Dec 11, 2014 | 09:09 am

Super Young

Most golf course superintendents don’t get their first head job until their 30s. Not Rhys Munro. The 17-year-old takes the helm next month at Aberfeldy Golf Club in Perthshire, north of Gleneagles. Munro, a local resident who grew up playing the 18-hole layout, recently completed a greenkeeping course at the Scottish Rural College Elmwood Campus in Fife. Although he will be supported by a group of volunteer Senior members, Munro (pictured above with cub president Chris Thomson) impressed during the interview process. “He answered all our questions maturely and offered some very sensible suggestions as to how we could improve the course,” said Anne Beeson, Lady Captain of Aberfeldy Golf Club. “His proposed approach to work planning and communication with members was refreshing. Although he is young, we felt he was ready to take the responsibility.” 

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Dec 10, 2014 | 11:05 am

Olympic Hurdle

There's a growing cadre of tour players who are less and less excited about playing in the Olympics given that their schedule is already jam-packed with more majors, mini-majors, playoffs, and team events than you can shake a 5-iron at. The lastest to voice his disinterest is world No. 3 Adam Scott. The Olympics are supposed to be the pinnacle of sport, but when you already have four majors that supersede Olympic golf, as tennis does, too, the Olympics seem like an afterthought. Scott thinks the solution is to make the Olympic tournament just for amateurs. “People watch us (as pros) play 45 weeks a year,” Scott told The Courier-Mail in Australia, where he's competing this week in the Australian PGA. “If you really wanted to grow the game you’d have the Olympics for amateurs.” What are you thoughts on whether pros should play?

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Dec 09, 2014 | 09:04 am

Golf Ball Bandit

Lost balls are a fact of golf life, but not, generally, if you’re the proprietor of a practice facility. The folks at the Golfport driving range near St. Louis began to  scratch their heads when, over the last several months, tens of thousands of range balls began to disappear. Turns out, they were stolen,  by 27-year-old Nathan Brown, who on three occasions looted the range under cover of darkness, bagging a total of 42,000 balls (over $20,000 worth). Acting on a tip, police apprehended Brown who admitted to his theft. To date, only 2,000 of the hot balls have been recovered.

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Dec 08, 2014 | 09:14 am

All In The Wrist

One of the joys of staying at a luxury resort is being able to leave the room with nothing more than your sunglasses, a good book, and the room key. Well, now you can leave the key behind at the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai—which you might know better as the Lodge at Koele and Lanai at Manele Bay, both being renovated and rebranded—and opt instead for a slim black wristband (above) that will open your room door electronically. Using RFID (radio-frequency identification), the band has a chip that will unlock your door, and very soon will allow you to charge food and drink to the room as well as spa services and retail purchases. DisneyWorld in Florida uses similar technology, allowing parents to put fixed amounts of money on a child’s wrist-worn account for rides and food. The band also helps locate kids who’ve wandered off or are taking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for the sixth time.

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