Sep 19, 2016 | 06:39 am

Tiger To Redesign Chicago Munis?

As if Tiger Woods doesn’t have enough to do right now, what with preparing to return to the PGA Tour in a few weeks, the internet is jumping with rumors about projects he might be involved in. For example, we read on one site that Tiger may be part of a group bidding to buy TaylorMade Golf from its current parent company, Adidas. It’s true that TaylorMade is for sale, and with Nike getting out of the golf equipment business Tiger is looking for another set of clubs to play, so that rumor doesn’t seem totally ridiculous. More logical is the report, which we’ve seen all over the web, that Tiger is “on board” with a plan first floated a few years ago by Bandon Dunes creator Mike Keiser to combine and redesign two Chicago public courses into a single course. The two munis—Jackson Park (shown above) and South Shore—both sit along Lake Michigan a few miles south of downtown Chicago, but also are about two miles from each other, meaning they’d have to be joined in some way. Word is that since the new course would be the home of the First Tee of Greater Chicago, Tiger would do the design for free; furthermore, the course would be tough enough to possibly host a PGA Tour event. As we said, it’s just a rumor, but supposedly Tiger was in Chicago a few weeks ago to check out the properties.

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Sep 16, 2016 | 09:22 am

Renovation of the Course at Yale?

Lovers of golf course architecture know that the Course at Yale is one of the country's great Raynor treasures. Those same people likely know that the course is in need of investment and a little T.L.C. to bring it back to former glory. In an interesting new proposal, an investor and Yale Alumnus named Roland Betts has suggested a partnership with Yale University to restore the course. According to an article in the Yale Daily News, the renovation is, "expected to cost $3.5 million... and would be 'faithful to its original, historic design,' according to Betts." Betts is the chairman of Redan Reserve LLC, a clear nod to golf course architecture, and the proposal states that Redan would restore and operate the golf course as well as build lodging on nearby land that would include nearly 80 rooms. The proposal is in its early stages, but it could mean big changes for the Course at Yale.

If you have played Yale, what do you think? Are the changes welcome? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sep 15, 2016 | 06:59 am

TPC Network Reaches Southeast Asia

A few months back, our free digital magazine, “HotLINKS,” ran an article on the TPC Network, the more than 30 private, resort, and daily-fee properties around the world that host PGA Tour events while also offering everyday golfers daily-play and membership privileges. Well, add another club to the bag. TPC Kuala Lumpur is the first golf facility in Southeast Asia to join the network, bringing with it two 18-hole courses located just a few miles from the capital of Malaysia. Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, it already hosts the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic, and has held both an LPGA and European Tour event in recent years. Both courses originally opened in 1991 and were totally redesigned by Parslow & Winter Golf Design—a Malaysia-based architectural firm specializing in Asia and Australia—relaunching in 2008 (West, shown above) and 2010 (East) with lush landscapes and plenty of lakes and sand. The ceremony welcoming the club to the network was officiated by Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia Tuanku Hajah Haminah.

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Sep 14, 2016 | 08:52 am

Country Fox

Perhaps the best thing about the Fox TV deal with the USGA is that the network is televising all the USGA championships that you never got to see before, like the U.S. Mid-Amateur this week at Stonewall Golf Club in Elverson, Pa., a private, 36-hole facility about 50 miles west of Philly. Tom Doak designed both courses, the Old in 1993 and the North in 2003. Interestingly, the 36-hole final tomorrow will take place on both courses, which are minimalist marvels set on rolling countryside.

"I built the Old Course with Gil Hanse—he and I shaped all the bunkers and greens," Doak tells The Buzz. "It's very cool that they are using both for the 36-hole final, though I guess only the Old course will be on TV. Both are traditional parkland courses with small greens and plenty of tilt, to fit in with all the good old courses around Philly. The Old course has several sidehill approaches where you have to decide whether you're risking the high side of the green to wind up closer to the hole, or playing at the hole to wind up 10-20 feet below. The North course greens are more complicated: there's some contour in the middle of the greens, so the best places to get up and down from change from day to day. Lots of local knowledge to pick up for the competitors!"

This a recored 87th USGA championship contested in Pennsylvannia and the third time FOX Sports and USGA return to the state this year after the U.S. Open at Oakmont and the Women's Am at Rolling Green. Coverage of the semifinals and finals air today and tomorrow on FS1 from 3-5 PM ET.

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