2 Months 2 Late: Ridiculous Theories on Weather, The Open, Royal Portrush, and St. Andrews

ALERT: This blog post is outdated. We’ve been busy working on more professional golf writing endeavors and…here we are. A thrilling post-Open analysis…three weeks late. 

Sunday at Royal Portrush was excellent. The first three days were pretty great, but Sunday was excellent. First three days…great course. Great storylines. Great play. But we sat there looking for that final bit of links golf to come home and roost. Weather. And it came on Sunday, destroying tournaments for several players, and working to confirm the merits of eventual winner Shane Lowry. It’s easy to make observations on how the difficulty of some holes swings violently when the weather does. But we wondered…does bad weather add more to the chaotic elements of links golf when the route changes direction frequently, versus out-and-back routes that stick to a relative line, creating more consistent—and therefore adaptable—conditions for players?

Yeah. We’re asking if Royal Portrush is inherently more linksy than the Old Course.

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The Most Mysterious Golf Course In Sleepy Hollow: John D. Rockefeller, William Flynn, and Kykuit

You would think that a course named after Sleepy Hollow, which is in fact set in the very Sleepy Hollow of headless-horse-rider infamy, would be the most mysterious round of golf in town. It alas, is not.

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The Tree at No. 3: BPBM’s Boss Writes on Pete Dye, Kiawah’s Ocean Course, and One Notorious Live Oak for ‘The Golfer’s Journal’

BPBM’s boss, Ryan, played a bucket list round at Kiawah’s Ocean Course during 2017. Almost everything was perfect. Almost. Teeing off at No. 3, he was saddened to learn that the fairway live oak—the one he had played countless times via Xbox, the one that Rory McIlroy had gotten stuck during the 2012 PGA Championship—had fallen. Despite his par on the hole, that regret lingered, and he would pitch an obituary for the tree to The Golfer’s Journal. That narrow concept became an exploration of a species, a golf course, and especially of the man who designed it.

The brass at TGJ were kind enough allow us to publish the first section as a preview, and we wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up a copy of the Winter 2018 issue and read the rest. Not only because it’s an excellent publication—true, engaging feature stories…not wedge reviews… and exquisite photography—but because Ryan doesn’t really pick up steam until Part 4. Anyway, consider picking one up.

For now, enjoy Part 1 (note that edits may have been made for length in the actual, published version):

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