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  • The 1997 Masters: My Story
    The 1997 Masters: My Story
    by Tiger Woods
  • The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford

The object of golf architecture is to give an intelligent purpose to the striking of a golf ball. To be worthwhile, this purpose must excite and hold interest. If it fails in this, the character of the architecture is at fault.
MAX BEHR

 

  

Wednesday
Nov012017

Video: Tony Robbins And Fish-Friendly Golf Balls

H/T to Christopher Powers at GolfDigest.com for catching this Business Insider video piece on Tony Robbins. Besides getting to see what kind of second homes motivational speaking and Mercedes voiceovers will pay for, it's a great chance to see Albus Golf's "fish balls" put into use.

We saw them a few years ago pre-Abu Dhabi championship for a contest between Fowler/McIlroy/Rose and Stenson, but this piece actually shows us how the balls react once in the water. Very, very cool!




Wednesday
Nov012017

"What 8 Golfers and Fans Wore to the Presidents Club"

Fun slideshow posted on Halloween of all days showing what "8 Golfers and Fans Wore to the Presidents Club" by the New York Times' John Ortved.

Rickie reps the USA and Anirban the International team.

Of course, the description was funny:

With spectators gathered, top American players including Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson managed to retain their trophy against opponents including Canada’s Bob Weir and India’s Anirban Lahiri. Yes, it was a sea of polo shirts and khakis, but not all polo shirts are equal. Here’s a sampling of what golfers and their fans wore.

Mike Weir did drive good cart.

Tuesday
Oct312017

Best Of Halloween Golf Costumery: Putter Boy 

Just tremendous on many levels...

The best golf-related #Halloween costume EVER. #pinehurst #pinehurstresort

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Tuesday
Oct312017

Arnold Palmer No. 2 Of Top-Earning Celebs Who Have Passed

Zack O'Malley Greenburg summarizes the Forbes list of deceased celebrity earners and while Michael Jackson's catalog continues to sell, Arnold Palmer's brand continues to thrive a year since his passing.

Greenburg writes:

Golf legend Arnold Palmer claims the No. 2 spot with $40 million. Barely a year after his death, more than 400 stores still sell Palmer-branded apparel in Asia, and AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million—MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019.

Monday
Oct302017

Politico: "Trump finds golf isn't the way to Congress' heart"

As President Donald Trump prepares to embark on an 11-day trip through Asia scheduled to include golf with Prime Minister Abe and Hideki Matsuyama, Darren Samuelson considers how the game is helping his relationship with Congress.

Schedules, it seems, are not leading to golf games that include talk of business, Samuelson writes.

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican ranked by Golf Digest last year as the best golfer among members of Congress, said he had just discussed playing 18 holes with Trump when the president visited the Capitol for a GOP luncheon earlier this week.

“I’ve been invited for sure,” Perdue said. But Perdue said that finding a date in recent weeks has been challenging because of his commitments back in Georgia.

While Perdue said he expects to talk political shop when he does finally play golf with Trump, he also expects the round to be heavy on the social side.

“I’m not sure he’s using it as a tool,” Perdue said. “It’s a personal thing to do. This man has friends and uses it that way. He uses it to get relaxation. He uses it to think.

A Sunday game with with three legislators was rained out, which would have been his 79th day at one of his golf properties since becoming President.

Monday
Oct302017

Roundup: Tiger's Coming Back (Again)

Steve DiMeglio with the USA Today take on Tiger announcing a December return to the Hero World Challenge, just as Hank Haney guaranteed.

I wrote about why I'm buying stock in Tiger this time around for the weekly Golfweek and now posted online. This was before we knew of the Hero entry today, but with all signs pointing to a comeback (again).

And some of the same points are noted by Will Gray at GolfChannel.com. In particular: Tiger's lighter and more open approach:

To his credit, Woods appears to have used his time away from the game to turn over a new, self-deprecating leaf. He grinned his way around Liberty National as an assistant captain and displayed a level of self-awareness with his “return of the stinger” tweet last week that would have seemed out of place a decade ago.

