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Dec 09, 2016 | 09:43 am

More News on the Pinehurst No. 4 Renovation

Gil Hanse and Pinhurst President Tom Pashley appeared on Golf Channel earlier this week to discuss the upcoming renovation of Pinehurst No. 4. The course, originally laid out by Donald Ross, has been renovated in the past by Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones, and Tom Fazio. While the original footprint of the course has been lost, Hanse said, "Looking at the Ross designs, his plans, were there elements of that that we could bring back into it that will make the course truly feel a lot more like Ross? So, some cross-hazards, some more diagonal bunkering, looking at the green complexes and getting them to sit softly into the landscape, maybe some slight elevation changes as he did on No. 2.” The team will reintroduce native areas, widen fairways, and change the greens from bentgrass that struggles in the heat to bermuda that suits that area well. The redesign will begin in fall 2017 and is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.

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Dec 09, 2016 | 08:51 am

Best Cold-Weather Golf Gear

One of the great things about golf is that you can play pretty much year round if there’s no snow on the ground and you’re willing to brave the elements. Actually, with all the great cold-weather garments and products on the market, you really don’t need to be that brave nowadays. Here’s a rundown of the products to pick up to keep playing all winter long.

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FootJoy
Most golfers know that layers are the best way to keep warm yet unrestricted these days, which FootJoy really has perfected. Start with the Seamless Thermal Base Layer ($80) with an anti-microbial finish, followed by the Mixed Texture Sport Half-Zip Pullover ($95), and the Thermal Fleece Jacket ($160), which allows for excellent warmth and freedom of movement during the swing. Throw in a pair of WinterSof Gloves ($22) and Winter Beanie ($18) to complete the look.

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Under Armour
With Jordan Spieth leading the way, Under Armour has made quite a statement with its clean-looking styles for nice weather, but the company offers a number of attractive and functional outerwear pieces for cold weather, too. Top pieces include the Storm ColdGear Infrared Insulated Jacket ($160), which has a “thermo-conductive” inner coating to absorb and retain body heat, and the windproof Tips Golf Swacket ($150).

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Buggies Unlimited Cart Heater and Enclosure Combo
Although it’s probably better to walk in the cold weather, if you have to take a cart, you’ll want to turn it into a heated shelter on wheels with a universal vinyl cover and propane cup-holder warmer. $119

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HHHotHands Hand and Toe Warmers
It’s difficult to play with cold hands, or cold toes for that matter, so be sure to pack some heat when you head to the course. The air-activated warmers from HotHands are made of natural materials that get hot due to a fast oxidation process, reach more than 100 degrees, and last for hours. $3 and up. 

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KentKentwool Socks
Speaking of warm feet, it starts with a good pair of socks like Kentwool’s Game Day Collection Men’s Tour model, which are made of 58 percent Merino wool and can pay tribute to your favorite college team. $25 a pair.

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GGGalvin Green
The products from this Swedish company—GORE-TEX’s No. 1 partner—are very popular across the pond in combatting the elements, and they’re starting to gain a following here. The Swedes know something about playing in cold weather, so you can’t go wrong with the Windstopper Jacket ($275) and Pants ($320), as well as their Insula Hat ($45), to keep those biting winds from going right through you.

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Nuun
You might not think you can get dehydrated in cold weather, but you can, especially because you don’t feel as thirsty. Problem is, if you wait till you’re thirsty, it’s too late. Forgo the sugary sports drink for water with a Nuun all-day tablet, which has zero sugar, is under eight calories, and has a balanced blend of 17 vitamins and minerals. Four flavors, $7.50 for 15 tablets.

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Sun Mountain
As a company that’s based in Montana and specializes in golf outerwear, Sun Mountain knows a thing or two about keeping golfers warm. The new Heathered Fleece Jacket ($100) or the Thermalfex Pullover ($90), both of which have a four-way stretch, make for great layers under the new Elite Jacket ($300), which is waterproof and designed to maintain an ideal core temperature. The Cart Mitt comes with zipper pockets for hand-warmer packets and a Velcro strip so they stay attached to your Sun Mountain cart handle.

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What are your tips for surviving on the course in the winter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dec 08, 2016 | 06:37 am

Tiger Tames The Tube

While we can only assume that Tiger Woods was happy with his performance last weekend at the Hero World Challenge—in a limited-field event with 18 players he finished 15th—we know that the people who put golf on television are thrilled about Tiger’s return and the likelihood that he’ll play 15 to 20 events in 2017. How do we know? Look at the numbers for the Hero event over four days:

Thursday (Golf Channel)

  • Round 1 coverage delivered a .86 coverage rating / 782,000 viewers: +190% year over year and +74% over 2014, the last time Tiger Woods was in the field at this event.
  • Most-watched Thursday Round 1 since The Open Round 1 in July.
  • Most-watched Round 1 at this event on Golf Channel (2007-16).
  • Excluding Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups, most-watched fourth-quarter Round 1 in Golf Channel history (2006-16).

Friday (Golf Channel)

  • Round 2 coverage delivered a .83 coverage rating / 768,000 viewers: +135% year over year and +50% over 2014.
  • Most-watched Friday Round 2 since The Open Round 2 in July.

Saturday (NBC)

  • Saturday’s live coverage on NBC delivered a 1.38 US HH rating / 2,049,000 viewers, +115% year over year and +86% from 2014. Most-watched PGA TOUR Round 3 since the Memorial Round 3 in June, excluding the Majors and Ryder Cup.

Sunday (NBC)

  • Sunday’s live coverage on NBC delivered a .96 US HH rating / 1,397,000 viewers, +67% year over year and +35% from 2014.

More proof, if you needed it, that Tiger moves the golf needle, certainly on TV.

So tell us: Does Tiger’s being in a tournament make it more or less likely that you’ll tune in?

 

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Dec 07, 2016 | 09:11 am

Cage Diving

In the business world, a shark is a tough, self-made mutli-millionaire or billionaire. In the golf world, The Shark is Greg Norman, a tough, self-made multi-millionaire. Shark Tank on ABC aligns the former with people from all walks of life to help them start a business and live the American Dream. Put all of them together and you get "Greg Noman's Shark Tank," a partnership with the University of Miami in Florida to draw applicants from around the world to submit business ideas. Norman and his team of investors are on a nationwide search to discover the next successful entrepreneurs, inventors, creators, and innovators in sport. So if you have a fantastic idea for a start-up or are already operating a business in the space and are looking to expand, apply now to have the opportunity to present to Norman and his panel at the University of Miami Sport Industry Conference next March for a chance to receive financial backing. The panel will select four finalists to conduct a five-minute pitch followed by a 25-minute Q&A with Norman and the panel. Deadline is January 20.

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