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Golf Magazine November 2018

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

United States
EB Golf Media
8 Issues

in this issue

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how to use the scan-it/see-it digital feature in this issue

HOW IT WORKS Invisible watermarks on select photos act as gateways to bonus videos. With the Digimarc app, your smartphone or tablet recognizes the watermarks and automatically delivers the content to your device. 1 Download and open the Digimarc Discover app on your smartphone or camera-capable tablet. The app is free and is available at the iTunes store for Apple devices and at the Google Play market for Android devices. 2 Position the phone four to seven inches above any photo bearing the yellow SCAN THIS PHOTO label (example, right), as if you were taking a picture (flash optional). If you have access to a Wi-Fi connection, downloads will be faster. 3 Hold the camera steady. The app will click and buzz when it recognizes the image and then begin downloading the described content…

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In homage to our Money Issue, we polled GOLF.com readers on their own spending habits What’s been your biggest golf splurge? “Masters merchandise—it was absurd how much I spent!” —@SuperMat74 “My private club, which costs more than my mortgage.” —Is_Subtly_Irrelevant “Marrying my ex-wife, who bought me a Scotty Cameron #totallyworthit” —@Michael_Racja “A therapist.” —@Gregory_Joss09 What course provides the most bang for your buck? “I play TPC Scottsdale Stadium course for $49 in the summer.” —Gloomis120 “When I was a student at the University of Oklahoma, students could play the Jimmie Austin OU course on Mondays after home football wins and receive a percentage discount equal to the number of points the Sooners scored. A round after OU beat Texas A&M 77-0 cost me $9.” —CaptainJusticeOK “Houston National. $45 for as many holes as you can play, a meal and a cold draft beer.” —Crumble_420 Get Your Fix!…

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money for something

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BOTTOM LINE, EVERYBODY’S ENJOYMENT NETS OUT THE SAME. I CAN’T REMEMBER when I bought my first set of clubs. For years I plied my fairway trade with hand-me-downs from my father: Powerbilt Citation persimmon woods, Wilson Gooseneck irons and an original PING Anser putter that had enough patina to resemble an actual work of art. I carried a 2-iron and one wedge, a Hogan Sure-out. I’d raid hobby stores for model airplane paint to fill in the numbers on the soles of the Goosenecks at least twice a year. I’d snatch the Pledge from my mother’s cleaning cabinet to polish up the Citations after dusty SoCal rounds. I left the Anser to its natural chemical aging. As I type this, these clubs are no less than 30…

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now on the tee: your raves, rants and reactions

WHICH SEPTEMBER STORIES AND COLUMNS DREW THE MOST LETTERS? Tiger Comeback 37% Latinoamérica Tour 25% Troy Mullins 11% Other 27% MAHALO! I greatly enjoyed the article on Kahuku Golf Course (“Sleeping Beauty,” September). The place reminds me a lot of Kukuiolono Golf Course on Kaua’i, which I’ve had the pleasure of playing for many years. It, too, is a nine-hole layout and open to the public. However, the course never lacks for golfers, local or otherwise, and they don’t take reservations. Green fees are $10. Rarely does a group smaller than a foursome go out, and the wait can be an hour or more. They do have golf carts, rental clubs and spectacular ocean views. I find it a little perplexing that Kukuiolono does so well while Kahuku is struggling. Perhaps Mark Rolfing could look into…

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red dawn

In a comeback season stocked with stirring highlights, this was the flourish we’d been missing—an image as iconic as Michael Jordan’s soaring silhouette. It happened in the waning moments of the PGA Championship at Bellerive, where Brooks Koepka claimed the title but Tiger Woods captured our attention as only Tiger can. With a rousing final round that was one part Hogan and three parts Houdini, Woods clawed his way into second place, firing a 64 that included eight birdies, none more memorable than this one, on 18. That it wasn’t for the win didn’t really matter. What lingers in our mind’s eye is the triumphal gesture, still unmistakable even after its long absence: The man in bullfighter-red, raising his putter and unleashing an upper cut into the air. “It’s a…

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we bought a golf course

IN MAY 2017, MY BROTHER, PAOLO, SENT ME AN ONLINE AD. IT wasn’t for a couch or a bicycle, or even a second-hand appliance. This offer was to buy a golf course near the Oregon coast. My wife, Karissa, and I were adventurous, but a golf course? We were a family of four from Seattle with no experience in golf, nor in running our own business. We also had steady jobs and two children under 10. But we were intrigued. Our family had fallen in love with the game a couple years earlier after attending the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. We were impressed by how the USGA and their partners, like American Express, did so much to engage fans and support the community. We started playing all the time. I…