Apr 18, 2016 | 12:03 pm

A Very Special Membership

There’s a lot going on this year at Gleneagles, the iconic golf resort in the heart of Scotland that hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and will be the site of the 2019 Solheim Cup. New owners are investing millions in refurbishing bars, other public spaces, and the bedrooms, giving a more modern feel to the property’s distinctive Scottish identity. There’s also a revised menu of treatments available in the 20,000-square-foot ESPA Life Spa, four new indoor tennis courts (former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray grew up nearby and has been known to come by when it’s too cold to play outside), while the famous James Braid-designed King’s Course, shown above, is having some work done to take it back to its original 1919 look and challenge. If all this strikes a chord, check out the resort’s International Golf Membership, which includes the use of all golf facilities, play on the three courses—King’s, Queen’s (also by Braid), and Jack Nicklaus’s PGA Centenary, where the Ryder Cup was staged—and five complimentary room nights at The Gleneagles Hotel. This year, the initiation fee is £500 (about $700), with an annual fee of £3,380 (about $4,800). For more details, go to the resort’s website.

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Apr 15, 2016 | 06:49 am

A Masters Class In Money Management

As the endless recaps, recriminations, and reproofs flow from the final round of the Masters, here comes another one, but with a slightly different twist: How the lessons learned can affect your investment strategy. Stay with us here. According to an article in Investor’s Business Daily—which follows Wall Street and offers investing advice—“stocks are like golf,” and the actions of three notable contestants for the green jacket this year “can teach you about both.” The players in question are Jordan Spieth (of course), Ernie Els, and Louis Oosthuizen, none of whom won, but all of whom proved that success on the greens and in making green requires 1) sweating the small stuff, 2) paying close attention to detail, and 3) luck. To quote IBD, “At Augusta, every green is slick and treacherous. The stock market can act just like that.” Now we’re no Warren Buffett, but we agree that is simple advice one can definitely take to the bank—unless it’s the bank in front of the 12th green.

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Apr 14, 2016 | 10:21 am

Davis Love III on US Ryder Cup Team

Davis Love III spoke at a press conference yesterday at Harbour Town about areas in which he hopes to improve the US chances for victory. How does he hope to avoid a debacle like the US experienced at Gleaneagles? Well, a number of things. Among them, he plans to get everyone into the correct mindset going into the final day - something that wasn't achieved in Scotland. He also wants experienced vice-captains, who will each speak to certain players throughout the round based on their relationships and the play's mindsets. He plans to tell players when and who they will play with well ahead of time, again touching on the team's mental state. He hopes that this series of small changes will result in a US victory. One thing was especially clear. He has no doubts in the talent and ability of the US players.

When asked about his reasons for playing this week at the RBC Heritage, the reporter implied he might be there to scout out captain's picks. "Make no mistake, I'm here to play and compete" said Love. We'll be looking out for him on the leaderboard.

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Apr 13, 2016 | 08:43 am

A Reason to Smyle

One of the stranger moments in a bizarre Masters came when Jim Nantz ventured into Hord Hardin territory in the Butler Cabin on Saturday when he asked Smylie Kaufman the year and make of his car. The answer: an '08 Nissan Murano. Granted, the veteran broadcaster was trying to emphasize just how life could change for the Masters rookie playing in the final group on Sunday with Jordan Spieth, but it was still a little odd. Kaufman went on to shoot 81, but there was a reason for Smylie to smile in the end. Nissan has offered to replace his old model with a brand new one in a tweet, to which Kaufman tweeted back, "I'm glad I didn't have to hit a hole in one to get one! I appreciate the unexpected surprise!" Others were less than charitable in their responses: "Classy move by to give this kid a break," one guy retweeted. "He only made $68 grand last week and $2 mil for the year…"

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