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Nov 26, 2013 | 10:26 AM

The House That Trump Built

Undeterred by pesky neighbors, cantankerous conservationists, impending wind farms, and obstreperous governmental officials, Donald Trump has added to the allure of his Trump International Golf Club with the opening of MacLeod House & Lodge, a luxury boutique hotel adjoining his acclaimed links course on the northeast coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. Trump spent 18 months and several million dollars renovating the imposing gray stone manor once known as Menie House but now renamed for his mother, Mary MacLeod, who was born on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis. Room rates—including bed, breakfast, dinner, and golf on the links—start at about $500 a night.

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Nov 25, 2013 | 10:20 AM

The 12 Plays Of Christmas

With the holidays approaching, the network of TPC clubs—32 properties designed to host PGA Tour events—is offering its own version of Black Friday but with a big difference: This one goes on for 12 days. On each day from December 2 through 13, the Tour will unveil a different TPC-based experience available in 2014, ranging from a golf/food fest at TPC Sawgrass to golf and NFL opening weekend at TPC San Antonio (shown above). Other activities pair a round with baseball spring training, March Madness, falconry lessons, even ice fishing, at a dozen TPC courses, both public and private. Details and purchase arrangements for the “12 Days of Golf Cheer” will be announced exclusively on the TPC’s website and through its social media channels: Twitter (@PlayTPC), Instagram (@PlayTPC), and Facebook. Ho, ho, ho—go!

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Nov 22, 2013 | 06:41 AM

We Buy Golf Clubs

The Buzz isn’t sure what kind of week you had, but around here it was a little crazy. And there’s no better way to end such a week than with a truly crazy golf video. Watch it and let us know if the Chattanooga golf shop being advertised would ever get your business. We’re crazy, but that crazy?

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Nov 21, 2013 | 10:43 AM

The Next Bandon Dunes?

Bandon Dunes has established itself as one of the finest, and most authentic, golf resorts in the country. It may soon have company. On the outskirts of Port Orford, Oregon, about 30 minutes south of the Bandon complex, a golf course is taking shape on a spectacular 330-acre parcel of land known as Knapp Ranch. Called Pacific Gales, the fledgling links is being developed by Jim Haley, a former Bandon shaper and now managing partner of Elk River Property Development. With a large natural dune running the length of the site, plus dramatic rocky cliffs, gorse-filled ravines, and groves of wind-twisted pines, the links—with construction slated to begin next year—was routed so that both nines finish at the edge of land and sea. Based on its natural attributes, Pacific Gales looks slated to take a place among the nation’s finest layouts, and further establish the southern Oregon coast as a must-play destination.

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