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New U.S. Recreational Golf Association (USRGA) Rules Will Help Grow the Game of Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:33 Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:30

altCARLSBAD, California — The USRGA Rules were created with input from a broad spectrum of recreational golfers, members of the golf media, golf tournament directors, members of the Linked Golfers group and golf industry insiders. The primary objective of recreational golf is to have fun, and the USRGA Rules fully support that objective. Now that the USRGA Rules exist, there is no longer a need for the USGA to bifurcate their rules.

The USRGA and USGA serve two entirely different groups of golfers, both with completely different primary objectives for playing golf. The recreational golfers want to have fun; the serious competitive golfers are keenly focused on winning. These two golf groups have always co-existed and now the USRGA will specifically support and provide a voice for recreational golfers.



From the Fairway: Kapalua’s 13th Hole ‘The Longest 400 Yards in Golf”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:05 Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:01

altKAPALUA, Hawaii (Jeff Shain/PGATOUR.COM) — It’s been called the longest 400 yards in golf.

The 13th hole at Kapalua’s Plantation Course slopes down into a gully about 130 yards from the green, leaving golfers to face what could be a sharply uphill second shot – typically into the prevailing wind.

“Usually the trade wind’s right in your face,” said Scott Carroll, head professional at the Plantation layout. “That 407 yards plays quite a bit longer when the wind’s beating straight into you.”



From the Fairway: The Shots That Defined the Majors

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 02:28 Wednesday, 31 December 2014 02:23

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

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One putt gave Bubba Watson a rare sense of calm. One swing reminded Martin Kaymer he finally had all the shots. One pitch proved to Rory McIlroy he could master links golf.

These were not the defining shots from the majors this year.

But they meant something special to the winners, and they were tied to lessons from the past.



From the Fairway: Tree Falls on Pebble Beach’s 18th Hole

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 December 2014 06:38 Sunday, 14 December 2014 06:31

Pebble Beach TreeThe severe storm battering Northern California had an impact on one of the nation’s iconic courses.

One of the two cypress trees that stand in the landing area of Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway was felled by the storm. It will not be replaced until after the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, RJ Harper, executive vice president golf and retail for the Pebble Beach Company, told The TOUR plays at Pebble Beach on February 12-15, 2015.



From the Fairway: Golf’s Unsung Heroes

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 19:55 Monday, 08 December 2014 19:48

altRick Young (@RickSCOREGolf)

Friends, join me. Rise as one and raise your glass to the dedicated stewards entrusted with the living, breathing land canvases we draw (and fade) on every day. To greens superintendents right across Canada I'd like to propose this toast.

Here's to these consummate professionals' expertise, their resourcefulness, vision and, most importantly, here's to the inherent ability they have for striking balance.



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