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Golf Magazine September/October 2020

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

United States
EB Golf Media
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
best foot forward

WELCOME TO WINGED FOOT! No, I’m not a member. I’ve played it a few times, the first being the day after Davis Love III’s Sunday romp around the Tillinghast icon at the 1997 PGA Championship. The course was heaving with things wet, long, tough and beautiful. This was also one of my first trips East—I was not prepared for the buzzing warmth nor the humidity. Had to switch polos at the turn. My score that day remains a secret known only to me, myself and I Subsequent rounds at Winged Foot proved more enjoyable. What’s truly great about the place is that it has as much blue-blood history as any club I know but it welcomes members and guests with open arms. As you can imagine, the golf is intense, but…

2 min
down-home golf

I loved the piece in Clubhouse on Willie Nelson’s home course, Pedernales GC (“On the Road Again,” July-August). Story goes that someone once asked Willie what par was on Pedernales. Willie said, “Today it was 92.” Thank you for the article. He’s certainly one of a kind. —Dave Riffey, Sioux Falls, S.D A Swing for the Ages I thoroughly enjoyed the “What’s in My Bag” story in your June issue showcasing the equipment of LPGA great Mickey Wright. A sidebar on the page noted that Wright shot a 62 in the 1964 Tall City Open in Midland, Texas, which I attended with my father. Recently, I met another LPGA great, Judy Rankin. I told her that I’d seen her play in the 1964 Tall City Open while witnessing Wright’s “61.” Judy politely—and correctly—reminded…

1 min
torch eyewear

You have an uphill, left-toright 20-footer that needs to go down or you’re on the hook for post-round drinks. You need to see the break, and the late-afternoon sun is not helping. Torch Eyewear sunglasses will. Torch offers a large selection of UV-protected lenses for all types of outdoor activities. Their violet-rose-based, emerald-mirrored golf lenses highlight specifically the color green while minimizing other colors, allowing you to better see grain direction and subtle undulations. They’re available in seven stylish models (HotTea pictured) and multiple colors. With their superior craftsmanship and attention to detail, Torch has you covered. And since, of course, you dropped that putt, your partners can cover drinks. ($160–$210; torcheyewear.com) —Nick Piastowski From motorsports to golf, pro athletes trust Torch sunglasses to cut the UVs and make the playing…

3 min
a victory to lift us all

WHEN DAYLIGHT FADES at Winged Foot GC on Sunday, September 20, a deserving champion will have hoisted the U.S. Open trophy, having persevered through 72 holes of intense competition on an A.W. Tillinghast masterpiece that, for nearly a century, has demanded grit, determination and shotmaking from all who have been crowned there. The magnitude of the achievement will feel similar to the previous 119 U.S. Opens, including the five previously held at Winged Foot’s West Course, yet it will be abundantly clear that this U.S. Open is different, and not just because of its place on the calendar. As we have all come to understand, in our own personal ways, Covid-19 has upended society, the global economy and the rituals of daily life. We have felt its impact on our families, our…

1 min
so snappy!

A GROWING TREND in course architecture is to think small in a very big way. In the past decade, most of the game’s greatest designers have put their talent to crafting what are now fashionably known as “short courses.” Tennessee’s sublime Sweetens Cove not only makes our list of the Top 50 9-Hole Courses in the World (p. 124), it’s so ready for its close-up we’ve made it the star—along with some sharp threads—of our Fall Style Guide (p. 116). 1,103 The number of golfers who’ve competed in a USGA event at Winged Foot Golf Club. “Like Cliff Notes or a nap, a 9-holer fits the bill when you want less to be more. And like the bar in Cheers, it should be a place where everybody knows your name.” ON THE MONEY…

5 min
the knockdown

Carrying On THE 350 OR SO CADDIES at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are a special part of the experience, shepherding blissed-out golfers across the heaving, windblown terrain while dispensing yardages, jokes and life lessons in equal measure. For the lucky golfers who return year after year, intimate relationships are often forged, and favorite caddies get reserved months in advance. The loopers are also a big part of the fabric of Bandon, Ore., with its petite population of 3,130. They’re married to teachers and nurses, they put kids in the school district and all those crisp greenbacks exchanged behind the 18th green flow through the local economy. The caddies, of whom about a third leave town for the winter, know that their profession carries the whiff of scallywag, and so they try…