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Some guy played all 359 Donald Ross courses in the U.S.

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Brad Becken has shown up all his fellow members of the Donald Ross Society. Becken, a retired Goldman Sachs executive, has done something interesting with his presumably generous amount of retirement dough: played every known Ross course in the United States.

That’s right, the former exec has teed it up at all 359 known Donald Ross courses in the States.

Now, the issue of defining a “Donald Ross course” is a complex one, but Becken is operating from the Ross Society’s canon. Nine hole expansions, collaborations, renovations by later designers. All muddy the water.

“If Ross designed a course, and it still exists, we still consider it a Ross course–even if other architects have touched,” Becken told Golf Digest.

He caught the Ross bug relatively late in life after playing Hope Valley C.C. in Durham, North Carolina. He went on to play every Ross track in the state and never looked back.

Becken, who is not an adept golfer, told Digest he most enjoyed how Ross’ courses are suited for all skill levels

“I’m not that good of a golfer, but it doesn’t matter on a Ross course. There’s always a way for higher handicappers to play it. It’s brilliant how playable they are for so many different golfers.”

The final course Becken played? Rolling Rock Club in Laughlintown, PA. It took him eight years to complete the circuit.

What do you think GolfWRX members? Insane? Inspiring?

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  1. Rich

    Dec 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    And only a rich person could do this. I love golf but this is what’s wrong with our sport. Great for him, but how many other people could afford to do all that even if they wanted to.

  2. Benny

    Dec 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Would love to see the list. I have a few Ross courses in my state and New England alone has many. Would love to know which ones so I can check this guys legitimacy. One course near by is not easy to get on.

  3. Joe

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Favorite course of all time is WBYC – have been lucky to have jumped on it a few times – it is just a lovely private course.

  4. Jcjmw

    Dec 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I am so jealous!!!

  5. rex235

    Dec 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Brad Becken-

    ..After 359 Donald Ross golf courses-

    …Which one is your favorite?

  6. BD57

    Dec 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I grew up on a Ross Course – Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York. Wonderful course, I was very lucky.

  7. Peter M

    Dec 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    “Some Guy?” Why would you write a headline like this? You have all of the relevant information at hand.

  8. Brian

    Dec 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Amazing, so jealous, Ross is my all time favorite designed, if I could only play one designed for the rest of my life it would be Ross, kudos to this guy!!!

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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