Pick a Pete Dye Golf Trail

By Brandon TuckerAugust 10, 2011, 3:29 pm

A new golf trail is amongst us: the Pete Dye Golf Trail, located in the architect's home state of Indiana. Made up of seven Hoosier courses, they span north, south and around Indianapolis, highlighted by Brickyard Crossing and the new Pete Dye Course at French Lick (pictured). 

Governor Mitch Daniels helped spearhead the idea of honoring Dye and released this statement:

“We’re so proud to call Pete, and his wife, Alice, residents,” said Governor Daniels. “This trail is a treasure that will take visitors on an incredible golf journey throughout the state of Indiana and showcase some of Pete’s most prominent works.”

PeteDyeGolfTrail.com recently launched to help plan a Hoosier trip.

But this new trail got me thinking: Indiana is an intriguing midwest destination, but Dye has little pockets of golf courses all over that you could feasibly craft out your own golf trail. In fact, unlike some architects like A.W. Tillinghast or Alister Mackenzie (or even compared to modern names like Fazio & Nicklaus), Dye's best stuff is often public or resort-accessible.

The most concentrated collection of Dye courses is in Kohler, Wisconsin. Here, there are four golf courses, two at Blackwolf Run and two at Whistling Straits. Separated by just seven miles, the facilities offer a sampling of Dye's best parkland and links layouts.

For the more adventurous group, I've concocted a rather ambitious-but-rewarding Dye trail of my own along the southeast coast. Stay with me here:

Fly into Charleston and head to Kiawah Island for the Ocean Course, next year's PGA Championship venue. It's perhaps the toughest Dye design on Earth when the wind's a blowin'.

You can bunk up in luxurious digs at Kiawah, or head a little further south to Hilton Head Island. Here, you can stay at Sea Pines Resort, home of Harbour Town Golf Links, as well as his more recent Heron Point (or, play private Long Cove on Hilton Head Island if you have the hookup).

From Hilton Head, drive down the coast to Ponte Vedra Beach, where you can stay-and-play at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and play the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (which recently ate my lunch in the presence of Dye himself).

Finally, if you haven't gotten your fill of railroad ties, slippery greens and watery graves, you can play the next door Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, which is easier than the Stadium but still hosts a Nationwide Tour event, the Winn Dixie Jacksonville Open. 

Stretching about 300 miles, this itinerary isn't for the timid. But the idea of piling up a couple buddies in the car and playing a major and Ryder Cup host, plus two storied PGA Tour stops all along the coast in one trip has you excited, no?

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.