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Martin Kaufmann

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My Year in Golf: Marty Kaufmann

As a part of Golfweek's My Year in Golf series, Marty Kaufmann reflects on his travel to South Africa and other notable trips he took in 2014.

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Kidd plans for user-friendly design at Sand Valley

This has been quite a year for David McLay Kidd, and now he has landed arguably the biggest architectural assignment in golf this year – the second course at Sand Valley, the Rome, Wis., resort being developed by Bandon Dunes founder Mike Keiser.

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Tour pros bring regional flavors to a head

Graeme McDowell has joined fellow PGA Tour players Freddie Jacobson and Keegan Bradley on a venture called GolfBeer Brewing Co., with each man putting his name on a signature beer.

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The Garrison, West Point live up to high praise

A trip to West Point, N.Y., and The Garrison offered plenty of highlights for Martin Kauffman, who was able to soak in the Hudson River scenery.

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Kaufmann: Less talking, more shots can benefit NBC

Our Martin Kaufmann experienced all the coverage that NBC had to offer during the Ryder Cup, and left thinking that the new kid on the block, Fox, might be able to liven up live golf coverage.

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Like U.S., Golf Channel struggles with ‘Alternate Shot’

Like the U.S. team at Ryder Cup, the Golf Channel struggles with ‘Alternate Shot,’ the alternative programming to NBC's broadcast of the Ryder Cup.

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Ryder Cup: Friday's highlights, lowlights on TV

Martin Kaufmann breaks down the highlights and lowlights from Friday's television coverage of the Ryder Cup.

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Resorts: No. 2, Valley reopen; Bay Hill hires super

Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 has reopened after converting its greens, while Dye's Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is ready for play after seven months of extensive renovation work; plus more golf resorts news

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Golf Channel promotes ‘Relaxed Rules’ initiative

Golf Channel is promoting "Relaxed Rules" initiative, aimed at making the game more enjoyable and faster.

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Historic Keller GC reopens following renovations

The host course of the 1932 and 1954 PGA Championships, Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minn., has reopened after renovations by Richard Mandell -- retaining its familiar character.

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Gamble Sands is Kidd's playability play

David McLay Kidd used to build golf's most difficult courses -- now with the opening of Gamble Sands in Washington, he is preaching the virtues of playability.

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Sources: Sonders leaves Golf Channel to join Fox

Holly Sonders, star of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” and other shows, has left the channel after turning down a new contract offer and is expected to join Fox Sports, according to sources.

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Review: Reilly's anthology lends view from back page

Tiger Woods aside, Tiger Reilly always has favored lesser-known subjects and stories: people who lie about handicaps to get into U.S. Open qualifying, a wealthy executive's relationship with a poor Augusta caddie.

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Review: Jenkins' 'His Ownself' feels semi-historic

In the perfectly titled “His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir,” author Dan Jenkins opens up the personal playbook on his 84 years, the past 52 (and counting) spent chasing the world’s top golfers around the world.

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Kaufmann: ‘Payne’ captures life of a champion

There will be plenty of reminiscing about Payne Stewart when the U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst Resort on the 15-year anniversary of his 1999 victory. “Payne,” Golf Channel’s hour-long documentary, will show golf fans the arc of Stewart’s life.

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Golf Channel primed to air NCAA Championship

Golf Channel plans to air nine hours of live coverage May 26-28 – three hours daily starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time – from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

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At The Players, talk is cheap -- and plentiful

As Jordan Spieth discussed an approach shot Saturday with caddie Michael Greller, NBC’s microphones picked up the exchange for 71 seconds -- but we only heard the first 13 seconds before an NBC anchor spoke over them.

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Trump buys Turnberry, adds Open host to lineup

Donald Trump's 17th golf property will be among his most famous -- Turnberry will cost him a reported $63 million and add an Open Championship host to the developer's stable.

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Woods lands course-design project in Texas

Tiger Woods will design Bluejack National, which will be built on the site of Blaketree National Golf Club and anchor a 755-acre private community in Montgomery, Texas, northwest of Houston.

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Fox to air Norman’s tournament

Greg Norman and Fox Sports are expected to announce today that Norman’s event, the three-day Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., is moving to Fox this December.

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South African tourism's 'quality and value is incredible'

Maura Nolan offers answers to questions about her Safari Golf Tour, which includes trips from America to South Africa for golf and an overall experience of South African culture.

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American pro becomes South African pitchman

Jeff Clause, the CEO and director of golf at St. Francis Links in South Africa talks things South Africa (golf, moving to a foreign country, etc.) in this Q&A.

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Report: Buck, Norman to broadcast '15 U.S. Open

Anchor Joe Buck will be paired with Greg Norman in the 18th tower when Fox Sports broadcasts its first U.S. Open in 2015, according to media reports and other sources.

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South Africa, Day 1: In Cape Town, thrills and thieves

Now settled in on a two-week trip to South Africa, our Martin Kaufmann took in Cape Town with a walk and found himself confronted with a plethora of panhandlers.

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Pinehurst Resort on verge of acquiring National GC

Pinehurst Resort is on the verge of acquiring National Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature design.

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In Season 2, 'In Play' expands its repertoire

The second season of “In Play,” Jimmy Roberts' magazine show that airs on Golf Channel, starts at 10 p.m. EST Monday. The monthly show has been lengthened from 30 to 60 minutes, giving Roberts the opportunity to do the kind of expansive storytelling that he most enjoys.

