Callaway Golf/San Diego Padres
Petco Park in San Diego will be transformed from a baseball field into a unique golf course for one weekend in November.
Major League Baseball season is over – it is for my teams, anyway – but Callaway and the San Diego Padres have come up with a fantastic reason to visit Petco Park next month. They're building an actual nine-hole golf course inside the park, and it'll be open to the public on Nov. 5-8.
Each hole will play in a different part of the park, from the dugout to the upper deck, and will feature a unique theme along with a chance to win prizes from snacks to a new Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver. Players will finish their round in The Loft presented by Budweiser, which will be transformed into a Callaway clubhouse and will give golfers the chance to relax, have some snacks, watch other golfers and even shop for souvenirs.
The course begins on a putting green in the Padres' dugout. From there, golfers will move to the upper deck, where they'll hit shots down onto the field from various locations for holes 2 through 5. 
No. 6 will tee off on the field level, while No. 7 will move to the Batter's Eye out in centerfield. No. 8 will feature some putting in the bullpen, and the final hole will be on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Green fees start at $100 for twosomes ($50 per player) and $200 for foursomes. The cost includes a nine-hole round for each golfer, as well as parking, snacks and beverages along the course, and a limited edition "The Links at Petco Park" hat.
Platinum twosomes and foursomes are also available for $400 and $800, respectively. In addition to the standard package, upgrades will include a limited edition Padres-branded Callaway club for each golfer and tickets to a 2016 Padres game.
The course will be reserved for media and corporate use on Nov. 5, and will be open to the public Nov. 6-8. Callaway will provide clubs and balls for players to use, and tee times can be reserved at:
"Playing a nine-hole course at a venue like Petco Park with Callaway golf clubs and balls will be a once-in-a-lifetime round, and we are excited to be a part of it," said Callaway Senior Vice President of Marketing Harry Arnett. 
San Diego Padres and Callaway to build nine-hole golf course inside Petco Park
October 15, 2015 - 1:25pm
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Alvaro Quiros
Want to see a cruel tap-in par-putt rejection? Check this out from Spain's Alvaro Quiros from Thursday's first round of the Portugal Masters.

You know how the Golf Gods took care of Matt Kuchar on Thursday by blowing his golf ball into the hole?

Well, they also hosed Spain's Alvaro Quiros.

During the first round of the Portugal Masters on Thursday, Quiros was faced with a short birdie putt on the par-5 12th. He missed it, leaving himself less than a foot for par.

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Quiros stepped up to sweep it in, disgusted with the birdie effort, and then this happened...


Are you kidding me? That ball hit the back of the cup, which swatted it away like a Shaquille O'Neal rejection.


From birdie to bogey just like that. 

Quiros gets rejected on tap-in putt
October 15, 2015 - 11:46am
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Deer fight
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From the "you don't see this everyday" files: Two bucks locked horns on the middle of a green at Spyglass Hill Golf Course last week. Yikes.

It's not unusual to see wildlife on the golf course.

But, when said wildlife is fighting on a green, well, that's another story.

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That's what happened at the Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach a week ago (nice spot by Golf Digest writer John Strege) when two bucks went at it hard.

Check out the video below:


Simmer down, guys. You're in Pebble Beach, Calif. Take in the scenery. 

Bucks brawl on green at Spyglass Hill
October 15, 2015 - 9:45am
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Matt Kuchar
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You know it's your day on the golf course when you're lining up a short putt for what would be a crushing double bogey, but then a gust of wind provides an incredibly lucky assist. Just ask Matt Kuchar.

Following the Presidents Cup, Matt Kuchar decided to stay on the other side of the world, traveling from South Korea to Fiji for the Fiji International on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

On an incredibly windy day at Natadola Bay Golf Course Sigatoka in Thursday's first round, the Golf Gods rewarded Kuchar for playing the tournament.

RELATED: What happens if the wind blows your ball in the hole?

Check out what happens as Kuchar lines up a short double bogey putt on the second hole:


That's right... the wind blew the ball in the hole for bogey -- the last shot Kuchar played. Kuchar finished the day with a 2-over 72 and is currently tied for second.

Kuchar did not have to replace his ball. He was protected by Decision 18-1/12 and Decision 20-3d/1 in the Rules of Golf. To summarize, Decision 18-1/12 states that the wind is not considered an "outside agency." If the wind blows a player's ball, he or she should play from the new position. If the wind blows the ball into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his or her last stroke played.

Decision 20-3d/1 benifited Kuchar as well, because it states that even a ball that has been replaced ("marked") on a green -- if at rest on the spot it was placed -- would be played from the new location if the wind caused it to move. For Kuchar, the new location was in the hole, hence no need to play another shot.

Lucky break for Kuch indeed. 

Howling wind blows Kuchar's ball into the hole
Jaden Soong
Jaden Soong is only 5 years old, but he already knows how to hold his finish like a pro.
There are lots of cool little golfers out there. We've even written about a few here on over the years. But I ran across a little guy the other day who has a personality to match his game.
His name is Jaden Soong. He's five years old, and lives in Southern California, where he plays in U.S. Kids Golf tournaments – and regularly wins medals. He's also already made a hole-in-one – something his dad has never done.
In the video below, you can see why he got an ace – his swing is awesome, and he really makes solid contact. He even holds his finish just like a pro.
The other thing he does like a pro – TV interviews. His interplay with reporter Curt Sandoval in a feature for KABC-TV is just hilarious. 
"Why do you like golf?" Sandoval asks. Because, Jaden replies, "you get birdies and pars." 
It's a little early to make guarantees, but it sure seems like we'll be seeing more of young Jaden on the golf course in a few years – playing big tournaments or covering them. Either way, he'll be well worth watching.
To see the KABC-TV feature, click here  – there's no way to embed the video, but I encourage you to take a look. And you can check out his game in this video his dad posted on YouTube last summer:
5-year-old Jaden Soong has a winning golf game and personality
Drone golf
The object of drone golf is to drop a golf ball as close to a flagstick as possible.
As long as there are people with imaginations, there will be new variations of golf.
The newest one I've run across: Drone Golf. Yes, that's playing golf using a drone.
Drone golf is the invention of a man named John Mendonca, a retired electrical engineer who lives in Las Vegas and has been tinkering with the concept at Las Vegas Country Club.
"I always loved remote control stuff, and this is even more fun," Mendonca told KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.
The object of his game is pretty simple. You equip a drone with a cup big enough to hold a golf ball, then fly your drone over a golf hole. When you think your drone is directly over the hole, you have the drone drop the ball.
There's no putting or anything after you drop. Your score is determined by the number of inches your ball comes to rest away from the flagstick.
It's just that simple. And that's why his slogan for his game is "Fly – drop – win."
Mendonca is still developing his concept for the game, and so far has restricted it to the practice range at Las Vegas CC. He does, however, have some big ideas.
"I hope to have a professional drone golf association," he told the TV station, "where people from all around the world can come to compete for prize money."
Here's the report from KLAS:
Could Drone Golf become the next big golf game?