FEBRUARY 10, 2017

By John Gordon

Like many of you, I’ve long been a fan of TV’s “The Big Bang Theory.” And I never thought I would come across anything that rivaled the impenetrability and complexity of the Roommate Agreement forged by Sheldon Cooper (played by actor Jim Parsons) to befuddle and perplex his friend Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki). To wit: Section 74C (Hofstadter must assist Cooper if he ever becomes a robot). Section 8, Subsection C, Paragraph 4 (coitus). The nebulous, yet ever-popular, Unnamed Addendum. And on and on.

I never thought I would, that is, until I signed up for a Rules of Golf certification course this winter.

And with the same bad timing that afflicts my golf swing, I began taking this course at approximately the same time that the announcement was made that sweeping changes were on the way.  The entire frigging rules book was being dissected. 

By Alex Miceli

Pebble Beach Golf Links always has been one of the top-rated courses in the United States.

Opened in 1919, the seaside masterpiece, site of this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, at times needs a touchup to its historic facade. The 14th hole was the latest to undergo such a restoration.

The green at the 573-yard par 5 was one of the smallest on the property that fronts Carmel Bay, at only 3,000 square feet. The odd design didn’t allow for puttable hole locations on almost half of the green. To many players, the 14th was difficult; to others, even unfair.

From the industry

The Annika Invitational USA will return to Reunion Resort’s Watson Course, south of Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 17-20, the Annika Foundation announced. The 72-player all-girls field generally is recognized as one of the best in junior golf. The event, which is part of the American Junior Golf Association’s schedule, is one of five junior events on four continents hosted by Annika Sorenstam’s foundation, including two in the World Golf Hall of Fame player’s native Sweden. The others are in China and Argentina.

Lydia Ko, the world’s top-ranked female golfer, has retained Gary Gilchrist as her swing coach. Gilchrist, who teaches at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., also instructs two other women near the top of the Rolex Rankings, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 4 Shanshan Feng, plus American Paula Creamer, among others.

February 7-11
Club Managers Association of America World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla.
February 9-12
PGA Tour: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
European Tour: Maybank Championship
Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tour: Club Colombia Championship
Bogota (Colombia) Country Club
February 10-12
West Michigan Golf Show
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Champions Tour: Allianz Championship
The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
February 16-19
LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Grange, Australia
European Tour: ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
PGA Tour: Genesis Open
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. Tour: Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club, Panama City, Panama
February 17-19
Champions Tour: Chubb Classic
TwinEagles Golf Club (Talon), Naples. Fla.
February 23-26
European Tour: Joburg Open
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa
PGA Tour: The Honda Classic
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
LPGA: Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old), Chonburi, Thailand
February 24-26
Chicago Golf Show
Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.
Toronto Golf And Travel Show
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 27-28
Northern California Golf Rep Show
Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Pano Hall Lincoln, Calif.
February 28 - March 2
Philadelphia Golf Merchandise Show
Embassy Suites Valley Forge, Chesterbrook, Pa.
February 28 - March 3
Scottish International Golf Course Architects Conference
Inverness, Scotland

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