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Apr 26, 2016 | 10:12 am

Troon Meets Woodstock

The R&A, in an effort to expand the fan base of the Open Championship, has taken a decidedly non-R&A-ish step, adding free campsite accommodations to the array of offerings at Royal Troon this July. The Open Camping Village, for fans 25 and under, will feature two-, four-, and six-person pre-pitched tents with inflatable beds. Free parking will be included, and there will be food and drink options as well as shower facilities on site, just a short walk from the first tee of the Open. (No word yet on rumored appearances by Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and the Grateful Dead.)

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Apr 25, 2016 | 06:38 am

Golf In North Korea

“Bizarre, surreal and exclusive, Pyongyang Golf Course sits between a rock and a hard place, providing a morally conflicting spot of fun within an otherwise dark, oppressive nation of well publicised human rights violations. Situated across arguably the most secretive border on earth, the course is guarded by well over ten million active, reserve and paramilitary personnel and requires express permission to visit—Augusta eat your heart out. Technically a public course, you won’t find a soul here, it’s played only by a handful of the regime’s elite, and well…open to tourists both crazy enough to find themselves in North Korea and who want to play golf. Apparently that’s rare.” That’s the opening paragraph of a fascinating description of a visit to North Korea’s only golf course by Elliott (no last name given), a youngish resident of Hobart, Tasmania, who is hoping to visit every country on earth and is chronicling his travels on a website called earthnutshell.com. If the rest of his adventures are anything like his round at Pyongyang GC, he is worth following. And that’s him, above, with one of his guides on the 15th hole, where he had his only birdie of the round.

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Apr 22, 2016 | 06:11 am

May 4 Is “National Instruction Day”

This year, the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial, having been founded in a New York City hotel in April, 1916. The festivities began back in January at the PGA Merchandise Show, the industry’s largest forum, and culminates 100 days later on Wednesday, May 4, which has been renamed “National Instruction Day.” Working in partnership with the association, Golf Channel is dedicating an entire day of live programming to help golfers improve their games. Starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time, the network will broadcast from six golf courses around the country—Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield, N.J., site of this summer’s PGA Championship); Ibis Golf & Country Club (West Palm Beach, Fla.); Keeton Park Golf Course (Dallas, Texas); Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Lemont Township, Ill.); Fossil Trace Golf Club (Golden, Colo.); and TPC Harding Park (San Francisco, Calif.)—as well as Golf Channel’s Orlando studios, and feature some of the game’s top teachers, including David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Craig Harmon, Jim McLean, Stan Utley, Michael Breed, Martin Hall, and others. For the full schedule of times, teachers, and locations, click here.

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Apr 21, 2016 | 09:22 am

Another One Bites the Dust

While the ink is still drying on the stories about Adam Scott passing on the Rio Olympics, Louis Oosthuizen has said he will not play in the games either. The Open Champion cited family and scheduling as his reasons for not joining the event. It is another blow to golf in the Olympics, which has struggled in numerous aspects since the event was resurrected for the 2016 games. 

Why don’t golfers want to play in the Olympics? Do you think the committee missed an opportunity by keeping the format a standard stroke play event? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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