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Kaufmann: This is Fox's moment to reinvent TV golf

Televised golf is, on the whole, a dismal, stale medium desperately in need of fresh ideas. Here's how Fox can deliver a total makeover.

Our Martin Kaufmann says Fox has a unique opportunity to redefine how golf is broadcasted, and shouldn't get caught up in negativity or castoffs from ESPN, CBS or Golf Channel. Instead, reinvent the wheel.

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Q&A with Ernie Johnson, TV sportscaster

Ernie Johnson is best known for his work on NBA telecasts, though he also spent four seasons calling Atlanta Braves games with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr. He spoke recently with Golfweek’s Martin Kaufmann.

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ESPN recovers from sloppy early rounds with Sunday drama

In a case of Jekyl or Hyde for the worldwide leader in sports, the first 33 hours or so of ESPN’s coverage were often exasperating, the final four hours were exhilarating says our Martin Kaufmann.

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ESPN delivers workmanlike round on Day 1

ESPN delivers workmanlike round on Day 1 of Open

This year’s first round British Open telecast in the U.S. by ESPN was merely solid – not as technically sophisticated as we’ve seen in the past.

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TV tidbits: Hits, misses from U.S. Open coverage

Here are a few high points from following U.S. Open-weekend coverage and commentary on NBC and Golf Channel.

Here are a few high points from following U.S. Open-weekend coverage and commentary on NBC and Golf Channel.

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Minn. resort's initiative promotes walking

Madden’s on Gull Lake, a 63-hole resort in Brainerd, Minn., has instituted walking green fees for all of its courses. It's a bit of a gamble because cart fees are an important revenue stream, but the resort is betting that the policy will generate new business.

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Prairie Club cuts prices, offers unlimited golf

The Prairie Club, which reopens for the 2013 season on May 16, has cut its early-week stay-and-play rates 20 percent.

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The Warnocks prepare to take Dornoch

The Links House at Royal Dornoch is scheduled to open June 1, giving golfers a five-star place to rest after playing what Todd Warnock calls a "thinking-man's golf course."

The Links House at Royal Dornoch is scheduled to open June 1, giving golfers a five-star place to rest after playing what Todd Warnock calls a "thinking-man's golf course."

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Travel tips: How to plan, play and pack

If you want to learn how to play better golf, visit a good PGA instructor. And if you want to learn tips for seeing the great courses of the British Isles, talk to golf tour operators.

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New ferries might bolster Machrihanish

With a new ferry service to be launched May 23, the path to Machrihanish Golf Club is about to get a little easier, and that hopefully will make one of golf's greatest old links more accessible to golf travelers.

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Trump Links to shake up Scottish tourism

Trump International Golf Links already is driving more golf tourists to the Scottish Highlands, but it'll need several years to mature into a fast-running links, according to U.S. tour operators.

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Ireland's great Northwest truly underappreciated

Ireland’s lesser-known Northwest region is undersold, underpriced and underappreciated.

Ireland’s lesser-known region is undersold, underpriced and underappreciated.

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It's not easy, but Ballybunion remains standard for links golf

says Southwest Ireland teems with great links, but one maintains a unique place in golf lore -- Ballybunion.

says Southwest Ireland teems with great links, but one maintains a unique place in golf lore -- Ballybunion.

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Innisbrook architect enjoys a century of happiness by design

Innisbrook architect Larry Packard, nearly 101, has worked – and lived – following a few simple rules . . .

Innisbrook architect Larry Packard, nearly 101, has worked – and lived – following a few simple rules . . .

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Anderson kicks off new Scottsdale project

Lyle Anderson, the man who shaped much of modern-day Scottsdale, Ariz., only to lose control of much of his real estate empire in 2008, plans to break ground next month on Sierra Reserve.

Lyle Anderson, the man who shaped much of modern-day Scottsdale, Ariz., only to lose control of much of his real estate empire in 2008, plans to break ground next month on Sierra Reserve, a 223-acre development next to the Golf Club Scottsdale.

