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Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Monday, April 30, 2012
Once Upon a Time in the Land of Caledonia

Once upon a time, there was an enchanted land unlike anything you've ever seen.  Live oaks and spanish moss greeted you at the gates.  Towering pines sprung up from emerald green grass, beholding glistening cool waters and sand as white as snow.  Charming bridges (bereft of trolls) granted passage over trickling streams, taking you from one mythical scene to another.  ...

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Riviera Country Club

Dave played here on Monday, March 19, 2012
La Côte d'Golf

Côte d'Azur - a popular resort region in southeastern France noted for its flowers grown for use in perfumery.  It is colloquially (and more popularly) known as the 'French Riviera.' 

Its name was originated by the French writer Stéphen Liégeard, who was born in the French department of Côte d'Or (Golden Hillside).  He ...

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The Concession Golf Club

Jason played here on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Can I get a Concession?

The year: 1969.

The stage: Royal Birkdale.

The scene: Tony Jacklin and Jack Nicklaus are battling for their respective countries. The fate of the Ryder Cup is hanging in the balance.  All square in their deciding match, Jacklin's coin lies a little more than two feet away from the hole. With all the pressure and Europe's hopes resting squarely on his should ...

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Seminole Golf Club

Jason played here on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Grassy 'Nole

You've heard of The Grassy 'Nole, right?  It's always been one of the greatest mysteries.  Not many of us have seen it, but we all wonder what it's like - the buildings, the lay of the land, the swirling winds, the sightlines and angles.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to see the 'nole in person.  I couldn't take any pictures - they keep pre ...

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TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium)

2 Play the Tips played here on Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Big League Players

Fenway Park - Boston.  Madison Square Garden - New York City.  Lambeu Field - Green Bay.  Centre Court - Wimbledon.  Churchill Downs - Louisville.  Estadio Azteca - Mexico City.

TPC Sawgrass - Ponte Vedra Beach.

All of these places have something in common.  They are the places we imagine playing as kids.  Their names are uttered by th ...

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Huntingdon Valley Country Club (Toomey-Flynn)

Dave played here on Thursday, October 27, 2011
That which we call a [course] By any other name would [play] as [great]...

What's in a name?

It's almost laughable how easy it can be to make up a name for a golf course.  Throw in a local identifier and some kind of object in nature.  Jupiter Hills.  Calusa Pines.  Arcadia Bluffs.  Erin Hills.  Oakland Hills.  Dunes at Seville.  Hell, who needs a local identifier?  Why don't we just go with object ...

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The Dunes Golf Club at Seville

2 Play the Tips played here on Friday, November 11, 2011
The Dunes at Where?

The lost and found bin... Tough.  Durable.  23" L x 15" W x 16" H.

There's been one of these Rubbermaid containers everywhere I've spent a significant amount of time in my life. Grade school, high school, my college dorm, Beverly CC in Chicago, and now Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida; they've all had one.  I guess I always just ass ...

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Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon)

Dave played here on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Who says an old dog needs new tricks?

...Philadelphia what?

I'll be honest.  I had never heard of it.  I knew nothing about it.  If my dad hadn't bid on a round of golf at a charity event, I would probably still know little to nothing about it.  I would call it a hidden gem if it wasn't for the fact that it's the oldest club in the country...

Philadelphia Cricket Club is ...

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World Woods Golf Club (Pine Barrens)

2 Play the Tips played here on Friday, November 11, 2011
Not Quite a Lump of Coal, But Certainly Not What Santa Was Supposed to Bring

He made his list, he checked it twice... He should have found out we weren't naughty, we were nice!

We did so many good things - we practiced, we played, we traveled. We started connecting with fans through our major championship twitter challenges.  We totally revamped the site to make it more user friendly.  We added some great course reviews to our ever growi ...

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East Lake Golf Club

Dave played here on Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The [Ten] Million Dollar Man*

*Adjusted for inflation.

Steve Austin: Astronaut.  A man barely alive.  "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.  We have the technology.  We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man.  Steve Austin will be that man.  Better than he was before.  Better, Stronger, Faster."

In the 1970's TV show "The Six Mill ...

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Bethpage State Park (Black)

Dave played here on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
...Only for Highly Skilled Golfers

My experience at Bethpage State Park's Black Course was a little different than the ones you often hear.  I didn't sleep in my car.  I didn't wake up at 3:00 AM.  I didn't get in to a verbal battle with a surly New Yorker (thank god).  I played Bethpage Black with my cousin Brian, and we actually had a pretty run-of-the-mill public course experience.  ...

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Oakland Hills Country Club (South)

Dave played here on Saturday, October 22, 2011
Everything a growing (course) needs...

If the history is palpable at Inverness, it's downright overt at Oakland Hills.  You could make the case that this pristine, private patch of parkland perfection enjoyed a good bit of prestige from the start.  You need only arm yourself with two facts in support of this argument: the South Course was designed by Donald Ross, and the club's first head pro was a man by the na ...

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Inverness Club

Dave played here on Friday, October 21, 2011
Over the Hills and Far Away

With only a few holes left in our round at Inverness Club, my dad turned to me and asked, "So what's the theme of this course going to be?"  Walking down the steep hill from the seventh tee toward the fairway (we started on the back nine), I replied instantly, and without much thought.  I said "over the hills and far away," half-joking and looking around in ...

