Aug 15, 2014 | 09:06 AM

Tired Of Waiting For A Tee Time?

The real-estate market is showing healthy signs of life, so we’re curious to see how long it takes this property to get snapped up by some savvy bargain-hunter. “Three Ponds Farm” is a 60-acre estate in the tony Hamptons area of New York's Long Island (not far from such well-known courses as Shinnecock Hills, The National Golf Links of America, Sebonack, and Friar’s Head). Along with the 8 bedrooms, 10 full baths (and 3 partials), 20,000 square feet of interior space, and both a guest wing and staff quarters, the home features an “18-hole course” designed by Rees Jones: It plays as 18 holes but actually is 5 fairways with 4 huge greens (with two and three pins), and 10 sets of tees. We described the course two years ago in an article about ultra-private (as in one person owns them) courses. Now the whole kit-and-kaboodle is for sale for a reported $60 million. Check out the exclusive Sotheby’s listing (which features photo and video tours), make your bid, then invite us over for a quick round.

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Aug 14, 2014 | 01:15 PM

The Turkish 8

Ever hear of the Turkish 8? It’s not a law firm or a bad action movie title. It’s actually a group of well-known Tour pros — Woods, McIlroy, Kuchar, Rose, Mahan, Westwood, Schwartzel and Webb Simpson — who played for big bucks in 2012 at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. That just happened to be the same week as the Open. A special waiver was granted to them along with a mandate to play in at least one Open in 2103, 2014 or 2015. The most recently successful of the 8 – Rory McIlroy – announced he will not be fulfilling his previous commitment to play in this year’s Open at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif., October 9-12. Maybe because he will be playing in the Grand Slam of Golf event in Bermuda on October 13th. Or more likely because two consecutive major wins have changed his schedule dramatically. The event actually kicks off the new season but that’s another story. It’s too bad the bright lights won’t follow Rory there now —the PGA Tour is returning to Napa for the first time in 34 years, and they will be playing a bomber’s course redesigned in 2011 by Johnny Miller, who is part of the resort’s ownership group. Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan are now the marquee names in this year's field. That means the remaining six are very likely to make their way to Wine Country next year. 

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Aug 13, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Photo Barbs

After late-night host Jimmy Fallon poked fun, some of it harsh, at PGA Tour players' head shots in "Tonight Show Superlatives" on Monday night's show, including PGA Champ Rory McIlory ("Most Likely To Be In A Boy Band Called 'Hole-In-One Direction'"), the Tour responded with an equally funny Tweet. With what appeared to be a high school-yearbook photo of Fallon sporting a weak, Boris Badenov-like mustache (see Rocky and Bullwinkle), the Tour voted him "Most likely to be turned down by the cart girl." Ouch!

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Aug 12, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Robin Williams, RIP

The world lost a genius with the death of Robin Williams. Many golfers might not appreciate his take on how the game was invented—and if you’re offended by salty language, don’t listen—but this video shows better than any obituaries or appreciations can why we loved him and will miss his incredible talent.

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LINKS Invitational at Casa De Campo

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