Even Monday’s announcement included a reference to the “committee of 1” which granted Woods, the tournament host, an exemption specifically reserved for the tournament host.

The thought of a largely healthy Woods returning to action is tantalizing enough, but for that same player to be willing to have a little fun while trying to keep up with players half his age? The internet has combusted over less.

Ryan Lavner summarizes the views of Notah Begay, who is pleasantly surprised but how quickly things are going all of a sudden after Tiger showed great patience in his latest rehab process.

Here he was explaining:

Jason Sobel at ESPN.com reminds us to not get carried away with some of the deja vu all over again aspects to this.

Woods made a similar return from injury at this same event last year, finishing in a share of last place among those who completed four rounds, but in a tie for the tournament lead in birdies with eventual champion Hideki Matsuyama.

A month later, Woods missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, which was followed by the withdrawal in Dubai a week later.

ESPN's Bob Harig explains how Tiger green-lit this comeback and says the Hero World Challenge is "a nice soft landing" spot.


Before the news, Damon Hack and I discussed the different signs this time around:

Monday
Oct302017

Not Everyone Is Ashamed Of Their Golf Ties: Actor Christopher McDonald DUI Edition

Now I know it's been a rough patch for golf of late, what with OJ Simpson rushing to get a club in his hand within hours of leaving prison and an assortment of other shady characters attaching themselves to the royal and ancient game.

But look at the case of actor Christopher McDonald. With a mile-long oeuvre that includes roles in Thelma & Louise, Fatal Instinct, Unforgettable and even television roles on Boardwalk Empire and Law & Order, McDonald could have name-dropped none of those award-worthy artistic vehicles.

Instead, after crashing his Porsche in Lake Arrowhead, he touted his work in Happy Gilmore to the arresting officers. TMZ says the officers weren't impressed to be in the midst of Shooter McGavin.

I believe in this time of crisis and irresponsible living (this is DUI 2!) which should get him forbidden from ever driving a car again, we still need to support McDonald for not shying away from the game he clearly loves (and still earns nice residuals from).

Monday
Oct302017

Tiger Woods To Play In 2017 Hero World Challenge!

Fantastic news!

For Immediate:

TIGER WOODS TO PLAY IN 2017 HERO WORLD CHALLENGE
 
Tournament Host Tiger Woods to make his return to competitive golf at Albany, Bahamas. Woods and Daniel Berger round out the 18-player field. Tickets available at HeroWorldChallenge.com
 
ALBANY, Bahamas – Following nine months away from competitive golf, tournament host Tiger Woods is set to make his return at the 2017 Hero World Challenge Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 at Albany, Bahamas.
 
“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”
 
Woods, whose TGR Live organization manages the Hero World Challenge, is a five-time winner of the event. Tiger Woods Foundation is the event’s charitable beneficiary along with the Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.
 
Joining Woods in the 2017 Hero World Challenge field is Daniel Berger. Woods and Berger round out the final two spots in the elite 18-player Hero World Challenge field. Berger is coming off one of his best years as a professional, earning his second career PGA TOUR win and representing the United States in the Presidents Cup.
 
2017 Hero World Challenge field:
Name (Official World Golf Ranking as of 9/25/17), Country
 
Dustin Johnson (1), USA
Jordan Spieth (2), USA
Hideki Matsuyama (3), Japan
Justin Thomas (4), USA
Jason Day (7), Australia
Rickie Fowler (8), USA
Brooks Koepka (11), USA
Matt Kuchar (12), USA
Justin Rose (13), England
Alex Noren (14), Sweden
Marc Leishman (16), Australia
Tommy Fleetwood (17), England
Francesco Molinari (18), Italy
Patrick Reed (20), USA
Charley Hoffman (23), USA
Kevin Kisner (24), USA
Tiger Woods (tournament host), USA
Daniel Berger (exemption), USA

Monday
Oct302017

He's Back! Paul Casey Will Be Eligible For 2018 Ryder Cup

Besides being one of the world's most consistent players and a fantastic match play golfer with a stellar record in the format, sophisticated world traveler Paul Casey knows when there's a Ryder Cup to be eligible for.

