Golf News for March 12, 2017

Playbooks for Golf releases “Conditions” The product is intended for golf course superintendents to communicate with golfers in real-time about the daily status of the golf course.

Servicemembers get chance to watch golf’s elite at 2017 Senior PGA Championship — Military servicemembers will get a rare opportunity this Memorial Day weekend to visit a golf course that could be described as presidential. The 2017 Senior PGA Championships will be played May 25-28 at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia, a scant 20-minute drive from the heart of the nation’s capital.

Nothing glamorous about trying to scrape by on golf’s low-level tours — “Just imagine gambling every day of your life. You gamble on yourself, and you hope to win. You have to spend $3,000, maybe $3,500, in a week just coming out of your pocket before you even tee it up. Then you have to play with that hanging over you.”

Lawbeat: Golf club swing ruled way out of bounds — We always carry a pair of balls in our pocket in case we lose one in the rough.

Adult beverages behind 18-hole golf courses? — “In 1858, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, golf’s governing body, issued an official decree that a round consisted of 18 holes. Rule 1 stated “one round of the Links or 18 holes is reckoned a match unless otherwise stipulated.” We’ll drink to that!

Bunker mentality; Quitno, ASGCA & Andrew, ASGCA, add insight to “GCI” feature — Golf Course Industry magazine’s cover story features a detailed look at the hazards that consume much of a superintendents’ time. ASGCA members provide perspective on the design – and elimination of – bunkers.

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