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TPC Dorado Beach Opens This Month

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:21 Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:13

TPC Dorado BeachPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (PGA TOUR) — The PGA TOUR’s TPC Network announced the continued expansion of its international portfolio with the launching of TPC Dorado Beach, located at Dorado Beach Resort, a luxury integrated beachfront resort and residential community in Puerto Rico. Debuting in April 2015 under the TPC banner, TPC Dorado Beach will eventually be home to three world-class Caribbean golf courses: the East Course, West Course and Sugarcane Course.

The property’s recently updated East Course will play host to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's 2015 Tour Championship on December 3-6, where five players will be awarded Web.com Tour status for 2016.

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From the Fairway: Piece of Eisenhower Tree Heading to Presidential Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:42 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:39

Eisenhower TreeCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Men in green Masters jackets gave a warm round of applause to a large wood chip.

It wasn’t just a scrap from any old tree. To be exact, it was a 6-inch-thick, 4 1/2-foot-in-diameter cross-section of timber cut from the Eisenhower Tree, a soaring loblolly pine that stood like a sentinel guarding the left side of the 17th fairway at Augusta National for some 80 years.

Tributes rolled in when the tree was felled by an ice storm in February 2014, in no small part because of its connection to former president and Augusta member Dwight Eisenhower. Masters officials eulogized the tree at the start of last year’s tournament as if it was a deceased family member.

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From the Fairway: Unique Sand Lines Augusta’s Bunkers

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 23:50 Monday, 06 April 2015 23:43

Adam ScottAUGUSTA, Georgia (Tom Spousta/Augusta National) — There are 44 bunkers at Augusta National, each majestic and hazardous in its own right. The glistening sands look impossibly white, radiating in such a way that only nature could produce something so pristine.

Which is exactly what happened.

It’s called “Spruce Pine sand,” named for the mining district in Western North Carolina in which it’s found. It’s actually quartz, and it’s so pure that it prevents golf balls from burrowing into devious lies and has played a major role in computer technology.

The sand has filled these bunkers for the past 40 Masters, ever since Augusta National co-Founder Clifford Roberts was moved by its texture and how it contrasted beautifully with the emerald fairways and shimmering ponds of Augusta National.

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From the Fairway: Masters, Hole by Hole

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 08:46 Monday, 06 April 2015 08:31

Augusta National 13th HoleCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 79th Masters to be played April 9-12, with famous shots played at each one, the average score and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:

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Coore/Crenshaw to Design New Course at Big Cedar Lodge

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:57 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:49

Big Cedar LodgeRIDGEDALE, Missouri (Vartan Kupelian/PGATOUR.COM) — There is a little bit of Augusta National Golf Club in everything Ben Crenshaw does.

That’s inevitable because what Crenshaw has seen and experienced at Augusta National over nearly a half-century is imbedded in his soul. An extension of that is the design philosophy he shares with partner Bill Coore.

Crenshaw, the two-time Masters champion who next week will bid farewell to his competitive days at Augusta National, and Coore have sculpted some of the most admired golf courses of recent vintage.

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