Feb 09, 2015 | 06:49 am

Wild For Wickenburg

A new golf course opened this past weekend in Arizona. Actually, Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club, about 65 miles northwest of Phoenix, was ready to play in 2007, but the developer chose to ride out the economic troubles until the time was right. Which is now. A small crew kept the course—designed by Wendell Pickett, a landscape designer, and Bill Brownlee, the developer—in shape over the last eight years, when only family and friends got to play it. The course features canyons, arroyos, and views of nearby Prescott National Forest, and because Wickenburg sits at a higher elevation than Phoenix (meaning more mild summers), the greens are bentgrass, which will be a pleasant surprise for locals. As will the greens fees of this private club that will welcome daily-fee guests for its first few seasons: Arizona residents will pay $85 a round, out-of-staters $95, and for the foreseeable future each guest will receive a custom polo shirt and pullover from apparel company Travis Mathew, valued at nearly $170. The club is the centerpiece of a master-planned resort community called Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch. For more details, check out the website.

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Feb 06, 2015 | 11:04 am

Water Watch

We’ve heard a lot the last few years about water problems—drought, waste, pollution—in the U.S. But other places are having water issues, as well. In Scotland, two of the country’s most recognizable industries, golf and whisky, have run afoul of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for using more water than they were allotted. “SEPA has criticized more than 200 operators for failing to say how much water they used,” reported the Herald of Scotland. “They include more farmers, golf courses and distilleries as well as… the US property tycoon Donald Trump.” Eight distilleries and three golf courses were among 39 sites rated as “poor” by SEPA in 2013, which assesses environmental performance in, among other things, cleaning water sites, protecting wildlife, and limiting pollution. The three courses were Carnoustie (shown above), Moray Golf Club, and Roxburghe Golf Course. “The performance of a further 12 courses—including Trump’s…in Aberdeenshire and some in St. Andrews—were said by SEPA to be unsatisfactory because they failed to provide information on their water usage.”

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Feb 05, 2015 | 10:36 am

Rub of the (Richard) Green

As any golfer knows, the game involves both good luck and bad luck, the proverbial "rub of the green." In this case, you might call it "rub of the Richard Green," as the Australian pro made a hole-in-one after a green-side bunker spit his ball out right into the hole. The albatross came on the 391-yard 15th durnig the Victoria Open pro-am at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links near Melbourne. It was Green's first albatross and he didn't even see it because he turned away since he was sure the ball was headed for the bunker. Almost as amazing is to see a pro using a pull cart insead of caddie.

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Feb 04, 2015 | 11:03 am

Rookie of the Year

We know there is all kinds of news in the world of golf today, what with Rory McIlroy paying more than $20 million to settle his lawsuit with his former agency and caddies suing the PGA Tour for $50 million for logo compensation, but stop the presses! A rookie model in Sports Illustrated's upcoming swimsuit issue played golf at Georgetown in 2008! Okay, so Kelly Rohrbach didn't exactly stirke fear into her opponents, posting a stroke average of 86 and finishing T71 in her only tournament, but the 25 year old from Greenwich, Conn., sure knows how to strike a pose as you can see in her Twitter and Instagram pages.

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