Aug 07, 2015 | 06:11 am

Let Pete Do It!

There seems to be no stopping Pete Dye, who turns 90 on December 29. A few months ago, talking to HotLinks, the digital magazine we create here at LINKS, Pete’s wife and collaborator Alice said they were working on “something like 13 projects including four brand-new 18-hole courses.” We’re not sure what all of those are, but we do know that the Dyes are constructing a new nine-hole, par-36, $6 million addition to their Mystic Rock course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania. Construction recently began, with the new nine scheduled to open for play in summer, 2017. The course will use the naturally rolling terrain, while incorporating large boulders unearthed during construction, and feature undulating greens, big bunkers, and lakes. Said Dye (shown teeing off at the ground-breaking with resort owner Joseph Hardy), “Environmentally, we’ve set this thing up on a mountain like nothing that has ever been done in this state.” And when asked about his approach to the new nine, Dye said, “I am always hoping for bigger and better.” Which means we should be in for a treat.

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Aug 06, 2015 | 10:47 am

Food for Thought

Maybe you'll never be able to eat Tiger Woods lunch on the golf course, but you can eat his lunch at his new restaurant in South Florida. Located in a new $150 entertainment and dining complex called Harbourside Place in Jupiter, The Woods Jupiter will open Monday with a lot of hoopla. The nearly 6,000-square-foot, sports-themed restaurant will have outdoor seating and is located right in front of the amphitheater where live music acts play nightly. Woods will also locate his business headquarters in the development, which is right near the Intracoastal Waterway and has marina so people can dock and dine. No telling whether Tiger will attend the opening given that it's the week of the PGA Championship, but since he won't be playing in the FedEx Cup playoffs, unless he wins the PGA, he'll have plenty of time to hang at his newest venture.

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Aug 05, 2015 | 12:24 pm

Team U.S.A.

The opening ceremonies at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place one year from today. The only countries that could field more than two players right now are the U.S. on the men's side and the U.S. and Korea on the women's since the top 15 in the world get automatic entries with a limit of four players for a given country. After that, there can only be two players per country not already represented unil the field of 60 is complete (some countries will have only one player), so players ranked as far down as the 334 on the men's side and 605 on the women's will get to play. Right now, the Team U.S.A men would consist of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk, while Chillean Mark Tullo, ranked 334th in the world, would also qualify. U.S. women would be Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, and Cristie Kerr, while Victoria Lovelady from the host country, ranked 605th in the world, would also qualify. That end result would be about 35 countries represented on both the men's and women's side. "Inbee Park said she thinks that if you’re in the top 50 in the world you should be able to play in the Olympics, but if that were the case, you’d only have about 12 countries represented," Ty Votaw, vice-president of the International Golf Federation, tells The Buzz. "I would submit to you that the fourth best sprinter from Jamaica is probably faster than every other athlete in the world except his other teammates but he doesn’t make the Olympics. The Olympics aren’t about all the top players. It’s about having the most amount of countries participate."

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Aug 04, 2015 | 08:43 am

Major Contributions

The 27 Club is a 27-hole layout with each hole designed by a different major championship winner. Architects Tom McBroom and Beau Welling co-honchoed the project, consulting with each of the pros—sending plans, discussing ideas over the phone, then making changes based on their feedback. The course is the latest addition to the portfolio of Pacific Links International, a club which offers access to more than 100 high-profile courses in a dozen countries.  Their hope with 27 Club is to create “a six star international golf resort and high-end residential community.” The 27 “co-designers” were Angel Cabrera, Annika Sorenstam, Ben Curtis, Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange, David Duval, Fred Couples, Scott Simpson, Johnny Miller, Steve Jones, Tom Lehman, Todd Hamilton, Ian Baker-Finch, Jeff Sluman, John Daly, Larry Mize, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Y.E. Yang, Vijay Singh, Tom Weiskopf, and Tom Watson. 

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