Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has reopened its Raymond Floyd signature course after extensive course enhancements and the addition of the TrackMan golf radar to its 33-acre Golf Studio.
All putting surfaces on the golf course, three regulation-length practice holes and Old Palm's locally famous 19th hole have been re-turfed with TifEagle Bermuda to provide faster green speeds and truer rolls. In addition, green complexes on several holes were re-contoured to slope from back to front and enlarged to improve approach-shot receptivity.
Bunkers throughout the 7,401-yard layout also underwent upgrades, and a handful of new bunkers were installed to create more definition and strategic options.
"We are committed to providing our members with the best playing surfaces and course conditions," said Old Palm Director of Golf Bud Taylor. "The TifEagle greens offer a pure short game experience that players of all skill levels will appreciate."
The TrackMan golf swing and ball flight analysis system, which headlines the upgrades to the Golf Studio, utilizes Doppler radar to generate precise club and ball flight measurements, and has become popular among professionals and leading collegiate teams.
The Studio anchors a practice area that also includes a double-ended range, a hitting bay equipped with a V-1 swing analysis system, short-game area and three regulation practice holes -- a par 3, 4, and 5 -- on which golfers can replicate every shot and angle they encounter on the par-72 course.
For more information, visit www.oldpalmgolfclub.com
The reports out of the WGC-HSBC Champions that Keegan Bradley and Ernie Els might consider legal action if golf's governing bodies ban long putters prompted fellow PGA Tour player Arron Oberholser to chime in on Twitter.
In China, Bradley said that he would have the backing of many of his peers in fighting a ban.
"I think we all would be together on this," said Bradley. "We're all in the same boat."
Apparently, though, Oberholser hasn't boarded that ship just yet.
"The guys threatening to sue if anchoring is banned are not helping their case. Seems to me they're admitting [it's] an advantage for them," he tweeted on Friday. "Guys I've talked to that have gone from conventional to anchoring say [it's] an advantage, especially short putts. 'Improves the motion'."
Oberholser, like the rest of us, is curious as to exactly how a ruling from the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A would be phrased.
"I think they will mention the word 'Torso'," Oberholser tweeted. "Another option would be to limit the length of a putter."
Limiting putter length is a notion that Tiger Woods endorsed earlier this year. There's been no real indication whether or not that would be part of any decision.
Oberholser also tossed out a nugget that I hadn't heard, and haven't confirmed.
"One of real reasons for the talk of banning anchoring; I heard more than 50% of the players at the USGA Junior Amateur had one in play," he tweeted.
After his comments had floated about the Twitterverse for a bit, Oberholser got a response from a fellow tweeter, who said to him "Then fix the ball."
That, replied Oberholser, "will be fixed after the putter, or so a little birdie told me."
Oberholser then added that he would love to have a standard ball.
"Same for everyone. Let us 'figure it out, '" he tweeted. "Pretty much had one in the wound ball [which was widely used by top players before the advent of the current solid-construction balls]. The cream rose to top."
Rory McIlroy has signed a deal with Nike Golf worth more than $200 million, according to a report on FoxSports.com posted late Friday afternoon.
McIlroy, who has played Titleist equipment for the first five years of his professional career, is switching to Nike for perhaps as much as $250 million over 10 years, Robert Lusetich wrote in the post.
He also reported that, “although no one involved would officially confirm the signing,” FoxSports.com has learned that McIlroy has already filmed his first Nike television commercial, which will debut next year, when the deal takes effect. In the ad, he said, McIlroy appears with Tiger Woods, Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley.
If true, the deal would make McIlroy by far Nike Golf’s highest-paid player, and very likely the highest-paid player in all of golf.
Earlier this week, Titleist and McIlroy agreed they would part ways at the end of the year, freeing the popular young Northern Irishman to pursue a lucrative endorsement contract, with strong indications that he would sign with Nike.
Unlike the others, however, he didn’t just provide some contemporary clubs for his attendees to check out. He also provided a collection of classic cars.
“I wanted to do something for the neighborhood and have a little fun,” de Keratry, the PGA head professional at River Place CC, told the Four Points News newspaper.
De Keratry’s original idea was to get four or five cool cars to pique the interest of the golfers, and he approached a friend about lining them up. But everything’s bigger in Texas and de Keratry wound up with an eclectic ensemble of 30 awesome autos along with the latest gear from seven club companies, as well as a variety of activities for kids and an afternoon-long cookout.
Among the cars on display were a 1937 Dodge, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, a 1958 BMW Isetta and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. The cars were judged – perhaps thankfully, the golfers were not – and the winning vehicle was a rare 1989 Lamborghini Countach.
The day went so well that de Keratry is already planning another one for next spring. And just to mix things up, he’s thinking about pairing the clubs with something else that goes far and fast -- Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
To see more images from River Place CC’s demo day, click here.
Last week, we saw lots of sneak peeks of new utility irons from Titleist, a new version of X Forged irons from Callaway and the new RocketBladez irons from TaylorMade. This week, Nike Golf is is dropping some hints at what’s to come in the form of spy shots of a new driver.
We don't know much more than we can discern from the photos -- it's hard to read in the photo, but it says "High Speed" on the back of the head in the photo on the right. But we love the shape of the face and that deep red paint job.
Nike Golf has a pretty cool 30-second promo video entitled "Threat Indentified" on its home page and on its Facebook page, but it doesn't offer any details. They promise to reveal all on Nov. 5, and we can't wait to see what they've got.
Also, of course, Nike unveiled its new line of Method Core Weighted putters earlier this week. To read all about them, click here.