I got one of those calls
yesterday that nobody wants to get – a friend had died.
wasn’t just my friend, he was a friend to about a gazillion people and a friend
to golf.A versatile long time
sports and golf writer for the Chicago
Tribune, he retired a couple of years ago.(Tribune obituary). Reid was not only
passionate about the game, he was quite the stick himself, sporting a
How unfair that Reid, a non-smoker, was taken by lung
I got to know Reid from the tournament circuit.He’d show up at the odd major, or any
tournament anywhere near Chicago.Reid wasn’t assigned to cover the Masters, but every year he and a Chicago
pal would come down for a couple of days to attend the annual awards banquet
for the Golf Writers Association of
America and hang around Augusta
National for a couple of days.During those trips, he’d dive on a couch in the house I shared with
three other writers for the week.
I don’t think I ever saw Reid frown.He was one of those guys who was always smiling when he
walked into a room. By the time he
left, everybody else was smiling, too.
I am delighted to report
that we are adding a terrific new feature and invaluable resource to MyPhillyGolf– The Bausch Collection.
That’s the name I
half-jokingly suggested for what is a remarkable collection of photo galleries
of golf courses in the region.Haven’t played a course but want to get a sense of what it looks
like?Check out The
The first few galleries have
already been uploaded to MyPhillyGolf.To
see them, on the home page, go to the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar and
click on the drop-down under "Photos."
Then click on the galleries
themselves, and each individual photo for an expanded version.
What you see is only the
beginning.In the coming weeks, we
will add photo galleries for another 50-60 courses in the region.To my knowledge, it will be the
most comprehensive assemblage of Philadelphia-area course photos anywhere.
The Bausch Collection is named for Joe
Bausch, a Villanova chemistry
professor with a passion for golf course architecture.As he plays courses, Joe snaps photos along the way, from
every conceivable angle.From the
quality of the images, I assumed Joe
was working with some sophisticated single lens reflex camera with a top-dollar
lens.Not so.He get these results with a small, high-end
MyPhillyGolf came by the photos because I happened to be playing a recent round of
golf with Joe at the GC at Glen
Mills (gallery coming soon) when he
mentioned that the growing collection of galleries was beginning to tax the
limits of his 10-year-old Mac and
wondered if we’d like to host them.
I had to think about it for
a full half-second before I said, "You bet we would."
The Bausch Collection has been a work in progress for quite some time, as Joe points and shoots his way through
the regional golf landscape.If
you know of a course that deserves to join the collection, let me know and I
will suggest it to Joe.
In the meantime, keep an eye
out as we add more and more course galleries -- and tell all your golf friends
about The Bausch Collection.
Congratulations on having your photo collections even more readily available! Great stuff Joe!
[10/20/2010 5:18:32 AM]
Joe Bausch is a really great photographer. I’ve spent days at my club taking pictures, but Joe’s beats mine. Plus, he takes the photos while he’s playing!
[10/1/2010 4:27:04 PM]
Wow, I just noticed yesterday (9-29)that there was a golf course photo section. Since I’ve been considering playing Inniscrone and Glen Mills it was great to be able to get a tour of the courses. I had a chance to play Blue Bell CC but saw that each hole had homes on either side of the fairways and i do spray my tee shots sometimes so I passed on the opportunity. Looking at the photos I remember why. Thanks. A good feature for the site might be photos of different courses people have played.
[10/1/2010 9:48:35 AM]
Joe’s photographic sense and collection are first rate! Great addition, great "Name", too.
[10/1/2010 5:05:16 AM]
Wow. I just checked out a couple of the galleries. Great stuff.
[10/1/2010 1:56:56 AM]
The further impressive thing about The Bausch Collection is that while he is snapping photos, he is still playing faster than most golfers.
There was a time not too
many years ago when new golf courses were sprouting up all over the region,
public and private.
I can recall writing round-up
stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer
about the half-dozen or so courses that would be in various stages of planning,
construction or their first year of operation.
How many courses have opened
That course is Applecross CC in Downingtown, sister
course to Talamore CC in
Ambler, which the owners, the Talamore Group,
are promoting as a 2-for-1 membership.
"If there is a better deal in
town, I’d like to know what it is," said Jon
Hazelwood, general manager of both clubs.
Given the laws of supply and
which opened July 1, could be it the last new course in the area for a while.
even further, bluntly predicting, "Applecross will probably be the last new golf course built
in the state of Pennsylvania.There is no reason for there to be another one, unless the game of golf
Good point.Rather than grand openings, the talk in
most grill rooms these days are rumors about what courses and clubs are barely
hanging on or facing mergers or outright closure.
Why, then, did the Talamore Group, open Applecross?
Because he thought he could make
a go of it even in the down golf economy.
"The courses complement one
another – the courses and the distance between them," said Hazelwood."Applecross
was a great product to add to the products we already had. But to think it’s
not going to be a grind is very naive."
In 2005, when Applecross CC was first envisioned as the
centerpiece of an upscale residential development by the Pulte Group, the Talamore Group
wanted to develop the country club component.It lost out to ClubCorp,
at the time a big privately-held Dallas-based club management company.In 2006, ClubCorp sold off everything except the Pinehurst
Resort to private-held equity firm, KSL Capital Parnters.
"Well, apparently Applecross wasn’t
a good fit for KSL," said Hazelwood. In 2009, the Talamore Group
was back in the picture.
Any regrets, considering the
"No," said Hazelwood."Once we got involved, it was full steam ahead.If you’re not going to go full steam
ahead, then don’t get involved."
