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September 10, 2012 - 11:51am
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John Kim
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From our friends at Devil Ball Golf:

"Our scene: the Lakeridge Golf Course in Reno, Nevada. An as-yet-unidentified golfer struck a ball that broke a window in the courseside home of Jeff Fleming, age 53. According to Washoe County authorities, Fleming came out of the house brandishing a shotgun and fired at two golfers on the 16th hole."

Seriously?  Doesn't buying a home on a golf course come with some implied (or explict) risks? Come out and get some information,  maybe yell at the guy to go get some lessons - but shoot him?  

Anyways, more on the story here. 

September 10, 2012 - 1:35am
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John Holmes
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Arnold Palmer
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Arnold Palmer has been a crowd favorite for six decades now.

Monday, Sept. 10, is Arnold Palmer's 83rd birthday, and I couldn't be happier to wish The King a great day. Arnie and Jack Nicklaus were the dominant figures in golf when I was first getting into the game as a kid back in West Texas, and Arnie has always remained one of my favorites -- I know, me and a zillion other people.

If you're interested in reading a bit more about Arnie, here are some good links:

-- Arnold Palmer's birthday highlights via ArnoldPalmer.com

-- A Quick Nine: When I think of Arnold Palmer, I think of ...

-- Steve Eubanks: The King and I

-- Fit for a King: Arnold Palmer talks to PGA.com

 

September 10, 2012 - 1:06am
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John Holmes
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Emerald Dunes
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Two decades after he designed Emerald Dunes, celebrated architect Tom Fazio returned for a makeover.

The Emerald Dunes Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., has completed a $15 million renovation led by original course designer Tom Fazio. Back in 2011, club officials asked Fazio to return and polish up the facility, which Fazio had built back in 1990 and was listed as one of the best 100 courses in the United States and rated in the top five of all Florida clubs.

As part of Fazio’s makeover, Emerald Dunes added new championship tees and expanded or redesigned many other tees. Also, fairways were widened on several holes, some new greens were created and others reshaped, bunkers were added to increase their number to more than 100, and two holes were reconfigured. In addition, a state-of-the-art irrigation system was installed.

"Tom Fazio took the gem of his original design and perfected it," said Emerald Dunes Executive Vice President Ken Green. "While we've added length for scratch golfers, the course remains playable for all skill levels."

The practice facilities at Emerald Dunes are as vast as any. The eight-acre, 310-yard, double-sided driving range includes more than 28,000 square feet of tee surface and provides five target greens, each framed with shallow sand bunkers, four mini chipping target greens and a USGA regulation putting green.

The separate Tom Fazio Short Game Area includes a par-3 19th hole that plays from 85 to 135 yards. Two dedicated target greens, a chipping green and an additional putting green are all built to USGA specifications with identical turf conditions as the course, and six practice bunkers and a grass pot bunker complete the practice amenities available for members.

Appriximately 2,000 mature palms and other trees were planted around the course's perimeter to screen any visible outside architecture and to serve as privacy buffers. In addition, the old cart paths were replaced with crushed shell paths and pavers, and terraces with a Tuscan influence and a verandah overlooking the Tom Fazio Short Game Area and 18th green add to atmosphere.

"Emerald Dunes has always been one of my favorite courses and I was pleased to be invited back to make some strategic enhancements to one of the most highly regarded clubs in Florida," said Fazio. "Emerald Dunes is truly a gem and with the recent improvements it's an even more dazzling jewel. To take something that originally was so well received and make it substantially superior is a special achievement."

For more information on Emerald Dunes, visit, www.emeralddunesclub.com.

September 9, 2012 - 9:45am
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John Kim
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Sunday Funday
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September will be marked by great weather, the NFL and of course, awesome golf.

I've never really liked the term "golf season."  Yes, I understand it for parts of the country, but golf is played all year - and in terms of the best time to play, golf in the Fall is hard to beat.  And though I realize the majors are done for the year, there's this little event coming up in a few weeks that you might enjoy - we like to call it the "Ryder Cup."

