More Great Arizona Golf The Cerebral

By Jay FlemmaJanuary 21, 2009, 5:00 pm

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The par-5 8th hole at We-ko-pa Golf Club offers sweeping views of the Yavapai mountain range.

Last time, we looked at some major Scottsdale and Tucson resorts for great golf getaways. Now lets look at some daily-fee courses with intelligent designs that raise the bar not only in the state, but the entire country.
The great story of We-ko-pa Golf Club, (, in the Fort McDowell region of Scottsdale is beginning to spread, and We-ko-pa is more than ready for its close-up. We-ko-pa (Yavapai for 'Four Peaks,' the name of a nearby mountain range) is not just another pretty resort in the desert in the desert. At the Cholla Course Scott Miller has produced his most daring and interesting work to date. At the Saguaro Course, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore built a stellar rejoinder to their other Scottsdale minimalist masterpiece at Talking Stick (North Course). In both cases, the Yavapai Indian Nation had the courage to think out of the box and embrace one of the wisest trends in the golf industry: spend less money, and move less earth to get a better golf course.
Miller used diagonally placed dry washes as the bulk of the Cholla course's hazards. On many holes there are hazards in the direct line of flight between the tee box and the green: sometimes a bunker, sometimes a dry wash, other times a stately specimen Saguaro cactus. Fairways can be as wide as 80 yards, to accommodate ways around these center-line hazards, offering multiple angles of play both to the left or right. You could also try to pound one over the hazard or lay up short. Miller also uses optical illusions, frequently placing bunkers thirty yards short of the green, while making them greenside from the fairway.
For an encore, the Yavapai hired Crenshaw and Coore, who had already scored significant successes in the desert with Talking Stick North, to build the second course and make the entire facility one of the connoisseurs choices in a hyper-competitive market flush with great golf.
Although the course is minimalist, it preserves and showcases the sites stunning natural features. It doesnt bulldoze them into oblivion, said Scottsdales Brian Roswig. Coore and Crenshaw are also masters of strategic bunkering, and their use of diagonal hazards creates cunning holes where you really have to play smart golf. It rivals The Boulders, I think.
If youre going to see one Coore and Crenshaw in the Valley, you might as well see two and play Talking Sticks North Course. Once again, the designers moved almost no earth in routing the golf course. By recreating the firm, fast conditions of the U.K., there is a lot of bump and run, one bounce and on iron play, and feeding the ball to hole locations. The course is so flat and open, that it plays havoc with depth perception.
Most greens are open in front to promote the bump and run. As its public golf, we wanted some spots that are forgiving for the public player, said architect Bill Coore. It was a totally flat property and Ben and I wanted to have the course reflect that in its contouring. In order to make it blend with its surroundings, we made wide holes. There is a lot of latitude, but we still were able to present interesting playing concepts, he explained. Take one of my favorites, the short par-4 12th, they all could drive the green or hit it out of bounds or can make birdie by playing safe.
Both We-ko-pas and Talking Sticks broad general appeal and reasonable price show exactly how good a course minimalism can produce. Less is more.

Jay Flemma
Since launching his first golf writing website in 2004, Jay Flemma's comparative analysis of golf designs and knowledge of golf course architecture and golf travel have garnered wide industry respect. In researching his book on America's great public golf courses (and whether they're worth the money), Jay, an associate editor of Cybergolf, has played over 260 nationally ranked public golf courses in 39 different states. Jay has played about 1,649,000 yards of golf - or roughly 938 miles. His pieces on travel and architecture appear in Golf Observer, Cybergolf and other print magazines. When not researching golf courses for design, value and excitement, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet and trademark lawyer and an Entertainment and Internet Law professor in Manhattan.
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.