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November 6, 2012 - 8:42pm
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Palmetto Dunes
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Angling for redfish and swinging like Masters champ Bubba Watson are just two of the many activities available this fall and winter at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Want to learn to play "Bubba Golf?" You can do just that and much more at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The new Bubba Golf class at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy teaches golfers to emulate the playful attitude of Masters champion Bubba Watson. The program, held every Monday on the Robert Trent Jones Course, focuses on the mechanics of making specific trouble shots while learning to think less and focus better. It costs only $25 per person.

Bubba Golf is one of 11 programs, which include Ladies Only, Mental Golf Workshop and Power & Distance class, offered at the Golf Academy. Private lessons are also available.

Also new is the Fish & Chips golf and fishing package, which is designed as a guys’ golf getaway for a group of four. The four-day, three-night mini-vacation lets golfers take in a round of golf in Hilton Head’s mild fall temperatures and enjoy many autumn activities, including inshore fishing, kayaking, biking and tennis. During the fall, redfish are abundant in Hilton Head waters, and golfers will have the opportunity to take an inland fishing charter to try and catch a "Big Red" for a great photo and bragging rights.

The Fish & Chips package includes accommodations in a resort view villa; a $100 resort dining card good at Palmetto Dunes’ Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant, the Dunes House restaurant or the golf grilles; two hours of kayak rentals; bike rentals throughout their stay; one round of golf per person; a $50 gift card per person for the resort’s golf pro shops; a sleeve of golf balls per person and two hours of tennis court time daily.

Kids younger than 10 play free golf rounds with a paying adult. The package provides guests a total savings of nearly $800 off regular rates and starts at $1685 for four players. Rates vary according to the season and availability.

Golfers looking to spend an extended vacation at Palmetto Dunes this fall or winter can partake of the resort’s monthly golf membership, which offers unlimited golf for up to 30 days at all three of the resort’s courses. Members also receive discounts at the pro shop, golf grilles and range. Available for both couples and individuals, the passes start at $630 per person and $1050 per couple for 30 days.

Also new this season is the Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on both iPhone and Android. It lets golfers track their score digitally and share it on Facebook, offers live leader boards, provides GPS yardage markers and allows users to book tee times directly from their phone. The app also provides details about each hole on the resort’s three courses as well as tips for playing the holes.

Palmetto Dunes features three distinctly different courses – the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the George Fazio Course and the Arthur Hills Course. The community itself is a 2,000-acre resort bounded by three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other.

The resort also includes an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing.

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November 6, 2012 - 6:52pm
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Adam Scott
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Adam Scott thinks golf's governing bodies should leave long putters alone and concentrate their energy more on dealing with the ever-expanding distances that modern clubs can hit the ball.

Before long, it seems, every player who uses a long putter will have come out against the proposed rule change to banish them. The latest to speak up is Adam Scott, who said on Tuesday that he spoke with European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady last week to stress his opinion that a ban on the long putter he has used since 2011 would be unfair.

"It is very hard to find a good reason to do that (get rid of long putters) at this stage, so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information," Scott told Reuters at the Barclays Singapore Open. "My opinion would be I don't think it is in the best interests of the game to ban the long putter. I think there are some more important issues that probably should have time spent on them than putting."

Scott went out of his way to shoot down a suggestion from Tiger Woods that the putter should be the shortest club in a player’s bag.

"His voice carries some weight on the issue -- a lot of players have been quite outspoken about it and certainly when Tiger Woods speaks about it generates a lot of interest," said Scott. "But I'm not necessarily sure his views on what the putter should be are correct at all. I don't think the putter should be the shortest club in the bag -- that has never been a rule in golf so I don't know why it should be now."

Instead of worrying about putters, Scott would prefer to see golf’s governing bodies focus more on reining in the distance that contemporary clubs are capable of hitting the ball.

"I think that it is fairly well acknowledged that length generally is probably the biggest issue in the game and it doesn't just mean how far pros hit it,” Scott told Reuters. "Some of our courses, great courses, are too short these days.

"If we are talking about equipment side of things, the length issue is probably the most important because tees are moved back," he added. "Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter."


November 6, 2012 - 2:57pm
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Nike VRS_Covert driver
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The new Nike VR_S Covert drivers feature a rich red paint job, and give golfers the ability to choose from 15 different options of loft and face angle.

Nike Golf unveiled its latest driver on Monday, and is unabashedly billing it as "the most innovative club" the company has ever produced. 

The new VR_S Covert driver is the first to bring high-speed cavityback technology to a driver that conforms to USGA and R&A rules, company officials said. It features three proprietary technologies (High Speed Cavity Back, FlexLoft adjustability and NexCOR face) that combine to enhance distance, control and forgiveness, they added. 

"With the VR_S Covert, we have created a game-changing piece of technology that has already begun a growing industry buzz," said Rob Arluna, Nike Golf’s Global Golf Club Business Director. "It is visually exciting, it feels and sounds amazing and, most importantly, it creates powerful results with a high degree of control. Golfers and our Nike Golf Tour athletes are going to have a lot of fun with this driver."

The High Speed Cavity Back is a technology used in irons and now brought to drivers, fairways and hybrids for the first time in a conforming driver. This leads to more stability at impact, Nike says, and that delivers more energy to the ball, resulting in more distance and control. The Cavity Back is only visible from the sole view, but is covered and hidden by the crown to make the club more visually pleasing at address – hence the name VR_S Covert.