So far, said Hazelwood, the toughest part of
is getting potential members to appreciate and understand the 2-for-1
membership – 4-for-1, if you include two more sister courses in
Pinehurst, Talamore Resort
and the Mid South Club.
"The concept of multi-club memberships
is very new to this area," said Hazelwood."You have Philly Cricket with two
courses, but I don’t know of anybody else who has two different facilities."
A Tier 1 full golf
membership is a $12,500 refundable deposit with various incentive plans; annual
dues are $2,995.Like most clubs
in the area, those numbers are down from years past ($4,200 in 2009, $5,200 in
So far, Applecross has about 115 full
golf members and another 200 or so social members.Talamore
has 300 golf members. The goal is
for each to have 350 full golf members.
"We’re getting there," said Hazelwood."We’re continuing to grow, weathering the storm.I can tell you that in the times we are
in, it could be worse."
Word just in from Golf
Channel that the network is launching a morning show, beginning in January.
Here’s the full
Fla. (Sept. 15, 2010)
– Golf Channel announced today
that it has greenlit the network’s first-ever morning
show. Tentatively titled Dawn
Patrol and currently in development, the show is slated to debut in
to air live, weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET
from Golf Channel’s Orlando, Fla.,
studios, the show will feature news and commentary on the biggest sports and
news stories of the day.
a news/talk show format, the sports-driven morning show will place an emphasis
on golf while also offering a fresh perspective on topical news, sports and pop
program will feature field reporting and an array of in-studio guest
appearances from a variety of industries. Golf
Channel currently is searching nationwide to cast the program’s two
wanted to introduce a morning show to Golf
Channel for a number of years and felt that now was the right time," said Tom Stathakes,
Golf Channel senior vice president
of programming, production and operations. "Tackling everything from Tiger Woods to Brett Favre, the show’s format will be unlike anything we’ve done
before and we are very excited to be launching it in 2011."
Is there an argument to be
made that Sean O’Hair got snubbed by
by not being one of his four captain’s picks?
Nah, not really.
Despite winning $1.8 million
so far, 2010 has been a so-so year for O’Hair,
the West Chester resident.He
hasn’t won, he has only three Top 10 finishes and, barring a huge week at the BMW Championship in Chicago, he’ll
likely be done for the season.
For anyone who notes that Captain Pavin
had to skip over O’Hair, at 18th
in Ryder Cup points, to get to rookie sensation Rickie Fowler, 20th in points, don’t forget that Fowler has racked up those points in
only one year.
Coming off his strong
performance in the 2009 Presidents Cup,
where he went 2-2-1, it is fair to argue that O’Hair would have brought something of a veteran’s perspective to a
team that already included three first-timers (Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton).
Still, it’s hard to complain
picks: Tiger Woods, who is still No.
1 in the world appearing to be getting back on track; Ryder Cup veterans Zach
Johnson (11th in points, Ryder
Cup record 1-2-1) Stewart Cink (14th in points, Ryder Cup record 4-7-4) and Fowler,
the hottest rookie on the PGA Tour.
Fact is, O’Hair was in the conversation for the
U.S. Ryder Cup team – he was
mentioned prominently in all speculative stories -- but he needed to turn some heads coming down the homestretch,
which he didn’t to.
For fans of Pine Valley Golf Club, circle Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar.That’s the day of the finals of the 86th Crump Cup.
The George Arthur Crump Cup Memorial Tournament, named for the founder
and main architect of the club, is a four-day competition among a field of top
amateurs.The day of the finals is
the one day of the year that Pine Valley,
near Clementon, N.J., the No. 1
ranked course in the country, throws open its doors to any and all comers.
Here is the pertinent
information for this year’s Crump Cup.
-- Doors open at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.
-- Parking is at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144
Berlin Road, Clementon.Signs will
be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.(Police will not allow parking o East
-- Parking is $20 per car, which will include a
shuttle bus ride to the course.
-- The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will set up a refreshment
stand inside the front gate.
-- Video, photographs and cell
phones are not permitted.Do
not bring cameras.
-- In case of inclement
weather, call 856-783-3000, Option4.
For your reading enjoyment, here’s
a tour of the course from GolfClubAtlas.com.Here’s
a good magazine story on the Crump Cup.Photos from last year’s Crump Cup are under Photos on the MyPhillyGolf Home
47, a reinstated amateur who is now a car dealer in California, earned his No.
1 seed the old fashioned way:He
shot a 62 on the first of two days of stroke-play qualifying. Davis
earned his spot another old-fashioned way:He arose early Wednesday morning to be one of 16 players
vying for six final match play spots.
Having earned the last spot,
Davis was plugged into the line for sacrificial
victims in the match play bracket, facing the No. 1 seed.
But the match didn’t work
out as expected.Davis stunned the favorite, standing at
the equivalent of 4-under par through 17 holes when he closed out Wilson with his sixth birdie of the day.
defeat immediately raised questions about the "medalist jinx."But Davis shook off the suggestion, citing his own hot hand as the
played awesome," said Davis."If he had run into somebody who played
pretty good golf today, he would have smoked him.But, I didn’t play pretty good golf."
Like so many young golfers these days, Davis is a near-novice at match
play."I haven’t played play match
play since high school, my sophomore year in high school since I was 15 years,"
In today’s Round 2 match, Davis faces Brad Benjamin,
23, from Rockford, Ill., the 2009 U.S.
Amateur Publinks champion.