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Paralympic Golf Handicapped By Lack Of Recognition

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 22:59 Monday, 21 November 2016 12:00

by Jim Claggett
 
altFans of athletics were treated to several weeks of great performances from athletes around the world as the Olympics and Paralympics took over the airwaves from Rio this past summer.
 
No matter what games you were watching you saw outstanding efforts from athletes in swimming, track and field, archery, cycling, volleyball, basketball and golf. Oh, wait a minute. There wasn’t any golf played in the Paralympic games. A huge oversight.

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Remembering Dr. Richard Stroud, A Course Rating Pioneer

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 November 2016 18:24 Thursday, 10 November 2016 18:12

Dr. Richard StroudFAR HILLS, New Jersey (USGA) — The game of golf lost one of its most influential and accomplished volunteers on November 5, when Dr. Richard Stroud died at his home in Eagle, Idaho, at the age of 80. Stroud served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1977 to 1979, but his true legacy is in the area of handicapping and course rating.

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From The Fairway: A Guide To Gary Player CC & Sun City

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:56 Tuesday, 08 November 2016 18:48

Gary Player Country ClubHome to two world class golf courses, four fine hotels including the famous Palace of the Lost City, casinos, a waterpark, a safari park and some fantastic restaurants, it is easy to understand why Sun City and Gary Player Country Club is one of the most popular stops on the European Tour.

With this edition of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player taking the form of a Final Series event for the first time, the facilities and golf course will be in even better shape, so we decided to give you a guide to this wonderful venue and resort.

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Bluejack National Named Best New Private Golf Course

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:10 Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:04

Bluejack NationalSports Illustrated/Golf Magazine has named Bluejack National, located north of Houston, as the “best new private golf course” of 2016.

Bluejack National, home to the only Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the United States, was praised by the publication for the “fun, option-filled track that emphasizes width, angles, contours and recoverability, all in a handsome, oak-dotted, rolling canvas.”

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From The Fairway: Olympic Effort By Volunteer Greenkeepers In Rio

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 August 2016 21:42 Sunday, 21 August 2016 21:25

altRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — R&A Scholar Damien Coleman has been working as a greenkeeper at The Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro during golf’s historic return to the games.

Damien, who studied at Myerscough College, works at Galway Bay Golf Club, and is the Vice President of Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland.

Here he gives an insight into preparing the Gil Hanse designed course at the Reserva de Marapendi – and the experience of a lifetime working at The Olympics.

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