By incorporating this new hidden geometry into the driver, Nike Golf engineers have been able to move the weight of the club to the heel and toe, increasing Moment of Inertia (MOI) to increase forgiveness and add even more distance to off-center shots.

The FlexLoft system is a simple pull, turn, and push/tighten mechanism that allows for an intuitive adjustment system. The patented Dual Axis adjustment allows golfers to choose their loft (between 8.5 and 12.5 degrees) and face angle independently of each other by decoupling loft from face angle. This creates 15 different options to suit their game and course conditions.

Finally, the NexCOR face technology featured in the VR_S Covert line is designed to deliver faster ball speed and longer shots from a wider area of the face. NexCOR creates more speed at impact by employing a variable face thickness that moves the sweet spot higher from the heel of the club to the center high, where most golfers are likely to make impact.

Featuring a deep red paint job, the VR_S Covert driver will be offered in two models, the VR_S Covert Tour and VR_S Covert. The VR_S Covert Tour features a 430cc head and features a deeper face and a fixed weight screw. The VR_S Covert has a larger 460cc head and has a wider breadth. Both models will come with Mitsubishi Rayon’s new Kuro Kage shafts that are produced with higher carbon fiber density for superior control and power.

The drivers will be available in golf stores throughout North America and Europe on Feb. 8, 2013, and in the rest of world starting Feb. 15, 2013. The VR_S Covert Tour will carry a street price of $399, while the VR_S Covert model will carry a street price of $299.


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November 6, 2012 - 2:32pm
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Bob Toski
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Bob Toski is still as sharp as ever, on and off the course.

It might be a record. It is certainly the kind of achievement that deserves recognition.  

Noted teacher and timeless professional Bob Toski shot a routine 73 over the weekend at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.: 35-38 from just under 6,500  yards.  

What makes the feat noteworthy is the fact that Toski is 86 years old. He doesn't know if 13 shots under your age is a record, and he doesn't care. "I don't play for records," Toski said. "Now, I'm playing customer golf and giving golf lessons when I'm out there. But I still love it and can still get it around pretty well."  

 Toski was the leading money winner on tour in 1954 and was the first living professional inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.  


November 6, 2012 - 1:51pm
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Jack Nicklaus is hitting the campaign trail for Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential race. Jack greeted fans before the Bengals game on Sunday and hit four Ohio cities on Monday.


With the presidential campaign coming to a close, and with Ohio being the central battleground, it should come as no surprise that both sides are bringing out their biggest guns in the final day.  


For Mitt Romney, having one of Ohio’s greatest sporting icons on the stump could make the difference. 


Jack Nicklaus spoke to an overflow crowd of Cincinnati Bengals tailgaters in the parking lot of Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday. And today (Monday) the Golden Bear, along with Olympic figure skater and Ohio native Scott Hamilton, are on a six-city campaign swing throughout the state, finishing in Jack’s hometown of Dublin, outside Columbus.  


"I just don’t like the direction we’re heading," Jack told the L.A. Times when asked why he was so active in this campaign after never getting involved in politics before. "I don’t like the divide we have in the country. I’ve never seen our country get split like this, and I really dislike that."


He also referenced his father and grandfather. Jack’s grandfather had been a railroad worker and had implored his son, Jack’s father, Charlie, to work hard and strive for a better life. Charlie Nicklaus became a successful pharmacist, and his son became the greatest golfer of all time.  


"They all had the American dream, the ability to be able to have their own businesses, the same as I’ve done," Nicklaus said to the Times. "I don’t see our kids, our grandkids, having that ability under what’s happening with the government. I want them to have that opportunity. This is more about my family than anything else."  


This is the first, and perhaps the last time Jack will be active in presidential politics. And he is taking on this task with the same focused determination that won 18 professional major championships.  


He also regrets not getting involved 36 years ago when his friend, President Gerald Ford, asked for his help. 


"I said, 'Mr. President, I’ve always stayed away from politics. I deal with people on both sides.' And he respected that and he never had an issue with that, and we played a lot of golf after that. But I didn’t help him and he lost Ohio by several thousand votes. Had he won Ohio, he would have won the election. I’ve always had big regrets about that."


Jack has no regrets this time. If Mitt Romney wins Ohio – and the polls are very close – he will owe a great deal of the efforts of our game’s greatest ambassador. 


November 6, 2012 - 1:23pm
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Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag
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Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, the new Datrek Go-Lite 14 stand bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top.

The latest addition to the massive Datrek stable of golf bags is the Go-Lite 14 stand bag, which weighs in at only five pounds yet features both a 14-way mesh padded top and full-length individual dividers.

"The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is the perfect bag for the golfer looking for a multipurpose stand bag -- light enough to carry and full-featured to use on a cart," said Craig Ramsbottom, president of Datrek parent company Dynamic Brands.

Made of durable diamond ripstop nylon material, this new bag boasts a 14-way mesh padded top with full-length individual dividers and an ergonomic handle integrated into the top. There is ample storage room with five pockets, including a large garment pocket, fleece-lined valuables pocket, insulated beverage sleeve and an oversized ball pocket.

An additional feature is its cart-friendly base adaptable for both push carts and riding carts. It also has a towel ring, umbrella holder, Velcro glove holder and external tee holder, along with a padded double shoulder strap to make walking and carrying easy and comfortable.

The Go-Lite 14 stand bag is available in six color patterns -- red/black/white, white/charcoal/black, royal/black/white, charcoal/black/white, orange/black/white and lime green/black/white. It is now available, and carries a suggested retail price of $149.99.

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