Thursday, September 25, 2008



Black Rock

Silva's absolute smash hit from suburban Boston - amazingly still under the radar. Kudos to Tony Pioppi for making certain that I got up to play, I can't wait to play it again.


......I don't get to Boston or my native New England nearly enough ....

Pound Ridge

The upscale Dye and Dye dye-sign from suburban NY/CT.

(coming) Ed Shearon worked on this one (see Oct 15th)

Quite a project $43-50 MM project of Vera Wang's brother that has terrific turf and a personality schism. The first five holes are so shaped that you think it a flashback to Timothy Leary's days. I know they wanted separation, but they way over-did it. Five, however is a fairly simple straight forward drivable par 4 where you just keep it right -DO NOT GO LEFT. Did I tell you not to go left on five, yet?

The food at the turn is OMFG good.

10-12 are like, well actually ARE a bit cramped, I'll post a very special "bunker shot". Eleven is a rather good three par. Fifteen is the one you've seen in photos and the finish just feels like a back and forth march to get home, once you're up the hill. I would have liked to see the land for 1-4 and 16-18 used a bit more imaginatively. Overall, it is a work of art and like all art it depends on your taste, but you will not snooze through this golf course and you cannot fake it. You must golf your ball. Given the neighborhood, I think they got exactly what they wanted. No shrinking violets in this neighborhood here, no shrinking violet golf, either.

Anyway for a quick summary, it is expensive, uber-conditioned, well-watered and fed (golfers, that is) and I'll need to explain some of the holes and routing for you, it is a bit complicated; I'll be back.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Trump Redux

MGWA at it again.

The Donald did not appear but the MGWA Cup was at Tommy Fazio's New Course. Highlight was CTP on #10 (8' 6") yielding a new Peter Millar (the best) shirt.

The New Course at Trump National Bedminster, as it is properly called, just opened in September 2008 for play. The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association had its season ending outing at the gracious extension of the Donald recently. It afforded a great media MGWA exposure as the host course for the season ending Shootout tourney. Sadly, it was not captured by the Jersey Golfer Team.

Starting on number five as part of a shotgun yielded a start and finish on some of the strongest most interesting holes. Tommy Fazio is a designer-builder and works in the field. He was responsible for the build of the first or Old Course but had complete control of the New.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What to think?

Nearby Saucon Valley CC hired Tom Fazio who did a hack job with the bunkering, completely ignored the heritage of Strong and went his merry own way bulldozing an old course as he usually does. They built orphan tees and made a big strong course, but not a Herbert Strong course.

Now is this a good golf course, absolutely by a number of definitions, most closely "a great test of golf" and "right there in front of you". Architecturally it is probably a crime, but considering the small number of people who really care about architecture and how it identifies greatness this is a mister spraying in a cyclone.

They had the opportunity to restore THIS at SVCC:

and chose not to, putting in the new Fazio course. Sure they saved some greens, but eliminated some angles and loads of interest that could have been restored was chucked out.

-all thanks or blame for copyright infringement as regards the above Hagley Aerials go to my good friend Mike Cirba aka the unreachable!

Played Golf Yesterday

Absolutely beautiful, lovely day. A great relief from the oppressive heat and humidity of the weekend with Saturday's inexcusable 4:45 round behind the Golf Committee chairman + two guests and two more groups of guests (when the group two before played in 3:40!) from a canceled charity outing. I did not even venture out on Sunday because it was so muggy and sooooo sore from having to stand around, sit on the ground, etc. etc. etc.

But yesterday ........ I went to a relatively low profile course I had never played before and it was notably better than I expected. Black Bear at the Crystal Springs resort in New Jersey. Designed by a completely amateur architect, I was surprised at the overall quality of the green complexes and how many really good holes there were. There were some very unsightly collections of mounding and some plain vanilla holes, the conditioning was inconsistent - consistent with early autumn. Hit the ball well, working opn my putting routine putted like merde du chien. I had a way lot better day than most in America. More later including a few photos.

I did not, however, run into any financial types on the course. I should have a financial blog next. I went to all cash two trading days before. My mathematical formulae led me to that decision.

BB Photos coming!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Having real problems over there with software; can't even sign in today, but trying to work out the problems there on

I'm very sorry that there are no updates as I have many I want to do, but do not want to lose anything. Even simply updating Lehigh CC's current photographs. It may be necessary to switch the base software so keep tuned here for new stuff for now.


10 September, 2008 1340 UTC

Universal Access to Health Care, Erik Compton, Casey Martin and you and you and you

(From I pulled a post three times, but here goes:

Unpopular and insensitive as it seems, Casey Martin never deserved a cart. However - the PGA Tour screwed that pooch allowing the old farts carts aka The Liberty Mutual Senior Parade of Legends, no the Senior Tour, errrr the Chumpions Tour. Whatever of "Brand Lady".

