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Dec 03, 2013 | 06:02 AM

Rock For Sale

Anyone lucky enough to have played Turnberry, the magnificent links in western Scotland, is familiar with Ailsa Craig, the giant hunk of rock that rises ominously out of the Firth of Clyde. Background for thousands of photos and televised images from four British Opens, Ailsa Craig is 220 acres of granite, roughly three-quarters of a mile long, uninhabited except by thousands of sea birds—and for sale. It’s been on the market since 2010, originally at $4 million but recently reduced to $2.4 million by the eighth Marquess of Ailsa, whose family has owned it for five centuries. According to The New York Times, the island has a colorful history: It was a military fortification against the Spaniards and its unique, water-resistant rock is still being used to make stones for the sport of curling. The new owner probably won’t want to move in: There’s no electricity, no fresh water, and nothing will grow there. But for golfers the world over, its haunting visage is priceless.

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Dec 02, 2013 | 12:23 PM

The Next Bandon?

The man who created Oregon’s Bandon Dunes (above)—Mike Keiser—is looking to do it again, this time in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Keiser is planning a 1,500-acre, four-course resort called Sand Valley in the middle of the state about 15 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids and 100 miles north of Madison. The newspaper describes the 2.4 square miles of land Keiser hopes to close on later this month as “sand dunes that formed the bottom of a prehistoric lake.” The architect for the first course also will be announced soon; it is expected to be either Tom Doak, David McLay Kidd, or Ben Crenshaw/Bill Coore—the designers responsible for the courses at Bandon Dunes—with construction to begin next year and the course open in late 2016 or early 2017. Keiser was quoted as saying Sand Valley “would make Wisconsin the best summertime place for golf in the world."

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Nov 29, 2013 | 11:33 AM

To Go Where No Golfer Has Gone Before

Gift guides are a staple of the season, and we at LINKS happily provide a few of our own. There’s our annual guide appearing elsewhere on the website, and next week another list of fantastic golf-related gifts debuts in our first all-digital issue, “HotLINKS.” But it seems we missed some really far-out gift options, so we’re beaming them up here: golf accessories based on the classic TV show Star Trek. There are head covers patterned after the crew’s uniforms; golf balls in blue, red, and yellow; and The Buzz’s personal favorite, a divot-repair tool shaped like the USS Enterprise. As Mr. Spock might say, they’re so cool, they’re logical. (It’s also logical to check out the website now as they’re on sale.) Drive long and prosper!

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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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