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Golf Channel, NBC hit stride early

Golf Channel/NBC shows better work than at majors

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

Pinehurst Resort evolves as an idyllic 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

For David Feherty, it's simple: 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

Mark 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 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

My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann, Cal beaches to Royal Dornoch

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.

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

Juli Inkster approaches broadcast job like greenest of rookies

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

Brandel Chamblee attempts to clear air in Tiger 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 a signature dish.

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.

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

Ryder Cup, PGA, NBC: 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

TV coverage, Notah Begay, 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

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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Golf swing through Alabama ends with a weekend dose of iron

Golf swing through Alabama ends with a weekend dose of iron

From FarmLinks to The Ridge to Alabama football, our Martin Kaufmann takes you on a trip through Alabama.

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Euro Tour extends deal with Golf Channel

Golf Channel locked in a cornerstone of its morning programming for the next decade with an extension of its agreement to broadcast all European Tour tournaments through 2024.

Golf Channel locked in a cornerstone of its morning programming for the next decade with an extension of its agreement to broadcast all European Tour tournaments through 2024.

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Golf Channel removes Walker Cup producer

Golf Channel yanked its longest-tenured producer from the Walker Cup crew following the release of his memoir, which recounts some turbulent times from his 18-year association with the channel.

Golf Channel yanked its longest-tenured producer from the Walker Cup crew following the release of his memoir, which recounts some turbulent times from his 18-year association with the channel.

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Brewer's blueprint: CEO takes Callaway back to roots

In his bid to revitalize Callaway, CEO Chip Brewer is returning to the company's roots: innovation, the long ball and connecting with the masses.

In his bid to revitalize Callaway, CEO Chip Brewer is returning to the company's roots: innovation, the long ball and connecting with the masses.

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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.