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This piece of golf course vandalism is terribly upsetting

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

It really is an ugly sight, and one no decent human being would wish on any poor, innocent, beautiful golf course.

We can't confirm what course this is, but it's most likely Riverbend Golf Course, where a man was arrested on Monday for allegedly vandalizing the golf course. According to the report, the man allegedly drove his truck onto the course and caused about $5,000 worth of damage.

Related: A soccer golf course? Yea, it's a real thing.

Here's the picture:

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My sister got engaged on a golf course and it was awesome

By Ashley Mayo

Kira and Adam are the ultimate golf couple. She met him on a golf course, she spent their first date caddying for him in a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier, and they're the current male and female club champions at Locust Hill Country Club. After dating for nearly seven years, Adam was finally ready to ask the big question. (I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY IT TOOK HIM SO LONG.)

He knew she'd love a golf course proposal more than anything, and since they'd been talking about Streamsong for quite some time, Adam and I decided that was the perfect venue.

140402_ki ac ring_518.jpgHe asked me for suggestions on how to propose, so I, in turn, asked Twitter.

Some of you said he should place the ring inside her putter head cover (way too risky), others said he should mark her ball with the ring (golfers don't often mark other golfers' balls. . .that's not normal), and others said he should put the ring in the pocket where she keeps her golf balls, hoping she'd find it when she looked for a new ball (again, too risky).

Here are two of my favorite suggestions:


I told Adam about them, and he said he loved the lose-a-bet idea. So the plan was to walk 36 holes and play a girls-versus-guys match (my buddy Joe joined us). On the 36th green, after the girls beat the guys (GIRLS ALWAYS BEAT GUYS), I would demand money from Joe and Kira would demand money from Adam. Joe would hand me cash, and Adam would kneel down and propose to Kira.

That plan, however, was ruined by a terrible thunderstorm that rolled in on our 15th hole. It kicked all golfers off the course for four hours. It was about 6:30pm by the time we got back out on the course (the lighting was gone, but the wind and rain had stuck around), and we managed to play seven more holes.

By the time we reached the 17th hole on Streamsong Blue, the sky cleared and the sun was setting beautifully. On the green, Adam told me that he changed his mind about how he wanted to propose, and that he wanted to place the ring, which was in a box, inside the 18th hole. (WHY ARE GUYS SO INDECISIVE?) He asked me to distract Kira by the 18th green so he could get the job done.

Adam knows that Kira likes to putt everything out, so he knew she'd find the box. And she did. "What's this?" she asked, shortly after she knocked in a three-footer. "What do you think it is?" That's when she knew.

140402_ki and ac kneel_518.jpgSo if you're a guy who's lucky enough to date a golfer (GIRLS WHO PLAY GOLF ARE THE BEST) and wants to propose on a golf course, here are three tips I learned over the weekend:

1. Know her playing style and pick a method that involves as little risk as possible. If Adam wasn't certain Kira would putt out, he would not have chosen to drop the ring in the hole. 

2. Know that the proposal will never go precisely as planned. Don't fret; roll with the punches.

3. Definitely propose on a course. It's the best.

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News & Tours

What's Super Bowl Week without golf? For those new to New York, here are some options


Welcome, welcome to the Super Bowl! The Northeast sure is happy to host it, especially all you spectators. Remember if the Super Bowl is foremost about football, it's also about the whirlwind of events that precede the big game. And that often includes golf. This week in New York is no different. As you may know, the Metropolitan area boasts some of the finest courses in the world, so for those if you in town, be sure to take advantage of some of your options.


Winged Foot East

The fastest greens in town!

Bethpage Black

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Baltusrol Golf Club

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Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

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If you can't make it out of the city, you can always venture over to Central Park.


Or even to a rink to play some ice golf (also known as hockey).


Hit 'em straight boys!

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Celebrity

Photos: Holly Sonders turns heads at the Humana Challenge

By Alex Myers

Golf Channel's Holly Sonders is putting her golf game to the test this week, playing in the pro-am portion of the Humana Challenge. Not surprisingly, she's also drawing a crowd in Palm Springs -- even on the driving range.

Related: Holly Sonders' Golf Digest photo shoot

On Friday, Kip Henley, caddie for defending champ Brian Gay, tweeted the following picture with the caption: "Concentration at an all time low on the range this morning."

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But Holly isn't just there to be eye candy for the PGA Tour players and fans, she's there to play. And don't worry, thanks to our friends at Getty Images, we have more pictures of her doing just that.

Here's Holly lining up a putt on the ninth hole of La Quinta CC on Thursday. Good form:

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But unfortunately, she missed:

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Hang in there, Holly! That's right, give yourself a pep talk!

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Sonders, entered as a 7 handicap, only managed a gross score of one under and a net score of four under in the first round while playing with partners John Daly and Jesper Parnevik. That left her near the back of the pack of 156 amateurs. But with neither Daly nor Parnevik breaking par on Day 1 (Seriously, guys? This is the Humana Challenge!), we'll give her a pass. Sonders was back at it on Day 2 wearing a different-colored short golf skirt. Look, she even matched it to her clubs!

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Photo: Is Paulina Gretzky TaylorMade's newest star?

On Friday, Sonders showed more of the skills that earned her a spot on the Michigan State golf team and a co-hosting gig on one of Golf Channel's instructional shows. Here, she expertly keeps her driver in the bag on the eighth hole of PGA West (Jack Nicklaus), opting for a fairway wood instead. Course management!

