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Golf writer Patrick Jones Golf writer and general assignment writer Patrick Jones
Freelance general assignment writer, golf writer and travel writer
  • Freelance golf and general assignment writer for national, regional and local publications and Web sites;
  • Personality profiles, travel destinations, real estate, general assignment features, golf, sports, business and essays;
  • Magazine, daily newspaper, online and Fortune 250 corporate communications writing and editing experience;
  • M.A. Communications; B.S. Journalism; first-place press association awards for features and column writing;
  • Quality creative writing on deadline; references from satisfied editors available on request;
  • Member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North Carolina Golf Panel.
E-mail contact: patrick@patrickjones.com
 


Golf Writer
Recent freelance samples by golf writer Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is an award-winning freelance golf writer. Patrick currently serves as Editor/Lead Writer for Golf Daily, providing features on travel destinations, equipment reviews, industry issues and general commentaries. He is a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel, a committee of golf industry professionals, media members and business leaders that plays and annually ranks the state's top golf courses.


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Golf Daily
Editor/Lead Writer

Golf. All Day. Every Day.
www.golfdaily.com

 

GolfStyles cover stories by Patrick Jones
Golf writer The Tie That Binds
Personal essay: Fathers, sons and the game of golf

The 21st Century Country Club
Is the game lost at the modern country club?

Great Escapes
Humor essay: The best golf trips don't always revolve around where you go but who you go with.
 

Open Championship

The Open Championship
The Official Program of the British Open Golf Championship

Freelance golf magazine feature: Carolina In My Mind

The title of James Taylor's iconic song sums up the particular attraction of the state of North Carolina, home to Pinehurst and a wealth of other golfing options. Once witnessed in all its stunning beauty, North Carolina will never be forgotten.

 

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Kingdom featuresKingdom Magazine
The Exclusive Magazine for Members and Guests of Arnold Palmer Golf Courses
www.arnieskingdom.com

Georgia golf feature

Golf travel feature: A Peach of a State
Georgia is home to The Masters and Bobby Jones. Travel the state from Atlanta to Savannah, not to mention from Ty Ty to Enigma. Savor all the side trips and fare that the Peach State has to offer.

 

Golf real estate feature: Sweet Home Carolina
Arnold Palmer continues to bestow his gifts, gratitude and genius on North Carolina a half century after he wandered into the state as an accidental student.

 

Tom Glavine golf profilePersonality profile: Pitching Brave
Tom Glavine is on his way to Cooperstown with 300-plus wins and a pair of Cy Young awards. The crafty lefthander is back with the Braves in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career.

 

Dan Marino golf

Personality profile: Dan The Man
Dan Marino, like Arnold Palmer, is a Pennsylvania kid made good. Both have risen to the top of their respective athletic professions and continue to remain active in their sports after their Hall of Fame careers have ended.

 

Golf instruction: Go Long
Tiger loves them, you're scared of them. But if you can hit one, a long iron can do serious damage to your opponent. Richard Sykes, coaching the North Carolina State Wolfpack for the 38th straight season, tells you how to stripe them.

 

Golf instruction: Managing Practice
A pair of PGA Master Professionals tell you how to maximize your available practice time.

 

Golf instruction: Hitting from the Rough
Balsam Mountain Preserve head golf professional Brian Chapman offers tips on getting out of the rough stuff.

 

Golf instruction: 80 Yards and In
Golfers are generally an intelligent bunch, but when it comes to practice, most tend to pull out the driver and ignore the wedges and putter -- scoring clubs that lead to a better game.

 

Golf instruction: Driving Ambition
Innsborok's head pro Martha Faulconer can't give you Arnold Palmer's distinctive rocket off the tee, but she can offer a few tips on developing a drive of your own.

 

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Haven Magazine
A Guide To Exploring The Exceptional Nature of Bald Head Island

www.baldheadisland.com

Magazine feature: Renewing A Coastal Classic
Patrick Jones, golf writer and member of the North Carolina Golf Panel, provides a unique first-person take on the newly renovated Bald Head Island Golf Club.

 

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Golf in China
China's Golf + Travel Magazine

Golf travel feature: Pinehurst No. 2 hosts the world
Patrick Jones provides international readers with insights on Pinehurst Resort and the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, scheduled to host the men's and women's U.S. Open golf championships on back-to-back weeks in 2014.

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Victory at Valhalla
Official Program of the Ryder Cup
www.rydercup.com
Real estate writing feature: Sweet Spot
A giant wave -- retiring Boomers -- is approaching the golf-rich Middle Atlantic States. Temperate weather, coastal destinations, mountain getaways, stable economies and great golf are an alluring combination.

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North Carolina golf writer

GolfStyles Magazine
The Courses You Play, The Places You Stay, Your Golf Lifestyle
www.golfstylesonline.com

GolfStyles is the country's largest family of regional golf publications with editions in Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Ohio, New Jersey and North Carolina with a combined circulation of 330,000 per issue.

