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Oct 26, 2016 | 08:56 am

Your Vote Counts!

'Tis the season for voting and Golf Channel wants to hear from you to determine its December schedule. The “Fan Favorite” voting period runs through Nov. 6, where viewers can vote on their 10 favorite televised rounds in 2016 from a list of 20 selections, including the final round of the Open Championship, the final rounds of the men's and women's golf at the Olympics, and Day 3 at the Ryder Cup. The 10 fan-generated favorite rounds will air across 10 consecutive nights Dec. 19-30 in primetime and in descending order based on rounds receiving the most votes. Of course, they don't have the Masters or U.S. Open on the list because NBC/Golf didn't televise those, but it's still a good list and should make the holidays even more jolly. So get out and vote by clicking here and telling us your favorite in the comment section.

The list of 20 “Fan Favorite” rounds from 2016 that viewers can select from are:

Abu Dhabi Championship – Final Round

  • Rickie Fowler wins with Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy in contention

Deutsche Bank Championship – Final Round

  • McIlroy rallies to win thanks to putter switch

Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals

  • 40 girls and 40 boys (age 7-15) compete at Augusta National Golf Club in April

Irish Open – Final Round

  • McIlroy claims title set up by heroic second shot fairway wood on par-5 16th

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – Final Round

  • Canada’s Brooke Henderson outlasts fellow teen & World No. 1 Lydia Ko for 1st major

NCAA Men’s Golf Team National Championship - Final Day

  • Oregon’s men’s team outlasted Texas to claim their 1st team National Championship

NCAA Women’s Golf Team National Championship – Final Day

  • Washington’s women’s team defeat reigning champs Stanford for 1st team National title

Olympics, Men’s Golf – Final Round

  • Great Britain’s Justin Rose earns gold medal over Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar

Olympics, Women’s Golf – Final Round

  • Korea’s Inbee Park earns gold medal despite home country pressure amidst thumb injury

The Open – Round 1

  • Phil Mickelson lips out on chance at golf history, setting for opening round 63

The Open – Final Round

  • Stenson, Mickelson trade blows in final pairing with Stenson earning 1st major

Open de Espana – Final Round

  • Andrew “Beef” Johnston claims first European Tour victory in style

PGA Championship – Final Round

  • Jimmy Walker holds off Jason Day, Stenson at rain-stricken Baltusrol for 1st major

Quicken Loans National – Final Round

  • Billy Hurley III earns 1st PGA TOUR win near hometown, Naval Academy (class of ‘04)

Ryder Cup – Final Day

  • Patrick Reed, Mickelson lead U.S. to defeat Europe for the first time since 2008

TOUR Championship – Final Day

  • McIlroy claims FedExCup following four-hole playoff with Ryan Moore

UL International Crown – Final Day

  • United States earn unlikely victory despite opening round sweep in four-ball matches

Waste Management Phoenix Open – Final Round

  • Hideki Matsuyama wins in a playoff over emotional Fowler with family in the crowd

WGC-Cadillac Championship – Final Round

  • Adam Scott holds off late charging contenders to win in back-to-back weeks

WGC-Dell Match Play – Semifinal Matches

  • Day and McIlroy go head-to-head with Day ultimately winning the match and the event
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Oct 25, 2016 | 08:52 am

That's $200,000 Per Hole

What would you pay for the chance to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods? Or, maybe more to the point, what have you already paid? A forthcoming report by the Government Accountability Office states that, in February of 2013, President Obama took a weekend trip which culminated in Palm Beach, Florida, with a round at The Floridian golf club with Tiger. The cost of the trip: $3.6 million. The expenses, to fly, protect, and support the President (no mention of any appearance fee for Tiger), were shared by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. The news, while not exactly casting the President in a positive light, will likely not impact his current favorability ratings (in the mid-50 percent range), much higher than either of the major-party candidates to succeed him.

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Oct 24, 2016 | 06:01 am

New “Confidential Guide” Now Available

In what is turning out to be an annual rite—sort of golf’s version of the return of the sparrows to Capistrano—the newest volume of Tom Doak’s “Confidential Guide to Golf Courses” is now available. Volume 3 rates courses throughout the “Summer Destinations” of the Americas, which means most of the U.S. (save the South, Southwest, and California), as well as Canada. It joins the two existing volumes—Great Britain and Ireland, and America’s Winter Destinations—with Volume 4 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) slated for release in 2017 and Volume 5 (Asia, Australia, and New Zealand) in 2018.

Doak—with co-writers Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima, and Darius Oliver—offers opinions on 675 courses, which, according to the introduction “makes it the biggest book in our series, and probably the best, judging by the number of 7’s and 8’s and 10’s we’ve passed out.” (All the courses are rated on the “Doak Scale,” which ranges from 0 to 10, unrecommendable to nearly perfect.)

Each volume also includes their “Gourmet Choice,” not necessarily the greatest but “the places that stir our souls, and will reward the visitors with something out of the ordinary.” These are the 18 from the new edition, some of which are sure to surprise you:

Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Cabot Links, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada

Crystal Downs, Frankfort, Mich.

Davenport CC, Pleasant Valley, Iowa

Fowler’s Mill, Chesterland, Ohio

Gamble Sands, Brewster, Wash.

Garden City Golf Club, Garden City, N.Y.

Hooper, Walpole, N.H.

Lawsonia (Links), Green Lake, Wisc.

Merion (East), Ardmore, Penn.

Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.

Oakmont, Oakmont, Penn.

Roaring Gap, Roaring Gap, N.C.

Rock Creek Cattle Company, Deer Lodge, Mont.

Sand Hills, Mullen, Neb.

Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, N.Y.

Somerset Hills, Bernardsville, N.J.

The Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn.

To order the new volume, past volumes, and sign up for the volumes to come, go to the website.

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Oct 21, 2016 | 07:14 am

Acushnet All Set for IPO

Acushnet Holdings Corp. is set for an initial public offering next week on the New York Stock Exchange. Why does this apply to golfers? Acushnet is the parent company of Titleist and Footjoy, and when approximately 19.3 million shares of common stock become available next week at an expected $21-24 per share, they will raise roughly $435 million. While this news may seem initially exciting as an indicator of new investment and R&D at Acushnet, it turns out that all of the shares in this IPO will be sold by existing shareholders and not the company itself. This means that the money won't go into the accounts of Acushnet, but instead Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of Acushnet. Let's hope that some of the money makes it back to the R&D departments at Titleist and Footjoy! The shares will be offered under the ticker symbol "GOLF."

Do you plan to purchase any shares of GOLF? Let us know in the comments below!

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