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Mar 30, 2015 | 06:21 AM

While Woods Waits

In case you’ve been wondering what Tiger Woods has been doing while getting his game back to Tour standards, he’s been, among other things, building his course-architecture business. After generally good reviews of his first course to open—El Cardonal (shown above), part of the Diamante luxury community in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico—and awaiting the opening of his first U.S. venture—Bluejack National, another private club, this one near Houston—it’s just been announced that Tiger and his team will redesign a 27-hole facility near Beijing, China. According to numerous reports, Beijing Tian’an Holiday Golf Club will get a Woods redo and re-emerge as Pacific Links National Golf Club, part of a 12-course collection run by Pacific Links International of Canada. It’s also been said that the redesign is part of a two-course deal—worth $16.5 million to Tiger Woods Design—but without any details on what the second course might be or where. Don’t we all wish stepping away from our day jobs could be so lucrative?

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Mar 27, 2015 | 06:42 AM

City Slickers

The U.S. Census Bureau released its list of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan areas yesterday and the big winner is… golf. Well, not exactly, but when you see the list of cities that grew the fastest between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2014, you can draw your own conclusions. Number one on the list for the second year in a row is The Villages (shown above), the retirement community in central Florida that grew 5.4% during that calendar year to a population of 114,350—big enough, obviously, to count as a city. Here’s the rest of the top 10, with their growth rates:

Myrtle Beach, N.C./S.C.—3.2%

Austin, Tex.—3%

Odessa, Tex.—2.9%

St. George, Utah—2.9%

Cape Coral, Fla.—2.7%

Bend, Ore.—2.7%

Greeley, Colo.—2.6%

Midland, Tex.—2.6%

Naples, Fla.—2.5%

Eight of the next 10 cities are in the south, including Hilton Head Island, Raleigh, Orlando, and Charleston. And Florida contains seven of the top 50 fastest-growers. By the way, California is the most populous state, with 38.8 million people, while Texas is second with 27 million. So you tell us: If golf isn’t the answer, what is?

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Mar 26, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Spring Cleaning

No doubt you're itching to get the first round of the year in, but before you head out to the course, why not get a quick tune-up first? Through the end of March, GolfTEC is offering 20 percent off its game plans and lesson packs, one-one-one sessions with first-rate coaches that the company says have a 96 percent success rate. All lessons are based on the company’s "Five Factors": Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit club fitting, and each of GolfTEC's 600 teachers goes through a multi-week certification at GolfTEC U. With nearly 200 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including 80 withing Golfsmith stores, you're bound to find a center near you. For more information, click here.

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Mar 25, 2015 | 10:01 AM

King Jordan

Every king needs a castle, right? Well, Jordan Spieth just plunked down $2.275 million of the $10 million he's won on the PGA Tour on a new home in the Dallas suburbs, according to candysdirt.com. Of course, most of us aren't 21 when we buy our first house, let alone one so expensive, but it's well deserved considering the Dallas native has won three times worlwide in the last five months, including the Valspar Championship on March 15. The 7,378-square-foot, five-bedroom home is located on the northwest side of the city near Brook Hollow Golf Club, where Spieth's teacher, Cameron McCormick, is based. Features include a gourmet kitchen, office with two-story ceilings, media room, fireplace in the master bedroom, pool, and, of course, putting green. No doubt Jordan is hoping to furnish the home with a Masters trophy, and soon.

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