A Day in the Life of Golf in America

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A Day in the Life of Golf in America

October 08, 2007

Late night, early morning12:10 a.m., North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. You can play all night this far north, and John (Baldy) Saville takes advantage of the light.Late night, early morning12:10 a.m., North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. You can play all night this far north, and John (Baldy) Saville takes advantage of the light.

Aim for that white thing9:34 a.m., East Potomac Golf Course, Washington, D.C. the Washington Monument is a constant reminder of where you are.Aim for that white thing9:34 a.m., East Potomac Golf Course, Washington, D.C. the Washington Monument is a constant reminder of where you are.

Attention!7:15 p.m., Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego. A game played in the air and on the ground: Cpl. Maryssa A. Setley follows through under an F/A-18.Attention!7:15 p.m., Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego. A game played in the air and on the ground: Cpl. Maryssa A. Setley follows through under an F/A-18.

Easy does it9:06 a.m., Kahuku Golf Course, Kahuku, Hawaii. Ocean views left, tree trouble right: Pita Tanuvasa hits to the 110-yard fourth hole at a course that costs residents only $5 on weekends.Easy does it9:06 a.m., Kahuku Golf Course, Kahuku, Hawaii. Ocean views left, tree trouble right: Pita Tanuvasa hits to the 110-yard fourth hole at a course that costs residents only $5 on weekends.

Giving back7:58 a.m., Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. Notah Begay III of the PGA Tour, active in the Native American community, works with Herschel Wilson (left) and Joshua Tom.Giving back7:58 a.m., Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. Notah Begay III of the PGA Tour, active in the Native American community, works with Herschel Wilson (left) and Joshua Tom.

Day at the beach9:10 a.m., Pebble Beach Golf Links. What's a holiday without time on the beach? As a group putts out at Pebble's ninth hole, the crowd hits Carmel.Day at the beach9:10 a.m., Pebble Beach Golf Links. What's a holiday without time on the beach? As a group putts out at Pebble's ninth hole, the crowd hits Carmel.

Driver's seat10:01 a.m., Palm Beach Golf Course, Palm Beach. What'd you make? Twins Kyle (left) and Zachary Logan, 7, wait for Dad to putt out on the par-3 course.Driver's seat10:01 a.m., Palm Beach Golf Course, Palm Beach. What'd you make? Twins Kyle (left) and Zachary Logan, 7, wait for Dad to putt out on the par-3 course.

Next generation3:02 p.m., The First Tee of St. Johns County three-hole learning course, Elkton, Fla. They've got a lot of golf ahead of them: Austin Kayworth, 10; Gabrielle Bell, 11; Matt King, 13; Abraham Bell, 9; Jacob Kline, 8.Next generation3:02 p.m., The First Tee of St. Johns County three-hole learning course, Elkton, Fla. They've got a lot of golf ahead of them: Austin Kayworth, 10; Gabrielle Bell, 11; Matt King, 13; Abraham Bell, 9; Jacob Kline, 8.

Old school1:33 p.m., Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Golf the way it used to be: Theresa Thompson, Buck Steele, Lewis Keller and Natalie Neal play the part at Oakhurst, which opened in 1884. Players use replicas of 19th-century hickory-shafted clubs and gutta-percha balls.Old school1:33 p.m., Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Golf the way it used to be: Theresa Thompson, Buck Steele, Lewis Keller and Natalie Neal play the part at Oakhurst, which opened in 1884. Players use replicas of 19th-century hickory-shafted clubs and gutta-percha balls.

Nap time1:30 a.m., Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y. Steve Nelson (right) of Wayzata, Minn., and Scott Bronner of Chicago sleep out for a tee time at the Black Course. There's room for only two in the car, so two other buddies wait outside for their sleep shift.Nap time1:30 a.m., Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y. Steve Nelson (right) of Wayzata, Minn., and Scott Bronner of Chicago sleep out for a tee time at the Black Course. There's room for only two in the car, so two other buddies wait outside for their sleep shift.

