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Gordon McInnis, Lookout Point Professional, 1948-2019

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 17:28
Gordon McInnis, long-time professional at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill, Ont., passed away on Tuesday. He was 71. For the full obituary, click here.
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Voices: Tristan Mullally On Royal Portrush

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 14:35
While Royal Portush is a mystery to many heading into this week’s Open Championship, national women’s coach Tristan Mullally has experienced it first hand as an employee and as a player and offers some thoughts on what to expect this week. Click Play below to hear his discussion with Hutch.
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Royal Portrush Golf Club renews GEO Certified status

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-07-16 13:49
Royal Portrush Golf Club has successfully renewed its GEO Certified status. This is golf's most comprehensive and widely regarded sustainability distinction assured by GEO Foundation, which serves as a credible platform for communications of real outcomes and continual improvement for golf facilities that are actively fostering nature, conserving resources, and supporting the community.  The Club first became GEO Certified in December 2015 and has continued to strengthen its commitment to sustainability and protecting the natural links habitat. Examples of this include grassland and scrub improvement and maintaining a thriving habitat for native bee species.  “The Open is played on some of the world’s most revered golf courses, at venues which represent the many ways that golf can be beneficial to communities and the environment,” GEO Foundation executive director Jonathan Smith said. “Congratulations to the team at Royal Portrush for their achievements, and for helping to ensure the continuation of The R&A’s leadership policy of high sustainability standards for Open venues.” “We as a club are delighted to renew our GEO Certification and are able to track our progress and achieve continued improvement in our commitment to being an environmentally sustainable business,” Royal Portrush course manager Graeme Beatt said. “We are custodians of the Links here at Royal Portrush and take great pride in the flora and fauna within its sand dune grassland while also managing all departments of the business in a sustainable manner.” Hosting The Open for the second time in its history this year, Royal Portrush will be home to several sustainability initiatives including a focus on Fairtrade, local and ethically sourced produce, waste management efforts and The Open Water Initiative, which will see free purified, chilled local water delivered directly to fans, players, staff and officials through the use of on-site water stations and special edition refillable stainless steel bottles. The initiative will shine a light on the impact of global marine plastic pollution, while helping to drive behaviour change away from the single-use mindset that has led to an epidemic of ocean pollution. The initiative has been developed by The R&A in collaboration with Bluewater and is supported by UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign. “It is important that all venues which stage The Open set the standard in sustainability and we are delighted that Royal Portrush is demonstrating its continuing commitment to addressing issues concerning the local environment, use of resources and the local communities,” R&A director of sustainability Steve Isaac said.  “Our commitment to only host The Open at certified venues has been very well received and is a good match with The Open GreenLinks initiative across the staging of the Championship related to nature, communities and resources.”  The Open GreenLinks initiative was set up with the assistance of GEO Foundation’s OnCourse Tournaments program, utilizing many of the guidelines and resources that are designed to help golf tournaments around the world accelerate their own commitments, actions and results. Other recently GEO Certified venues include Portmarnock and The Island, which co-hosted the The Amateur Championship in 2019. ]]>
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Voices: Richard Zokol Previews The Open Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 11:23
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and former PGA Tour player Richard Zokol looks ahead to this week’s Open Championship at Royal Portush, a venue that is new territory for most of us since the tournament was last played there in 1951 when Max Faulkner was the Champion Golfer of the Year. Click Play below […]
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Mid-Week Notes: A Damp Open Championship, Season Already Winding Down, Graduation Day And More

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 11:23
It looks as if this week’s Open Championship will live up to the traditional perception of the event, with light to moderate rain expected all four days and temperatures between 16 and 19 degrees Celcius and varying wind directions. Occasional fog could be a factor, as well, at Royal Portrush … With Adam Hadwin, Corey […]
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Links: GolfBC Completes Sale Of Arbutus Ridge

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 11:22
GolfBC has announced it has completed the sale of Arbutus Ridge in Cobble Hill, B.C. The new owner is Zhao Zhenfu, who has other business interests on Vancouver Island, according to Brad Ziemer in his British Columbia Golf column here. For the GolfBC announcement, click here.
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Link: Bermuda Golf Course Making A Comeback

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-07-16 11:22
If you love golf in Bermuda, there will soon be another golf course to choose from with a makeover currently in process for the St. George’s Golf Course. Closed more than a decade ago, the new features are expected to be completed by the end of next year. Jonathan Kent has more here for the […]
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Debut 3M Open brought together by more than Scotch Tape

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-07-16 10:04
Long before 20-year-old Matthew Wolff howled home a tourney-crowning eagle at the PGA Tour’s inaugural 3M Open in early July, the maintenance cast and crew at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn.  was prepping a renovated course to ready for the world's best.

