Ladies’ Open can confirm. The next course to open in Belek was Gloria Old, which premiered in 1997 at the Gloria resort development. Designed by Frenchman Michel Gayon, it soon hosted the Turkish Open on the European Seniors’ Tour. Wending its way through pine vistas, it requires both length and accuracy, but what you see is what you get—there are no hidden tricks or pitfalls. The line of attack is mostly clear, but the task is occasionally daunting, especially on the par-3s—the greens at 4, 8 and 13 are all surrounded by water. The New, another Gayon design at the Gloria, is an undulating parkland layout, shaped by four large lakes and 67 bunkers (four more than the Old). In addition to these two 18-hole offerings, Gloria’s 9-hole Verde Course is particularly popular with conference delegates who don’t have time for a full round. The resort’s three hotels are airy and elegant. The beach and lobby bars at the main hotel are ideal for evening rendezvous while the golfers’ bar serves at least 35 different varieties of coffee. The Verde hotel, a mile and a half inland, has an atrium foyer overlooked by a raised circular gallery and houses a restaurant set around a blue marblesurfaced fountain. The highlights of Gloria’s youngest hotel, the Serenity, are its eight bars, three of which are Americanthemed: Wall Street, Ella Fitzgerald and Route 66. The Green Back’s Coffee Shop (accentuating the American theme) is beside the front desk and the Vitamin Bar, predictably, is in the superbly-appointed Sanitas spa centre.
Clockwise from above: Gloria New Course, Pasha, Gloria Old Course, Cornelia Resort
Across the road from Gloria, the Robinson Nobilis course is routed attractively through mature conifers and inland waterways. It was designed by the late Dave Thomas, a former Ryder Cup opponent of Arnold Palmer’s. The Welshman’s main claim to fame, apart from twice finishing runner-up in the [British] Open, was to co-design The Belfry just outside Birmingham, England, with Peter Alliss. Another 1998 creation was the 27-hole TatGolf Belek International Golf Club, close to a windy stretch of coastline. Designed by English architects Hawtree, Tat offers rugged Mediterranean views on its second nine, but, ironically, the first and third nines are more threatening.
The PGA Sultan at Antalya Golf Club, dating from 2003, is a fair but stern challenge. It was here in 2012 that Steven Fox, Justin Thomas and Chris Williams of the U.S. won the Eisenhower Trophy, arguably the most prestigious international team event in men’s amateur golf. Rolling fairways, a dozen water hazards and nearly 100 sand traps, including several pot bunkers, define the PGA Sultan whereas the fairways and greens of its sister course, the Pasha, present much wider targets. Right from the start (a par-5 riddled with water hazards), the Sultan’s a handful to play. It does ease up in places, but golfers can’t afford to lose concentration. Unusually, it has two signature holes. The left-to-right dogleg 16th is a dangerous, complicated par-5 with water meandering down the right of an ever-narrowing fairway before cutting left sharply across the front of the green. The par-4 18th has a long carry off the back tee over water to a tight fairway, followed by an approach, with water both left and right, to an undulating green. Just as Antalya Golf Club has two courses, it also has two hotels—the Kempinski Dome, an architectural tip of the hat to pre-Ottoman (11th century) styles, and the Sirene, a palatial establishment featuring a 50-meter, Olympicsized swimming pool and a mosaic Silk Road thoroughfare comprising more than a million stone chips. Another prominent Belek resort is showcased by Sir Nick Faldo’s 27-hole design at Cornelia Golf Club. Opened in 2006, it reflects the attention to detail that characterized the six-time Major champion’s game in his pomp. Cornelia consists of three nine-hole loops named, charmingly, Tiberius, Sempronia and Galus. The three nines in turn blend to create three different 18-hole combinations— Prince, Queen and King. The holes thread over a spine-like ridge of sand dunes and through a colony of umbrella pines. Typically for a Faldo design, the challenges include many doglegs that place more emphasis on tactical acumen than brute force. Factor in elevated tees, tight driving holes and genuine three-shot par-5s, and it’s obvious that patience as well as skill is required here. The course is part of a group that includes two more of Belek’s luxury hotels—the green-motif Cornelia De Luxe and hexagonally-shaped Cornelia Diamond number between them almost 1,000 rooms. Kaya Eagles, now partnered by a Riu hotel, was five years under construction before David Jones completed the job in 2007. When it finally opened, with eight water hazards and numerous clusters of mature pines, it was immediately
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INVEST IN TURKEY Modern Turkey isn’t just a popular place to vacation and golf, it is also an inarguably important economic and political center. Possessing all of the must-have assets for conducting international business, it excels in quite a few specific areas. The base figures are impressive: Turkey’s economy has grown in excess of 5% per annum over the last decade, with GDP per capita more than doubling from $4,565 to $10,782 in that period. Additionally, the number of graduates and size of the skilled labor force exceed that of many European countries, but pay rates are far more competitive. The domestic market, then, is one that no major brand can afford to miss. But it is perhaps the international position of the country that is encouraging the likes of GE and Citibank to set up shop in Turkey now. A member of NATO since the 1950s, democratic and stable, with a rich international trading history and unique geographical position straddling both Europe and Asia, Turkey impressively looks both west and east, while domestically it integrates the best bits of both cultures into its own. Crucially for exporters, Turkey maintains excellent international relations in all directions, including a customs union agreement with the European Union and free trade agreements with many of its near eastern neighbors. This includes more distant partners. For more information on business in Turkey and to find out about the low corporate tax rates and support available to investors, visit invest.gov.tr
apparent the wait had been worthwhile. This dazzling layout is an exciting challenge that interacts pleasingly with the eye only to exert a high tariff on the Lykia Links average golfer’s scorecard. Sueno, home to 36 holes, has two 18th greens that are effectively islands surrounded by a lake in front of the resort’s hotel. The tougher of the two courses, the Pines, stretches beyond 7,000 yards and is heavily wooded. With sweeping contours and memorable views, most resort golfers prefer the Dunes option at Sueno. This delightful track meanders through the indigenous forest and its blend
of spectacular views, island greens and waste bunkers guarantees an eventful round with never a dull moment. Five-time [British] Open champion Peter Thomson deployed nearly a million heather sprigs when he rolled out the Carya course in 2008. Cultivated in specially constructed greenhouses at a neighboring nursery, the heather enabled the veteran Australian to create an authentic heathland experience. Another course well worth a visit is Lykia Links, designed by Pete Dye’s son Perry in 2008. It is actually half an hour’s drive from Belek (despite being only a few miles away as the crow flies), and is therefore set apart from the other golf resorts. As with most links, the wind can make a huge difference. But even if conditions are still, the four holes between the dunes and the sea—13 to 16—take one’s breath away. So, too, do the long par-3 17th with a small, shallow green that’s especially elusive in a crosswind and the par-4 18th which finishes, stadium-style, with a huge waste area on the right, mounds on the left and a wicked turtle-back green. “At Lykia Links you never know what to expect. It can play like five different courses on five different days,” is Dye’s description of his baby. The most recent addition to Belek’s array of golfing gems is Montgomerie Maxx Royal where France’s Victor Dubuisson won the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open last fall, beating a star-studded field that included Tiger Woods. The 2014 event, the third in the European Tour’s fourtournament Final Series, will take place from November 13-16 with Woods expected to return, fitness permitting. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, winner of the 2014 U.S. Senior PGA Championship in Michigan, is rightly proud of his creation. Laid out across 250 acres of prime land, it has attracted rave reviews since opening in 2008. Accompanied by a 9-hole floodlit academy course, it blends beautifully with the trees and sandy ridges on site, features that multiply the strategic options from every tee. The Maxx Royal hotel is the perfect complement. Located on a 300-yard stretch of beach with its own pier, it caters for all tastes—families, couples, honeymooners, golfers, business folk and sightseers.
eyond the resorts and golf of Belek, the Antalya region has a lot to offer in terms of attractions. For natural beauty, two can’t-miss destinations are the waterfalls at Kursunlu and Manavgat. The former includes a cave behind the falls while the latter was deemed beautiful enough to make an appearance on Turkish currency for many years. Both are quick rides from Antalya. Also near the city, the Karain Cave offers a glimpse into the prehistoric world; evidence of human habitation dating back to the Paleolithic Age (150,000-200,000 years ago) has been found here, and it’s a curious place to visit. For a day or two out of the Belek area, consider the lake district at Isparta in the Taurus Mountains, which offers roses, caves and Byzantine history along with beautiful lakes and charming accommodations. There are numerous links with the distant past near Belek, including the nearby ancient cities of Side, Phaselis, Termessos, Perge and Aspendos. Perge was founded along the coast west of Belek and Antalya around 1200BC, following the fall of Troy, while Aspendos, beside the River Eurymedon in the Koprulu Canyon National Park, has an amphitheater capable of accommodating 15,000 people, an aqueduct over half a mile in length and a basilica-topped Acropolis. If one decides to take a quick trip on a small boat—a “gulet” in local parlance—from the Belek area, it’s easy to reach the coastal resort of Kemer, to the west. Plus, during the voyage, the gulet will stop off at Phaselis, dating back to 700BC and colonized by Greeks from the island of Rhodes, so passengers can swim and snorkel in the harbor. Safari-style tours can be arranged to almost anywhere while other popular activities are fishing, rafting, diving and trekking. Hiring a car or booking a taxi are relatively inexpensive options for those wishing to explore the region on their own, but the “dolmus” bus service will pick up and drop off anywhere on its route for a fixed charge. Back in Antalya proper, the old Roman Harbor in the city’s Kaleiçi district offers the chance to relax where Roman Emperor Hadrian once dined. Boat rides and plenty of repast are on offer, along with charming tea houses and cafés. In fact, it’s worth taking a guided tour of Antalya itself, a venerable port with a population in excess of a million. Its museum is filled with Roman and Greek archaeological finds, including a naked statue of the god Apollo, while the old quarter with its walled city is now rejuvenated with fashionable boutiques and restaurants. For competitive buyers determined to barter their way to what they think is a fair price, Antalya is replete with leather goods, textiles, jewelry and carpets. Returning to base, though, Belek, implanted with growing colonies of privately-owned villas and apartments
in addition to all those luxury hotels, also pulsates with a wide selection of shops and outlets. Away from all that bargain-hunting, visitors seeking a more supine form of relaxation can always indulge in a couple of hours of spa treatment at any of the major resort’s spas. Indeed, Belek presents a bewilderingly sophisticated and historic range of invigorating procedures, from piping hot Turkish baths to Thalasso therapy, founded locally by Hippocrates, the father of medicine in the ancient world. The good doctor noticed that when fishermen cut their hands on hooks, their wounds never became infected. After concluding that the salt in the water and seaweed was protecting them, he developed an entire therapy system from this discovery.
The Roman Harbor, Antalya
The hotels all offer an ethnic variety of restaurants, but at least one evening should be spent savoring the local cuisine (a sumptuous blend of fresh meat, vegetables and salads). A typical repast might consist of dips (like humus), dolma (stuffed vine leaves) and pastries, followed by some locally-caught fish or a choice of grilled meat from the Okabasi, or even a local casserole. The coup de grâce will be a baklava (a sugary pastry) or Turkish Delight, made from pistachio nuts, all washed down by a strong cup of Turkish coffee, a glass of Efes, the national beer, or perhaps even a bottle of Yakut red wine. With its huge variety of bars and clubs, Belek buzzes well into the small hours—perhaps not the ideal preparation for an early-morning tee-off time, but, heck, you’re on holiday! And even for golfers, there’s more to a golf holiday than golf.
