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November 4, 2016 - 10:14am
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T.J. Auclair
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For many, fall is the best season of all to enjoy a day out on the golf course. Nothing beats the scenery this time of year.

Fall golf is a double-edged sword, especially for those of us who live in areas that experience all four seasons.

On the one hand, it's bar none the most beautiful, most scenic time of the year to hit the links. On the other hand, it means that golf season will be ending... quickly.

As the temperatures drop and the colors of the leaves change, here are some of the things I love most about golf during the fall season.

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The weather. It might be a little crisp at times, but isn't it a nice change of pace from those brutally hot summer days on the course? Isn't it also nice to not have your clothes sticking to you because of sweat while you try to take a swing? Everything about the fall is just a little more comfortable than the rest of the year.

Usually, it's less expensive. Yeah, that might mean having to deal with the necessary evil that is aerated greens, but the fall season typically offers some great deals at courses you may other wise skip over because of the cost of a round. Is there a course on your list that you usually believe to be out of your price range? Do yourself a favor and check out their fall rates.

Lowered expectations. That one might seem silly, but it could also be the key to help you post some great late-season goals. Playing late in the season, sometimes, is a bonus and you can appreciate the fact that you're out there more because the days are so much shorter. With leaves falling and maybe not the best of greens, you're probably not teeing it up with the thought that you're going to shoot lights out. That helps keep your mind off the score and frees you up to focus on the shot at hand.

The post-round drink. This is great any season, no doubt, but after a round in the fall -- instead of a beer or other libation -- it could be a nice, warm Irish coffee or a hot chocolate.

The course is usually firmer. As the temperatures go down (and if you haven't had much rain), the ground typically firms up. Catch a good drive in the right conditions and there's a chance you're going to see a lot more roll out in the fairways than you're used too... keep that in mind too for your approach shots. You might want to club down a touch hitting into the firmer greens.

The courses are less crowded. Pace of play is so much better in the fall since their just aren't as many players out there. If you're usually a cart golfer, this is a great time to walk instead. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it keeps the blood flowing and keeps you warm for that next shot. Also, when you're not having to focus on driving a cart, you can spend more time taking in your surroundings... which brings us to what we love most...

The surroundings. Trees with leaves covering all the hues of greens, yellows, reds and oranges. It's like playing golf in a painting, isn't it? 

November 4, 2016 - 7:29am
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Smylie Kaufman
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There's nothing like a good prank. In Las Vegas this week where he's defending his first PGA Tour win, Smylie Kaufman was the victim of the old rubber-snake gag.

There are many people who love snakes.

I, for one, am not one of those people. And, as we recently learned, neither is PGA Tour winner Smylie Kaufman.

The 24-year-old Kaufman is in Las Vegas this week to defend his title in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. During Wednesday's pro-am, his caddie decided to give Kaufman's amateur partners a good chuckle while nearly giving his boss a heart attack.

As you'll see in the video below, Kaufman casually picks his tee out of the teeing ground after a drive and walks over to his bag to put his club away. Just as he's about to do so, he notices a snake:

 

Fun Pro-am @shrinersopen with @jjd7007 and Mike Meldman until they planted a fake snake on my bag...#casamigoscrew

A video posted by Smylie Kaufman (@smyliekaufman10) on

Overall, pretty brave reaction. I would have fallen down.

In this Instagram video from Ben Crane showing a different angle, you can see the caddie setting up the prank:

Fantastic. And a warning to my future playing partners: NEVER DO THIS TO ME.

As for the most famous rubber-snake golf gag of all time? That still belongs to Lee Trevino, who tossed a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus on the first tee of an 18-hole playoff in the 1971 U.S. Open to lighten the tension:

November 3, 2016 - 12:00pm
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If you thought a trip to play mini golf was just for the kids or something to do on date night, think again. It's actually a serious competitive sport for some.

A windmill. A clown's mouth.

Those are just two things that might immediately jump to mind when you think "mini golf."

For a small contigent, mini golf isn't just something to do on date-night, or something to do with the kids on the weekend... instead, it's a legit competitive sport.

