Mar 18, 2015 | 12:55 pm

R.I.P. Jim Finegan

LINKS was very sorry to hear about the passing last week of author Jim Finegan, who contributed many eloquent pieces to our pages over the years, mostly on courses in Scotland and Ireland. He was 85. Finegan, who grew up and lived in Philadelphia, also wrote a number of beautiful travel books—all on a typewriter—on the UK and Ireland, including Emerald Fairways and Foam Flecked Seas, Blasted Heaths and Blessed Greens, and All Courses Great and Small. "No one loved the game and its myriad pleasures more than Jim, or knew better how to describe the joy golf can bring," says LINKS editor George Peper. "And he was a fine player, despite being slight of build with self-described "wrists the size of a sixth-grade girl's." I recall watching him shoot 79 at Pine Valley, never having hit a shot of more than 200 yards. Jim never adapted to the computer but that was a blessing to all of us who had the frequent pleasure of chatting with him on the phone. I will miss those chats very much."

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Mar 17, 2015 | 10:25 am

Irish Eyes are Smiling

It's St. Paddy's Day and surely the golf fans of the Emerald Isle have ample reason for celebration. During the past year they've seen their beloved Royal Portrush restored to the Open Championship rotation, Rory McIlroy become the dominant world number one player, Darren Clarke chosen as captain of the 2016 Europen Ryder Cup Team, and just this month Padraig Harrington return to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour. Slainte!

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Mar 16, 2015 | 06:45 am

“Rap” Is “Par” Spelled Backwards


For the last few days, the news was filled with pictures from Florida of a giant alligator roaming a golf course. But hey, it is Florida, and they do have alligators, so what’s the big surprise? Far more surprising is a music video that two salesmen from Bobick’s Golf in Fort Wayne, Indiana, made extolling the Ping G30 driver. Between the rap music and the funky dancing, listen closely and you’ll hear a pretty good explanation of swing dynamics and how the raised ridges on the top of the driver head—called “turbulators”—increase the club’s aerodynamic properties. If you don’t like the music, remember, it’s not supposed to appeal to everyone. But if we want golf to find a new generation of players, these two “swingers” might be on to something.

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Mar 13, 2015 | 06:48 am

A Taste Of Tiger

If you find yourself near Jupiter, Florida, in a few months’ time and sporting an appetite, you might want to try a new restaurant called “The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club.” Located in the new, upscale shopping center Harbourside Place, the 8,000-square-foot eatery is owned by, you guessed it, Tiger Woods. While it’s not as if Tiger has been in the kitchen testing recipes the past few weeks while preparing for his return to the PGA Tour, he has been spotted checking out the soon-to-open establishment with good friend Michael Jordan in tow. There’s also been a lot of talk about how luxe the interior will be, with Italian marble and other fittings, and even the “fact,” which recently blew up the internet, that the truncated title is being used because Tiger does not own the rights to his full name, which is owned by Nike. That rumor has been laid to rest. But no matter what you call it is, we have a much more important question: Hey Tiger, what’s on the menu?

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