Oct 10, 2016 | 06:00 am

Play Golf, Live Longer?

In what might be the silliest, or at least the most obvious, headline on the internet in a while, we were drawn to the provocative title “Staying Healthy May Help Golf Performance.” It reported on a survey published last week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that gave healthy golf tips that also can be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages of the European Tour Performance Institute. According to the lead researcher, “people who play golf regularly… [have been] shown to live up to five years longer than non-golfers.” We believe that, but other news coming out over the last few days might give others pause. For instance, Jason Day announced that he will be off the course for at least two months to heal his injured back, while Justin Rose is taking a two-month hiatus “for rest and recovery” from a long season and a back issue he’s had since May. (On the plus side, Rose did win the Olympic gold medal in August.) And, of course, there’s the news that Tiger Woods, who hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August 2015 due to more injuries than we can count will tee it up this week at the Safeway Open in California. So golfers live longer, but have to spend a percentage of that extra time mending? We’ll take that trade-off. Would you?

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Oct 07, 2016 | 07:26 am

Golfweek Acquired by Gannett

Golf magazine Golfweek has been acquired by media company Gannett, which owns over 100 media properties, including USA Today. Terms of the deal haven't been announced, but the move will bolster the companies golf brands, which is an area it has been expanding. Dave Morgan, president of the USA Today Sports Media Group will serve as the new publisher of Golfweek. A statement from Gannett said that Golfweek will continue to focus on professional, amateur, and collegiate golf while growing its events and custom publishing arms.

What do you think of this move from Gannett? What will you miss if Golfweek moves in a different direction? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oct 05, 2016 | 08:27 pm

And The Solheim Cup Goes To…

With the Ryder Cup just finished it’s time to talk about… the 2021 Solheim Cup, of course. Six sites hoping to hold the matches made presentations to the LPGA and Solheim Cup committees in the last few weeks: Brooklawn Country Club (Fairfield, Conn.), Inverness Club (Toledo, Ohio), Lancaster Country Club (Lancaster, Penn.), Oak Tree National (Edmond, Okla.), Scioto Country Club (Columbus, Ohio), and TPC San Antonio (San Antonio, Tex.).

All of the contestants have hosted big events before:

  • Brooklawn (shown above), formed in 1895, features a course redesigned by A.W. Tillinghast around 1930 that has held the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open and 1987 U.S. Senior Open
  • Inverness, a Donald Ross design completed in 1919, has held four U.S. Opens, two Senior Opens, and two PGA Championships
  • Lancaster, a William Flynn layout, was the venue for the 2015 Women’s Open
  • Oak Tree National, a Pete Dye design, opened in 1976 and has held the 1984 U.S. Amateur, 1988 PGA Championship, and 2014 Senior Open
  • Scioto, a Donald Ross course that opened in 1916 and is famous as the site where Jack Nicklaus learned the game, has held one each of the U.S. Open, Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, U.S. Amateur, and Senior Open
  • TPC San Antonio, which opened in 2010, has two courses, one each by Pete Dye and Greg Norman, and hosts the Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour.

The committees are expected to make their selection by the end of this year, with the announcement of the winner to come in early 2017.

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Oct 05, 2016 | 08:30 am

Lot to Love

What does Davis Love III due for an encore after winning back the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National and extracting revenge on the Euros for his 2012 loss at Medinah? He's opening a new course this week at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, where he's won five Tartan Jackets at the RBC Heritage. Love, along with his brother Mark and lead architect Scot Sherman, just completed a total reconstruction and recreation of the Ocean course, a 1962 George Cobb design that was the first course on the island. Called Atlantic Dunes, the course now features a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses, while also benefiting both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes. Love Design also added tens of thousands of indigenous plants in the dunes to complete the seaside feel. “From a design and aesthetic standpoint, it is a perfect complement to Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ work at Harbour Town and Pete Dye’s Heron Point," says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. "With three championship golf courses, two new clubhouses and the new Beach Club, Sea Pines has cemented its status as a world-class golf destination.” You can experience all three courses yourself with the resort's “Ultimate 54” package, which starts at $499 per person through Nov. 6 (Sun–Wed).

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