APRIL 13, 2017

Every year, after crowning a new Masters champion, the PGA Tour shifts from the pressure cooker of making history at Augusta National to the cozy confines of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry setting at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island.

There is something special about Calibogue Sound, and it's more than just the shrimp and grits served at Lucky Rooster. Guests at Sea Pines Resort will find a world-class facility that has been buffed and prepped to perfection.

A dose of reality amid ‘overly positive statements’

The article by Ted Bishop was mostly spot on (“Drive, Chip and Putt appeals mainly to elite juniors,” April 12,

So many of the people with whom he has done battle have glossed over the horrible state of the golf industry in terms of participation. With the golfer numbers continuing to dwindle, most accurately tallied and reported by Pellucid, all of the overly positive statements made by many of these power brokers are a disservice. Many of their solutions are oversimplified and not viable. Some are in denial.

Keeping score


Number of major champions who have won the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II, which begins today at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco, since the tournament debuted in 1971: Orville Moody (1971), Billy Casper (1973, ’75), Lee Trevino (1977), Vijay Singh (1991), Payne Stewart (1992, ’93), Nick Price (1995), David Toms (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007) and Ernie Els (2008).


Percentage of respondents who answered “yes” to a Morning Read online question, “Considering Sergio Garcia's first major came on the day that would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday, do you believe in golf gods?”

In the news

Announced: By the PGA Tour, that South Korea will play host to its first official PGA Tour event, the C.J. Cup at Nine Bridges. The tournament, to be played Oct. 19-22, will be held at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula. As part of the 10-year deal, the purse was set at $9.25 million for the 78-man, no-cut event.

Approved: By the Texas Senate, a bill that would transfer ownership of Lions Municipal Golf Course from the University of Texas to the state Parks and Wildlife Department, according to the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. The measure now goes to the House. Sen. Craig Estes, a Republican from Wichita Falls, sponsored the legislation with the hope that Lions Municipal, on the UT campus, will remain a golf course (“Austin’s toughest match: Lions Muny vs. developers,” March 24,


The Arccos 360 data-analytics system won a Golf Digest 2017 Editors’ Choice Award in the “Best Gear and Gadgets” category in the magazine’s May issue, Arccos announced. This is the second consecutive year that Arccos has been honored in the category.

In advance of Earth Day on April 22, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America disclosed 10 facts about the game and its role on the environment and in helping participants reach exercise and fitness goals.

Golfzon’s golf simulators have been recognized by Golf Digest with an Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Gear and Gadgets category and will be featured in the magazine’s May issue.

April 12-15
LPGA: Lotte Championship
Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii
April 13-16
European Tour: Trophee Hassan II
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
April 14-16
Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic
TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
April 19-22
Junior: Sage Valley Junior Invitational
Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, S.C.
April 20-23
European Tour: Shenzhen International
Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China Tour: United Leasing and Finance Championship
Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Ind.
PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)
April 21-23
Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
Symetra Tour: Sara Bay Classic
Sara Bay CC, Sarasota, Fla.
April 25-26
National Golf Day

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