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Here, she hits an approach shot as playing partners Jonas Blixt and John Merrick watched. Nice balance! Thankfully, they provided her with a little more help than those deadweights Daly and Parnevik.

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Moments later, she waved to the crowd after draining a putt. Clutch!

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Here, she walks alongside Blixt. Funny, if I were betting on one of them wearing a matching pink hat-shoe combo, I would have put my money on Holly. . .

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Who's her caddie this week, by the way? Rough gig.

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Paulina & DJ: A love story in pictures

Sonders will play with Brandt Snedeker and Rickie Fowler (Even odds of who will wear more pink) at PGA West's Palmer Course on Saturday. Think anyone will be watching?

UPDATE: Sonders shot a pair of net 65s on Friday and Saturday to finish near the middle of the pack at 18 under. She tweeted us to say she "left a lot of birdies out there on Saturday." Still, Sonders finished second out of the four celebrity amateurs, topping Michael Bolton and Jay Feely, but losing to Craig T. Nelson (Coach!) by a stroke. And the lucky guy carrying her bag all week? Cobra Golf master club fitter Ben Schomin.

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Coming Soon: A Paulina Gretzky commercial for . . . TaylorMade?

By Alex Myers

A week after revealing her surprisingly good golf swing, Paulina Gretzky took to Instagram to announce she's going to be in an upcoming TaylorMade commercial. Well, and to post yet another sultry selfie of herself.

Related: Paulina Gretzky's surprising attire for her mom's birthday

"Fun day on the set with @taylormadegolf!! Can't wait to see the commercial" Dustin Johnson's fiance wrote with the accompanying photo:

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Paulina & DJ: A love story told through pictures

A golf commercial so fast? Just how good is Paulina's swing? More importantly, is her husband-to-be available for golf lessons?

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Stewart Cink's tan line is bad. Really, REALLY bad...

By Alex Myers

Stewart Cink is a British Open champion. He's been credited with ushering in the Twitter age in golf. And now we can add the unofficial title of the game's worst tan line to his resume.

Related: Paulina Gretzky's golf swing is surprisingly good

Thanks to Twitter user @BTtrey4 for posting the following picture of Cink from Day 1 at the Sony Open. Just be warned, it's not pretty:

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UPDATE: Cink took to Twitter Friday night and handled the ribbing well:

Apparently my glowing head has received some attention today. It's nice to be (in) the spotlight.

I was hoping to get off to a noteworthy start in 2014 but this isn't exactly what I was envisioning.

Well played, Stewart. Well played.

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News & Tours

This James Carville look-alike at Kapalua was really into the post-round TV interviews

By Alex Myers

Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, and Dustin Johnson took center stage during the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but a fan at Kapalua got just as much air time following their rounds. We first noticed the James Carville look-alike -- it helped that he was wearing a bright orange shirt -- during Simpson's post-round TV interview with Golf Channel's Steve Sands. And boy, does this guy ever love listening in on post-round interviews. Here he is, poking his grinning head over Simpson's shoulder:

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Then, he got closer. Ahhhh!

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Related: Photos of Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky's big year

Then, he patted a woman, whom he appeared to be with, on the head:

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At least, we hope he was with that woman. . . Her visor was covered with autographs so we can assume she was enjoying herself as well. But no one in all of Hawaii could have been having as much fun as Mr. Orange. Next up, he intently listened in on Spieth's interview:

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Man, he really looks close to Spieth in that shot . . . creeper! Finally, it was Johnson's turn to answer questions. For this last interview, Golf Channel's cameras set up a little farther away from Mr. Orange, who remained extremely interested in the proceedings. But don't worry, he still managed to poke his goofy head in there:

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And not to be outdone, how about the Dave Pelz wannabe standing next to him and waving his visor?

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We see you, buddy. We see you.

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Photos: Whatever they're paying these guys, it's not enough

By Alex Myers

We love the Asian swing of the golf season. Not necessarily because of the golf and definitely not because of the time difference. But oh, those elaborate pre-tournament promotional photo shoots. They are unintentional comedy at its finest.

The Grind: What you need to know and see from the week in golf

Last week, Rory McIlroy played Chinese drums and this week, he played dress up with several of the world's top players in advance of the WGC-HSBC World Champions in Shanghai. These guys must be getting a lot of money to play along. Here's a group shot of them posing for what could pass as a scene from a movie that's a cross between "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings":

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As usual, Jason Dufner steals the show. He's that guy on the left who looks about as thrilled as a kid sitting through an agronomy lecture. In fact, let's focus a little more on the PGA champ.

Here, Dufner has his game face on as he takes direction from someone while Phil Mickelson kneels (Side note: Mickelson looks very convincing as a sorcerer with that all-black outfit):

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Then there's Dufner offering a little smirk (Side note: McIlroy looks evil):

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Photo: Michael Jordan chases Sergio Garcia around St. Andrews

Dufner and the gang surround defending champion Ian Poulter, as if they are fanning the reigning WGC-HSBC king or about to attack him for his throne:

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Then Dufner ATTACKS! Well, sort of:

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And finally, Dufner flashes his trademark ear-to-ear smile:

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Related: The not-so-many faces of Jason Dufner

The PGA Tour heads back to the boring United States for the McGladrey Classic next week, but some of the big names, including Tiger Woods, will head to Turkey for the Turkish Open. Let's hope the cameras are rolling.

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