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The Approach

GolfPass’ blog – The Approach – serves as the medium through which we provide our takes on golf, life, and everything in between. Enjoy.

approach

v. ap·​proach | \ ə-ˈprōch  \

1. to draw closer to
2. to take steps toward accomplishment or full knowledge or experience of
3. in golf, any shot played with the intention of hitting the putting green
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GolfPass Grass Guru // Travelers Championship // TPC River Highlands

 

6/20/2019

This week we have the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in good ol’ Connecticut. Eric knows the course and tournament pretty well considering he worked the tournament himself. Check out his thoughts on the course and its bunkers, at what he considers one of the Tour’s most underrated events.

GolfPass Grass Guru // US Open // Pebble Beach Golf Links

 

6/13/2019

The third major of the golf season is here – the 119th US Open Championship. Pebble Beach Golf Links – a course that is arguably the most photogenic and famous golf course in the US. If the US had to choose one course to put against the world’s best, it’d be Pebble Beach – especially when it comes to bunkers and grass.

GolfPass Grass Guru // RBC Canadian Open // Hamilton G & CC

 

6/6/2019

Canada has some pretty good things going for it – Raptors in the NBA Finals, Poutine, and the grass at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. The RBC Canadian Open leads up to the US Open next week in great form and find out which bunker is our guru’s favorite.

Bethpage Black Pt.3 – Yardage Anyone?

 

5/30/2019

Part 3 of our photo series takes it back to the basics. Golf is a culmination of singular moments. We captured the moment of focus and the technique of the Tee Shot. It is the definitive golf shot – from the World’s #1 to the golfer who’s teeing it up for the very 1st time – time to take it for a ride.

Bethpage Black Pt.2 – The Gallery

 

5/30/2019

Part 2 of our photo series explores the people who find inspiration and drive the passion for the game of golf. At Bethpage Black, The Gallery showed up early, and in numbers.

Bethpage Black Pt.1 – The Course

 

5/30/2019

During a budding Spring weekend on Long Island, right in NYC’s backyard, the world’s top golfers honed in on the storied, and at times debilitating, Bethpage Black Golf Course. We had the opportunity to follow the best of the best as they pursued history at the 101st PGA Championship. The following 3 part photo series dives into the aurora and majesty of their pursuit for greatness.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Memorial Tournament // Muirfield Village

 

5/30/2019

The Golden Bear aka GOAT aka Jack Nicklaus shines big time this week with his design at Muirfield Village. Our Grass guy is super pumped about it too. See which hole he chose as BOTW because, why the hell not?

GolfPass Grass Guru // Charles Schwab Challenge // Colonial Country Club

 

5/23/2019

What a difference a week makes. Gone are Bethpage’s majestic bunkers. Replaced by cookie cutter bunkers at Colonial Country Club. But we still had to pick one. This is our job people!

GolfPass Grass Guru // PGA Championship // Bethpage Black Course

 

5/15/2019

Hello Bethpage! At GolfPass, we’re pretty pumped have golf back at the black. Especially major golf in our backyard. The course is long, the rough is thicccc, and the bunkers are bountiful. 78 to be exact. Can you guess our pick for this week’s bunker from Tilly’s “People’s Country Club”? There’s only one way to find out.

GolfPass Grass Guru // AT&T Byron Nelson // Trinity Forest Golf Club

 

5/10/2019

Coore and Crenshaw created an absolute gem with Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, TX.  The only thing that’s wrong with it is that we can’t get on to play it. Watching the pros at the AT&T Bryon Nelson will have to do. Check out this week’s bunker here!

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Wells Fargo Championship // Quail Hollow Club

 

5/2/2019

What does Quail Hollow Club and a ham and cheese sandwich have in common? The answer to this as well as the bunker of the week from the 2017 PGA Championship site. Take a read!

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Zurich Classic // TPC Louisiana

 

4/26/2019

Another week on the PGA Tour, another Pete Dye course. Down in New Orleans, the pros are taking on gators, water hazards, those pesky Pete Dye pot bunkers at one of our favorite tracks – TPC Louisiana.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The RBC Heritage // Harbour Town Golf Links

 

4/18/2019

While we’re still reveling in Tiger’s victory at Augusta, the show must go on. And at Harbour Town, bunker porn returns in a big way to our weekly tradition. Not to mention, the plaid jacket this week’s winner receives is to Dye for.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Masters // Augusta National

 

4/10/2019

It might be the Masters and it might be Augusta National, but when it comes to bunkers, our Grass Guy thinks ANGC is about a bland as it gets. Save for one bunker that Alister MacKenzie absolutely nailed. Welcome to our tradition unlike any other.

