Nov 04, 2015 | 08:50 am

Random Act of Kindness

Need a new driver? You might try asking Rory McIlroy on social media. That's what one fan did yesterday on Facebook and lo and behold, Rory was actually reading his page and told the follower, Barry Edwards, that he had one lying around he could send him. McIlroy had just posted some photos from Shanghai, where he was doing some corporate promotions with Bose and Nike before the start of the WGC-HSBC Championship, when Edwards commented, "Nice plug m8. P.s. I need a new driver." Nice guy that he is, Rory responded, "Sure. I'll send you a Nike covert driver. Served me well!" Did it ever. He won both the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2014 with it (he's currently using a Nike Vapor Pro model). When another follower commented that we'd soon see the driver on e-bay, Edwards responded, "It's going no-where...It'll be treasured greatly....."

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Nov 03, 2015 | 08:55 am

Tiger's Future? Do the Math.

Anyone (other than Tiger Woods) who still harbors a hope that The Striped One can equal or surpass Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major championships should heed the words of his former instructor Hank Haney. Granted there is no love lost between Haney and Woods, but you can’t argue with Haney’s:  “He’s on bed rest [after a second back surgery in a few weeks] and we don’t know when he’s going to come back…he’s missed so much time… You add up the knee injury, you add up the scandal, you add up everything you want to add up and it equals 6 1/2 of the last nine years...You take a superior athlete out of their sport for six out of nine years, and then you couple that to the fact that it is a 40-year-old professional athlete, so you are competing against a lot of great young players that just seemingly get better all the time, that aren’t scared of you because they’ve, frankly, a lot of them, have never seen his greatness, at least they’ve never competed against it, and you think, ‘How can you get your game back?’ And especially when your game is in the state that Tiger’s was in last year, which was not good.”

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Nov 02, 2015 | 06:13 am

Confidentially Speaking

The new volume of Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses is now available. The second of five editions planned by Doak and co-authors Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima, and Darius Oliver covers courses in The Americas, Winter Destinations, and is 260 pages long—80 pages longer than volume one, on Great Britain and Ireland, which was released last year. Eventually the five books will feature 2,500 courses from around the world, with each one including a “Gourmet’s Choice” of longer write-ups on the authors’ favorite courses in the region. In the warm-weather Americas those courses are:

  • Audubon Park (a 4,200 yard municipal course in New Orleans)
  • California Golf Club
  • Cypress Point
  • Diamante (Dunes), Mexico
  • Kapalua (Plantation)
  • Los Angeles CC (North)
  • Mid Ocean, Bermuda
  • Old Town Club
  • Peachtree
  • El Potrerillo de Larreta, Argentina
  • Sand Hollow
  • Seminole
  • Shadow Creek
  • Streamsong (Blue)
  • Teeth of the Dog, Dominican Republic
  • Tobacco Road
  • Wolf Point (a one-man private course in Texas)
  • Yeamans Hall

Talking to The Buzz, Doak said, “The section on South America, in particular, is brand new and more thorough than anything I've seen about golf in that part of the world. And I think I reviewed 97 courses in California, so that's pretty thorough, too!” The new volume costs $60—or all five for $280—from his website.

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Oct 30, 2015 | 06:20 am

Rising Star On Kauai

Fans of Kauai Lagoons, the beautiful resort on Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” will be interested to note that the property has a new owner and is going through a dramatic renovation. Now operated by Timbers Resorts, it has been renamed Hōkūala—which means “rising star”—and will include a private residence club, luxury whole-ownership residences, custom golf course home sites, a retail shopping village, and a boutique hotel with spa, restaurants, pools, and wedding venues. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course will be renovated beginning next year and renamed The Ocean Course, but will continue to feature the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront golf in the islands. Construction will start soon on the first real estate offering, Timbers Kauai, luxury homes along the oceanfront available for ownership and as a residence club with its own restaurant, pools, fitness and wellness center, and the ability to trade vacation time with other owners through the Timbers Reciprocity Program.

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