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Sep 12, 2014 | 04:07 PM

Night Rider

Last week we told you about Bill Sampson, the director of golf at Old Tabby Golf Links near Hilton Head, and the record $42,000 he raised for the Folds of Honor Foundation by playing 202 holes on Patriot Golf Day. Well, he’s been outdone by one of his former assistants, at least from a playing standpoint. On Sept. 1st, Brian Stewart, who’s now the head pro at Bright’s Creek in the North Carolina mountains, played 325 holes in a 24-hour period. Using glow balls and glow sticks, he started at 8pm on Labor Day and didn't stop till the following evening. He made 51 birdies, three eagles, and one hole-in-one. At 1:10am on the 75th hole, Stewart made the third ace of his career, though it’s safe to say this is the first one he made at night. Talk about a shot in the dark! Stewart has raised more than $4,500 for the military charity.

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Sep 12, 2014 | 06:05 AM

Tom Doak Is At It Again!

Back in 1996, 27-year-old course architect Tom Doak stunned the golf world with his Confidential Guide to Golf Courses, a 361-page compendium of no-holds-barred reviews of the best and worst courses he’d seen. Now, two decades later, Doak—who in the meantime has given us Pacific Dunes, Streamsong (Blue), and Cape Kidnappers, among other Top 100-ranked courses—is issuing the update to his book, or at least the start of the update. Confidential Guide II, which just became available, features 288 courses in Great Britain & Ireland and will be the first of five volumes produced by Doak and three co-authors, Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima, and Darius Oliver. In all, they will cover 2,500 courses around the world, rating each on a scale of 0-10. As in the original, the expanded version will include a "Gourmet’s Choice” featuring longer descriptions of the authors’ favorite courses, as well as a Gazetteer with lists of everything from the best and wildest holes to the best courses to take your dog to play. The subsequent volumes, to be published annually, will cover The Americas (summer destinations), The Americas (winter destinations), Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information or to order copies, go to Doak’s website, renaissancegolf.com.

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Sep 11, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Dancing Bear

The Canadian golf season is coming to a close soon — at least in the mountains of British Columbia — so a baby bear decided to get in some quality green time recently at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort’s Mountainside Golf Course, 185 miles southwest of Calgary. He or she decided to take the flagstick on the 15th hole (a 323-yard par 4) for a brief dance. Although not an uncommon sight on golf courses in the region, this bear puts a new spin on going full circle.

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Sep 10, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Labor of Love

Say what you will about President Obama, but he sure loves his golf, but not everyone loves that he golfs. You'll remember that he was roundly criticized for playing golf on Aug. 20th while on vacation in Martha's Vineyard just minutes after making a strong and emotional public statement about the beheading of journalist James Foley, which he expressed some misgivings about this past Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "I should have anticpated the optics," he told Chuck Todd. "Part of this job is also the theater of it. It's not something that always comes naturally to me, but it matters." Over Labor Day weekend, Obama tried to play golf at a private club in Westchester County, just north of New York City, but was rebuffed, according to a report today by the local NBC affiliate in New York. Trump National, Winged Foot (pictured), and Willow Ridge all turned down the First Duffer because they didn't want to inconvenience their powerful members on the last weekend of summer (no one else can be on the course). Obama was in the area that weekend for a fundraising event and planned to spend Friday night to attend the Saturday evening wedding of White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner. Instead of staying over and playing golf Saturday morning, he flew home and spent some time with his family before flying back up on Saturday.

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