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25 Years of Miracles To walk the Hall of Miracles at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando is to pass through the hopes, fears and triumphs of so many families. The pictures of the children on its walls represent the numerous premature babies that were born here—and who, more than just surviving, have gone on to thrive. There are many, and their stories are just a small part of Orlando Regional Healthcare, a hospital group that’s been taking care of children and their families for decades. This year, the Arnold Palmer Hospital celebrates its 25th anniversary—the number of lives touched in that time is incalculable. Here, with just a small handful of stories, we celebrate 25 years of care and love.
Dylan Candace Forrest faced her worst fears when her son was born prematurely, but the team at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies was there. Edited, from her own words:
We found out I was pregnant on Valentine’s Day, and began our journey. But at 30 weeks our son Dylan was born via an emergency C-section at Winnie Palmer Hospital. He weighed 3lbs. 8oz and, at 16 inches long, was immediately put in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I remember waking up from surgery and my husband bringing me a photo of Dylan. Thinking back on this I realize that we never got those first moments with our baby—holding him, and swallowing the idea that we are now parents. When I first saw Dylan, he was this little peanut of a boy hooked to all sorts of wires from head to toe, yet he looked at peace. Our first days there, every beep we heard made us jump; every alarm made our hearts sink. The nurses were so alert, yet had such a calmness about them. Each time when we looked at them to be sure the beeps weren’t coming from our little one, they were there and ready to put us at ease with two simple words: “it’s okay.” Two nurses in particular looked after Dylan: Rowena and Carrie. These were the first nurses to ever come in contact with our son, and they took such good care of him. Dylan is nearly three months old now and weighs 7 lbs. 7 oz. He’s a thriving, strong boy. As hard as it was to begin our journey in the hospital, it was Dylan’s first home and it’s where he found his strength. It was not the ideal situation for any family, but it made the three of us form a stronger bond than we could have ever imagined.
Lindsay Arnold Palmer Hospital has been a part of Lindsay Wiseman’s life since the very beginning. Edited, from her own words:
Through the good and bad, Arnold Palmer Hospital has been a constant in my fairly young life. I was born here, and four years later so was my brother, Ryan. I can still remember playing in the lobby with my dad while my mother was upstairs in the early stages of labor. Both of us would end up visiting often, me due to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis—and later ulcerative colitis—and Ryan due to Crohn’s disease. In high school I even volunteered here. Over the years, my brother and I led normal, healthy lives, but we went through a dark period when Ryan’s health took a turn. It was the summer of 2008, and over the course of three months he needed nine surgeries. Thankfully, Ryan is healthy today and is about to graduate from high school, having played on his varsity soccer team all four years. After 2008, I really did not care to see the inside of the hospital again, but life moves on and two years later, during college, I was back for internships. Eventually, I got a job working in the Emergency Room at Orlando Regional Medical Center as a Guest Service Representative, and I’ve been there for over a year. Through my experiences as a patient, volunteer, family member, intern, and employee, I’ve seen this organization through many lenses. I’ve seen what they’ve done for me and my family, and countless others. I’m constantly moved by the passion behind the organization and the doctors employed here, and I count myself blessed to be involved with them the way that I am.
Great Moments in the History of Arnold Palmer Medical Center
1989 Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women opens on Arnold Palmer’s 60th birthday. In the beginning of the relationship between the hospital and the Palmers, Arnold and Winnie had set forth a challenge. With the agreement to put Arnold Palmer’s name on the hospital came a commitment that “good” would never be “good enough.” The children and families in our community deserve the best.
1995 A dedicated pediatric hematology/oncology unit opens at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women. Our mission has always been to treat the whole child, not just the disease. Today, this program includes five pediatric oncologists/ hematologists who are all dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.
2002 The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children opens, bringing together a select group of expert specialists, giving young heart patients the chance to be amazing kids. Every year, we have the opportunity to celebrate past and current heart patients through the annual Heart Center Valentine’s Day party. This is such a special time for our physicians, staff, and families that we look forward to every year.
2003 Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women celebrates its 100,000th delivery. Here’s another fun fact—12 PGA Tour golfers have had their babies delivered at Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
Whitney You would never realize that the sweet, quietly confident 16-year-old girl in front of you had faced such hardships, but Whitney’s life has been anything but easy. From a story on Arnold Palmer Hospital’s website:
At eight years old, Whitney was diagnosed with a T-cell post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), or a T-cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer. It’s so rare that only one to two percent of the population in the United States is affected by this type of cancer today. Having been previously treated at a hospital in Gainesville for a liver transplant that she underwent at the age of three, she began treatment for cancer there as well. However, after three months of treatment, Whitney was not responding well and her parents asked if she could be transferred to Arnold Palmer Hospital. Through many ensuing treatments, despite all of the trials and hardships that came her way, Whitney persevered and in April 2006 was told she was “cancer-free!” During the many doctors’ visits and hospital stays, Arnold Palmer Hospital became her “home away from home,” and the nurses and doctors became her second family. To this day, she looks forward to visiting the hospital every six weeks for check-ups to be able to catch up with those who had cared for her as a young girl. As she describes it, “the nurses and physicians, they know me and they know what’s going on in my life. I will be forever grateful for them.” If you would like to know more about Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children or Winnie Palmer Hosptial for Women & Babies—or if you would like to help them continue in their mission to offer the best care possible to the most vulnerable among us—please visit arnoldpalmerhospital.com
2006 Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies opens, featuring one of the nation’s largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units. This new hospital allowed Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to dedicate itself solely to the care of children, with Winnie Palmer Hospital dedicated exclusively to women and babies.
2009 Arnold Palmer Hospital celebrates 20 years of caring on Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday in 2009. If you ask Arnold, he will tell that as great as his many accomplishments on the PGA Tour have been, including being named the “Athlete of a Decade,” none of them compare to being a part of saving the life of a child.
2011 The Heart Center introduces a new cardiovascular hybrid catheterization lab and operating room, becoming one of the only children’s hospitals in the country to feature this service. Also in 2011, The Hematology/Oncology department at Arnold Palmer Hospital added the Brain Tumor Program, becoming the only hospital in Central Florida to offer dedicated neuro-oncology services to children.
2014 Arnold Palmer Medical Center is ranked among the Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report in eight pediatric specialties—the most it has ever received. The dedicated work of our amazing physicians and team members has allowed Arnold Palmer Medical Center to be recognized as one of the best places for children’s care in Florida and the United States.
A Champion Remembered The very first U.S. Open to be staged at Pinehurst took place a mere 15 years ago. The winner, after an epic duel with Phil Mickelson, was the flamboyant, ebullient yet ever-gracious Payne Stewart. Four months later he was killed in an aircraft accident. Bob Harig recollects how joy turned to tragedy and salutes the immortal legacy of a classy human being
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Payne Stewart, with the sleeves of his rainproof jacket cut away, sinks the putt that thwarted Phil Mickelson on the 18th green at Pinehurst No.2 in 1999
The act of a complete gentleman: Stewart, appalled at the abuse his singles opponent Colin Montgomerie was receiving from fans during the 1999 Ryder Cup, concedes to the Scot on the 18th fairway
he enduring sequence of images will always be from the 18th green at Pinehurst No.2. The drama played out with Payne Stewart holing a clutch par putt, celebrating with an outstretched arm and leg, and then quickly extending his condolences to Phil Mickelson by relishing his rival’s impending fatherhood. Mickelson’s wife, Amy, gave birth to the couple’s first child the following day, while Lefty’s first Major had to wait for five more years. By draining that 15-footer, Stewart, the consummate showman, had claimed his second U.S. Open and third Major title. It was a dramatic conclusion to an amazing first U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and his feat is immortalized with a bronze statue commemorating the moment. The day will always be remembered—how could it not be? And this year, of course, the U.S. Open returned to Donald Ross’s hallowed North Carolina layout for a third time, 15 years after Stewart’s triumph. Colin Montgomerie remembers a far less publicized scene that involved Stewart, one that occurred just a few months after that U.S. Open victory. It took place at the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline, after the United States had clinched the competition and celebrations were already in overdrive. Montgomerie and Stewart were contesting the final singles match left on the course, and throughout the afternoon the Scotsman was forced to endure a shameful amount of heckling and abuse from American spectators.
On more than one occasion, Stewart tried to quell the noise in the crowd. And then, as they played the 18th hole tied, Stewart conceded the point with both players on the green, picking up Montgomerie’s ball, an act of sportsmanship often forgotten on an extremely tense and emotional day. “It was a very difficult time, and the way he dealt with that situation I was in on the Sunday, with regard to his own performance, I’ll never forget,” Montgomerie said. “When he won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the first thing he said was he was in the Ryder Cup team, and he was thrilled to be in the Ryder Cup team—even more than he was winning the U.S. Open. “It meant so much to him to represent his country. And to have drawn against me, of all people, in the singles match—I’m sure that it hurt his game, as well as it did my own. And it was a shame the way it finished. He’d had enough, I’d had enough, and he picked my ball up at the last. I’ll never forget that. Not all the memories [from Brookline] are fond. But that match I will always think of with fond memories, of that game with him.” A month later, Stewart, just 42, passed away, killed when the private plane in which he was traveling to the Tour Championship lost cabin pressure and crashed in a South Dakota field. The golf world was stunned, and those who played with and against him, and watched him compete, find it hard to believe what happened even 15 years later. Stewart had been denied victory a year earlier at The Olympic Club by a defiant Lee Janzen, and his Pinehurst
victory showed there was some excellent golf left in his game. Who knows how many tournaments he might have added to his 11 PGA Tour titles, including those three Majors [the other two were the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes and 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine]? He had the kind of swing that could last, an old-style, easy-going move that appeared to be so effortless. Sure, he had his bouts of inconsistency, just like all golfers. There were highs and lows, periods of frustration and elation, but Stewart was about to enter a halcyon period in which he could play with the air of a champion with nothing to lose, or prove, and everything to gain. It is impossible not to think what could have been. Surely there would have been more tournament victories. Maybe even another Major or two; and then a popular stint on the Champions Tour. Stewart would have turned 57 on January 30, and would have been completely at home strutting in those trademark plus-four knickers of his alongside all the other wrinklies. “That could have been the end of his Majors run, or it could have been the middle of it,” says long-time friend Peter Jacobsen, who played with fellow rock ’n’ roll fan Stewart in a band called Jake Trout and the Flounders. “[His game] was always unpredictable. He could pull a rabbit out of his hat at any time. This is something I don’t think you ever get over. You could always tell when Payne was around. Life happened to Payne. He was the life of the party. There was always something going on with Payne.” And, of course, there would have been a U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy, probably around the time of 2006, when the Americans suffered one of their worst beatings at the K Club in Ireland. If not then, two years later for sure at Valhalla, when Stewart would have been 49.
