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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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Terrible hats are proof Koepka not human, likely an alien robot from the future

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For all this talk about Brooks Koepka not receiving the credit he deserves, it’s time we put the focus on the important things — like hats. And the overwhelming evidence that Koepka is, in fact, a high-functioning alien robot. From the future.

Case in point: everyone who appreciates a classic aliens-hide-among-humans-disguised-as-humans movie knows the most important scene — the first reveal of the aliens! Think back to that first time you watched Men in Black, and that cold open where Tommy Lee Jones confronts “Mikey,” who turns out to be a flippered blue alien, and then (sadly) has to shoot Mikey when he attempts to attack a police officer with all seven of his limbs. A beautiful piece of filmmaking, no doubt.

Well, inadvertently, during the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Nike pulled a Mikey, but without having Tommy Lee Jones’ famous memory-wiping technology. They weren’t quite ready to tell the world their poster boy of dominance wasn’t a real human, but the cat’s out of the bag, folks.

After all, if Koepka wasn’t a robot, how could we explain his willingness to wear that hat in public, let alone wear it on television, during one of the sports biggest stages, at one of the world’s best courses? And we all know exactly which hat we’re talking about — the one that looks exactly like your grandmother’s shower curtain in her spare bathroom. If we can all agree there’s no feasible way all the designers at Nike thought the hat in question actually looked good, we’re forced to consider…something mysterious is afoot. What is Nike trying to hide from us? They’re clearly trying to divert our attention away from something, but — what is it?!

The answer is clear. There’s a murderous blue alien robot underneath that hat. He just happens to be really damn good at golf.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of Koepka’s dominance over the past 24 months. The dude has done nothing but win majors, winning with an aura of unflappability we haven’t seen since the original robot said “Hello, World” back when Koepka was learning how to read. (Or, more likely, Koepka never actually learned to read, just programmed to read).

Would it be that much of a surprise to learn Koepka is the world’s first successful application of Artificial Intelligence? A robot designed not for war, but a delightful piece of technology designed for smashing drives, pushing weights, and holing an obscene amount of pressure-packed putts.

Here’s where this gets tricky – what do we do next, golf fans? Do we call our suspicions into the USGA, the same way some dude at home on his couch somehow called a penalty(-ish) on Dustin Johnson a couple years ago? Probably not. We know with certainy the USGA would completely screw that up. They might not even rule on an appropriate penalty for Koepka’s non-humanness until the event is over, keeping us all in the dark all evening Sunday.

Here’s my thoughts: maybe we just accept it. Act like it’s n.b.d. Brooks Koepka is just an alien robot, most likely from some time in the future, sent here to entertain us with some of the most unbelievable golf we’ll ever see on this planet or the next.

But please, Nike, let’s all wink at each other with knowing smiles, and at least pretend he’s just your run of the mill (non-alien) professional golfer. Give him one of your clean looking white swoosh hats Rory wears. They look great! Or, hell, let him just take off the hat altogether and let the alien hang out. We don’t care. Just don’t make us look at grandma’s shower curtain over the weekend. It’s an insult to spare bathrooms everywhere.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.14.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Dormie Workshop with limited edition covers using real flags from Pebble Beach.

 ”Banksy Gilmore” U.S. Open – Pebble Beach Headcover from American Flatsticks.

How about this custom Scotty from Embrace Putters?

Andrew Halford sharing his cool video of Tiger Woods on the practice green at Pebble Beach.

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Just @tigerwoods practicing putting.

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Immaculate work from those in charge at Pebble.

Swag’s King putter cover in action.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Jordan Spieth blasts caddie, Michael Greller, during round one of the U.S. Open after back-to-back errors

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Jordan Spieth began his U.S. Open campaign with a one-over round of 72, and on the eight hole at Pebble Beach, the Texan let his frustration spill over as he laid into his caddie, Michael Greller, after back-to-back mistakes.

The 25-year-old was even par at the time, but on the treacherous eight hole he hit his tee shot through the fairway and off the cliff, before taking a drop and hitting his third shot over the green.

Fox Sports microphones picked up Spieth’s frustration at this moment, as he appeared to blast his caddie.

“Two perfect shots, Michael. You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other.”

After his round, Spieth clarified that the comment was made due to his frustration that as a team, the two couldn’t figure out how to get things right on the hole.

“When you hit a couple of shots exactly where you want and one’s in the water and the next one’s dead over the green, I’m going to be frustrated that as a team we didn’t figure out how to make sure that didn’t happen.

I may have looked like the bad guy, but my intentions were that we should be in play if the ball is hit solidly.”

Spieth tees off on day two alongside Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at 11:24 AM ET.

 

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