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the  Kangaroos are not shy     @  Cape Wickh…

the 

Kangaroos are not shy 

    @ 

Cape Wickham Golf Links, King Island, Australia

fairway and green bounded by the sea    @  Ca…

fairway and green bounded by the sea

    @ 

Cape Wickham Golf Links, King Island, Australia

well protected by dense rough and deep bunkers…

well protected by dense rough and deep bunkers

     @ 

Cape Wickham Golf Links, King Island, Australia

Bobby Weed Golf Design Completes Renovation at…

Bobby Weed Golf Design Completes Renovation at Long Cove Club

Bobby Weed Golf Design (BobbyWeed.com) announces that its renovation of the golf course at Long Cove Club, in Hilton Head Island, S.C., is now complete. The course was designed by Pete Dye in 1981.

This project was especially significant to Bobby Weed Golf Design.

“Long Cove was my first assignment with Pete and the genesis of Bobby Weed Golf Design,” Weed said. “After having met him at Amelia Island Plantation in the mid-seventies, Long Cove was the beginning of my career in design and construction and of my nearly forty years’ relationship with Pete.

“To be back at Long Cove was very special for Bobby Weed Golf Design and to me personally.”

Alongside contractor MacCurrach Golf, Bobby Weed Golf Design commenced construction on April 20.

The scope of the project was specific and sensitive, preparing the course for the next several decades of its life. It included:

• Restoring all bunkers and native waste areas to their original limits with new drain lines, sand and coquina shell material;

• Re-grassing greens and fairways with updated turf varieties, reflecting the original color and texture contrast between fairways and roughs;

• Replacing lake connectors and drain lines throughout the golf course;

• Reconstructing wood bulkheads, carefully recreating the irregular lines and outward rusticity that distinguished the original walls;

• Repair and overlay of cart paths;

• Select tree removal  and a return to the original palette of native plant landscaping.

“For me,” Weed said, “returning to Long Cove conjured up fond memories of insane hours of construction, working alongside Pete Dye every day and fashioning a course out of the Lowcountry with a passionate team of golf junkies. And doing all of this while covered in sunscreen, no-see-ums and chiggers!”

Weed affirmed that the original construction crew of the Long Cove golf course is rightfully touted as one of the most eccentric and legendary in the modern era. Weed and Dye assembled a crew of college graduates, interns and low-handicap golfers for the project. Many Long Cove alumni later embarked on their own careers in the golf design business, including Weed, Tom Doak, PB Dye, Scott Pool and Ron Farris.

always interaction with the sea      @ Cape …

always interaction with the sea 

     @ Cape Wickham Golf Links, King Island, Australia
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where every lady is a princess     @ Prince Go…

where every lady is a princess

     @ Prince Golf Course, Kauai, Hawaii

Puakea Golf Course Offers Film Fans a Chance t…

Puakea Golf Course Offers Film Fans a Chance to Celebrate “Jurassic Park” Anniversary

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the blockbuster hit, “Jurassic Park.” While watching the original film is an obvious way to celebrate the monumental occasion, the island of Kaua‘i has a unique way to pay tribute to the film – a round of golf at Puakea Golf Course.

“Kaua‘i has proudly served as the backdrop for many well-known Hollywood films,” says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of ‘Jurassic Park,’ we invite locals and visitors alike to experience one of the stunning settings that helped define the film.”

The iconic “Jurassic Park” backdrop is visible throughout Puakea, with the Ha’upu Mountain Range that set the stage for the film towering above the Robin Nelson-designed course. Initially opened as a 10-hole course in 1997, this year marks the 15th anniversary of Puakea’s expansion to 18 holes, which has since been ranked as No. 14 in GOLF Magazine’s 2016 “Best Public Courses in Hawaii” and “Best of Kaua’i” by residents from 2013-17.

“Puakea offers a unique and fun golf experience in a lush tropical landscape, which is what makes Kaua’i so special,” says Dan Urwiler, General Manager of Puakea Golf Course. “The course is a must-see for any fan of “Jurassic Park.” Golfers at Puakea will be wow-ed by the famous backdrop in person as they make their way around the layout.”

Kaua‘i is an enchanting destination that allows golfers of all skill levels to enjoy the natural beauty of the “Garden Isle”. Proudly home to four of the top-15 venues on Golfweek’s “2018 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawai’i” Kaua’i’s golf courses should be on every traveler’s Hawaiian bucket list.

Montrose Golf Links has released details of th…

Montrose Golf Links has released details of the first TV personality to be granted honorary membership in its 450-year history. The announcement, which follows the unprecedented move earlier this year to rename the fifth oldest golf course in the world, will see the honour bestowed upon former European Tour player Ewen Murray who is perhaps better known as the voice of Sky Sports golf coverage.

The announcement completes a memorable year for the Angus course which unveiled The 1562 Course shortly after the conclusion of the Open Championship at Carnoustie in July. For Murray, who becomes only the third person to receive the honour, the distinction is not only thrilling, but also poignant given his fond childhood memories of the east coast links.

