So you want to play a Rees Jones golf course?

By Brandon TuckerAugust 15, 2011, 6:39 pm

Rory McIlroy left battered, Tiger Woods left early and Phil Mickelson left criticizing. Rees Jones, the 'doctor' who gave the PGA Championship's Atlanta Athletic Club its bite has a reputation all his own. 

Did the PGA Championship's bogey trains, watery kerplunks and more sand play than kindergarten recess leave you thirsting to play a Rees Jones design? 

Every architect with a long career has their niche. For Jones, it's keeping elder golf courses relevant to 21st century tournament golf. He helped make Atlantic Athletic Club major-worthy by adding back tees and loads of bunkers that the big hitters couldn't hit past. 

Rees Jones' design company portfolio boasts 7 U.S. Opens, 7 PGA Championships, 4 Ryder Cups, 2 Walker Cups and a Presidents Cup. 

It's by far the most championship influence of any modern name. You could argue Pete Dye builds courses just as penal. But while Dye designs are oft used by the PGA and PGA Tour, including next year's PGA host, the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, he has virtually nothing to do with the U.S. Open. (at least the men's side, Blackwolf Run hosts the women's U.S. Open). 

For Jones, most of these credits were enhancements to existing designs. In fact, Jones cites Pinehurst No. 2, a U.S. Open and Ryder Cup host as one of his projects. Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, the team who helped transform the course last year, may scoff at that notion. But Jones added back tee boxes to selected holes years ago. 

A lot of Jones' tournament courses are private clubs, but there are a few you can play: Torrey Pines South is a San Diego muni that is expensive for non-residents, but probably his most scenic, 'destination' credit. Its coastal beauty, along with the high-profile Tiger-Rocco U.S. Open from 2008 gives it a bit more sexiness than Bradley-Dufner duel in southern humidity. 

Also, Jones built the Redstone Tournament course from scratch. Host of the Shell Houston Open, the course is known on Tour as the warm-up to Augusta National with some of the year's finest playing conditions. 

Or, you can seek out a round at Bethpage Black in New York City, where Jones helped restore the A.W. Tillinghast design to a test fit for the modern game. 

But beyond where the pros play, there are some notable Rees Jones designs in the world of resort golf travel. Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas is one of the area's better upscale, desert golf experiences. In northern Michigan, Black Lake Golf Club is an easy pick for the destination's Top 10. He's done quite a bit in North and South Carolina, with designs on Hilton Head Island (Oyster Reef Golf Club is the only public course) and around Myrtle Beach (Sea Trail and Arcadian Shores). On the Outer Banks, you can tee it up on The Currituck Club. Inland, while I'd have a hard time calling Pinehurst No. 2 a Rees Jones design, he designed Pinehurst No. 7 start-to-finish. 

Jones' philosophy earns a lot of repeat business from the PGA Tour, USGA and PGA. But for resorts and Top 100 golf panels, they tend to steer more towards Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and relative newcomers like Coore-Crenshaw and Tom Doak. Even Rees' brother, Robert Trent Jones Jr., has curried favor with resorts all over the world with a more player-friendly philosophy. In the profile we published last week on RTJ Jr. by Clive Agran, Rees' brother even called him 'sadistic.' 

But a glimpse at Jones' roster of 'current projects' reveals he's plenty in demand. His firm has work at the moment both domestically and abroad, and the FedEx Cup will culminate at one of his projects at an original Donald Ross design, East Lake Golf Club.

Whether or not you book a tee time on a Rees Jones course in the future, we'll continue to see and hear a lot about him in the coming years' most important events. 

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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 GolfChannel.com.  

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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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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.