Nov 18, 2015 | 03:18 pm

Tee Offs and Take Offs

The next time you book a flight, you might think about going through Minneapolis-St. Paul International. The Delta hub just opened a 12,000-square-foot golf facility with six simulators, including two wrap-around ones, loaded with 54 courses from around the world. There's also a pro shop, putting green, and bar and lounge, as you can see in this CBS Minnesota report. The averge layover at the airport is 1:20 so that's plenty of time to get in 18 holes, which takes about an hour, or you can book a simulator for just 15 minutes if you have a tighter connection. Don't bother bringing your clubs, though. TSA considers them a weapon and the ones at the facility have security tags that sound an alarm should anyone try to take one off site. Sure is a great way to kill some time. You might hope just that your flight is delayed.

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Nov 17, 2015 | 08:40 am

Four-Putts Welcome

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stroke a twisting 40-footer on one of Oakmont’s notoriously fast greens, you’re about to get the chance. As part of its preparation to host next year’s U.S. Open, the venerable Pittsburgh club has constructed a replica of its 18th green. During the week of the championship it will be maintained at the same speed as the U.S. Open greens and the pin placements will mirror those on the actual 18th. As part of an enhanced “fan experience” spectators will have the chance to step up and match their putting skills with those of the Open competitors.

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Nov 16, 2015 | 08:36 am

In Sync

Along with the science that goes into the making of golf clubs, more and more technology can be attached to clubs. A few months ago, TaylorMade announced a partnership with Microsoft and its wearable Band, which has a GPS that tells you distances on the course and tracks strokes, heart rate, and calories burned through its new “MyRoundPro” software. Also, Ping has launched an app for the Apple Watch (above) that includes “Golf Workout,” which compiles fitness data, swing tempo, and on-course statistics like fairways hit, greens in regulation, and putts per round. And not surprising, since Ping is famous as a putter company, the app also includes an updated version of its “iPing” software, which can be used in practice to improve your stroke as well as determine a “Putting Handicap.” The iPing app is free from the Apple App Store, and there are new cradles available that connect the newest iPhones to the putter. The “Golf Workout” is available for $4.99.

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Nov 13, 2015 | 06:39 am

Rolling Your Rockwell

We certainly wouldn’t call it shocking today, but this painting of an angry golfer—done by famed artist Norman Rockwell and intended for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in the early 1920s—was deemed too impolite and never appeared. Now the original oil on canvas, titled simply “The Golfer,” is for sale. The price: $5.85 million. According to M.S. Rau Antiques of New Orleans, which is handling the sale (ask for item number 30-4357), “this humorous scene is quintessentially Rockwellian, perfectly conveying an all-too-human emotion of frustration on the green.” Obviously, the art dealers are more familiar with paintings than putting, as this player is far from “on the green,” or if he isn't, he has bigger troubles than spewing language too salty for the ears of his young caddie.

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