Doug Hoffmann fields Q&As on USGA’s Groove Condition

Players attempting to qualify for all USGA amateur and women’s amateur championships must play conforming clubs. Prior to this year, the condition applied only to the three USGA “Open” events – US Open, US Women’s Open and US Senior Open.
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A “Bold and New Approach” to Golf

Call me cynical, but I always cringe when I hear language like this: “The game is evolving and requires bold and unique approaches on many levels.” I worry. I worry a lot. Golf is way different from other sports, thank God. If fans screaming “It’s in the hole!” a nanosecond after impact, and emphasizing delivery of the product as opposed to the product itself is the definition of evolution, we are at a very dangerous … Continue reading

From Inside the Ropes

By Alicia Eckman, MGA. This weekend at Merion there have been many rulings come into play, whether it was an unplayable bunker lie or a water hazard there have been drops and strokes added. This is when we catch a glimpse of a rules official helping make the right call. So what is it these rules officials do? How many are there? The MGA’s Lisa Overom is inside the ropes this week officiating group and … Continue reading

National Golf Day

In honor of National Golf Day (April 16), and despite the fact that golf is temporarily on hold pending a change in Mother Nature’s current stance on spring, we are extolling a few of the economic, health and environmental benefits of the game: Economic: Golf is a nearly $70 billion industry, providing nearly 2 million jobs and total wage income of $55.6 billion. In Minnesota, the golf industry accounts for 34,653 jobs and $776.7 million … Continue reading

Tigergate — By The Rules

This past Saturday morning, the worlds of golf and sport came to a collective standstill as the Rules Committee at the Masters decided the fate of Tiger cheap camel cigarettes Woods. Would they? Could they? Did they dare disqualify him for violating a Rule that resulted in his signing an incorrect score card? There was a media frenzy with everyone having an opinion. Social media was alive with theories. Even the participants in the Rules … Continue reading

Did Masters’ officials do right by Decision 33-7/4.5?

In assessing Tiger Woods a two-stroke penalty (for breach of Rule 26-1) rather than a DQ for signing an incorrect score card, did Masters tournament officials correctly invoke their right to waive a DQ penalty on the four-time Masters champion? Read the text of the official statement delivered by Fred Ridley, the chair of the competition committee: “Yesterday afternoon, the Rules Committee was made aware of a possible Rules violation that involved a drop by … Continue reading

Streamsong a dream to play

As our snowbirds begin returning from Florida this month and next, some may have an extra gleam in their eye, if they were lucky enough to play the golf courses at the new Streamsong Resort. Streamsong is a new 36-hole complex in central Florida, owned and developed by the Mosaic phosphate mining company, a Cargill subsidiary. The Red course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the Blue course, designed by Tom Doak, sit … Continue reading

Minnesota Golf Bids Farewell to Two Champs

It’s always a bit sad and sweet when figures important to golf in Minnesota pass from the world of the living. The sadness, beyond the obvious loss for the families and friends involved, comes with the realization that the ranks of an important generation are being culled on an almost daily basis. The sweetness comes with recognizing the significance of the lives they lived, celebrating their noteworthy successes, and acknowledging the indelible mark they leave … Continue reading

Streamsong’s Minnesota roots

The newest and loudest buzz in the golf course world is Streamsong, the central Florida resort that features two potentially world-class golf courses, one designed by the team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, the other by Tom Doak. Streamsong held a “soft opening” the week before Christmas, with its official Grand Opening scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, during the weekend of the PGA merchandise show in Orlando. Streamsong was the brainchild of Richard Mack, … Continue reading