Jan 05, 2015 | 10:58 am

Life After Golf

What happens when a tour pro can’t be a tour pro anymore? There’s a fascinating story in today’s New York Times about Meaghan Francella, who played on the LPGA Tour from 2006-13, twice finished in the top 10 in major championships, won more than $1.1 million, and who topped Annika Sorenstam in a playoff in 2007. But starting in 2011, Francella (shown above in 2012) was missing far more cuts than she was making and the game stopped being fun. After twice missing at the Tour’s qualifying school, she quit playing to return as a caddie, both for veterans and young players. Francella will be back out on the LPGA Tour in 2015—as caddie for Taiwan’s Min Lee—proving there is a life in golf after golf. Both are players to watch this year.

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Jan 02, 2015 | 09:57 am

Sunshine Swing

When golf came to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, it first took root around Chicago and New York. But it also settled in Florida, where new hotels and railroad lines were attracting visitors to the booming Sunshine State. Honoring the game’s importance to the state’s growth then and now, the Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 public, resort, municipal, and military courses established between 1897 and 1949 and still operating today, charmers like El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort, near Orlando, shown above in 1936. A number of the courses were designed by noted architects and frequented by early stars such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Babe Zaharias, and Gene Sarazen. The state has created a special website with information on all the courses, as well as a trail scorecard to help golfers chart their experiences as they play from the panhandle to the Keys.

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Jan 01, 2015 | 06:54 am

Happy LINKS New Year

If you’re expecting 2015 to be a great year, all of us at LINKS Magazine are with you. You’re going to see some changes and new features from us, starting with eight editions of HotLINKS, our all-digital publication, that will come out in those months that the print magazine does not. Look for HotLINKS in the first week of January, March, May, July, August, September, November, and December. (That’s the cover of our January edition, above, which has a special section on Caribbean golf.) Remember, you can sign up for HotLINKS for free or get it as part of your “all-access” subscription to the print magazine and all our digital properties. We’re already working on lots of great articles and much more both in print and digital, and don’t want you to miss a single issue. So if you’re not already getting LINKS—in print and digital—it’s time to sign up. Plus, don’t forget to check out our website,, every day for the latest news and information from throughout the world of golf. Have a Happy New Year with lots of golf—and lots of LINKS. Enjoy!

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Dec 31, 2014 | 01:09 pm

Rapping Up the Year

Let's end the year on a light note and one of the most entertaining golf-music videos of the year, #StopDropAndMakeA12Foota, by "Matty," an 11 year old from Vermont whose goal is to shoot 18 "unda" par for one round some day. He certainly gets around, as you'll see in the video, and he's a lot better singer than Bubba Claus, that's for sure. We're just not sure why he's so obsessed with making 12 "footas."

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