It's all about drawing a line and "No carts" is an easy line to draw. Does a player deserve a car for an ingrown toenail? I'm not demeaning anyone, but if we play the game under elite competition conditions we should then have no accommodations. should a cart be allowed for the second 18 of the day when 36 is needed either because of weather or in a match play tournament? Should a short, weak man (Carefully walking the line of political correctness!) be allowed a driver with a COR of 0.998 because he can only generate 98 mph clubhead speed? No! Clubs and other implements are the same for everyone. It's not about the rules of the game, it's about the "Conditions of the competition". At the elite level until the old farts tour, there was no allowed transportation. Now it's subject to interpretation since there is not a defined line.

No carts for farts, no Casey Martin, no Erik Compton. Good on Casey for trying (At last I heard he still has two legs) and good on Eric Compton. compelling stories? Absolutely. Deserving of accommodation? Not up to me, but I obviously have an opinion as I usually do on medical issues.

The ADA is a hideously written law. Well-meaning, but hideously written. e.g. Accommodations are mandatory for short people but not for very tall people. Get this: being tall is the only reliable predictor for back problems. Yet, there is no accommodation, go figure.

Good luck Erik Compton, but whether appropriate or not he'll likely get the cart and probably not the card.

And it's completely unnecessary to wish me anything" bad" Mr. CharacterCounts (a regular poster on Geoff's site). I know personally and I've seen bad things happen to much better people than me in my professional career. HIPPA now prevents me from saying much at all to make a point. Just trust me.

It's not about arrogance on anyone's part, it's about a sense of entitlement. Maybe Casey Martin and Erik Compton ought to stump for Universal Health access in the US, the only major industrialized country in the entire world with out it. America's great shame. Since there's Nike and Phil Knight taking care of Casey and whomever for EK, what do they care? They are both very fortunate individuals as they are today. E.G. All but a handful of citizens would even be considered for a second heart even with the best insurance purchasable.

Ben Hogan was mentioned as an example of an earlier individual perhaps needing an accommodation. Hogan would not have won any more with a cart because he wouldn't have taken the cart. The definition of true grit, that grizzly old bastard. That's why he is truly worthy of respect.

The United States of America's lack of universal access to health care is the nation's shame and cripples the economy to the benefit of a single sector. But that Bozo Obama isn't the fellow to do it. Of note America said no to Hillary and the mess only worsened. We're supposed to be happy that Health Care Costs are "only" predicted to increase 10% in the next year (I'd just like a consistent 10% return on my IRA, thank you). Honestly we'd all be better off if she had had her way.

Health Care is a ticking bomb, people.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Regular Season Draws to a Close, Fun Begins!

It's a good thing. Now serious golfers can take over the courses. The Holy Church of American Football is now in session Saturdays and Sundays. Vacations are coming to a close. Schools are back in session. The weather is getting better, the supers turn off the water, all you need is your balls from earlier in the season that are a little worn so you can play leaf rule through the "fall".

I must apologize for the lack of activity at I have a call out to my Microsoft guy to see what's up as I cannot get photos to embed properly for a good month now and finally I'm in possession of time to work, yet cannot put up the photos. I promise to get it fixed soon.

Lots of thanks for all the support for the Lehigh Country Club profile at and it's not done yet (as are most reviews and profiles). It is now number two on Goooooogle search for "Lehigh Country Club". Apparently many of you like it and I thank you for your support. believe you me, I have a lot more to come, I just don't want to waste my time if I have to change software.

Here's # 19

A True #19 hole, a BYE if you will, most often used at LCC for taking another hole out of play for work and still providing a full 18 holes to play. Properly used it should be used to settle tied matches or for an additional bet. It is often used for practice sadly and bits of fairway get torn up, but the approach to 19 is more like other holes on the course rather than the practice area created for short game which resembles not at all any approaches on the course. (Can't say I cannot recognize that argument, but I do not support 19's use for that.) The club totally missed the boat on that one. A professional architect was used, but the proper use of the slope of that piece of land would not have woked well with the landing area for mis-hits so i guess that's what happened, unless our in-house "professional amateur architect" was consulted on that one, and I believe that he clais to have so been.
One last bit on 19 - I have to disagree with head golf professional Wayne Phillips on this one: Scoring an ACE or "hole-in-one" (More properly "I holed in one") as Americans seem to prefer to call the shot all golfers covet) on a nineteenth or BYE hole is indeed a proper ACE or HIO. One has "holed in one" or aced that hole and I damn sure am going to count it as a "proper ACE" should I ever hole in one on Lehigh Country Club's 19th.

We ought to name our Bar area "The Twentieth", that's what I think.