Paris, Versailles, here he comes! From Alistair Tait's Golfweek.com report on Casey re-upping his European Tour membership:

“As hard as it was trying to make it work three years ago – struggling with my game, dropping out of the top 50 – I have missed it (the European Tour) too much,” Casey said. “I have missed my contribution to English golf, British golf, my contribution to Europe.”

Monday
Oct302017

Nick Price, Kendra Graham Added To USGA Executive Committee

Given Nick Price's refusal to attend World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies even when he's in the same city, I'm not liking his chances of attending a committee meeting on the 2019 Green Section budget. It's also fun that his Hall of Fame status is mentioned right off the bat given that he's shunned the Hall since getting in.

According to Golf World's Ryan Herrington, Price's inclusion is part of a push to take the USGA down a more "player friendly" path.

Also placed on the committee overseeing activities is longtime rules expert, former USGA employee and stil-consultant to Golf Channel, Kendra Graham, significantly raising the golf IQ of the group.

Kudos to the USGA for a Monday announcement and to the outgoing members who all served traditional-length tenures. For Immediate Release:

USGA Announces 2018 Executive Committee Nominations

Mark Newell nominated as 65th president

Other nominees for the volunteer group include World Golf Hall of Fame
member Nick Price

FAR HILLS, N.J. (Oct. 30, 2017) – Mark Newell, of McLean, Va., has been nominated to serve a one-year term as the 65th president of the United States Golf Association (USGA) by the USGA Nominating Committee. He would replace Diana Murphy, who is completing her second and final one-year term.

Newell, a five-year member of the USGA Executive Committee, has chaired the Rules of Golf Committee since 2012. During that time, he has co-led the joint USGA/R&A Rules modernization project, which will result in major Rules changes in 2019. He also chaired the USGA Handicap Committee and spent four years as co-chair of the World Handicap Initiative, which developed the proposed USGA/R&A World Handicap System that is scheduled to debut in 2020.

Newell’s nomination comes alongside those of four new nominees to the Executive Committee, including three-time major champion and former World No. 1 player Nick Price, and a new general counsel.

The other new nominees to the 15-member Executive Committee, a volunteer group that serves as the Association’s executive policy-making board, are Paul G. Brown, Kendra Graham and Sharon Ritchey. Richard A. Shortz has been nominated as general counsel.

If elected at the USGA’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 3, 2018, in Miami, Fla., the nominees would replace departing Committee members Murphy, Sheila Johnson, George Still and Thomas Hough. Robert Weber will also retire as general counsel.

"Once again, the USGA is the beneficiary of having an incredibly talented group of nominees,” said Jim Hyler, chair of the Nominating Committee and former USGA president. “These individuals have the best interests of the game in mind, and we look forward to them continuing the great work accomplished by the previous Committee.”

The Executive Committee candidates have a wealth of experience in industries that include golf, corporate business, finance and banking. Each nominee has already made selfless contributions to the sport at the local, amateur, collegiate and professional levels.

“We are extremely grateful for all the hard work of our outgoing Executive Committee members and general counsel, who have selflessly volunteered their time and expertise to the benefit of our mission for the past several years,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “That includes a special thank you to Diana for her leadership, dedication and support over the past two years, which will have a lasting impact.

“The new nominee group truly embodies the mission of the USGA, by helping to make the game more accessible, playable, and enjoyable for everyone. Their expertise, insight, and knowledge will help grow the game in ways that will be beneficial for every golfer.”

