Archives for: January 2008

Europeans cooler when it comes to pro golfers smoking dope

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Imagine Tim Finchem and the suits at the PGA Tour implying it was okay to use "social drugs." That's a picture that refuses to form in the brain. Peter Dawson, the Secretary of the Royal and Ancient, the organization who makes the golf rules for all o… more »

Phil Mickelson, eyeing The Masters, plans to play Shell Houston Open as "warmup"

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Among the handful of golfers who can stop Tiger Woods from winning the Grand Slam, Phil Mickelson is as good a bet as anyone. When Mickelson is on, he's as close to Woods as anybody. The trouble is, of course, you never know what wild stunt Mickelson… more »

Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort gets five-star award

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The first time I stayed at the Sanctuary at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, I thought someone had slipped a crown on my head while I was sleeping.I'm not used to being treated like a prince by anything other than my dogs at feeding time, but at the Sa… more »

Creek Course at Reynolds Plantation named one of top-10 new private courses in the country

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I knew I wasn't the only one who loved this course. One of my favorite courses, the Creek Club at the Reynolds Plantation, has been named one of the top-10, new private courses in the U.S. by GOLF magazine.Designed by Jim Engh, the magazine called it… more »

New renovations at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club and Deltona Club

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Bobby Weed is a fine golf architect in his own right, but where he really shines is doing renovations.I played two Bobby Weed renovations this week, one in Ponte Vedra Beach and one in Deltona, where he essentially just bulldozed the existing course… more »

Golf in Florida: Where golfers ride Harley Davidsons and the barbecue stinks

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My favorite interstate exit in Florida is Exit 273 off I-95. You've probably seen it, or at least seen it advertised. All those billboards hawking the world's largest Harley Davidson store. You should see it sometime, even if you're not a biker. It's… more »

Phil Mickelson a wildfire casualty?

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Phil Mickelson apparently is in jeopardy of missing his scheduled debut on the 2008 PGA Tour, this week’s Buick Invitational. Mickelson has been spending time in bed battling a respiratory problem, according to his manager. It’s unclear whether… more »

Fred Funk golf's first $2 million man?

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Some time ago, I predicted Fred Funk would dominate the Seniors Tour (sorry, I insist on calling it that and avoid the marketing-speak.) His win last weekend at the season-opening Master Card Championship in Hawaii with a stunning 21-under was his thi… more »

2008 PGA Show: Hybrids, and recessions

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ORLANDO - What did we ever do without hybrids? Hybrids continue to be hot, and have replaced putters in many stores in individual club sales, and makers continue to churn them out. Feel Golf debuted two: The 18-degree Competitor and the 21-degree Butt… more »

2008 PGA Show: Password for St. Andrews, shafts taking off

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--- Simulators are always popular at the show, and one of the most popular was About Golf’s Sim Surround. It shows a high-definition, crystal-clear screen of St. Andre3ws, so like-life you’d swear you were there on the hallowed grounds. One gu… more »

2008 PGA Show: Big boy toys

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ORLANDO – Everybody, or at least all males, want to hit the golf ball further. Here are some of my favorite big-boy toys from the PGA Show for long-johns. --- I need to get a “Fat Bastard” driver. Their motto is “If you have the balls, we have… more »

2008 PGA Show: China shows up for first time

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ORLANDO -- The Chinese are everywhere these days, including the PGA Show. Everyone, especially businesspeople, is all a-titter about the economic potential of the sleeping giant. A Chinese delegation gave its first PGA Show press conference at the con… more »

2008 PGA Show: Zombies, three-piece studs and Adidas jokesters

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ORLANDO - Weird and not-so-weird news and notes from the 2008 PGA Show: --- Adidas Golf has taken the current golf club fad, lowering the moment of inertia (MOI), to a new low. It’s building its new SHOES with a low MOI. Adidas’ Tour360 LTD sho… more »

2008 PGA Show: Hate your putter? Slew of new ones coming out

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ORLANDO - Putters are always a big deal at the PGA Show and this one is no different. Most of the major makers and many of the off-brands are introducing new putters here. High MOI (moment of inertia) is the hot trend these days. Wilson unveiled five,… more »

2008 PGA Merchandise Show: The bad

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ORLANDO - Bad golf inventions are usually either overly technical or laughably cheap. There are plenty of both at the PGA Show this year. One sure-fire indication of the overly-technical is when you see guys wearing white lab coats. They’re not rea… more »

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