Apr 21, 2015 | 08:40 am

R.I.P. Golfer’s Handbook

In another sign of the shifting media world, The R&A Golfer’s Handbook—an annual first published in 1899 and in continuous print ever since—has ceased publication. In recent years the Handbook—a 1000-page compendium of facts, figures, and features by British journalists—had been edited by Renton Laidlaw who retired last year after a long and distinguished career writing for the London Evening Standard and broadcasting for the BBC and Golf Channel. Another comprehensive annual—Mark McCormack’s World of Professional Golf—is still in publication, thanks to sponsorship from Rolex, and certain elements of the British coverage can be found at, but as a single source of records, information, and good reading, the Golfer’s Handbook will be irreplaceable.

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Apr 20, 2015 | 11:08 am

Be Safe In The Sun

Golfers are at extra risk from the sun’s harmful rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), golfers can receive up to five times the amount of ultraviolet radiation in an hour needed to cause sunburn, increasing the chance of skin cancer. Sand and water can reflect more than 80% of the sun’s rays, and the likelihood of melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns. Follow these tips to remain sun and skin safe:

  • Wear lightweight moisture-wicking, sun-protective clothing
  • Wear a wide-brim hat to help protect neck and shoulders
  • Play early in the morning and late in the day when the radiation is less intense
  • Use sunscreen, reapplying every two hours or nine holes. Keep it in your golf bag
  • Use a golf umbrella for shade while walking or waiting
  • Wear sunglasses

For a full range of smart sun wear, check out Coolibar, the first clothing company to receive the SCF’s Seal of Recommendation, which makes hats, long-sleeve shirts, pants, and other attire, as shown above, that both look good and do good. Coolibar also makes swimwear, baby wear, and other sun-safe accessories.

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Apr 17, 2015 | 06:52 am

Your Piece Of Paradise

If you have a few spare millions lying around and the hankering to be a course owner, this could be your lucky day. Makalei Golf Club is for sale. Located on the island of Hawaii, the course “is situated on the upper hillside of north Kailua-Kona and provides dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and western coastline of the Island of Hawaii,” according to the website of the broker Dornbush & Co. Known as one of the toughest courses in the state, Makalei—designed by Dick Nugent in the late 1980s—measures nearly 7,100 yards from the back tees, and cost most than $40 million to build, including the land. Meaning the current $6.9 million purchase price is a steal.

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Apr 16, 2015 | 02:35 pm

Air Jordan

Wow, that was quick! Just days after Jordan Spieth won the Masters, his newest sponsor, AT&T, put out a really nice commercial inter-cutting footage of him when he was 14 talking about how he wanted to win the Masters with him winning the tournament. But don't expect to see any AT&T logos on his clothes, or any of his other sponsors (Titleist, NetJets, Rolex, Full Swing Golf, SuperStroke, or Perfect Sense Digital), except for Under Armour, of course. His new 10-year deal with the sportswear company calls for a clean, uncluttered look like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have with Nike. UA took a chance on Spieth by signing him before he even had his tour card and it's paying off: The Baltimore Business Journal reported that the Baltimore-based company picked up $33.6 million worth of exposure on ESPN and CBS with Spieth's win. "Thanks to Jordan, our company grew up today," UA founder Kevin Plank told "He was challenged by the greatest players in the world on the biggest stage, looked them straight in the eye and never blinked. This is a global event, and he's the leading trending athlete in the world right now."

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