Bandon lovers, take heart: Recent articles in Sports Illustrated and Golf suggested a heresy was brewing at Bandon Dunes. These pieces claimed that, in addition to the Crenshaw-Coore layout being added there, a highly secretive and probably ultra-private course was being designed by Tom Doak on the dramatic coastal terrain north of the Pacific Dunes course. The soul of Bandon, they claimed, was endangered. Mike Keiser, co-owner of Bandon, begs to differ.
"This whole thing was blown way out of proportion," Keiser told T+L GOLF, insisting that the new greens in question were merely a lark tacked onto a gorse-removal project and that completion of the site would likely take ten years. "I'm putting to rest these rumors. If we build a fourth course, or a fifth, it will be public. That is definitive. And I'm sure Tom Doak will do a great job."
Keyhole Corp., known for supplying TV news stations with high-resolution satellite photos, now has a product for the traveling golfer. Keyhole LT software allows you to virtually fly through space and touch down wherever you wish. View archived photos of the terrain from almost any distance—e.g., start by looking at, say, California, and move closer and closer to, say, Pebble Beach (pictured), and then zoom in on any hole you wish to see. You can also customize what features you want highlighted—golf courses, hotels and Italian restaurants, for example. ($69.95 for a year subscription; keyhole.com)
"Even if you say it absolutely perfectly—those four words—you can always get denied. . . . You don't want to blow a special moment like that—in golf terms, just yip it."
—Tiger Woods, on his proposal to fiancée Elin Nordegren
Neglected spouses, check. Nod to plaid, check. Golf: The Musical even features a farcical yet somehow touching homage to Callaway's Big Bertha. After eighteen songs, there's barely a patch of sacred turf left untouched by the irreverent, hilarious jabs at the greatest game and its idiosyncrasies. But "it's all in lighthearted fun," according to composer Michael Roberts—like much of the cast, a golfer—who claims "the fodder for the show comes from watching other golfers, and so the humor is recognizable to everyone who plays." The Golf Channel has featured the revue on Golf Central, and after some very good early reviews (including a rave in the New York Times), it looks like it's set to run for a while. ($40; 800-722-4990 or telecharge.com)
Percentage of golfers who said that Tiger Woods at his best could beat Jack Nicklaus at his best: 46
Percentage who thought Nicklaus would win: 23
Percentage of golfers who routinely concede short putts in stroke play: 63.9
Percentage who said they take mulligans on the first tee: 36.2
Percentage of golf course superintendents who called Caddyshack their favorite golf movie: 62
Percentage who picked Tin Cup: 15
Percentage who picked Happy Gilmore: 8
SOURCES: The Harris Poll, Harrison Interactive, April 9, 2003; National Golf Foundation/USA Today Golf in America Online Survey, 1997; Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, 2001 Leadership Survey
IS IT TRUE THAT THERE WAS ONCE A RULE ALLOWING A PLAYER TO TAKE A SWING AT HIS OPPONENT'S BALL?
As a matter of fact, yes. In 1851 the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews ruled that if golfer A declared his ball unplayable, golfer B could challenge the decision and take up to two whacks at it. If B successfully extricated it, the strokes counted against A, who then had to play the ball from wherever it came to rest. If B failed, however, A took a drop with a one-stroke penalty. Probably because the rule triggered so much bad blood, the R&A rescinded it in 1856, but several other clubs liked the concept so much they continued using variations of it until the end of the century. Most intriguing was the Liverpool Golf Club's version: Golfer B got three swipes at golfer A's ball, but if he then failed to extricate it, those three strokes counted against his own score.
When U.S. Open champ Jim Furyk and more than a dozen other pros look into their wallets, right next to their Tour cards they find a Marquis Jet Card. Carrying the Jet Card is like having a fleet of planes in your back pocket. Cardholders can call on short notice and pick a time, location, destination and airport to meet a private jet, guaranteed, 365 days a year. Furyk has been using one since 2001 to get to and from tournaments a little more well-rested than most of his competitors. "When it's time to get back on the links, I arrive in a better state of mind," he said. (Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke also go Marquis, though the European players have a different fleet of planes to choose from.) The card—touted in an early episode of Donald Trump's reality show, The Apprentice—is sold in increments of twenty-five hours and costs from $109,900 to $299,900. Call 866-538-1400.
Our congratulations go out to 2003 Golf Nut of the Year honoree Bob Fagan of Pleasanton, California. To win the title from the Golf Nuts Society, Fagan demonstrated a commitment that blurs the line between love and insanity. Among many other standout achievements of obsession, Fagan accomplished the single-year "Golf Nut Slam" by playing on Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, his wife's birthday and his anniversary.
|The Big Easy||all square||The Big Wiesy|
|This year's Phil||7 up||Last year's Phil|
|Fit Darren||30lbs. up||Fat Darren|
|Bill Murray||10 and 9||Ray Romano|