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October 26, 2014 - 12:02pm
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Mt. Fuji
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Mount Fuji looms in the distance over the practice range at Kawaguchiko Country Club.

Let's face it: Golf courses are designed with natural aesthetics in mind. The whole idea of golf is to spend some hours away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and in a natural environment.

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But even so, there are some places on Earth that just take your breath away. For example, Kirk Oguri shared this picture Sunday morning on Twitter.

 

 

It's got to be just a little hard to concentrate on your shot when every time you look up to follow the flight of the ball, you see Japan's iconic Mount Fuji in the distance. Not your typical driving range view, to be sure. And the rest of the course appears to be just as gorgeous.

In case you'd like to experience this for yourself, Kawaguchiko Country Club is located southwest of Tokyo -- and about 25 kilometers (roughly nine miles) from Fuji's summit, according to Google maps.

October 26, 2014 - 10:02am
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Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson and his family pose for a Halloween photo that will leave quite an impression on you.

Bubba Watson is a two-time Masters champion who isn't afraid to show his goofy side. Although in this case, it's more like Mickey Mouse.

Once you see this, it may be impossible to unsee it ever again.

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Watson tweeted a photo of his family's Halloween costumes -- and it's so cute, it's horrifying.

 

 

Yes, that's Watson in a Mickey Mouse outfit, complete with ears, red shorts and oversized hands. Just try to find a golf glove to fit those fingers.

And you thought Henrik Stenson's skull mask was the scariest thing you were going to see from a professional golfer this month. Not even close.

Will MacKenzie
Will MacKenzie prepares to hit what turns out to be a hole-in-one Saturday on the sixth hole in the McGladrey Classic.

This might be the least demonstrative hole-in-one in PGA Tour history, mainly because the ball disappeared so quickly into the cup that Will MacKenzie didn't realize it at first.

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Watch and see for yourself:

 

 

The ace moved MacKenzie to the top of the leaderboard, which makes a good day on the golf course even better.

Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez is set to close on a $22 million luxury Manhattan penthouse that features, among other things, a private putting green.

Sold: A $22 million four-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury Manhattan penthouse with 3,000 square feet of exterior space, including a private putting green -- because everybody knows it's hard to find practice facilities close by.

The buyer? According to a story this week in the New York Daily News, none other than Jennifer Lopez, who will now count among her close neighbors Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR's Jeff Gordon.

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J. Lo has agreed to purchase one of four apartments in the Whitman Building on East 26th Street, north of Madison Square Garden.

From the story:

The building has a private gym and key-locked elevators with private landings.

All the apartments have custom kitchen cabinetry, wide plank rift oak floors, Italian marble slab bathrooms and smart home systems that allow residents to control lights, music and heating from their iPhones or iPads.

Hopefully, J.Lo will invite Beyonce over to practice, since she doesn't mind getting out on the course herself.

 

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson shared a YouTube video of himself and 3-year-old golf prodigy Tommy.

In September, we shared with you the story of 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who is a burgeoning golf prodigy despite being born with only one arm.

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Tommy's favorite golfer is Bubba Watson, who is now suitably impressed by Tommy's golfing abilities. On Friday, Watson posted this YouTube video of him watching Tommy hit one from the tee. 

 

 

Watson then tweeted this:

 

 

 

That's got to be pretty special -- not only meeting a two-time Masters winner, but earning his praise and respect in the process. Let's hope Tommy Morrissey goes a long way in this game.

 

Thorbjorn Olesen
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Thorbjorn Olesen's light schedule this season can be traced to an unfortunate encounter with a camel.
Thorbjorn Olesen made a bit of a splash in 2013 when he signed with Nike Golf and was featured in some advertisements with swoosh wearers like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. He's been a bit quiet lately – he's ranked No. 130 in the world – and now we know why.
 
He fell off a camel.
 
Yes, seriously. 
 
"I was in Dubai with a few friends; we were riding on motorbikes and did all sorts of other stuff," Olesen explained in a story published today in The Melbourne Age newspaper in Australia. "Then I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my [groin] muscle, so it took a couple months before I was ready to play again.
 
"Sometimes it bounces back and I need to get some treatment, but it's all good now."
 
The 24-year-old from Denmark shared the lead after Thursday's first round of the Perth International in western Australia before slipping one shot off the pace today.
 
He tied for fifth in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and tied for third in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic early in the year, but played only sparingly through the spring and early summer. He began ramping it back up at the PGA Championship, and is making his 13th start of 2014 this week in Perth, where he is looking for his first win since 2012.
 
"Its been a dry period," he said. 
 
Not surprisingly, we note, camels like the dry.