Notable experience and achievements of the nominees are as follows:

Nick Price, of Hobe Sound, Fla., is a three-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Fame member and one of the best players of his era. A native of Zimbabwe, Price won 18 times on the PGA Tour, earned two PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards (1993, 1994), and spent 43 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world. He was the 2005 recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. Price competed five times for the International Team in the Presidents Cup and has served as captain three times, including 2017. In addition to his career on the course, Price has immersed himself in golf course design, with a portfolio of courses all over the world.

Kendra Graham, of Winter Park, Fla., worked for the USGA in Rules and Competitions from 1987 to 2003 and has devoted a lifetime of service to the game of golf. Graham was one of the first women to work as a Rules official at the Masters in 1994, and she was the first American woman to officiate at The Open Championship in 1995. She has worked as a Rules official for more than 20 major championships. A graduate of Wake Forest University, where she played on the golf team, Graham won several junior events and has competed in three USGA championships. A breast cancer survivor, Graham is an avid fundraiser for charitable efforts, including the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen For The Cure, and the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sharon Ritchey, of Asheville, N.C., has spent her career in the financial sector, most recently serving as senior executive director and chief customer officer for AXA US, one of the largest and most recognized insurance brands in the world. Prior to AXA, Ritchey worked at The Hartford Financial Services, where she helped support the sports marketing program, including the sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Ritchey furthered her commitment to the game by supporting the creation of the women’s golf program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, she currently serves on the board of the LPGA Foundation.

Paul G. Brown, of Brookeville, Md., has nearly four decades of experience in the banking industry, most recently serving as executive vice president of City First Bank, the only bank in the nation’s capital that provides financial services to underserved communities in the region. Brown has served as an official at 35 USGA championships – including seven U.S. Opens – and is a member of the Junior Amateur Championship Committee. Brown earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Bucknell University.

Richard A. Shortz, of Los Angeles, Calif., has practiced law for more than 40 years, supporting major corporations and leading initiatives in the field of corporate governance. A junior club champion at age 15, Shortz has had a passion for golf throughout his life. At The Los Angeles Country Club, he has served in various roles, including chair of the club’s U.S. Open Committee. Shortz, a graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, served in the United States Army as a second lieutenant.

Two current members of the Executive Committee have been nominated to serve as officers. They are Mark Reinemann as secretary and Thomas Barkin as treasurer. Other current members nominated to continue their service are: J. Michael Bailey, Stephen Beebe, J. Stuart Francis, Robert Kain, Martha Lang, Gregory Morrison, Clifford Shahbaz and William Siart.

Monday
Oct302017

"Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood"

Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback piggybacks on the recent signs of agri-hood's starting to move forward as a future real estate community approach. Given that so many developments are golf course-based, the shift in philosophy could have profound effects on the future of current real estate communities.

Loudenback says the only people who matter want to grow their own food and demand "clean living,"

But millennials aren't interested in that type of manicured neighborhood. In today's culture, where young people favor farm-to-table fare and wax poetic about "clean living," agrihoods are just what they're searching for.

"Forget about the golf courses. Our buyers want to have a real environment," Theresa Frankiewicz, vice president of community development for Crown Community Development said at the Urban Land Institute's 2016 Food & Real Estate Forum. Frankiewicz is involved in the development of a 6,800-acre agrihood near Tucson, Arizona.

She goes on to reach this conclusion:

If agrihoods continue to attract young homebuyers, millennials may be held responsible for killing yet another formerly prized industry.

In certain areas, including the Coachella Valley where one of these communities is replacing what was intended as a golf community, I could easily see the golf course portions with desert scape or farming. This may not even be a statement about the game, but instead of the viability of so-so design in a world that wants more than just shiny rye grass and waterfalls.

I'm curious if you think this is a fad or a possible trend?

Sunday
Oct292017

Old Guys Backstop Too! Will Henrik Do This In A Ryder Cup Match?

There is a much undermining interest in Shanghai's WGC event. The limited field, slow play, mediocre architecture and even $43,000 in purse pay for guys who get DQ'd. The cherry on the Sunday sundae came with some veteran backstopping, that confirmed this PGA Tour "product" was more exhibition than a serious event.

