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September 12, 2012 - 8:50pm
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John Holmes
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The Links Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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The Links Course was designed by Tom Jackson as a tip of the cap to the origins of the ancient game.

Starting to get a little cool where you are? It’s still nice and warm in Florida, and the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Panhandle city of Destin is offering its “Fore Fall Golf Getaway” through the end of October. The package includes accommodations at LeCiel, the Florida Gulf Coast’s newest boutique hotel, and two rounds on The Links Course starting at only $89 per person per night.

As part of the deal, a golf cart, unlimited use of Sandestin's practice facility and range balls are included. Complimentary replay rounds booked at the course the day of play are offered based on availability. And as an added bonus, the package also features a $10 beverage cart credit per person.

“The Fore Fall Golf Getaway is perfect for golf enthusiasts of all levels in search of an escape from work and school as the temperature starts to cool off,” said Rick Hileman, PGA Director of Golf Operations at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. “It combines the Destin area’s only contemporary boutique accommodations with a golf course that’s long been a favorite of locals and resort guests.”

Opened in May, LeCiel is on the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, providing guests a tranquil setting with stunning views. All guest rooms have wireless Internet, terry robes, gourmet coffee, iPhone docking stations, flat screen televisions, spa-quality toiletries and other comforts. LeCiel is just steps away from the Sandestin Spa and the Sandestin Fitness Center, which is complimentary to resort guests.

In between rounds, golfers can visit The Village of Baytowne Wharf, an assortment of casual and fine-dining restaurants, bars and nightlife, and boutique shopping. Beach access, a marina, fitness facilities and numerous organized activities are also available on-site.

The package is valid for stays between Sept. 8 and Oct. 31. Rates are based on double occupancy and a two-night stay. Fees and taxes are not included. Guests must mention the promo code FORE12 when booking.

For more information, visit www.sandestin.com.

September 12, 2012 - 1:39pm
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John Holmes
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Arnold Palmer at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony
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Arnold Palmer expressed his humility and gratitude for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday.

Two days after his 83rd birthday, Arnold Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal today in Washington, D.C.

In a special ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building at 11:00 a.m., Congressional dignitaries from both parties gathered to present Palmer with the award. Jack Nicklaus and singer Vince Gill also took part and, afterward, the PGA Tour hosted a celebratory luncheon in the nearby Cannon House Office Building.

As Mike McAllister at PGATOUR.COM reports, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom – which Palmer received in 2004 – are the highest civilian awards in the United States. The Congressional Gold Medal dates back to the American Revolution. Each medal is created by the U.S. Mint individually to honor the individual and achievements for which the medal is awarded. The other golfer to receive one is Byron Nelson.
 
Palmer is receiving the Gold Medal in recognition of his service to the nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf -- and, no doubt, for inventing his delicious iced tea/lemonade drink. I think I’ll have one this afternoon to show my appreciation.

If you'd like to watch the ceremony, you can see it here in the C-SPAN archives.

 

 

September 12, 2012 - 12:00am
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John Holmes
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2012 European Ryder Cup team
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The Europeans won the Ryder Cup in 2012, but SkyBet thinks Team USA will prevail in Chicago.

The Ryder Cup is still a couple weeks away, but your chance to bet on them is here already – well, if you’re in Great Britain, anyway. SkyBet is just one of multiple UK bookmakers offering a smorgasbord of wagers on the Ryder Cup, and here is a rundown of some of their most fun ones:

-- Who will win? Team USA is currently a 4 to 5 favorite, and SkyBet’s John Rhodes told England’s PA Sport news service that “all the money so far has been for the USA, with little or no interest in the European side as yet.”

-- Will Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods meet in singles? If they do, SkyBet’s odds that Tiger will win are 12 to 1, while the odds on McIlroy to win are actually a little worse, at 14 to 1. The odds of a halve are 40 to 1.

-- Who will be the leading points scorer? Tiger is the choice as Team USA’s leading points-getter at 5 to 1, with Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker next best at 8 to 1. On the European side, McIlroy is also a 5 to 1 favorite to be leading points-scorer. Luke Donald is next at 13 to 2, while Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are both 7 to 1.

-- What will the final score be? The most popular choices so far are for a very tight match that ends 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. The odds for an American win by that score are 10 to 1, while the odds for a European win by that score are 11 to 1. The odds are exactly the same (10-1 USA, 11-1 Europe) if you believe one side or the other will win by 15 to 13.

-- Will there be a hole-in-one? Three of the last nine Ryder Cups have had an ace (there were two each in 1995 and 2006). The odds of an ace are 7 to 2. But the odds of any individual player making one range from 100 to 1 to 125 to 1.

-- Who will score the winning point or half-point? This is one of the most impossible bets to get right, considering that players who have clinched recent Ryder Cups range from Graeme McDowell to Paul McGinley. The leading choice is Tiger at 14 to 1, with Rory right behind at 16 to 1. The longest odds are on Paul Lawrie at 50 to 1.

I don’t know about all these bets, but I do know this – because so many of the competitors are in such fine form these days, it’s a slam dunk that this Ryder Cup will be one of the best ever. I can’t wait for it to start.

 

September 11, 2012 - 1:04pm
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T.J. Auclair
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A|U|R
A|U|R
Here's a look at the A|U|R 2013 women's Stormpack jacket.

