May 16, 2013 | 09:33 AM

High in the Himalayas

The second-most populous nation on earth with 1.2 billion people, India, also one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, has always had the potential to be a major player in the golf-tourism business. Now the north Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, which have suffered tourism setbacks due to political instability, have passed a bill creating a state-wide Golf Development and Management Authority. The government believes the addition of more golf courses will entice players to a mountainous region renowned for its scenic beauty. The state capital of Srinigar is home to Royal Springs Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design that opened in 2001, but the government hopes to see five more courses developed in the near future. All they need is a blessing from the region’s biggest hitter: the Dalai Lama. Maybe Carl Spackler can help.

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May 15, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Weiskopf's St. Andrews Course Back on Track

Nearly a decade after it was first announced, ground has been broken on a Tom Weiskopf golf course in the town of St. Andrews. The Feddinch Course will be the centerpiece of The St. Andrews International Golf Club, a high-end, private facility with a mammoth clubhouse that will include guest rooms and a lavish spa. There are several membership tiers available and the initiation fees are expected to be substantial (think in the $50,000-100,000 range). The property, a barren hillside two miles from the first tee of the Old Course, has none of the linksland charm for which the Home of Golf is famed, but Weiskopf’s design includes revetted bunkers, large greens, and one double green—ample reminders of the locale. Plus, Tom does know a thing or two about how to create a stunning parkland course in Scotland—his previous design is Loch Lomond.

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May 14, 2013 | 08:00 AM

The Donald, Tiger, And Dubai…Oh My!

Over the last few years, the golf empire of Donald Trump has grown to 14 courses. Some his organization built from scratch, while others were existing but financially troubled properties he bought—like Florida’s Doral—to renovate. For number 15, Trump is going halfway round the world to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, where the weak economy slammed the brakes on Dubailand, which was to feature a course designed by Tiger Woods. According to Associated Press, the new Trump International Golf Club will be part of a 28-million-square-foot project also featuring hotels, spas, and homes. Trump hasn’t announced who will design the course, but Tiger’s drawings must be laying about in the desert sand somewhere.

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May 13, 2013 | 07:55 AM

A Different Sort Of Buzz

“The Buzz” already has reported on the plans—and controversy—surrounding Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort, a multi-million-dollar construction planned for Northern Ireland. In case you forgot, Britain’s National Trust objected to the new resort, which is very close to Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage Site, on the island’s northeast coast. But having won approval a few months back, the project may be stung again. Literally. Seems the rare northern colletes bee has been found on the site, so now environmental groups want the land preserved as bee-only habitat. The reddish-golf-and-black colletes lives on carrot and parsley plants and it is thought perhaps half the world's population can be found in the United Kingdom. So this is a story that not only has legs, but has wings, as well.

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