Welcome to the last Fried Egg newsletter of 2018 (maybe). It was a great year of golf, and it’s not over yet. Over the next two weeks, we will have new podcasts and articles on the site, so be sure to check out the latest at www.thefriedegg.com.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane as we say farewell to 2018, but first, a fresh post and pod...
A helping hand: Mammoth Dunes
Take a look at the David McLay Kidd design, which debuted at the popular Sand Valley Resort in 2018. Mammoth Dunes is unique from the original course at Sand Valley thanks to its design that centers around fun. Read about thearchitecture behind David McLay Kidd’s design here.
Shotgun Start: Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part III: The Open and open season for cheating
We lied! Our little game of back-and-forth revisiting the big moments and forgotten absurdities on the PGA Tour will *not* be three parts. We got carried away having fun doing part three, which came in at almost two hours. So much like a Ryder Cup captain in distress, we called an audible and will split it up into four total parts. Part 3 ranges from the Travelers up to the PGA Championship. We cover a spate of cheating controversies, John Peterson retirements, Military Tributes, oddball fields at opposite events, the summer of Tiger, and one of thegreat Sundays in major championship history. Stay tuned for part 4 later this week, when we wrap up with a deep dive on glory’s last shot and the playoffs. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify.
It’s been a year
Since it is December and there is very little happening in the golf world, we have decided to do a TFE year-end wrap-up. Below you will find our favorite articles, moments, and memories from 2018. They are broken out into 2 categories: Golf Courses & Architecture and Professional & Amateur Golf. You’ll even be able to relive them through the lens of our brand new site.
Thanks for reading all year, and we’ll talk to everyone in 2019!
Golf Courses & Architecture
From budget-friendly golf to the hallowed halls of Chicago Golf Club, we saw a little bit of everything in 2018. Here are our favorite articles that display thevariety of golf courses we saw in the last year.
Bang For Your Buck Series - There are tons of architecturally-interesting places that don’t break the bank. Here is the start to a series that will provide great golf experiences for under $100: Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Illinois
Evolution of Augusta National - How the Masters home has changed since Bobby Jones and Dr. MacKenzie originally laid out the property.
Diamond Springs - See how this backwoods Mike DeVries golf course provides some of the best value in the Midwest. A truly unforgettable experience.
A Simple Change: The 7th at Pebble Beach - Discover how a few miniscule changes could bring back the teeth of the shortest hole at the 2019 U.S. Open venue.
The Sandbox - Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw laid out one of the most unique par-3 courses you’ll ever play. Watch the video of the layout and read Andy’s breakdown of this fun short course at Sand Valley.
Boldest Value in Golf: Lawsonia Links - Just down the street from Sand Valley is another hidden gem in the Wisconsin Woods. Discover the wonder of Lawsonia.
Intoxicating Bones: Northwood Golf Club - Alister MacKenzie (ever heard of him) built 9 holes amongst the redwoods in northern California. Tucked away from civilization, his design will speak to you in ways most golf courses cannot.
Secrets from Chicago Golf Club - The host of this year’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open is mainly shut off to the outside world. Read about its history and what makes it a truly special club.
The Bunker that Changed Golf - An eye opening read on how a simple bunker at Woking Golf Club infused strategy into the game of golf.
Professional Golf & Amateur golf
The Curious Case of Hosung Choi - The man who captivated us all during 2018.
How Le Golf National Stunted the Americans’ Strength - The Americans might as well have stayed on the plane. Captain Thomas Bjorn set up the French course to perfectly dominate team USA.
Things I Like/Dislike: 2018 U.S. Open - One of our more popular articles during 2018. Read what stood out both positively and negatively about the U.S. Open this year.
Last Decade of Major Championships: Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA - So many fun tidbits and memories in these. Read Will Knights’ articles that detail each of the last forty major championships.
Things I Like/Dislike: 2018 U.S. Amateur - Pebble Beach served as a fantastic scene for the world’s best amateurs this summer. There was even a 27-man playoff.
20 Holes with Cole Hammer and Brandon Wu - On a warm summer morning, 18-year-old Cole Hammer and Stanford senior Brandon Wu put on a show at the Western Amateur.
The Oklahoma State Warriors - There are very few teams that have the ability to dominate like the Oklahoma State golf team. Read Will Knights’ article on what makes them so special as well as a breakdown of how college golf parallels the current NBA landscape.
For your listening pleasure check out a few of our favorite podcasts on your platform of choice!
Geoff Ogilvy: Part 1, Part 2
The 12 Episode and counting Yolk with Doak series
Gil Hanse: Part 1, Part 2
Chicago Golf Club
Changing Golf with KVV
Colin Sheehan: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3