As detailed by Golf Course Industry in November, the grounds’ transition from a longtime PGA Tour Champions host into a reworked PGA Tour stop was neither a task nor a timeline for the timid.

Beginning what the course referred to as “competitive enhancements” literally the day after the farewell round of Champions play in early August, the TPC Twin Cities’ grounds team was on a clock of approximately 80 days to man the thorough design changes before winter.

As players neared the cut late on the Friday following round one’s Independence Day debut, Mark Michalski, head superintendent at TPC Twin Cities, found a rare moment to observe his charge on television, and to reflect on the torrid transition that took the course from a 7,000-yard par 72 to a 7,450-yard par 71.

After laying the last sod two days prior to construction companies pulling out on October 29, the track survived a tough winter, with stretches of days with no snow cover and 30-below temps.

“We got everything done,” Michalski said. “And then, coming out of winter, we didn’t lose any grass, but the grass was just so dormant. And then we didn’t get above 50-degrees soil temps until May 30.  Realistically, we only had a few months of growing weather with frost into early June.”

After a deluge of spring rain, Michalski found muggy weather in late June into early July playing to his benefit.

“If the fall gave us a little better weather, well ... the things we got done after October 10, you can still see some sod seams out there,” he continued. “It plays fine, but you can still see the scars a little. The holes we did first look like they were always there, but from a super’s standpoint, you want not the just playability, of course, but also the perfect aesthetics."

Some of the crew’s best-laid plans were at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Michalski had course peripheries and hospitality areas seeded with good germination ... which was washed away with pounding rain, affecting the reworked grounds.

“So there was, like, a foot of sand on the 18th fairway in spots,” he said. “That was discouraging; it set us back a bit. But I look back on that now, and, I mean, if we hadn’t sodded everything, with the winter we had, even if we had a good catch of seed, I think I would have lost some of that. So, without that rainstorm, I may have made the wrong decision. It was frustrating, but looking back on it now, I think I was given the weather I needed to do the job. Never get too high or too low as a superintendent, is what I've learned. You're only as good as the weather that you’ve got.”

As anticipated, a course that once played among the easiest on the Champions Tour indeed saw its share of red numbers for the world’s best. And yet, despite the lack of the grounds’ typical wind defense, TPC Twin Cities stood sturdy with a cumulative 69.455 scoring average, and saw 40 scorecards over-par for non-cut makers (Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson among them at 5-over).

In addition, the rework’s most dramatic change – a doubled lake size on the par-5 18th – saw the intended risk-reward narrative take form, ranging from Wolff's 72nd-hole eagle to world No. 1 Brooks Koepka carding a 4, 8, 7 and 3 across his respective four rounds.

For Michalski, the process was more than just turf-based; rather, seeds of knowledge grew across the 11-month window.

“I learned a lot from the design meetings,” Michalski said about observing the work of Steve Wenzloff, the PGA Tour’s vice president of design services, along with player consultant, Tom Lehman.  “I’m not a designer; I’m a superintendent. I like to play golf, to think about the course, but I learned so much about the ‘why’ those guys would do certain things, and the concepts behind it. Whether it was the bailout area left on the 18th to make for a longer second shot, or all the options presented with routing on the shorter No. 16 – those things gave players opportunity to use their imagination.”

And, come tourney time, architecture lessons segued to logistical understanding.

“Just stuff like how we get back to our maintence facility,” Michalski added. “It was tight, the way it was routed with fences and barriers. This week, we're going through catering and police and stuff, so it has been a challenge, but also an opportunity to make mental notes for next year.”

For Michalski, the transition of Tours on his grounds created an apropos comparison from a Minnesota native.

“It’s kinda’ like going from the County Fair to the State Fair – it's just so much more of everything,” Michalski concluded. “Inside the ropes, we kept things the same; outside the ropes is a different story.”

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Trio wins Power for Good scholarships

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-07-16 09:36
John Deere celebrated The First Tee 2019 Power for Good scholarship contest winners last week on the eve of The John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. The winners participated in a panel discussion with Scott Langley, a First Tee alum.

Each of the three winners received a $5,000 college scholarship, as well as a VIP experience at The John Deere Classic, including participation in the Wednesday Pro-Am at TPC Deere Run.

“As a leader in the golf industry, we are committed to supporting the next generation of golfers, and one way we do this is through our continued relationship with The First Tee and the John Deere Power for Good scholarship contest,” Deere director of global golf Manny Gan said. “The three 2019 winners are leaders both on and off the course, and we are proud to honor these young women this week at The John Deere Classic.”

