Aug 04, 2015 | 08:43 am

Major Contributions

The 27 Club is a 27-hole layout with each hole designed by a different major championship winner. Architects Tom McBroom and Beau Welling co-honchoed the project, consulting with each of the pros—sending plans, discussing ideas over the phone, then making changes based on their feedback. The course is the latest addition to the portfolio of Pacific Links International, a club which offers access to more than 100 high-profile courses in a dozen countries.  Their hope with 27 Club is to create “a six star international golf resort and high-end residential community.” The 27 “co-designers” were Angel Cabrera, Annika Sorenstam, Ben Curtis, Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange, David Duval, Fred Couples, Scott Simpson, Johnny Miller, Steve Jones, Tom Lehman, Todd Hamilton, Ian Baker-Finch, Jeff Sluman, John Daly, Larry Mize, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Y.E. Yang, Vijay Singh, Tom Weiskopf, and Tom Watson. 

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Aug 03, 2015 | 10:06 am

Best Laid Plans

If you’re making plans for next year and need to work around key golf events, get out your calendar and a pencil with an eraser. Seems there have been some changes. Since 2016 is the year of both the Ryder Cup and the Olympics—where golf will be played for the first time since 1904—the rest of the PGA Tour schedule had to bend a bit. Here’s when, and where, you’ll find the key events:

Masters, April 7-10 (Augusta National)

The Players Championship, May 12-15 (TPC Sawgrass)

U.S. Open, June 16-19 (Oakmont)

Open Championship, July 14-17 (Royal Troon)

PGA Championship, July 28-31 (Baltusrol)

Olympics, August 11-14 (Rio de Janeiro)

Tour Championship, September 22-25 (East Lake)

Ryder Cup, September 30-October 2 (Hazeltine National)

The PGA Championship to July is the most notable shift, thanks to the Olympics. Other events affected are the Travelers (now August 4-7) and John Deere (August 11-14, same as the Olympics). Also, the Quicken Loans National will be June 23-26 and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is June 30-July 3. A few other moves. The World Golf Championships Match Play, now sponsored by Dell, moves from May to March 21-27 in Austin, Texas, and the McGladrey Classic moves to November 19-22, 2015. FYI, some of these changes will change again in 2017.

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Jul 31, 2015 | 11:11 am

Thanks, Zach

Zach Johnson’s victory at the Open Championship was good news not only for those smart enough to bet on him, but for anyone who wants to enjoy the golf and good life at the Inn at Sea Island on St. Simons Island, Georgia. What’s the connection? Johnson—along with Davis Love III, Matt Kuchar, Harris English, and Brian Harman—live and train at Sea Island, and play on its three courses, including Seaside, home of the Tour’s McGladrey Classic. In honor of this fivesome, the Inn is offering a special preferred rate of 15% off when any one of them finishes in the top 10 of a PGA Tour event for the rest of the season. You have to be quick: The “Top 10 Rate” is available only for 48 hours after the tournament ends and you have to ask for it when making a reservation. But how nice to be able to share in their success.

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Jul 30, 2015 | 12:35 pm

Smash Factor

Perhaps Golf Channel should start a show called "Funniest Golf Videos" because this one would surely qualify. It's a high-handicapper's first shot with his new $400 GoPro camera. It's also his last. You have to be really good or really bad to pull off a shot like this. Given that he shot 90 that day, you be the judge. The upshot? GoPro noticed the video (it's already garnered more than 155,000 views on YouTube) and is sending him their newest model. "Hey Corey! Rad shot, bummer about your GoPro though. We're going to hook you up with a new HERO4 Session! You'll love it, it's a much smaller target." Warning: explicit language at the end!

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