Oct 17, 2014 | 09:40 am

Designs On The Hall

The 2015 class for the World Golf Hall of Fame has been announced. Three players—Laura Davies, David Graham, and Mark O’Meara—all major-championship winners, will be inducted on July 13, 2015, at a ceremony in St. Andrews, Scotland. A fourth golf immortal also will be inducted that day, architect Albert Warren (A.W.) Tillinghast (above). He will become the fifth “pure” architect to enter the hall, joining Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, and Pete Dye, and with the first two rounds out the trio most responsible for golf’s “golden age of architecture” in the early decades of the 20th century. Among Tillinghast’s most famous designs are San Francisco GC, Baltimore GC (Five Farms East), Ridgewood (N.J.) CC, Bethpage Black, both courses at Winged Foot GC, and many others considered among our country’s best and most important layouts. Architects definitely deserve inclusion in the hall of fame, and it will be interesting to see who is recognized next. If the likes of Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Dan Jenkins, and Dwight Eisenhower can be honored, what about William Flynn, Seth Raynor, George C. Thomas, and Tom Bendelow? And how will future generations look back on Tom Fazio, Gil Hanse, and Tom Doak?

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Oct 16, 2014 | 05:32 pm


Apple unveiled the newest versions of its widely popular iPad today at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, but there’s even bigger Apple news for golf-tech junkies. Apple will offer a golf gadget in its stores. It’s called the Arccos stat tracker, a nearly weightless GPS sensor that attaches to the end of your club and automatically logs your data on club distance, accuracy, greens hit in regulation, putts, etc. Golfers can view their stats in real time on a mobile app or after the round on a laptop. The app will also give you shot distances to the green like a typical golf GPS system. The cost is $399 for the 14 sensors, which connect via Bluetooth with the iPhone app. The simple packaging and well-designed sensors are right out of the Apple playbook. “I’ve always envisioned and dreamed that we would be in Apple stores,” Arccos co-founder and CEO told FORTUNE. “We worked very hard and worked very closely to make sure that our product was up to snuff in terms of the experience it delivered and the technology it delivered.”

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Oct 15, 2014 | 09:34 am

Royal Appointee

White smoke is billowing from the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse! The R&A has just announced who will succeed Peter Dawson as its new Chief Executive, as well as Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. His name is Martin Slumbers and he's an investment banker from London. While he seems to have lots of business experience, having spent the last ten years as head of global business services at Deutsche Bank, the 54-year-old Slumbers doesn't seem to have nearly as much of a golf pedigree as Dawson, who was the captain of the Cambridge golf team, and Dawson's predecessor, Sir Michael Bonallack, who was a five-time British Amateur champion. All we know is that he's a "keen" golfer, according to today's press release, who plays to a two handicap at Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey. “Golf has always been close to my heart and I am very much looking forward to living and working in St Andrews," said Slumbers, who will joing the R&A next March for a six-month training period with Dawson, who's been in charge since 1999. "I am honoured to be appointed to lead The R&A and to serve such an historic and prestigious Club.”

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Oct 14, 2014 | 09:17 am

At Least One Olympic Site is on Schedule

As the Olympics golf course in Rio continues to struggle and straggle through its gestation process, organizers of the 2020 games in Tokyo are getting ahead of the curve. Last month they announced their venue—the highly regarded East Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club—a Hugh Allison design that opened in 1929—and word is it will be updated by Tom Fazio. Among the expected changes are the lengthening of several holes and repositioning of the course’s many cavernous bunkers, but the main mission will be to eliminate a quirk that prevails on many Japanese courses—two sets of greens, one for summer and one for winter. Kasumigaseki is no stranger to international competition, having held the Canada Cup (precursor to the World Cup) back in 1957, when local boys Pete Nakamura and Koichi Ono scored a stunning upset victory that launched the boom of Japanese golf. 

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