Aug 25, 2015 | 08:37 am

Rooms With A Mega-View

One of the game’s most famous hotels is about to get a major facelift. The 128-year-old MacDonald Rusacks which overlooks the 18th fairway of the Old Course at St. Andrews has been granted approval for a $10-million upgrade that will markedly change its facade while adding 44 luxury glass-fronted suites with direct views over the hallowed links and the North Sea. The renovation, which had been opposed strongly by locals who felt it would materially alter the iconic look of the town’s most famous street, will also include a rooftop terrace, restaurant, and bar. Want one of those suites for the next Open at St. Andrews? Book now. 

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Aug 24, 2015 | 09:48 am

Award Season

Not all of the news in pro golf occurs inside the ropes. Former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman was announced as the recipient of the 2015 PGA Distinguished Service Award—the highest honor given by the PGA of America—which recognizes outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities. The 77-year-old Beman was commissioner for 20 years beginning in 1974 and was instrumental in the PGA Tour’s fantastic growth. And the PGA Tour gave out a big honor of its own, the 2015 Payne Stewart Award, to Ernie Els (above) for his philanthropic work, notably the establishment of the Els For Autism Foundation, which he and wife Liezl formed after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism. The award comes with $500,000 in grant money to various foundations supported by the Stewart Family Foundation and Els’s charity.

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Aug 21, 2015 | 02:57 pm

Drive for Show

Have you always wanted to design your own driver, be on TV, and get rich? Well, here's your chance to do all three. Wilson is launching a seven-episolde show next fall, Driver vs. Driver, on Golf Channel that will follow eight finalists competing to design the company's 2017 driver. You'll get to work with Wilson's R&D team, while an elite team of club designers will evaluate your product. To enter, just submit a short video here on your concept, why you think it will work as the next driver innovation, and a brief synopsis of who you are. Deadline is August 31st. And, oh yeah, the winner will receive a cool half-million dollars. That will pay for a lot of green fees with the new driver that you designed.

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Aug 20, 2015 | 10:15 am

Doggin’ It

Who doesn’t like the heart-warming story of a golfer getting his, or her, first hole-in-one? (Other than anyone who doesn’t already have one, that is.) We just came across a YouTube video of two young sisters, playing golf with their dad back in January at Clear Creek Golf Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on a day cold enough to freeze the ponds that protected some of the par-threes. Dad promised the girls that he would buy a puppy if either of them made a hole-in-one and, well, you can guess the rest. If this lovely story doesn’t make you feel good all over, perhaps seeing what the world looked like when it was cold outside will help everyone sweating out this hot, steamy summer feel a little more comfortable. And if anyone knows what kind of pup they got, please let us know.

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