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Quotes Regarding Golf at Callaway Gardens
From GolfWeek’s website:

"You sleep real well here because you're out in the wild," said 2001 champion Chris DiMarco.

Added 1995 champion Fred Funk: "The players like coming here. It is a nice atmosphere for us because it is a laid-back town. It's definitely in the sticks a little bit."

Those around the Tour at the turn of the century no doubt harbor their own special memories of Stewart. As flashy as he appeared on the golf course ("If we are birds on the PGA Tour," said Paul Azinger, "Payne was like a peacock") Stewart also blended well sitting at the bar at, say, Callaway Gardens, Ga., wearing jeans and a T-shirt, savoring a beer.





  1. “When I stroll around the Gardens and see thousands of people on the beach and in the water, and on the golf course and fishing in the lakes, or just strolling in the woods listening to the birds sing, or looking at the flowers, it makes me feel a fine warm glow of selfish happiness.” - Cason J. Callaway

Fred Couples – 9/25/96 (after shooting a 63 on Mountain View Golf courser, home to the PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge): “What a great course. What a beautiful place. I’ll come back here many, many times. If I had known the golf course was this good I would have been here years ago.”


April 1996 from a guest: My husband plays golf and he says, “This is where God would come to play.”
97 – Southern Living Detroit Advertising Director Patrick Simmons (“Every year I bring down these “big shots” from Detroit – guys who are invited to play golf all over the country. Every year we plan and plan to make sure every detail is covered. And every year these guys walk away from Callaway telling me it’s the best golf weekend they have ever had!”
Davis Love II 97 Media Interviews:

“It’s good to get back out – get at it. This is a great week, I wouldn’t want to miss it. Anybody who has played the Ryder Cup shouldn’t play week after. But I get excited about playing in Georgia – especially on this course.” On Sunday after win, “It’s a big thrill to win in Georgia, especially this one. This is a great course.”


AJC – 2001 – “It’s unfortunate that a tournament on such a good golf course is going to be moved to, I guess, what would be considered a lesser event,” Toms said. “It might be a tournament that I miss if I play in those events {the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup}, and it’s a favorite of mine, so I don’t particularly like it [the move].
AJC – 2001 - “I think it’s a real shame that we will not be playing a good, higher-profile event on this golf course,” Duval said. “I don’t know. The PGA Tour sometimes has a knack for leaving good golf courses. I know that’s not going to be well-received, but it’s true. Ask anybody, and this is one of the 10 best golf courses we see all year.”
2001 Buick Challenge interview with David Duval – “I’m like most every other player here who really enjoys it. That it’s kind of more low-key this week. It’s not in a big city and all that. Just playing such a nice golf course. Everybody that I know has always enjoyed coming here. It’s a limited field. People like Nick Price, who hadn’t been here in a long, long time played last year and I don’t know if he is playing this year but he was talking about how good it was and how good a golf course it was so it is nice to be here at this golf course and this tournament.” “I don’t think there is anything unique necessarily but I think it’s just that it is good. It’s straightforward. It’s in front of you. The only hole you might say is a little week is No. 15, the par-5. But that really could be a good hole on all the other courses we play. It’s just one of the better golf courses that we see. It’s fairly long and it’s straight in front of you and I think that is what we enjoy.”
CLE 10/24/01 – From Guerry Clegg article - The Buick Challenge rated as one of Toms’ favorites even before he won. The vacation-like atmosophere, the homestyle villas and course are a refreshing break from the late-season grind of the Tour. “It’s a great golf course,” he said. “We played Disney last week and you knew you’d be in a divot a few times. There are no divots when we come here. It’s just perfect. This late in the year, it’s a pretty meaningful tournament.” “Backing [proving his first win wasn’t a one-hit wonder] it up here on a great golf course, a place I love coming to, built it up more,”

Toms said.