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For Roberts’ new show, storytelling is ‘In Play’

Ever since the great essayist Jack Whitaker retired, there has been no one to fill that yawning void. Jimmy Roberts will attempt to do so with his new monthly series "In Play."

Ever since the great essayist Jack Whitaker retired after a long career with CBS and ABC, there has been no obvious candidate to fill the yawning void he left behind. Jimmy Roberts will attempt to do so with his new monthly series "In Play."

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Secret hideaway: Nicaragua's Mukul focuses on fun

Mukul and its entertaining Kidd course elevate the resort experience in Nicaragua says our Martin Kaufmann.

Mukul and its entertaining Kidd course elevate the resort experience in Nicaragua says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Nicklaus, Phelps headline new Golf Channel season

provides a sneak peek of "Feherty" and "The Haney Project," which are set to debut new seasons on Golf Channel.

The Golf Channel is set to debut new seasons of "Feherty" and "The Haney Project" tonight, and our Martin Kaufmann gives you a sneak peek at what you can expect.

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Experiencing golden moments in Southern California

SoCal, so good: Few places deliver more golden moments than scenic Southern California.

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Chamblee, Nobilo spark "State of the Game" panel

Golf Channel's "State of the Game" on Friday night seemed to be headed toward a channel flip, only to be saved by Frank Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Q&A: Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News' 'Special Report'

Fox News "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier took a break to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Baier, a former college golfer, made the cut in his first attempt.

Last week, Fox News "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier took a break to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Baier, a former college golfer who still maintains a 7 handicap, made the cut in his first attempt.

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Kaufmann: New 'Morning Drive' digs, but same ol' schtick

Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" has added the likes of Ahmad Rashad and John Cook, plus a sweet new set. But the show itself continues to be predictable and flat, says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Along the shores of Pacific, golf's brightest unwind on surfboards

In Southern California, where golf's equipment industry meets the Pacific, another sport holds a mystic sway. Our Martin Kaufmann took to the shores of Carlsbad to observe . . .

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Old-school style: Twentysomething tour rep pines for the ’60s

Philip Foster, a tour rep for Mitsubishi Rayon, pines for the days of the late 1950s and 1960s, getting some of his fix on the beaches of Southern California.

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Q&A: Steve Friedlander, VP, Pelican Hill Golf Club

Steve Friedlander talks about business at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

Our Marty Kaufmann talked to Steve Friedlander about business at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

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Golf Channel's 'Spotlight' needs to take more chances

Golf Channel produced its first 'Spotlight' coverage on Sunday, intriguing our Marty Kaufmann. His post-round reaction? GC needs to take more chances.

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UA-ASU rivalry is heated, but the golf is just plain hot

A visit to one of the largest college football rivalries - Arizona vs. Arizona State - also offers up spectacular golf with the likes of Dove Mountain and Ventana Canyon.

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Q&A: Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, talked with Golfweek about golf tourism, plans for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the opening of Trump International Golf Links.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, talked with Golfweek about golf tourism, plans for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the opening of Trump International Golf Links.

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Streamsong: Mining for golf gold

Only time will tell whether Streamsong Resort, easily the most ambitious domestic golf development of 2013, will be a financial and critical success. But this much can be said with certainty: The people who conceived and built Streamsong aren’t downplaying expectations.

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My Year in Golf: Martin Kaufmann

Our travel editor, Martin Kaufmann, traveled the globe over the course of his career, including stops in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona and Canada in 2012.

Our travel editor, Martin Kaufmann, has traveled the globe over the course of his career, including stops in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona and Canada in 2012.

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Missoula mixes college community with western lifestyle

If you fancy the Western lifestyle but don’t want to sacrifice life’s creature comforts or have the means to spend seven figures on a home in a private golf community, Missoula (Mont.) might be just the ticket.

