Nov 29, 2016 | 09:54 am

Sphere Wars

We’re not sure what this indicates about the direction the golf market is heading, but in the past couple of months two new golf balls have debuted—at the polar opposites of the price range. First came the Clear ball from Clear Sports—the world’s first members-only ball. That’s right, you have to join the Clear Club, at $950, and for that they’ll send you 12 dozen balls—that works out to $79 a dozen (Titleist's Pro V1, the market leader, goes for about $48). The makers claim their ball has the highest coefficient of restitution (rebound effect) of any ball on the market, and that translates into more distance. They offer two models—the Black (a firm four-piece) and the Red (a softer two-piece). And now, in what could be a game changer, comes the Kirkland Signature ball from wholesale giant Costco. A four-piecer made in Korea, it has been getting rave reviews even in side-by-side tests with the Pro V1 and the best thing about it is the price: $15 a dozen. The balls have been so popular, Costco has had trouble keeping them in stock. 

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Nov 28, 2016 | 06:10 am

Bubba For Mayor

As if this year’s political news hasn’t been strange enough, we have another candidate potentially throwing his golf cap into the ring. Bubba Watson is thinking about running for mayor of Pensacola, Florida. Not immediately, but according to numerous news reports, the 38-year-old Watson told the media that he “had a dream. I moved back in the city limits of Pensacola so one day I can run for mayor.”

The two-time Masters champ—who is from nearby Bagdad, Florida—already is part owner of the local baseball team, the Blue Wahoos, a Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and he recently opened a candy shop in town called Bubba’s Sweet Spot where his mother works. Plus he’s involved in a local car dealership, a robotics company, several golf courses, and an apartment complex.

“The other businesses are fun. Golf is fun,” Watson said. “The golf is great. But there are other things I want to do. I have other dreams… The city of Pensacola realizes I love them. They brought me everything I have now. They took time to sponsor sporting events that I participated in. That’s the same thing I’m doing. I’m trying to help the community grow.”

When asked what he would do as mayor, Watson said, “It all starts with education.”

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Nov 24, 2016 | 06:36 am

Feeling Thankful

The entire staff at LINKS is thankful for our friends, readers, advertisers, business associates, and everyone else who makes what we do fun and rewarding. So our best wishes to you all for a holiday of peace, safety, and health—and if you're lucky enough, lots of birdies!

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Nov 23, 2016 | 08:56 am

Heath Bar Crunch

One thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving is getting to see one of golf's true gems starting tonight on Golf Channel. Airing at 8 pm ET, the network will broadcast the World Cup from Kingston Heath in Australia's nenowned Sandbelt region near Melbourne. Two-man teams from 28 countries will compete in foursomes in the first and third rounds and best ball in the second and fourth rounds. Notable players competing include hometown heros Adam Scott and March Leishman, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Pieters, Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry, and Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. But makes no mistake: the real star here is "The Heath" itself, a walkable and strategic layout with deep, sharp-edged bunkers everywhere (Heath Ledgers?). Interestingly, when it first opened in 1925, it was so long at 6,892 yards that it played to a par of 82. The members wanted to build a course that "stood the test of time," as Harry Vardon advised them. That they did. Check out this well-done video on the club's website to get you excited for tonight's telecast.

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