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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.”



From the Fairway: Lower Your Scores, Learn Golf’s Rules

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:44 Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:38

altAdam Helmer/Director of Rules and Competitions for Golf Canada

The game of golf extends well beyond your performance on the course. There’s no doubting length off the tee and the ability to read a green’s break are integral aspects of the game. However, what many golfers don’t realize is that knowledge of the sport’s rules can be just as crucial. Understanding golf’s rules and their proper applications can not only help to speed up play, but also assist in lowering your score and overall enjoyment of the game.



Respected Golf Teacher Ben Doyle Passes Away

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:37 Sunday, 08 February 2015 13:31

by Alfie Lau


Ben Doyle was a charter member of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers list and also made Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors list. 
While golf aficionados shed a tear upon learning of his death, at age 82, on Dec. 15, 2014 in San Francisco, those same golf fans celebrated his unorthodox teaching methods, which included Doyle being the first teacher of Homer Kelley’s revolutionary golf instruction book, ‘The Golfing Machine’.



ParaLong Drivers Are Stand Up And Play Athletes

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 01:11 Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:34

by Jim Claggett


Getting the ball to go forward off the tee is something most golfers can accomplish on a regular basis.
Getting it to go forward as well as long is a different matter and we marvel at those who can bomb it off the tee.
Back in October I had the opportunity to witness a group of men and women who could hit it straight for the most part but the length of their tee shots was something to behold.
Some drives crept past the 200 yard mark while more than a few topped 300 yards.
Did I mention these competitors were missing an arm, a leg, both legs or maybe their vision?



TPC Scottsdale Changes Add Challenge, Charm

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:45 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:28

TPC ScottsdaleSCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Rob Bolton/PGATOUR.COM) — Three days after Tom Weiskopf celebrated his 72nd birthday in November, he was in Arizona for another party — the grand reopening of the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Well, given the reputation of the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the loudest and most-attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, media day felt more like a pre-gamer.

I was there. The media was invited to play a round and kick the tires of the newly renovated par 71, but I sat that out. (If you were ever punished to watch me play, you’d understand.) Instead, I rode shotgun with the co-designer himself. For four holes or about an hour, anyway. And it was a sweet consolation.



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