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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.


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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

The Approach – September 2018 Newsletter



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



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



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



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



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



@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



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



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!



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!