Aug 25, 2016 | 06:07 am

Ryder Cup Spirit

When the Ryder Cup is over, one of the teams surely will drink from it. If you are unable to join them, here’s an alternative: Drink the official Ryder Cup wine. One of the world’s great winemakers, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, partnered with golf-course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.—whose father designed this year’s Cup venue, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota—to create the special Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Cuvée that is available at the course as well as in select U.S. markets. The winemakers created the cuvée, a Bordeaux that sells for $14, while Jones designed the bottle, drawing a caddie as a tribute to his father: Young Jones started as a caddie, or “cadet,” to Jones Sr., just as the Baron Rothschild is the “cadet” of his family. (In the photo, above, that’s Jones, left, with Rothschild’s Managing Director, Hugues Lechanoine.) As Jones Jr. put it: “Wine, like golf, is about passion, respect for nature, etiquette, and sharing moments in life. A golf course architect and a winemaker share a similar approach to their work: cultivating the land they are given, being true to the environment, enhancing the most pleasing elements of a landscape or a wine, providing either course challenges or tasting pleasures. The Ryder Cup brings together great golfers for a competition where team spirit means more than individual performance, exactly as blending wine brings more than one single varietal to create a special cuvée.” We’ll drink to that.

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Aug 24, 2016 | 08:30 am

Lip Out

In New York for the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at Bethpage Black, Jordan Spieth paid a visit Monday night to late-night funny man Jimmy Fallon, who loves the game and played on his high school golf team. Among other topics, Spieth, who's the defending FedEx Cup champion, talked about how much he enjoys playing with Bill Murray. "He's one of the most fun people I've ever played golf with. The guy just works over a crowd, the ultimate entertainer. He's quirky, he's goofy, and you love every part of it. The guy can, for five and a half hours straight on every hole, find a way to make one-liners, make people laugh." He recalled during one pro-am a fan gave Murray a cigar, which the comedian then gave to the nine-year-old son of Spieth's manager's. "He looks at it for a second and is like, 'What the hell am I supposed to do with this?'" Spieth recalled. "Murray goes, 'What, are you trying to quit?'" Rimshot, please! In order to "give him some vibes for The Barclays," Fallon asked if he'd chip a marshmallow into his mouth as Spieth did for a crowd at a May outing, although he caught it with his own mouth then. You can see both in the video above.

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Aug 23, 2016 | 09:29 am

Keiser vs. The Kilts

Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser, whom we co-profiled with Donald Trump in the Spring Issue of LINKS, has just heightened his resemblance to The Donald—and not in a good way—with his latest venture, in the Scottish Highlands. The Sunday Glasgow Herald reports “a major row brewing” over Keiser’s plans for Coul Links, a Coore-Crenshaw course three miles north of Dornoch. The course, which is still in the planning stages, “will trash a highly protected network of sand dunes treasured for birds, insects, and plants,” said the Herald, citing one environmentalist who called it “the Trump [Aberdeen] fiasco all over again.” Another opponent declared,  “Like Trump, Keiser has a track record of getting his own way, whatever it takes, and like Trump, he seems to think protected-area laws can be torn up for his own private financial gain.” Public hearings on the project will be held this month. They may want to sell tickets.

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Aug 22, 2016 | 06:07 am

Bob Cupp, 1939-2016

Not every golf course architect achieves the notoriety of a Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, or Jack Nicklaus. One of those you might not have heard of but should, Bob Cupp, died this past Friday at age 76. Widely described as a “Renaissance man,” Cupp had a brief career as a professional golfer, wrote novels as well as books about course architecture, was an accomplished artist, as well as a blacksmith and musician. He was a senior designer for Nicklaus’s firm for 15 years before going out on his own. Among his more notable designs are Liberty National (N.J., with Tom Kite), Pumpkin Ridge (Ore.), Crosswater (Ore.), Old Waverly (Miss., with Jerry Pate), TPC Starr Pass (Ariz., with Craig Stadler), and both the Plantation (shown) and Landings courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee (Ga.). Cupp also served as the president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 2012-3.

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