And while I don't want to pick on Stenson for slow play given the overall pace of the rounds, he did take a robust minute and 48 seconds in the ninth fairway Sunday. This happened after waiting on the group in front of himself, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.  (The fast-playing DJ leaned hard on his club the entire time).

The pacing was interesting given Stenson's views earlier in the week suggesting the Shot Clock Masters won't have much impact due to pro golfers playing ready golf.

But it was Stenson's generous move to leave a wedge shot by the hole as a backstop, even though both Johnson and Koepka faced plugged bunker lies (and boy do they sure play fast when given a backstop!).

Even though the two players were two strokes ahead of Stenson on the leaderboard, Stenson did not feel obliged to protect the field or his own welfare, prompting a fun set of comments from Golf Channel's Phil Blackmar about how the game has changed. The backstopping:

 

 

Thought: there is a better than decent chance Johnson and Koepka could play Stenson and eventual HSBC Champions winner Justin Rose in next year's Ryder Cup. I wonder if Stenson would leave his ball down as a backstop then? If so, then the game really has changed!

Saturday
Oct282017

Video: Jack On Gameday, Jordan On Corden

Fun times for golf fans getting to see big names in big settings (at least in the U.S.), as Jordan Spieth joined The Late Show with James Corden to talk many things, including his recent round with Barack Obama and also hit some shots at Corden. The Obama talk:



Buckeye Emeritus Jack Nicklaus was the guest picker on ESPN's College Gameday as his (The) Ohio State team took on Penn State in a doozy. He arrived with a caddie, as Kevin Casey noted, and of course the Golden Bear got his OSU-PSU pick right.

 

Saturday
Oct282017

China’s Lin Yuxin Finishes Birdie-Eagle In Asia-Pacific Amateur, Earns Spots At Augusta And Carnoustie

China’s lefthanded 17-year-old Lin Yuxin captured the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship to secure invitations to the 2018 Masters and he 2018 Open at Carnoustie.

He birdied Royal Wellington's 17th and eagled the par-5 18th to card a six-under-par 65 and finish 14-under, three ahead of compatriot Andy Zhang. Lin becomes the third Chinese players to qualify through the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

“I’m very, very happy I got the chance to win this event and play two majors,” said Lin, who trailed Zhang for much of the round. “I’m very proud of myself. It means a lot to me to play in the Masters and The Open next year. It’s a great experience.”

 “Andy played really solid today,” Lin said. “He didn’t make a single mistake until 15. His iron shots were really good and he made a lot of putts. I actually thought it might not be my day, but I had a good finish.

“I was just trying to stay aggressive and hit as many drivers as I could. Even though I wasn’t playing that well for 12 holes, I still stuck with that plan. Andy is a very steady player, but I had to stay aggressive and get birdies.”

The winning putt:

Saturday
Oct282017

Daly Injures Knee While In Contention For 2nd Champions Win

Anyone who has been to Sherwood Country Club knows it's a steep walk down the 9th tee hill, so it's not a huge shock to hear someone slipped and injured themselves. Hopefully it's not serious for John Daly, who has been battling issues with his knee. But this does not look good.

Get back soon Long John! Heaven knows the Geezers Tour needs you. Or someone who can beat Bernhard Langer every now and then. It could happen Sunday.

Saturday
Oct282017

Joe Buck On Calling Golf, Jack Buck As America's Guest

If you're enjoying his always strong play-by-play on the baseball playoffs, you'll enjoy Ryan Asselta's Golf.com interview with Fox Sports' Joe Buck.

Besides noticeably more humility about the difficulty of covering golf, I loved this anecdote about his legendary father's passion for playing from city to city.

You were very close to your dad, legendary broadcaster Jack Buck. How much was golf a part of his life?

My dad was an awful golfer, but he loved it. And I saw from a very young age what a release golf was for him. So once I started covering baseball and was on that tour, well, if you're in Houston for three days, you play River Oaks. If you're in Chicago, you go play Medinah. In San Francisco, you play Olympic. We set up a golf tour that Tim Finchem himself couldn't have set up. It was awesome.

