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October 31, 2012 - 8:56am
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Nike Method Core Weighted putters
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The MC01 blade and MC11 mallet show the weights in the bottom of the clubheads of the Nike Method Core Weighted putters.

The latest putter innovation from Nike Golf is its line of Method Core Weighted putters.

These putters – of which there are five models --  utilize fixed weights on the heel and sole of the clubhead to provide proper weighting by putter length. The weights help to lower the center of gravity as well as move the center of gravity away from the face.

"Most people don't realize that they are about 3/10ths of an inch above the ground at impact," explained Nike Golf Master Modelmaker David Franklin. "You need to keep the center of gravity of the putter as low as you can so that it never gets higher than the center of gravity of the ball. This stops the putter from driving the ball down and creating backspin on the ball."

The Method Core Weighted solved this potential putting inconsistency with their strategically designed weighting system.

"With the Method Core Weighted technology, we worked to get the center of gravity lower than the ball, enabling the putter to rise up at impact, lift the ball and turn it over quickly," said Franklin.

The putters feature a milled face and Polymetal Grooves for a more true and consistent roll, keeping putts on target, Nike says. In the faces is the Method Core insert – a blend of aluminum face and polymer grooves to lessen impact and vibrations for enhanced sound and feel. The five Method Core Weighted putters include four blades and a mallet, each with a lustrous tour satin chrome finish, and all are built with 2 degrees of loft.

The MC01 blade comes in right- and left-handed models, with lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the other models are only available right-handed. The MCO2w, MC03w and MCO4w blade all come in lengths of 33, 34 and 35 inches, while the MC11 mallet comes in shaft lengths of 33, 34, 35, 41 and 43 inches.

The putters carry a suggested retail price of $169, and will be available beginning November 1.


October 30, 2012 - 4:13pm
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Oak Hill
Nate Waldron, director of operations for the 2013 PGA Championship, posed with this fallen tree at Oak Hill in one of the more dramatic images of golf course damage from Sandy.

Among the many targets of Superstorm Sandy’s wrath are the golf courses up and down the East Coast, especially those in the Northeast.

--The Metropolitan Golf Association has been collecting images and reports of damage on courses in the greater New York city area, and you see their coverage here.

--Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., has posted a gallery of images from the aftermath of the storm at that famed facility, which will host the 2013 PGA Championship next August. You can see it here.

--Also, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has notes and photos in its Twitter feed today. You can see it here.
October 30, 2012 - 9:29am
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John Holmes
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Merion GC, by Linda Hartough
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The blaze of blooming scotch broom helped artist Linda Hartough decide to paint the 16th hole at Merion.

Linda Hartough, among the world’s best golf-landscape artists, has introduced her newest painting, “16th Hole, East Course, Merion Golf Club,” in commemoration of the 2013 U.S. Open. The tournament is set for June 13-16, and will return to historic Merion in Ardmore, Pa., for the first time since 1981.

This is the 24th painting in Hartough’s U.S. Open series, which is commissioned by the U.S. Golf Association. Offered in a limited edition of 850 prints and an additional 85 artist proofs, each is signed and numbered by the artist.

"The rest of the course looked wonderful in the spring air, and it was really hard to limit the choice to one hole," said Hartough of her decision to paint the 16th hole. "But the sight of the Quarry Hole ablaze with yellow-flowered scotch broom did it for me."

The Quarry Hole is one of the most demanding in golf at one of the most historic courses in America. Designed by Hugh Wilson, the East Course opened in 1912. It perhaps is best known as the place where Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Amateur to complete his career Grand Slam.

In this rendering, Hartough captures Merion on a beautiful spring day. The panorama invites inspection of the dramatic undulations, stone ledges and elevations marking the difficult approach shot to the iconic two-tiered green.

"Linda has done a wonderful job capturing the drama of Merion's famous Quarry Hole -- the 16th," said Merion PGA Head Professional Scott Nye. "The vibrant yellow scotch broom in the quarry and the famous orange wickers provide eye-catching pop that brings out the scenic beauty of the hole.

"The long afternoon shadows across the fairway coupled with the clubhouse in the lower left remind golfers that they are truly fortunate to walk where the legends of the game have played over 100 years of championship golf at Merion," he added. "The pencil sketch depicts the original farmhouse and barn, reminding players that the land was a farm long before Hugh Wilson's gem was created."

Hartough painted the first of her U.S. Open series in 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club. In 1984, Augusta National commissioned her to paint its famous 13th hole, an event that propelled her toward specialization as a golf-landscape painter. Since then, her work has achieved a distinguished status, displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley, as well as in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd. Her paintings also hang in the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga.

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October 29, 2012 - 10:23pm
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Courtesy of Allen Edmonds
The First Cut golf shoes feature Allen Edmonds' new Spikeless Versatility (SLV) sole.

Allen Edmonds is expanding its Honors Collection of golf shoes and expanding its Clubhouse Collection of casual shoes as well as its lineup of belts and performance socks.

