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October 9, 2013 - 9:42am
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FarmLinks Golf Club
FarmLinks
The postcard-like fifth hole at FarmLinks Golf Club.

One of the most frequent reasons given for why people aren't interested in playing more golf is this: it takes too long.

FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., is on a mission to do its part to tackle the game's biggest issue when it comes to getting folks out to play.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the course -- located an hour from Birmingham and ranked the No. 1 public course in Alabama -- is hosting an experimental, open-to-the-public day of golf on with a goal of keeping all rounds at or around 3 1/2 hours.

RELATED: Your votes for best golf courses in Alabama

A special rate of $90, 30 percent less than a regular green fee at FarmLinks, will include all-you-can-play-golf, a cart, a Southern-style lunch, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited use of the practice range and a "FarmLinks 3.5 Club" golf hat.

For almost any course this is an incredible deal. At a top-rated course, it's an absolute steal.

Tee times must be made in advance of this event and are available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you're in the area, call (256) 208-7600 to book your tee time, or email Director of Golf Terry Davis at tdavis@pursellfarms.com.

The big question here is: How do you get folks to play a round at or around 3 1/2 hours?

To that end, FarmLinks will encourage all guests to play "ready golf" on every shot, maintain pace with the immediate group ahead, keep lost-ball searches to one minute or less, restrict the use of ball markers on the green and more. FarmLinks will record data from the experiment to determine which strategies were most beneficial, what areas need improvement and provide additional methods to aid pace-of-play.

“As the world’s first and only research and demonstration golf course, FarmLinks has the unique opportunity to offer feedback and insight to the industry regarding these pace-of-play suggestions,” said Pursell Farms CEO David Pursell. “We will seek to prove that a full field of golfers can play 18 holes in less time, while still enjoying the game and not feeling rushed.”

To learn more, visit FarmLinks at www.farmlinks.org/golf, or check it out on Facebook.

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October 9, 2013 - 8:35am
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Jason Day (second from the right) summed up his experience with the Blue Jackets beautifully in this tweet: "Looking like a seasoned vet, skating like a beginner with a chair."

When you think Australian, the first thing that comes to mind is hockey, right?

We didn't think so.

But on Tuesday, hockey was on the mind of Australian golf star Jason Day, as he took the ice with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.

RELATED: What we learned from the Presidents Cup

You can watch how it played out here:

 

 

A little reminiscent of a baby giraffe learning to walk, no? Just kidding. That wasn't bad for a guy who has never been on skates before.

In case you're wondering how this all unfolded, Day -- now a resident of Westerville, Ohio, which is his wife Ellie's home town -- has become golf buddies with Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (they're both members at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, where Day represented the International team over the weekend in the Presidents Cup).

Tuesday's practice was neither a game-day morning skate, nor was it the day before a game, making it the perfect time to extend the invitation to Day.

READ: Man, dressed as dog, aces hole and wins new car

“Man, it was tough,” Day told BlueJackets.com while cooling off in the Blue Jackets dressing room. “I thought I was going to be one of those people that just holds on to the glass the whole time. I think I did alright for being out on the ice for the first time ever, but I had these boys helping me.

“It’s kind of a new appreciation for how skilled these guys are; they obviously work hard, but to do what they’re doing on thin blades and make it look like they’re running around and the puck control is amazing.”

We're pretty sure Day will be sticking to golf.

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October 8, 2013 - 1:14pm
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This lucky dog won a brand new car for a recent ace.

In news you don't expect to read every day, a dog in Massachusetts received a 2014 Ford Fusion recently as a prize for a hole-in-one.

What? Well, a man dressed as a dog.

A memorial tournament was being held at Presidents Golf Course in Quincy, Mass., where the prize for an ace on a par 3 was supposed to be a new Ford Fusion by Quirk Auto Dealers in Quincy.

READ: Your biggest golf course pet peeves

The hole was meant to measure 185 yards in length. However, whomever put the course set up together dropped the ball and set the hole to the length of 160 yards.

During the tournament, a man dressed in a dog costume -- minus the head -- did the unthinkable and aced the hole.

Initially, Quirk wasn't going to cough up the car because the hole's measurement wasn't what it was supposed to be.

Naturally, the dog/man's friend then took to Reddit, as often happens in these cases of perceived wrongdoing, and made his case.

“My buddy hit a hole in one at a charity golf tournament,” wrote the friend. “He was dressed in this costume (head was off) and it was at a ‘win a car’ hole.”

READ: Your favorite things about Fall golf

The friend then vented a little more about the injustice, making the argument that since the hole was still a legit 160 yards and that the dealership had plenty of time to correct the distance, that his buddy should be driving away in this $35,000 car.

Well, this story has a happy ending. Via its Facebook page, Quirk announced it will award the car to the dog after all.

