Wednesday Nov 23, 2022

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> Question of the Week: The holidays are upon us, so what golf-related items are you putting on your wish list or buying for others?

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> It's here and it's spectacular: Renovation to the 13th tee box at Augusta National appears to be complete
[Riley Hamel | Golfweek | Read]

> Marc Leishman 'fine' not playing majors after LIV Golf defection
[Max Schreiber | Golf Channel | Read]

> Joel Goldstrand, Minnesota Golf Hall of Famer and noted course designer, dies at 83
[Minnesota Star Tribune | Read]

Royal Oaks Country Club's PGA golf pro emeritus and director of instruction was recently inducted into the 2022 World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame
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Full bag fittings are just $100 for a limited time
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Announced: By Proto Concept, that Lydia Ko used its irons en route to winning the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday and clinching both LPGA Tour Player of the Year and the Vare Trophy (lowest scoring average) honors.

Announced: By Classics of Golf, the publishing of "The Golf Architecture of Donald Ross — A Study of the Work of America’s Greatest Golf Course Designer" by Bradford A. Becken Jr., president of the Donald Ross Society since 2018. The book looks at Ross' design characteristics and discusses the restoration movement of Ross' courses that began in the 1980s. The 384-page book costs $395 and is available at

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"When you believe in yourself and the people you surround yourself with, you will win something really big someday."
— Dick Vermeil
Design Notes: Arnold Palmer Design transforms Scotch Hall into Occano
Nick Faldo clears the way for Vietnam’s Silk Path Dong Trieu; Tom Lehman progresses at Minnesota’s Cragun’s Resort
Do fake Twitter followers aid Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy in PIP?
Nearly 40% of Tiger Woods' Twitter followers are a sham, according to a "fake follower" audit of the social media platform by; Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter have next highest

DP World Tour | PGA Tour of Australia: Fortinet Australian PGA Championship
Site: Royal Queensland Golf Club, Brisbane, Australia.
Television: Today-Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Golf Channel).

DP World Tour | Sunshine Tour: Joburg Open
Site: Houghton Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-10 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Ladies European Tour: Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana
Site: Alferini Golf Club, Benahavis, Spain.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 10-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay).


Frank Nobilo looks back on the 2022 golf season 
The 14-time tour winner and CBS Sports golf correspondent offers his opinions on topics ranging from LIV Golf to the depth of talent on all the tours
[Listen | More 'Golf Innerview with Ann Liguori' episodes]

How Stix Golf balances high quality, affordable price
Host Paul Liberatore interviews CEO Gabe Coyne, who expresses his frustration with golf being a simple game that has become far too complex and how his company is addressing that concern
[Listen | More 'Behind the Golf Brand' episodes]

Minami Levonowich's global view of golf
Host Kelly Okun interviews the London-born Speedgolf champion who has lived in five different countries, been a participant on five golf reality shows and competed on the Japan LPGA
[Listen | More 'Going Pro with Kelly O.' episodes]


5-8: Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference, Columbus, Ohio | Info

23-25: Golf Business Conference, Orlando, Fla. | Info
24-27: PGA Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

6-9: GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info
10-12: West Michigan Golf Show, Grand Rapids, Mich. | Info

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