“Obviously, we’d been through that whole day in June with him at Pinehurst and then the Ryder Cup at Brookline,” said Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson’s longtime caddie. “I think the last time I laid eyes on him was at the party after the Ryder Cup at Brookline. He had an adult beverage in his hand and was as happy as a person could humanly be.” No doubt, Stewart loved that Ryder Cup victory, loved being part of it. Undoubtedly, he would have loved to be part of other teams as vice-captain or captain. The U.S. Open seemed to be a significant breakthrough for Stewart, almost a vindication. His longtime sports psychologist, Richard Coop, noticed a change in him, maybe the onset of maturity. Stewart won twice in 1999, his first victories since 1995. The night before Stewart’s death, Coop spoke to him for 20 minutes. Stewart, known for his flashy attire—along with the plus-fours there was the tam-o’-shanter cap and two-toned shoes—was not always as assured as the image he portrayed. “He had a certain amount of peace that he’d never had consistently before,” Coop said. “At times, he got there. On the outside, he was cocky, confident. But on the inside, he was not nearly as confident. That’s the first thing I said to him [after winning the U.S. Open], it’s really hard to deny this one. I saw in the weeks between the time he won the Open and that day in October that he was much
“You could always tell when Payne was around. Life happened to Payne. He was the life of the party. There was always something going on” more mature, much more mentally at peace. We were talking about getting together in the offseason. He had a plan for 2000.” As it happened, 2000 was the year the PGA Tour launched the Payne Stewart Award for players who show respect for the game, and especially its traditions of generously supporting charity and making a difference to the lives of others. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Byron Nelson were its first recipients. Supported from the start by energy supplier Southern Company, the award has been presented annually ever since. Other A well-played recovery from a bunker during the Ryder Cup at Brookline in September 1999
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winners include Tom Watson (2003), Gary Player (2006) Davis Love III (2008) and Jacobsen (2013). Nearly 15 years have elapsed since Stewart’s passing and much has changed. At the time, Tiger Woods had just won the second of his 14 Majors, David Duval was the world No.1 and Rory McIlroy was 10 years of age. Then there was Mickelson, who played the entire tournament carrying a beeper (anyone have those anymore?), ready to leave at a moment’s notice if Amy went into labor. Stewart made the par-saving putt on the final green, but what if he hadn’t? Would Mickelson have been summoned away from a playoff the next day? Daughter Amanda was born on that Monday. As agonizing as the defeat was, Mickelson has always looked back on it with perspective. “I just felt going into the ’99 U.S. Open that to travel all the way across the country when we were so close to delivering our first child, I felt very determined to make that worthwhile and to get a win out of it,” Mickelson said. “It was really a shock when that did not happen. Granted, it
was the way it was supposed to be… but at the time I really was surprised because I was playing well and I was very determined to win and just didn’t do it.” Mickelson has yet to win the U.S. Open, that championship at Pinehurst being the second of a record six runners-up finishes in pursuit of his national title. With his return to Pinehurst in June, he once again missed the chance to complete a career Grand Slam, which would have been the perfect present to give himself on his 44th birthday, the day after the final round. To this day, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh also look back on 1999 as a tournament they could have won. They tied for third, two shots back. It was a memorable finish, as Stewart also saved par on 16 before birdying the 17th to take a one-stroke lead before knocking home the immortal closing putt. “I remember thinking, ‘That can’t go in,’” said Stewart’s longtime friend, Paul Azinger, who delivered a stirring eulogy at his memorial service. “You can’t make that putt to win the U.S. Open, but he did. He secured his legacy.”
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This 213-yard par-3 isn’t the toughest hole on the course by a long shot, but it is pretty and can pose some problems. Nestled safely on the far side of a marsh, the green is protected by bunkers forward right and left and features a hollow at the back. The Arnold Palmer-designed course was named of Golf Digest’s “Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.” when it opened in 2002, and it’s still going strong as host of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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Known as “the loudest hole in golf,” this 162-yard par-3 hosts one of the biggest parties each year during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with fans soaking up the sun (and the suds) and proclaiming their enthusiasm for the game in ways that would make staff at other courses shudder. Some pros love it, some don’t, but no one can deny that the atmosphere at “The Coliseum” during the tournament is positively electric.
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KITCH E N A I D S PA R KLI N G B E V E R AG E M A KE R There’s something irresitible and fun about making your own soda, and now you can do so with KitchenAid quality and style. Developed with category leader SodaStream, KitchenAid’s new Sparkling Beverage Maker features all-metal construction and four carbonation settings. Whether you use it to avoid carrying bottles home from the market, for environmental reasons or just to have a great time at home, you’ll get beverages carbonated exactly as you want them—a perfect accessory for both kitchen and bar. kitchenaid.com
J U R A E N A M I CRO 1 The latest addition to Jura’s award-winning line of advanced automatic coffee centers, the ENA Micro 1 is an ultra-compact, one-cup espresso machine that brews superlative espresso and crema coffee. In contrast to the various metallic pod systems, the ENA Micro 1 provides true bean-to-cup taste. The machine is equipped with a bean container cover with an aroma preservation seal to keep coffee beans fresh and flavorful while a built-in conical burr grinder gently grinds the beans right before brewing. It can produce three different cup sizes, ristretto, espresso or coffee, each at two different aroma levels and at just 9 inches wide, 17.5 inches deep and 12.7 inches high it is the world’s smallest automatic coffee system. This reviewer is a fan of the crisp clean design and minimal kitchen space the ENA requires, but most of all loves the coffee it makes. us.jura.com
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Sifas, the high-quality manufacturer of contemporary furniture for pool sides, patios, and yachts from the French Riviera, has a new collection of outdoor furniture created by designer Éric Carrère. Called Komfy, the collection is designed with as few structural parts as possible and with modular components to enable ever-changeable lounge areas. Komfy features electropolished tubular feet for stability, and acrylic sponge-like fabric material for a soft, intimate touch that is UV and water treated for outdoor use. sifasusa.com
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BOBBY JONES Synonymous with timeless elegance we feature here from the Bobby Jones Collection the Palmer Stripe Polo in Surf Blue. The shirt is constructed from 60/2 double mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton, which provides golfers with a soft silk-like hand feel that is both breathable and intimately luxurious. For added function, the Polo comes with Mobilon stretch tape in the shoulders providing unrestricted range of motion during the golf swing. The shirt is available in 9 colors and, like all Bobby Jones double mercerized Egyptian Cotton knits this summer, features new signature mother-of-pearl buttons with a laser engraved logo. bobbyjones.com
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STONEHOUSE GOLF IMAGES Going to the Ryder Cup this year or planning to attend the [British] Open at the home of golf next? Wherever you are going on your golf trip, take a look at the images from Stonehouse Golf on your return. The company’s photographers have captured most of America’s (and many of the world’s) great golf holes in stunning color and detail and present them in a way that ensures each print will become a treasured keepsake. Whether purchasing one to celebrate an epic trip or a hole-in-one (a trip, then, for this writer, as an ace seems a lifetime away), a Stonehouse print is a great way to commemorate the momentous or simply to enjoy the beauty of the game in all of its glory. stonehousegolf.com
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In summer the valley is filled to the top with light and wine, and to see it like that, clean and green and gold with the sun streaming down the long rows of vines, is almost to peer through time, for the Napa area has looked roughly thus for more than 160 years. Standing at the edge of the croquet lawn at Meadowood in St. Helena, one’s sense of the calendar is further confused, as is the notion of place. Set amongst a fir and oak forest in the hills over the valley floor, Meadowood looks to be the best kind of late Victorian East Coast retreat. But here it is in California, with a quiet golf course and a fine restaurant. Just up the road in Calistoga there’s a hot springs hotel that opened in 1862, while driving the other direction gets you to Yountville and to modern tables set by some of the country’s best chefs. Old vines and new wineries, old attractions in new settings, a pioneer-era work ethic and a refreshing new commitment to—or is it a rediscovered respect for—the land itself, so beautifully exemplified by the likes of the CADE Estate Winery. The conundrum posed by the Napa Valley is not where you are in America, but rather when, and in the fact of that query lies the simple truth of one of the country’s most beautiful places: for all of its history, Napa is timeless.
C alifornia’s first wine grapes went into the warm earth of the Baja Peninsula in1683, but a drought two years later ensured they didn’t last long. It wasn’t until 1779 that vines really took hold, when a Franciscan order led by Father Junípero Serra put a vineyard in the ground at Mission San Diego. Over the next century the grapes followed the people, and the money, north. In January of 1848, at the outset of the Gold Rush, 1,000 people lived in San Francisco. By the following December there were 25,000, all of whom were thirsty. For the nearby Napa Valley, it was the beginning of everything. George Yount had planted a few grapes here in the 1830s, but it was the ensuing decades that saw Napa established as a wine region, thanks to vintners like John Patchett, Charles Krug and Karl Wente, among others. In 1863, in a bid to show off America’s new wine prowess, clippings of American grapes were proudly taken to Europe—where they immediately infected continental crops with a vine-eating bug called phylloxera, to which the American vines had developed an immunity. Over the next 20 years, while French and other European vintners battled the bug and saw their supplies decimated, American wines flourished and California became a well-regarded—and heavily awarded—global wine supplier. Aside from a dip in production and an oversupply of low-quality grapes during Prohibition (1920–1933), which forbade the “manufacture, sale or transportation” of alcoholic libations, California wines have been thriving ever since. Like the state’s wine industry, we’d started our journey in Southern California, traveled to San Francisco (see sidebar) and finally arrived in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena and the exquisite Meadowood resort (meadowood.com). Two valets—Jervin and Keith—met our car in front of the resort’s main building and, without pretension, quickly grabbed our bags and led us across a small bridge and up some stairs to one of the best accommodations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting: a wonderfully clean, bright suite full of light and space, with a fireplace and comfortable furnishings well organized under the high peaked ceiling. The bags sorted, my wife opened the French doors at the foot of the bed and stepped onto our balcony, which overlooked the croquet lawn. “I’ll try that later,” I decided, looking down over the other suites and casting a glance at the on-site golf course as well. Before we became too comfortable at the resort, however, I wanted to begin exploring the valley’s wineries, and so it wasn’t long before we were pulling into the first of our trip. “Here we go,” I thought, looking forward to a week through red, white and rosé-colored glasses.
Casa Nuestra I’d visited the Napa area many times before and have a long list of vineyards I enjoy. But this time around I was interested in visiting smaller operations, ones that are in it for love as much as anything. The first we found was Casa Nuestra, opened in 1979 by Gene Kirkham, an attorney who followed his heart to wine-making. The Kirkham family had been growing wine grapes in the area since the mid 1950s, but didn’t have a winery proper until Gene decided to leave San Francisco and move to the valley full time. Today, Casa Nuestra produces just 2,000 cases of wine per year (Gallo, the world’s largest winery, produces near 85 million) but any lack of size is more than made up for in soul. In addition to more common offerings like a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Meritage and a dry rosé, the winery sells a Tinto Classico and a Tinto St. Helena made from old-school “field blend” vineyards, which aren’t planted to a single varietal but are instead a mix of numerous varietals, some of which aren’t readily identifiable. It makes for a bit of a
The peaceful grounds of Casa Nuestra winery
“grab bag” experience in terms of its flavor, but it’s right in line with Casa Nuestra’s free spirit and playful personality. Stepping into the tasting room feels like you’re entering someone’s country cottage, not a business per se. It’s made all the more charming by framed art and photos on the wall that nod to Gene’s love of music. Jon, the tasting room attendant, was immediately amicable, and within a minute we felt like we’d simply dropped by a friend’s for a chat. After we’d sampled the vineyard’s excellent lineup, we were inspired by their Verdelho, the product of an old Portuguese varietal that offers tropical pineapple-and-passionfruit refreshment with the faintest hint of spice. It wasn’t a difficult decision to grab a bottle for the fridge back at Meadowood. For good measure we threw a Chenin Blanc in there as well, another white refresher with grapefruit and melon that, while it will cellar well, had a short life expectancy in our care. After swinging by the Sunshine Market in St. Helena for snacks, we headed back to Meadowood and our balcony, put our feet up and enjoyed the spoils of the day.
