Archives for: November 2006

PGA Tour should follow International Golf Federation policy regarding steroids

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As too often is the case nowadays, the U.S. is lagging behind the world in issues that matter. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has his head in the sand when it comes to steroids and drugs. The International Golf Federation does not. While Finchem… more »

Michelle Wie, the Queen of Pain, continues her lucrative career of failure

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It's hardly news that Michelle Wie missed another cut at a men's golf tournament. This is how she makes her living. She makes a ton of money missing these cuts, and she has perfected her technique. She misses cuts better than any other female golfer, liv… more »

Myrtle Beach pols finally helping golf course communities

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Myrtle Beach pols are finally getting around to setting limits on golf course redevelopment and protecting homeowners. The Horry County Council rezoned the north course at Deer Track to limit the number of homes that can be built there to three an acr… more »

Yes, Biloxi is back in the golf business

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A reader wrote recently that he was considering putting together a golf trip to Biloxi. He says he found one Gulfport golf packager out of business, another who wouldn't answer his phone, another who said the area wasn't ready for tourists, and a travel… more »

Tiger Woods done in by Leprechaun

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Of all the people who I thought wouldn't back down from Tiger Woods, Paddy Harrington would have been way down on my list, even though he's had a great year. But, it was the little Irishman who rallied to beat El Tigre at the Dunlop Phoenix on Sunday,… more »

Michelle Wie sellouts back in action

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People are falling all over themselves again to get the brand name Michelle Wie in their golf tournaments. The LPGA Safeway International changed the date of the event, after holding discussions with B.J., Michelle's father. "Coincidentally, our n… more »

New Greg Norman course in Florida: One, not two

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Greg Norman will design one, not two courses at the Jupiter Country Club in Jupiter, Florida. Plans originally called for two Norman courses to be the centerpiece of the upscale project, but the developers sold more than 800 acres and put the kibosh on t… more »

PGA Tour modifies FedEX Cup, Tim Finchem obviously reads TravelGolf.com

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The PGA Tour can sure move fast when it wants to. Soon after announcing its new FedEX Cup logistics, it's already changed them after getting feedback from the players and media. At issue were the three "playoff" events. Originally, the tour decreed no… more »

St. Kitts and Nevis: A pretty but unhappy couple

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This is my second time in St. Kitts. People keep telling me it's the "last undiscovered island in the Caribbean." I was here about two years ago, and people kept telling me the same thing. It doesn't look undiscovered to me. I see a lot of people ever… more »

Ponte Vedra Inn and Club calls in Bobby Weed for Lagoon course makeover

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The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club loves architect Bobby Weed. It called in Weed to renovate its famed Ocean course in 1998, and has again called on him to re-do its other course, the Lagoon. The first order of business is to lengthen the Lagoon. It stands… more »

Finally, a solution for slow play

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The Australians have finally come up with a solution for one of golf's biggest problems: slow play. The obvious answer – and I don't know why I never thought of this – is to make sure you have a rugby player in your group. Police say they have… more »

Myrtle Beach politicians need to look out more for golfers and homeowners

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The time has come to start protecting homeowners from golf course owners. Nowhere is that more apparent than Myrtle Beach, where course owners are bailing out, selling their land for development and infuriating homeowners, many of whom bought their homes… more »

Who will protect us from Tiger Woods course designs?

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You've heard of "Tiger-proofing" golf courses. Who's going to do that if Tiger is designing them? Tiger Woods announced Monday he has formed Tiger Woods Design and intends to get into the course design business. "My goal is to provide a unique coll… more »

New Ryder Cup points system better than old system

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The new Ryder Cup points system for the U.S. makes more sense than the old one. At least it will give the captain, Paul Azinger, a chance to pick the hotter players. First of all, Azinger will get four captains picks, not two. And the new system will… more »

The best driving range in the world is in Valdosta, Georgia

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Now, I ain't bragging or nothing, but I've stayed in some pretty fancy golf resorts in places all over the world and played on some of the best golf courses in the world. But, my favorite driving range of all time is a little place just outside of Val… more »

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