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PGATour.com story by Steve Eubanks (10/25/01) – Sergio Garcia, “It’s great to see so many great players here, because I promise you, they would not be here if they did not like the golf course. It’s definitely one of the top 10 courses of the year. It’s not one of the longest courses, but it’s one of the narrowest. The rough is up, and that puts a premium on driving it in the fairway. I saw my neighbor Dicky Pride last week, and we were talking about how they used to have to beg players to come to this tournament. Now he is not even able to get in the field.”
Mark O’Meara “Everybody I’ve talked to says it’s great,” O’Meara said. “I love the property. It’s a great spot.”
Nick Prices said, “This is one of the best kept secrets in all of golf. I think if the greens were bent grass instead of Bermuda, this course would be in the top 100 in the world.”
“It is certainly one of the best courses we play all year,” David Toms said. “It’s always in perfect shape, like nobody has been here. You have to drive the ball well and there are a lot of little doglegs here and there. The rough is usually up, so you have to play solid golf. It’s not a golf course were guys are going to shoot 20 to 30 under unless the conditions are just absolutely perfect. You don’t have to go crazy like you do at other tournaments. If you shoot 15 under, that’s pretty good stuff here.” “It’s awesome,” he said. “You walk into your villa, you have that kind of fireplace smell. You are laid up on the couch watching TV instead of lying with your head against the headboard of your bed like I do every other week. It’s not like you’re home, but it’s closer to home than an average hotel. It’s just different. It’s fun.”
Howell, “This is a great place to be, especially toward the end of the year,” he said. “It’s like a vacation. It’s very peaceful here. Cell phone coverage is sparse, which is nice. You don’t have to answer your phone all the time.”

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CLE 10/28/01 – It’s Mark O’Meara’s first time playing at Callaway Gardens and he told [Tiger} Woods, who has yet to play in the event about the conditions and his impressions so far. “It’s very, very nice,” O’Meara said after Saturday’s round. “I have nothing but positive things to say. I’m very impressed.”

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CLE 10/28/01 – “You can’t make mistakes,” Love said. “I hit a couple of bad drives and wound up with bogeys on holes that had been birdies. That’s the difference.”

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Golf Guide 199 – CLE – Steve Elkington “A lot of people come here for different reasons. I like to bring my family and lay up in these cabins and take the kids for a ride on the golf trail.” “Being right in the middle, that’s where you can really score on this course,” Elkington said. “If you’re in the rough, you’re always trying to go up over the front bunker. And if the ball has too much speed on it, it will go over the back of the green. Then you’re always chipping and trying to make par. But if you are in the fairways, you can spin the ball and make birdies.” Elkington said the tournament can often be won or lost on the par-5 15th hole, in which water comes into play twice. “That’s a scoring hole where you can catch up to other players,” he said. “But is’ always been a hole that’s hard to play. It’s probably the hardest hole on the course.”

“I’ve always like this place a lot. I bring my family down here. I’ve always thought this golf course is underrated. It reminds me a lot of Pinehurst. It’s beautiful. I don’t know if anyone’s ever been to Callaway Gardens and didn’t like it. I think most of the guys that come here and play it like it.”

What does it take to win here “You got to be straight. Even though it looks quite wide open when you come out here if you don’t keep it straight you’re not going to contend in this tournament. Plus, putting is a key. Because of the Bermuda greens there’s a fair amount of grain. I always felt like when you come into the South you have to putt on Bermuda greens and because there’s more grain in there you have to pay attention to it. It’s almost part of the hazard. Some players get frustrated putting on the Bermuda greens and say they’re too slow or you can’t read them, but that ‘s part of golf. That’s part of playing in the South.
In what ways does this golf course remind you of Pinehurst?

“It’s lined with pine trees. And it has raise greens. They’re raised up a little bit. Although the Pinehurst the greens are shaved and everything rolls off. And it’s not too far from here. I just think this is a fantastic course. Dick Wilson is the designer. He did this course and he did Doral .. and LaCosta. Dick Wilson always has big fairway bunkers. You look out here and hter’s a fairway bunker on almost every hole. He usually put s one long on one side and short on the other side to trap the guys that hit is short. That’s always suite my game.


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Notes from Media Room: Nick Price

“This course is a gem. What a beautiful piece of property. It’s a great golf course – challenging off tees, greens are small and they are well-bunkered. {mentions family as no. 1 priority but it doesn’t make a lot of sense)
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From Golfweek’s website

Jonnathan Byrd, winner of the 2002 and final Buick Challenge,

He later said, "She did as much to help the win as I did," he said of Talley, who had a small bruise on her back, but otherwise was fine. Amanda Talley did what any good fiancee of a PGA Tour player would. She took one for the team.

But a fortuitous bounce off the back of his wife-to-be was about all the help Jonathan Byrd needed in the final round of the final Buick Challenge Oct. 27. The rest he did on his own.

Byrd's 9-under-par 63 on Callaway Gardens' Mountain View Course earned him his first Tour victory, thrust the former Clemson University standout into the middle of the rookie of the year race and put him on the verge of earning a spot in the Masters next season.

