Nov 02, 2015 | 06:13 am

Confidentially Speaking

The new volume of Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses is now available. The second of five editions planned by Doak and co-authors Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima, and Darius Oliver covers courses in The Americas, Winter Destinations, and is 260 pages long—80 pages longer than volume one, on Great Britain and Ireland, which was released last year. Eventually the five books will feature 2,500 courses from around the world, with each one including a “Gourmet’s Choice” of longer write-ups on the authors’ favorite courses in the region. In the warm-weather Americas those courses are:

  • Audubon Park (a 4,200 yard municipal course in New Orleans)
  • California Golf Club
  • Cypress Point
  • Diamante (Dunes), Mexico
  • Kapalua (Plantation)
  • Los Angeles CC (North)
  • Mid Ocean, Bermuda
  • Old Town Club
  • Peachtree
  • El Potrerillo de Larreta, Argentina
  • Sand Hollow
  • Seminole
  • Shadow Creek
  • Streamsong (Blue)
  • Teeth of the Dog, Dominican Republic
  • Tobacco Road
  • Wolf Point (a one-man private course in Texas)
  • Yeamans Hall

Talking to The Buzz, Doak said, “The section on South America, in particular, is brand new and more thorough than anything I've seen about golf in that part of the world. And I think I reviewed 97 courses in California, so that's pretty thorough, too!” The new volume costs $60—or all five for $280—from his website.

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Oct 30, 2015 | 06:20 am

Rising Star On Kauai

Fans of Kauai Lagoons, the beautiful resort on Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” will be interested to note that the property has a new owner and is going through a dramatic renovation. Now operated by Timbers Resorts, it has been renamed Hōkūala—which means “rising star”—and will include a private residence club, luxury whole-ownership residences, custom golf course home sites, a retail shopping village, and a boutique hotel with spa, restaurants, pools, and wedding venues. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course will be renovated beginning next year and renamed The Ocean Course, but will continue to feature the longest continuous stretch of oceanfront golf in the islands. Construction will start soon on the first real estate offering, Timbers Kauai, luxury homes along the oceanfront available for ownership and as a residence club with its own restaurant, pools, fitness and wellness center, and the ability to trade vacation time with other owners through the Timbers Reciprocity Program.

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Oct 29, 2015 | 10:55 am

Performance Art

You know you're reached star status when people start making artwork of you. Yesterday in downtown Dallas, one of Jordan Spieth's sponsors, AT&T, teed up 24,152 golf balls to make a mosaic of him completing a swing. Pretty good likeness, too. It was AT&T's way to reach out and touch people and congratulate Spieth on his historic year, which included two majors and a $22 milliion haul. The mosaic is on display for the next two days, after which the balls will be donated to the First Tee of the Northern Texas PGA.

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Oct 28, 2015 | 12:13 pm

Teen Idol

Fresh off her fifth win of the year and 10th overall on the LPGA (the youngest player ever to do so), rising to No. 1 in the world again, and pocketing close to $3 million in prize money this year, Lydia Ko also happens to be one of the most influential teens in the world, at least according to Time magazine. For the second year in a row, the prestigious newsweekly has named the 18-year-old New Zealander to the list of 30, noting her goal for 2016 is to play in Rio when golf returns to the Olympics next year and that despite all her accomplishments, "Ko still makes time to be a teen, regularly posting videos of bejeweled golf balls markers and Dubsmash videos to her SnapChat and Instagram channels." Other teens on the list include President Obama's oldest daugther, Malia, Will Smith's son, Jaden, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban who won the Nobel Prize for her fierce advocacy for girls's education.

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