The Honors Collection shoes now feature Allen Edmonds new proprietary Spikeless Versatility (SLV) sole, a lightweight and hard-wearing sole featuring multiple traction studs for a sturdier grip. The SLV is in addition to the Honors Collections' classic 11-spiked shoe.

"The SLV shoes are the first, and only, spikeless golf shoe made in USA," said Allen Edmonds CMO Colin Hall. "Now, golfers have the option of wearing gorgeous golf shoes featuring classic spikes or the spikeless sole that reflects a current trend in golf. Both styles are also available for our recrafting service.The SLV sole makes an Honors Collection shoe perfectly suitable for all environments including play, teaching and the clubhouse."

The shoes featuring the SLV sole are available for order now with a price of $295. The spiked shoes are priced at $345.

The Clubhouse Collection shoes were hand-picked to provide a range of off-course styles.

"From slip-on styles to casual boat shoes or driving moccasins, the collection offers stylish shoes to wear around the club, work or in more casual environments," said Hall. "We are getting positive feedback from our green grass customers about this expanded offering of golf and casual shoes and how it's bringing a new and sustainable revenue stream into their shops."

There are eight new shoes in the Clubhouse Collection, many of which can be recrafted in the legendary Allen Edmonds process highlighted by:

--Chukkamok: Featuring a classic Chukka boot silhouette, this is part of the new line of unconstructed footwear offering the more comfortable fit from an unlined shoe, and allowing the leather to hug the foot. More fashion-forward than many boots in this genre, this model features a long wingtip, perking and pinking, and a toe medallion. The more classic elements are balanced with added contrast midsoles and Vibram red rubber soles.

--Patriot: This made-in-the-USA penny loafer is a faithful interpretation of a timeless design. The shoe is improved with a brand new last, making them roomier in the forefoot but also featuring Allen Edmonds' trademark narrow heel. Allen Edmonds calls this shoe its consummate country club shoe.

--Sedona: A celebration of a leisure lifestyle, this versatile model is offered in a choice of unlined uppers. It is available in five vibrant colors and a pair of two-toned distressed styles. It combines the classic look of the American penny loafers with distressed rough leathers and a new, lightweight box sole.

--Duke. This handsewn, beefroll penny slip-on is handcrafted with actual brown football pebble grain calfskin with a Vibram mini-lug sole to create a clever weekend shoe.

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October 29, 2012 - 10:08am
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Steve Eubanks
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Luke Donald
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Luke Donald will be unable to defend his title at the Children's Miracle Network Classic due to a schedule medical procedure for one of his children.

Luke Donald won't be able to defend his Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Championship in November at Disney due to a scheduled medical procedure for one of his children. In recognition of all that Children’s Miracle Network has contributed, both as a leading health care provider for children and as the tournament’s title sponsor, Donald has pledged a significant donation to Lurie Children’s Hospital in his home of Chicago, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

"I'm very sorry that I will be unable to defend my title at this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as that tournament was an important highlight for me in 2011,” Donald said “My career as a golfer places many demands on my schedule, and I’m often forced to miss some precious time with my family as I travel to play around the world, but in this case, home is where I have to be. I wanted to be able to express my appreciation for everything that Children’s Miracle Network means to us and am happy to be able to support their work. I wish them a very successful tournament next month."

October 29, 2012 - 10:01am
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Courtesy of Grand Cypress Resort
The renovation work at the Villas at Grand Cypress Golf Resort will proceed one block of villas at a time.

The Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort in Orlando, Fla., has begun a four-month, $14 million renovation that will result in completely new interiors as well as upgraded furniture, fixtures and finishes and enhanced in-room technology in all of its guest accommodations. In addition, the resort will add a new fitness center.

The work will proce,ed with renovations of one block of villas at a time, with no interruption to reservations or resort operations, Grand Cypress officials said. The project is expected to be complete in February.

"Upon completion of this renovation, the Villas of Grand Cypress will once again be at the top of the list as one of Florida's leading luxury resorts," said Steve Mills of the resort's ownership group. "We are not just changing out the soft goods and refreshing the paint. We are innovating through design and elevating the guest experience."

The new 650-square-foot club suites and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with full kitchens, living and dining rooms will feature a transformative aesthetic that references a tranquil balance of contemporary and classic styles, Grand Cypress said.

The villa kitchens will receive a complete makeover with slate-tiled entrances, top-of-the-line GE stainless steel appliances, walnut cabinets, quartz countertops with stainless steel sinks and polished chrome fixtures. The five-piece baths will feature wood and stacked stone, crisp white porcelain, polished chrome and glistening glass tile. They’ll also include a deep-walled bathing vessel and custom quartz counters with double sinks, polished chrome faucets and an illuminated mirror integrated with a 19-inch television.

In addition to its 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the resort offers the Grand Cypress Racquet Club; in-room spa services; Lake Windsong and marina; two pools, and more. The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf is rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" and has received Golf Magazine's Silver Medal Resort Award (2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012).

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