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Sep 02, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Free Golf!

Got your attention? Good because Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, is offering guests a free birthday round now through next September. The resort is doing it to commerorate its own anniversary on September 5th when it turns 18 years old. What started as a private country club in the mid-1980s became a great golf destination in 1987. Today it has four courses, two by Tom Fazio, one by Arnold Palmer, and another by Austin native Ben Crenshaw—his first solo design that helped launch his impressive architecture career with partner Bill Coore. The great thing about the birthday deal is you get to choose the course and can play your round within seven days of your birthday. Getting older does have some advantages.

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Sep 01, 2015 | 08:57 AM

Go Canada!

While golf participation continues to flag in the U.S., north of the border things are heating up. According to a recent report from the National Allied Golf Associations of Canada, golf play was up 27 percent for the first half of 2015, compared to last year. Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s 2400 courses are open to the public and just shy of 20 percent of the country plays golf, one of the highest participation rates in the world (among adults, more play golf than hockey!), despite—or perhaps because of—a short season. This year, they are truly making up for lost time.

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Aug 31, 2015 | 09:46 AM

Joltin' Joe

It’s the age-old problem for morning golfers: A cup of coffee or not? A little pick-me-up or jitters and shakes? Here’s good news for bean freaks. According to a new study, a shot of joe (or another caffeinated drink) can help your score. A study done at Auburn University and reported by the American College of Sports Medicine says “a moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue in skilled golfers.” A dozen single-digit male golfers competing in a two-day, 36-hole tournament were tested, one half given a caffeine supplement equal to about one cup of coffee, the others a placebo: The buzzed half had an average score 2.5 strokes lower (76.9 vs. 79.4). The coffee group also averaged two more greens in regulation and their average drives were six yards longer. These were skilled golfers and your results may vary, but it gives us a latte to like!

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Aug 28, 2015 | 06:40 AM

The Power of P.I.N.K.

Playing golf for charity? Good. Playing golf for charity in a spectacular setting on one of the world’s top courses? Outstanding. Play For P.I.N.K., which organizes and supports events that help fight breast cancer, is holding a fundraiser at Kapalua Resort on the island of Maui, Hawaii, over Columbus Day weekend, October 9-12. The festivities begin with a cocktail party Friday night, and include tennis and golf competitions on Saturday and Sunday—with rounds on the Coore/Crenshaw-designed Plantation Course, site of the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions each January—as well as dinners, parties, shopping, and other activities. Accommodations are at The Montage, Napili Kai Beach Resort, and Ritz-Carlton, and Delta Air Lines is offering special fares for participants, with portions of room and flight costs donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All the details, as well as other ways to contribute, are on the website.

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