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Robert Griffin III's house
Robert Griffin's new house in the Creighton Farms golf course community has five bedrooms, four baths, two half-baths, a wet bar, an elevator and a mudroom.

Robert Griffin III has been known to get out on the links every now and then, but he might be playing a lot more golf in the near future.

The Washington Redskins quarterback has interrupted his injury rehab long enough to plunk down $2.5 million for a new house in the Creighton Farms golf course community in Aldie, Va., about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. 

Griffin's new digs measure 9,000 square feet, and contain five bedrooms, four baths, two half-baths, a wet bar, an elevator and a mudroom, according to The Washington Business Journal, which added that the property was recently appraised at about $1.8 million.

The 900-acre Creighton Farms development is described as a high-end residential community featuring a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Later this year, it will host the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship for the third straight season.

To see a slide show of RGIII's new house, click here. Looking at the pictures, you can see there's room for a practice green in the back.

And to read an item about RGIII appearing at teammate Brian Orakpo's charity golf tournament earlier this month, click here.


K.J. Choi
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K.J. Choi bought a set of Mizuno MP-64 irons off the rack at a Golf Galaxy this week in Ohio to use in the Memorial.
In case you didn't know this, PGA Tour players can get pretty much any club they want for nothing by making a simple phone call.
K.J. Choi knows this as well as anyone... and that's not to say he's greedy by any means, because he's not. The fact is, Choi is a tinkerer. 
In Ohio for this week's Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Choi paid a visit to a local Golf Galaxy where he tested several clubs in store before eventually purchasing a set of Mizuno MP-64 irons.
Just to give you an idea of how dialed in Choi and his fellow pros are, listen to this: As the story goes, while testing several types of irons from several manufacturers from the hitting bay, Choi explained to an employee at Golf Galaxy that the swing weight was off on every set of irons with the exception of the Mizuno's be bought.
The employee went and checked the weights and sure enough, Choi was right. The other sets ranged in weight from D2 through D4, while all the MP-64s came in at a consistent D2.
While we always recommend getting properly fit by your local PGA Professional, we suppose there are exceptions -- like when a person can simply grip a set of clubs and tell you the weights are inconsistent.
So how did Choi fare with the new irons? He shot a respectable even-par 72 in the first round.
TaylorMade, R1 Black
TaylorMade's new R1 Black Driver will be available at retail beginning June 10 for $399.
For the first time since 2010, TaylorMade Golf has announced its release of a black-headed driver. TaylorMade took the golf world by storm in 2010 with its forward-thinking white headed driver, which is the No. 1 driver on Tour. 
But, there's still been a big demand for the same great drivers, but in black.
Now, TaylorMade has obliged with the R1 Black, which will be available at retail beginning June 10 for $399.
Here's the release from TaylorMade introducing the new, sharp-looking R1 Black: 
CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 30, 2013) -- TaylorMade Golf Company, makers of the No. 1 driver in golf, today announced R1 Black – the company’s first black driver since 2010.
“For three years we have only made white drivers and have heard from a number of golfers who just prefer the look of black,” said President and CEO, Mark King. “Our commitment has always been to provide golfers with the best performing golf equipment. The R1 Black gives players who prefer that color access to our industry leading technology.”
Similar to the white version – which has been used to win 16 worldwide golf tournaments this year – the R1 Black driver features the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand’s history. R1 gives the golfer 12 loft-sleeve settings and 7 face-angle positions, as well as two movable shot-shape weights. The R1’s three adjustability technologies allow it to be tuned 168 different ways to specifically fit a player’s swing to optimize distance and accuracy.
The R1 Black driver will debut on the PGA Tour next week in Memphis.
“Members of our tour staff now have two color options,” added King. “We will see a number of them opt for R1 Black, while others will stay in the white version to take advantage of the white/black contrast and alignment benefits.”
The R1 Black features an ultra-light Aldila RIP Phenom and is available at retail 6/10 for $399. For more information please visit
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Bag Boy Quad push carts
Courtesy of Bag Boy
The limited editions of the Bag Boy Quad push cart come in pink, orange, and lime green.

The Quad Push Cart from Bag Boy is one of the most popular push carts in golf. So what could Bag Boy do to trick it out any more?

The answer is: offer it in three cool new summer colors – pink, orange, and lime green.

"The Quad is doing very well at retail," said Dynamic Brands President Craig Ramsbottom. "Golfers like the overall performance of the cart and the easy two-step folding process. By adding a few of this year's trendy colors to the line, we feel it gives our customer a broader selection."

