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Archive for 'Road Holes'

Silvies Ranch: A reversal of form

Silvies Ranch: A reversal of form

SENECA, Or. — It’s as hard to imagine as it is to describe the design concept for one of America’s most unique new golf courses, the Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in the high-desert [...]

Picture prefect: How reversible works

Picture prefect: How reversible works

SENECA, Or. — When someone mentions that Silvies Ranch features reversible 18 holes, one of the first questions asked is, ‘so the next day you hit off the greens, back to the tees?” No, it’s not [...]

From good, to bad, and back to good

From good, to bad, and back to good

PALM DESERT, Calif. — Among the 120-plus golf courses currently operating in the Coachella Valley, Palm Desert Country Club has a special place in history — one of the first courses carved out of dirt, sand, trees and desert plants. [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trip Postscript

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trip Postscript

(Last of an 11-part series) It has been a challenge in this two-dimensional space to provide a full appreciation of the spectacular Irish golf links. One needs to experience them in the third dimension, walk the [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Ballybunion

Mystic Links of Ireland: Ballybunion

(Tenth of an 11-part series) BALLYBUNION, County Kerry, Ireland — Word of advice, as the Ballybunion starter needs to tell countless first-timers playing the legendary course, stay left of the cemetery on your opening drive. Not [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dooks

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dooks

(Ninth of an 11-part series) GLENBEIGH, County Kerry, Ireland — Dooks Golf Links has been a golfing institution around here for 128 years, one of the oldest in all of Ireland. By next summer, the course [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dingle

Mystic Links of Ireland: Dingle

(Eighth of an 11-part series) BALLYFERRITER, County Kerry, Ireland — Back in the late 1970s, when acclaimed Irish golf course designer Eddie Hackett added nine more holes to finish off Dingle Golf Links, all he might [...]

Mystic links of Ireland: Waterville

Mystic links of Ireland: Waterville

(Seventh of an 11-part series) WATERVILLE, County Kerry, Ireland — Somewhere under all those unruly dunes, all that rocky terrain and all the wanton grassy underdeveloped property along the Atlantic Ocean was a world-class golf course. [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Adare Manor

Mystic Links of Ireland: Adare Manor

(Sixth of an 11-part series) ADARE, County Limerick, Ireland — Three years ago, the Adare Manor golf course, designed by renowned American architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., was considered the best parkland course in Ireland. The [...]

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trump Doonbeg

Mystic Links of Ireland: Trump Doonbeg

(Fifth of an 11-part series) DOUGHMORE BAY, County Clare, Ireland — To appreciate the essence of Doonbeg Golf Club and understand how it has emerged as one of the world’s great links resorts, credit needs to [...]