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Nov 06, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Open Anticipation

When the Open Championship returns to The Old Course for the 28th time next July, there will be more than a few interesting storylines. Five-time champion Tom Watson is returning to St Andrews for his final Open appearance, just like Arnie did in 1995 and Jack in 2005. Rory McIlroy will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner since Padraig Harrington in 2007/2008 and the seventh overall since 1950 And if he’s healthy Tiger may return to the scene of two of his Open titles (2000 and 2005). Stats aside though, there is something different about The Open: the links golf, the knowledgeable (and restrained) spectators, the fickle weather, the history. “What I love about The Open is the rawness of it and the integrity of it,” says David White, producer of the 3-minute film. “It is not trying to be anything that it isn’t. It doesn’t have to try too hard whereas other sporting events perhaps have to create their own sporting identities. That authenticity of The Open is special and we have tried to focus on that in the film.”

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Nov 05, 2014 | 03:01 PM

Free Golf!

Want to get a free golf lesson and grow the game at the same time? All you have to do is donate $20 to The First Tee and you can get a free half-hour lesson at a GolfTEC teaching center this weekend. Just go to golftec.com or call 877-466-5383 to make the contribution and then show the receipt at anyone of the more than 200 facilities around the world. The reason for the “charity lesson”? GolfTEC is celebrating giving its five millionth lesson in late October. “We gave our first lesson nearly 20 years ago and since that time GolfTEC has grown to become an industry leader, employing more PGA professionals than any other organization,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GolfTEC. “Our goal is to grow the game by helping players improve and enjoy golf more, which creates a devoted consumer base excited to play and share this amazing sport.”

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Nov 04, 2014 | 08:51 AM

Beat This, Big Hitters

Forget the National Long Drive Championship, there’s no contest when it comes to the world’s longest driver. It’s 20 feet, six inches, and it belongs to Michael Furrh, a club pro from Arlington, Texas, who used it on Monday to hit a teeshot that sailed, uh, 63 yards. Two years ago, Furrh set the record with a 14-foot club and this time he took it a few inches Furrhther. Ah the lengths some people will go to get themselves into the Guinness Book of Records (or onto YouTube.)

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Nov 03, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Bests Of 2014

The end of the year is in sight, which means it’s “awards season,” and we can expect numerous “best of” and other superlative lists to soon follow. For example, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) just announced their golf resorts of the year, which are:

  • Europe: PGA Catalunya, Spain
  • North America: Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Rest of World: Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Among its other award winners, the golf destinations of the year are:

  • North America: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Asia/Australia: Sanya, China
  • Africa, Indian Ocean, Gulf States: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Latin America, Caribbean: Cancun-Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Europe: Dublin East Coast Alliance, Ireland
  • Undiscovered Destination: Slovenia

Furthermore, our friends at Golf Digest have named their best new courses of 2014. Taking public course honors is Gamble Sands in central Washington (shown above), which we profiled in the latest issue of LINKS Magazine. We also already covered their two top private courses, The Cliffs at Mountain Park in South Carolina and the Red Course at Dismal River Club in Nebraska. Semi-private honors went to Esplanade G&CC in Florida, and other notables include Potomac Shores GC in Virginia, The Fall GC in Iowa, and The Canyons in Utah.

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