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Mar 26, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Spring Cleaning

No doubt you're itching to get the first round of the year in, but before you head out to the course, why not get a quick tune-up first? Through the end of March, GolfTEC is offering 20 percent off its game plans and lesson packs, one-one-one sessions with first-rate coaches that the company says have a 96 percent success rate. All lessons are based on the company’s "Five Factors": Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit club fitting, and each of GolfTEC's 600 teachers goes through a multi-week certification at GolfTEC U. With nearly 200 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including 80 withing Golfsmith stores, you're bound to find a center near you. For more information, click here.

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Mar 25, 2015 | 10:01 AM

King Jordan

Every king needs a castle, right? Well, Jordan Spieth just plunked down $2.275 million of the $10 million he's won on the PGA Tour on a new home in the Dallas suburbs, according to candysdirt.com. Of course, most of us aren't 21 when we buy our first house, let alone one so expensive, but it's well deserved considering the Dallas native has won three times worlwide in the last five months, including the Valspar Championship on March 15. The 7,378-square-foot, five-bedroom home is located on the northwest side of the city near Brook Hollow Golf Club, where Spieth's teacher, Cameron McCormick, is based. Features include a gourmet kitchen, office with two-story ceilings, media room, fireplace in the master bedroom, pool, and, of course, putting green. No doubt Jordan is hoping to furnish the home with a Masters trophy, and soon.

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Mar 24, 2015 | 09:47 AM

Mr. Nicklaus Goes to Washington

It's a busy time for 75-year-old Jack Nicklaus. A couple of weeks ago he announced his own brand of ice cream, on April 1 he'll officially open his anxiously awaited Trump Ferry Point course in New York, and today he's in Washington, D.C. to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The highest honor Congress can bestow on a civillian, the Congressional Medal was first presented to George Washington. Other recipients include The Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and Irving Berlin. Baseball's Roberto Cemente was the first athlete to receive it (posthumously) and others include Jesse Owens and Joe Louis. Nicklaus becomes the third golfer, following Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 pm ET and you can watch it streaming live at www.speaker.gov/live.

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Mar 21, 2015 | 06:35 AM

More Courses For The Home Of Golf

Scotland can’t have enough golf courses—not if two notable Americans have their way. According to press reports, Arnold Palmer will build his first Scottish course at Castle Stuart, in the northern part of the country along the Moray Firth. The original course at Castle Stuart (shown above), designed by owner Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, opened in 2009 to great acclaim and is currently number 56 on Golf Magazine’s list of the world’s best. Palmer said he’ll visit the site this summer while attending the Open Championship at St. Andrews: Construction is expected to begin next year, with an opening in 2019. Another highly regarded layout is getting a companion, as well. Donald Trump has re-filed an application to build a second course near his Trump International Golf Links, also in northern Scotland and number 50 on Golf’s list. The Donald talked about adding a course along Aberdeen Bay last year, then changed his mind after a Scottish court refused to stop development of an offshore wind farm that he says ruins the views. Now, along with what he intends to call the MacLeod Course (named after his mother), Trump hopes to build ballroom and banquet facilities; a new million-dollar clubhouse was approved last year.

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