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February 8, 2017 - 12:28pm
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T.J. Auclair
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frozen pond
Playing a golf shot off a frozen pond isn't a good idea. But bouncing the ball off said frozen pond? That's a different story and can lead to a tremendous outcome.

Playing golf in the winter months -- if you can stand the frigid temperatures -- can have its advantages.

The biggest advantage, aside from monster drives that bounce forever on those frozen fairways, is there are virtually no water hazards to be found... instead, they've turned to ice.

When that's the case, you can get a little more creative than usual with your shots where those hazards come into play.

Take this lad for instance. Rather than hit a touchy wedge shot over the frozen pond to a pin with not much green to work with, he elected to pitch the ball into the middle of the pond, bounce it off the ice and stick it close (h/t



Well played.

There are also times when you might think a frozen pond makes for an opportunity to save a penalty stroke, but it actually isn't... Like this guy we wrote about in December with his frozen pond shot gone wrong:



I think I like the idea of bouncing the ball off the ice more than playing a shot while standing on it.

February 8, 2017 - 11:22am
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T.J. Auclair
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pebble beach, golf, weather
Pebble Beach was not pretty -- the weather that is -- during a practice round on Tuesday ahead of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The seventh hole at Pebble Beach -- one of the most famous holes in the world -- is a par 3 that plays just over 100 yards and is downhill.

Should be a piece of cake, especially for the best players in the game, right?

It's easy to get lost in the hole's beauty with the Pacific Ocean wrapping around its right side and all around the back of the green. The waves crashing into the cliffs along the edges of the green are breathtaking.

But, at the end of the day, it's still a short shot...

... Unless weather is, umm, not ideal.

That was the case on Tuesday as players and their pro-am partners were going through a practice round for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"The sea was angry that day, my friends" as George Costanza once said in Seinfeld (or as Ernest Hemingway wrote in "The Old Man and the Sea."

Thanks to social media, we were able to see just how nasty it was out there.

Tony Finau -- one of the biggest hitters in the world -- need a 5-iron from 106 yards to reach the green:

Charley Hoffman hit the green from 112 yards, also with a 5 iron:

And how about this tweet from AP golf writer Doug Ferguson of Jerry Kelly and Aaron Rodgers?

Any other place in the world, these conditions probably make for a miserable day of golf. But, as Hoffman said, it proved to be, "Some of the most fun I have ever had on the course." 

Tiger Woods
It was 17 years ago today, Feb. 7, 2000, that Tiger Woods overcame a 7-shot deficit with seven holes to play at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

If, like most of us, you're bummed out about the recent setback in the return of Tiger Woods -- back spasms that forced his withdrawal after one round in Dubai last week and have his future unclear -- allow us to take you back to a happier time in Tiger's career.

On this day 17 years ago,Feb. 7, 2000, Woods remarkably overcame a seven-shot deficit with seven holes to play to defeat Matt Gogel in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to claim his sixth consecutive PGA Tour victory.

That win allowed Woods to tie Ben Hogan, who won six consecutive starts in 1948, for the second-longest streak in professional golf history. Byron Nelson holds the all-time record with 11 consecutive wins in 1945.

RELATED: A timeline of Tiger Woods injuries, setbacks and returns

Tiger's win at Pebble that year marked the 17th of his career. Since then, he has won an eye-popping 62 more times. The Pebble triumph was also the second of Tiger's nine wins for the 2000 season, which also included the first three legs of the "Tiger Slam" -- the U.S. Open (also played at Pebble Beach that year, a major Woods won by a record 15 strokes), Open Championship and PGA Championship. He would complete that slam with his win at the Masters in 2001.

Woods fired an 8-under 64 in the final round and it included this incredible eagle hole-out at the par-4 15th from 97 yards:

Gogel, of course, gave Woods a little help with four bogeys over his final nine holes to lose by two.

"I'm not the first pro that has struggled on the back nine at Pebble, and won't be the last," said Gogel, 28 at the time. "Trying to win a golf tournament for the first time, battling the emotions, it was quite a test." 

February 7, 2017 - 12:53pm
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Sam Snead
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On Feb. 7, 1962, Sam Snead became the first -- and only -- male to win a LPGA event.

Here's something you may not have known about the PGA Tour's all-time wins (82) leader, Sam Snead: On this day -- Feb. 7 -- in 1962, Slammin' Sammy became the first and only male to win an LPGA event.


