Sep 01, 2016 | 12:36 pm

She Shot it out of the Sky

Drone photography is a great way to capture the features of a golf course, but maybe not the practice tee—at least not when Ruby Kavanagh is working on her game. The eight-year-old Australian golf sensation was hitting balls on the range of the Magenta Shores Golf Club in New South Wales recently when she unleashed a tee shot that made direct contact with a drone that had been filming her session. The drone didn’t survive but this entertaining footage did: 

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Aug 31, 2016 | 05:41 am

Water Hazard

Another course bites the dust—literally. Vandenburg Air Force Base's Marshallia Ranch Golf Course is the latest California course to close because of the drought and the high cost of water in the state. Located on terrific terrain north of Santa Barbara, the little gem of a course, which has been popular with military golfers for nearly 60 years and public players since 2005, will cease operations tomorrow. Water costs have risen to several hundred thousands of dollars a year, putting the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Fund in danger of going bankrupt. "I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a very dear friend," Bill Prenot told the local ABC affiliate. "I've been playing this course since January of 1997 and it's been my home course. This was the course I looked forward to playing every year, every weekend if possible and this is where a lot of friendships were formed and this is really where I cut my teeth on the game of golf." Marshallia joins a host of other California courses that have closed in recent years, including four L.A.-area courses, two Pete Dye designs at Lost Canyons, the Mountain Course at Robinson Ranch, and Empire Lakes. The drought has also forced courses in the Bay Area and Palm Springs to shut down.

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Aug 30, 2016 | 06:20 am

Ryder Cup Trophy Tour

With the Ryder Cup Matches starting precisely one month from today, on September 30, yesterday was the beginning of the Ryder Cup Trophy Tour, a 5,000-mile, 15-stop, 12-city excursion for the 4-pound, 17-inch-tall statue. Along with visits to noted golf facilities such as Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, the trophy also will appear at a number of college-football and major-league baseball games before arriving at the match venue, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on September 23. In kicking things off, Team USA captain Davis Love III appeared on the “Today Show” yesterday morning—putting with host Carson Daly, who is John Daly’s cousin—as well as unveiling the Ralph Lauren-designed Team USA uniforms and conducting a press conference at New York’s midtown Hilton Hotel (above). Fans who show up at Trophy Tour stops will be able to take their picture with the cup, putt on a replica of Hazeltine’s 7th hole, and take a Ryder Cup trivia test as well as play other games. And along with a website, there is a special Twitter hashtag, #WeAre13, so named because Team USA wants the fans to be their “13th man.”

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Aug 29, 2016 | 06:05 am

Play Bubba's Pink Driver

Who says real men don’t like pink? Don’t tell that to Bubba Watson, who has become almost as famous for his hot-pink driver as for his prodigious talent wielding it. Ping, Watson’s clubmaker, will sell 6,000 limited-edition pink G drivers and donate $60 from each sale to the Bubba Watson Foundation. The pink driver made its debut in 2012, the year Watson won his first Masters, and since then Ping has donated more than $1 million from their sale to various charities dedicated to children’s health. This year, the adjustable driver—available in a choice of lofts, shafts, and both right- and left-handed—also comes with a Bubba headcover for $650 through authorized Ping retailers around the world.

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