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Our Year in Review - Images of 2014 PDF Print E-mail

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

the spring.




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

for sure.




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 . . .








Images from East Lake & The Tour Championship PDF Print E-mail


Photos by Jason Bruno


On my recent journey covering the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, I captured a few

images worth checking out. Below are a few scenes and people that caught my attention early

in the week.

The seventh tee at East Lake with the Clubhouse in the background.





Where it all started . . .





The 1963 Ryder Cup on display in the East Lake clubhouse





World #1 Rory McIlroy on the tenth tee during his practice round (Wed)






Bobby Jones memorabilia on display in the East Lake clubhouse





The vintage Coca Cola machine given to winner of the Tour Championship






The eighteenth tee




The gorgeous par 3- sixth at East Lake




Bobby Jones personal double locker was a gift from the members after the 1930 Grand Slam





The beautiful par 5 - ninth in the early evening





Hunter Mahan during his practice round





The uphill 469 yard tenth hole





The Payne Stewart Award was given to Nick Faldo





Zach Johnson getting some work in earlier in the week





The uphill par 5 - fifteenth at dusk





Bill Haas nailing driver at the tenth





The finisher at East lake the night before play started





Billy Horschel wins it all!








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