“It was humbling,” admitted Murray, who has been a part of the Sky Sports team since 1991. “It’s not something you ask for; it’s something you’re asked to become, so when the letter arrived I was thrilled. I am very happy to be associated with the fifth oldest course in the world. It’s a big honour.”

Murray, who has earned a reputation as an expert golf commentator, has travelled the world covering some of the sport’s greatest moments. He was also a talented golfer in his own right playing on the European Tour and excelling in his youth winning the Scottish Boys Championship, the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship and the World Junior Championship, all in 1971.

Montrose made a lasting impression on Murray at the age of 10 when he first experienced the links caddying for his father who was raised in Arbroath but became the club professional at Baberton in Edinburgh. “I remember it vividly,” he recalled. “I fell in love with Montrose right away. It was rugged in the way a links course should be. I had played lots of seaside courses as a kid, but Montrose was the way seaside courses were meant to be. And it stuck with me.”

Although largely unaltered, the classic Scottish links at Montrose has been adapted and tweaked over the years by the likes of Willie Park Jr, Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt. Not surprisingly, it has become a must-play course for many visitors to Scotland with seven spectacular cliff-face holes and is widely regarded as one of the most natural links layouts in Scotland. It has twice hosted Open Championship Final Qualifying and regularly appears in the most prestigious golf rankings.

The relaunch of The 1562 Course at Montrose forms a key part of an integrated plan to better recognise 450 years of golfing heritage at the renowned east coast venue. The announcement of the honorary membership is the next stage in that plan.

“This has been an eventful year at Montrose Golf Links and for golf in Scotland generally,” noted Jason Boyd, PGA professional and operations manager at Montrose Golf Links. “The idea to create a brand surrounding The 1562 Course was a way of refocussing the history of Montrose and invigorating it for the 21st century. To mark this milestone, we wanted to recognise an individual who has a strong connection with Montrose, had reached the top level of the sport and had contributed to the growth of the game. Ewen was the perfect candidate, so we were thrilled when he accepted our proposal.”

The announcement concludes a year of special events at Montrose including a special launch offer and the introduction of a visitor experience package to coincide with the unveiling of the retitled links course. “It couldn’t come at a better time,” said Murray. “You look at that land and consider how long it’s been around; and you realise this is a special place. On a good day, when you get up on the dunes and look out to sea, I’m not sure I would want to be anywhere else than the east coast of Scotland. It just means so much to my family and therefore to me.”

Not only was Murray’s father from Arbroath, but his family also regularly visited Angus when he was growing up. It’s a tradition that he maintains with his own family until this day.

Montrose Golf Links features two traditional links courses; The Medal and The Broomfield and is located a 30-minute drive from Carnoustie, less than an hour from Dundee and 1 ½-hrs drive from
St Andrews.

European Ladies Open: One Year to Go

European Ladies Open: One Year to Go

A press conference and Pro-Am were held at Kempferhof Golf Resort this week, marking a year to go to the European Ladies Open.

The participants had the opportunity to play with some of the best European players including Isabelle Boineau, Carly Booth, Olivia Cowan, Valentine Derrey, Annabel Dimmock, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Noemi Jimenez, Camilla Lennarth, Florentyna Parker, Jade Schaeffer-Calmels, Anne Van Dam and Astrid Vayson de Pradenne. They played on the beautiful course designed by Robert Von Haage – who also made the final touches to The 2018 Ryder Cup Course: L’Abatros at Le Golf National – and the similarities were clear to see, with plenty of large lakes and amphitheatre style greens, all laid out on the banks of the Rhine river.  

The Kempferhof Golf Resort and Eventeam Group together announced that the new Ladies European Tour tournament will be held on September 26-29, 2019.

Having been played in Germany and England in the 70s and 80s, the event now has a new home in the European capital of Strasbourg.

The event follows on from the European Week of Sport, which promotes physical activity to all Europeans. The event will boost the participation of golf, particularly in the local region of Alsace.

With prize money of €300,000, the European Ladies Open will have the second largest purse in France, behind the Evian Championship.

About the European Ladies Open

The European Ladies Open has ambitions to become one of the best events in Europe, setting an example as a leader in the support of women’s sport and the growth of women’s golf, whilst also gaining brand exposure for Kempferhof Golf Resort as a leading destination.

“When we bought Golf du Kempferhof two years ago, we knew exactly how much potential the place has. We were reassured in our conviction when the course was voted amongst the most beautiful in Europe on multiple occasions. Our ambition is to showcase our course, our region and our passion for this sport,  but also to make Alsace a golf region known nationally and globally, so we took the initiative to host a Ladies European Tour event,” said Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, Golf du Kempferhof’s owner.

A project supporting sport and women’s golf

Alsace has one of the highest female participation rates for golf in France (32%, against the national average of 27%) and the Kempferhof Golf Resort is focusing on this issue by making the signing of more female players to its Academy its priority.

When choosing to develop through a project based on women’s sport and wellbeing, Kempferhof Golf Resort is guided by it’s three main values: style, persistence and a sense of conviviality.

glacier behind the green

glacier behind the green

    @ Höfn Golf Course, Iceland