Feb 28, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Big Cheeses In Cheese Country

The Midwest might be blanketed by snow and buffeted by freezing winds, but a brutal winter isn’t stopping plans for new golf courses, especially in Wisconsin. A few months back, we reported here in The Buzz that Mike Keiser, who developed Bandon Dunes, is working on a new resort called Sand Valley, near Wisconsin Rapids in the middle of the state, with a first course designed by Coore/Crenshaw. Now—possibly in reaction to Keiser’s project—there’s talk of a new Pete Dye track for Herb Kohler's American Club, which already has four Dye creations. According to Golf Channel,  the 88-year-old Dye is looking at land that “Herb’s been sitting on” for a number of years, not far from Whistling Straits (above). “There would be four holes along Lake Michigan,” Dye said. “I wish I could have more along the water. That’s always the case.” Nothing like dueling millionaires to keep the golf-construction business humming.

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Feb 27, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Seve's Florida Shot

On the final day of the 1983 Ryder Cup at PGA National Resort & Spa in Florida, Seve Ballesteros created one of the shots on which his legend was built. Tied in his match with Fuzzy Zoeller, the Spaniard faced a 245-yard bunker shot on the 18th hole (above) after two poor strokes. Using a 3-wood, he cleared the lip of the bunker and carved a draw over a lake and onto the green before making the par to halve the match. Jack Nicklaus, who captained the victorious U.S. team, later called it the greatest shot he had ever seen. Maybe because it was the first match of a highly competitive final day, but there appears to be no way to see a replay of it. Other than some still photos in a rather ominous sounding and grammatically incorrect YouTube video, there's no live recording of the shot. Unless you have it tucked away somewhere. Then send it in for the world to see. 

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Feb 26, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Mystery Food

The Masters is still 43 days away and already the prognostication has started. Golf fans everywhere are waiting with whetted appetites. You might even say they can taste it. Tiger finally getting back on track to break Jack’s record? Phil wining his fourth Green Jacket? Nope, what Adam Scott will serve at the Champions Dinner. Back out on tour at the Honda Classic after a six-week break, Scott wasn’t ready to divulge what he’ll serve his fellow Masters champions at the annual gathering on April 8. The smart money is on Moreton Bay bugs, the Australian version of lobster. Scott did say, however, what he’s planning to serve for dessert—his mother’s recipe for a Down Under desert called pavlova, a meringue-based confection with a crisp crust and soft, light inside created in honor of Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova when she visited Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Surely he’ll also throw a few shrimps on the barbie, won’t he?

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Feb 24, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Emerging? You Sure?

Questions about golf’s future aren’t only being asked here at home. A few “emerging destinations” are making golf news, starting with Brazil, where the course being built—we hope—for the 2016 Olympics is still being touted as a catalyst for golf in that country. However, Brazil’s economy seems to be slowing and the whole world will be watching soccer’s World Cup later this year to see how well the country can manage a major sports event. More positively, a report out of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates says golf tourism there grew by 49% from 2013 to ’13 (that’s the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, above), plus there was a spike in golf interest from India a few weeks ago after the first visit to that country by Tiger Woods, who played a big-money exhibition match—then quickly flew home. Finally, the government of Singapore, the tiny (275-square-mile) republic in Southeast Asia, is forcing clubs to close so the land can be developed. Of the 14 private and 3 public courses, which presently take up about 2% of the country’s land mass, two were recently told that their leases will not be renewed after 2030 while a few others received lease extensions until 2040 with no guarantees after that. Of course, there's still China: Read the article in the new issue of LINKS about playing at that country's mammoth Mission Hills.

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