So here comes September - and cooler temps, a little color in the trees and some football to boot.  Best time of the year? I vote yes.

This morning means some time at the range, a quick lunch and then home to sit on the couch and watch the opening Sunday of NFL season.  I think I may be one of 100 million people doing something similar (give or take a few).  And I'm going to enjoy every moment of it. 

There's no other significant point to make other than - I hope this Sunday is the start of a great day for all sports fans.  Watch, play and enjoy.  Here's to a great Fall season!

September 8, 2012 - 10:32pm
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John Holmes
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Nike Lunar Bandon golf shoes
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The Nike Lunar Bandon is a high-top golf shoe with low-profile traction elements on the sole.

Nike Golf created its newest golf shoe, the Lunar Bandon, to be what the company calls the ultimate mudder. 

"You have outerwear, all-weather gloves, and covers for your golf bag," said Nike Golf Footwear Product Director Lee Walker. "We wanted to complement that with a shoe that works with the rest of your gear to protect while it performs."

Nike’s footwear designers recognized that no traditional low-profile golf shoe could be truly waterproof as long as water could enter it over the collar. So they crafted a higher silhouette to work in concert with rain pants, creating the ultimate waterproof protection in a shoe that looks more like a hiking boot than normal golf footwear.

This uniquely styled waterproof upper boasts seam-sealed construction that is designed to help keep water out and feet dry. A booty tongue construction catches any water that could breach the upper when golfers are putting on the shoes, keeping feet as dry as possible.

A bright, asymmetrical zipper across the top of the shoe provides a waterproof shield without adding pressure to the foot. And speed lacing with an easy-to-use toggle simplifies the fastening process and a notched-out heel maximizes comfort for walking and bending to read putts.

Underneath, Nike’s Integrated Traction on the outsole is engineered to help eliminate clogging and increase ground contact. This level of traction keeps a lower profile and provides more stability. And Nike’s Lunarlon cushioning in the heel helps provide lightweight comfort and increased ground-feel.

"In some climates, if you waited for fair weather days, you wouldn't have many options to get out and play," said Walker. "In the Lunar Bandon, golfers have a shoe that allows them to practice and play in any condition."

The Nike Lunar Bandon will be available at retail on Oct. 1, and will carry a suggested retail price of $180 per pair.

September 7, 2012 - 9:44pm
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John Holmes
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Devils Knob Golf Course at Wintergreen Resort
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Devils Knob is especially appealing during fall foliage season.

The Wintergreen Resort near Charlottesville, Va., is embarking on a $12 million improvement project that will include changing the status of its famed Devils Knob Golf Course.

Devils Knob will go private, starting in the spring of 2014, Wintergreen officials said, and access to the course and its other golf facilities will be limited to members, their guests and registered Wintergreen Resort guests.

At more than 3,800 feet, Devils Knob is the highest course in Virginia, and is known for its spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views, especially during fall foliage season. Designed by Ellis and Dan Maples, it is consistently ranked among the best courses in Virginia.

Resort officials made no mention of any changes to the resort’s other golf complex, the 27-hole Stoney Creek Golf Course, which consists of three nines designed by Rees Jones down in the Rockfish Valley.

As part of the renovation, Wintergreen will build a five-million gallon raw water storage tank and pumping station that will double the resort's snowmaking ability. That, combined with some new snowmaking equipment, will allow Wintergreen to open more ski and snowboard terrain earlier and to deliver more consistent snow conditions throughout the season.

The resort also plans to expand its Wintergreen Aquatics and Fitness Center; upgrade the fitness facility at Stoney Creek; and renovate the Devils Grill, the mountaintop clubhouse restaurant at Devils Knob.

Situated on 11,000 acres adjacent to the George Washington National Forest, Wintergreen offers a unique vacation, social and conference setting with 45 holes of golf as well as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, a tennis center with three indoor courts and 19 outdoor clay courts, a full-service spa, a fitness center and multiple dining options.

For more information about Wintergreen Resort, visit www.wintergreenresort.com.