Hometown Hot Spots in South Florida for Golf Pros: McIlroy, Woods, Els, Donald, Westwood, and More
Sep30

Hometown Hot Spots in South Florida for Golf Pros: McIlroy, Woods, Els, Donald, Westwood, and More

When it comes to golf professionals, you’d be surprised at how many of them are actually from around here, or own real estate in your back yard.  Well, not literally, but not far from your back yard, lets say.  There is a 30-mile stretch of Florida’s southern Martin County and northern Palm Beach County that is a happening place to live, eat and hang out for many of the PGA Golf Professionals such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and More.   Here is a list of the Pros & Their Clubs: Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Rickie Fowler Bud Cauley Fredrik Jacobson Hank Kuehne Steve Marino Marc Turnesa Mark Calcavecchia Jesper Parnevik Nick Price Olin Browne Ian Baker-Finch Richard S. Johnson Brett Quigley Cameron Tringale The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida Rory McIlroy Keegan Bradley Ernie Els Luke Donald Dustin Johnson Camilo Villegas Tom Gillis Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Lee Westwood Louis Oosthuizen Charl Schwartzel Darren Clarke Raymond Floyd The Dye Preserve in Jupiter, Florida Steve Marino Scott Langley Morgan Hoffman Russ Cochran Steve Lebrun Greg Norman “This Land of the Tour Pros starts at PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens and extends approximately 20 miles north to Hobe Sound , from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the backwaters of the Loxahatchee River a few miles inland.  I was playing with Tom Fazio at Jupiter Hills recently, and the golf course architect recalled the pre-boom period in the 1970s, when there was concern the club’s name wouldn’t be recognizable because nobody had heard of Jupiter, and when the mega-resort and golf community known as PGA National was populated by wild boar and bobcat.  Fazio told me he recently counted 33 courses from McAuthur (which he codesigned with Price) to PGA National, where he and his Uncle George originally designed the Haig and Squire courses that opened in 1980.  I told him we had almost that many pros as members at Medalist. ”  (GolfWorld.Com) Some of the HOT SPOTS to hang out for some “Hang Time” are located in Jupiter, Florida area which attracts the golf pros because it “affords them privacy and a quality lisfestyle.”  The best place to see them is a PGA or Champions Tour event, but some places you might sneak a peek would be at Capital Grille in Palm Beach Gardens, Guanabanas in Jupiter, Hobe Sound Deli in Hobe Sound, Hog Snappers in Jupiter, Reef Grill in Juno Beach, The Dive Bar in Jupiter, The Food Shack in Jupiter, or Lazy Loggerhead Cafe in...

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Ryder Cup Team USA: September 23-28 2014, Golf Tournaments
Sep26

Ryder Cup Team USA: September 23-28 2014, Golf Tournaments

Well it is that time, the Ryder Cup has made its way to Perthshire, Scotland.  The tournament started on September 23 and will last through September 28, 2014.  This event is located in the beautiful area of Scotland and if you weren’t aware is being played at the Gleneagles Hotel and Resort, PGA Centenary Course. Captain Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup Captain Blog can be found here with the latest posts of updates regarding the tournament and players. Current standings and points for the Team can be found here. The Team USA is as follows : Tom Watson — Captain Keegan Bradley Rickie Fowler Jim Furyk Zach Johnson Matt Kuchar Hunter Mahan Phil Mickelson Patrick Reed Webb Simpson Jordan Spieth Jimmy Walker Bubba Watson Raymond Floyd — Vice Captain Andy North — Vice Captain Steve Stricker — Vice...

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Scotland to Vote on Independence and Women Allowed on the Historical Golf Courses
Sep18

Scotland to Vote on Independence and Women Allowed on the Historical Golf Courses

