The thrill is in the chase. For some, it’s gilded invitations to Pine Valley and Sand Hills. For others it’s tracing the steps of their literary hero at a quirky Minnesota classic. The pursuit can take unexpected turns, evidenced in meetings with the vagabond who shared the secret of golf with Player and Spieth and the woman, uninterested in playing the game, whose life’s work provided the foundation for Bandon Dunes. And sometimes, like on a reckless California road trip, we simply chase the sun. No. 18 celebrates the journeys and the destinations.
Every golfer remembers when they fell for the game. With scenes from Nepal to North Carolina, sparks fly throughout No. 17. Newbies and veterans alike share the passion in maiden voyages to Pasatiempo and a little-known Scottish nine-holer. Characters in a Cleveland caddie barn, a Japanese course tour and a jaw-dropping memorabilia collection could only be bound by golf. And we find that a former president and a muni hustler are not so different with clubs in hand. Find even more love stories inside.
There is magic in a fresh golf discovery. And No. 16 conjures plenty. A trip to view the bones of one of America’s greatest lost courses rides along with the rebirth of Hillcrest, a true LA star. Gary McCord cackles through tales he could never tell on air and a pilgrimage to a Connecticut church unveils one of golf’s beautiful minds. Revelations abound on Chambers Bay, the Alabama coastline, New Zealand and a Texas distillery. So grab the bourbon and join the ghosts of Hogan and Nelson inside.
Look good, feel good, play great. With Audrey Hepburn and Cleopatra alongside St. Andrews and Augusta, No. 15 is not afraid to strut. An excerpt from Tom Coyne’s latest book revels in the splendor of the American game from Alaska to Hazeltine, while the thrill of discovery is found in a jaunt to four little-known English tracks. Looking sharp isn’t always easy, as seen in the bloody origins of the turf at Kiawah and Sea Island, but Nicklaus, Jones, Seve and Snead prove a great ensemble is timeless. See them all inside.
Just one good bounce. It can change a round, and as No. 14 shows, it can also change a life. From an addict’s discovery of a sober league to a weary traveler stumbling on a golf paradise, the game delivers. Shocking twists abound in a quest to find a Masters ghost, the unearthing of a classic golf video game and a mission to a lost New Orleans course. Torturous tales of lipping out show that for every give there’s a take, but that it's always worth taking the shot. More good fortune inside.
Sometimes, what sticks with you most happens after the last putt drops. No. 13 basks in what the game gives us, on and off the course. A mystic surfer with lessons on life and playing Riviera. A walker bag that brought a global community together. An intimate portrait of Herbert Warren Wind, the legendary writer who coined Amen Corner and whose volumes still resonate. Beginners becoming diehards on transformed vacant lots. A happy argument over the best par 3s in Australia. Night golf and even more found inside.
Like a par save from the bushes, No. 12 defiantly makes its own way. Some names will be familiar, like Seve Ballesteros marauding onto the U.S. golf scene, Coore & Crenshaw turning trashed land into Trinity Forest and Fowler & Wolff returning to Oklahoma State. But some, like rebel architect Desmond Muirhead, and Wawashkamo, the island course stuck in time, must be read to be believed. It’s enough to make one long for a comfortable pint at an iconic St. Andrews watering hole. Scroll to get that too.
Jack driving a Pontiac. Hogan revving a Toro. Tiger’s iconic “Hello World” spot. No. 11 celebrates the art, power and influence of golf’s pitchmen and women in our first-ever special section. It includes so many essays and old-school stunners we had to add eight bonus pages. Then it’s on to a range sesh with 97-year-old legend Jack Burke, treks to Royal St. George’s, Silvies Valley Ranch, and Pebble Beach, and even a daring mission to a sand course in Libya. Scroll for No. 11’s full script.
A fever dream turned real at Cypress Point. From Pine Valley to a four-hole round, No. 10 toasts the fearless insurgents who dare to push our game’s boundaries. These visionaries have always been with us, seen in rare looks at the reversible course at St. Andrews and the revolutionary templates of National Golf Links of America. Visits to Ohoopee, the club that eliminated par, and Brough Creek National, the course shaped by bare hands, show that the spirit still burns. May the dreams never die. More immortalized below.
On the cover: An explosion of hope. TGJ steadfastly believes in golf’s ability to carry us to a higher place and that beauty can be found on the course, even in failure. No.9 features an oil painter who became a superintendent, a frustrated player turned world-famous photographer and a foul-mouthed preacher who first envisioned Sweetens Cove. It highlights the game’s remarkable way it faces tragedies like the shattering loss of a college teammate and the climate crisis’s effect on a Scottish gem. Ultimately, it stirs us with words and images from Tom Coyne’s round with poet laureate Billy Collins, Jim Dodson’s gorgeous paean to the solo round and the great John Updike’s golfing words to live by. Further inspiration continues below.
On the cover: A moment to cherish at North Berwick. TGJ No. 8 is a collection of unforgettable times on the course, from a champagne-soaked tee shot at Yale to the Solheim crowd roaring for Danielle Kang to a caddie’s son finally understanding his father. Timeless heroes appear throughout, including photographer Michael Faye’s series of trailblazers like Charlie Sifford and Renee Powell, the man who sculpted Payne Stewart and Arnold Palmer, and a band of road-trippers riding after Ben Hogan’s ghost. Take some more time and enjoy the moments below.
On the cover: A neon shout-out to those who paved the way. TGJ No. 7 tips its cap to the brilliance of golf’s past shaping its present. Cover photographer Leonard Kamsler’s pioneering work alongside death-defying drone shots. Carne’s legendary original 18 inspiring its newer nine. An unlikely poet and a master watercolorist meet the social media set. Shared inspiration between a Canadian man with his chainsaw and another with a bulldozer at Bandon. The lines are myriad, and they continue below.