If you had all the money in the world and were tasked with building a golfer's dream house, what would it look like?
Chances are it would resemble this mansion in Westchester, New York. And you're in luck, it's for sale! The price tag: just under $16 million.
The nearly 10,000 square foot house sits on 10 acres and looks out onto conversed land around Lake Waccabuc, only an hour's drive from New York City.
It includes six bedrooms, eight baths, an infitinity pool, a heated spa, a 100 foot-long dock, a boat house, a one-bedroom guesthouse, and 300 feet of direct waterfront along which 60 feet of beach has been installed.
And the best part for golfers? How about two golf greens, a driving range, and 10 tee boxes for 10 different golf shots.
The original house was built in 1928 by Enoch Mead, who owned Lake Waccabuc and the surrounding area. Its current owner, Mark Mosello, bought the property in 1990 for $1 million. Mosello works as an outdoor lighting designer and his work can be seen on the estates of financiers like Sanford Weill and Jamie Dimon.
If you're interested and have an extra $16 million laying around, check out the listing here.
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How cool is this shot and reaction from a little guy looking like Ernie Els out of the bunker?
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European Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter will not be in this year's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National -- at least not as a player.
Poulter was appointed as a vice captain early this week by Captain Darren Clarke after disclosing that he would be away from the game for several months to recover from a foot injury.
On Wednesday morning, Poulter joined Matt Adams on Golf Channel's Fairways of Life show and talked about how much it hurt -- emotionally -- to be dealing with an injury in a Ryder Cup year.
"It's demoralizing because it's no secret how much I love the Ryder Cup and how much I want to compete," Poulter, who sports a 12-4-2 record in five Ryder Cup appearances, told Adams. "Obviously, I wasn't in the best of form. I was finding it difficult to play and wasn't in a position to get picked either. I would have put extra pressure on myself and played more tournaments to try and make the team and it would have sent me down a bad path."
Once Poulter explained the situation to Clarke, he was immediately offered a role in Clarke's back room as an assistant captain.
"I was honored for him to ask me," Poulter said. 'It's an amazing position to be in to be able to spend that time with the team. It's going to mean an awful lot and hopefully, if I can help in anyway possible -- whether it's making a cup of tea or doing anything I need to do to help that team feel comfortable, be happy on the golf course, be happy off the golf course, then I'm going to do whatever it is I need to do to assist that team."
Since winning the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., the Europeans have only lost the Ryder Cup twice -- 1999 and 2008.
You can watch the complete Poulter interview here:
On Tuesday, we told you the story of amateur golfer Chris Crawford, who realized a dream when he holed a 40-foot birdie putt on his final hole of a 36-hole sectional qualifier to secure a spot in next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Today, we bring you the nightmarish story of Won Jun Lee, a 17-year-old from South Korea, who missed out on a spot at Oakmont in the most crushing way imaginable -- not understanding one of the many tedious rules of golf.
Lee, seventh in the World Junior Rankings, received a two-stroke penalty on the 11th hole during the second round after using a club to tamp down a pitch mark that his ball had left when landing behind the green.
According to golf rule 13-2, players are not allowed to repair such marks off the green when they might interfere with their swing.
Playing partner Tim Wilkinson called for an official at that point because he said Lee had already skirted the rule several times in the first round and another time at the second hole in the second round.
Instead of a par, the two-stroke penalty gave Lee a double-bogey six and a score of 68 instead of 66. At 5-under 139 for two rounds, Lee finished one-shot out of a five-for-two spots playoff to get into the U.S. Open.
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Without the penalty, Lee would have tied Wilkinson for second at 7-under and the five players who finished 6-under would have gone to a playoff for one spot instead of two.
“I had to say something ... it’s unfortunate because he’s a very, very good player,” said Wilkinson, a PGA Tour member. “I wanted him to realize that you’ve got to respect the game. And it’s about the rest of the field, too.”
Wilkinson said Lee initially denied tapping down the pitch mark.
“I said, ‘you can’t do that ... you can’t tap down pitch marks behind the ball,’” Wilkinson said. “He said, ‘no I didn’t,’ and I said, ‘yes you did ... I just watched you do it.’ Sorry, that was an admission of guilt to me.”
Yikes. Smits also reported that Lee left the course in tears and was unavailable for comment.
Via his website, www.TigerWoods.com, Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will miss both next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont, as well as the PGA Tour event that he hosts, Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
"While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year's U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I'm not yet ready for tournament competition.
"I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week.
"I will be hosting and attending my foundation's tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It's the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation."
Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since a T10 last August in the Wyndham Championship.
This will be the third time in six years that Woods misses the U.S. Open. When the national championship was last played at Oakmont -- in 2007 -- Woods tied for second.