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Butler National Golf Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A Gentleman's Gentleman

You all know Bruce Wayne, right?  The handsome, thrill-seeking, Lamborghini-driving billionaire playboy with a crime-fighting alter ego?  Whether he's impressing the women of Gotham City's high society or combating the criminals of its dregs, he's got to be confident in his abilities.  Maybe his ego gets the better of him from time to time, but you've got to ad ...

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Rich Harvest Farms

2 Play the Tips played here on Monday, August 29, 2011
The Richest Kid in the World

Remember Richie Rich? Yes, I'm talking about the title character from your favorite 1994 children's comedy portrayed by none other than Macaulay Culkin.  Richie was the richest kid in the world.  He had everything he could ever want; big house, nice cars, basketball court in his room...  And let's not forget the 'kid-apult'.

Now obviously Richie ...

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Bob O'Link Golf Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Your break from reality (and from the ladies)

The man cave.  Every guy wants it and some are lucky enough to have wives that allow it.  Your own little retreat from the outside world: flat screen on the wall, beer in the mini-fridge, and the peace of mind that comes with the idea that this is your world.  There are no bosses here.  No annoying co-workers.  No one here has expectations of you, lofty or otherwise. ...

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The Dunes Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Monday, June 6, 2011
Just a stroll in your backyard

As a kid I grew up in a small apartment building with a miniature golf course just steps from my back door.  I would go out on warm summer afternoons and play as many holes as I wanted – I was a regular there so the staff just let me run around and have a blast.  When I was a teenager, my family moved into a small yet comfortable house with a back and front yard that wound up ...

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Lost Dunes Golf Club

Jason played here on Monday, August 1, 2011
What was Lost has now Been Found

We interrupt your program with breaking news... We have found Lost Dunes... I repeat, Lost Dunes has been found.
The discovery took place on August 1, 2011 at 9:30am Eastern Standard Time.  On site at the time of the discovery was Jason Moss, a member of team 2 Play The Tips, and seven others reigning from the Beverly area just outside of Chicago. Jason has heard stories of the ...

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The Beverly Country Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tranquility Amid Turmoil...

There's a kind of hum about The Beverly Country Club - a rhythm, almost.  There's the golf staff and clubhouse staff, working together to provide an exceptional experience for the golfer from the moment they step out of the car to the moment they drive away.  There's the caddies, joking and conversing (and maybe even napping, depending on the hour) while they await the ...

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Jason played here on Saturday, October 30, 2010
Shoreacres is the place TO BE. Seth Raynor is the designer FOR ME

The private drive to the club on Shoreacres Drive is long, winding, and tantalizing, offering a preview of the golf course as it snakes past a few holes.  Now that I think about it, the road provided a view of what most of the putts I was about to face would be like.

Shoreacres is an interesting course in that it garners a top 100 world ranking by golf magazine, but falls sho ...

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The Golf Courses of Lawsonia (Links)

2 Play the Tips played here on Monday, October 18, 2010
She may not look great, but damn, she's something special

A simpler life… that’s what Green Lake, Wisconsin touts. The town is full of people who appreciate a more classic lifestyle; a lifestyle that doesn’t require the glamor, the attention, and the sheer grandness that has taken a firm grasp on our nation and our generation. Just as Green Lake has remained true to its roots, the Links Course at Lawsonia remains as true to Langf ...

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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Tuesday, October 5, 2010
It'll take your breath (and a few of your golf balls) away

Our round at Arcadia Bluffs was one of the more hyped rounds of golf we’ve played during the 2010 calendar year. Arcadia is touted as the most visually stunning course in the Midwest, with vistas that have been likened to those of Pebble Beach and Ballybunion. The drive to Arcadia is the perfect buildup to the golf course. As you near the area, you are faced with an uphill climb throug ...

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Forest Dunes Golf Club

2 Play the Tips played here on Monday, October 4, 2010
The Midwest's Augusta National

With accolades like that, it's hard to believe that Forest Dunes Golf Club, located in the small town of Roscommon, Michigan, remains one of the best kept secrets in all of golf. Designed by Tom Weiskopf and opened in 1998, Forest Dunes has survived some financial hardships and a change in ownership during its short existence. Currently Troon owned and operated, Forest Dunes remains open ...

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Erin Hills Golf Course

2 Play the Tips played here on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Somewhere in the rolling hills of Erin, Wisconsin, there lies a monster…

Welcome to Erin Hills Golf Course, where we lull you in to a wonderful state of chubby bliss with our feels-like-we-plucked-it-right-out-of-the-Irish-countryside clubhouse and our Wisconsin beer and grub (and charm), only to then kick you out and make you play in the backyard. Oh don’t worry, there’s nothing out there that will hurt you. …At least physically. You might wan ...

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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort

2 Play the Tips played here on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I'm just a hick from French Lick

By all accounts, The Donald Ross Course at French Lick has mirrored the ‘boom, bust… boom’ history of it's hometown.  Once an incredibly popular tourist destination, French Lick has since seen its share of hard times and public neglect.  A recent injection of nearly half of a billion dollars has the town back on track, and has given the resort the opportunity ...

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Cypress Point Club

Dave played here on Thursday, November 19, 2009
A Memory to last a lifetime

It's coming up on a year since I had the good fortune and the privilege to play one of the most esteemed courses on the planet. I remember when my dad told me that we would be playing. Always a man of few words, he had this smirk on his face and just said, "So, I think we might play Cypress." WHAT??? Here I am, smiling ear to ear, nearly jumping up and down, and he asks me if I ...

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