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Mar 11, 2014 | 10:56 AM

The Road To Morocco

The cover story of the next issue of LINKS Magazine (out in a few weeks) is “The New Meccas,” where we’ll tell you about six golf destinations that are hot right now. Well, here’s an even hotter tip on a destination that’s going to be the next New Mecca—Morocco. This year marks the 100th anniversary of golf in Morocco but things are just now heating up, with 40 courses you can play and suddenly 10 more on the way. They’re scattered across all the major cities—Rabat, Casablanca, Fez—but Marrakesh leads the way with five strong courses, including designs by Jack Nicklaus and Kyle Phillips (that's his Al Maaden, above) already in place and four more on the way in 2014. Another hot spot is the beach resort of Agadir, where Phillips is building a seaside stunner at Taghazout Bay that alone may be worth your first golf trip to Africa.

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Mar 10, 2014 | 11:41 AM

It Must Be True, It's On The Internet!

How did we live, and laugh, before the internet. And especially before we all had still and video cameras in our pockets and on our phones, little peepers that seem to catch every silly pratfall and amazing stunt done by our friends. If the only “televised golf” you’re used to seeing is on the weekend Tour telecasts or Golf Channel recaps, just take a look at the two YouTube videos linked here. The first is truly incredible trick shot that makes you wonder just how many takes it took to catch it. The second (which you also can click on above) is not for the faint of heart, or head, as it captures dozens of dumb cart-turnovers and golfer mess-ups, and can be painful to watch. If you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry, well, The Buzz feels your pain.

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Mar 07, 2014 | 10:53 AM

All About Arnie

If you can’t get enough of Arnold Palmer—and really, who can?—you’ll be glued to Golf Channel as soon as this year’s Masters is done. A three-part series called “Arnie” kicks off Sunday, April 13, at 10 p.m. with an installment titled “Arnie and his Army.” That’s followed Monday, April 14, at 10 p.m. by “Arnie and His Majors,” and finishes Tuesday, April 15, at 10 p.m. with “Arnie and His Legacy.” Cameras followed Arnie for a year and interviewed more than 100 people from Jack Nicklaus to Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning to Kurt Russell, while researchers combed through hours of old footage to produce what the network calls the “definitive story of the most influential man to ever pick up a club.” Check out this preview, then clear your calendar.

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Mar 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM

The Perfect Round

It moved one man to tears. It stunned the others in attendance that day in April of 2011. That’s when an IT manager named Rick Baird shot a perfect round—of putt-putt golf. That’s right: 18 strokes on 18 holes. A new documentary details the round, which took place during a Professional Putters Association event in Richmond, Virginia. There were no windmills or clown’s mouths on the layout, just slight uphills, downhills, forced angles and a number of back rail shots. But Baird one-putted them all, with his final putt was captured on video. Baird has been playing putt-putt since he was 10 years old. “I found the one thing I was good at it and just kept sticking with it,” he said. Not impressed by this very rare moment in putt-putt history? As one of Baird’s fellow competitors says in the documentary, “It’s a skill. It’s an art. Try it sometime if you don’t believe it.”

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