May 27, 2015 | 12:24 pm

Golden Bear Exhibit

With a record-tying four U.S. Open victories, not to mention two U.S. Amateurs and two Walker Cup teams, Jack Nicklaus has played a big role in the USGA's history. The USGA is returning the honor with the opening today of the Jack Nicklaus Room at its museum in Far Hills, N.J., joining galleries that pay tribute to Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Mickey Wright. The 1,200-square-foot exhibit space contains 82 aritifacts, including the MacGregor Tommy Armour 3-wood he used from 1958–1995 and won all 18 majors with, as well as both U.S. Ams. There are also nine short films and 27 "Ask Jack" vignettes highlighting Nicklaus' four U.S. Open wins. But perhaps the most interesting apsect, at least for architecture buffs, is the interactive course design feature that gives visotors insight into the Golden Bear's design philosophy and lets them create their own risk-reward par four. “The USGA has had a great influence on my career and helped shape my love of the game and for competition since I first picked up a club at age 10,” Nicklaus said. “My association with them—from the championships I played to the USGA leaders who have impacted my life—is one I have always valued. For them to recognize my career and life with this addition to the USGA Museum is humbling and meaningful to me and my family."

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May 26, 2015 | 08:39 am

Live Like #1

You may never be able to play like Rory McIlroy, but now you can at least live like him. Robinhall House, McIlroy’s former estate on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been put up for sale. The 14-acre property includes a five-bedroom home, a barn that has been converted into a gymnasium, a tennis court, an award-winning landscaped garden, a pond stocked with 1200 brown trout, and a bespoke nine-hole golf course designed and built by McIlroy with different grass types, so you can practice for your next round, whether it’s at St. Andrews, Augusta, or Pebble Beach. It can all be yours for £2.5 million (just under $4 million). An online brochure is available through the realtor at

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May 22, 2015 | 01:00 pm

Edge of Excitement

Many are calling Cabot Cliffs, which has eight holes above the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw's best work yet. Which is really saying something when you consider they've designed stunners like Sand Hills, Friar's Head, and Old Sandwich. You can be the judge yourself when play opens on July 3rd. Despite what the website says, rounds will cost $110 in July then jump to $150 from August through Oct. 12 when the course closes. Even though the course doesn't have its offical opening till next year, word is the grow-in is just fine and you won't be dissapointed. Getting there is easier than going to Bandon Dunes, too—90 minute flight from NYC followed by a 3 1/2-hour drive to Cape Breton Island. In addition to the video above, narrated by Canadian Kiefer Sutherland, check out our spring issue "First Peek" on the course.

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May 21, 2015 | 08:03 am

Let’s Play 9!

Don’t have the time or energy to play a full 18? Then just play 9—and do so knowing that the USGA thinks it’s a great idea. In fact, the organization has designated Wednesday, July 29, as the second annual “Play9 Day,” a chance to recognize and celebrate the many virtues of the nine-hole round. A national awareness-building campaign is being launched to encourage participation by golfers and golf clubs around the country, with special Play9 toolkits going to USGA member clubs, on-air promotions on Fox Sports (the organization’s new media partner), digital promotion, social-media outreach, and the involvement of state and regional golf associations. Says Rand Jerris, the USGA’s senior managing director of Public Services, “Nine-hole rounds can fit into anyone’s schedule. They are a great way to expose young people to the game and a great way for families to spend time together.” Helping support the initiative is Rickie Fowler, who stars in a video on the USGA website, and “like many PGA Tour professionals often plays nine-hole practice rounds at tournament venues.” For more on Play9 Day, including information for golfers and golf clubs (such as how to post nine-hole scores to your handicap), check out the special website,

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