Mar 02, 2015 | 02:25 pm

Reality Check

Golf Channel is starting a new extreme golf reality series called Altered Course that will debut this summer. Currently in production in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the competition show, which will be hosted by Kristen Kenney of NBC's Red Bull Global RallyCross series, will require teams of telegenic golfers to play speed golf while traversing natural obstacles and difficult terrain. Eight two-person teams will race against the clock as they tackle "re-imagined" golf holes of up to three traditional holes, some in excess of 700 yards. Expect to see a lot of POV and aerial drone footage as the players run about White Witch and Cinnamon Hill courses. One thing's for sure: pace of play will not be an issue.

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Feb 27, 2015 | 06:31 am

Weather Wise

Nothing’s worse than heading out for a round of golf only to arrive and realize you don’t have the right clothes for the conditions. You can be sure of being properly attired thanks to “Dress for the Weather,” a new, free app from Swedish apparel maker Galvin Green. The app—available for iPhone and Android—provides weather forecasts for courses throughout the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and continental Europe, along with suggestions for what you should wear to be comfortable in the elements. The recommended clothing is from Galvin Green’s line of garments, which are designed for all climactic conditions (warm, cool, wet, wind, etc.); but the app will help you figure how to dress wisely no matter what’s in your closet. There’s a video that shows the app in action. Check out the Galvin Green collection on their website; to order, go to

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Feb 26, 2015 | 03:43 pm

Towering Record

Here's a prediction: a record will be set this weekend at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. When Johnny Miller and partner Dan Hicks ascend the TV tower at the 18th hole to start NBC's 2015 golf coverage, it will mark their 16th consecutive year together, breaking the previous mark by ABC's Jim Mckay and Dave Marr. Hicks called them "an old married couple." As is his wont, Miller got verklempt talking about their partnership. "Like Jack Nicholoson said, 'You make me a better man,'" said Miller, quoting a line from As Good As It Gets. "Dan, you make me a better announcer and it's a pleasure to work with you." If not for Hicks, Miller might have hung up his mic years ago. "I feel comfortable with Dan. I had no intention of going on this many years, but he's just made it too good to quit."

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Feb 25, 2015 | 02:42 pm

Back in the Black

Gil Hanse is one busy man these days. Now that's he's finished with the Olympic course, which was no easy task as everyone knows, he's moved onto other projects. He's just started construction on Mossy Oak in West Point, Miss., teaming with the outdoor company of the same name and the George Bryan family, who own 1999 U.S. Women's Open-host Old Waverly right next door. They intend to "create a one-of-a-kind nature's golf experience," according to yesterday's press release (that's Hanse on the right in the above photo touring the property). He's also started planning on the third course at Streamsong, which will be called Black to go with the Red and Blue courses, so named because those are the colors Coore/Crenshaw and Tom Doak used in their routing plans, respectively. "I heard the legends of the Red and the Blue drawings, so we had a hint that Black might be the preferred name," he tells The Buzz with a chuckle. "So yes, all of our drawings are in black. I usually do them in red because they stand out better on paper, but this one is all in black."

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