Oct 10, 2013 | 11:35 AM

New Love For Diamante

Spotted last month at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, were Davis Love III, his brother Mark, and designer Paul Cowley, who were seen huddling at breakfast at the residential development. Given the chance to improve the top-rated Dunes Course, currently No. 62 on the LINKS100 World Rankings, the trio had convened to route a pair of new holes in the massive dunes above the Pacific and remove the current 12th and 13th holes, which head inland and lack the flavor of the seaside creations. Slated for completion in summer 2014, expect the two new holes—likely a downhill par 5 followed by a short, strategic par 4—to boost the venue’s already exalted ranking and set the stage for next year’s debut of El Cardonal, Tiger Woods’s new course at Diamante.

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Oct 09, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Going for the Green

The University of Maryland’s renowned golf course, which has appeared on our list of top college courses and recently underwent a $3.5 million renovation, might very well be plowed under to make way for a “terrapin-themed route” from the campus to I-95, according to a report in The Washington Post. At an investment of $100 million by developer Brian Gibbons, the academic village would also include housing for staff and faculty, as well as office space, arts center, and green spaces. Some of the course might still be usable, but needless to say the proposal has gone over like a triple bogey with golfers and neighbors. “I would be heartbroken,” said Charlie Hodgson, 81, of Silver Spring. “I would probably stop playing golf. That’s how important it is to me.” The university said in a statement that it “is sensitive to the concerns” but the plan is worthy of consideration as it includes a connector road that would help alleviate congestion on Route 1, the main artery to the freeway now.

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Oct 08, 2013 | 10:32 AM

The Grain In Spain

While Spain’s economy is struggling, at least one national institution is getting some investment. Valderrama Golf Club—designed by Robert Trent Jones, site of the 1997 Ryder Cup, and among the consensus top courses in Europe—is undergoing a bit of an overhaul. According to the website Golf In Spain, 3 million euros (slightly more than $4million) is going to a new irrigation system, redoing all bunkers with new liners and sand, repairing cart paths and improving landscaping, and a new practice chipping green. Notes the website, “one would think that a major golf tournament might be soon announced for Valderrama.” That would be magnifico.

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Oct 07, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Tom Watson isn’t as well known a golf architect as some of his fellow pros, but he has designed a number of courses, including Cassique at Kiawah Island and one at Reunion Golf Club in Orlando, and helped renovate the Old Course at Ballybunion in Ireland. According to the News-Press of St. Joseph, Missouri, Watson is laying out a nine-hole course specifically for kids and new golfers. It will be designed, he says, “for kids or anybody, really, to play the game where you aren’t forced to play 400-yard par fours or 500-yard par fives…things that are manageable for beginning golfers.” The course will be located in Maryville, Missouri, and hopes are to involve The First Tee. Price tag for the course is estimated at $550,000; fundraising is already underway.

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