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Dec 05, 2016 | 06:05 am

Completing A Pass To Augusta?

You’ve won the Super Bowl, you’ve retired from football, you’re making commercials. So what do you do next? If you’re Peyton Manning, you join Augusta National. According to an Augusta, Georgia, radio station, Manning—whose USGA handicap is reported to be 4.4—has been invited to become a member at one of the country’s most prestigious clubs. Of course, Augusta National isn’t saying anything, and if Peyton is smart, he won’t either since the club is known to be super-secretive about, well, everything. But when a reporter reached Peyton’s father Archie, he was told that Manning Jr. was at that very moment playing golf at the home of the Masters. It would be at least the fourth club he belongs to, along with Castle Pines and Cherry Hills, both in Colorado, and Crooked Stick outside Indianapolis (remember, he was an Indianapolis Colt before he was a Denver Bronco). Which got us to wondering: Is golf the reason Peyton wore number 18?

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Dec 02, 2016 | 09:21 am

Courses are Closing Due to Balls?!

In an interesting statement at the HSBC Golf Business Forum in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida earlier this week, Jack Nicklaus offered his take of the struggle of golf courses in the last decade. As reported on MyGolfSpy.com, Nicklaus said, "Fact is, more golf courses have closed in the U.S. in each of the last 10 years than have opened. This is thanks in great part to changes in the golf ball and the distance it travels." Nicklaus went on to propose a solution that included developing a golf ball unique to each course. Ironically, the Nicklaus Black golf ball, sold by the man himself, happens to be one of the longest on the market.

Why do you think golf courses have closed at a faster rate in the last 10 years? Do you think Jack is right? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dec 01, 2016 | 06:51 am

Olympics Course: One And Done?

Three months ago, it was the hottest thing in golf. Today, the Gil Hanse-designed Olympics course in Rio is golf’s equivalent of a ghost town. The plan was always for the course to be open to the public after the games were done, but as reported by the news agency AFP, golf has only a small following in Brazil and few locals want to pay the $74-$82 green fees (foreigners are charged $192). As a consequence, the company that built the course and now maintains it hasn’t been paid for two months so is thinking about cutting its losses—estimated at $82,000 a month—and leaving town. Should that happen, an unidentified source said, “the course will die. It could take four weeks, three weeks.” In the same article, the president of the Brazilian Golf Confederation said some 40 people a day are playing the course, but onsite staff said that number is inflated. Furthermore, the course has no website, there is neither a pro shop nor a pro, and no road signs point the way in. Which may be the most telling sign of all that this once-lauded course is on its way out.

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Nov 30, 2016 | 08:00 am

Yacht Rock

Any fan of Caddyshack knows that "it's easy to grin when you're ship comes in." Well, for fans of the 1980 movie, your ship has come in—literally. The yacht Rodney Dangerfield's character owned in the comedy is for sale for $129,000 on yachtworld.com. (It doesn't look exactly like the one in the movie, but we'll have to take the website's word that it's authentic.) The 1979 Striker is 60 feet long and has 1,300 horsepower, though it looks like it's in a little bit of disrepair judging from the photos on the site. Located in Annapolis, Md., "Big Dog" (not "Seafood" like in the movie) comes with three cabins all with showers, a flatscreen TV, a good-size galley, and a host of electronics. "Hey, Smails," Rodney yells, "my dinghy is bigger than your whole boat!" The ad reads in part, "If you are in the market for a fabulous rough water fishing boat with a bit of movie history thrown in, this is your boat!" If you've "got the stock market beat," this might just be the toy you've been waiting for. 

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