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Mar 14, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Log In To Learn

Golf instruction has gone high-tech, what with launch monitors, tiny snap-on sensors, smartphone apps, and the like. So it was only a matter of time that teaching itself went from face-to-face to screen-to-screen. Welcome to the "Virtual Golf Performance Summit," to be held May 18-19—on your computer. As the summit’s website puts it, the plan is for “two uninterrupted days of discussion and collaboration…accessible to anyone with an internet connection.” Among the virtual speakers are many top-name teachers, including Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, Chuck Cook, Stan Utley, Dr. Debbie Crews, Claude Harmon III, and others covering swing, mental, and physical improvement. Along with their presentations, speakers will conduct live Q&A sessions, and there also will be giveaways, a virtual exhibit hall, and downloads of product and company information. Everything you need to know, including registration—a discounted early-bird special ends tomorrow, March 15—is on the website. Of course.

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Mar 13, 2014 | 11:15 AM

A View From Above

Golf in Scotland is usually best played along the ground. But Edinburgh native and videographer Gary Eunson takes to the air for a view most never see over there (unless you’re scouring YouTube for course videos). His most recent effort centers on three new holes opened last year at The Renaissance Club—a private facility in East Lothian—and built on land previously owned by next-door neighbor Muirfield. To get the aerial footage Eunson built a stabilized camera mount and attached it to a multi-rotor copter, which he then flew by remote up to 200 feet above the course and coastline. He had some insider knowledge on the best angles though; he’s worked at the Tom Doak-designed layout since construction began in 2006 and is currently Deputy Head Superintendent. 

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Mar 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Carrying a Load

Steve Williams gave an interesting interview to "The Golf Show" on Fox Sports Austalia, talking about how this will be his last full-time season after 36 years working for Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, and now Adam Scott. The golf media has focused on his comments regarding Woods and how they haven't still buried the hatchet, presumably over how and why Woods let Williams go. But much more interesting is what Williams says about last year's Masters victory and the Open Championship loss at Royal Lytham.

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Mar 11, 2014 | 10:56 AM

The Road To Morocco

The cover story of the next issue of LINKS Magazine (out in a few weeks) is “The New Meccas,” where we’ll tell you about six golf destinations that are hot right now. Well, here’s an even hotter tip on a destination that’s going to be the next New Mecca—Morocco. This year marks the 100th anniversary of golf in Morocco but things are just now heating up, with 40 courses you can play and suddenly 10 more on the way. They’re scattered across all the major cities—Rabat, Casablanca, Fez—but Marrakesh leads the way with five strong courses, including designs by Jack Nicklaus and Kyle Phillips (that's his Al Maaden, above) already in place and four more on the way in 2014. Another hot spot is the beach resort of Agadir, where Phillips is building a seaside stunner at Taghazout Bay that alone may be worth your first golf trip to Africa.

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