The Walrus and the King9:38 a.m., Laurel Valley Golf Club, Ligonier, Pa. Good times: Craig Stadler and Arnold Palmer share a moment during a clinic.The Walrus and the King9:38 a.m., Laurel Valley Golf Club, Ligonier, Pa. Good times: Craig Stadler and Arnold Palmer share a moment during a clinic.

Ship shape3:14 p.m., Ted Makalena Glf Course, Waipahu, Hawaii. The golf course includes views of U.S. Navy ships moored in Pearl Harbor.Ship shape3:14 p.m., Ted Makalena Glf Course, Waipahu, Hawaii. The golf course includes views of U.S. Navy ships moored in Pearl Harbor.

Sandbox6:20 p.m., Dannebrog Country Club, Dannebrog, Neb. Quiet please! The cows in the gallery are kept away from the sand greens with wire. Francis Johnson putts out on the eighth hole, while Ron Dvorak (left)Derek Dvorak (center) and Ken Porath watch. Beers are a buck.Sandbox6:20 p.m., Dannebrog Country Club, Dannebrog, Neb. Quiet please! The cows in the gallery are kept away from the sand greens with wire. Francis Johnson putts out on the eighth hole, while Ron Dvorak (left)Derek Dvorak (center) and Ken Porath watch. Beers are a buck.

Bright lights, big city8:07 p.m., The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, New York City. How's this for golf architecture? The range stands out against the competition, which includes the Empire State Building in red, white and blue.Bright lights, big city8:07 p.m., The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, New York City. How's this for golf architecture? The range stands out against the competition, which includes the Empire State Building in red, white and blue.

Old graybeard12:30 a.m., North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. Dwight Fenn hits out of the bunker on the seventh green.Old graybeard12:30 a.m., North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. Dwight Fenn hits out of the bunker on the seventh green.

Hair she goes5:36 p.m., Dye Preserve, Jupiter, Fla. Mary Webster hits a tee shot on the 17th hole.Hair she goes5:36 p.m., Dye Preserve, Jupiter, Fla. Mary Webster hits a tee shot on the 17th hole.

Cowboys upThe Oklahoma State University men's golf team enjoys a practice round at Caves Valley Golf Club, which played host to the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Championship.Cowboys upThe Oklahoma State University men's golf team enjoys a practice round at Caves Valley Golf Club, which played host to the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Championship.

Got milk?Cows are as natural as golf carts at Dannebrog (Neb.) Country Club.Got milk?Cows are as natural as golf carts at Dannebrog (Neb.) Country Club.

On the farmRandy Barnett of Lexington, Ky. hits balls on the practice range at Conemara Golf Course in Nicholasville, Ky. It's a converted tobacco farm.On the farmRandy Barnett of Lexington, Ky. hits balls on the practice range at Conemara Golf Course in Nicholasville, Ky. It's a converted tobacco farm.

Golf Town10 a.m., Glen View Club, Golf, Ill. Golfers make their way up the 18th hole.Golf Town10 a.m., Glen View Club, Golf, Ill. Golfers make their way up the 18th hole.

Dirty seat10:07 a.m., Pedernales Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas. Check out this golf cart off the 4th tee box.Dirty seat10:07 a.m., Pedernales Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas. Check out this golf cart off the 4th tee box.

Start your enginesStart your engines: The Brick Yard Golf Course sits inside the race track in Indianapolis.Start your enginesStart your engines: The Brick Yard Golf Course sits inside the race track in Indianapolis.

Sign of the timesMaintenance of the Kahuku Golf Course club house is in short supply, but hospitality is plentiful at the 9-hole, par-35, 2,699-yard course, which was built in 1937 by employees of the Kahuku Sugar Mill.Sign of the timesMaintenance of the Kahuku Golf Course club house is in short supply, but hospitality is plentiful at the 9-hole, par-35, 2,699-yard course, which was built in 1937 by employees of the Kahuku Sugar Mill.

