By Jason Bruno
2014 wasn't much different than most, in fact we traveled on over 20 separate occasions - covering
different golf events, but unlike the past 5 years, we were so busy in our home state of Florida, that
we didn't need to venture outside the state line very often to cover our schedule. 2015 will surely be
different (we're already scheduled for a Midwest trip this spring, and out to the West Coast during June).
Below are some of my favorite images from our travels in 2014...
In January we experienced the newly re-designed Country Club of Winter Haven, an "Old Florida"
style Rees Jones gem in Central Florida
Just weeks later we were on hand for the Grand Opening/Media Day at Gil Hanse's redesign
at Trump Doral's Blue Monster
The most unique experience of 2014, might have been participating at the U.S Hickory
Championships at Temple Terrace. Vintage sticks, classic attire and an appreciation for
proper form and tempo is the theme.
Perhaps the most underrated layout we've reviewed in recent memory is the Ranch Course at Black
Diamond. Many of the members combine the front nine on the Ranch with the back nine on the Quarry.
The second annual LinksNation Cup matches were held at LPGA International & Mission Inn during
We were on hand to cover the first ever Concession Cup (a field of Great Britain/Ireland's best
Mid-Amateurs versus their U.S counterparts) that took place in late April in Bradenton.
We sat down for a brief Q&A with Jack Nicklaus, interviewing the Golden Bear was a highlight
The Players is a great event for the media to cover, everything is first class, (above) the first hole
at TPC Sawgrass on Wednesday evening before round 1.
The par-4 fifth at Cuscowilla, this is one of my favorite golf images of 2014.
Crenshaw and Coore's Cuscowilla is routed through the rolling terrain of Eatonton - 70 miles southeast
of Atlanta. (above) The par-4 ninth is a championship hole that requires your two best, and it's
beauty is deserving of praise.
We've been fortunate to interview many of Golf's most influential people, in 2014 I sat down with Dave
Pelz, Jack Nicklaus and Paul Azinger. Pelz is always informative, Jack is an American icon and is one of
my childhood sports heroes. Azinger is flat out the best guy to sit down and talk golf with . . . engaging,
honest and extremely insightful.
Isleworth hosted the Hero World Challenge in December, but back in September during Media Day the
scribes took to the course after Tiger's press conference. The sixth (pictured above) plays to an
elevated green guarded by copious amounts of sand.
The Preserve at Verdae, set within the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville, South
Carolina was our stop in early September.
While covering the Tour Championship, I took an evening stroll on the Tuesday before play began.
East Lake's sixth (above) is a setting that provides beauty and a tough challenge.
Bobby Jones' memory is kept alive everywhere around East Lake, these personal trinkets are on
display inside the clubhouse.
In September, we returned to Streamsong to experience the resort and all that it offers. Hands
down our favorite resort experience of 2014.
The Biarritz 16th on the Red Course at Streamsong still gets my vote as a contender for the best
par 3 in Florida.
The view from the second tee at Eagle Dunes in Sorrento.
Our Final course review of 2014 (will post early 2015), was the Diplomat, one of Joe Lee's last creations.
2015 will start off as usual with the PGA Merchandise Show in January, then we'll be covering the tour
as it arrives for the Florida swing, followed by the LinksNation Cup Matches and then a trip to Michigan.
Then it's off to the west coast, specifically the Pacific Northwest to be part of Josh Lewis' grounds staff
for the U.S Open at Chambers Bay, a trip to Bandon (around Solstice time) to feature the Punchbowl
putting course and to review David McKlay Kidd's - Gamble Sands in Brewster, Washington. After that
is anyone's guess. Stay tuned . . .