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Feb 07, 2013 | 10:08 AM

Putting Course Next For Bandon Dunes

Haven’t you always wanted to take a full hip turn on a 100-foot putt on a buried elephant green? Pretty soon you’ll be able to do just that at Bandon Dunes, the 85-hole Oregon coastal resort that thinks of everything. A new 2 1/2-acre putting green, patterned after the famed Himalayas course at St. Andrews, will be built near the Pacific Dunes clubhouse. “It will be fun, with lots of excitement,” said resort owner Mike Keiser. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with a 2014 opening forecast.

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Feb 06, 2013 | 04:35 PM

A Happy Couple: The Donald and Sir Nick

Say what you want about Donald Trump, at least he’s keeping people in the golf business busy, having now hired Sir Nick Faldo to redesign the Red and Gold courses at the Doral Resort and Spa that The Donald bought last year. Faldo will wait to start redesigning until March 2014—after Gil Hanse is done redoing the signature Blue Monster (site of the PGA Tour’s WGC-Cadillac Championship), where work doesn’t even begin until that event finishes this March. Can the two well-coiffed egos work together? Faldo has been quoted as saying he finds Trump “entertaining” and “delightful.” Perhaps The Donald simply prefers British nobles to Scottish farmers.

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Feb 06, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Top Teacher Toski Elected To Hall Of Fame

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Admit it: Did you even know there was a PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame? There is, and eight new inductees have just been announced. Highlighting this year’s class of top teachers is Bob Toski, who went from being the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 1954 to a long career as an exciting and influential instructor. Other new members include Michael Hebron, still one of the PGA’s leading educators; Jimmie DeVoe, the first African-American to earn PGA membership; and William Powell, the first African-American to build, own, and operate a golf course in the U.S. The Hall of Fame is located at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where there’s also a good golf museum and three courses open to the public.

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Feb 05, 2013 | 09:08 AM

Pebble Beach “Sports” A New Look

Last Sunday it was Joe Flacco vs. Colin Kaepernick; this week Aaron Rodgers takes on Tony Romo. And Bill Belichick. The celebrity list at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, once dominated by Hollywood types, now seems to get “sportsier” every year. In addition to the NFLers, this year’s eclectic lineup includes, among others, hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, baseball’s Justin Verlander and Matt Cain, tennis player Andy Roddick, Indy racer Rubens Barrichello, and pro surfer Kelly Slater, each pairing-up with a pro partner in an attempt to finish first among the 156 teams. Winning the Super Bowl may be easier.

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