Sep 01, 2015 | 08:57 am

Go Canada!

While golf participation continues to flag in the U.S., north of the border things are heating up. According to a recent report from the National Allied Golf Associations of Canada, golf play was up 27 percent for the first half of 2015, compared to last year. Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s 2400 courses are open to the public and just shy of 20 percent of the country plays golf, one of the highest participation rates in the world (among adults, more play golf than hockey!), despite—or perhaps because of—a short season. This year, they are truly making up for lost time.

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Aug 31, 2015 | 09:46 am

Joltin' Joe

It’s the age-old problem for morning golfers: A cup of coffee or not? A little pick-me-up or jitters and shakes? Here’s good news for bean freaks. According to a new study, a shot of joe (or another caffeinated drink) can help your score. A study done at Auburn University and reported by the American College of Sports Medicine says “a moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue in skilled golfers.” A dozen single-digit male golfers competing in a two-day, 36-hole tournament were tested, one half given a caffeine supplement equal to about one cup of coffee, the others a placebo: The buzzed half had an average score 2.5 strokes lower (76.9 vs. 79.4). The coffee group also averaged two more greens in regulation and their average drives were six yards longer. These were skilled golfers and your results may vary, but it gives us a latte to like!

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Aug 28, 2015 | 06:40 am

The Power of P.I.N.K.

Playing golf for charity? Good. Playing golf for charity in a spectacular setting on one of the world’s top courses? Outstanding. Play For P.I.N.K., which organizes and supports events that help fight breast cancer, is holding a fundraiser at Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui, Hawaii, over Columbus Day weekend, October 9-12. The festivities begin with a cocktail party Friday night, and include tennis and golf competitions on Saturday and Sunday—with rounds on the Coore/Crenshaw-designed Plantation Course, site of the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions each January—as well as dinners, parties, shopping, and other activities. Accommodations are at The Montage, Napili Kai Beach Resort, and Ritz-Carlton, and Delta Air Lines is offering special fares for participants, with portions of room and flight costs donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All the details, as well as other ways to contribute, are on the website.

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Aug 27, 2015 | 05:00 pm

Shooting 100

The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in northern New Jersey isn't the only big golf tournament going on in the New York Metropolitan area. On the other side of the Hudson, the Metropolitan Open is celebrating a milestone this week at Winged Foot, as Bill Field writes about in The New York Times. First played in 1905, the Met Open was one of the few tournaments open to both professionals and amateur. In the 1920s and '30s, it was one of the country's premier tournaments, with some of the most prominent golfers of the day winning it. The $750 Bryon Nelson won at the 1936 Met Open was huge boost to his playing career, propelling him to capture his first Masters the following year. But unable to keep up with the growing purses to attract top stars, the event took an eight-year hiatus from 1941–'48. But ever since it resumed, it's been one of the country's best regional competitions, played on classic courses. For scores of the 100th edition of the tournament, click here.

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