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Nov 04, 2014 | 08:51 AM

Beat This, Big Hitters

Forget the National Long Drive Championship, there’s no contest when it comes to the world’s longest driver. It’s 20 feet, six inches, and it belongs to Michael Furrh, a club pro from Arlington, Texas, who used it on Monday to hit a teeshot that sailed, uh, 63 yards. Two years ago, Furrh set the record with a 14-foot club and this time he took it a few inches Furrhther. Ah the lengths some people will go to get themselves into the Guinness Book of Records (or onto YouTube.)

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Nov 03, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Bests Of 2014

The end of the year is in sight, which means it’s “awards season,” and we can expect numerous “best of” and other superlative lists to soon follow. For example, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) just announced their golf resorts of the year, which are:

  • Europe: PGA Catalunya, Spain
  • North America: Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Rest of World: Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Among its other award winners, the golf destinations of the year are:

  • North America: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Asia/Australia: Sanya, China
  • Africa, Indian Ocean, Gulf States: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Latin America, Caribbean: Cancun-Riviera Maya, Mexico
  • Europe: Dublin East Coast Alliance, Ireland
  • Undiscovered Destination: Slovenia

Furthermore, our friends at Golf Digest have named their best new courses of 2014. Taking public course honors is Gamble Sands in central Washington (shown above), which we profiled in the latest issue of LINKS Magazine. We also already covered their two top private courses, The Cliffs at Mountain Park in South Carolina and the Red Course at Dismal River Club in Nebraska. Semi-private honors went to Esplanade G&CC in Florida, and other notables include Potomac Shores GC in Virginia, The Fall GC in Iowa, and The Canyons in Utah.

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Oct 31, 2014 | 03:55 PM

Friday Funnies

All of a sudden there's a rash of videos of golfers making the game harder than it has to be, and thank god for that. Last week, we showed you a Scot who turned a four-footer into a 70-footer and still made it. This week we give you an Australian who practices putting with two balls and turns a six-footer into a 50-footer. Enjoy.

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Oct 30, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Monty’s Take

Colin Montgomerie has been part of eight winning Ryder Cup teams and is third all-time for most points won during the matches. Perhaps someone on this side of the pond should listen to his analysis of this year’s Ryder Cup and the issues facing the next U.S. team. “There were four singles matches on Sunday that were key," he said this week at Desert Mountain in Arizona, venue of this week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. "Mahan was 4 up, Speith was 3 up, Furyk was 1 up with 3 to go and Simpson was 1 up with 1 to go. You don’t need a task force to say that if those four games go America’s way, which they should have, then you win. Task force? C’mon. What that is doing is putting even more pressure on the next team to perform at Hazeltine (in 2016). If I was the U.S. Captain, I would have been in the buggy putting a tick in my column about those first two matches. Then I would have gone to look at those 1-up situations and made sure they brought it home. The final was 16.5 to 11.5 for Europe. Well, you take those four points and you win handsomely. And now there’s a task force? And people are sitting at a press conference complaining about each other? No. You don’t need a task force. You just have to actually finish off the games you started.”

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