The next morning we decided to stay on property, and so I began my day with a fine breakfast in the casual Grill adjacent to Meadowood’s restaurant (simply named, “The Restaurant”). The Restaurant is a destination in its own right, with Chef Christopher Kostow’s creative modern cuisine and a fantastic wine list contributing to a well-earned three Michelin stars. Several tasting menus are offered, and we can’t recommend them highly enough. After visiting I wasn’t surprised to learn that the restaurant had also recently earned a James Beard award for outstanding service—a category in which the whole of Meadowood excels, in fact. The Grill is more casual, but certainly did the trick. Following breakfast I met with Doug Pike, Meadowood’s golf pro, and headed to the on-site instruction and range facility. The facility features an instruction bay equipped with a top-of-the-line TrackMan Radar Unit, and a range/gaming bay, which presents a comfortable lounge setting in which friends can relax, hit balls and challenge each other to various games, also tracked with a TrackMan system. Pike, a local who’s developed an excellent reputation as a top teaching pro, can improve nearly anyone’s ball striking, and it’s well worth a stop by his office, if only to see the beautiful setting. The training facility sits at the side of the on-site golf course, a 9-hole design (seven par-3 holes and two par-4s) that feels as if it were carved from Tillinghast’s era, with light spilling around pools of long shadows that gather among the contours of the rolling, narrow fairways, swans and ducks paddling under willows that border water features and California live oaks spread throughout the entire layout. There are also quite a few fir and pine trees, the latter a testament to the property’s former life as a Christmas tree farm. Quietly dramatic, it’s a golf course from a Gatsby-era dream, and to play it with hickory-shafted clubs and a traditional ball (available for guests in the pro shop) is a charming treat indeed, though hickories aren’t required. After a good look around, I returned to my room, changed into all whites and headed to the croquet lawn for a round of a game that was less familiar to me.
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My ignorance was quickly remedied by Mike McDonnell, Meadowood’s croquet pro, who, in addition to teaching me how to swing a mallet (and to making rather short work of me on the croquet lawn) taught me a few things. Namely: • This isn’t the backyard game you played as a kid: proper croquet wickets are roughly a dime’s width wider than the balls, and it’s tough to win points • There are several variations of the game, with the one at Meadowood being a common, social version with rules that are easier to understand than the full international trim of the sport, known as Association Croquet • Mike has a jump shot that’ll blow your mind—he won three of his four points against me with the shot, in which he launches his ball over yours and through the wicket • Croquet appeared in the 1850s and became one of the first outdoor games deemed appropriate for men and women to play together, making it instantly popular— though the mass popularity didn’t last long • The All England Club, host to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, was founded as a croquet club in 1868 but rather quickly repurposed its croquet lawns as tennis courts when that sport eclipsed croquet’s popularity in the 1870s • We have a team: The U.S. national croquet team competes in international competitions and is currently ranked 4th in the world in Association Croquet
KIMPTON PRESCOTT HOTEL Most trips to the Napa Valley begin in San Francisco, and it’d be an absolute shame not to stay here for a few days and to see this great city. We stayed at the Kimpton Prescott hotel and were better for it, thanks to its great location and top service. Kimpton, a hotel group known for boutique properties in often historic buildings, has nine hotels in San Francisco, its home base—so it’s safe to say that they know the city. In addition to a sort of casual elegance, the Prescott offered several nice touches, including nightly receptions on a club level that featured cocktails and snacks in a community setting. Over a couple of nights, we met a few fantastically interesting people, including a pair of art collectors from Phoenix who told us about a top exhibition being held nearby in an understated gallery, which we otherwise would have missed. Encounters like these, plus top-notch service from everyone at the Prescott, made for a dynamic stay in the city and solved the problem of where to stay next time we’re in town. Highly recommended if you’re in San Francisco or anywhere else Kimpton has a property. KimptonHotels.com
A flight of beauty at Frog’s Leap winery
Smarting from a drubbing on the croquet lawn, I decided more wine was in order, and so my wife and I headed to Elizabeth Spencer’s tasting room in Rutherford. Housed in the town’s quaint old post office, the tasting room offers flights of Elizabeth Spencer wines (elizabethspencerwines.com) in a lovely patio garden setting. The winery’s name is a combination of the two principle owners: Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham who, as their website has it, are “partners in life and partners in wine.” In terms of taste, the wines are incredibly well crafted; for all of their big, sometimes rustic flavors, they’re very well balanced. The winery’s aim is to create wines of “intensity without excess weight,” and I’d say they’re doing just that. I’m a big fan of big wines, and the Pinot Noir is massive. Rich berries and black tea with a whisper of roasted orange peel give way to a finish that manages to evoke both the salt air of the Pacific coast and oven-baked plums. Despite my enthusiasm to enjoy it immediately, we decided to cellar this one for a while. Before heading back to Meadowood we swung into Frog’s Leap Vineyards to sample first-hand wines from a label I’d enjoyed for years (frogsleap.com). In addition to creating great wines, Frog’s Leap is known for a strong commitment to the environment (all of the wineries we profile in this article are known for this to varying degrees). For more than 25 years, they’ve pushed organic grape growing, dry farming and other agricultural innovations, all driven not by politics or by marketing, but by what the winery claims is simply a desire to produce great wine—which they do. Napa is known for great Chardonnays, and Frog’s Leap’s doesn’t disappoint. I’m usually fond of big, buttery, oak-aged Chardonnays and find “modern” steel-aged examples lacking character, but if the offering from Frog’s Leap was cleaner than I usually enjoy it also allowed beautiful flavors to shine through. First aged in barrels, it’s then transferred to an extended “sur lie” aging in concrete vats. The result is a restrained wine that offers an essence of stonefruit, slate and lemongrass with a clean minerality and balanced citrusy acidity. Oysters or grilled seafood, anyone? Fantastic, and a great end to a great day.
CADE winery (above) and Meadowood’s golf course (right)
CADE ESTATE After another beautiful night’s sleep at Meadowood, we woke and headed to the town of Napa proper to visit friends. It’s not often that I’m surprised by breakfast, but the town’s ABC bakery—aka the Alexis Baking Company and Café—serves cornmeal pancakes with peaches and maple syrup that have to be eaten to be believed (alexisbakingcompany.com). After a stack of those and a cup of coffee, it was difficult to imagine the day could get better, but it did. Following some sightseeing, we headed for the last winery of our trip, CADE Estate, located at the top of the valley on Howell Mountain (cadewinery.com). It’s not on the beaten path—something we enjoyed—but CADE is leading the way to Napa’s future. The winery is the first organically farmed LEED Gold Certified Winery in the area, and it’s an inspiration. The LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provide various levels of certification targets that verify a commitment to the environment in terms of design, construction, operation and maintenance of “green” buildings. The whole of CADE was designed around the idea of partnering with (and preserving) the environment, and it’s a true wonder to see the place in action. Working with architect Juan Carlos Fernandez, the winery was built around the idea of sustainable winemaking, with building materials sourced from renewable and recycled sources. The beautiful and wellconsidered design works in harmony with the surrounding environment, saving energy and minimizing impact at the same time. All of this is great, but it wouldn’t mean much if CADE’s wines weren’t as wonderful. Thankfully, they are. Owned by the same group that produces Plumpjack and Adaptation wines, CADE produces four wines, of which the
Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was our favorite. Perhaps it was the fact that the day was ending, but the depth of the wine, which presented all the dark berries one would expect from a Napa Cab along with surprising hints of spice, strawberry jam and toast, was the perfect accompaniment to a sunset and the perfect ending to a glorious trip. Back at Meadowood, sitting on the balcony and looking up at the night sky, we reflected on the fact that we felt as if we would be returning to the modern world the next day, but in fact we were leaving one of the most forwardthinking and technologically sophisticated areas we’d visited in some time. Perhaps it was the way the light fell across the golf course, perhaps it was people dressed in all white playing croquet, but visiting Meadowood—and the beautiful, small corners of the Napa Valley that we’d seen—seemed like stepping into an old photograph, one presented in a modern frame. In Victorian parlance, the trip was bang up to the elephant. In any decade, perfect.
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T As tour golf becomes more global in its reach, the current model of four majors— three in the United States and one in the UK—will become increasingly difficult to sustain. We consider what the future might hold for majors golf
wo years ago at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, Colin Montgomerie held a junior clinic at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament. As an eight-time winner of what was the European Tour’s Order of Merit, a winner of 40 professional tournaments, a Ryder Cup player eight times, and then Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, there is not a lot this golfer has not seen on a practice ground. “I held a clinic with the Chinese national under-10s team,” starts Montgomerie, talking exclusively to Kingdom magazine. “Eight of these kids turned up, carrying bags that were as big as they were, and one boy said to me in perfect English: ‘Would you like a draw, a fade, a high one or a low one?’ This boy was nine years old. So I said to him, ‘Let me see a shot that hooks from right to left,’ and he asked, ‘Do you want a hook or a draw?’” Showing consummate control, the young boy produced a textbook draw to order, and Montgomerie had to quickly re-calibrate the tone of his clinic. “That boy is a genius,” adds Montgomerie. “He was playing off a three or four handicap at the age of nine, and the questions he was asking were not juvenile or childish; they were grown-up questions, about things like what you can tell about your shots by looking at your divots. It was Ben Hogan stuff! I almost said, ‘Go and ask someone who knows what he is talking about!’ “His parents said that for every boy with their son’s ability, there were another 1,000 in China.” The thought of there being 1,000 more like this nineyear-old boy is a compelling illustration of the vast depth of golfing potential in China. “The point is that the future of this game is in Asia,” says Montgomerie, “in countries like China and South Korea. Look at how the Koreans have dominated women’s golf in recent years, and why shouldn’t that situation happen in men’s golf? There is no reason why it shouldn’t.” In March 2014, China-based Huidian Research estimated that China’s golf industry was worth US$1.03 billion in 2013, representing an increase of 10 percent from 2012. The report also estimated that China is home to as many as 1.1 million golfers. “If one per cent of Chinese people play golf that is tens of millions of new golfers, compared to the estimated total number of golfers in the world currently, which is 60 million,” says Michael Tait, executive director of business affairs at the R&A, which governs the world game outside North America and runs the [British] Open Championship. “The game is taking off in India too, and now that golf is an Olympic sport there is greater potential for governments to release funds to develop golf.”
