Oct 29, 2014 | 05:04 pm

A Need For Speed

Eri Crum has no pace of play issues. At least he didn't last weekend when the Idaho resident shot a 76 in 46 minutes and 1 second to win the Speedgolf World Championship played at Bandon Dunes. He narrowly edged Rob Hogan who shot an 83 in 39 minutes and 57 seconds. “I’ve found you need to be more than just a golfer to win an event like this – you have to be an athlete,” said Crum, who parred 15 holes. “It’s a big deal to win a world championship, but to win the Speedgolf World Championship at a golf mecca like Bandon Dunes really means a lot.” In the event, conducted by Speedgolf™ International and played at Bandon Dunes for the past three years, participants carry up to seven clubs, hole out without removing the flagstick and spend little time looking for lost balls. The overall score combines strokes plus minutes required to finish the round. One of the group’s founders Christopher Smith, holds the competitive Speedgolf world record, shooting a 65 in 44 minutes and 6 seconds at Jackson Park Golf Course during the 2005 Chicago Speedgolf Classic. 

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Oct 28, 2014 | 08:48 am

Olympic Hurdle #237

The travails of the 2016 Olympics golf course continue. With the course nearing completion, a public prosecutor in Rio has charged that environmental rules were broken during construction and a wildlife corridor must now be created within the course to help preserve a local nature reserve. That would necessitate the immediate removal and relocation of the course's 12th, 14th, and 15th holes. A judge has given the city of Rio and a local developer five days to confirm whether they will make the changes to the course. If the answer is "no", it's possible that the Gil Hanse design will not be the venue for golf's return to the Olympics after an absence 112 years.

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Oct 27, 2014 | 09:45 am

The Best of 2014 in Golf Design

They may not be the glitziest of golf's annual honors, but they are surely among the most credible—the American Society of Golf Course Architects honorees for Design Excellence. Based on the vote of a panel of course managers, superintendents, builders, and owners, the awards recognize ""the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today's golf course designs, whether the project is a small bunker renovation or a full-scale 18-hole layout." The list for 2014 includes 12 projects—nine in the United States and three in Asia:

Bali National Resort, Bali, Indonesia/Neil Haworth
Carillon North, Grayslake, Illinois/Greg Martin
The Challenge Course Concept, Nipomo, California and Meridian, Idaho/Damian Pascuzzo
Dennis Golf Performance Center, Columbus, Ohio/Michael Hurdzan
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina/Scot Sherman
Mistwood Golf Club, Romeoville, Illinois/Ray Hearn
Oakland Hills Country Club (North Course), Bloomfield, Michigan/Shawn Smith
Peninsula State Park Short Course, Ephraim, Wisconsin/Bob Lohmann
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Appleton, Wisconsin/Todd Quitno
Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx, New York/John Sanford
Yinhong #6 Golf Club, Bejing City, China/Rick Robbins & Brian Lussier
Yishan Golf Club, Wuhan, China/Rick Robbins & Brian Lussier

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Oct 23, 2014 | 01:08 pm

Scottish Gimme

The Golf Club House, Elie is one of Scotland’s most unique courses. Not just because there is a submarine periscope to the right of the first tee (the starter uses it to see over the hill on the blind tee shot) but also because the 6,273-yard layout features criss-crossing holes and contoured greens. Like the one on the 440-yard ninth hole, where this golfer turned a 3-foot putt into a bit of an adventure. But then that’s the fun of playing a pure links course, especially one in the East Neuk of Fife, isn’t it?

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