Jan 02, 2015 | 09:57 am

Sunshine Swing

When golf came to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, it first took root around Chicago and New York. But it also settled in Florida, where new hotels and railroad lines were attracting visitors to the booming Sunshine State. Honoring the game’s importance to the state’s growth then and now, the Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 public, resort, municipal, and military courses established between 1897 and 1949 and still operating today, charmers like El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort, near Orlando, shown above in 1936. A number of the courses were designed by noted architects and frequented by early stars such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Babe Zaharias, and Gene Sarazen. The state has created a special website with information on all the courses, as well as a trail scorecard to help golfers chart their experiences as they play from the panhandle to the Keys.

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Jan 01, 2015 | 06:54 am

Happy LINKS New Year

If you’re expecting 2015 to be a great year, all of us at LINKS Magazine are with you. You’re going to see some changes and new features from us, starting with eight editions of HotLINKS, our all-digital publication, that will come out in those months that the print magazine does not. Look for HotLINKS in the first week of January, March, May, July, August, September, November, and December. (That’s the cover of our January edition, above, which has a special section on Caribbean golf.) Remember, you can sign up for HotLINKS for free or get it as part of your “all-access” subscription to the print magazine and all our digital properties. We’re already working on lots of great articles and much more both in print and digital, and don’t want you to miss a single issue. So if you’re not already getting LINKS—in print and digital—it’s time to sign up. Plus, don’t forget to check out our website,, every day for the latest news and information from throughout the world of golf. Have a Happy New Year with lots of golf—and lots of LINKS. Enjoy!

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Dec 31, 2014 | 01:09 pm

Rapping Up the Year

Let's end the year on a light note and one of the most entertaining golf-music videos of the year, #StopDropAndMakeA12Foota, by "Matty," an 11 year old from Vermont whose goal is to shoot 18 "unda" par for one round some day. He certainly gets around, as you'll see in the video, and he's a lot better singer than Bubba Claus, that's for sure. We're just not sure why he's so obsessed with making 12 "footas."

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Dec 30, 2014 | 10:28 am



The comedian Jack Benny famously referred to his age as 39, even after he was twice that old. Today, Tiger Woods turns 39, and he’s surely hoping he can make his body toe that mark for at least another decade. Woods has now been a professional golfer for 19 years, almost half his life, and while his accomplishments have been extraordinary, his Holy Grail remains—reaching and surpassing Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major championships. When in 1979 Nicklaus turned 39 he had 15 majors. He would add a US Open and PGA in 1980 and then the Masters in 1986. Tiger, with 14 titles, will have to do better than that. With his various infirmities now apparently behind him, can he summon the mind, body, power, accuracy, and finesse to make it happen? Can he find his way back to his A Game, because in this era of ever-deepening international talent his B Game will not do? Six years ago, almost no one doubted Tiger would surpass Nicklaus. Today, almost no one believes he will. Time will tell, and time is running short.


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