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Martin Kaufmann

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Woods' woes might impact Tour's TV talks

Tiger Woods' woes at the PGA could mean problems in the PGA Tour's upcoming TV negotiations.

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Boxgroove promotes new private-club model

Internet company Boxgroove is trying to give golfers easy access to hundreds of private clubs.

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DirecTV, PGA.com beef up PGA coverage

If golf fans aren’t satisfied with 28 hours of live PGA Championship coverage on TNT and CBS, they can find enhanced coverage on DirecTV and PGA.com.

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Suncadia sets opening of Rope Rider

Suncadia, a resort and residential community in Roslyn, Wash., plans to open its third course, Rope Rider, for public play on Aug. 12.

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Indiana launches Pete Dye Golf Trail

Add Pete Dye to the list of architects who have had golf trails named in their honor.

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Dorado Beach adding a Ritz Reserve

Renovations to Dorado Beach Resort & Club in Puerto Rico are continuing with the recent announcement that the resort will be home to a new Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

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ESPN shows off muscles with Open telecast

From Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger, to a good-looking set, ESPN showed promise with its Open telecasts.

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Even Huber-ization can’t change the outcome

In “Four Days in July,” Jim Huber attempts to apply proper perspective to Tom Watson’s glorious, if unrequited, bid for the 2009 British Open. Martin Kaufmann has a review.

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Minnesota’s top course closes, but then re-opens

This should be the height of the golf season in Minnesota, but since July 1 golfers haven’t been able to play the top-ranked course in the state.

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Network snooze: ESPN book proves long, imperfect

In the introduction to “Those Guys Have All the Fun,” the authors make a point of saying the book is “not the history but the story of ESPN.” In truth, it’s neither, owing to a tactical mistake the authors made early on.

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With new chief, Callaway aims to re-energize brand

As if generating more revenue and eliminating losses aren't challenging enough, Callaway Golf Co. has another pressing task: Re-energizing its brand.

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Jack tackles chronicle of Pebble with success

“Let There Be Pebble” arrived as unexpectedly as Shivas Irons showing up on the first tee at Burningbush, ready to share golf’s mystical and metaphysical secrets.

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Kaufmann: Boomer detracts from Open telecast

Let’s say you’re Mr. Big Honkin’ Executive at ESPN. We’ll call you BHE for short. The U.S. Open is approaching and you, BHE, have the assignment of choosing the announcers who will call the event.

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AmEx, Fanvision enhance Open viewing experience

One of the problems fans have when attending a golf tournament is that they can only follow the action on one hole.

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Politics not the only game in town at Congressional

For D.C. golfers, conservative or liberal, politics isn’t the only game in town. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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DirecTV plans bonus U.S. Open coverage

For those viewers not satisfied with 30 hours of live U.S. Open coverage, DirecTV has you covered.

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Golf landscape puts remote Mesquite on the map

A dramatic golf landscape and value pricing help put remote mesquite on the map. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Prairie Club revises operations entering second year

Paul Schock is one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in South Dakota history. But when it comes to The Prairie Club, the ambitious golf resort project that he developed in the Sandhills of north-central Nebraska, Schock acknowledges that he needed a mulligan.

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Ebersol’s exit leaves golf void at NBC

Dick Ebersol’s exit from NBC leaves behind a legacy that includes putting the Ryder Cup back on network television and making Johnny Miller golf’s most prominent analyst.

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Begay proposes tribal model with Firekeeper

With the opening of Firekeeper, Notah Begay III proposes a tribal model based on economic hope. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Kaua’i Lagoons will open renovated Ocean nine

Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club plans to reopen the Kiele Moana (Ocean) nine May 23 following renovations to six holes and the addition of three others.

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Many top munis are championship-caliber tests

Municipal Courses list looks a lot like last year’s list, with the top six courses remaining unchanged.

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Slow play? Not in Angel Park’s Express Lane

Want to play 18 holes in well under four hours? You need to get in the Express Lane.

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Boyne adds Hidden River to its roster

Boyne Resorts, the large golf-and-ski operator in northern Michigan, has added a ninth course to its golf portfolio.

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These Canadian courses shine brightly

Anyone who has spent time with Canadian golfers knows that they love to sing the praises of the late architect Stanley Thompson, who built golf courses across Canada during the first half of the 20th 
century. Golfweek’s Best course raters also have 
taken a shine to Thompson.

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“Father & Sons”: ESPN's best Masters memory

In between the focus on birdies and bogeys this week at Augusta, ESPN asked its viewers to take a serious look back at Jack Nicklaus' 1986 Masters victory. Martin Kaufmann explains why it was worth the watch.

