Nov 04, 2016 | 08:11 am

Atlantic Dunes is Open... and it's good!

After the launch day event was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew, we didn't know when Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III on Hilton Head Island would actually open. Fortunately, due to the hard work of grounds staff and outside contractors, Sea Pines managed to open the course this past Monday, October 31st. Hundreds of trees fell on the new course and many areas were flooded, but we played the course yesterday and you could hardly tell. The new design is a marked improvement over the previous Ocean Course that it replaced. The course is wider, the bunkering is more interesting and varied, and the fast new bermuda greens have significantly more slope. The tee was also raised at the famous 15th to provide a better view of the ocean behind the green. The opening of Atlantic Dunes marks the completion of a course renovation plan that began with Heron Point and Harbour Town. Neighboring Heron Point Course reopened Wednesday, November 2nd, and Harbour Town is set to reopen on Wednesday, November 9th.

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Nov 03, 2016 | 06:35 am

Fix Your Game, Fix The World

If your game is in need of a little help or a major tune-up, you can get a free lesson from the instruction experts at GolfTEC and all you have to do is make a donation to PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Between November 7-13 (that’s next week), it’s as simple as going to the website, making a donation ($25 is the suggested amount, but please feel free to give more!), then showing the receipt at the GolfTEC center where you make a reservation. The 30-minute lesson is valued at more than $85 so it’s a bargain as well as a good deed as your donation will go toward fostering inclusion in golf, bringing the game to youngsters, military veterans, and diverse communities throughout the country. To learn more about the GolfTEC PGA REACH program, check out the website or call (877) 446-5383. It’s a win-win.

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Nov 02, 2016 | 10:35 am

Dyed in the Wool

Pete Dye is like the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going and going and we golfers are the luckier for it. Even though he'll turn 91 at the end of December, he's still adding to his legendary list of designs. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania just announced that his newest course, Shepherd's Rock, will open next July, joining his celebrated Mystic Rock course and making the resort a must-visit now for any Dyehards. Set high atop the Allegheny Mountains on rolling terrain, the 7,142-yard Shepherd’s Rock course is a bucolic canvas where Dye was able to unleash his imagination, fashioning a tree-lined front nine with rippling fairways flanked by wetlands and a brawny backside that is wide open with stirring views of the Laurel Highlands. The par-five 18th (picutured above), which sits under the gaze of the Five-Diamond boutique hotel, will cap things off in dramatic fashion with a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single oak tree standing sentinel on the right. "Shepherd’s Rock promises to be one of the best courses in the U.S.,” says Monte Hansen, Managing Director at Nemacolin. “Thirty-six holes showcasing the creativity and genius of Pete Dye, combined with our myriad luxury amenities and accommodations, positions us at the very top of premier resort destinations in the U.S.”

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Nov 01, 2016 | 08:41 am

President Mickelson?

There’s just one week to go before the Presidential election, and against all odds, he’s still in it. Yes, as it comes down to the wire, he still has a shot—Phil Mickelson still has a path to the Oval Office. We’re referring of course to the Yahoo Sports Presidential Bracket, an online poll that began two weeks ago with a ballot of 64 sports megastars, everyone from Tom Brady to Vin Scully, Derek Jeter to Serena Williams, LeBron James to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., divided into four brackets—baseball, basketball, football, and other sports. Site visitors have voted for their favorite candidates, and now we’re down to the elite eight: in baseball: Hank Aaron vs. Ken Griffey, Jr.; in basketball: Michael Jordan vs. Mike Kryzewski; in football: Peyton Manning vs. Bill Belichick, and in other sports: Phil Mickelson vs. Michael Phelps. The polls for the quarterfinals are now open, so if Lefty is right for you, vote early and often. This may be your one chance this year to vote for rather than against a presidential candidate.

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