Check out this video posted to YouTube by Great Big Story on Oct. 19. It tells the story of what it's like for the players in the cutthroat world of mini-golf, focusing on the Masters National Pro Mini Golf Championship, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the winner gets -- maybe you guessed it -- a coveted green jacket (the Members-Only variety):

 

 

Did you hear the guy who said players can be out on a mini-golf course, mapping it out for 10 hours per day for several days leading up the tournament?

And you thought PGA Tour practice rounds were slow!

The video is a fascinating look into a world of mini-golf you probably never knew existed. 

November 3, 2016 - 11:04am
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Adam Scott, Rafa Cabrera-Bello
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Every place you go has a local delicacy. Wherever Adam Scott and Rafa Cabrera-Bello are munching on these fat, white bugs certainly isn't a delicacy I'll ever have interest in trying.

While you were probably sleeping (it's OK. Game 7 went really late), former Masters champion Adam Scott and 2016 European Ryder Cupper Rafa Cabrera-Bello were dining on live, white bugs...

... So here's the video for your nightmares later tonight:

 

 

When you need some protein you just need it!!!! @adamscottmigc

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"It's freaking out," said Adam Scott right before dining on the thing.

That looked more like an episode of "Fear Factor" and "fear was obviously not a factor for Adam and Rafa."

November 2, 2016 - 9:52am
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Excuses
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As golfers everywhere -- no matter the level of ability -- can attest, bad shots are not our fault. Is there a better sport in which a player can make an excuse for something going wrong than in golf? Here are 21 great excuses.

As golfers everywhere -- no matter the level of ability -- can attest, bad shots are not our fault.

Is there a better sport in which a player can make an excuse for something going wrong than in golf?

Didn't think so.

Golf and excuses go together like carrots and peas.

With that, here is our list of 21 go-to excuses for poor golf. Maybe you've used some of them and maybe there are some you can add to your excuse-making arsenal, in which case, you're welcome!

21. After adding up a lousy 18-hole score: "You know, if it weren't for the double bogeys on 6, 9 and 15, I would have had a hell of a score today."

20. Bad tee shot after bad tee shot while renting clubs or borrowing a set from a friend: "These shafts are too whippy for me."

19. When you miss a putt inside of 2 feet: "Man, I thought you were going to give me that one. I was rattled when you didn't."

18. When playing poorly on a vacation or a business trip: "I'm not used to this type of grass."

17. When you whiff: "Practice swing!"

16. Poor shot when there's a group in front of you on the green on a par 5? "I took a little off that one so I wouldn't hit the group in front of us. Every time I do that I hit a hook."

15. "I recently switched golf balls. Always an adjustment."

14. "Right swing, wrong club."

13. Missed putt? Check the putter face, stick the putter out in front of your body to see if it's bent.

12. Missed putt inside of 5 feet? Immediately tap down an imaginary spike mark.

11. Bad shot from the middle of the fairway in perfect weather conditions? Try these...

- "The greenskeeper (two fairways over) couldn't turn off the damn mower for 20 seconds?!"
- "Figures. I hit the ball right down the pipe and it's sitting in a divot."
- "Do the birds only chirp when it's my turn?"

10. Terrible bunker shot? "These bunkers are like concrete" or "This sand is way too fluffy."

9. Terrible lag putt? Look at your caddie and say, "Yeah. Nice read."

8. Smash driver into the trees on the left or right side of the fairway?

- "Damn. The wind took that one." Meanwhile, precisely zero leaves are moving.
- "Who's the idiot that said trees are 90 percent air?"
- "Well, that's as good as I can hit it. Would have been perfect if that tree didn't get in the way."

7. Ball into the water? "Always happens when I use a 'good ball'"

6. Can't do anything right? "This is why I should never play right after a lesson."

5. Acting like your Tiger Woods (aka, infinitely better than you actually are): "One yard!"

4. Tee shot slices into the woods? "Interesting. I literally never hit it there. That's not my miss."

3. Shot that lands way short, or way over a green?

- "Well, this sprinklerhead is wrong!"
- "And that's why laser rangefinders are only 99.99% accurate right there."

2. Perfect lie, middle of the fairway and there's been rain recently, scream "MUD BALL!"

 

 

1. Shot doesn't go as planned from a tree root, but you still salvage a decent round? "A bone kinda popped out, joint went out of place, but I put it back in."

 

And, just for fun, here's video of one of our all-time favorite golf meltdowns: