Archives for: October 2009

Ballybunion in Ireland, Aberdovey in Wales: two spooky Halloween golf courses

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To get myself in the Halloween spirit for the weekend I was just reading William K. Wolfrum's feature on haunted golf courses, from Willbrook Plantation in Myrtle Beach for its old plantation ruins to Trilogy at Vistancia. I'd like to add a couple mo… more »

The Volvo World Match Play Championship visits Spain's newest posh resort: Finca Cortesin in the Costa Del Sol

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It may be golf's off-season to some, but there's a pretty strong field in tow this week on the European Tour. Pros like Anthony Kim, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen are competing at one of the most impressive new resorts I've seen in my golf travels this… more »

Is golf a sport? Parker McLachlin's mid-round tweet at Open sets debate back an era

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Lets all give a special thanks to Parker McLachlin, the "groundbreaking" professional golfer who is the first to have tweeted during an actual PGA Tour competition round Sunday at the Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, thus setting the "I… more »

Country Club mergers: the future of private golf facilities

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Here's a bit of news I came across this week that seems to represent a growing shift in the world of private golf and country clubs: The Detroit Athletic Club and Forest Lake Country Club have entered a merger agreement which would combine the downtown a… more »

Get the skinny on new Machrihanish Dunes from Larry Olmsted on

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Machrihanish Dunes is one of Scotland's most talked about new golf courses this year. Over on our sister site, we've got the most thorough review of the new course to date from Special Contributor Larry Olmsted. For those who have yet t… more »

Morocco's King Hassan II Trophy officially added to the 2010 European Tour schedule

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Reports from the European Tour this week reveal two tournaments are being added to their 2010 Race to Dubai schedule, while three existing events will be dropped. But one of the new events that caught my eye is by no means a new tournament: The King… more »

After 110 years, the Road Hole on the Old Course in St. Andrews will finally be Tiger-proofed

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For the first time since 1900, the Road Hole on the Old Course in St. Andrews will be lengthened. In preparation for the 2010 Open Championship, a new tee will be built about 35 yards behind the current tee box on the famous 17th, which requires a dr… more »

Olympics get golf inclusion right, stroke play singles format wrong

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Another 72-hole, stroke play golf event. Forgive me if I'm not giddy with excitement for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, when golf will be on the menu for the first time in over a century. True, it's no FedEx Cup format that requires M.I.… more »

Find me a better links par 4 in Ireland than the 11th at Ballybunion Golf Club

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I've yet to play all of Eire's links courses, but I've played a good amount of the best in two trips in the last few years. And after a round at Ballybunion last week, I'm convinced I've seen the isle's top links hole: The long, tumbling, seaside 11th.… more »

Kicking off an October Ireland golf trip at Doonbeg Golf Club in the southwest

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COUNTY CLARE, IRELAND -- After my first day back in Ireland since the spring of 2007, I'm already convinced that early October is a much better time to take a golf trip than the first half of March. For starters, I actually see golfers out and about… more »

Breaking news: ESPN SportsCenter covers the LPGA for reasons other than Michelle Wie

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For what seems like the first time since Annika Sorenstam was dominating the tour, ESPN cares about the LPGA for reasons other than what Michelle Wie is up to.This event comes thanks to 14-year-old Alexis Thompson's opening round 65 at the the Navist… more »