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May 04, 2016 | 09:24 am

Clubs for Sale

Adidas announced today that it is looking for a buyer (or buyers) of TaylorMade, Adams, and Ashworth to focus on its apparel and shoe business. Industry insiders had been speculating for months that adidas was looking to unload the lines because of poor sales, particularly after the company conducted a full review of its golf business last August. And while TaylorMade sales rose six percent in the first quarter of 2016, Adams and Ashworth had double-digit losses. "TaylorMade is a very viable business," adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said in a press release. "However, we decided that now is the time to focus even more on our core strength in the athletic footwear and apparel market. With its leadership position in the industry and the turnaround plan gaining traction, which is clearly reflected in the top- and bottom-line improvements recorded in Q1 as well as recent market share gains, I am convinced that TaylorMade offers attractive growth opportunities in the future." Don't expect TaylorMade's rival Callaway to step in with an offer, or any other top equipment company, for that matter, who might be wary about more exposure to the struggling golf-club market.

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May 03, 2016 | 08:43 am

Asking Price

Nick Price’s best days as a professional golfer may be behind him, but he still has one big payday ahead—when he closes on the sale of his oceanside estate in Jupiter Island, Florida. The five-bedroom, 14,659-square-foot home was custom-built for Price with a laid-back indoor-outdoor design using a variety of exotic woods from Africa. It sits in the center of a nearly seven-acre compound that includes a pool, tennis court, and private dock with two boat slips. And it can all be yours for just $21.9 million. Check it out at realtor.com.

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May 02, 2016 | 06:35 am

International Women’s Golf Day

If golf is going to grow—which we all should hope it does—the game will have to find new and better ways to attract women. Enter International Women’s Golf Day, which will be celebrated for the first time on Tuesday, June 7. On that day, from 4-8 p.m. wherever you happen to be, a worldwide collection of courses, clubs, driving ranges, practice centers, and retail outlets will welcome women and girls to golf. And it isn’t only for new golfers; existing female enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the festivities and enjoy a selection of golf-related activities including a nine-hole scramble, socializing, networking, listening to speakers, and discovering more ways to get into the game. Facilities around the U.S. have signed on, as have clubs and courses in Ireland, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, and South Africa. For a full list of participating facilities and more information on how to get involved, check out the website. And if you are a woman looking to get into golf or play more golf, or you know an interested woman, this is the day to get started. Organizers hope to make IWGD an annual event.

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Apr 29, 2016 | 06:28 am

Making Faces

American golf has borrowed a great deal from the British—including the game itself—so no one should be surprised to hear about another piece of golf history we’ve copied. “Faces of Golf” is a collection of bronze portraits of 116 leading golfers, course designers, and journalists, originally debuted during the Open Championship at St. Andrews last year, that has been reproduced and put on display at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The notables who’ve had their faces captured by British-American sculptor Lawrence Holofcener run the gamut from Mary, Queen of Scots, to Tiger Woods: In between are Old and Young Tom Morris, Harry Vardon, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Arnold Palmer, Rory McIlroy, Walter Hagen, and dozen and dozens of others. The entire sculpture now hangs in the hallway that leads to the resort’s pro shop and out to its five golf courses. For a closer look at the artwork as the original was unveiled at St. Andrews last year, check out this video and see how many golf greats you can identify.

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