Irie Fields, located at Kittitian Hill on St. Kitts Island, is a unique, par 71, 18-hole course, designed by the legendary Welsh tour player Ian Woosnam. It is perhaps the world's most edible, 'pick-as-you-play' golf course, with over 70 acres of tropical fruit orchards and farmland. Irie Fields is not only the world's "first edible golf course," but also the first course to acquire certification in the Golf Environment Organization's LEGACY Program, which showcases the world's most sustainable golf development. It's maintained without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers and uses a water-conserving irrigation system.
Signs are posted that indicate what's ripe enough to eat and caddies, who know each season's harvests, provide guidance on both club and fruit selection. For more information visit www.kittitianhill.comRelated: The Most Earth-Friendly Golf Courses
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Forget Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. A better example of connectedness, at least in the game of golf, is Arnold Palmer, who has millions of fans feeling part of the Arnie's Army, as well as thousands of tour pros, including Tiger Woods, who can trace their personal largesse to A.P.
In fact, the big money machine that benefits the PGA Tour and its players can celebrate an anniversary this week. Sixty years ago on Friday marks the day Arnold Palmer started making money as a tour player. On May 29, 1955, after finishing his fourth round at the Fort Wayne Invitational, Palmer pocketed $145 for finishing T-25. It was the first official PGA Tour payday Palmer was allowed to keep, having served the long-since abandoned, six-month probation against earning money in tour events after turning pro. (Imagine a tour pro today being told he had to wait a half-year to take home money he earned.)
Prior to Fort Wayne, Palmer had played 10 tour-run events in 1955, having turned pro at the end of 1954. He finished "out of the money" in five, missed the cut in one and had to pass on $1,144.86 he would have gone home with in the other four. (He was allowed to take home the $695.83 he earned for a T-10 finish at the Masters in April 1955 because it was not run by the tour.) Three months later in August, Palmer won the Canadian Open (shown) for his first tour title and a top prize of $2,400.
The 145 simoleons from Fort Wayne were the start of Palmer's launch into making golf in general -- and the tour specifically -- financially lucrative. His star power helped the tour grow in popularity, which in turn increased prize money substantially. He was the first to make $100,000 in a season, first to $1 million in career earnings and the first to make advertising marketability an art form, something he still excels at today at age 85. The huge tour purses he helped grow came much after Palmer was capable of winning on tour, but the money he was able to keep at the Fort Wayne Invitational 60 years ago must have felt like a fortune at the time, which is what he turned it into.
There was a lot of carnage at Royal County Down on Thursday. And the World No. 1 -- who is also hosting the Irish Open this week through his charity -- was not spared from the tough conditions. An opening-round 80 has the Northern Irishman sitting in last place after 18 holes.
Literally, last place.
Some other top-name players got off to equally brutal starts. Martin Kaymer, playing in the same group as Rory, finished with a 79. Sergio Garcia was 5-over at last check. Lee Westwood had a 74. It's never an easy round at Royal County Down -- but Thursday it was playing even tougher than usual.
These five stats from Rory's round tell the story of how bad it really was.
1. This was Rory's worst competitive round since the final round of the 2011 Masters.
We know how that ended. We also have a feeling Rory will be a lot less disappointed by Thursday's round than he was after the snap-hook at the 10th hole at Augusta. But to put today's round in perspective, it was as bad as that 80 Rory had in 2011.
2. Rory hit only six of 14 fairways.
Rory talked about that after the round. That'll happen at tough, windy Royal County Down.
3. Rory made nine bogeys.
Couple nine bogeys with nine pars and no birdies? That's how you get an 80. And which is also how you get ...
4. A scrambling stat of 1-out-of-9.
When you miss six out of 16 greens, like Rory did on Thursday, then don't get up and down eight out of nine times, you're going to be bound for a round in the 80s. Average golfers know that all too well.
5. A total of 36 putts.
Ouch. That number kind of speaks for itself. You don't often see pro golfers have 36 putts in one round. We know Rory can struggle at times on the greens, but this was a pretty poor showing by the World No. 1.
And now Rory looks like a good bet to miss the cut for the third straight year at the Irish Open.
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Before NCAAs even start, Oklahoma can say it's won the trick-shot game.
The men's golf team is heading to its fifth straight NCAA finals this week -- and what better way to prepare then showing off your skills with random trick shots? That's got to psych out your opponents.
If the Sooners make it to match play, I wouldn't want to play these guys. Imagine playing against a guy who can drain shots into a little plastic cup? You know he's never out of a hole. That's scrambling like no other.
There's something so college about making one of these videos. Hundreds of golf-trick shot videos are out there. And we respect you all for keeping us tuning in.
And now we'll be paying close attention to the Sooners at NCAAs. If they make it to match play, watch out!
Stackhouse, a Stanford junior, was two down with two holes to play in her match with Baylor’s Hayley Davis, then birdied the final two holes of regulation to pull even and won the first extra hole to give the Cardinal the national championship.