 

"A|U|R" -- which stands for "All that you Are" -- is a young, quality, golf apparel collection, with great success in the U.S. and Canada, and is being introduced in Europe for Spring 2013. AUR has a modern fit for the golfer/athlete who wants performance clothing with a distinct look. For Spring 2013 -- yes, they're already fast at work for next year's offerings -- AUR will now include the Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
"We are delighted to present our Spring 2013 collection and are confident that this is the finest collection in the history of AUR, presenting a very tech-driven and fashionable offering," says Mark Fletcher. "They've got a great look and hand feel, and the overall styling is a bit more European-influenced than what U.S. buyers might be familiar with, but at a much more reasonable price and with a more relevant, current fit. Our customers get great value for the fashion and quality we offer; our products are very fashion-forward for the price point. We have had an incredibly good presence on Tour in the past year with some of our Players finishing in the top 4 at several tournaments and we were able to get some great feedback on our line from Tour players to bring the best style and performance to golf."
 
AUR offers the consumer three distinct categories including AUR Active, AUR Authentic and AUR Aware and now includes the AUR Stormpack outerwear line. 
 
The Spring 2013 color palette for men features basic must-haves in a myriad of colors that all merchandise back to the men's fashion collections. An assortment of cool grays and black mixed with additional bright blasts of color: Pool, Crimson and Slate are the highlight colors for Men. For women, distinctive style, fine quality and an aura of sophistication lends itself nicely to a golf collection that is current and on-the-ball. Fashion driven Sweet Praline features a stylish Geo print paired with classic plaid bottoms. Pretty in Pink features Passion Pink with subtle grey accents to provide a sporty, fun look. Purple Haze is all about bright trendy colors. Wisteria and Emerald green are base for this group with a cool diamond inspired print. 
 
For the men's AUR apparel the price range for polos is $38 to $65, sweaters - $50 to $110, shorts and pants - $45 to $90. Pricing for women's apparel is $38 to $65 for polos, $50 to $110 for sweaters and $70 to $90 for fashion bottoms.  The Stormpack collection price range is $80 to $110.
 
AUR is owned by The Fletcher Leisure Group of Canada. Fletcher Leisure Group, based in Montreal, Quebec, is a company with 43 years of golf industry experience marketing multiple brands in Canada and the United States and in Europe. 
                                                            
September 11, 2012 - 11:31am
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John Kim
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U.S flag on golf course
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Golf has a long history of honoring those who serve and those who sacrifice for this country.

 

Do you remember where you were 11 years ago this morning? I was coming off the overnight shift at Headline News when my stepdad called and told me I was sleeping through the biggest news story of my generation.  Though I didn't really believe him, I turned on my t.v. just in time to see the second plane hit.  I don't remember doing much else that day except sitting on the couch - feeling really angry, a little scared and very unsure of anything.
 
About two weeks after, after being glued to the news - at work and at home - I needed a break. And what better place to get a break than heading to the golf course.  Yes I felt guilty to some degree, playing golf when we were still searching for bodies, but my emotional and physical state really did need to "disconnect" for a spell.
 
I went to a local muni course, I don't even remember the name now, but I do recall getting paired up with two other guys who were out there for the exact same reason I was - just to feel normal again.  They felt the same anger and guilt I had - and of course, the conversation was dominated by our perspectives of how we should react and where the country was headed.
 
I also remember the course had replaced its normal flags with American flags on all the pins.  I think this is fairly common now for various occasions, but this was the first time I had seen this.  It meant a lot to me. Not sure why, but it did.
 
In the aftermath of 9/11 and the two wars that have commenced since - this nation has seen a large number of heroes sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms, pursue our enemies and defend this great nation. And in many ways, the golf community has been a leader in honoring them.
 
My friends at Folds of Honor and Patriot Golf Day have certainly had a large impact, as well as great organizations like Golf 9/12 and Birdies for the Brave. In fact, there are literally hundreds of groups that have sprung forth based on golf, or are using golf, to honor and remember the events and the aftermath of that fateful day.
 
It's a silver lining to a very dark cloud, but it shows the bonding and triumphant spirit of the American people and the common love of golf that gives us the spirit and opportunity to do great things when times require great effort. 
 
Working in the golf world is so much more rewarding than working in the news business, and this is a big reason why.  Rather than telling the story, there's now an opportunity to be a part of - and shape a really good story.  And collectively, golf allows us to make our healing and our support of our troops a really really good story. 
 
Think back to this day in 2001 and how horrible you felt. Then come back to the present and remember how great it is to live in this country. 
September 11, 2012 - 8:25am
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T.J. Auclair
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Lake of Isles
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The second hole at the Lake of Isles North Course in North Stonington, Conn., is one example of the second-to-known foliage you can see while playing fall golf in New England.

 

The fall golf season is right around the corner. Born and raised in New England, I can't think of a better time of year to play golf than in the fall.
 
For starters the summer heat fades steadily once we hit the month of September. It's still warm enough that you don't need to bundle up. September and October are typically the two most comfortable months of the year to play and they stay mostly dry. 
 
After a comfortable round over the weekend that required a light jacket for the first few holes before the sun broke through the clouds, it made me realize just how much I love golf in the fall here in New England.
 
This morning when I woke up, the temperatures were in the 50s and we're going to max out at a high around 70 today. Does it get better than that?
 
And then, there's the New England foliage. No matter the course, each hole looks like a painting when the leaves on the trees are changing color.
 
Finally, there are some great deals. For instance, there's a place not far from my home in Rhode Island called Crystal Lake Golf Club. They're running specials throughout the fall, including just $100 for all-you-can-play golf throughout the month of October. September is just $200 for all you can play.
 
If my boss can't get a hold of me for assignments once we get through our Ryder Cup coverage at the end of the month, direct him to the above paragraph and he'll know where to find me!
 
Do you experience the beauty of the fall season where you live? If so, do you have any deals you can share with our readers? Leave a comment in the comments section below and let us know.