This story was originally published in Pacific Coast Golf Guide, Volume 23. Read the digital magazine here. Piggybacking off the success of an ascending Tiger Woods, golf experienced an unparalleled surge in popularity and growth at the beginning of theREAD MORE

It is golf’s version of Buy Local. Municipal courses often get derided with “Well, that’s muni golf” mutterings. But if there’s one takeaway from the recent push in the California assembly to turn those popular venues into affordable housing, it’sREAD MORE

As I steered my car past the “Welcome to California” sign on that hot summer day so long ago, I knew I was about to see something special. I was a 22-year-old kid from Chicago with a dream and theREAD MORE

Just like spelling Waialae and Hualalai and especially Ka’upulehu-Kona, golf is challenging. And that’s a good thing. As I looked over where the pros will be playing this month, I compared deciphering those exotic Hawaiian names to playing a tough,READ MORE

You just chipped your ball onto the green. It wasn’t a great chip. Your ball is still 30 feet from the hole – far enough away that you don’t even need to mark it while another player in your foursomeREAD MORE

The photos are so cute. Charlie Woods dresses like his dad, has the same mannerisms as his dad, even has the same putter as his dad. I’ll bet a lot of golfers watched him stalk Ritz-Carlton Golf Club with proudREAD MORE

Golfers are like that goofy aunt whose tastes are as all over the place as some of my tee shots. To the uninformed, shopping for us can be about as much fun as a quadruple bogey. But it doesn’t haveREAD MORE

Don’t mess with success. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Apply whichever old saying suits your fancy, but any talk about dramatically changing golf becomes my get-off-my-lawn moment. Fewer holes (ugh). Bigger cups (bigger ugh). Frisbee golf (biggest ughREAD MORE

Yes, golf is a game of inches, but it doesn’t always involve that little white ball skittering into that little cup. Sometimes, the answer is right at your feet. I was reminded of this simple and yet complex adjustment inREAD MORE

As we contemplate what to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I’ve got one that probably doesn’t come to your mind right away. I’m thankful for bogeys. Don’t get me wrong. I despise bogeys. The only way a bogey feels goodREAD MORE

We could learn a lot from these words: “I don’t chase distance at all. I actually try not to hit it out of my shoes. Usually that leads to injuries for me. I actually think a lot about tempo, tryingREAD MORE

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