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In 10 years’ time, Asia will be demanding a better say in the world of golf: they’ll have more Major winners and more great golf courses, so why shouldn’t Asia have its own Major? “The demand for golf in China is huge,” concurs “You will see the spread of golf’s Majors heading east. Montgomerie, “and the Olympic Games has helped golf We know that the Masters is going nowhere, and the US development in countries like China, where there is massive Open probably isn’t either, but the PGA Championship emphasis on any opportunity to win an Olympic medal. could possibly be the one to move. Or what is to stop there This is a country that is determined to sit at the top of the being five Majors? Olympics medal table. “Even in 10 years’ time, Asia will be demanding a “Today there are over one million US-dollar millionaires better say in the world of golf. Asia will have more Major in China. It is hard to fathom, but the point is that we know winners by then, there will be more great golf courses in there are at least one million people in China who have the Asia, and simply in numbers, there will be more people means to play golf. The Chinese middle class has grown playing golf in Asia than on any other continent in the from nothing to a very substantial number.” world, so why shouldn’t Asia have its own Major? There The safest bet in golf is that it will not be long before is also such a strong work ethic in many Asian countries, more Asian golfers follow in the footsteps of Yang Yong-Eun, and in countries like China and South Korea they are the 2009 PGA Championship winner from South Korea, in going to achieve great things by combining talent with that bringing Major trophies back to Asia, but Montgomerie work ethic.” takes this logical progression a step further. In November 2013, PGA of America president Ted “You will find a Major championship being played in Bishop caused a stir when he told the Golf Channel that Asia one day—definitely,” he states. “Tennis has got it right, Northern Ireland’s “Royal Portrush would be a great first in as much as its four Grand Slams are held in Australia, international major”, and the PGA of America has set up a France, Britain and the United States; that is a good committee to consider the implications of staging the PGA geographical spread, whereas if you look at golf, we have Championship outside the United States. Added Bishop: three Majors in America and one in Britain. “I think given the powerful effect that Irish golfers have on
Y E Yang winning the 2009 PGA Championship over Tiger Woods
the professional game today, [Portrush] might be a good place to start.” Now that the R&A has confirmed the [British] Open Championship will return to Royal Portrush in 2019—for the first time since 1951—it might encourage the PGA of America to look elsewhere for a possible venue outside the United States. A question mark remains over whether the PGA of America will actually forge ahead with plans to take its flagship tournament overseas. Doing so would certainly boost the profile of tour golf in emerging golf markets were the championship to head to the Middle East or Far East, but whether the PGA of America’s membership of 27,000 professionals would support such a move remains to be seen. It is certainly a divisive issue. Were the PGA Championship to be staged overseas, or if a fifth major is to be established, here are a selection of venues that could be up to the task:
Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China Home to the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament, Sheshan International has set the benchmark for fast-moving golf development in Shanghai. Massive amounts of earth were moved to ensure the Sheshan layout offers golfers an attractive variety of holes, with Oak Hill the inspiration. This is a golf course that attracts tournament winners of the highest caliber, with Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson on its honor roll.
The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa Designed by homegrown legend Gary Player and opened in 2000, the Links at Fancourt enjoys a stunning location between the South African coastline and the Outeniqua Mountains. Venue for the 2003 Presidents Cup, when Ernie Els and Tiger Woods famously duelled in the dark before captains Player and Jack Nicklaus agreed to share the cup, Fancourt would be the ideal location to reward South Africa with a major event.
Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Australia The West Course at Royal Melbourne, designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie, is widely recognized to be the finest golf course in Australia. The course is usually hard and fast as it lies upon the Melbourne Sandbelt, and it is worthy of comparison to 2014 US Open course Pinehurst No. 2. Royal Melbourne also has plenty of experience hosting highprofile tournaments, including numerous Australian Opens over the decades, and the Presidents Cup in 2011.
Emirates GC, Dubai (Below) The Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club, home to the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, was the first 18-hole course built in the Middle East on grass when it opened in 1988. Emirates has the facilities to match its lush and meandering golf course, with expansive practice areas and a striking clubhouse, which resembles a cluster of Bedouin tents, and which remains one of Dubai’s most distinctive landmarks.
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uite simply, the business jet allows busy people to get more out of their day—meet more people, accomplish more business, and resolve the balance between life at work and at home. That is achieved by flights tailored to your individual schedule, with the flexibility to change timings as circumstances change. To maximize the availability of a business jet, and retain its value and sales liquidity, an aircraft needs service support—and that is where Rolls-Royce can be trusted to deliver excellence. Its CorporateCare® service is a fixed-cost maintenance program that protects business jet owners against unforeseen costs and unscheduled repair events anywhere in the world. More than 1,500 aircraft are now covered by CorporateCare around the world, with more than 70 per cent of new delivery aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines enrolled. Its engines power some of the world’s leading business aircraft—most recently the Gulfstream G650 and the soon-to-enter-service Citation X. Engines are monitored 24/7 with Rolls-Royce engineering teams analyzing data to ensure they are in peak condition. Their knowledge—drawing on millions of hours of engine operations— allows them to predict when maintenance may be required, and that can be pre-planned at a time convenient to you. In addition to convenience, CorporateCare also provides the ability to forecast costs more effectively and removes the need to purchase spare engines and accessories. Rolls-Royce originated the concept of services on a fixed cost per flying hour basis—the heritage of CorporateCare stretches back to 1962. At the same time Arnold Palmer was transforming the popularity of golf with wins at the U.S. Masters (for the third time) and the British Open (for the second time), Rolls-Royce was changing business aviation with the launch of its trademarked Powerby-the-Hour service. By 2002 that service had become CorporateCare and now covers Rolls-Royce BR725, BR710, Tay and AE 3007 engines. In addition to addressing unscheduled events and managing costs, CorporateCare delivers another advantage —at the time of asset sale.
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EXCELLENCE ON THE COURSE AND IN THE AIR Arnold Palmer has been a high-profile supporter of business aviation for over 50 years, many of them as a pilot, enabling him to support his sporting career, as well as his work in business and supporting charities. His hometown airport—Latrobe in Pennsylvania—is named Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. His relationship with Rolls-Royce began in 1996 when he became the first customer to take delivery of the Cessna Citation X business jet, powered by the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C engine. He then became the first operator of the Rolls-Royce AE 3007C1 engine when he upgraded to a new Citation X in 1999. In recognition of Arnold Palmer’s role as an ambassador for business aviation, Rolls-Royce presented him with a mounted AE3007C Citation X fan blade in 2012 at the NBAA airshow. (left: Scott Shannon, executive vice president, customer business —corporate & regional aircraft, Rolls-Royce North America; right: Russell Buxton, president—civil small and medium engines, Rolls-Royce.)
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The Responsibility of Progress Just recently I have acquired two legendary golf resorts that are among the most highly regarded golf courses in golf: Turnberry in Scotland and Doonbeg in Ireland. I now have seventeen golf courses worldwide, and my portfolio has been crowned by these two jewels. Believe me, I donâ€™t take this responsibility lightlyâ€”most people know I am an avid golfer and this is a lot more than just business for me. It is a passion, and I give my all for the game whether Iâ€™m on the greens to play them or to walk them, or behind my desk studying the plans. I intend to play these courses, and they must be handled perfectly
y first links course was Trump International Golf Links Scotland, in Aberdeen. It has been highly acclaimed and has been a labor of love for me. I spent five years looking for suitable locations throughout Europe before I came upon this site in Aberdeen. We have battled over the years to get it done correctly and with more than a nod to the environmental concerns. We hired geomorphologists to study the many acres of sand dunes and had natural habitat experts study the birds, gulls, badgers and otters (a partial list) to make sure their safety would be ensured. There were many details but this was special territory and deserved every bit of our attention. The result? It’s one of the great golf courses in the world. With Doonbeg and Turnberry, which are already established, we are aware that we are protecting historic sites as well as enhancing them. Turnberry has already been the home of four of the great Open Championships of all time, including the 1977 Duel in the Sun, where Tom Watson won over Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson’s magnificent showing at the age of 59 in 2009. I will spend at least $150 million on renovating the current Turnberry Hotel, and Martin Ebert, a wonderful golf architect, will be helping with the renovation of the golf course. With a history like Turnberry’s, I am well aware that
we are preserving an important site and our work will be meticulous. Doonbeg is a gem that I am thrilled to have acquired. Rated 30 in the Top 100 by Golf World, I think it’s even better than that, and certainly has the capacity to be more incredible than it already is. It’s a 5-star resort and has an international reputation of being a prized destination point. The Irish West Coast is truly fantastic, and the golf course couldn’t ask for a better location. We will protect Doonbeg’s very significant place in the golf world and make sure it remains one of the great courses when it is redone by architect Martin Hawtree. The preservation of legacy can be demanding, but it’s a challenge I enjoy. When people see what I’ve done with the transformation of Doral, for example, they know these properties are in good hands. No matter how good something is, it can always be better—and that kind of progress is a responsibility I enjoy.
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Justin Golf A proper American legend, Justin has been handcrafting cowboy boots since 1879, when the West was still wild. Today, they’re turning their expertise to golf, building golf shoes with the same incredible attention to detail as their finest boots (and yes, they do build a pair of cowboy boots with soft spikes on them). In addition to craftsmanship that would impress your great-grandfather, the new golf shoes include Justin’s patented J-Flex Flexible Comfort System, which makes the shoe comfortable while walking but stable during the swing, and a 1/4inchthick oil-impregnated leather outsole, which offers increased water resistance and stability. It’s nearly impossible to appreciate the substance and quality of Justin Golf’s creations without actually trying them on—something we highly recommend. Available in rich, grade-A calfskin leathers or in a variety of handselected exotic leathers (like Chocolate Caiman, seen here, $800), Justin Golf truly has created “golf shoes worthy of the game.” justingolf.com
Royal Albartross Founded with the singular vision to “create the world’s greatest golf shoe,” Royal Albartross handcrafts top-drawer golf footwear in a variety of styles. Each golf shoe requires more than 250 tasks, including stitching the leather, moulding and compressing the upper onto the last and attaching the cleated sole. Artisans put eight weeks and more than 70 hours into each pair of Royal Albartross golf shoes, and the results are simply stunning. An interior waterproof membrane, a water-resistant leather upper, a bellows tongue standing guard under the laces and a waterproof sole all mean that feet stay nice and dry, while the exquisite hand-crafting and top materials mean that there’s no break-in required: with a small amount of body heat, the soft, supple leathers mould to the feet, making the shoes feel as if they’ve been trusted tools of yours for years. The stacked layers of leather that form the sole offer solid support during the swing, but the shoes are incredibly comfortable for walking on course as well. With a wide array of both traditional and modern design options (“The Blue” is featured here, $600), Royal Albartross is doing well in its mission to build the best. albartross.com
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TROPIC V E N TA I R Golf was born just 100 miles north of Kangolâ€™s headquarters in England, so who better to make golf headwear? Partnered with actor Samuel L. Jackson, the companyâ€™s course offerings are as seriously stylish as they are effective kangolstore.com
P2i CAPS Offered in a variety of heatclearing materials and numerous color combinations, Kangolâ€™s wide selection of traditionally styled P2i caps is a strong argument for multiple purchases; part of the companyâ€™s Samuel L. Jackson Golf line of gear kangolstore.com
BASEBALL CAP Thank the Brooklyn Excelsiors baseball team of 1860: they sported the precursor to the modern baseball cap, and people noticed. Ubiquitous and available in as many colors as exist, todayâ€™s baseball caps are great for any sport
FEDORA Large-brimmed Fedoras are an elegant solution for keeping the sun off oneâ€™s faceâ€”so much the better if the cap is made by Coolibar, a company known for attractive, protective sport headwear. Packable, and rated UPF 50+ in terms of sun protection, this is a perfect way to cap off a great golf outfit coolibar.com
There are few paradoxes that make complete sense, but stepping into the sun on an infernally hot day and lighting up a pile of coals is an unquestionably good idea, especially if there are friends about. Men have been hosting summer barbeques for as long as there’s been fire, and the world is better for it. Among the host of available grill options, we like the Big Green Egg as much for its aesthetic appeal as for the food it yields. A kamado-style cooker, the BGE is essentially a large ceramic oven that can achieve (and easily control) seriously high temperatures. Fill it full of natural wood charcoal, light it up, and prepare to enjoy food as you’ve never tasted it before: unaffected by charcoal additives or “metallic” flavor, moist and succulent and as boldly flavored as it’s meant to be. Whether you’re cooking meats, vegetables or even pizza (using an optional ceramic shelf), the BGE is capable of handling an entire summer meal, as evidenced here. Just remember to keep the cold drinks coming...