Pine Straw, Pretension, & Pimento Cheese

 

4/10/2019

The first major of the golf season has arrived. Augusta National and the Masters are the most revered annual tournament in the sport. For all that is good at ANGC, there is bad. There is no denying the impact of both vastly shape the game of golf and its perception.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Valero Texas Open // TPC San Antonio

 

4/4/2019

Just because The Masters aren’t until next week, doesn’t mean golf is taking a break. Greg Norman shows off one of his best course designs at TPC San Antonio and the Valero Texas Open. This week’s bunker could possibly eat up enough golf balls to be the only apex predator higher on the food chain than The Great White Shark himself.

The Rise of Urban Golf

 

3/29/2019

Golf isn’t just endless green landscapes. For the millions living in urban centers, some are utilizing their concrete jungles in new and innovative ways where irons are no longer just for towering skyscrapers.

March 2019 Playlist – GolfPass Divots Vol. 2

 

3/27/2019

Introducing our March ’19 Spotify playlist, Divots Vol. 2. Whether you’re on the course or on your commute, subscribe and every month we’ll tee up nothing but fresh cuts.

GolfPass Grass Guru // WGC Dell Technologies Match Play // Austin Country Club

 

3/27/2019

So long Florida, hello Texas. The Dell Technologies Match Play Championship is played at the beautiful Austin Country Club built by Pete Dye. Take a break from March Madness and all your losing bets to watch some very fun golf, played on a very fun course. See which classic Dye hazard highlights this week’s tournament.

The Case for Walking

 

3/26/2019

Do you walk or ride? Eric MacPherson explains not only why walking is more enjoyable, but can also help you take your game to the next level. Give walking a try.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Valspar Championship // Innisbrook Copperhead Course

 

3/21/2019

Full speed ahead after the Players.This week the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook hosts the Valspar Championship, a tight course with several fairway bunkers that make shot choice decisions imperative. The course starts off with the course’s best bunker. See what our Grass Guru has to say about it.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Players Championship // TPC Sawgrass

 

3/14/2019

The Players Championship is here! TPC Sawgrass. Pete Dye. The 17th hole. Is it this week’s choice? Hint: NOPE! One of golf’s most storied venues gives Eric all the feels this week as he breaks down his most challenging hazard at TPC Sawgrass.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Arnold Palmer Invitational // Bay Hill

 

3/7/2019

The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill is one of the most anticipated non-major tournaments every year on the PGA Tour. With a salute to The King and a tune-up for The Player’s Championship, expect players to be challenged with hazards of the wet and sandy variety. See which Eric chose this week!

GolfPass Grass Guru // Honda Classic // PGA National Champions Course

 

2/28/2019

This week’s Honda Classic at PGA National is hazard heaven – loaded with water, swamps, and The Bear Trap. Here though, the Grass Guru thinks finding your way to the bunkers can be more friend than foe.

A Southern Draw

 

2/27/2019

Our CEO recently took a trip to the South where he came away with a true understanding of the golf, travel, and culture of the region. Suffice to say, he’s head over heels.

For Love of the Greens

 

2/26/2019

Our in-house steward of grass, Eric MacPherson, has always seen the beauty of golf a bit differently than most. Why? Well for one, his passion and dedication to giving golfers the most pristine grounds to play on.

GolfPass Grass Guru // WGC – Mexico Championship // Club de Golf Chapultepec

 

2/21/2019

The PGA Tour leaves the US this week and heads down to Mexico for the WGC. Parklands style golf relies on accuracy and precision so which hazards do the pros need to avoid to have a fighting chance? We brought in Eric (again) to give us the scoop. 

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Genesis Open // Riviera Country Club

 

2/14/2019

Riviera CC, which hosts The Genesis Open this week, has one of the coolest bunkers we’ll see all year. Let’s just say it’s in the HEART of the green. You’re going to LOVE this one. Check it out.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am // Pebble Beach Golf Resort

2/7/2019

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Club, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club host this week’s PGA Tour event. Talk about a bucket list lineup! World class golf means world class bunkers. See which bunker from each course our Grass Guru chose!

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Waste Management Phoenix Open // TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course

1/30/2019

Stadium seating or Church Pews? One gets you views of hole-in-one opps, the other gets you an approach shot from hell. We know which our grass guy picks. Take a peek at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open from TPC Scottsdale.

GolfPass Becomes a USGA Member Club

1/28/2019

GolfPass is proud to announce that they have become a USGA Member Club.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Farmers Insurance Open // Torrey Pines

1/25/2019

The Cali Swing is in full effect at the Farmers Insurance Open this week. Torrey Pines is the host coupled with the return of Tiger Woods. We’ve got two bunkers for you, check them out!

Golf Manhattan Joins GolfPass

1/22/2019

GolfPass has partnered with Golf Manhattan – the first golf studio to join the GolfPass network.

