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Jul 12, 2016 | 10:03 am

Open Rates

 

Thanks to Brexit, you just got a 20 percent discount on British golf—but green fees at the Open Championship courses will still cost you.
With the British pound now in the $1.30 range, a golf trip to the UK is about 20 percent less costly than it was a couple of weeks ago. That said, the big courses still command big money. The current green fees for the 10 Open Championship venues average $231. (Competitors in this week’s Open at Royal Troon (green fee $286), assuming they play three practice rounds and four days of competition, will get in over $2000 worth of golf.) The best deal is Carnoustie ($213) and second best is a coveted round at the Old Course ($227), while the highest fee comes, where else, at Trump Turnberry ($325 weekdays/$357 weekends). But take heart, you can shave $85 off those rates if you stay at the hotel—where rooms start at $545 a night.
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Jul 11, 2016 | 08:42 am

Live From Royal Troon: Open TV Times

When the Open Championship begins later this week, you’ll be watching it on a different channel. For the first time, NBC Sports and Golf Channel will be airing the game’s oldest major, beginning their 13-year deal with 50 hours of live tournament coverage—the most ever for a major. Past champions Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo will be doing tournament coverage, while David Duval, who will be competing at Royal Troon, also will appear on “Golf Central Live From The Open,” which airs every day through the end of the tournament on Sunday. Also watch for new graphics, including tracking of low shots to handle links conditions, wind indicators, “Pro-Tracer” technology, super-slow-motion, and cameras in all five pot bunkers surrounding the iconic par-three 8th hole, called the “Postage Stamp.” Here’s when tournament coverage airs, all times Eastern:

Thursday, July 14:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m./Golf Channel

Friday, July 15:

1:30 a.m.-4 p.m./Golf Channel

Saturday, July 16:

4-7 a.m./Golf Channel

7 a.m.-2:30 p.m./NBC

4-6 p.m. (highlights)/NBC

Sunday, July 17:

4-7 a.m./Golf Channel

7 a.m.-2 p.m./NBC

4-6 p.m. (highlights)/NBC

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Jul 08, 2016 | 06:24 am

Recapturing The First Open

Next week, the 145th Open Championship will be conducted at Royal Troon on Scotland’s west coast. Four miles away and 156 years ago, the very first Open was played at Prestwick. Unfortunately, the opening shot from that inaugural Open—struck by Old Tom Morris on October 17, 1860—wasn’t photographed, but it is now being recreated in a painting by noted golf artist Peter Munro. We haven’t seen it, nor do we know where it will hang, but we do know that the artist went to great lengths to get the details correct, even asking the government’s Hydrographic Office for the height of the tide at the appointed hour. Meanwhile, the R&A has found another way to commemorate that first Open, introducing the 1st Prestwick Collection, which includes sweaters, jackets, polo shirts, and accessories such as ballmarkers and towels all bearing the special logo shown above. Which, we are pretty sure, Old Tom was not wearing on his tweed jacket when he took that historic swing with a long-nosed, wooden-headed “playclub” way back when.

Photo courtesy The New York Public Library

 

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Jul 07, 2016 | 09:37 am

Play Starts for the Women at CordeValle

The US Women’s Open begins today at CordeValle, a Robert Trent Jones II design in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is the first Women’s Open to be held in the Bay Area of California. Ben Kimball, the Director of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, has tried to maintain the balance of challenge typical of a USGA Championship, with the challenges presented by a dry California course. The greens should be running 12-12.5 on the Stimpmeter, and the rough heights have been varied across the course. “They can miss it two feet over the green on one hole and be in five inches in the rough and miss it two feet over the green on the next hole and only be in two inch rough,” said Kimball in an interview with LPGA.com. “As a player, mentally it would be difficult to figure out. But that’s part of all this. It’s a mental test as much as it is a physical test.”

Coverage begins today at 3PM EST on Fox Sports 1.

 

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