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Apr 01, 2016 | 10:10 am

Happy Birthday, Homestead

The Omni Homestead, in Hot Springs, Va., in the Allegheny Mountains, calls itself “America’s First Resort,” and that’s not idle boasting. A one-story wooden lodge first went up on the site in 1766, making this the property’s 250th anniversary. And in recognition of its sestercentennial, there’s a full slate of festive events and offerings all year long. They include culinary events like once-a-month black-tie-optional gala dinners; a monthly speaker series featuring chefs, historians, naturalists, and others; partnerships with local providers (try the Homestead 250th Ale); special spa packages and room rates; even a daily birthday cake, a different flavor every day, that will be rolled out each afternoon for guests’ enjoyment. The Homestead drips with history—George Washington was a patron, as were Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, John D. Rockefeller, and countless other notables—and it has a firm place in golf’s annals, too: Sam Snead was born in Hot Springs and developed that syrupy swing on the resort’s two golf courses, Old and Cascades.

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Mar 31, 2016 | 02:52 pm

A Tome for Charity

Discussions of the best golf books on St Andrews can span decades and sub-genres, but in the modern category, a new book stands out - Links to St Andrews. The book contains “love letters” to St Andrews, written by everyone from Rory McIlory and Arnold Palmer to St Andrews caddies and local businessmen and women. 

The first limited edition copies of Links to St Andrews will be auctioned off Thursday, April 7th in New York City at an Outpost Club event. Proceeds will go to the Outpost Foundation. These limited edition copies, of which there are 100, have been signed by every single contributor. Joshua Evenson, the book’s editor, traveled the globe gathering signatures from over 100 contributors. The signatures were written on pieces of paper that include blades of grass from St Andrews, Dornoch, Hoylake and Pinehurst. The value of such a rare book with signatures from Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, Watson, McIlroy and many others will be determined in this first auction. "A major focus of Links was to give back and say thank you to all who helped make it happen. The vast majority of the one-hundred limited edition books will go to a variety of charitable organizations around the world. They range from cancer research to university scholarships," said Evenson.

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In addition to the 100 limited edition books, we also have 500 which are not presently being offered for sale. They will be gifted to organizations to put up for auction in the event they do not receive one of the 100. If you are interested in inquiring about one of these books, please reach out to Evenson at joshuacevenson@gmail.com. For more information on the book, or to purchase a standard copy, visit the Links to St Andrews website.
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Mar 30, 2016 | 08:50 am

Sign of the Times

You may never get an invite to join Augusta National, but you can own the "members only" sign that once hung in front. GreenJacketAuctions.com is currently offering the sign, which measures 30" wide and 36" tall and dates to the '60s, for sale. The current bid is close to $20,000 (bidding ends at 8pm on April 9). An Augusta resident ended up with it after the club replaced it with a new one, but he (or she) didn't realize the value of it until he tried to sell it on eBay in 2010. "Though we missed out on this historic sign six years ago, we are overwhelmed with the opportunity of finally offering it for public auction," the site states. As you can see in the photo above, the 50-year-old sign is almost identical to the one that currently hangs in front of the club. The site also has a couple dozen other Masters and club memorabilia, including a 1934 progam of the "First Annual Invitation Tournament" signed by Clifford Roberts (current bid: $9,847). Interestingly, the club produced progams for the first two years but then suspended publication until 1990.

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Mar 29, 2016 | 09:01 am

Masters Odds

If you have a willing friend in the UK, it's time to place your bets for the 80th Masters. Jason Day, whose victory last week regained him the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, also tops the odds charts according to oddschecker.com, which compiles the best odds from the major UK bookmakers. Day is at 13-2, followed by Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, each at 15-2. Next come Bubba Watson and Adam Scott, each of them going off at 12-1. Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are next at 22-1.More attractive are the odds on Justin Rose (30-1), Louis Oosthuizen (33-1), Charl Schwartzl (40-1), and Patrick Reed (50-1). And if you're feeling adventurous, there's Davis Love III (500-1), his opposing Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke (1,000-1), and two former Masters Champions, Ian Woosnam (5,000-1) and Larry Mize (10,000-1). Curiously, the odds on Tiger are 100-1...that's on winning, not playing.

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