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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Dec 03, 2015 | 10:00 am

Next Best Thing

Looking for a great golf gift to give someone (including yourself) this holiday? Look no further than The Ultimate Round—Pebble Beach Golf Links: An Illustrated Guide to America's Dream Course by Joann Doast ($40), a former LPGA player who has a real eye for golf shots. The compendium features never-before-published photos with engaging graphics and historical anecdotes of each hole, as well as essays by golf-industry notables like Robert Trent Jones Jr. With hole-by-hole vignettes highlighted with 3-D digital renderings by Best Approach Publications, an industry leader in yardage guide and scorecards, it's like a yardage book on steroids. "This project represents the pinnacle of my career," says Dost. "At last, my company and I have produced a publication on Pebble Beach Golf Links that is definitive, attractive, and practical." If you've never been able to play Pebble, The Ultimate Round may be the next best thing. To order a copy, click here.

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Dec 02, 2015 | 10:36 am

Southern Charm

In the second year of its permanent slot in late May-early June, the 74th U.S. Women's Open is coming to the Country Club of Charleston in 2019. "This is a world-class facility," said USGA president Tom O'Toole at a press conference at the club. "We must continue to elevate the Women's Open by continuing to select clubs like the Country Club of Charleston to host the most coveted title in women's golf." The permanent spot on the LPGA schedule allows more Southern clubs like the CC of Charleston to host the tournament. The Seth Raynor-designed course is in peak condition then and unlike a lot of USGA venues, O'Toole and the club don't anticpate tweaking the course in any way for the tournament. "You could go out there and play the championship tomorrow," O'Toole said. "You don't touch the Mona Lisa." The success of the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur, which O'Toole said was "one of the best Women's Amateur ever conducted," paved the way for Tuesday's announcement.

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