James Y. Bartlett

Icons & Innovators: Pebble Beach

Strokes Of Genius After moving west from his native New England in 1908, Samuel F.B. Morse, a distant cousin of the inventor of the telegraph, went to work for the Pacific Improvement Co. Among the Northern California real estate firm’s holdings at the time was a hotel on the Monterey Peninsula. Built in 1879, after […]

Golf: On Your Markers

Mitch Brinton’s new business is not overly concerned with being family-friendly. While other destination clubs battle for the affections of parents seeking to spend more quality time with their children, the Markers, a club Brinton cofounded last summer, caters to the individual obsessed with securing tee times. “Our best prospect is a guy who wants […]

Sultans of Swing: Swinging from Treetops

Rick Smith does not have a particular style to imprint on his pupils. When working with professionals such as Phil Mickelson—or with amateurs at his Rick Smith Golf Academies at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., and the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.—the instructor prefers to make the most out of what the golfer brings to the […]

Golf: King’s Land

As every Adelaide resident will remind you at the outset of any conversation, their city was founded by genteel freemen, not the convicts and ne’er-do-wells who first settled Sydney. Perhaps this helps explain Adelaide’s affinity for the gentleman’s game of golf.   Washed by the breezes of the Gulf of St. Vincent in South Australia, […]

Symposium: Skirting the Issue

It was time. With a drop or two of Stewart blood coursing angrily through my veins, and having made repeated visits to Scotland in search of the best in both golf and single malts, I was ready to be fitted for my bespoke kilt. Among the Scots, at least, the kilt is the man’s man […]

Golf: The Rise of Falls

The current trend in golf course design emphasizes a natural approach, one in which architects move as little dirt as possible and make best use of a site’s existing attributes. But every now and then an audacious designer shoehorns a course into a site Mother Nature clearly never intended for golf. The Falls Golf Club, […]

Golf: Bringing Up Bovey

In January 2003, when entrepreneur Peter de Savary acquired the Manor House hotel in Devon, England, the property’s best years were well in the past. Viscount Hambledon, son of British bookseller W.H. Smith, had built the formidable mansion in 1906 on the edge of what is now Dartmoor National Park. The house became a hotel […]

Best of the Best: Golf Courses

The Grove A modern classic at England’s finest new resort. Kyle Phillips’ work at Kingsbarns, neighbor to hallowed St. Andrews, has been universally hailed as an almost perfect modern example of the Scottish links course. Now the American architect has created his version of an English parkland course at the Grove, a quirky yet fabulous […]

Golf: Hidden Valley

To qualify as one of golf’s hidden gems, a destination must meet three criteria: It has to offer exceptional golf, pleasant surroundings, and something extra. Additionally, of course, nobody can know about it. British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley fits this description to a tee—at least until it loses its anonymity in the paragraphs that follow.   […]

Golf: Stone’s Throw

It may seem sacrilegious for a golfer to visit the Monterey Peninsula and not stay or play at Pebble Beach. But an excellent alternative to that sacred ground along Seventeen Mile Drive has long existed just a few miles east in Carmel Valley. After completion of a major refurbishment in July, the Quail Lodge is […]

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