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Mar 27, 2015 | 06:42 AM

City Slickers

The U.S. Census Bureau released its list of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas yesterday and the big winner is… golf. Well, not exactly, but when you see the list of cities that grew the fastest between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2014, you can draw your own conclusions. Number one on the list for the second year in a row is The Villages (shown above), the retirement community in central Florida that grew 5.4% during that calendar year to a population of 114,350—big enough, obviously, to count as a city. Here’s the rest of the top 10, with their growth rates:

Myrtle Beach, N.C./S.C.—3.2%

Austin, Tex.—3%

Odessa, Tex.—2.9%

St. George, Utah—2.9%

Cape Coral, Fla.—2.7%

Bend, Ore.—2.7%

Greeley, Colo.—2.6%

Midland, Tex.—2.6%

Naples, Fla.—2.5%

Eight of the next 10 cities are in the south, including Hilton Head Island, Raleigh, Orlando, and Charleston. And Florida contains seven of the top 50 fastest-growers. By the way, California is the most populous state, with 38.8 million people, while Texas is second with 27 million. So you tell us: If golf isn’t the answer, what is?

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Mar 26, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Spring Cleaning

No doubt you're itching to get the first round of the year in, but before you head out to the course, why not get a quick tune-up first? Through the end of March, GolfTEC is offering 20 percent off its game plans and lesson packs, one-one-one sessions with first-rate coaches that the company says have a 96 percent success rate. All lessons are based on the company’s "Five Factors": Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit club fitting, and each of GolfTEC's 600 teachers goes through a multi-week certification at GolfTEC U. With nearly 200 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including 80 withing Golfsmith stores, you're bound to find a center near you. For more information, click here.

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Mar 25, 2015 | 10:01 AM

King Jordan

Every king needs a castle, right? Well, Jordan Spieth just plunked down $2.275 million of the $10 million he's won on the PGA Tour on a new home in the Dallas suburbs, according to candysdirt.com. Of course, most of us aren't 21 when we buy our first house, let alone one so expensive, but it's well deserved considering the Dallas native has won three times worlwide in the last five months, including the Valspar Championship on March 15. The 7,378-square-foot, five-bedroom home is located on the northwest side of the city near Brook Hollow Golf Club, where Spieth's teacher, Cameron McCormick, is based. Features include a gourmet kitchen, office with two-story ceilings, media room, fireplace in the master bedroom, pool, and, of course, putting green. No doubt Jordan is hoping to furnish the home with a Masters trophy, and soon.

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Mar 24, 2015 | 09:47 AM

Mr. Nicklaus Goes to Washington

It's a busy time for 75-year-old Jack Nicklaus. A couple of weeks ago he announced his own brand of ice cream, on April 1 he'll officially open his anxiously awaited Trump Ferry Point course in New York, and today he's in Washington, D.C. to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The highest honor Congress can bestow on a civillian, the Congressional Medal was first presented to George Washington. Other recipients include The Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Irving Berlin. Baseball's Roberto Cemente was the first athlete to receive it (posthumously) and others include Jesse Owens and Joe Louis. Nicklaus becomes the third golfer, following Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 pm ET and you can watch it streaming live at www.speaker.gov/live.

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