Well, I'm not one to take a golf, as a rule, but here we go. Today's theme has phrases whose first word can be reinterpreted as a golf term. More precisely, a GOLFBALL could rest in or on each of them. I like that they progress naturally from the start of a hole through to the finish. I hope it was par four or better!
Actually, now that I think about it, it wasn't the prettiest hole ever, going into the rough first, then into a bunker before landing on the green and into the cup. I like the pair of history theme answers, with ROUGHRIDER and BUNKERHILL, always a favorite for us Bostonians. The clue for 42A: Leafy course (GREENSALAD) had me scratching my head for a while until I realized it was referring to a dinner course.
I'm impressed by the smoothness of the fill, given the six theme answers. Mr. Kalish manages to get some very nice long downs, especially through the middle. ONTHEDL, GRILLE, and GLACIER are very nice. I'm always partial to Ms. NATALIE Portman. I also liked the pair of symmetrically placed abbreviation answers in STPADDY and MTADAMS.
Nothing much ISEE that is not to my taste. I'm not sure I'd use the word WEIRDER rather than "more weird," but I'm sure that's a personal taste thing. And I've given up on the whole E- thing as in EFILE. It's here to stay whether I like it or not.