Here's the statement:

Hello Facebook - We will be awarding our Golf Tournament Winner a Brand new Ford Fusion. We want to let you know that we did indeed buy insurance and the official rules of the contest were not exactly followed (for one he's a dog). That said we think that our winner had "one hell of a great shot!" and the outfit was second to none! Congratulations Cujo! Come Forward and claim your prize!

Good thing Quirk delivered. Nobody likes seeing a puppy sad. 

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October 8, 2013 - 12:53pm
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Tom Watson, 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, is designing a nine-hole course in his home state of Missouri for children and those learning the game.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson is helping design a nine-hole golf course being tailored to children and others just learning the game.

The course, which will be alongside the 18-hole Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo., is described as, "challenging, but not discouraging."

The newspaper reports that Watson paid a recent visit to the cleared land with a rangefinder in hand and began sketching out holes on paper.

READ: Exclusive Ryder Cup 2014 Captain's Blog with Tom Watson

"This golf course is short by normal standards," said Watson in the report. "This course is designed for beginners, for kids or anybody, really, to play the game where you aren't forced to play 400-yard par 4's or 500-yard par 5's or 180-yard par 3's.

"That's the whole idea for this, to make it fun for them and not too long, where they can hit a shot and get rewarded for it."

The course is expected to cost $550,000 to build and donations and commitments of $125,000 have already been raised.

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October 8, 2013 - 12:33pm
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Brandt Snedeker
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Brandt Snedeker, a member of the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team on Sunday, was hoping to see older brother Haymes play in this week's U.S. Mid-Am. Those plans were foiled when Haymes lost his first-round match.

Haymes Snedeker -- older brother of PGA Tour star Brandt Snedeker -- was hoping to have his little brother in his gallery for a change.

Haymes, 37 years old and winner of the Golf Channel's Big Break X five years ago, was competing in this week's U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.

Brandt, four years younger than Haymes, was hoping to catch first-round action in the Mid-Am on Monday. After Sunday's victory in the Presidents Cup, however, Brandt was too tired to get to Birmingham. So, he sent Haymes a text message saying he would head to Birmingham if Haymes won his first-round match.

RELATED: What we learned from the Presidents Cup

It didn't pan out, as Rhode Islander Brad Valois handed the older Snedeker a 2-and-1 defeat.

"I know he was excited to come down here," Haymes, who works in real estate and is a part-time municipal judge in Fairhope, Ala., about 3 1/2 hours south of Birmingham, said in the USGA report. "It’s a shame I couldn't win one match."

One of the perks of winning Big Break in 2008 for Haymes, was a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2009 Children’s Miracle Classic at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. That remains the only time since Brandt turned professional that the brothers were able to compete in the same event.

For the record, Brandt finished tied for 60th that week, while Haymes missed the cut.

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October 8, 2013 - 11:47am
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PURE grips
PURE Grips
Personalization options are endless with PURE Grips.
Did you know that you should change out your golf grips once every 40 rounds, or -- if you don't play that often -- once every season?
 
Next time you're getting your grips changed, you might want to consider PURE Grips.
 
Based out of Scottsdale, Ariz., PURE Grips touts itself as featuring, "a unique combination of performance, feel, durability and value unmatched in the golf industry."
 
 
These are high-quality grips that come with a couple of big perks. First, installing a grip has never been easier, as PURE Grips require no adhesive tapes or solvents. And for those looking to separate themselves from others, PURE offers a wide variety of personalization options.
 
Pick a color and chances are PURE Grips has that color. Do you have a logo or name you want emblazoned on your grip (great for our friends who might be a little forgetful and leave clubs behind)? PURE Grips can do that too.
 
Golf is all about feel, which makes a proper grip essential. PURE Grips are guaranteed to remain supple and tacky and to perform in all conditions for 12 months.
 
New to the PURE Grips line this year is the PURE DTX -- a grip created with the help of acclaimed instructor Hank Haney. This particular grip offers all the benefits one would expect from a cord grip without the drawbacks -- like ripping your hands apart.
 
 
"I'm excited to work with PURE grips because of the high quality of the grips, as well as the ability to custom fit my students through their unique application of tapeless installation," Haney said. "As a teacher, I believe that custom fitting the club to the golfer is imperative. Until now, it was hard to get dialed in on the grip, but PURE's options and the ability to grip, remove and regrip with ease really helps us get a player in the right grip for their game."
 
The PURE DTX features two opposing textures -- one smooth and tacky with the other providing a rougher, more gritty surface. The repetitive and alternating pattern provides the feeling of secure traction and pleasant tack. The grips retail for $8.99 apiece.
 
To learn more about PURE and all the grip options available to you, visit www.puregrips.com.
 
You can also find PURE Grips on Facebook, or Twitter, @puregrips.
 
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