Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements

Leduc Golf Club steps up game with new clubhouse, tee box improvements  By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf When people hear of upgrades to a golf facility their first thought is likely along the lines of the tees, fairways, or greens getting a facelift. But, remodelling a golfers hangout can go further than something in the great outdoors, as shown by the Leduc Golf Club. After consultation with the City of Leduc, the two entities came to a land swap agreement to partner and in doing so, a major upgrade was made to the decades old clubhouse.…

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The Links at Spruce Grove continues to live up to its well deserved reputation

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Considered as one of the top public golf courses when it opened back in the early 1980s, The Links at Spruce Grove has done nothing to dispel that reputation since then. In fact, it may be getting even better as it grows older. While many golfers shied away from this 18-hole layout early on because of the fear of whacking a shot, or two, into the surrounding residential neighbourhoods, the old growth fir trees that line the majority of the fairways here have largely taken that fear out of play. Of…

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Family run Course is Family Friendly

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf As a second generation family operation, the Fort in View Golf Course welcomes everyone with a family-friendly approach, meaning regardless of your ability at the game, you can enjoy this 27-hole facility no matter which nines you combine. Located just outside Fort Saskatchewan, and a short drive from all the suburbs surrounding Edmonton proper, Fort in View is one of only three courses with three different nines to tee it up on. And that, says General Manager Gord Hayward, means finding a tee time here that fits your busy schedule isn’t…

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Goose Hummock softens its playability for all to enjoy

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf True story: I told some friends I had recently played Goose Hummock and their reply was almost in unison: “Oh, I’ve never played there. I hear it’s really hard.” Well, it used to be. But now, after some yardage and layout changes, The Goose as it’s known, is a fun play. Yes, it has water and it has trees, but then don’t all good golf courses have those elements? Based just outside of Gibbons, this 18 hole track built in 1988 was originally designed to challenge the best because it was…

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The Barrhead Golf Club is not one to be overlooked

By Gord Montgomery – Western Canada Senior Writer, Inside Golf Every golf course has at least one hole that becomes etched into your mind after a round of play. Then there’s a course like the Barrhead Golf Club where at least three, and maybe even four or five holes become embedded in your memory bank. These particular holes don’t have to be overwhelmingly hard or overly pretty to look at. Rather, they need a touch both of those characteristics to stick in your mind long after you’re finished your appointed round — and which make you want to head back to…

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McIlroy wins THE PLAYERS Championship

Shoots final-round 2-under 70 to win by one shot over Furyk in dramatic finale at TPC Sawgrass   PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at THE PLAYERS Championship and closed with a 2-under 70. McIlroy, a former FedExCup champion, earned 600 FedExCup points, a $2.25 million check and is the proud owner of the redesigned PLAYERS trophy. McIlroy could not afford to make a mistake over the final hour because of Jim Furyk, 48, nearly pulled off a stunner. Furyk, one of the last players to get in…

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THE PLAYERS Championship, Round 1: Leaderboard, tee times, TV times

The Florida Swing continues as Round 1 gets underway today at THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Webb Simpson is the defending champion at TPC Sawgrass. Round 1 tee times Round 1 leaderboard HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN (ALL TIMES ET) TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 2-7 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Featured Groups). Sunday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Featured Groups). LIVE ON TWITTER: Thursday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – approx. 8:30 a.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – approx. 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – approx. 9 a.m. RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 12-7 p.m.…

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Molinari cards final-round 64 to win Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

ORLANDO – Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His 45-foot birdie putt capped off an 8-under 64 to come from five shots behind Sunday and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Molinari watched the birdie putt kiss off the pin and into the cup, and the normally reserved Italian raised his fist and hammered it down in celebration, knowing that would make him hard to beat. He started so far back that Molinari finished nearly two hours before…

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Horses for Courses: Arnold Palmer Invitational

The new, condensed schedule has shifted the order of the Florida Swing, but for the second week running it will be TifEagle greens and sunny skies. The invitational field of 123 players will be surrounded by the legacies of Arnie’s Army at his Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando. The champion will receive a THREE-YEAR exemption, 500 FedEx Cup points and $1.638 million of the $9.1 million prize pool, not to mention a gorgeous, red alpaca sweater! Bay Hill hosts for the 41st time and the Par-72 has been extended to its longest edition, 7,454 yards, for Rory McIlroy…

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Cougar Creek Golf Resort

Cougar Creek Golf Resort is testament to unreliability of rumours  By Gord Montgomery  PARKLAND COUNTY —With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe’s saying, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see (read),” you can trust everything you are about to read (see) here in regard to the Cougar Creek Golf Resort. Despite some nasty rumours floating around, this rural track west of Edmonton is in good shape and only getting better as the weather warms, says Head Golf Professional Jake Behiels. After a winter that saw the dreaded freeze-thaw-freeze cycle repeat itself a few times, Cougar Creek did…

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