Notes From the Course Whisperer - Go take a hike

Walking a course without playing it allows you to focus on the design features

I get asked all the time by golfers who are into architecture, “How do I get onto . . . . (and then a name follows)—Shinnecock, Winged Foot, Cypress Point, wherever.At first, I used to tell them they would need to know a member. But soon it struck me that they equated seeing a course with playing it

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Veteran golf travel, history and architecture journalist, Bradley S. Klein has written more than 1,500 feature articles on course architecture, resort travel, golf course development, golf history and the media for such other publications as Golfweek, Golf Digest, Financial Times, New York Times and Sports Illustrated. He has published seven books on golf architecture and history, including Discovering Donald Ross, winner of the USGA 2001 International Book Award. In 2015, Klein won the Donald Ross Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Follow Brad on Twitter
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Notes From the Course Whisperer - Go take a hike