Father's Day golf gift guide, 2017 edition

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This Father's Day, I will have the great good fortune to be spending the day – and the seven days surrounding it – at the Beaux Eden Plantation in Fort Valley, Georgia, with my wife's family. And I'll have the even better fortune of spending most of… more »

It ain't always easy, so it'd better be fun: Following your heart at the Zurich Classic

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The Zurich Classic's new team format was a roaring success, despite the weather delays that forced a Monday playoff. Golf isn't an easy sport to play well, as anyone who has ever swung a club knows. It's also a relatively solitary sport, which is great… more »

Who knew 2008 was the end? (Tiger's last major)

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The 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was an instant classic. Tiger Woods charged back on Saturday to take the lead, and then on Sunday battled all day to force an 18-hole Monday playoff with Rocco Mediate, which Tiger won in dramatic fashion – in sudden… more »

The News from Lake of the Woods, April 1, 2017

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Well, it was a quiet week at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. The local meteorologists played an April Fool's joke on us, predicting slowly warming temperatures, which never really rose beyond the "not terrible" level. I only played golf on Sunday, tak… more »

Golf resolutions for 2017, Part 2: Working out

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Sigh... Yes, I know it's March, and it's sort of late to make resolutions. But hey, resolutions are not my thing to begin with. Especially not ones that I feel I shouldn't have to make. Like working out and getting in shape. I've always sort of… more »

The News from Lake of the Woods, March 6, 2017

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Well, it was a quiet week at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Because the previous weekend's temperatures rose into the 70s, this weekend's 50s and low 60s, paired with constant 15-25mph winds, scared some people away from the course. Apparently they… more »

The News from Lake of the Woods, February 13-20, 2017

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Well, it was anything but a quiet week at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Mother Nature experienced a series of unsettling hot flashes that left all of use wondering whether she was going to slap us silly or give us a great big hug. Happily, she chos… more »

Golf resolutions for 2017, Part 1: Culver Academies Golf Course

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I've never been big on resolutions. But recently, I've started feeling my age for the first time. And if I don't set some goals now, the next thing I know, either my golfing days (or the entire civilized world) will be over. Feels like about a 50-50 pro… more »

The BEST last-minute golf gift: A full-bag fitting with Club Champion

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Well, rats. It's two days before Christmas, and somehow it snuck up on me again. As my wife made her 40th trip up the stairs from her gift-wrapping in the basement and placed another armful of impeccable packages under the tree, she casually asked m… more »

Mouton Cadet is a worthy official wine for a brilliant Ryder Cup

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I don't know about you, but I'm still buzzing with the memories from the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National. Not only did my "home team" win back the Cup (finally!), I thought my home state of Minnesota acquitted itself very well. For the past year, I… more »

The inherent equity of golf

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I love golf. OK? I said it, and I'm proud. There are, after all, lots of things to love about golf – hitting a great shot, spending time with friends, enjoying nature, the Sisyphean task of trying to improve my swing. Perhaps the thing I love most ab… more »

Lessons from the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and midsummer golf

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I was fortunate enough to visit Pittsburgh for the U.S. Open at Oakmont this summer. As I age, travel makes me increasingly introspective, and I find myself jotting little notes on whatever paper or device is handy. I think the idea is to incorporate th… more »

Rules are rules, but cameras are not eyes: On the USGA, technology, and penalties

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It's been a helluva year for the Rules of Golf at the two major USGA championships. Fortunately for Dustin Johnson, an awkward post-hoc assessment of a penalty stroke didn't deny him yet another major. And fortunately for Brittany Lang, the two-s… more »

Muirfield and Brexit: Voters ask for Mulligans?

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Golf was invented in the United Kingdom, Scotland to be exact. Similarly, the Mulligan appears to have been innovated by David Mulligan, a Canadian amateur (and subject of the Crown) who took a "correction shot" sometime in the 1920s. His playing partne… more »

Lessons from the first weeks of the 2016 golf season

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It has been a barometric roller-coaster here in the Midwest so far this season, but the local crowd at Lake of the Woods Golf Course comprises a collection of hearty, moderately deranged golf fanatics who have braved some bizarre weather to get in their… more »

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Dates: September 17, 2017 - December 31, 2017
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