by Mike Purkey

The main argument for ending the PGA Tour season in September is that golf on television can’t compete with college or pro football. That’s largely true for the casual fan, who goes away just after the first kickoff. But for the diehards who can’t get enough golf, either on the course or on television, there’s plenty that’s worth watching.

Take Europe, for instance. Last week, we got up close and personal at three of the great courses in Scotland – Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews – in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It’s Europe’s version of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, minus the celebrities and endless pictures of amateurs playing bad golf.


The common denominator at USGA 

The USGA lost me a few years ago when it announced that it would abandon the Public Links Championship for a new USGA team event. At the time, the reason given was that the Publinx had become a “college all-star event.” As a former state Publinx champ in Massachusetts, I decided it was time to forgo membership in the USGA Partners Program. I’ve never heard from them again.

Now we have 43 percent of the U.S. Mid-Amateur field playing as reinstated amateurs (“Ex-pros vs. amateurs: It’s USGA’s shame,” Oct. 10, Can we call this the Ex-PGA Championship now?



One of the most famous regions in Italy, Lombardy has 28 golf courses in and around the lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore and the cosmopolitan city of Milan.

Learn more about the beauty in Lombardia and plan a trip today.



Number of strokes by which Cameron Smith leads after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic. Smith, 24, of Australia, shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and Americans Xander Schauffele and Keegan Bradley were tied for second at 65. Justin Thomas, the recent FedEx Cup champion and the Tour’s reigning player of the year who is seeking a third consecutive victory in the CIMB Classic, shot 70 (scores:



Boot Ranch, a private club community in Fredericksburg, Texas, has completed renovations at its 18-hole golf course and opened a putting park. The $1.9 million renovation at the 2006 Hal Sutton-designed Boot Ranch course focused on the bunkers and greens of the Hill Country layout, which is about 80 miles west of Austin. The club spent an additional $1 million on the 35,000-square-foot putting park, which debuted in the summer.


Omni Hotels and Resorts offers its Guys Golf Getaway fall packages to 11 destinations in the Omni golf group. The three-night deals start at $275 per person, per night and span coast-to-coast, from the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire to the Omni La Costa in California. The packages are available through Nov. 21.


Troon Privé, the private-club operations division of Troon, will manage Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, N.J. The Raritan Valley club was founded in 1911, and its course designed a year later by Herbert H. Barker. The club also offers tennis, squash, swimming and dining


Cordillera Ranch, a private club community in the Hill Country of Boerne, Texas, is unveiling the Cordillera Ridge luxury enclave. Cordillera Ridge features 15 home sites of 2-4 acres, priced at $300,000 to $1 million-plus.


October 7-13
Men’s amateur: U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur
Capital City Club (Crabapple), Woodstock, Ga.
October 12-15
LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea
European Tour: Italian Open
Milan Golf Club, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
PGA Tour: CIMB Classic
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 13-15
Champions Tour: SAS Championship
Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.

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