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May 02, 2016 | 06:35 am

International Women’s Golf Day

If golf is going to grow—which we all should hope it does—the game will have to find new and better ways to attract women. Enter International Women’s Golf Day, which will be celebrated for the first time on Tuesday, June 7. On that day, from 4-8 p.m. wherever you happen to be, a worldwide collection of courses, clubs, driving ranges, practice centers, and retail outlets will welcome women and girls to golf. And it isn’t only for new golfers; existing female enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the festivities and enjoy a selection of golf-related activities including a nine-hole scramble, socializing, networking, listening to speakers, and discovering more ways to get into the game. Facilities around the U.S. have signed on, as have clubs and courses in Ireland, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, and South Africa. For a full list of participating facilities and more information on how to get involved, check out the website. And if you are a woman looking to get into golf or play more golf, or you know an interested woman, this is the day to get started. Organizers hope to make IWGD an annual event.

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Apr 29, 2016 | 06:28 am

Making Faces

American golf has borrowed a great deal from the British—including the game itself—so no one should be surprised to hear about another piece of golf history we’ve copied. “Faces of Golf” is a collection of bronze portraits of 116 leading golfers, course designers, and journalists, originally debuted during the Open Championship at St. Andrews last year, that has been reproduced and put on display at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The notables who’ve had their faces captured by British-American sculptor Lawrence Holofcener run the gamut from Mary, Queen of Scots, to Tiger Woods: In between are Old and Young Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Arnold Palmer, Rory McIlroy, Walter Hagen, and dozen and dozens of others. The entire sculpture now hangs in the hallway that leads to the resort’s pro shop and out to its five golf courses. For a closer look at the artwork as the original was unveiled at St. Andrews last year, check out this video and see how many golf greats you can identify.

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Apr 28, 2016 | 09:34 am

A Pre-US Open Round at Oakmont

LINKS was able to play Oakmont this past Monday during the US Open Media Day, and the entire team agreed, the course is one of the hardest in the United States.

“I think in the past the course rating has been somewhere in the low 80s,” said Mike Davis, President of the USGA, “I think the average golfer, even if it's not setup for a U.S. Open, has no idea how exacting this golf course is. I believe it's an 80, 81, 82 course rating when it's set up for the U.S. Open.” Davis hit on the one point we noticed during the round; Oakmont is exacting, and there is no margin for error. A golf game that isn’t completely in control will spiral out of control at Oakmont. What does all of this mean for the pros? Look for the players to reach for a new level of concentration during the tournament. Those who let that concentration slip will pay dearly. Those who don’t know the course well will fall prey to the slopes, bunkers, and lightning fast greens that give the course its fearsome reputation.

Oakmont

The LINKS team guesses the winning score would be +3 for the tournament. If a player is able to shoot better than that, they deserve the US Open Championship Trophy and everything that comes with it. 

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Apr 27, 2016 | 08:51 am

#GetFitThursdays

For the first time ever, Titleist is offering free fittings every Thursday for the next two months at more than 75 locations around the country. Not only can you get a complimentary fitting with the use of a TrackMan ball-flight monitor for all the great clubs for which Titleist is known, but you can also demo and get fit for its new line of concept clubs, the C16 driver and irons, a technologically advanced set aimed at the upscale market (the driver retails for $1,000 and the irons for $2,700). Thanks to premium materials and costs-be-damned technology, the driver and irons deliver more distance and forgiveness than any other clubs the company has ever created.

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