Golf Digest Magazine – June 2009

Golf Digest magazine has published it’s June 2009 issue. Featured in this issue are 20 destinations every golfer should go to. Also, a question and answer session with Phil Mickelson.

20 Places Every Golfer Must Go
The game’s best off-course attractions
True golf fans can’t get enough. Even if they’re not playing or watching golf, they’re thinking about it. We designed this feature with that golfer in mind. From Seoul to St. Andrews, from Ohio to Arizona, we’ve collected the game’s 20 top off-course attractions. You’ll find tributes to icons, bars where tradition is always on tap, gravesites of golf legends, hallowed hallways, a clown’s mouth, and more. Some of these attractions are near famous golf courses; others are more remote. Many are moderately priced or even free. But, most important, each is steeped in the game we love.

  1. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant
  2. Bobby Jones Exhibit
  3. British Golf Museum
  4. The Dunvegan
  5. Jack Nicklaus Museum
  6. The Himalayas Putting Green
  7. In Celebration of Golf
  8. Old and Young Tom Morris Grave Sites
  9. Par-King Skill Golf
  10. Pine Crest Inn
  11. Ping Plant Tour
  12. 17 Mile Drive
  13. The PITCH AND PUTT Course at Turnberry
  14. Slammin’ Sammy’s at the Greenbrier
  15. Sky 72 Golf Club Driving Range
  16. The Tap Room/Club XIX
  17. Urban Golf
  18. USGA Museum
  19. Vintage Pinehurst
  20. World Golf Hall of Fame

Q&A: Phil Mickelson
The man with three majors, a dinosaur head and a 300-pound meteorite is no dodo

With the 2009 U.S. Open coming to Bethpage Black in June, Phil Mickelson again is thinking about trying to win the national championship he covets on a course he thoroughly enjoys. He’s had a few close calls and a few that were not so close, such as last year’s Open at Torrey Pines in his back yard of San Diego. On Monday of Open week, he required seven hours of intravenous treatment at a local hospital after a viral infection caused dehydration. Another case of dehydration earlier this year in Miami requiring Saturday-night IVs didn’t stop Mickelson from winning for the 36th time in his PGA Tour career, putting him just three wins short of joining Tom Watson and Gene Sarazen in 10th place on the tour’s all-time list.

In extensive interviews with Golf Digest, Mickelson, who turns 39 two days before the start of this year’s Open, addressed a number of subjects, including New York sports fans, UFOs, criticism from Tiger Woods’ caddie, a late collapse in the 2006 Open, business ideas conceived during sleepless nights, players who enjoy busting his chops, and some drastic policy changes he would like the tour to adopt (after a public spat with the commissioner). Oh, and then there’s the dinosaur head in Phil’s home office.

3 Dads, 3 Stories
Father’s Day tribute: excerpts from Chicken Soup for the Soul

My Summer Vacation
Six writers on their favorite golf getaways

Lesson Tee

Swing Sequence: Zach Johnson
He’s not long, but here’s what makes him so quick

Annika Sorenstam
My 3 keys when between clubs

Phil Mickelson
Focus on your swing path to hit the high floater

Tiger Woods
My healthy knee has changed how I drive into the ball

David Leadbetter
Fix your slice before it starts

Tom Watson
Par depends on the weather, as Byron Nelson told me

Jim Flick
Picture Fred Couples’ swing to fix an over-the-top move

How To

Featured Tip: Butch Harmon
Groove a good weight shift

Cover Story: Make More Birdies
The fine art of scoring: beating fear, tension and not yourself

Can You Feel It
How to find your touch on three short-game shots

Dr. Bob Rotella
My 10 rules on mental fitness

Steep Vs. Shallow
To hit stronger, straighter shots, swing the other way

Breaking 100-90-80
Tips and drills on iron play

U.S. Open Preview

A Flat Finish
For all of Bethpage Black’s strengths, its final hole isn’t one of them. So the USGA considered using the Red’s for a finish

Viewer’s Guide
TV times, hole diagrams, the playing field, the Virtual Open contest, websites and more

A year later, Mediate reflects on his near miss against Tiger: “People act as if I won.”

The Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge
How hard will the Black play for our three celebrities and contest winner? The USGA says there’s no need to fear

Bethpage Basics
How the pros will work the driver — and you can, too

Next Stop: 200 Majors
Dan Jenkins looks back at covering 60 years of classics

What Could Have Been
Ben Hogan survived a crash to make history, but it robbed him of glory

  • Latest Gear: Mallet putters
  • New Looks: Lightweight shoes
  • Bomb & Gouge: Driver aerodynamics
  • What’s In My Bag? Ernie Els


  • Jerry Tarde: 18 questions for David Fay
  • Tim Rosaforte: Retief Goosen’s putting fix
  • David Owen: Food for thought
  • Dan Jenkins: Report from the Masters

The Digest

  • On The Tee: Nick Watney
  • Guru: Playing with family
  • Fitness: Lightning myths
  • Rules: Stroke savers
  • Books: 14 to check out
  • Style: Watches as investments

Travel Digest

  • Long Drives: Memphis to Little Rock
  • Ambush: Bratton brotherhood
  • Q&A With John Smoltz: The Boston Red Sox reliever talks about his aspirations of making it on tour and the golf course in his backyard


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