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Dec 01, 2014 | 06:30 AM

Four Centuries In Dornoch

According to its website, the iconic Royal Dornoch Golf Club in northern Scotland was founded in 1877. Elsewhere on the site it reads, “Long before a golf club was formed at Dornoch, the game of golf was played on the town lands on the links along the seashore.” How long before? It doesn’t say, but the club and the town fathers have settled on a date—1616—and they now are making plans for a year-long celebration of “400 years of golf at Dornoch” in 2016. Festivities begin on January 2 of that year, when the club captain will use a hickory club to “drive in” a ceremonial featherie ball. During the rest of the year there will be more matches—including one featuring famous pros—as well as gala dinners, street parties, exhibitions, and displays. For what it’s worth, the website ScottishGolfHistory.org says golf came to Dornoch in 1619, which was 117 years after it made it to Perth, 92 years after Carnoustie, and 45 years after St. Andrews. But any excuse for a party is good with us.

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Nov 27, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Playing Thankfully

There won’t be any turkey or stuffing available — the food and beverage operation in the clubhouse is shut down for the year — but there will be golf today in Utah, on a course named Thanksgiving Point no less. Thanks to rare late-November temperatures in the high 50s, approximately 40 golfers are expected to tee it up on a 1997 Johnny Miller design that inexplicably missed making a recent Thanksgiving-themed course list. Located in Lehi, 15 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City, the 7,716-yard layout is stuffed with oversized holes, like the 678-yard 11th (where only John Daly has ever reached the green in two). Playing at 6,100 feet above sea level helps a bit, but the course record of 62 — held by  2003 Masters winner and nearby resident Mike Weir — is still impressive. Happy Thanksgiving. 

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Nov 26, 2014 | 05:06 PM

Family Act

The talented Bryan Bros, Wesley and George, are back with their latest trick-shot video and this time they've brought the whole family in honor of that most family of holidays tomorrow. Mom, Dad, and even Sis get in on the act feeding a ball in a number of inventive ways to Wesley, who knocks it out the park each time with a driver. Just imagine what Thanksgiving dinner is like!

For more Bryan Bros videos, check out their Youtube page.

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Nov 25, 2014 | 08:48 AM

Rory's Biggest Fan

If there is any animosity lingering from Rory McIlroy's lawsuit against his former manager Horizon (where Graeme McDowell is a partner) it was not evident in McDowell’s recent season-ending column for the BBC. Calling McIlroy’s Open Championship win “the best moment of the year” McDowell went on to predict that his countryman would dominate the game until the end of the decade.  "I think we are witnessing at least a five-year spell as world number one,” said McDowell. "I think he is going to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did in the early 2000s.” Asked how many major championships McIlroy might win, McDowell was equally effusive. “If Rory continues to play the way he is doing, he could win three, four or maybe five more majors in that time. He could then be close to 10 in total and whether he wants to go beyond that is entirely up to him."

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