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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.
 
September 10, 2012 - 11:16pm
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John Holmes
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ProQuip Trophy Suit
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The Trophy Suit from ProQuip gives the public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by the European Ryder Cup squad.

Golf outerwear maker ProQuip has supplied more Ryder Cup teams -- European and American -- than any other clothing manufacturer, and its new Trophy Suit is made from the same high-performance fabric technology developed for the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team rain suit.

The new garment will go on sale Sept. 25 – the beginning of Ryder Cup Week -- giving the golfing public a version of the weatherwear to be worn by Captain José María Olazábal and his squad.

The slim-fit suit, which features an exclusive ultra-lightweight waterproof fabric with high-performance breathability, offers athletic freedom of movement with comfort and protection in all conditions. The distinctive fabric is also crease-free, so it continues to look good even after being stored in a golf bag.

"We know from the experience of the 2010 Ryder Cup that the weather can be a factor and that keeping players dry and comfortable and enabling them to perform at their best is imperative," said ProQuip USA CEO Peter Dalton. "That's why the design team has pulled out all the stops to develop this world-class technical fabric, which has been rigorously tested to create what we believe is our best ever rain suit.

The Trophy Suit jacket is available in an array of colors and sizes (S-XXXL) with matching black trousers and, like all ProQuip rain suits, is guaranteed for three years. The suggested retail price is $400 for the jacket and $300 for the trousers.

For more information, visit www.proquipgolfusa.com.

September 10, 2012 - 6:32pm
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John Holmes
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Rory McIlroy
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The big trophy is from the Western Golf Association, while the smaller trophy is from the BMW Championship.

A few quick items of note from last weekend’s tournament action:

BMW Championship
--Rory McIlroy won the BMW Championship six days after capturing the Deutsche Bank Championship, making him the first player to win two straight PGA Tour playoff events since Tiger woods did it in 2009.

--He also now has won three of his last four starts, when you include the PGA Championship. The one he didn’t win was The Barclays, where he tied for 24th place.

--The BMW Championship was McIlroy’s sixth career win on the PGA Tour. Only Tiger Woods (with 15 wins) and Jack Nicklaus (with eight) have won more times before turning 24. McIlroy turns 24 next May. He’s also won in Dubai and Hong Kong on the European Tour, so he actually has eight career wins around the globe.

Kingsmill Championship
--Jiyai Shin edged Paula Creamer Monday morning on the ninth hole of sudden death, after they had played eight extra holes without a resolution on Sunday. After tying in regulation, they played the 18th hole eight straight times Sunday night, and both players parred it every time. On Monday, they played the 16th hole, and Shin won when Creamer three-putted for bogey.

--Their playoff was the second-longest in LPGA Tour history. The longest came at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open, when Jo Ann Prentice needed 10 extra holes to upset Kathy Whitworth and Sandra Palmer. The third-longest was Cristie Kerr's victory over Seol-An Jeon on the seventh extra hole in the 2004 LPGA Takefuji Classic.

--The longest playoff in PGA Tour history lasted 11 holes between Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum in the 1949 Motor City Open. After the 11th hole, the players mutually agreed to quit, and they were declared co-winners. On the Champions Tour, the 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic went 10 playoff holes before David Graham defeated Dave Stockton.

KLM Open
--Peter Hanson won the KLM Open on the European Tour with an eagle on the last hole. Not sure how often that has happened, but it’s fairly rare – although, of course, just two weeks ago, Eugene Wong canned a 133-yard 9-iron approach shot on the final hole of the Canadian Tour Championship for a walk-off win. Hanson’s eagle wasn’t quite as dramatic, as he only had to make a 35-foot putt for his eagle – and that’s the last stroke he’ll make in competiton until the Ryder Cup.

And speaking of Eugene Wong …
--He won the Great Waterway Classic on the Canadian Tour on Sunday, giving him two victories in a row – just like Rory McIlroy! Seriously, Wong is a rookie on the Canadian Tour after a stellar college career at Oregon – where he was coached Casey Martin and won the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. A native of Vancouver, he was also the PAC-12 player of the year in both 2010 and 2012, and just turned pro this summer. It’ll be no surprise if he shows up on the PGA Tour within a couple of years.

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.