Oct 07, 2015 | 10:57 am

Cart Paths Only

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the extreme rains that flooded parts of the state something that only happens once every 1,000 years. That turns out to be an understatement. The more than two-feet of water that fell from the skies over the weekend was a one-in-many-thousands event, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So how did the area golf courses fare? Surprisingly, not bad. The timing couldn't have been worse, given this is the height of the fall golf season, but the damages could have been much more severe. Sure there's still some standing water and some washed-out bunkers, but there aren't many, if any, reports of structural damage to coastal courses. The vast majority of courses in Myrtle Beach are reopening for play today, though a few, like Aberdeen Coutry Club, will be closed for 10 days or more, according to South of Charleston, Kiawah Island Golf Resort will also resume normal operations today with all five courses reopening tomorrow. With clear blue skies and ideal temps, the weather forecast couldn't be better, either.

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Oct 06, 2015 | 08:52 am

High Anxiety Shot

Golf in Norway is growing in popularity with nearly two hundred courses in play and more being added each year. But this lad took the game to new heights, scaling the Kjeragbolten Boulder, a glacial deposit wedged into a crevasse 3,245 feet above an abyss. Further proof that some people will do anything for a bit of social media attention. The video is from SkratchTV.

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Oct 05, 2015 | 06:36 am

A Single At Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay, the municipal golf course outside Tacoma, Washington, made quite a sensation when it hosted the U.S. Open this past summer. But in one sense, the property may have been a victim of its own success. According to Seattle’s News Tribune, plans for a second course at the Pierce County-owned facility have been scrapped because it would have made holding future big events there all but impossible. “We feel that even though we could technically squeeze another 18 holes in, it might make it so we’re not competitive for a future (golf) event,” said Kevin Phelps, the county’s deputy executive. The county was in discussions with Los Angeles-based developer Bob Sonnenblick to build a second course along with a 300-plus-room hotel, a project estimated to cost $150 million. But “without the second ‘resort’ (golf) course we would no longer be able to justify” the big hotel, said Sonnenblick. New plans are in the works to put a smaller hotel on the 930-acre site, but no second course.

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Oct 02, 2015 | 10:45 am

Last Rites?

The Presidents Cup Matches start next week, and not only will they showcase the best young golf talent from the U.S. (Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed) and the rest of the world (Jason Day, Danny Lee, Branden Grace), but they may offer us a final glimpse of some of our old favorites in team play. Phil Mickelson is on the U.S. squad, but only because he was one of Captain Jay Haas’s picks, and a controversial one, at that. The ageless Jim Furyk (he’s actually 45, the same age as Mickelson) made the team on points but is questionable due to a wrist injury. So will we ever see their likes on U.S. teams again? This week, Ryder Cup captain Davis Love said it was hard to envision an American team without Mickelson and Tiger Woods, but neither is looking good for next year’s squad unless Love picks them. And be honest: Would you?

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