Snead was in the field at the 15-player field at the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational played at Palm Beach Golf Club -- a par-3 course -- in 1961 and 1962.

In 1961, the field boasted 24 men and women. Louise Suggs won that event by one stroke and Snead finished third, two shots behind.

But in 1962, Snead prevailed by five strokes over Mickey Wright. Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls were also in the field, where Snead was the only male of the 15 players who teed it up.

Snead's winning total was 5-under 211 in the event which featured four rounds over two days.

It's been written that Snead won "about $1,500" in the victory, but as notes, it came at a cost.

According to a Palm Beach Post report:

"The last three holes (of the opening round) were played with the knowledge that his expensive little inboard runabout boat was slowly sinking, just a wedge shot from the course, in Lake Worth."

So there you have it -- the time Sam Snead won an unofficial LPGA event. 

February 7, 2017 - 11:58am
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dream house
Do you have more money than you know what to do with? Allow us to help you spend it on a home near a world-class golf course. Here's a look at nine golf homes you can buy when money is no object.

Do you love golf and so much disposable income you don't know what to do with it?

First, congrats. We're insanely jealous.

Second, if you're looking to spend some of that money, we've dug up nine incredible homes near world-famous golf courses that are currently on the market.

If you're house hunting, check this out.

9. 3225 Wheeler Rd, Augusta, Ga.  
List price: $1,699,000
Details: 6 beds; 6 full, 3 half baths; 9,900 sq ft; 1.63 acres lot
The most modest in size -- and price -- that you'll find on this list, the reason we love this home is because of its proximity to Augusta National Golf Club. That counts for something.

8. 133 Flyway Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455 
List price: $22,000,000
Details: 9 beds; 9 full, 1 half bath; 10,500 sq ft; 2.07 acres lot
Home to the Ocean Course, which has played host to a Ryder Cup and a PGA Championship, Kiawah Island truly is a slice of heaven for the entire family.

7. 7 Olde Town Ln, Southampton, NY 
List price: $29,900,000
Details: 10 beds; 10 full, 5 half baths; 17,400 sq ft; 174240.0 acres lot
Shinnecock Hills, Sebonack and National Golf Links are just three of the ridiculous golf courses you'll find in this area of the country.

6. 9 Old Towne Ln, Southampton, NY 
List price: $39,500,000 (recently reduced)
Details: 10 beds; 9 full, 3 half baths; 15,500 sq ft; 174240.0 acres lot
There's nothing better, the wealthy say, than summer in the Hamptons. In a place like this, we could quickly adjust to life in the Hamptons too.

5. 203 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, Hawaii 
List price: $15,000,000
Details: 8 beds ; 8 full, 1 half baths; 13,083 sq ft; 6.83 acres lot
Imagine, just under 7 acres of Maui -- with a palace -- just for you. Does it get any better?

4. 3 Kapalua Pl, Lahaina, Hawaii  
List price: $20,880,000
Details: 6 beds; 6 full, 1 half baths; 6,631 sq ft; 0.64 acres lot
One of only four beachfront homes in Kapalua. This Maui gem features "breathtaking views of Molokai, the breaching whales and the Oneloa Bay shore breaks."

3. 3164 Palmero Way, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $17,495,000
Details: 6 beds; 5 full, 1 half bath; 8,000 sq ft; 2.75 acres lot
Stunning? Yes. We'd live there in a second. But, it's not even close to our favorite near Pebble Beach. Those are coming.

2. 3290 17 Mile Dr, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $49,888,000
Details: 5 beds; 5 full, 2 half baths; 8,862 sq ft; 2.02 acres lot
From the overview, "Privately situated on Pescadero Point and a short stroll to The Lodge, this landmark home is one of 31 rarely available water front properties in Pebble. This iconic Pebble Beach ocean front estate offers stunning views from every room of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel Bay and Beach, Carmel Valley, and Point Lobos." Sold.

1. Undisclosed address, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 
List price: $37,900,000
Details: 8 beds; 9 full, 2 half bath; 11,903 sq ft; 9.08 acres lot
OK, so the address is undisclosed, but if you're wondering just how close it is to Pebble Beach, check out the view in the photo from the back porch... that would be the famed par-3 seventh hole. Lord, what it would be like to have your morning coffee looking out at that every day. The house is amazing, but -- if I had $38 mil to spend, I'd take a tent in that location just for the view. It's that logic that will prevent me from ever having that much money unless I hit the lottery.