Thursday
Oct262017

Golf Can't Get Out Of Its Own Way Files: Emily Nash Files

I know every sport laments the inability to capitalize on great news and accomplishments, but given golf's current predicament as an expensive, time-consuming sport played by an unusually high number of nebulous male characters, the Emily Nash story does not help. Actually, it's a colossal embarrassment.

Worse, early reports that the female high school golfer who earned medalist honors despite knowing she was ineligible actually had no idea of any such rules. Her coaches did. Oh, and she played the same tees as the boys.

Bill Speros has the full roundup at Golfweek of stories and angry Tweets. Deadspin weighed in. The story is going viral internationally, including in The Guardian.

To recap, Nash won the Central Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ golf tournament but was denied a trophy strictly because she's a female.

Emily is taking it all in stride according to her dad, who clarified a few things about the situation on Facebook according to GolfChannel.com's G.R. Team.

Thursday
Oct262017

Player Reactions Suggest Shot Clock Golf Might Get Ugly

I was fascinated reading the different takes to next year's Shot Clock Masters on the European Tour if nothing else because they were so far apart in assessing pace.

Josh Berhow at Golf.com included this quote from Dustin Johnson, asked if more tournaments should have a shot clock.

"Yeah, absolutely," he said on Wednesday, prior to the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, when asked if he would like to see a shot clock on the PGA Tour. "I think it would be very interesting. You'd see a lot of guys getting penalties on our Tour. Yeah, that would be quite fun, actually. I'd have plenty of time but there's a lot of guys that wouldn't. They would be getting a penalty on every hole."

And then there is Henrik Stenson, who plays at a very nice clip when he's on, but can be shockingly slow when he is game is off. Ready golf is not his thing when he's struggling, so if he plays in the Shot Clock Masters he might be in for a rude awakening. A penalty-a-hole awakening:

"I think you can tell that on any golf course around the world on a Saturday morning game, if you have players that are ready to play and hitting and when it's their turn, it can be very quick," Stenson said. "But if you have a foursome where the other three are standing around waiting, while one player is doing his hole preparation and execution, then it's going to be a very slow game. It's certainly enough time, as long as you are preparing while the others are hitting and getting ready."

Thursday
Oct262017

Video: Restoring Winged Foot's Greens

Nice three-parter here from the USGA and Rob Cowen on the restoration of Winged Foot.

For a course wanting to talk restoration, this will be an invaluable piece to share with golfers still not aware of how a high quality project proceeds. Also of note is the blend of bringing back the old while changing everything under the hood to grow turf in the 21st century.

The piece is in three parts, but if you watch Part 1, YouTube will take you to parts 2 and 3.

Thursday
Oct262017

Trend? Pre-Recession Golf Course To Become Olive "Agri-hood"

Marilyn Kalfus of the Orange County Register reports the latest on a long planned conversion of a failed Palm Springs golf course development into an "agri-hood".

It seems the now-abandoned course once called Avalon is now going to be Miralon with olive trees instead of fairways.

Agri-hoods are a hot trend. There are about 150 so-called farm-to-fork neighborhoods around the U.S., says Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute. They’re as close as Rancho Mission Viejo in Orange County and The Cannery in Davis near Sacramento, and as far-flung as Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.; Willowsford in the rolling hills of Loudoun County, Va., and Kukui’ula in Hawaii, where Kaua’i residents can harvest guava, papaya and pineapples.

“It’s a concept whose time has come,” said Paul Habibi, professor of real estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. “We’re increasingly looking to sustainability as an important objective in real estate development.”

There was also this, in a Jenkins-esque bit of reporting:

The Olive Oil Times, which touts itself as “the world’s No. 1 source for the latest olive oil news,” recently devoted a spread to the planned olive oasis. “Golf courses require a lot of water to stay lush and playable,” the story noted.

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