Apr 03, 2015 | 11:38 am

Wearing Of The Green

Are you getting ready? Can you feel the excitement building? The Masters tees off next week, which means you’ve probably already adjusted the color on the big screen, moved your easiest chair into place, and loaded up the refrigerator with your favorite “energy drinks.” If you need anything else to get you in Masters mood, try these pieces of apparel that are green to go. Golf-shoe maker Ecco has created a Fred Couples Signature Edition 1992 version of its Casual Hybrid model to commemorate Mr. Laid Back’s victory 23 years ago. Only 1,992 pairs of the white/green shoe (above), with Couples’ autograph on the outside, are being produced, at $200 per. Freddy is also being honored by Ashworth Golf with a limited-edition Jefferson Polo, named after the Jefferson Park Golf Course near Couples’ boyhood home in Seattle. White with green accents and made of a premium performance fabric, the shirt has “2015” laser-etched on the buttons; he’ll wear one in the first round next week. The shirt retails at $100. Back to the feet, where Kentwool is offering a limited-edition green golf sock, the same kind Bubba Watson wore while winning in 2012 and ’14. A portion of the proceeds of every sock sale will help support the Bubba Watson Foundation.

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Apr 02, 2015 | 02:31 pm

Bronx Cheer

Bronx landfill and luxury golf usually don't go hand in hand, but that's exactly what golfers experienced yesterday with the opening of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the shadow of the Whitestone Bridge in Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. Despite temps in the 40s, more than 120 players were on the course, according to a New York Times article. "Forty years ago, as swaths of the South Bronx blazed, such a news bulletin might have been an April Fool’s joke," the writer noted. "But while the public links made its debut on April 1, the 18-hole course marked a milestone for urban fans of golf and the end of a long struggle for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation." New York City has more than a dozen munis, including four in the Bronx, but nothing like the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ferry Point. That goes for green fees, too, which are about three times what the other courses charge, ranging from $169 on weekends for city residents to $215 for out-of-towners. But since it's 10 times the course, that's not a bad deal. To read our "First Peek" on Ferry Point that appears in the spring issue, click here.

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Apr 01, 2015 | 11:44 am

Masters Merch

Just because you don't have a Masters ticket doesn't mean you can't pick up a little Masters merch and pretend you attended the most coveted event in golf. has an online store where you can pick up this year's program for just $10, as well limited edition prints ($195), photos ($35-$75), vintage posters ($25-$169 framed), and photo book ($98), but that's about it. You can't get any hats or shirts to impress your buddies at the course. For that you have to go to e-bay, where a "masters golf" search turned up almost 22,000 results, including badges for this year's tournament going for $1,750. Get that one and you can plan on spending an equal amount in the merchandise pavillion. The good news is you won't have to pretend you were at the Masters.

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Mar 31, 2015 | 08:39 am

Big Field for Augusta

With one week to go the Masters field is all but set and it’s going to be a big one—99 players. Last weekend four European Tour players earned invitations by climbing into the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings:  England’s Paul Casey, South Africa’s Branden Grace, India’s Anirban Lahiri, and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.  Just one qualifying opportunity remains—victory in this week’s Houston Open—and should that go to a player who’s not already invited, the starting field at Augusta will climb to triple digits for the first time since 1966. However, whether all 100 will actually make it to the first tee is questionable. Steve Stricker, recovering from back surgery, hasn’t played since December, Kevin Stadler, (wrist injury) has been absent for nearly three months, Brooks Koepka (ribs) and Graeme McDowell (ankle) have withdrawn from the past two tournaments. And then there’s Mr. Questionmark, Tiger Woods.

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