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Apr 02, 2013 | 02:04 PM

"George, I'm sinking mate!"

It's truly amazing 1) what's on the internet, and 2) what people will make movies of. This YouTube clip  is very amusing, and yet who of us hasn't been in a similar situation at least once on a golf course? But knowing how expensive golf balls are in Britain, can you blame him?

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Apr 02, 2013 | 06:26 AM

American Legions

Mentioning it is probably a jinx, but the USA is on a roll. Since the 2013 PGA Tour season began, all 14 tournaments have been won by Americans. In order, starting with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the winners have been: Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, John Merrick, Matt Kuchar, Michael Thompson, Scott Brown, Woods, Kevin Streelman, Woods, and D.A. Points. (Note: The 14 also include 5 first-time winners.) According to the New York Times, this bests the 13-event-long American winning streak of 1989, which ended at the Masters thanks to Englishman Nick Faldo—one month before Rory McIlroy was born! Looking for precedent? As they say on Wall Street, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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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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