The arrival of golf season allows us once again to hit the links with some friends, get some exercise and take in the sunshine. To help get things started, E.S.P. presents their spring golf guide.
Nick Faldo, golf legend and lead golf analyst for CBS Sports, talks about his favorite golf course.
For Minnesota’s struggling golf industry, spring can’t come soon enough. In a post-Tiger Woods world, with the U.S. losing an estimated 1 million golfers a year, course owners find themselves struggling to compete.
The Masters Golf Tournament is often called “a tradition unlike any other.” Whoever wins it this Sunday will take home a unique prize that’s been handed out for the past 65 years – the Masters green jacket. Only the 300 members or so (the exclusive list is secret) of the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as the winners of the Masters, are allowed to wear the jacket.
It’s a safe bet that many people will find any way they can to get outside on Wednesday. It’ll be windy, but our high temperatures forecasted to be in the 70s will be the warmest weather in Minnesota in six months.
Several golf courses in the metro area opened for the first time this season. are opening for the first time this season on Saturday. The Columbia Driving Range in Minneapolis was one of those to open and was a popular place for some folks to enjoy the weather.
When he’s not busy bringing Sexy Back, chances are, you may find Justin Timberlake indulging in one of his favorite pastimes — at the golf course.
Some of the best American sporting events worth traveling for are the Daytona 500, the Masters Tournament, the Super Bowl the U.S. Open and the World Series.
Fans of mini golf will be happy to hear it will return to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden next summer. The Walker Art Center plans to have a full 18-hole course designed by Minnesota artists. The museum is looking for 10 new designs, and they will accept submissions until Jan. 10. Artists will only have to submit designs, but will not be obligated to build or maintain the holes.
The nadir of Brett Draxler’s golf career arrived Sept. 8, 2013. The junior scored an 87 while on St. John’s second team — he’s well aware weekend warriors can replicate such a round. “It was terrible… the worst round I’ve shot,” he conceded.
If you play golf, you know it can be expensive. Even St. Paul is worried about its cost and is considering using private vendors to run two of its four golf courses because they’re losing too much money.
The 9th annual “Tee it Up for the Troops” event brought out more than 1,000 golfers to the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights Friday. The event allowed more than 100 veterans and Purple Heart recipients to golf for free in a show of appreciation for their service. The first swing on the tee box marks the start of an 18-hole challenge. Mike Reeder, a Vietnam War veteran who is visiting from Nashville, Tenn., had nothing but confidence as he began his game.
The PGA Tour event in Tampa Bay has new life with a new title sponsor. The tour announced Friday that Valspar, a Minneapolis-based paint company, has signed on as the title sponsor for the next four years.
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Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the final two holes Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin in the 3M Championship. Pernice finished with a 4-under 68 and had a 17-under 199 total at the TPC Twin Cities for his second career Champions Tour victory. He also has two PGA Tour victories. Sluman closed with a 62, and Pavin had a 66.
Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position Saturday for his second Champions Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Kite in the 3M Championship. Pernice had a 13-under 131 total at TPC Twin Cities after opening with a 66. The two-time PGA Tour winner had four straight birdies on the front nine, and added two more on Nos. 10 and 12. After making a 40-foot bogey putt on the 14th hole, he birdied Nos. 15 and 18. The 53-year-old Pernice, playing in the tournament for the first time, on the 2009 SAS Championship for his lone senior title.
From the people who brought you Batman, Avatar, and the Lord of the Rings comes the performance golf lab at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, one of only a handful across the country – and the first in Minnesota. It’s the exact same technology used to make heroes come to life on the big screen.
Why do golfers yell “fore?” Who determines where the food trucks park every day? And can you feel someone staring at you?
How did swing-swinging golf phenom Jack Holmgren win not only the state MGA junior boys championship, but also the PGA junior title, too? Why does the 17-year-old already have a scholarship in hand to compete at Iowa? What’s the back story to how the rising senior has been part of three – and nearly four – team state titles for Wayzata?
I didn’t ask Karter Smith what his middle name is. Chances are it’s probably not “Consistent,” but it should be. Allow me to count the ways he defines dependable.
When John Johnston started coaching boys golf at Olivia High School, Lyndon B. Johnson was President. After 50 years, he just retired this week as the head coach of BOLD High School. “Not in any stretch of my imagination did I think I’d be doing this for that long,” Johnston said.
Ally Rogers says she got serious about golf at the age of 10, but it took a while to catch on. “When I was younger I just remember complaining a lot on the course with my dad. Just that it was too cold. And that I would always be hungry or something,” Rogers said. That actually wasn’t all that long ago. Ally is a 15-year-old freshman at Spring Lake Park.
The top clubs in the country are both expensive AND exclusive. You’d be a hero if you could get Dad on the green at any one of them. We’ve found one way to slip Dad through the gates of a very private club; maybe you can find another!
Friday marked the the real start of spring…as far as most Minnesotans were concerned.
With warm weather in store for this weekend, golfers can finally get out on the greens. Many golf courses tried opening earlier this season, only to close when April snow hit Minnesota.