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Course-Hopping Capper

Russ Meyer has been a longtime member of the Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, CA, but it wasn’t until he played a round there last summer that he decided the 18th hole at that celebrated course was his favorite. And that’s largely because of what he did to get there that day.“We started with a 6:05 a.m. tee time ...

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One for Bobby

As a young boy growing up in Atlanta, Heidrick & Struggles chief executive Pat Pittard used to walk over to the Donald Ross-designed course at the East Lake Golf Club in hopes of catching a glimpse of its most famous member, Bobby Jones. “I remember, like it was yesterday, standing at the fence by the fourth hole, which runs parallel ...

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Lee Does Dallas

Chuck Lee doesn’t have to stray far from work to find his favorite golf hole. “It’s the sixth on the Tournament Players Course (TPC) at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas,” he says. “The hole runs right by our Dallas headquarters, and sometimes when I’m out there, I can hear our employees hooting and hollering at me.” ...

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Six Sigma, at the Sixth

It was a warm and cloudless day in late February when 64- year-old Larry Bossidy stepped to the tee of the sixth hole at the Floridian Yacht & Golf Club and pulled out his five-wood. He hadn’t been playing particularly well that day and didn’t expect anything spectacular to happen when he lofted his ball on a high-arching fade toward ...

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A Thorny Five Par

Like any golfer who has been lucky enough to play Augusta National, Richard Priory considers the site of the annual Masters tournament to be among the best courses in the world. And it’s from the back nine of that fabled layout that he selected his favorite golf hole. “It’s the par-five 15th,” says the 53-year-old head of Charlotte, NC-based Duke ...

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Amen for Augusta

Fourteen-handicapper Earnest Deavenport goes right to one of the game’s holiest shrines when it comes to selecting his favorite golf hole and picks perhaps the sport’s most famous par-five. “It’s the 13th at Augusta National,” says the 61-year-old Macon, MS, native. “The last part of Amen Corner and a place where both distance and position come into play. You can ...

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Power of One

Jim McGlothlin’s favorite golf hole is one he has played hundreds of times. “It’s the 14th at Harbourtown Golf Links in Hilton Head,” he says. “The hole is a par-three that measures 165 yards from the back tees and 138 from the members’ markers, and I had a house right on it for some 20 years. I vacationed there a ...

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Pacific Overture

As the head of a multinational corporation with annual sales of more than $8 billion, Honeywell chief executive officer Michael Bonsignore doesn’t get to play much golf. “I love the game,” says the 22-handicapper. “But I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule very often. For me, it always seems to be a problem of so many courses and ...

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Blowing in the Wind

Paul Fireman was a 15-year-old sophomore at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, when he played the 17th hole at the Kittansett Club for the first time. “I was on the school golf team, and Kittansett was one of the local courses we used,” he says. “I liked the entire layout, but there was something special about the 17th.” Four decades ...

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On Golden Putt

Bill Dahlberg doesn’t stray very far from home when he picks his favorite hole. “It’s the 18th at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta,” says the native of the Georgia capital and the head of the huge (1997 revenues: $12.6 billion) Southern Company that is based in that same city. “It’s one of the rare par-three finishing holes in ...

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