May 10, 2013 | 07:42 AM

Follow The Beijing Ball

Despite the success of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang at the Masters, it seems golf is far from flourishing in China. According to Han Liebao, director of the golf education and research center at Beijing Forestry University (quoted in the China Daily), there are about 600 courses in the country but few are open to the public. High costs also hinder the game’s growth, according to Chinese officials. (However, one has to question that research when the same story says, “A four-hour round in the United States is about $10 to $30.”) The China Golf Association does note that more children than ever are signing up for golf tournaments, and in a related story, it was reported this week that the China Golf Association and the R&A are having the Rules of Golf translated into Chinese. “It’s crucial for the game’s healthy development in China,” said the CGA.

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May 09, 2013 | 05:38 PM

Alice’s (and Pete’s) Restaurant


Pete and Alice Dye have collaborated on a lot of holes during their long partnership together, but you can now add a watering hole to their credit. The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa—site of this week’s Players Championship—hosted a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday night to unveil the resort’s newest restaurant, Alice & Pete’s Pub. Pictured above are (left to right) GM Tom Manno; Vernon Kelly, former President of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties and Project Manager for the Players Stadium course; Doug Cole, V.P. of Food & Beverage, Pyramid Hotel Group; and Executive Chef Brett Smith. Pete and Alice were supposed to be at the opening, but got sidetracked by a torrential rain at their latest renovation project at Gulf Stream Country Club near their home in Delray Beach, Fla. The new restaurant is part of the property-wide refurbishment at the Marriott and features a menu with Alice and Pete’s favorites, such as Alice’s Dominican-Style Black Bean Soup and Pete’s Bourbon Pecan Pie. We're pretty sure you can also get a side of island greens.

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May 09, 2013 | 09:14 AM

Détente To Divots

In a sure sign the Cold War is over, Zavidovo PGA National Russia, the nation’s first PGA-branded golf club, will celebrate its grand opening next month. Located 100 km west of Moscow, the course, built by European Golf Design, combines links and heathland-style features, with several water hazards adding to the layout’s challenge. There’s also a golf academy committed to the development of junior golf, a golf shop with top-brand merchandise, a stylish clubhouse with 10 suites, cigar lounge, billiard room, and library, and a fine-dining restaurant at the complex. According to British PGA chief executive Sandy Jones, Zavidovo “looks set to be the crown jewel of the Russian golf experience.” First glasnost, now a private member’s club with limited public access within an hour’s drive of Russia’s largest city.

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May 08, 2013 | 04:00 PM

Pine Valley Legend Dies

Former Pine Valley president Ernie Ransome passed away on Sunday. Here is his obituary.

He was a Trustee and member of the board of Directors of Pine Valley Golf Club, which has been selected for many years as the No. 1 Golf Course in the World. He served as Chairman of the Board as well as President of Pine Valley Golf Club—Chairman from 1988 through June 2001; President from 1977 to 1988. In addition, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Manassas, Virginia; was a Director of the Philadelphia Golf Classic from 1968–1970; and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Golf Association for 10 years, as well as its President for three years 1965–1967. He was on the Board of Directors of the first Presidents Cup in honor of President George H.W. Bush held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Besides Pine Valley Golf Club he is a member of numerous golf courses, in the United States and abroad. His golf accomplishments include: twice South Jersey Amateur Champion, twice Club Champion Riverton County Club, once Club Champion Pine Valley Golf Club, winner James S. Coale Tournament Riverton County Club, twice winner Griscom Cup and twice winner Boyle Cup with Helen Sigel Wilson. In 1995 he was awarded the 1995 United States Golf Association Ike Grainger Award in recognition of giving 25+ years of his time and talents in volunteer committee service to the game of golf and the USGA.

To honor his great contribution to the game of golf, in 1994 a group of his friends established in his name a Scholarship Trust at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

 Survived by, his wife Myradean, his three daughters Leslie (Greg) Hudson, Elizabeth Ransome, Jane (Wayne) Bromley, and numerous loving grandchildren and great grand-children. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service Thursday 11 A.M. at Christ Episcopal Church, 4th & Main St Riverton, NJ Burial private. In lieu of flowers family requests donations in his name to: Alzheimer's Association of South Jersey 11000 Lincoln Dr. W. Marlton, NJ 08053 or to Ernest L. Ransome, III Scholarship Trust c/o Michael B. Kennedy, Treasurer Pine Valley Golf Club 10 Baker Hill Rd. Pine Valley, NJ 08021.

Arrangements by: WEBER FUNERAL HOME 112 Broad Street, Riverton, NJ 08077.

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