May 22, 2015 | 01:00 pm

Edge of Excitement

Many are calling Cabot Cliffs, which has eight holes above the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw's best work yet. Which is really saying something when you consider they've designed stunners like Sand Hills, Friar's Head, and Old Sandwich. You can be the judge yourself when play opens on July 3rd. Despite what the website says, rounds will cost $110 in July then jump to $150 from August through Oct. 12 when the course closes. Even though the course doesn't have its offical opening till next year, word is the grow-in is just fine and you won't be dissapointed. Getting there is easier than going to Bandon Dunes, too—90 minute flight from NYC followed by a 3 1/2-hour drive to Cape Breton Island. In addition to the video above, narrated by Canadian Kiefer Sutherland, check out our spring issue "First Peek" on the course.

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May 21, 2015 | 08:03 am

Let’s Play 9!

Don’t have the time or energy to play a full 18? Then just play 9—and do so knowing that the USGA thinks it’s a great idea. In fact, the organization has designated Wednesday, July 29, as the second annual “Play9 Day,” a chance to recognize and celebrate the many virtues of the nine-hole round. A national awareness-building campaign is being launched to encourage participation by golfers and golf clubs around the country, with special Play9 toolkits going to USGA member clubs, on-air promotions on Fox Sports (the organization’s new media partner), digital promotion, social-media outreach, and the involvement of state and regional golf associations. Says Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of Public Services, “Nine-hole rounds can fit into anyone’s schedule. They are a great way to expose young people to the game and a great way for families to spend time together.” Helping support the initiative is Rickie Fowler, who stars in a video on the USGA website, and “like many PGA Tour professionals often plays nine-hole practice rounds at tournament venues.” For more on Play9 Day, including information for golfers and golf clubs (such as how to post nine-hole scores to your handicap), check out the special website,

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May 20, 2015 | 11:13 am

Top 10 Top 10

Of all of David Letterman's recurring comedy bits, perhaps none is more adored than his Top Ten lists, which began in 1985 with the "Top Ten Words That Almost Rhyme With Peas." In honor of his final show tonight, here are LINKS Insider newsletter's most popular top 10 lists over the last year and a half.

10. The Top 10 Golf & Beach Combos

9. The Top 10 Florida Golf Resorts

8. The Top 10 Best Golf States

7. The Top 10 Scariest Shots in Golf

6. The Top 10 Most Romantic Golf Resorts

5. The Top 10 Most Underrated Florida Golf Courses

4. The Top 10 Most Beautiful Holes in Hawaii

3. The Top 10 College Courses

2. The Top 10 Munis in America

1. The Top 10 Courses in Ireland

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May 19, 2015 | 09:23 am

A Revamp For Pebble's 17th

One of the game’s icons is getting a facelift. Work began recently on a renovation of hole number 17 at Pebble Beach, the seaside par three that has thrilled golfers for nearly a century. The putting surface will be expanded by more than a third, from 3600 to 5000 square feet, while at the same time the left-front bunker and the mounds in front of that bunker will be lowered to allow players to see the left side of the green from the tee. The new hole is scheduled to go into play July 24. In the meantime, a temporary green, even closer to the sea, is in use.  The renovation is part of a multi-year project to revamp Pebble’s poa annua greens for better drainage and playability.

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