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Gleneagles pro shares tips on Ryder Cup course

Andrew Jowett, head professional at The Gleneagles Hotel, recently gave Golfweek a scouting report on Gleneagles, the site of this year's Ryder Cup.

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Early sales indicate Americans have Ryder Cup fever

During the recent PGA Merchandise Show, Golfweek talked with Premier Golf's Jim Ward and Wide World of Golf's Bill Hogan about the Ryder Cup and the golf travel market.

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Blown coverage: The year’s worst days of TV golf

With the celebrity factor, coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am can be one of the toughest events to watch on TV. That got our Martin Kaufmann thinking about the worst days of televised golf on the PGA Tour calendar.

Unlike some sports, at least golf shows class

As Patrick Reed coasted in the American desert while Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson came up short in the Arabian desert, it was easy to lament a lack of drama. One NFL interview made golf more appreciable.

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Golf architect Larry Packard, 101, dies

Larry Packard, one of the most prolific golf course architects of the post-World War II era, died Jan. 28 at his home at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla. Packard was 101.

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Irish hotelier: The west is the best

Hotelier Alan Maloney is one of the biggest boosters of Ireland’s western seaboard, touting its beauty, culture, fabulous links and affordability -- and has plenty to say about his region's golf and amenities.

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Q&A: Alana Hughson, Bend, Ore., tourism chief

At first glance, the tourism people in Central Oregon would seem to have their hands full trying to get golfers to visit them. After all, the top four courses in the state, according to the Golfweek’s Best rankings, are at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, 260 miles southwest of Bend on the Oregon coast.

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Golf cart roundup, 2014 PGA Show

Getting your clubs around the course wasn't a forgotten part of the game at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. Here are some products from the floor.

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Golf Channel, NBC hit stride early

Graphically, this was some of the strongest work I’ve seen from Golf Channel/NBC, even better than some of its recent work at majors. An excellent illustration showed the Plantation Course’s 440 feet of elevation change from the high point, the 17th tee, to the low point, the second green. I love the Pinpoint animation showing driving and approach distances, but as usual, it was wildly underutilized.

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Pinehurst evolves into ideal American destination

Golf resorts can build great courses and lovely clubhouses. They can host important tournaments, even major championships. But developing a history and culture of golf comes only with time. The people at Pinehurst like to think of their quaint Sandhills haven as America’s home of golf.

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David Feherty: Let me entertain you

On the eve of "Feherty Live," our Martin Kaufmann sits down with TV personality David Feherty to talk about his rise off the course into one of the best commentators and personalities in the golf business.

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Loomis tapped to oversee Fox's golf coverage

Fox Sports made it official, tapping former Vanderbilt University player Mark Loomis to be the coordinating producer for all of its golf coverage.

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Keiser launches resort project in Wisconsin

Mike Keiser, the founder of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, has announced he will begin work on Sand Valley in central Wisconsin after purchasing nearly 1,400 acres, with four courses eventually planned for the area.

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My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann

Martin Kaufmann's year began on a beach – not a beach in the golf vernacular, but, literally, a beach. His year also took him to other places including Hawaii, Scotland and Nicaragua.

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Camelback's Ambiente: Out with old, in with bold

Camelback Golf Club's new Ambiente course invokes the elevations and textures of a high-desert feel, with indigenous grasses – its forgettable predecessor falling into the past.

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Inkster approaches broadcast job like rookie

Perhaps the most accomplished active American player on the LPGA, Juli Inkster approaches her newest job – as a commentator for Golf Channel – like the greenest of LPGA rookies.

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Chamblee attempts to clear air in Woods dustup

Before making a rare appearance on Golf Channel’s “Golf Central,” analyst Brandel Chamblee told Golfweek, “This back-and-forth needs to stop,” in regard to Tiger Woods.

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Golf Channel has leverage in Woods-Chamblee tiff

The recent kerfuffle between Tiger Woods and Brandel Chamblee proves one of two things: Either it’s a slow news season, or many news outlets (including this one) are seizing on a non-story because Woods’ name will generate a few more hits for their websites.

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Re-creating the fare at nation's top golf resorts

Four U.S. golf resorts hold a unique distinction: They have achieved AAA Five Diamond status for both their lodging and dining. We asked the star chefs at those resorts to share one of their signature dishes.

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Q&A: Mike Keiser, Bandon Dunes Resort owner

In a Q&A with Golfweek, Mike Keiser shares his thoughts on how to build greens, his tendency to go against the grain, and the similarities between golf and greeting cards.

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NBC, PGA extend Ryder Cup TV deal

The PGA of America and NBC announced Oct. 10 that the Ryder Cup will remain on NBC through 2030 as part of a 15-year contract extension.

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Presidents Cup, Day 3: A long, hard slog for viewers

Somewhere early in the afternoon foursomes matches, with the International team leading in all five matches, a perverse thought crossed my mind: What the U.S. team really needs is a rain delay so it can regroup.

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Prez Cup telecast not flashy, but proficient

The virtues of brevity. Leaving the audience wanting more. Martin Kaufmann was reminded of that while watching Day 1 of the Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour’s answer to the Ryder Cup.

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Hills and thrills: Eagle Ridge provides surprises

Near the banks of the Mississippi, surprises abound at Eagle Ridge and charming Galena says our Martin Kaufmann.

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