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Montana combines cowboy lifestyle, modern amenities

Looking for the cowboy lifestyle with modern amenities? Our Martin Kaufmann says that Montana has it in abundance.

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Wardrobe change: Dress casual comes to golf

Michael Jordan was banned from a Miami course because he refused to change his cargo shorts. Other course administrators feel “the message (from the Jordan episode) is not good for golf.”

Michael Jordan was banned from a high-end Miami golf course because he refused to change his cargo shorts. Other course administrators feel “the message (from the Jordan episode) is not good for golf.” And they're doing something about it.

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Kidd’s play: From bullets to birdies in Nicaragua

In February, David McLay Kidd and Carlos Pellas will open a golf course course at Guacalito de la Isla, a $250 million resort project along a part of the Nicaragua coast best known for its world-class surfing.

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Kaufmann: It’s growing season at FarmLinks

FarmLinks, which opened in 2003, sits at No. 2 on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Alabama – not an insignificant accomplishment in a state that has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

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Arizona: Ultimate destination package

From Sedona and Flagstaff, the Pink Jeeps and the Red Rocks, driving the curves of Oak Creek Canyon and reveling in the kitsch of Route 66, and ultimately arriving at the Grand Canyon, Arizona has it all.

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Course operators fight for market share

The golf industry isn’t growing, so course operators are left to fight for market share. The operators who master the basics of consumer loyalty marketing will be fine.

The golf industry isn’t growing, so course operators are left to fight for market share. The operators who master the basics of consumer loyalty marketing will be fine. The rest will continue to experience a slow, steady decline.

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Resort briefs: Royal Isabela introduces new casitas

Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.

Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.

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Renovations under way at Black Diamond Ranch

Black Diamond Ranch, a residential community located 75 miles north of Tampa, has begun renovations to its clubhouse and 45 Tom Fazio-designed golf holes.

Black Diamond Ranch, a residential community located 75 miles north of Tampa, has begun renovations to its clubhouse and 45 Tom Fazio-designed golf holes.

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Secret is out about Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island gains a reputation for its golf, cuisine, scenery and, um . . . moonshine

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Nebraska's Dismal River shows a softer side

The next stop in 'dude ranch' revival: A much-anticipated Tom Doak design at Dismal River Club in Nebraska.

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Celebrating links golf, vast dunesland in Nebraska

A celebration of links golf, vast dunesland and sublime silence just outside Omaha, Neb.

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Highlights, lowlights from PGA's TV coverage

offers the highlights and lowlights of PGA Championship coverage on TNT and CBS.

The highlights and lowlights of Sunday's blanket TV coverage on TNT and CBS from our Martin Kaufmann.

PGA's TV broadcast simply disjointed and lethargic

Kaufmann on PGA

Watching the PGA on TV was disjointed and lethargic. Suggestion: More golf, less personality.

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Future of Oakhurst Links in doubt

Oakhurst Links

Oakhurst Links is back on the market. The historic White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., course that opened in 1884 was sold at auction July 28 for $410,000. That amount, however, was not enough to satisfy Sonabank, which holds a note on the property.

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Fox Harb'r is a tucked-away gem

Kaufmann on Fox Harb'r

It might be hard to find, but Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa is a gem says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Cabot Links brings golf, and hope, to a troubled town

Kaufmann on Cabot Links

Cabot Links is not just the most anticipated course opening in North America this year, but also a long-sought lifeline for an economically depressed town.

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Highlands Links getting a thorough makeover

Canadian golf architect Ian Andrew has been working on a restoration of Highlands Links since 2009, re-working what Canadians feel is a national treasure.

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ESPN plans 72 hours of Open coverage

Open Championship

From "Virtual Aerial" to its crew on the ground, ESPN preps for 72 hours of Open Championship coverage.

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TopGolf’s successful mix: Swings, suds and socializing

Kaufmann on TopGolf

TopGolf thinks outside the box to create a successful atmosphere that goes beyond hitting a golf ball says our Martin Kaufmann.