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Apr 01, 2013 | 10:20 AM

Egypt Rising

Two years after the Arab Spring uprising, no one expects Egypt, the region’s main player, to develop into a golf destination on the order of Dubai. Political turmoil aside, the nation’s golf development market has regained its momentum in the wake of the 2011 revolution. Tim Lobb, London-based principal of the golf architecture firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb, reports that Egyptian developers are pushing ahead on several key projects. TBL’s first course in Egypt, El Ein Bay on the Red Sea, just opened (its Sokhna Golf Club is shown above). Lobb said a second layout, part of the NEWGIZA development, is located 6 km from the Giza necropolis, a World Heritage Site that includes the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Great Sphinx. With its strong economic fundamentals and well-financed developments, expect to see more championship-caliber layouts by name designers at this 5,000-year-old hotspot.

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Mar 28, 2013 | 10:31 AM

Gone With The Wind?

The Scottish government has approved an offshore wind farm project near Aberdeen, prompting Donald Trump to halt work on his $1.1 billion resort despite plans to build a second 18-hole course to complement Trump International Golf Links Scotland, opened last year. Trump has long opposed the wind farm project because he sees it as a threat both to his resort and Scotland’s broader tourism industry. Earlier this week he vowed to sue the Scottish government and spend “whatever monies are necessary” to stop the wind farm plan, according to the Scottish Daily Record. The wind farm, headed by Vattenfall, a Swedish power giant, would include 11 turbines up to 640 feet high and reportedly would generate enough power for nearly half the homes in Aberdeen. The Trump Organization claims the “ugly industrial park” will ruin the coastline. In a letter sent last year, Trump said the offshore turbines would mean that looking out to sea from the shore would be like looking “through the bars of a prison.”

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Mar 27, 2013 | 09:47 AM

Déjà Vu, All Over Again

Haven’t we seen this before? Tiger Woods and Nike generating controversy? That’s how it started back in 1996, when Tiger turned pro and Nike created an ad that yelled, “Hello, World!” Did it rankle some people? Yes. Did he live up to expectations? Absolutely—and then some. So why is it a surprise that things were stirred up yet again with a new Nike ad, that flew through cyberspace faster than one of Woods’s drives, declaring “Winning Takes Care Of Everything.” It is something Tiger has said about his game. Is it a bad message to send to kids? Is it meant to apply to Tiger’s personal life? The majors? Does climbing back to the top mean the public is ready to love you again? We’ve definitely seen this before—Tiger in the spotlight. Feels like old times, doesn’t it.

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Mar 26, 2013 | 12:16 PM

High Flyers

While the TSA might think allowing two golf clubs inside an airplane is a big deal, Southwest Airlines is going a step further. Branding itself the “Official Airline of Golf Lovers,” Southwest has created a website dedicated to traveling golfers—featuring golf-themed fare sales—and formed a partnership with Adams Golf that mixes the airline’s frequent-flyer program with Adams’s “Easy Million Yards” promotion, while Adams’s pro staff also will carry the airline’s colors and logo. Southwest flies throughout the U.S., with many routes in golf-heavy locales like the Southeast and West, and boasts that “Golf Bags Fly Free” as long as they are under 50 pounds and one of two checked bags. Its website also features deals on hotels and golf packages.

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