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Oct 19, 2016 | 08:30 am

Lot of Hot Air

Despite reports to the contrary, Hilton Head Island is doing just fine after Hurricane Matthew barreled through on October 7-8. Sure, a lot of trees came down causing some structural damage and there's still a lot of debris to clean up, but the majority of the amenities of the island's most famous resort, Sea Pines, are now open, including the Harbour Town Clubhouse, Plantation Golf Club, Inn & Club at Harbour Town boutique hotel, and Sea Pines Beach Club. Links, an American Grill at the Harbour Town Clubhouse, and Coast, oceanfront fine-dining at the Beach Club, also are open. "Due to the immense and tireless efforts of our incredible cleanup crews, members of the community as well as The Sea Pines Resort team, we resumed operations Oct. 14,” says Steve Birdwell, President. “Our hearts go out to those up and down the Atlantic seaboard who were impacted by the storm.” Additionally, 95 percent of the 400 rental homes and villas offered for guest accommodations were untouched and are rental ready. Its three championship golf courses—Harbour Town Golf Links (which lost the most trees), Heron Point by Pete Dye, and Davis Love III's new Atlantic Dunes—are scheduled to reopen in November. "Our golf maintenance crew is doing an amazing job getting our three layouts back to pristine shape,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Our goal is have golfers teeing it up and enjoying the golf courses by Thanksgiving week.”

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Oct 18, 2016 | 09:25 am

Tiger Makes His Move

Tiger Woods may be uncertain about his future as a professional golfer, but yesterday he took a bold step forward as a corporate mogul with the launch of a new company called TGR. Founded with the mantra, “the pursuit of excellence beyond all limits” TGR is for the moment a branding umbrella, a unified platform for his current ventures which include event management, golf course design, a restaurant, and his charitable arm, the Tiger Woods Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. But Woods said that several other ventures would be announced in the coming months, which, given the recent demise of Nike, begs the question: Might we soon see a line of TGR golf equipment? The new company comes complete with a distinctive logo, suggestive of tiger stripes or a tiger paw. “Or," said the CEO, “even three trees, because I’ve been known to hit into them. My last name is Woods, after all."

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Oct 17, 2016 | 06:49 am

More Healthy News For Golfers

In this space last week we reported on a study that said golfers live, on average, five years longer than non-golfers. It turns out there is more to that report, which is part of the launch of the “Golf & Health Project” by the World Golf Foundation, the non-profit organization that develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through golf and its values, and, among other things, provides oversight to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Golf & Health Project has been reviewing thousands of research papers on health, illness prevention, and associated injuries, and has learned that the game is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and colon and breast cancer, while also having positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity.

The project has the support of all of golf’s major organizations and has eight international ambassadors: Aaron Baddeley, Annika Sorenstam, Brooke Henderson, Padraig Harrington, Ryann O’Toole, Se Yeon Ryu, Zach Johnson, and, of course, Gary Player. For more information on what the project is doing and some of its early findings, check out its website. You also can follow the project on Twitter and Facebook, and watch interviews with the people involved.

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Oct 14, 2016 | 10:15 am

New Company for Greg Norman

In an interview earlier this summer with LINKS, Norman said he was working on several major opportunities—“game changers” as he called them—that he hoped to roll out soon. “I haven’t been this excited about my business since I was No. 1 in the world,” Norman said. “We are going to spaces nobody has been before with a major corporate partner.”

One of those major announcements came out yesterday when Norman announced his company, Great White Shark Enterprises, is changing its name to the Greg Norman Company. A firm change in direction isn't clear, but Norman's holdings already include a clothing company, development arm, course design firm, an eyewear brand, and much more.

The homepage of now reads, "No business can stand still. Businesses change just like people. So like our icon, the shark, we keep moving... New logo. New company name. New inspiration for all of our fans. What will this mean for you? Great things to come on the horizon."

What do you think about the change? Are you more attracted to a product because Norman has his name on it? Let us know in the comments below!

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