Dec 09, 2015 | 10:44 am

Foxy Move

The USGA is putting its billion dollars from Fox to good use. The organization is teaming with the American Society of Golf Course Architects to provide pro bono consulation on agronomic and design issues facing public golf courses. The goal is to make the course more enoyable and cost less to maintain. "Course design and maintenance form the foundation of a golf facility’s operations," said Mike Davis, USGA executive director. "With the knowledge that the ASGCA and USGA can offer, more publicly accessible facilities will be able to strengthen this base, while promoting resource efficiency, a better golf experience and a stronger connection to the local community." The USGA produced this video on the initiative and the first course, Canal Shores north of Chicago, to receive the free evaluation, which other courses can apply for here. Now what would really be great is if the USGA used some of its $400 million in reserves to pay for the improvements at some of the munis with the most need.

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Dec 08, 2015 | 10:25 am

Courses of Therapy

If the advent of winter has you a bit golf-depressed, wishing you were strolling the warm fairways of a magnificent course, the game’s finest  photographers have the perfect antidote. LINKS Magazine’s L.C. Lambrecht has issued the 2016 edition of his "Emerald Gems" wall calendar with stunning photos of 12 of Ireland’s top links ($20.45 and former LPGA Tour player turned photographer Joann Dost has published "Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Ultimate Round" ($40 Meantime, for a free fix of what we like to call golf porn check out John and Jeannine Henebry’s “Dream 18” which ran recently in New Zealand’s World magazine (

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Dec 07, 2015 | 09:52 am

Picture Perfect

There are only four golf societies older than England’s Royal Blackheath Golf Club, which was formed in 1766. With that kind of history, the club also possesses a rich collection of elegant trophies and fine art, most notably a famous portrait of Henry Callender, who was Captain General back around 1790. Although Callender died centuries ago, he is being called on to help his club once again: His 200-year-old portrait is going up for sale with the proceeds used to buy the land that the club sits on, preventing its closing. According to the Telegraph, the painting will be sold this Wednesday by Bonhams, London, and should fetch up to $1.2 million. Also for sale is the big-headed putter that Callender is holding in the painting; it’s expected to go for $100,000. “It’s the only reason that we could even contemplate selling something like that, to secure our future,” said Rob Baker, a past captain of the club, explaining that Royal Blackheath was offered the “unique opportunity” to buy the land in southeast London that the club has been on for all these years. “This is a very important thing and we need to do it for those who will come after us.” Thanks, Henry.

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Dec 04, 2015 | 06:13 am

A Tiger Tamed

Along with being one of—if not the—greatest in the history of golf, Tiger Woods is certainly the most polarizing. In fact, it’s likely a number of you stopped reading this item as soon as you saw his name. That’s your prerogative. However, love him or hate him, the interview Woods recently gave to veteran golf journalist Lorne Rubenstein and published on is fascinating reading, an extremely rare glimpse into the mind of an athlete who may never again be able to compete at the highest level of his sport. Believe what he says or not, feel his pain or see through the guise, that’s your choice. But give it a read and see if you don’t change your mind just a little bit.

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