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Highland Country Club Takes Centre Stage

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:34 Thursday, 17 September 2015 07:54

Highland Country ClubLONDON, Ontario (Robert Thompson/Golf Canada) — Highland Country Club isn’t your obvious venue to contest a modern championship among a group of golf’s rising stars.

Hidden off one of the main roads in the heart of London, Highland is an old school country club that this week plays host to the Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour Canada’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship, which will see the tour’s top 59 golfers compete for a spot on the Tour. The tour’s best players—JJ Spaun, Cheng Tsung Pan, and the likes of Canadian bomber Taylor Pendrith and breakthrough rookie Adam Svensson—will battle it out on a golf course that is nearing its century mark.



It’s a Sand Trap! Watch Out for Whistling’s Bunkers at PGA

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 02:12 Tuesday, 11 August 2015 02:01

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (Genaro Armas/AP) — Perhaps the shiftiest sand trap in recent major history is now covered up by a hospitality area.

The “Dustin Johnson bunker” will be a memory when the PGA Championship returns this week to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for the first time in five years.

But countless other sandy areas at the links-style course overlooking Lake Michigan remain hazards — or are they?



Whistling Straits Hole by Hole for PGA

Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2015 05:00 Monday, 10 August 2015 04:28

Whistling StraitsCanadian Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (AP) — A hole-by-hole look at Whistling Straits, site of the 97th PGA Championship to be played August 13-16:

No. 1, 408 Yards, Par 4 (Outward Bound)
A gentle start to the championship, with a slight dogleg to the left. Tee shots down the left side flirt with a series of bunkers and dunes, while the right side creates a longer approach from the rough. Deep bunkers protect the green left and long.

No. 2, 593 Yards, Par 5 (Cross Country)
Tee shot should be down the left side to avoid a blind second shot. To reach the green in two, players will have to clear a deep pot bunker 35 yards short of the green. A layup still requires a wedge to a slightly uphill, narrow green guarded by deep bunkers to the left and a large swale to the right.



Richmond Country Club’s Renovations Key to Its Future Success

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 01:49 Thursday, 06 August 2015 01:38

Richmond Country ClubAlfie Lau/iG

Imagine this scene: Kids running from playing tennis to the pool while their parents finish their round of golf before the entire family eats dinner on an outdoor patio.

No, that’s not a typical summer vacation, that’s what happens every day at the Richmond Country Club as it continually re-invents and transforms itself into one of the most inclusive golf and athletic clubs in the Lower Mainland.

No longer can clubs be the exclusive enclave of only the rich and famous, and at Richmond CC, the proof is in the $5.5 million in recent renovations to make its facilities even more family friendly.



Golf Canada & PGA of Canada Publish Golf Facilities in Canada 2015 Report

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 July 2015 07:34 Sunday, 12 July 2015 07:29

CN Future Links BromontOAKVILLE, Ontario (Dan Pino/Golf Canada) — Golf Canada, in partnership with the PGA of Canada, has released Golf Facilities in Canada 2015—the definitive report on golf facilities and development in Canada.

Golf Facilities in Canada 2015 is the result of a collaborative effort between Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and the National Golf Foundation (NGF), a golf industry knowledge research firm which delivers independent and objective market intelligence, insights and trends.

The report identifies all existing public and private facilities in the country; and defines supply by province, type and number of holes. The report also includes information on facility openings and closings, as well as the number and type of facilities currently in development.



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