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Dec 10, 2013 | 09:57 AM

All About Aces

We’ve gotten tons of positive feedback on our first digital issue HOTLINKS (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here) where one of the most popular pieces was the back-page compilation of the year’s best golf videos, including Shawn Stefani’s improbable hole-in-one at the U.S. Open. Now for your viewing pleasure, PGA Tour Entertainment has assembled the Top 10 Aces in 2013 from the PGA, Champions, and Web.com Tours. It’s a nice clip but we question their rankings: They rate Stefani’s crazy-lucky 4-iron at Merion as number 9, but we still think it was the ace of the year. Take a look, you decide, and tell us what you think.

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Dec 09, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Putting the Scot in Scottsdale

You can't spell Scottsdale without Scot, so it’s only fitting that one of the country’s great golf destinations, Scottsdale, now has a world-class Scotch Library at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. It opened last week with the presentation of a $22,000 bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt, or $1,000 per ounce, $1,800 for a double. The library will contain more than 100 single malts and 25 blends imported from all six whisky regions of Scotland and representing nearly half of all currently operating distilleries. The two-ounce pours are priced from $10 to $475 for the Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, a limited edition ultra-premium blend from Pernod Ricard that is named for the 62 gun salute fired for royal anniversaries. Scotch “lockers” are also available for the most dedicated of Scotch lovers to store their private bottles, while "Scotch Ambassadors" dressed in kilts are on hand to help with choices and offer tips on how best to enjoy “the water of life.” The resort also will host a series of Master Tastings, hour-long events that will feature an expert from one of the leading Scotch producers. Buz Dabkowski from The Macallan and Highland Park distilleries will host the first one on January 15 and 16 and serve up two 15-year and two 18-year selections. Cost: $50 per person. Call 480-624-1202 or email dining@kierlandresort.com.

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Dec 06, 2013 | 06:25 AM

Some Well-Earned Friday Fun

It’s the end of a long week, you’re probably contemplating having a go at the malls this weekend, and the weather in much of the country is awful (sorry, no golf). Sounds as if the nicest thing The Buzz could do is provide a much-needed diversion. Here are two videos sure to amuse. In the first one, actually a Nike commercial, Rory McIlroy matches wits, and kicks, on the course with English soccer star Wayne Rooney (note the assist at the end from Brazil’s super-striker Ronaldo). In the second (shown above), a British golfer named Matt Wheatcroft hits what many are calling the golf shot of the year, which he was able to do in front of veteran Euro Tour player Brian Barnes, who provides commentary. If you’ve seen a better shot (and can prove it), we’d like to know. Have a great weekend!

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Dec 05, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Greens That Are Really Green

Much lip service is paid to golf course sustainability, but Kittitian Hill Resort, situated on 400 acres of fertile tropical farmland on the north tip of St. Kitts, is redefining what it means to be green in the Caribbean. Irie Fields, the resort’s new golf course designed by Ian Woosnam, will be 100% sustainable, with founder Val Kempadoo insisting that no chemical fertilizers be used in the nurturing of the turfgrass. Instead of spraying weed killer, superintendent Chris Biagi hires workers to pull weeds by hand: This practice actually is cheaper than using expensive imported herbicides, plus the money goes directly into the local economy. Biagi is using dry organic nutrients for the grow-in of the course and reports rapid growth. Once the irrigation system is completed and a pump station installed, Biagi will treat the fairways by spraying “tea” extracted from the dry organic fertilizer. “My vision is to bring together community and culture, along with mindful conservation of natural resources,” Kempadoo said. The resort is tentatively scheduled to open this month, and caddies have been trained to share their tips on where to pick the ripest, juiciest fruit on the course.

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