May 29, 2015 | 07:37 am

Dastardly Doings In The Desert

One of the toughest, and most exciting, golf courses in the world is returning to the PGA Tour. The Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course at PGA West in the California desert will be one of the three courses hosting the CareerBuilder Challenge, January 21-24, 2016. Also joining the course roster for the event—known the last few years as the Humana Challenge—is PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course; they join La Quinta Country Club, a long-time tournament mainstay. The diabolically difficult Stadium Course was a TV favorite when it hosted the Skins Game from 1986-91: Its famed par-3 17th hole, called “Alcatraz” for its island green (shown above), was the site of one of televised golf’s most memorable moments when Lee Trevino scored a hole-in-one to win a $175,000 skin in 1987. The Stadium Course has also hosted the 1987 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 1990 PGA Club Professional Championship, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (1995-6), and along with the Nicklaus Tournament Course held the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying Schools six times between 1986 and 2008. The Nicklaus Course also was the venue for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and ’93. It will be good to see them both back on the tube and bedeviling the pros again.

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May 28, 2015 | 10:10 am

Getaway Giveaway

One the best golf destinations in the Northwest, Sunriver Resort, is holding a pretty incredible golf raffle worth more than $50,000. The winner and three friends receive:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • A private jet from Portland to Sunriver
  • Four nights in a 5,100-sq.-ft. home
  • One round on each of the four courses: Crosswater, Woodlands, Meadows, and Caldera Links
  • Nike golf swag and custom fitting
  • Fly-fishing lessons
  • Private grilling and mixology lessons with award-winning chef Travis Taylor
  • Craft brewery tour in Bend

To enter, just visit Sunriver's Facebook page.

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May 27, 2015 | 12:24 pm

Golden Bear Exhibit

With a record-tying four U.S. Open victories, not to mention two U.S. Amateurs and two Walker Cup teams, Jack Nicklaus has played a big role in the USGA's history. The USGA is returning the honor with the opening today of the Jack Nicklaus Room at its museum in Far Hills, N.J., joining galleries that pay tribute to Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Mickey Wright. The 1,200-square-foot exhibit space contains 82 aritifacts, including the MacGregor Tommy Armour 3-wood he used from 1958–1995 and won all 18 majors with, as well as both U.S. Ams. There are also nine short films and 27 "Ask Jack" vignettes highlighting Nicklaus' four U.S. Open wins. But perhaps the most interesting apsect, at least for architecture buffs, is the interactive course design feature that gives visotors insight into the Golden Bear's design philosophy and lets them create their own risk-reward par four. “The USGA has had a great influence on my career and helped shape my love of the game and for competition since I first picked up a club at age 10,” Nicklaus said. “My association with them—from the championships I played to the USGA leaders who have impacted my life—is one I have always valued. For them to recognize my career and life with this addition to the USGA Museum is humbling and meaningful to me and my family."

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May 26, 2015 | 08:39 am

Live Like #1

You may never be able to play like Rory McIlroy, but now you can at least live like him. Robinhall House, McIlroy’s former estate on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been put up for sale. The 14-acre property includes a five-bedroom home, a barn that has been converted into a gymnasium, a tennis court, an award-winning landscaped garden, a pond stocked with 1200 brown trout, and a bespoke nine-hole golf course designed and built by McIlroy with different grass types, so you can practice for your next round, whether it’s at St. Andrews, Augusta, or Pebble Beach. It can all be yours for £2.5 million (just under $4 million). An online brochure is available through the realtor at

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