Feeling Right at Home
The Cascades Golf Resort in Hot Springs, Va., will also invite the top 30 teams the first week of June in 2004 for the NCAA Division I Mens Championships.
Turn back the clock four months ago, and head to Stillwater, Okla., and the Karsten Creek layout. It was a magnificent course, but it fit the modern version of courses we see today -- very long, catering to the bombers off the tee. In my opinion that is not what we need to see every time the collegiate players tee it up.
The main reason I say this is very simple. A golf course does not have to be 7,200 yards to be challenging. This is where the Cascades course comes into play.
Open since 1923, this William Flynn design has hosted a handful of USGA events over the years, including the 1988 U.S. Amateur. Yep, thats right, the USGA. Arent they the group that loves those long U.S. Open venues, which among other things put a premium on par? Thats the group who has had no problem hosting some of their biggest events on a layout which plays just under 6,700 yards.
A par 70, the Cascades course puts value on accuracy and precision, while testing every facet of a golfer's game. This criterion is what matters most, and should prove to be a worthy challenge in June.
The final four holes also bring a different twist to the table. A par-3, followed by two par-5s, then ending with another par-3 should add drama if nothing else.
Annually ranked as the top course in the state of Virginia, native son Sam Snead summed it up best years ago when he was asked about the place where he served as the first head professional. Snead would say if you can play this golf course, you can play golf anywhere in the world.
I tend to agree with Slammin Sam, and expect all who head to the Cascades course next spring to feel right at home at The Homestead.
The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros
I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.
A. Will they do what we asked them to do
B. Can they do what we asked them to do
C. Will they put in the practice time
D. The fact that golf is a hard game
We face multiple barriers as golf instructors.
Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field
Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder
He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129.
Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. –
''Wind was down again,'' Landry said. ''It's like a dome out here.''
Landry pointed to the Saturday forecast.
''A couple of those bad swings cost me,'' Rahm said.
He has played the par 5s in 9 under with an eagle and seven birdies.