Mar 16, 2015 | 06:45 am

“Rap” Is “Par” Spelled Backwards


For the last few days, the news was filled with pictures from Florida of a giant alligator roaming a golf course. But hey, it is Florida, and they do have alligators, so what’s the big surprise? Far more surprising is a music video that two salesmen from Bobick’s Golf in Fort Wayne, Indiana, made extolling the Ping G30 driver. Between the rap music and the funky dancing, listen closely and you’ll hear a pretty good explanation of swing dynamics and how the raised ridges on the top of the driver head—called “turbulators”—increase the club’s aerodynamic properties. If you don’t like the music, remember, it’s not supposed to appeal to everyone. But if we want golf to find a new generation of players, these two “swingers” might be on to something.

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Mar 13, 2015 | 06:48 am

A Taste Of Tiger

If you find yourself near Jupiter, Florida, in a few months’ time and sporting an appetite, you might want to try a new restaurant called “The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club.” Located in the new, upscale shopping center Harbourside Place, the 8,000-square-foot eatery is owned by, you guessed it, Tiger Woods. While it’s not as if Tiger has been in the kitchen testing recipes the past few weeks while preparing for his return to the PGA Tour, he has been spotted checking out the soon-to-open establishment with good friend Michael Jordan in tow. There’s also been a lot of talk about how luxe the interior will be, with Italian marble and other fittings, and even the “fact,” which recently blew up the internet, that the truncated title is being used because Tiger does not own the rights to his full name, which is owned by Nike. That rumor has been laid to rest. But no matter what you call it is, we have a much more important question: Hey Tiger, what’s on the menu?

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Mar 12, 2015 | 12:53 pm

Moulting Copperhead

Every snake must shed its skin so it's only natural that the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, site of this week's Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour, will do so in May. That's when the Larry Packard design, which opened in 1972, will shut down for a six-month restoration. The plan is to faithfully restore Packard's intent and characteristics, which are very well known since he lived at Innisbrook for more than 40 years before passing away last year at age 101. Plus, the work will be done by the original course builder, Wadsworth Construction, which will convert all the greens to TifEagle Bermuda and restore several to their original size. They'll also replace the fairway grass with Celebration Bermuda, rebuild bunkers and tees, and add a new state-of-the-art irrigation system that will save 11 million gallons of water per year.

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Mar 11, 2015 | 09:19 am

Royal Reckoning

Golf's global footprint has finally been truly determined thanks to a new National Golf Foundation report that was funded by the R&A and 15 leading golf companies. No more guestimating or fudging the numbers. Now we really know. Drum roll please. At the end of 2014, there were 34,011 golf facilities in 206 countries. Ten countries accounted for 79 percent: U.S., Japan, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, France, Scotland, South Africa, and Sweden. Not suprisingly, the vast majority (45 percent) were in the U.S., but it was interesting to see that 71 percent of the clubs worldwide were open to the public. The 23-page report also tracked golf development and found 696 courses under construction or in advance planning, with 80 percent in Asia, Europe, and North America. But it also noted that some countries opened their first course in the last couple of years, including Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The NGF team spent four years and 25,000 hours compiling the report, which you can read here.

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