The scholarship winners are Kharynton Beggs of Charleston, S.C., Katelyn Harris of Antelope, Calif., and Mombo Ngu of Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose of the contest is to recognize the efforts of young men and women in The First Tee program who, like John Deere, have a passion for improving their surroundings. Through an essay application, students are required to write a summary of the impact of their efforts and how their work is connected to the values learned through The First Tee and the game of golf.

Deere has sponsored The First Tee since 2012, working with the organization to positively impact young people through educational programs and the game of golf. The scholarship program launched in late 2016.

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Margaret Todd, Hall Of Fame Golfer, 1918-2019

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-07-15 17:36
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Margaret Todd. Margaret was inducted in 1997 and was also a member of the @BCSportsHall and @BCGolfHouse. Margaret passed at the age of 101. Here she is with Ada Mackenzie and @MarleneStreit pic.twitter.com/ln7WE8YTWA — Can Golf Hall Fame (@CGHF) July 15, 2019   The […]
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Link: Early Review Says New-Look Crowsnest Pass Is Worth Crowing About

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-07-15 17:22
The new-look Crowsnest Pass Golf and County Club in Blairmore, Alta., is now on display after a four-year construction project and one of the early reviews says it’s worth crowing about. Wes Gilbertson has more here for the Regina Leader Post.
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New Titleist U-Series Introduced To Expand Shot Options

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-07-15 12:55
  The new Titleist U-Series utility irons offer two models – U•500 and U•510 – designed to expand a player’s shot options. The new U•500 and U•510 models are designed to produce more distance than a standard iron and less spin than a hybrid. Titleist U-Series utilities combine forged L-face technology with extreme amounts of […]
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New Glide 3.0 Wedge From PING Blends Players-Style Design And Game-Improvement Technology

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-07-15 10:32
In developing the new Glide 3.0 wedges, PING’s engineers took a grip-to-grind approach, re – designing every component of the club in the quest for a higher-spinning, more forgiving, lighter overall design that offers multiple sole grind options to custom-fit golfers of all skill levels. “In the Glide 3.0 series, we’re broadening the appeal of […]
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Open Championship Tee Times Announced

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-07-15 10:31
Austin Connelly will tee off at 9:36 a.m. local time when the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush gets underway on Thursday. Corey Conners goes right afterwards at 9:47 a.m., with Adam Hadwin starting in the afternoon at 1:37 p.m. local time. Tee times for the first two rounds are here.
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Tour Roundup: “I Played Pretty Good. I Have To Be Happy,” Says Osprey Valley Open Runner-up Taylor Pendrith

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-07-14 22:24
Paul Barjon shot a five-under 67 Sunday at the Osprey Valley Open to win by three shots over Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont. Barjon finished at 25 under for his second victory of the season at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., which puts him at the top of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA […]
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Which Men’s Major Is Your Favourite?

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:47
A lad from England who I met many years ago playing golf in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona cringes every time he hears this week’s major championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland called the British Open. So naturally, I do just that as any self-respecting golf partner would do. There was a time that […]
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Link: Stolen Beverage Cart Taken For A Joyride In Edmonton

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:45
A beverage cart stolen from the Riverside Golf Course on Friday ended up 30 blocks away in downtown Edmonton and despite crashing it, the suspect got away. Alex Antoneshyn has more here for CTV News.
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Link: Rebuilt B.C. Golf Course Opens After Flooding In 2017

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:43
Holiday Park Golf Course in Kelowna, B.C., once covered in gravel and silt after flooding in 2017, has reopened after a rebuild, but you may want to carry a mat. Steve MacNaull has more here for the Daily Courier.
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Link: Iconic Golf Course Making A Return To Vegas Strip

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-07-14 11:40
A restored version of an iconic golf course, once a hangout for the legendary Rat Pack on the Las Vegas strip, is making a comeback after it was scheduled to be replaced by a lagoon and other non-golf amenities. Sean Zak has more here for GOLF.
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Taylor Pendrith On Playing In Final Group At Osprey Valley Open: “It’s Easy To Get Ahead Of Yourself, But I’m Just Going To Stay Patient”

Golf Industry Insider - Sat, 2019-07-13 21:27
Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., goes into the final round at the Osprey Valley Open seeking his first Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada victory. “I’m in a great position, and any time you’re playing in the final group on Sunday it’s a good thing,” said Pendrith. “I’m just going to go try to make as […]
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