The Quad is made with a lightweight frame on a reinforced four-wheel platform that provides more stability than three-wheel carts, especially on hilly terrain and in wet conditions. It sets up via a simple two-step process, folds down to 24 x 17 x 16 inches, and rolls on lightweight, solid foam tires.

The push cart comes fully loaded with an array of golfer-friendly features such as a stand and cart-compatible upper bag bracket, a parking brake mounted on the handle – and the handle can be adjusted to accommodate golfers of all heights. It also features an oversized zippered storage bag, quick-grab beverage holder, deluxe scorecard holder with pencil holder, integrated tee and ball holder, a secure umbrella holder and a padded compartment.

It carries a suggested retail price of $219.95, and is still available in its regulation colors of white, black, silver, red, blue or yellow.

For more information, visit



KZG GF X driver
Courtesy of KZG
The GF X driver from KZG features a traditional profile with a glossy all-black head accented by the matte black screw portals.

KZG is marking its turf in the adjustable driver marketplace in a big way with its new GF X driver, which features two strategically positioned weight portals and a selection of screws in seven different weights. The ''GF'' stands for Gravitational Force technology, through which golfers can select specific screws to adjust the club's swingweight, launch angle and draw/fade bias a whopping 128 different ways.

''The GF X is an ideal model for those players who require unique adjustments with maximum forgiveness,'' said KZG President Jennifer King.  

The weighted screws are available in 1.5-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-gram options, and the weight portals are placed where changes in weight and center of gravity can most effectively affect a fade or draw bias, and even trajectory and spin rates.

The adjustments for all KZG clubs are done solely through KZG's network of professional fitters because, KZG believes, leaving the adjustments up to amateur golfers often ends in disappointment because golfers tend to change their settings too frequently. That, the company says, makes it impossible determine optimal positioning and keeps the golfers from grooving their swings. Using professional fitters, they say, removes the guesswork and provides confidence and consistency.

The GF X features a traditional profile with a glossy all-black head accented by the matte black screw portals. The 460cc head is made of titanium.

All KZG drivers are custom fit and available with numerous shaft options. Retail pricing varies depending on the options selected, with suggested retail prices starting at $399.

For more information, visit


Olmos Park Golf Course in San Antonio
Olmos Basin Golf Course
When it's not underwater, Olmos Basin is a scenic municipal golf course just north of downtown San Antonio.

Rain has played havoc with golf all around the globe this week:

--The Colonial has been rainy for the past couple of days, and the second round only finished up this morning.

--The European Tour's big BMW PGA Championship outside of London has been so cold and wet that the players have expressed amazement and admiration at the hardiness of the fans who have come out to watch.

--The Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis saw intermittent showers on Friday and had a mid-afternoon weather stoppage today.

--And, of course, the poor LPGA Tour is struggling to get in 36 holes by Sunday as its inaugural Pure Silk Bahamas Classic has been wrecked by a once-in-a-lifetime rainstorm earlier this week.

None of these places, however, had it as bad as Olmos Basin Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas, has it today.

South Texas is getting its second straight day of hurricane-like rainfall – without the hurricane-like winds, thankfully – and San Antonio is bearing the brunt of it. In fact, the National Weather Service said that the Alamo City had gotten 9.83 inches of rainfall by midmorning alone, making this the second rainiest day in San Antonio's history.

Needless to say, nobody was playing much golf anywhere in San Antonio today. But somehow, a man found himself stranded on top of a restroom at the Olmos Basin Golf Course when floodwaters rose nearly up to the roof. The San Antonio Fire Department, using a Kodiak boat, motored right up to his rooftop perch, and the man calmly stepped into the boat. 

The rescue – which admittedly isn't very dramatic – was captured on video by WOAI-TV and you can see it here. But the thought of a golf course down there, under eight or nine feet of water, is plenty dramatic.

I've often said I'm glad my job doesn't include having to do live commentary of these kinds of breaking events, but even I could have done better than the broadcasters on the video. As they were puzzling over how the man got on the roof in the first place, one of them said, with seeming seriousness: ''I've gotta believe he wasn't golfing today.''

Yeah, I think that’s a pretty safe bet.

Those of you familiar with San Antonio know Olmos Basin as a popular municipal layout that has hosted many men's and women's city amateur championships. Hopefully, the water will drain off fairly quickly and the damage won't be too severe.

I haven't seen any word on how some of the city's other big courses, like TPC San Antonio or the historic Brackenridge Park, have fared, but I'm hoping for the best.