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French Lick to host U.S. Hickory Open

Bust out the plus-fours, tam-o'-shanters and Calamity Jane knockoffs. The fourth annual U.S. Hickory Open championship is approaching. French Lick (Ind.) Resort will host the national championship of the persimmon-and-featherie crowd July 11-13 on its Do

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Silver-anniversary prose on Masters’ Golden moment

The silver anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' final major championship has occasioned the release of several new books. Tom Clavin and John Boyette are the latest to weigh in.

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Starting over in Scottsdale: The Lyle Anderson story

Three years ago, Lyle Anderson's business collapsed. Now the developer who shaped Scottsdale is starting over with plans for a high-end eco-resort.

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Urbina to restore 91-year-old Tillinghast design

Dellwood Country Club has changed its name to Paramount Country Club and hired architect Jim Urbina to restore its golf course, which was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1920.

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Tullymore launches home trade-in program

The owners of the Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives want to make you a deal on a new home. Sound familiar? There’s a twist. The Stanwood, Mich., resort will buy your current home if you buy a home at Tullymore.

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New book places Golf Style over substance

The adage that “golf is a lifestyle” has become accepted wisdom, particularly among many in the design world.

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Anderson ready to start over with eco-resort

Three years ago, Lyle Anderson's business collapsed. Now the developer who shaped Scottsdale is starting over with plans for a high-end eco-resort. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Gasparilla Inn: Classic, yet modern

The late William F. Buckley Jr. famously declared it his mission to “stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’ ” Buckley almost certainly would have loved The Gasparilla Inn & Club.

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Resort golf gets a makeover on Florida Gulf Coast

Tournament-tough courses await on Florida's Gulf Coast. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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LPGA gets expanded live coverage in 2011

The LPGA is playing fewer domestic events this season, but will receive significantly more live coverage. Martin Kaufmann has the details.

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Talking Stick tackles tough Scottsdale market

It was 18 years ago when Robb McCreary first saw plans for a large resort on Indian Bend Road, just outside of the 101 Loop. Those plans called for an 800-room hotel, casino, horse track and arena.

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Scottsdale combines lavish living with priceless golf

Lavish desert luxuries, million-dollar views and priceless golf make Scottsdale, Ariz., a real-world hit. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Price cut spikes demand at Golf Club Scottsdale

These days, if you’re looking for the best deal in this golf hotbed, you have a lot of options from which to choose given the recessionary effect on home prices, club memberships and green fees.

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NASCAR star Montoya's second love? The links

On the NASCAR track, Juan Pablo Montoya carries a rugged persona. On the links, he shows a softer, more fatherly side, says Martin Kaufmann.

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Charting a new course in Bahamas, Florida

Projects in the Bahamas and Florida buck recent development trends. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Irish inspiration infuses Engh's Awarii Dunes

Much of Jim Engh’s formative time as a course architect was spent in Ireland, which probably would come as a surprise to many people familiar with some of his more mind-bending designs. He fell hard for the untamed Irish style, and says he has tried to bring that same no-holds-barred spirit to his own work.

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Pinehurst launches No. 2 renovations website

Golfers won’t be able to play Pinehurst No. 2 until March 4, but they can keep tabs on the year-long restoration through a new website.

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Great Escapes: Anguilla's Cap Juluca

Once found, Anguilla and Temenos are worth a return visit. Martin Kaufmann explains.

Perry Golf, Azamara team up on cruises

Perry Golf has expanded its golf-cruise operations through a partnership with Azamara Golf Cruises.

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Great escape: Fiji's Laucala Island

Anything is possible on Fiji's Laucala Island. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Bold Chamblee isn’t afraid to speak his mind

Brandel Chamblee speaks his mind. As Martin Kaufmann writes, it's a good thing he knows his stuff.

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Kohler Co. begins selling Hamilton Grand apartments

Herb Kohler is betting that affluent golf fans will line up for a chance to buy an apartment in the Hamilton Grand, the 115-year-old building that looms over the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Fairmont, Bacardi team up for par-3 event

A lot of tournament announcement flow into my inbox, and most of them aren’t given a second thought. But one caught my attention because it combines one of my favorite destinations – Bermuda – with a great brand, Bacardi.

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‘True Links’: Intriguing but debatable premise

The first thing readers will notice when they pick up a copy of “True Links” is the number 246. That, in the authors’ estimation, is the number of golf courses that accurately can be described as “links.”

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