Grilled Whole Lobster Fresh lobster does not need a lot of ingredients to enhance its flavor. The meat is firm and sweet and is usually served with melted butter. Whole lobsters must be purchased live. It is difficult to find a more elegant dish than grilled lobster for a special-occasion luncheon or dinner. What You’ll Need 1 cup unsalted butter 4 (1½-pound) live lobsters Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup heavy cream 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges Porcelain Coated Grid
Set the EGG for direct cooking with the Porcelain Coated Grid. Preheat the EGG to 500°F (260°C). To clarify the butter, melt it in a small saucepan on the stovetop over low heat. Skim the foam from the top with a spoon. Pour the melted butter into a glass measuring cup and refrigerate until it becomes solid. Poke a hole through the butter to the bottom of the cup with a knife; this will release the milk solids underneath. Pour the milk solids out and discard; the remaining butter is clarified. Melt the clarified butter. Wearing heavy gloves, place one of the lobsters on a cutting board and hold the lobster firmly with the head toward you. Insert the tip of a sharp knife into the center of the head and quickly bring the knife down to the board. Split the front of the lobster in half, then split the tail of the lobster in half, lengthwise, leaving some of the shell un-split in the center of the body. Repeat for the other lobsters. Brush the inside of the lobsters with the clarified butter and season with salt and pepper. Place the lobster on the Grid, meat side up, and pour ¼ cup of the cream into the cavities and over the meat. Close the lid of the EGG and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, brushing the lobster with the remaining cream every 2 minutes. Transfer the lobsters to a platter and serve with the remaining clarified butter and lemon wedges. Serves 4
Butter is laced with chipotle chiles—dried smoked jalapeño peppers—then used to baste this corn on the cob as it roasts right on the Grid. Peeling back the husks and tying them with butcher’s twine makes for easy basting and a playful presentation.
Set the EGG for direct cooking with the Cast Iron Grid. Preheat the EGG to 400°F (204°C).
What You’ll Need 4 ears corn 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 tablespoons chopped dried chipotle chiles ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup crumbled cotija cheese or feta cheese (2 ounces) ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 1 fresh lime, cut into quarters Cast Iron Grid
Pull the husks back from each ear of corn and tie them into a bundle with butcher’s twine. Completely remove the silk from each ear. Combine the butter, chiles, and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Spread 1 tablespoon of the butter evenly over each ear.
Place the corn into a large pan and cover with cold water. Let soak for 1 hour.
Place the corn on the Grid with a piece of aluminum foil under each husk to prevent the husks from burning. Close the lid of the EGG and grill for 6 minutes, basting the corn with the chipotle butter and turning every 2 minutes. Continue grilling for 6 more minutes, or until the corn is tender. Transfer the corn to a platter and coat with more chipotle butter. Sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro. Serve immediately with lime wedges. Serves 4
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Shredded Pork Sandwich Despite its name, pork butt is cut from the upper shoulder of the front leg of the pig. Barbecue pork butt, slow-roasted on the Big Green Egg, makes an incredible sandwich. What You’ll Need 1 (4-pound) Boston pork butt ¼ cup apple juice Basic Barbecue Rub 1 cup barbecue sauce 8 kaiser rolls convEGGtor 9 by 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish
Set the EGG for indirect heat with the convEGGtor, legs down. Preheat the EGG to 275°F (135°C). Season the pork all over with your favorite rub and place in the baking dish. Place the dish on the Plate Setter and close the lid of the EGG. Cook until the internal temperature is 160°F (71°C). This should take approximately 6 to 8 hours. Lay out a big double piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and put the pork butt in the middle. As you begin to close up the package, pour the apple juice over the top of the butt and then seal the package, taking care not to puncture it. Return the package to the cooker and cook until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 195°F (91°C). This should take another 2 to 3 hours. Transfer the package from the cooker to a baking sheet. Open the top of the foil to let the steam out and let it rest for ½ hour. Transfer the pork butt to a cutting board. Using meat claws, shred the pork butt until it’s shredded enough for a sandwich. Add 1 cup of the sauce and mix well. Serve immediately on a bun topped with slaw. Serves 8
Roasted Peaches with Pecan Praline Stuffing Peaches are a member of the rose family. There are many varieties, and they are usually classified by their pit or stone. In a clingstone peach, the flesh clings most tightly to the pit. These are the sweetest and juiciest of the peaches. However, the freestone is the peach usually found in your local grocery. The pit of the freestone is easily removed, making it ideal for eating or baking. For this simple dessert, use ripe and juicy freestone peaches, fill them with pecan praline stuffing, and bake in the EGG. Dessert doesn’t get any better or easier than this! What You’ll Need 4 ripe peaches, un-peeled 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar ¼ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon table salt ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 tablespoons plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed ¼ cup chopped pecans Porcelain Coated Grid 9 by 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish
Set the EGG for direct cooking with the Porcelain Coated Grid. Preheat the EGG to 400°F (204°C). Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Using a teaspoon, core the red centers from each of the peach halves. Dip the cut side of each peach into the lemon juice. Place the peaches in the baking dish, cut side up. In a medium bowl, stir the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg until completely blended. Add 3 tablespoons of the butter to the flour mixture. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the pieces of butter are pea size. Using a spatula, fold the chopped pecans into the flour mixture until the pecans and the flour mixture are completely combined. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling into the center of each peach half. Put the peaches inside the baking dish and put the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in the pan. Place the baking dish on the Grid. Close the lid of the EGG and bake for 20 minutes, or until the stuffing has set and the peaches begin to soften. Remove the dish and let the peaches rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8
hen in the course of an infernal season it becomes necessary to seek sanctuary from the sun that burns down from the heavens and long through the day, one might hear the siren-song hum of an air conditioner and cast a blurry eye toward the shaded cool of the indoors. But we say halt! Stand your ground and boldly exalt in the scorching gale of golden light, for the outdoors are great indeed and the battle against summer heat can be wonâ€”with the right weaponry. To gird you in battle, we present
here a formidable arsenal of cold liquid fortification, a veritable well of courage from which to drink as temperatures soar and energies wane. When the sweat is on your brow and you feel like giving up, do not look down at the tepid soda in your hand. Do not think of beer cozies or room-temperature succor. Instead imagine the rousing march of a fife and drum, the piercing clarity of a tall glass, the cannon-esque shape of a Champagne flute and look skyward. Join us, patriot: raise your eyes and fill your glass with the bold colors of the red, white and blue! Weâ€™ll be right alongside you, fighting the good fight.
General Lafayette and the people of France were instrumental in Americaâ€™s fight for freedom from the British, and they continue to aid us here with a Champagne cocktail with a little kick. As an alternative, use a sparkling wineâ€”but keep it dry as the berries should be all the sweet you need. Vive la Revolution!
2 Tbsp pureed raspberries 1 Tbsp Belvedere BlackRaspberry Vodka Champagne or sparkling wine Puree fresh or frozen raspberries and then mix with 1 Tbsp of Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka, then pour into a Champagne flute. Fill with sparkling wine or Champagne, garnish with fresh raspberry and enjoy.
Historically not as heralded as French contributions to the War of Independence, Spain’s military and financial aid to American revolutionaries were key to victory over the British. At some point after we won, Spain further contributed Sangria, which is a perfect way to celebrate anything. This paler version of the usual red-wine refresher is both lighter and brighter, offering soft citrus and enough cooling power to soothe a matador’s most fervid passion.
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White peach, sliced Granny Smith apple, sliced Green pear, sliced Lemon, peeled and sliced bottle light white wine (e.g. Pinot Grigio) 4.5oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur Slice the peach, pear, lemon and green apple into large, thin wheels, then stack in a pitcher, alternating fruits in layers. Pour in the St. Germain, then cover with the bottle of light white wine (Pinot Grigio or similar) and leave refrigerated for 24 hours—or for as long as you can before the fun starts. Pack the pitcher with ice if you’re preparing within hours of enjoying, and be sure there’s a bit of fruit in the glass when serving.
In a burst of poetic (and naturally defensive) geography, America does indeed stretch “from sea to shining sea.” Blue gilds our glorious shores during both sunrises and sunsets, it is the color of the field upon which our flag’s stars shine, and it is the color of the sky in which that flag proudly flies. Utilized in pancakes, atop apple pie, and in countless other places, blueberries here offer a brilliantly sweet and clear remedy to a sun-drenched Fourth of July— or any other summer day.
12-16 Blueberries 3oz Gin Fever Tree Premium Bitter Lemon Sprig of mint
Chill a tall glass by filling it with crushed ice and letting it sit. After two minutes, pour out any water in the glass but retain the ice. Pour 3oz of gin over the ice, fill the glass with Fever Tree Premium Bitter Lemon and stir-in the blueberries. Add ice if needed, garnish with lemon peel and a sprig of mint and watch the heat raise a white flag.
Impact The effects of golf on people’s lives can be difficult to anticipate, as Tony Smart discovered when he spoke with the people at Glad’s House charity. As they revealed, for a group of street children in Kenya the sport is much more than a game—it’s a way out of hell
he only thing Victoria Ferguson ever wanted to be was an actress. “I just wanted to be on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) or the Old Vic,” she tells me, sipping her cappuccino as we talk in a Waterloo coffee shop, just a few yards from the storied Old Vic Theatre in London. Instead she founded, with the aid of her parents, an important charity in Mombasa, Kenya, that takes street kids condemned to a life of hellish poverty, drugs and prostitution and gives them a second chance through golf. The charity, Glad’s House, does offer other opportunities for a fresh start in life but golf, specifically caddying, was where the project began when it realized that it needed to offer more than just food and shelter if it really was to save these abandoned children. The dramatic change in Ferguson’s destiny occurred when she went to Mombasa during an educational break in 2005 after finishing an acting course at the Oxford School of Drama. She was just 20 years old. After time in South Africa and Zambia, she arrived in Mombasa and started working with street kids in the filthy slums of the Kenyan coastal city. It was here that she had two “defining moments,” as she calls them, and all thoughts of an acting career disappeared.