But if you need more evidence, check out this scorecard for the second round of the 2013 Peg Barnhard Invitational on the Stanford University Golf Course that she won by 10:
And she plays to a +4.3 handicap index out of four different clubs in her home state of Georgia: Braelinn Golf Club, Flat Creek Club, Planterra Ridge Golf Club and Whitewater Creek Country Club:
Cheers, tears, elation and relief.
That they used match play to decide the women's team champion for the first time in NCAA history didn't change any of that. On the contrary, it only amplified it. Baylor senior Hayley Davis' missed par putt on the first extra hole of her deciding match with Stanford junior Mariah Stackhouse was all the more gut-wrenching because of the finality of the moment set up uniquely because of the new match-play format.
Stanford's 3-2 victory over Baylor in the championship match ended six grueling days of play in the warm Florida sun. You can add one new emotion then to the 2015 championship: exhaustion. If there was a valid criticism of the new schedule it was the sheer amount of golf played overall -- seven competition rounds in six days -- something both Stanford coach Anne Walker and Baylor coach Jay Goble noted in their post-round interviews.
Ultimately, though, women's college golf got not only what it had hoped for but what it deserved: An exciting finish, national TV exposure (with the Golf Channel broadcasting the championship for the first time), even a little controversy to spice things up (the grumbling about The Concession G.C. playing too long and having hole locations that were too severe muted somewhat by the amazing play down the stretch of Stackhouse and Davis with the national title in the balance).
Oh, and a new national champion.
For only the second time in the last 12 years, a program that had never won the NCAA title walked away the victors. While a perennial top-25 program under coaches Tim Baldwin and Caroline O'Conner, the Cardinal's previous best showing was a runner-up finish in 2000.
Coming off a Pac-12 title last spring and with two All-Americans in Stackhouse (above) and fellow junior Lauren Kim leading the charge, expectations were big in Palo Alto at the start of the 2014-'15 season. And yet the team struggled to find its way. Walker's squad won just one tournament during the regular season (its home even in October), enduring injuries to Kim as well as sophomore Quirine Eijkenboom, and seeing talented freshman Shannon Aubert (who won three matches this week) undergo surgery in February to remove an ovarian cyst. Walker, in her third year as head coach, had her own mid-season adjustments to make, giving birth to daughter Emma in December.
Yet despite entering the NCAA postseason with finishes of 10th, sixth and seventh in its final three starts, Stanford shinned, letting its NerdNation followers (led by former Stanford student Michelle Wie) rejoice.
For a sport that has grown so much in the last decade, with so many programs around the country investing time and resources to build national contenders, it's a good thing to have a little new blood step up to help maintain the sport's upward momentum.
Six years after the men started using match play to help crown the team winner, the women went kicking and screaming. And by and large found out what the men have: That match play simple creates a more exciting NCAA championship.
"I was the first one to be hesitant about it originally," said Goble moments after watching his squad painfully lost the championship. "I didn't originally believe that it was a format that was broken. But you know, again, going through the last two days, it's really exciting. It's really fun. It's an emotional roller coaster out there, but I think that to go out there and to fight it out the way you have to do in match play, it shows a lot of guts.
There will continue to be some dissenting voices who question whether the format change makes it less likely to identify the nation's top team. Had the format not been altered, traditional power USC would have won its four NCAA title in 12 years. But when the Trojans fell to Stanford in the semifinals, their title quest came to its own painful end.
Ultimately, just as college sports evolve so do their championships. Look no further than the most popular college sport in the country: football. Ohio State wouldn't have won its national championship this year under the format that sport traditionally used, yet the Buckeyes performance made them a legitimate national champion.
The same should be said for Stanford, deserving winners of the most exciting six-day endurance test women's college golf has ever seen.
But what if your course actually had a 19th hole? And what if that 19th hole involved a floating green?
Westchester Magazine has the story on this cool concept recently introduced by GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. Following their rounds, golfers there can hit a shot from near the clubhouse patio onto a green in the middle of a lake.
"It's the coolest shot in golf," GlenArbor head professional Brian Crowell told Westchester. "It's the perfect way to settle your bets -- or make a few more -- at the end of your round."
Nineteenth holes are becoming more common, but having a floating green is unique. The idea was the brainchild of Crowell and Michael Lehrer, owner of Home Green Advantage in Armonk.
GlenArbor's 19th is a 14-by-21-foot green that's a replica of the club's 14th green. The shot is 80 yards long, but it plays about 60 with the elevation drop and there are three different pin placements. No, you don't take a boat out there to putt out, but the tee shot alone is fun enough.
"There's also nothing more satisfying than watching your opponent's ball splash into the lake after yours lands safely on the green," Crowell said.
Well, that and knowing golf's traditional 19th hole -- let's call it the 20th in this case -- is just a few steps away.