GolfPass Grass Guru // The Desert Classic // PGA West

1/17/2019

3 courses in the desert. And one HUGE-ass bunker.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Sony Open in Hawaii // Waialae Country Club

 

1/11/2019

Hawaii golf redux at the Sony Open at Waialae CC featuring Raynor roots and Biarritz holes abound.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Sentry TOC // Kapalua Plantation Course

 

1/3/2019

It’s 2019 and golf is back! Get ready for bombs off the tee, crazy winds, and tons of ocean views at this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions at the renowned Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui. ALOHAAAAA!

GolfPass Grass Guru // RSM Classic // Sea Island Golf Club

 

11/15/2018

Southern golf at its finest this week for the PGA Tour. Played at Sea Island Golf Club, we see an abundance of bunkers and natural sand dunes. Check out which won out for bunker of the week right here!

GolfPass Grass Guru // Mayakoba Golf Classic // El Camaleón Golf Club

 

11/8/2018

Riviera Maya – known for ancient ruins, Tulum, and…a GIANT CAVE BUNKER?! That’s right folks, check out what the pros are up against at the Mayakoba Golf Classic this week at the Greg Norman designed El Camaleón Golf Club. An absolute gem of a golf course.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Shriners Open // TPC Summerlin

 

11/1/2018

The Tour returns to America this week at TPC Summerlin for the Shriners Open in Las Vegas. A desert course where, surprisingly, the choice for Bunker of the Week is not a part of the natural landscape. Take a read to get the scoop.

GolfPass Grass Guru // WGC-HSBC Championship // Sheshan International

 

10/26/2018

This weekend, the WGC-HSBC Championship is at Sheshan International Golf Club. Packed with bunker fingers, our resident grass guy is not the biggest fan. See why, and for some bonus material, get his take on the tour’s other event this weekend.

GolfPass Grass Guru // CJ Cup // The Course at Nine Bridges

 

10/17/2018

Revetted bunkers, more beaches, and island greens – OH MY! The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea is here, and we’re scratching that hazard itch for you. Read on GolfPassers.

GolfPass Grass Guru // CIMB Classic // TPC Kuala Lumpur

 

10/11/2018

The PGA Tour travels to Malaysia this week for the CIMB Classic. Played at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the pros are in for one of golf’s most exciting tracks. As usual, The GolfPass Grass Guru sheds his light on his favorite bunkers…errr, beaches on the course.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Safeway Open

 

10/4/2018

1st PGA Tour event of 2018-2019. Napa Valley. Bunker Talk. Eric MacPherson. READ!

The Approach – September 2018 Newsletter

 

9/27/2018

This month’s Approach newsletter discusses Le Golf National’s hazards, Tiger’s best fist pumps, and how the Ryder Cup actually works. Take a read!

GolfPass Grass Guru // Le Golf National

 

9/27/2018

The Ryder Cup is upon us. What challenges in the form of bunkers, water, and hazards does Le Golf National present to the field? Our guy, Eric MacPherson, tells us just that.

The Top 5 Tiger Fist Pumps of All Time

 

9/26/2018

Tiger is back! Right? Right?! Eric MacPherson won’t admit it, but he will admit that he has some love for Tiger’s infamous fist pumps. Check out his picks for Tiger’s best throughout his career.

GolfPass Grass Guru // East Lake Golf Club

 

9/20/2018

It’s that time again. The PGA season wraps up this weekend with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. @eric_macpherson, GolfPass’ grass, bunker, and water expert, dives into what looks to be the most revered bunker/hazard combo this weekend.

GolfPass Grass Guru // Aronimink Golf Club

 

9/7/2018

After a Round 1 that saw Tiger and Rors go REALLY low, @eric_macpherson is back on his sand grind giving us his take on the challenges they posses at Aronimink GC outside of Philly.

GolfPass Grass Guru // TPC Boston

 

8/30/2018

@eric_macpherson aka The @golfpass_Grass Guru aka G-Cu is back, coming in strong on his review of the hazards the pros will desperately try to avoid at @tpcbostonas they look to compete this weekend at the @delltechchamp .

GolfPass Grass Guru // Ridgwood Country Club

 

8/23/2018

The @golfpass_ Grass Guru (aka G-Cubed), @eric_macpherson, gives us his most profound insights on all things grass, sand, and water at the first leg of The FedEx Cup Playoffs, @thentgolf .

PGA Championship :: GolfPass x 310 Bowery

 

8/8/2018

Join GolfPass this Saturday afternoon, August 11th, for our 1st community event in NYC at 310 Bowery Bar. Beginning at 1 PM, We’ll have the 3rd round playing up on the projector, good vibes, drinks flowing, and possibly a few pizzas being slung.

GolfPass is Live!

 

7/18/2018

GolfPass, golf’s most flexible and affordable membership is now available on iOS for golfers in the NYC/Tri-State area! Download the app today to join and to see for yourself how we’re changing the approach to the way you book your tee times. This is only the beginning. Become a Member today!