The first moment came when she went on her first night patrol of the Maboxini slum with a local social worker named Bokey, who wouldn’t let go of her hand because the area was so dangerous. The slum was filled with more than 1,000 kids and adults, all high on whatever drugs they could find. “I’d never been so frightened in my life,” she says. “I was almost shell-shocked by the experience.” Her second defining moment came at the end of that night patrol when another local social worker, Abdul, happened to remark that “we should start our own center” to help the street kids. Immediately, Ferguson says, “I felt like that was what I really wanted to do.” It wasn’t that easy, of course, and as the only European in Mombasa over the remainder of her initial four-month stay there, her challenges began with simply being accepted by the locals. When she returned to England, Ferguson immediately corralled her parents into helping her set up the Glad’s House charity, which eventually created the center for street kids in Mombasa. Her father and now Chairman of Glad’s House, Dr. Clifford Ferguson, paid for the initial administration costs and used his business acumen (he’s a management consultant) to deal with the numbers side
Participants in the Glad’s House caddy program
After seeing the state of the street kids in Kenya, all thoughts of an acting career disappeared; she knew she had to help the children
of creating the charity. Vicky’s mother, a secretary and bookkeeper, dealt with the administration. All three of them set about cold-calling people and organizations to try and raise money and support. The charity was called Glad’s House after Ferguson’s grandmother Gladys, who had many fine qualities, three of which have become the core values of Glad’s House. These were that her door was always open to all; that when anyone arrived she would produce a meal for them and a bed for the night if needed; and that she always had time for any child. Thus Glad’s House in Mombasa will always be open to any and all street children that come to them; food and shelter will always be available; and Glad’s House will always be a happy and welcoming place where children can truly be children. Early on in the Glad’s House project Dr. Ferguson heard about a new golf resort, the Vipingo Ridge Resort, being built 30 miles north of Mombasa. He realized the resort would need caddies and so he pestered the property’s administration until they agreed to accept Glad’s House street kids for half of the jobs, with the remaining positions going to local Vipingo kids. To begin with, all of the kids were trained in the art of caddying by the two caddy masters at Vipingo Ridge, Promise and John. But greater things were on the horizon: One of the people at Vipingo Ridge that Dr. Ferguson had been pestering was David Jones, the golf course architect and a member of the Board of the European Tour. Jones’ advocacy of Glad’s House to the European Tour’s newly renamed charitable foundation, the Tour Players Foundation (TPF), resulted in the TPF awarding its first grant to Glad’s House, a sum of just over $11,000. Almost immediately the European Tour Caddie Association (ETCA) added its support and three ETCA caddies—Paul Cast, Ken Herring and Brian McConnell— arrived in Mombasa in August 2010 to help with the Glad’s House Caddie Programme. Although they were meant to go straight to the golf course to begin training the kids, the three ETCA caddies first demanded to see the slum the kids called home. When they got there they were soon greeted by two young kids, both no more than six years old, who had glue bottles hanging from their necks from which they took regular sniffs. Glue sniffing is popular there because glue is readily available, it’s the cheapest drug to buy and, as Paul Cast says, “it suppresses their appetites, because their chance of
eating anything is less than zero [babies are also given glue to sniff to stop them crying when they are hungry], and the effects of the glue help them to escape the reality of the hell in which they live. “I have never ever been so appalled at the abject squalor, filth and stench that attacked our senses,” continues Cast, speaking of their visit to the Maboxini slum. “Most of the children—through no fault of their own—are deprived of the food, water, shoes, clothes, sanitation, comfortable housing, parents, love, guidance and security which most of us in the Western world take for granted.” Prior to Glad’s House the only source of income for these children, apart from drug-dealing and prostitution, was collecting rubbish from the city—plastic bottles, old food wrappers, tin cans, plastic containers, etc.—and stacking it into six-foot cubes for a recycling company that pays the kids 56 cents per cube. This pittance is then used to buy food, glue or anything else they can use to survive. It usually takes one whole day to gather together one six-foot cube. Mercifully Glad’s House has begun to provide a way out. At present the charity has a block of land in the Maboxini slum, which cost them $24,000 to buy, with a
You carry a bag, you come back and you get paid, so it’s straightforward. The street kids respond to that
Philip Archer (left) and Chris Lloyd (right) with Glad’s House caddies
temporary shelter that provides care. Their current goal is to raise $240,000 to build a permanent rehabilitation center that will house up to 60 street children at a time. In addition to the food, shelter and love provided at the temporary center, where the kids arriving range from newborns to those aged 26 (hardly children but still in need of help), the 60 kids currently on the Caddie Programme get paid roughly $5.65 per round. They immediately give this
“Golf is something even I could never have experienced before because it’s quite exclusive,” says Achola, a former Kenyan Olympic athlete, founder of the Mombasa Olympic Youth Organisation (MOYO) and the Glad’s House Director in Mombasa. “However, as an intervention strategy it is extremely effective. If I talk to the street boys, it’s very hard to put them in skilled training because they are usually very impatient. But working as a golf caddy, the results are there and then. You carry a bag, you come back and you get paid so it’s very straightforward, not like putting a street boy in as a carpenter or as a mechanic. That will take a long period of time and they are impatient. They embrace caddying.” Such is the magic worked by Glad’s House that many of their caddies are now keen golfers (one boasts an 8 handicap) and are allowed to play at Vipingo Ridge every Tuesday, though they lack the equipment to play their best. Caddying is not the only enterprise Ferguson and the Glad’s House team have started. As that old proverb says: “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” and the Glad’s House team have taken this to heart. They currently have 17 street kids working through various enterprise schemes, including a bead shop, a shoe-shine business, a cybercafe, a bicycle shop, as cobblers, in food service, and in carpentry. These enterprises are likely to be joined by a golf club repair business as the Tour Van manager of Wilson Staff is expected to join more caddies from the ETCA on another trip to Mombasa soon. He will be teaching the kids how to repair, make and modify golf clubs. Additionally, Glad’s House now has three caddies working at another golf club, the Nyali Golf & Country Club near Mombasa, and six Glad’s House kids caddied in the European Challenge Tour’s to Glad’s House, which in turn pays them 8,000 Kenyan first event in 2014, the Barclays Kenyan Open. shillings a month (approximately $97). This is done not With an estimated 250,000 street children in Kenya— through any profiteering motive but rather to try and teach 35,000 in Mombasa alone—Ferguson hopes eventually to the kids to manage their money and use it for a better future. open Glad’s House centers throughout the country. Additionally, Otherwise, as Glad’s House found out, when a kid who’s he’d like to see a Glad’s Girls programme, a girls-only refuge used to getting 56 cents a day collecting garbage suddenly that would incorporate a nursery for children that have been gets 10 times that amount for caddying, he or she is likely born to young mothers living on the street. It’s an ambitious to waste the money on better drugs, alcohol or gambling. plan, but with the track record Glad’s House is establishing Anything earned above $97 in a month by a caddy is saved there’s little doubt it can be achieved. Consider that the huge for them by Glad’s House. impact made thus far in so many children’s lives began with The kids are now so proficient at caddying that two of the determination of an aspiring actress and the game of golf. them carried the bags of Chris Lloyd and Phillip Archer of the European Challenge Tour during the pro-am preceding the To find out more about Glad’s House visit their website 2012 Barclays Kenya Open. Glad’s House had been scheduled www.gladshouse.com. to send four caddies to England last July to help at the Challenge Tour’s English Challenge but they were refused visas, [Ed’s note: Great works done by organizations like Glad’s a problem which is currently being addressed for future events. House require champions, and writer Tony Smart was one Golf, according to Bokey (Fred Bokey Achola, to give of those. Sadly, we lost Tony shortly before this issue went his full name), has proven a perfect mechanism for helping to press; but we hope that his friends and family will take kids in Kenya to steer clear of crime and drugs and instead some consolation from the fact that his heart lives on in his to pursue a career that provides a real future. work and in the lives of those touched by Glad’s House.]
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hey say love kills, and when it comes to sun-worshippers and summer they’re not kidding. The throngs sunning themselves on warm golden beaches around the world may not know it, but they’re in danger. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to any number of problems, the most serious of which is skin cancer. The most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer is diagnosed in more than two million people each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. But it’s likely more people have it than know: a small discolored patch of skin, a peculiar mole or growth that seems inconsequential, a sore that seems like no big deal— any of these could indicate a problem. The Foundation asserts that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime, and that 40 to 50 percent of those who live to age 65 can expect to have it at least once. And while those who spend a lot of time in the sun are in the greatest danger (golfers, for example), in truth it can affect anyone. Case in point: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman, who’s starred in the blockbuster X-Men movies as Wolverine, along with making a name for himself with numerous stage and television performances. Early this summer Jackman revealed that he was treated for his
second incidence of basal cell carcinoma, the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. Six months after a small abnormal growth was removed from the side of his nose, a second one appeared and had to be removed as well. “We are all human,” he told ABC News. “It’s all preventable. I was lucky to be in a job where I have makeup artists looking at my face, going, ‘What is that?’ And my wife nagging me to go and get it checked out.” His message to everyone, as it appeared on his Instagram account: “PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!” It’s good advice. Regular, daily use of a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher reduces the risk of getting certain skin cancers by nearly half, making it an obviously positive addition to a daily routine. In addition to the health benefits of UV protection, it also has cosmetic benefits in that more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are actually caused by the sun, and are thus preventable. Other sun protection methods include wearing proper clothing and eyewear and limiting exposure to the sun during peak UV periods, usually between 10am and 4pm. Just a little bit of precaution can make a big difference in one’s ability to enjoy the great outdoors. For golfers, there’s really no choice.
Alleviating Back Strain for the Ultimate Game 180
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Pauline M. Braathen Neurosciences Center offers complete musculoskeletal solutions for back pain that prevents enjoying a day on the course
For many, a day on the golf course offers the ultimate form of relaxation for both the body and mind. By engaging in a rhythm from swing to swing, a game of golf can ease tension and anxiety from the first tee forward. Yet, it can also wreak havoc on your back. By understanding the unique musculoskeletal needs of today’s golfer, the team at the Pauline M. Braathen Neurosciences Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida are experts at easing and preventing the all too common spinal pain that accompanies your game. When swinging a club, an amateur golfer places more force throughout the joints in the lower spine than a college football lineman when hitting a blocking sled, according to Cleveland Clinic Florida interventional spine management physician, Dr. John O’Connell. “The rotational force concentrated over a small area leads to problems throughout the back, legs and arms. While professional golfers are able to control their swing in a way that decreases the stress across their backs, even a very good amateur golfer is putting a tremendous amount of force through the spine with each swing,” says Dr. O’Connell. “It’s not an isolated movement that causes the pain, but rather the combination of intricate movements from the shoulder, hip and knee that result in injury.” Whether it’s a small ache in the lower back or pain that radiates throughout the arms and legs, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s multidisciplinary approach can help alleviate the discomfort through advanced solutions.
An amateur golfer places more force throughout the joints in the lower spine than a college football lineman when hitting a blocking sled
ADDRESSING THE SOURCE THROUGH STABILIZATION AND STRENGTH To discover the actual source of pain within the spine, the most important first step is a thorough examination. While advanced diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect changes due to normal aging, such as arthritis in the joints and discs, the findings don’t always correlate with the actual symptoms, explains Dr. O’Connell. “We take into account that back pain can be due to problems within the muscles and tendons of the back, hips and pelvis as well,” Dr. O’Connell says. To understand the importance of your spine’s strength in decreasing each holes par, it’s best to think of the famous helical spring toy the Slinky, explains Tracy Smith, PT, Director of Physical Therapy at Cleveland Clinic Florida. “The spine is a very mobile body part in itself—every little segment moves on the segment above and below, which inherently is like a Slinky,” she says. “Without any stability on the side, which we get from our muscle tissue and the ligaments attached to it, you risk more injury—and increasing referred pain down the legs and arms.” Physical therapy is the first step to addressing pain in a golfer who is sidelined. Whether it’s the neck or back that is being treated, stabilization exercises are the mainstay for correcting complications such as the posterior pelvic tilt. Commonly referred to as “flat back,” a posterior pelvic tilt causes the hamstrings and glutes to be tight, pulling the back and hips down, while the abdominals are pulling the front of the hips up. As a result, the quadriceps, hip flexors and spinal muscles are weak. “Through stabilization exercises and abdominal bracing, we can take them from a stable position, either on a table or sitting against a chair, to standing in a golf posture,” says Smith. “By contracting the muscles around the spine, we increase stability. The more stable your spine is, the less movement each segment can have on each other, and the less rubbing or irritation of the nerve root that will occur.”
REINING IN THE RADIATION OF PAIN
A SPECIALIZED PATH TO BACK PAIN RELIEF
While the typical patient gains results from bi-weekly physical therapy sessions in just four to six weeks, Cleveland Clinic Florida offers advanced treatment options for those who have played well beyond their pain. In addition to non-invasive approaches such as corticosteroid injections, minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation is often used as a successful treatment route to regaining motion.
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Pauline M. Braathen Neurosciences Center is positioned to relieve a golfer’s back pain through the latest proven technology. Although thought of as simply a common nuisance, back pain does not have to be endured, according to Dr. John O’Connell.
By using an electrical current produced by a radio wave, radiofrequency ablation heats up a targeted small area of nerve tissue to decrease pain signals from that specific space. “The average back pain patient has six to nine months of fewer bad days after a radiofrequency ablation treatment,” says Dr. O’Connell. For those who experience overwhelming radiation of pain that causes weakness or numbness in the hands, arms and legs, a surgical consultation can offer answers. By using Cleveland Clinic Florida’s high quality imaging technology, a plan can be put in place to preserve motion.
