Category: Golf Articles

Golfer – Spare That Tree!

A golfer hits his second shot from a dense grove of trees far to the left of the fairway. The shot strikes one of the large trees, bounces back and kills him on the spot. At the Pearly Gates, God notices at once that the fellow is a golfer, and asks, “Are you any good?” …

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Pebble Beach: Golf’s Own Sea Monster

Even for the uninitiated, the courses at Pebble Beach jump off the TV screen in a different way. Everybody notices, despite the wide variety of challenging, distinctive courses around the world. Important tournaments, such as the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and Bing Crosby’s tournament have been played on this course since 1919, and every great …

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Purdue Women’s Golf: Where Do They Find Them?

There’s a new kid on the European Ladies Tour and the LPGA, and her name is the Purdue University Women’s Golf Team. The 2010 National Champion Purdue Women’s Golf Team that edged out USC, and almost repeated in 2011, leading UCLA at the turn, has become an enduring presence in college golf, and the program’s …

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Sandra Gal: Define “Hot.”

It seems as though every sport, profession and association has taken on a preoccupation with which of their members is the “hottest.” What used to be left to calendar companies, beauty pageants and all things Hollywood has spread to every corner of modern life. Soon, sites will be launched announcing the National Association of Quilters …

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Extreme Golf

Go ahead and tell us that as golfers, we aren’t really athletes. Go on depicting us as bland, fair-weather, high-life sports people. Draw all the distinctions you want between the well-mannered men and women of the club-house and cage fighters, extreme skiers and sumo wrestlers. We don’t mind. We know the truth. We know that …

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Abu Dhabi: Tiger at the HSBC

Get an eyeful of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, and you’ll see one of the new international faces of the golf world. Where Augusta was carved from the Azaleas and Pebble Beach from the sea, this showpiece of golf luxury was fashioned out of the desert. Designed by Peter Harradine, and opening in 2000, the …

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Bobby Locke: South African Golf

As golf buffs, we can name a few high profile players from South Africa…Retief Goosen, Bobby Cole, Ernie Els, Fulton Allem, etc.  These and several others have an ongoing presence on the world stage of golf, but what else do they share in terms of lineage? Who was their inspiration? In large part, it was …

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Dubious Golf Honors: What’s Really Going On?

It’s a very nice game, played by very nice people, shooting very nice scores at the worst – right? Wrong. Just guess at how much expensive hardware lies at creek and pond bottoms (Charley Hoffman’s putter-what did he use the rest of the round?). What are they really saying after a bad shot as the …

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Erik Compton: Science on Tour

Growing up in a world of burgeoning science, those of my parents’ generation were in awe as the first kidney transplant was performed in 1953. I remember my childhood introduction to the polio vaccine, our first answer to a disease that was at one time thought invincible. We were and continue to be duly impressed …

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Golf Writers and Commentators: Heady Stuff

All smugness aside, golf writers and broadcasters often speak with a tiny edge of “know-it-allism,” and they’re usually not entirely out of bounds in doing it. After all, it isn’t the writers, but the game that just insists on that little twist of pomp, especially when the subject gets anywhere near the British Isles. Some …

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