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Bluejack National Development Progressing Nicely

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:15 Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:08

altMONTGOMERY, Texas — The development of Bluejack National Golf Club near Houston is really progressing nicely.

After a few wet weeks earlier in March, hole Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 are now fully sodded and look absolutely spectacular. In just six weeks, the team at Bluejack has placed nearly 30 acres of beautiful green Zoysia grass on the course.

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Stacy Lewis Offers Sound Advice to Golf Parents

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 05:53 Friday, 20 March 2015 05:46

Stacy LewisCanadian Press

PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Stacy Lewis had some sound advice for parents at the JTBC Founders Cup during a press conference with LPGA-USGA Girls Golf players.

“I always tell parents, ‘It’s the kids playing. It’s not the parents playing,’” said the third-ranked Lewis, the 2013 tournament champion. “That’s, I think, what kind of some of the big problems are is that they don’t let the kids play. My dad, he sent me off to get lessons with somebody else. There needs to be a line between a golf instructor versus your parent.

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Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort to Undergo Restoration

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 02:03 Friday, 13 March 2015 01:53

altPALM HARBOR, Florida — Salamander Hotels & Resorts announced comprehensive enhancements to its famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort that will honor the guiding principles of legendary Course Architect Larry Packard.

The six-month restorative work will take place from May through October this year and includes replacing all fairways and rough, rebuilding each green, and reshaping bunkers to stay true to Packard’s masterful design.  

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The R&A Publishes Report on Golf Facilities Around the World

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:59 Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:42

altThe R&A has published a new report detailing the precise number of golf facilities around the world for the first time.

The unprecedented report has been produced by the National Golf Foundation (NGF), a golf market research organisation based in the USA, and sets out the extent of golf’s development worldwide.

The report reveals that, by the end of 2014, there were 34,011 golf facilities in 206 countries around the world. It shows that 79% of these facilities are located in ten countries: the USA, Japan, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, France, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden.

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Rebate Program Helps Subsidize Southern Calif. Turf-Removal Effort

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:36 Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:31

North Ranch Country ClubCALIFORNIA (David Shefter/USGA) — Southern California is well known for its trend-setting nature, especially in the film and fashion industries. But one discouraging regional trend is causing a small segment of the population to lose sleep: drought.

The Golden State is facing a water deficit of 11 trillion gallons, according to former USGA Green Section agronomist Mike Huck, principal at Irrigation & Turfgrass Services, in Mission Viejo, Calif., for the past 13 years.

“We’re hurting,” said Pat Gross, director of the West Region for the Green Section, who is based in Fullerton, Calif. “This is our rainy season and we’ve only gotten a few sprinkles.”

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