“A September 18 referendum will determine whether Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom or becomes independent for the first time in 307 years. Another Vote: Can Women Join Scotland’s Royal & Ancient Golf Club? GLASGOW, Scotland — The referendum on independence isn’t the only historic vote taking place in Scotland on Thursday. While around four million Scots are choosing whether to go it alone or to stay with the United Kingdom, about 2,500 male members of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews will decide another issue that has split opinion across the land: whether women should be allowed to join one of the world’s oldest and most famous golf clubs. The all-male Royal & Ancient Golf Club, a regular British Open venue, has for years resisted attempts to admit female members at the famous “Old Course.” But on Thursday, as most Scots are lining up to their cast their referendum ballots, the club is expected to pass a motion allowing women to join its ranks. Like the one to the independence referendum, the road to Thursday’s decision has been a long one. The Royal & Ancient, established in 1754, has a fusty image and a reputation for sexism. In recent years, sponsors and politicians have expressed reservations about international championships being held at exclusive clubs. Two years ago, the famous Augusta National Golf Club changed its stance on single-sex membership. Leading female golfers have long called for the all-male policy to be overturned. Earlier this year, Louise Richardson, principal of the University of St. Andrews, spoke out about the ban on women after she was denied honorary membership at the club, an honor given to her male predecessor. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has previously called on the Royal & Ancient to admit female members. Last year the Scottish National Party leader turned down an invitation to attend the British Open at Muirfield, another Scottish club that does not allow women as members. “Can you imagine how mortifying it would be if they voted to uphold the ban? It could be catastrophic for the sport, in a PR sense and in a commercial sense” Last summer’s Open was marred by heated debate about the club’s male-only policy. Peter Dawson, the Royal & Ancient chief executive, said at the time that the policy was “not on any kind of par with racial discrimination or antisemitism or any of these things.” That belief aside, Dawson has been increasingly aware of the potential commercial impact of continuing to prohibit women from becoming members. In January, Giles Morgan, global head of sponsorship at HSBC, said that the all-male policy would have significant...

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Billy Horschel Wins at BMW Championship: Henrik Stenson Following
Sep08

Billy Horschel Wins at BMW Championship: Henrik Stenson Following

The BMW Championship held in CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. this past weekend.  The course to host the championship was the Cherry Hills Country Club. For a recap on the players standings,  “Henrik Stenson finished 11 strokes behind  Billy Horschel, who closed with a 69 for a 72-hole total of 14-under 266, two strokes better than Bubba Watson, and then described his situation as “win-win.” He explained: “East Lake is a really great golf course, and I would really like to come back and defend and to play it again. But I finally get a bit of a break.” (NYTimes.Com) More on the winner, the Florida native, Billy Horschel— “Horschel claimed the biggest title of his career so far at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The American won the BMW Championship with a score of -14 after an impressive display over the weekend. The 27-year-old from Florida laid the foundation for his success on Saturday, when he opened a three-shot lead over the world-class field at the third of four FedExCup Playoff events. He then produced a nerveless display on the demanding course at Cherry Hills Country Club on Sunday.” “It means a lot to win,” said Horschel. “I hope it is another step towards something bigger and greater down the road. This victory gives me added confidence. I want to be where the Rory McIlroys, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and the guys winning majors are. Denver was a fantastic venue for the BMW Championship. A lot of fans came out and supported us. I hope we can come back in the future.” (bmwchampionshipusa.com) (Bmwchampionshipusa.com)  ...

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Jupiter, Florida: Golf’s Hot Spot for Pro Golfers like Woods, McIlroy, and Fowler
Sep05

Jupiter, Florida: Golf’s Hot Spot for Pro Golfers like Woods, McIlroy, and Fowler

“For a who’s who of tour pros — Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler and more — a 30-mile stretch of Florida’s southern Martin County and northern Palm Beach County is a happening place to live, practice and just plain hang.” -Golf Digest.Com   Why Jupiter? Well, it’s about more than no state income tax, although that is a contributing factor for those relocating from outside the Sunshine State. Northern Palm Beach and neighboring Martin counties, about 150 miles southeast of Orlando, simply have better weather, less traffic, the ocean and what transplanted Rhode Islander Brett Quigley calls, “the Jupiter lifestyle of shorts, golf shirts and flip flops.” The lifestyle includes paddle-boarding (Stacy Lewis), surfing (Fredrik Jacobson has his own coach), cycling (Camilo Villegas is known to make 100-plus mile rides to Miami and back), weekend boat runs to the Bahamas (Robert Allenby) and dining at laid-back restaurants such as Guanabanas, The Food Shack, The Dive Bar and Hog Snappers with their fresh, flavorful seafood. If Price isn’t hitting balls at McArthur GC, he’s having lunch at the Lazy Loggerhead Cafe or sitting three miles off the Jupiter pier on his boat Caddyshack, fishing for pompano or whatever might be biting at the spot where the gulfstream comes closest to shore....

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