“The average back pain patient has six to nine months of fewer bad days after radiofrequency ablation” “Whenever I see a patient with neck pain, I think about their back. And when they complain of low back pain, I think about their neck. You can’t treat either problem in isolation,” says Cleveland Clinic Florida Neurological spine surgeon Dr. Graham Mouw. “I’m committed to not only pain relief, but preservation of the spine’s movement through techniques that avoid rigid fixation of the spine.” To address the issue in its entirety, Dr. Mouw specializes in a microsurgery technique called cervical laminoplasty to allow spinal decompression and restoration. A procedure offered by very few centers in the United States, laminoplasty removes pressure from the spinal cord by partially cutting the bone overlying the spinal cord (lamina) on both the right and left sides. By creating a hinge on one side of the lamina and a small opening on the other side, the lamina is “opened” to vastly increase the space available for the spinal cord and relieve pressure surrounding it. “While laminoplasty is an option only for those who have not had previous spinal fusion surgery, it’s extremely successful at relieving arm and hand symptoms. In most cases, I can offer motion preservation of the lumbar spine as well,” Dr. Mouw says. “My patients can typically resume a full game of golf just three months after the procedure.”
“Whether it’s through physical therapy to strengthen muscles, minimally invasive techniques or treatment through an advanced microsurgery procedure, our team works together to provide pain relief that offers significant, long standing gains that can add yards to your drive,” says Dr. O’Connell. Patients who seek care of back and neck pain from our Neurosciences Center can take advantage of one or a combination of full spectrum of services, including: Sports Health Specialized Treatment • Injection therapy, including corticosteroid and viscosupplementation • Injury prevention and rehabilitation • Lumbar radiofrequency ablation Neurological Spine Surgery • Lumbar and cervical microsurgery • Cervical laminoplasty (spinal decompression and restoration) • Lumbar and cervical stabilization • 3-D computer assisted spinal surgery using O-arm® technology • Less invasive spinal surgery • Lumbar and cervical motion preservation surgery Physical Therapy • Sports injury rehabilitation • Orthopaedic rehabilitation • Outpatient rehabilitation To learn more about the Pauline M. Braathen Neurosciences Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida, call toll-free 877-463-2010 or visit clevelandclinicflorida.org
THE STINGER There’s no need to visit Scotland because today the wind is up, really up, and you’ve got a British Open experience right here at home. Your strong, proud drives to the sky will be useless today, and as you approach the tee you’re thinking you’d rather be sailing instead of holding onto your hat and blinking into the wind on a tee box. Larry Antinozzi can sympathize. The Head Professional at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, he once worked as an Assistant Pro at TPC Virginia Beach, where he saw plenty of wind. As a top golf professional the breezes don’t bother Larry as much as they do some of us. He’s pretty good at a shot that keeps the ball low and under the wind, a shot he’s going to teach us here, and it’s called a stinger.
f Tiger Woods didn’t invent the shot (he didn’t), he’s certainly made good use of it. One example: his victory at the 2006 [British]Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, when he opted to use his driver only once in four days. Instead, Tiger used a 2-iron off the tee and regularly stung it 280 yards. The aptly named “stinger” (apt for Tiger, anyway) is useful when the wind kicks up and you need to keep the ball low off the tee—like you might need to do if you’re playing a links course in summer, for example. The advantage of the shot is that, in addition to keeping the ball from arcing into the windy sky and flying off to Lord-knows-where, it allows more control than a typical shot with driver and can lengthen your distance off the tee with a good roll if hit properly. In theory the stinger is basically a powerful punch shot, but, as Antinozzi explains here, there are some key points to keep in mind. Whether you’re on vacation in the UK or just happen to be playing a round at home in conditions that would scare a kite, the following should help you stay out of the breeze. Good luck, and keep your hat on.
CLUB Go with a low-lofted club, a 3-iron or a 2-iron. If you don’t have these irons, a 5 wood will work, but it’s easier to control with an iron. You want to keep the ball low.
BALL Set the ball an inch or two back in your stance. This will set your hands forward of the ball and help to decrease loft.
HANDS Choke down an inch or two on the grip; this gives you more control.
AIM For a right-handed golfer, you should aim slightly to the left of the target. You’re not going to want the club face to rotate when you swing, and so the ball will have a tendency to head a bit right. (Opposite for a lefthanded golfer.)
SWING You want the weight on your forward leg, you want the club face to be square to slightly open, and while this is a powerful swing you don’t want a lot of face rotation or follow-through. Also, it’s a bit tough to explain, but to slow face rotation you increase body rotation, and so the upper body works hard to rotate through the shot to keep it lower. Swing at full power, and you want to finish with the club face basically facing the sky. On the right course in the right conditions (like a links in summer with firm fairways), if this shot is hit right you’ll get a good roll, so if you can get 250 out of it you’re going to get 270.
PROBLEMS A lot of people try to smash it into the ground. They want to keep it low but they try to do it the wrong way, by driving down on it. The ball goes six feet and they end up taking a huge divot. Also, sometimes people forget to choke down and they try to over-swing. This is a shot that you really need to practice on the range before employing off the tee.
For a one-on-one lesson on hitting this shot effectively, drop by TPC River Highlands next time you’re in Connecticut and introduce yourself to Larry or to one of his staff: tpc.com/tpc-river-highlands
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C UB CRAFT It’s doubtful that many of today’s pros re-grip their own clubs, much less grind club lofts down to suit their preferences. But it wasn’t that long ago that being a professional golfer meant knowing the game at every level, and no one exhibited a craftsman’s touch on his equipment better than Arnold Palmer. Chris Rodell steps into the King’s workshop...
oday’s pros have their therapists. Arnold Palmer has his workshop. “Working on his clubs in his workshop has always been his therapy,” says Doc Giffin, Palmer’s longtime assistant and a one-time PGA Tour press secretary. “In his competitive days, in between tournaments, he’d be in there for hours working on those clubs, always thinking about the next shot and how to improve his game.” Palmer bent shafts, added weight to clubfaces, ground lofts down to more desirable angles and fiddled with grips until they were as comfortable as shaking a friend’s hand. “I’m not playing as much as I used to, and the clubs today are so well built, much of the urgency is gone,” Palmer says. “But I still feel a real peace when I steal away to work on some clubs. I’ve always enjoyed the long hours I spent in the workshop working on clubs and thinking about how to improve my game. I think the endless hours I spent working on clubs contributed so much to my success on the course.” Giffin says it’s been that way for as long as he’s known Palmer, now approaching 50 years. “Even back when I was working for the Tour, I’d see him after a round in the pro shop working on his clubs. I remember him doing just that at Augusta every year.”
It’s not like that today on tour. Joey Sprayberry of Callaway Golf says today’s players have little proprietary interest in tinkering with their clubs the way Palmer’s always done. “For the most part, today’s players think the answer’s always in the club trailer near the practice range,” Sprayberry says. “They’ll try it for a week and then bring it in for something else. They’re so precise that they’ll say the humidity at one site is affecting the ball flight and they need something different. “They all believe there’s a magic wand in the trailer just waiting for them,” he continues. “They can be very demanding. It can get a little testy sometimes. I’ve been with Callaway for 17 years, and I miss the days when guys used to really stick with their clubs.” Sprayberry says the last two pros he can recall who approached Palmer’s level of club-tinkering ardor were Vijay Singh and Mark Brooks, and before them Aussie David Graham. “The technology’s changed so much. Today’s pros would never dream of re-gripping their own clubs or bending the shafts the way Palmer and a few of the other guys used to,” he says.
I don’t think anybody’s ever built the perfect golf club; that’s what I’m trying to do
When people think that details every shot of Palmer, they invariably Palmer hit in his illustrious think of him striding 1961 [British] Open win at confidently down a fairway Royal Birkdale. about to knock in his next The autographs and birdie on the way to victory. the famous collectibles tend But those who know Palmer best say that when Palmer to obscure the real nitty-gritty of the workshop, the benches thinks of himself, he sometimes thinks of a man all alone in with sturdy vises, the chisels, pliers, mallets and a wrench or a tiny workshop next to his office in Latrobe working ever two; a bandsaw and a grinder, and more. Two big barrels diligently to craft something immaculate. It is his essence. are overflowing with discarded leather grips like so many “I remember one time some visitors saw him in there corn husks left over from a summer picnic. and asked why he spent so much time working on what “I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid,” says Palmer. were already the best clubs available,” Giffin said. “He “I love to tinker with the grips, the lofts or the shafts. I like said, ‘I don’t think anybody’s ever built the perfect golf club. to make each club my own.” That’s what I’m trying to do.’” It might seem a peculiar mindset for a man who has That’s Palmer the craftsman talking, but the statement all the latest and best golf technology at his disposal—but also says something reflective about Palmer the competitor. Palmer is not alone. Rembrandt made his own paintbrushes, Palmer was so confident of his own abilities that he’d Dale Earnhardt, Jr., worked on his own cars, and legendary become angry at the clubs if they were involved in an errant Queen guitarist Brian May carved, sanded and varnished shot. Could he have simply mis-hit the shot? Not a chance. some of his own instruments. It had to be the club. Had to be. And the club could be Like many other geniuses, they relied on layers of altered so next time it wouldn’t fail him. other craftsmen to help them achieve their legend, but they The faces of the visitors who catch a glimpse of also had a fundamental understanding of their passions Palmer’s workshop often fill with awe—probably because down to the most elemental levels. so much of it is truly awesome. One wall contains more In this high-tech world of hybrid materials and than 2,000 putters of every conceivable variety. There are decisions made using computer data, it could be that such blades, offsets, two-balls, mallets and one or two whose understanding is no longer possible. Still, as long as there faces are actual guitar strings. Miss a putt and play the blues. are grinders available and players who aren’t completely Then there’s all the memorabilia: baseballs signed happy with their clubs, there’s a chance Palmer’s legacy will by legends Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and extend off-course and into a garage somewhere—though it Nolan Ryan; football helmets signed by NFL stalwarts probably won’t be ours. The only modifications we’ve ever Jim Kelly, Joe Montana and Mark Brunell... There’s a made involve bending shafts around trees, and that’s been bowling pin signed by Don Carter and a fan-crafted layout expensive enough!
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AN HONOR INDEED Added to his many accolades, Arnold Palmer was honored to receive an American flag that was flown in his honor over the Navy’s USS John C. Stennis. The flag was presented to Arnie live on air by Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller during this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. The crew of the Nimitz class Supercarrier visited Bay Hill earlier in the year and decided they would fly the Stars and Stripes over the ship to honor Palmer. With the presentation, Hicks also presented a letter from the crew that read:
“From the crew of the USS John C. Stennis, please accept this American flag recently flown over our ship. You have fired at many flags all over the world during your career and this one has always stood behind you. Thank you for your enduring example of patriotism, determination, courage, and desire to succeed. And, thank you for your support to active duty service members, veterans and their families across the United States.” Palmer has been a longtime supporter of the Armed Forces, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 to 1953, a time he credits for significant changes in his life. “The knowledge that I gained, the maturity that I gained in the Coast Guard was unbelievable. It matured me,” Palmer told a Coast Guard historian in an interview some years ago. “It made me a better person for the world and I believe that in my own right. The military isn’t just restrictions and military duties. It’s learning and it’s very important that young people have that opportunity to learn and to know themselves a little better and I think the military helps put that in the right perspective.”
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