Assorted golf-related personality profiles

 

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Multimedia Senior Producer

Multimedia senior producer

Tom Kite

Patrick was the Senior Producer for ESPN's "Lower Your Score With Tom Kite" CD-based instructional golf training series.

Worked closely with 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite and sports psychologist Bob Rotella during 18-month product development process for "Lower Your Score with Tom Kite" instructional golf training series.

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Selected golf course, golf resort and golf travel reviews

Georgia golf course reviews

ALABAMA golf course reviews
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail - Alabama proffers 11 gems from Huntsville to Birmingham to Mobile

GEORGIA golf course reviews
Bear's Best - Imprints of some of the world's best Bear tracks found along the banks of the Chattahoochee River
The River Club - Greg Norman's newest design in the Atlanta area
Candler Park Golf Course - It may be a cow pasture, but it's our cow pasture
The Frog - The course with the funny name is a Fazio thriller
Georgia Tech Club - A gem for the Yellow Jackets faithful
Beaver Dam Farms - Luxurious, exclusive and now accessible
The Manor - Tom Watson's first layout in Georgia
Gold Creek Golf Club - The Gold Standard: Panning for a prime layout
Canongate Golf Clubs - Private without the price
Stone Mountain Golf Club - 'The Rock' features a Robert Trent Jones original
Sugarloaf Country Club - Architect Norman looks for perfection at Sugarloaf
Brasstown Valley Resort - Brasstown Valley is calm to the next level
Callaway Gardens Resort - Southern hospitality at its best
Country Club of the South - Nicklaus's first Atlanta design offers echoes of Augusta
Sky Valley Resort and Country Club - The sky is the limit in this redesigned Georgia mountains course
Crystal Lakes Golf Club - Denis Griffiths' design brings a new option to the northern corridor
St. Marlo Golf Club
- St. Marlo is no sinner
Charlie Yates Golf Course - Who was Charlie Yates and why does he have a course named after him?
Horseshoe Bend Country Club - Around the bend in Roswell

City Club of Marietta - A little something different
North Fulton Golf Course - An impeccable lineage
Indian Creek Golf Club - One of a few: Desmond Muirhead layout in Georgia

MAINE golf course reviews
Belgrade Lakes Golf Club - Maine's Belgrade Lakes is golf at its absolute best

LOUISIANA golf course reviews
The Big Easy - Savor bayous, golf and gumbo on Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail

CARIBBEAN golf course reviews
All Fore Caribbean - Best known in golf circles as the home of the swashbuckling Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rico has solidified its position as a Caribbean golf destination

VIRGINIA golf course reviews
Wintergreen Resort - Wintergreen mixes scenic beauty with fun for all climates
Southwest Virginia roundup - Rally 'round Roanoke when you're in Western Virginia

NEW MEXICO golf course reviews (not yet posted)
Golf in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Angel Fire near Taos offers credence to the state's "Land of Enchantment" moniker

NORTH CAROLINA golf course reviews North Carolina golf course reviews
Eagle Ridge Golf Club - A Texas-sized challenge in The Carolinas
Cypress Lakes Golf Course - Home of the Floyds finds acclaim on its own merits
The Outer Banks - North Carolina's unsung golf destination

Cashiers-Highlands - Jackson County golf will have you flying high
Boone/Banner Elk/Blowing Rock roundup - High Country golf can hold its own
Pinehurst/Sandhills roundup - Sandhills golf does not have to cost an arm and a leg

Keith Hills Country Club - Keith Hills about to become twice as nice
The Heritage Golf Club - The Heritage Club still creates a buzz
The Preserve at Jordan Lake - Filled with Love and variety
Anderson Creek Golf Club - Anderson Creek a labor of Love for Davis III
Waynesville/Maggie Valley
- Haywood County Golf offers a great escape
Fayetteville roundup - Fayetteville offers quality, affordable golf
Interstate 95 - I-95 off golfers several top rest stops
18 Triangle Holes You Must Play - The best in golf in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area

SOUTH CAROLINA golf course reviews
Long Bay Club - There's nothing easy about Long Bay Club
World Tour Golf Links - World Tour gives you a taste of famous links
Arrowhead Golf Club - You're always welcome at Arrowhead Country Club

FLORIDA golf course reviews
Southwood Golf Club - Fred Couples layout in Tallahassee
Camp Creek Golf Club - Fazio design in the Florida Panhandle

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visitnc.com
North Carolina Department of Commerce, Tourism, Film and Sports Development
www.visitnc.com

visitnc.com golf writer Patrick Jones discusses North Carolina's "Dream 18" golf holes that you can play.

Statewide contributing golf editor
Contribute monthly features highlighting golf, resorts and spas, and other recreational opportunities across North Carolina for the state's official tourism Web site. The site received more than 7 million visitors in its most recent year. The Web site is also available in German (www.northcarolinatravel.de) and United Kingdom (www.northcarolinatravel.co.uk) versions.

Patrick is a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel, a committee of golf industry professionals, media members and business leaders that plays and annually ranks the state's top golf courses.