Hole with a viewA group tees off on the 364-yard, par-4, ocean front 7th hole at Kahuku.Hole with a viewA group tees off on the 364-yard, par-4, ocean front 7th hole at Kahuku.

Child's playAustin Kayworth, 10, tees off on The First Tee of St. Johns County three hole learning course in Elkton, Fla.Child's playAustin Kayworth, 10, tees off on The First Tee of St. Johns County three hole learning course in Elkton, Fla.

Morning at the BlackEarly risers: A group stretches out before teeing off on the first hole at Bethpage Black.Morning at the BlackEarly risers: A group stretches out before teeing off on the first hole at Bethpage Black.

A game for all ages12:24 p.m., Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Lewis Keller plays a round of golf at the oldest golf club in America.A game for all ages12:24 p.m., Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Lewis Keller plays a round of golf at the oldest golf club in America.

Sandy lieIn the heart of Nebraska, sand greens are the norm, like the one here at Callaway Golf Course.Sandy lieIn the heart of Nebraska, sand greens are the norm, like the one here at Callaway Golf Course.

Night lightMidnight, North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. At the northernmost USGA golf course in America, you can play all night. On May 30 sunset was after midnight, and sunrise shortly after 3:00 AM. Even between those hours the sky is bright for Tony Taylor (left) and John Lorius as they putt on the first green.Night lightMidnight, North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. At the northernmost USGA golf course in America, you can play all night. On May 30 sunset was after midnight, and sunrise shortly after 3:00 AM. Even between those hours the sky is bright for Tony Taylor (left) and John Lorius as they putt on the first green.

Cave manWine cave builder Alf Burtleson practices his swing into the net of the driving range he constructed behind his home in California's Napa valley. His cave also serves as his garage, an art gallery for his wife Mary, a music studio, and his office.Cave manWine cave builder Alf Burtleson practices his swing into the net of the driving range he constructed behind his home in California's Napa valley. His cave also serves as his garage, an art gallery for his wife Mary, a music studio, and his office.

Follow the herd11:46 a.m., Oakhurst Links in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. From left to right: Theresa Thompson, Natalie Neal and Lewis Keller don't seem disturbed by the flock of passing sheep as they play their round.Follow the herd11:46 a.m., Oakhurst Links in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. From left to right: Theresa Thompson, Natalie Neal and Lewis Keller don't seem disturbed by the flock of passing sheep as they play their round.

Old man Willie's9:57 a.m., Pedernales Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas. Thomas Adams, who can't speak or hear, at the 9-hole course (with no sand traps) owned by Willie Nelson. ("Willie doesn't like sand.") Willie's recording studio is on-site.Old man Willie's9:57 a.m., Pedernales Golf Club, Spicewood, Texas. Thomas Adams, who can't speak or hear, at the 9-hole course (with no sand traps) owned by Willie Nelson. ("Willie doesn't like sand.") Willie's recording studio is on-site.

Daylight savingsShortly before midnight, North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. Greenskeeper Paul Dube mows the 13th green. Players are still on the course, but gaps allow him to jump from green to green.Daylight savingsShortly before midnight, North Star Golf Club, Fairbanks, Alaska. Greenskeeper Paul Dube mows the 13th green. Players are still on the course, but gaps allow him to jump from green to green.

Take your seatThe 18th at TPC Southwind, site of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, is all quiet a day after Justin Leonard nearly blew an eight-stroke lead in the final round before holding on to beat defending champ David Toms by one.Take your seatThe 18th at TPC Southwind, site of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, is all quiet a day after Justin Leonard nearly blew an eight-stroke lead in the final round before holding on to beat defending champ David Toms by one.

The King's castleArnold Palmer gets ready at his locker at Laurel Valley Golf Club on Memorial Day.The King's castleArnold Palmer gets ready at his locker at Laurel Valley Golf Club on Memorial Day.

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