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Oct 11, 2013 | 11:03 AM

TV’s Latest Big Deal

A few weeks ago, Fox Sports completed a big-money deal to broadcast the U.S. Open and other USGA events for 12 years beginning in 2015. Losing the USGA contract was NBC Sports, which has responded by upping its commitment to the PGA of America. Yesterday, the two parties announced “an unprecedented agreement”: a 15-year deal to cover the Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship, and PGA Professional National Championship on NBC and Golf Channel. Along with those tournaments, the channels also will run preview shows, historic highlights, documentaries, and live practice rounds, as well as the Ryder Cup Captain Selection Show, Spanish-language coverage on Telemundo and Mun2, and programming designed to help the PGA of America’s grow-the-game initiatives and elevate the stature of PGA professionals. Sounds like good stuff—except for the expectation of hearing Johnny Miller going on and on about “el grano.”

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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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