External links to stories on www.visitnc.com:

  • Golf feature: Experience The Maggie Valley Club
  • Golf feature: Lake Toxaway Country Club
  • Golf feature: Linville Golf Club/Eseeola Lodge
  • Golf feature: Great Smoky Mountains Golf
  • Golf feature: North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast Golf Gems
  • Golf feature: Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
  • Golf feature: Strantz Leaves Lasting Imprint on N.C.'s Golf Scene
  • Resorts & spas feature: Badin Inn Resort
  • Golf feature: North Carolina Golf Schools
  • Golf video feature: North Carolina's Dream 18 Holes
  • Golf feature: Brunswick County Golf
  • Golf feature: Lonnie Poole Has Wolfpack Howling
  • Golf feature: "Green" Golf in N.C.
  • Golf feature: Gotta Golf at Pinehurst
  • Skiing feature: Ski Your Way Across N.C.'s Mountains
  • Golf feature: Valentine's Heartbreakers: N.C.'s Toughest Public Courses
  • Golf feature: North Carolina's Longest Goif Holes
  • Golf feature: North Carolina A Hotbed of Golfing Greats
  • Golf feature: Golfing along I-95
  • Outdoors feature: The American Tobacco Trail
  • Golf feature: Outer Banks Golf Roundup
  • Resorts & spas feature: Yonahlossee Inn in Blowing Rock
  • LinkedIn golf writer profile. Member of LInked Golfer network.

     

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South Park Magazine
Luxury Living In and Around Charlotte
www.southparkmagazine.com

Quail Hollow Club: A Stroke of Serendipity
Home to the PGA Tour's Wachovia Championships, the Quail Hollow Club in South Charlotte has undergone major transitions since its inception in 1959.

 

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North Carolina Magazine
The Voice of Business and Industry in North Carolina
www.nccbi.org


Golf feature: Stop Thief!
Leaving your golf bag outside while going into the snack bar may be the most expensive beer that you will ever buy.

 

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Non-golf writing samples by Patrick Jones

Latitudes: American Eagle In-Flight Magazine
Adventures, Cuisine, Festivals
www.eaglelatitudes.com

Magazine travel feature: The Wonders of Wilmington
You may already know the picturesque sights of Wilmington -- North Carolina's historic and serene port city -- even if you have yet to book a visit. With hundreds of feature films and television shows to its credit, some have chosen to dub the town Wilmywood.

 

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LaBamba profileClassic Style Magazine
When You've Got I
t, You've Got It
www.classicstyle.com


Freelance magazine feature: LaBamba

Richie Rosenberg, aka LaBamba, is one of the best-known trombonists in the business. Rosenberg is the slide man and straight man in the Max Weinberg 7, the house band for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. LaBamba's signature Panama hat and formal dress define his style, whether he is performing with his own band, LaBamba and the Hubcaps, or touring with his former Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes buddy Bruce Springsteen. r

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Rebel Magazine
Challenging Today's Popular Culture
www.rebelmagazine.com

Wine writerMagazine travel feature:Oregon Wine Country
Oregon is gaining credence as a fruitful alternative to Napa and Sonoma valleys for impassioned West Coast travelers seeking a wine-filled getaway.

 

 

 

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GO Magazine: AirTran Airline's In-Flight Magazine
A Spotlight on AirTran Airways Many Great Destinations
www.airtranmagazine.com

Magazine travel feature: Escape to Asheville
The heat will be high as Charlotte, host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, entertains the nation's top politicos. Escape the sometimes oppressive humidity -- and partisan rhetoric -- with a quick side trip to the appropriately liberal mountain city of Asheville.

 

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New Jersey Life - freelance writing feature

New Jersey Life
Luxury + Life + Design
www.newjerseylife.com

Mitchell Gold profileFreelance personality profile: The Midas Touch
Furniture maverick Mitchell Gold, founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture design company, has built a $100 million per year business and a 14-carat home to match.

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Luxury Living - real estate writerLuxury Living Magazine
The Source for Exclusive Communities and the Luxury Lifestyle
www.luxurylivingmag.com

A nationally circulated magazine that focuses on exclusive second homes and other high-end real estate. Circulation is 200,000 per issue.

Real estate feature: Out of the Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge Mountains showcase an abundance of views and gorgeous homes.

Real estate feature: The Outstanding Outer Banks
North Carolina's Outer Banks brings people in with its many real estate options and gorgeous coast.

 

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OnePlusMag

One+ Magazine (formerly The Meeting Professional Magazine)
Connecting You to the Global Meeting + Event Community
www.mpiweb.org

Freelance technology magazine feature writing: Seeking Realities in the Virtual World
Dr. Mitzi Montoya sometimes spends her days roaming through virtual worlds. These computerized artificial environments, where our online alter egos are represented in 3-dimensional avatar forms, are not as futuristic as you might think. Major technology companies use virtual worlds to bring together their global workforces for online meetings, and collaborative education and training among other uses.

 

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