He accomplished all that by going 7 under par in a scintillating five-hole stretch on the back nine - sandwiching two eagles around three birdies - that gave him a five-shot lead. Byrd finished at a tournament-record 27-under 261, then survived a strong charge by David Toms (final-round 65) to win by a stroke. Phil Mickelson also shot 63 Sunday to finish third at 23-under 265.

Byrd, 24, became the first rookie to win this year and the 17th first-time winner on Tour in 2002.

But Byrd's triumph might not have been possible had his errant drive on the par-5 seventh hole not found - of all people - Talley. "Probably my worst swing of the day," said Byrd.

The ball hopped off the cart path, deflected off Talley's back and spun back toward the right rough rather than heading into the woods. From there, an admittedly shaken Byrd ("I was thinking I hit her in the head, on the fly") managed to reach the green in two, then two-putted from 60 feet for birdie that set up his eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle stretch on holes 11-15.

"She did as much to help the win as I did," he said of Talley, who had a small bruise on her back, but otherwise was fine.

What the Pros Say about Playing Golf at Callaway Gardens …

“It’s good to get back out – get at it. This is a great week. I wouldn’t want to miss it. Anybody who has played the Ryder Cup shouldn’t play the week after. But I get excited about playing in Georgia – especially on this course.” On Sunday after winning, “It’s a big thrill to win in Georgia, especially this one. This is a great course.”



Davis Love III, 1997 PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge
“I think it’s a real shame that we will not be playing a good, higher-profile event on this golf course [Callaway Gardens’ Mountain View Course],” Duval said. “The PGA Tour sometimes has a knack for leaving good golf courses. I know that’s not going to be well-received, but it’s true. Ask anybody, and this is one of the 10 best golf courses we see all year.”

David Duval, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2001
After shooting a 63 on Mountain View Golf course, home to the PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge: “What a great course. What a beautiful place. I’ll come back here many, many times. If I had known the golf course was this good I would have been here years ago.”

Fred Couples, 1996 PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge (9/25/96)
“It’s great to see so many great players here, because I promise you, they would not be here if they did not like the golf course. It’s definitely one of the top 10 courses of the year. It’s not one of the longest courses, but it’s one of the narrowest. The rough is up, and that puts a premium on driving it in the fairway. I saw my neighbor Dicky Pride last week, and we were talking about how they used to have to beg players to come to this tournament. Now he is not even able to get in the field.”

Sergio Garcia, PGATour.com story by Steve Eubanks (10/25/01)
“It’s very, very nice,” O’Meara said after Saturday’s round. “I have nothing but positive things to say. I’m very impressed.”

Mark O’Meara, Columbus Ledger Enquirer (10/28/01 – first time at Callaway Gardens)


“This course is a gem. What a beautiful piece of property. It’s a great golf course – challenging off tees, greens are small and they are well-bunkered.”

Nick Price during PGA Tour’s Buick Challenge
“This is one of the best kept secrets in all of golf.”

Nick Price
“It is certainly one of the best courses we play all year,” David Toms said. “It’s always in perfect shape, like nobody has been here. You have to drive the ball well and there are a lot of little doglegs here and there. The rough is usually up, so you have to play solid golf. It’s not a golf course were guys are going to shoot 20 to 30 under unless the conditions are just absolutely perfect. You don’t have to go crazy like you do at other tournaments. If you shoot 15 under, that’s pretty good stuff here.” “It’s awesome. You walk into your villa, you have that kind of fireplace smell. You are laid up on the couch watching TV instead of lying with your head against the headboard of your bed like I do every other week. It’s not like you’re home, but it’s closer to home than an average hotel. It’s just different. It’s fun.”

David Toms, PGATour.com story by Steve Eubanks (10/25/01)
"The players like coming here. It is a nice atmosphere for us because it is a laid-back town. It's definitely in the sticks a little bit."

Fred Funk, GolfWeek.com
"You sleep real well here because you're out in the wild."

Chris DiMarco, GolfWeek.com

What the average golfers say about playing golf at Callaway Gardens …
“My husband plays golf and he says, ‘This is where God would come to play.’”

Comment from Callaway Gardens Guest


“Every year I bring down these “big shots” from Detroit – guys who are invited to play golf all over the country. Every year we plan and plan to make sure every detail is covered. And every year these guys walk away from Callaway telling me it’s the best golf weekend they have ever had!”

Patrick Simmons, Southern Living Detroit Advertising Director 1997


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