Golf News for March 22, 2017

Bangor Municipal Golf Course re-certified as ‘Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary’ — Bangor Muni is one of three courses in Maine and 892 courses in the world to be so recognized. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that it is maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas, including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.

Rumor mill: Will Tiger Woods play at a high level again? — Will he, or won’t he? Part IX

The fight over Sharp Park isn’t just about saving one golf course, but muni golf overall — We’ve long been aware of the tensions between municipal golf courses and anti-golf forces. Good piece on the topic using a San Fran course as a study of how environmental activists can threaten a classic golf treasure. “Trying to preserve municipal golf courses against the forces of commerce, culture and ideological agendas is hard work. The enemy is everywhere. Realtors, recreation minded community leaders and adherents of open space all covet the land. And the special interests know there is blood in the water as golf continues yearly to lose more courses than it is building.”

Tip the Scales: Change your shafts to add 10 yards instantly — Odds are, you’ve tinkered with your driver shafts to help squeeze every last yard out of your swing, while paying little attention to your iron shafts. Big mistake. You hit more iron shots than drives in a typical round.

Golf Equipment Market and Golf Apparel Industry 2017-2021 with Key Manufacturers Analysis — According to this report, the global golf equipment and apparel market is supported by various growth drivers such as rising number of high net worth individuals in emerging economies, growing participation of golfers, development of new golf courses, rising numbers of rounds played and launch of online booking portals.

MGM’s new Golfstream attraction to host skill-based indoor golf gaming events — With Maine’s long winters, this concept could take off at clubs around the state. “Golfstream, billed as the world’s first indoor laser golf course and private lounge, tests different types of skills — putting, long drives and accuracy.

Tiger’s new Masters book lacks one crucial element: What Tiger was really thinking — A critical look at TIger’s new book: “I believe the ideal audience for this book is middle-school readers, young people interested to learn about the sacrifice it takes to become excellent at a difficult thing, young readers who do not already know Tiger’s story from the 1997 Masters.”

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