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Oct 12, 2015 | 06:40 am

Dye-ification

Pete Dye turns 90 in a few months (December 29) and shows no signs of slowing down. As his wife and design partner Alice reported in the May issue of HotLinks, our digital magazine, they have “something like 13 projects including four brand-new 18-hole courses…plus a lot of remodeling and fixing up of our older courses.” There’s likely to be a number of well-deserved celebrations of the Dyes and their work over the coming months. One of the first was held last week at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where they were “honored for the impact they have had on golf and golf course architecture” as well as their creation of the highly regarded Long Cove course, which opened in 1980. Following remarks by Steve Smyers, president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and fellow architect Bobby Weed—who was the original crew chief for the building of Long Cove—the club dedicated the Pete Dye Clock and unveiled the Dyes’ Plaque (both shown above with, from left, club general manager Trip Shine, Alice, and Pete). Only another 300-something more plaques to go.

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Oct 09, 2015 | 08:56 am

Player’s Club

If you’ve ever had the chance to be around Gary Player, you know that the 79-year-old (he turns 80 on November 1) is a bundle of energy, always moving, talking, and keeping healthy. And doing good, through The Player Foundation, which was established in 1983 as a way of providing education, medical care, and athletic activities for a group of disadvantaged children living near Johannesburg, South Africa. Today, the foundation aids underprivileged children and impoverished communities around the world, having donated more than $60 million to various charities. Its work is funded by private donations, 25% of retail sales of Gary Player merchandise, and six Gary Player Invitational pro-ams that pair celebrities and professional golfers. The U.S. event is next week, October 11-12, at Glen Arbor Golf Club north of New York City, and will feature, among others, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Annika Sorenstam, Retief Goosen, Michael Douglas, and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev. It’s a great cause and a great cast of characters. There’s more about the event and the foundation on the websites.

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Oct 08, 2015 | 04:15 pm

Drawn to It

Korea has a thriving animation industry with some 120 studios (they're responsible for a lot of the cartoons you see on TV like The Simpsons and Family Guy). But this Avengers-esque video made for the opening ceremonies of The Presidents Cup is a little weird. The U.S. and International teams join forces to battle some octopus-like space aliens. The animators did a pretty jood job with the likenesses, particulary Bubba Watson, but they did leave off one member of the U.S. squad—J.B. Holmes, who was a late replacement for the injured Jim Furyk.

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Oct 07, 2015 | 10:57 am

Cart Paths Only

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called the extreme rains that flooded parts of the state something that only happens once every 1,000 years. That turns out to be an understatement. The more than two-feet of water that fell from the skies over the weekend was a one-in-many-thousands event, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So how did the area golf courses fare? Surprisingly, not bad. The timing couldn't have been worse, given this is the height of the fall golf season, but the damages could have been much more severe. Sure there's still some standing water and some washed-out bunkers, but there aren't many, if any, reports of structural damage to coastal courses. The vast majority of courses in Myrtle Beach are reopening for play today, though a few, like Aberdeen Coutry Club, will be closed for 10 days or more, according to myrtlebeachonline.com. South of Charleston, Kiawah Island Golf Resort will also resume normal operations today with all five courses reopening tomorrow. With clear blue skies and ideal temps, the weather forecast couldn't be better, either.

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