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« 2021-May-02, 07:12 PM Reply #175 »
The San Diego Golf Team Aztecs very adroit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxR7UW3aeQ0

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« 2021-May-03, 09:42 AM Reply #176 »
Course hits rough amid ‘war on golf’

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David Orr, who is fighting to keep the now closed North Lakes Golf Course from being developed; and (inset) protest signs. Pictures: Tara Croser


WHEN David and Margaret Orr moved into their new home in 2017 they were thrilled to be able to walk from their back yard on to the first tee of one of Australia’s top golf courses.

Three years later, the once manicured greens at North Lakes Golf Course, north of Brisbane, are overgrown with weeds after the site was sold to developers for a planned retirement village.

The couple find themselves at the frontline of what some in the $1.2bn industry are calling “a war on golf” as courses and driving ranges throughout the country are turned over for parkland, housing and other developments. The closures come despite the number of golf club members more than doubling over the past 12 months.

The Orrs, both keen golfers who moved from Sydney, were attracted by slick marketing from developer Stockland that boasted an “exclusive selection of home sites nestled by the 18-hole championship golf course” designed by PGA champion Graham Marsh.

“We used to be able to walk out of our back door on to the first tee,” Mr Orr said. “About 300 homes front directly on to the golf course and it was a selling point.”

Stockland later sold the course to a private operator, but it remained a social hub not only for golfers, but the local community. “There was a restaurant where they held steak and Italian nights and a function centre that hosted weddings,” Mr Orr said.

He said the decision to close the course came out of the blue in 2019 and shocked club members and the broader community.

“I was sitting in the clubhouse after a round of golf when the manager came up and told me the course was being shut down,” he said.

“We were told that golf was a dying sport and the course wasn’t making any money. But there are courses just down the road that are not accepting new members because of demand.”

Property records show the course was sold by a company called Global Sport North Lakes to JH Northlakes for $11.3m in June 2019.

JH Northlakes is controlled by Justin Harrison, the head of a Brisbane-based residential aged-care developer.

Moreton Bay Regional Council said it had received legal advice that it had to consider a development plan for the retirement village, despite it being listed as a “prohibited development” under its control plan for the area.

North Lakes has become an increasingly bitter flashpoint between players and an alliance of developers, who eye the potential of the land for other uses, and environmentalists who see the courses as environmental wastelands.

In June, Brisbane City Council will shut the popular Victoria Park Golf Course, operating since 1898, and transform it into a public parkland with what it calls “something for everybody”.

The industry’s peak body, Golf Australia, said membership at golf courses had surged 126 per cent over the past year. Chief executive James Sutherland said while urbanisation pressures were affecting the sport, golf courses around the country were continuing to expand.

North Lakes residents have formed The Save North Lakes Golf Course support group to fight the development.

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Be a great result if the course is saved people bought their homes on the basis of golf course accessibility hopefully the developers won't turn it into more housing.

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« 2021-Jun-05, 07:18 PM Reply #177 »
Hurt my wrist a few years ago and had it fused , have gone back playing in the last few months.

Joined a new low cost club and since returning three weeks ago have won two comps

must be a good Doctor    8-)

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« 2021-Jun-05, 07:51 PM Reply #178 »
Arsenal,
            I feel very sorry for those residents of North Lakes who purchased their homes in good faith :  thinking that they would have a premier golf course near their homes. Victoria Park is a different kettle of fish . It is built on council land : in other words our land. I would be very interested to know if any benefactors to this Brisbane City Council have some development plans in play for this particular site. I won't be astounded if it comes to pass that there are  vested interests at play here. You can generally rely on Councils to nod their heads to their sponsors rather than to ratepayers. This is after all being orchestrated by a mob whose Queensland history is steeped in shonky deals. Why would anyone believe them ?

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« 2021-Jun-05, 09:29 PM Reply #179 »
I think you're right about the council..North Lakes owners should not have been allowed to develop the space for housing when it was approved for "Sport & Recreation " it should have remained there.
I think it comes under the Moreton Council the Mayor has been under a cloud with a CCC investigation...although they the CCC mess things up as well and the chair MacSporran QC is under pressure from the Parliamentary Committee as well as others with some political clout.
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« 2021-Jun-05, 09:32 PM Reply #180 »
Hurt my wrist a few years ago and had it fused , have gone back playing in the last few months.

Joined a new low cost club and since returning three weeks ago have won two comps

must be a good Doctor    8-)

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Well done I'm going backwards have a higher handicap now than when I started 32 years ago What's the name of your Doctor wonder if he could fix my faults mentally.

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« 2021-Jun-06, 09:34 AM Reply #181 »
Well done rats

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« 2021-Jun-06, 12:21 PM Reply #182 »
Covid-19 and Golf,

Dont think horse racing punters can ever complain again about how unlucky they are given the 6 shot leader of a tournamnet into the last round had to stop competing after testing positive. His bad luck has only cost him a very likely 1.6 million.

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ps maybe they will add 6 shots to anyones handicap after catching Covid-19...


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« 2021-Jun-17, 07:30 AM Reply #183 »

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« 2021-Jun-18, 06:27 PM Reply #184 »
Very tight at the top of the US Open after one round.

Russell Henley and Louis Oosthuizen share the lead at 4 under.

Adam Scott at 1 under best of the Australians. Cam Smith one back from that.

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« 2021-Jun-18, 08:54 PM Reply #185 »
I’m on Brooks and Hatton   :thumbsup:

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« 2021-Jul-03, 07:05 PM Reply #186 »
Story Surfaces Of Mickelson Getting Stiffed $500,000 By Detroit Bookie
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Making his first start at the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit, the Phil Mickelson headline in the local paper the day before the event kicked off wasn’t one that the six-time major would have likely seen coming:
Lefty and Dandy Don: How a Grosse Pointe bookie allegedly cheated Phil Mickelson.

In previously unreported trial transcripts from the 2007 racketeering trial of Jack Giacalone, a reputed organized crime leader in Metro Detroit, Mickelson was linked to “one of the biggest gamblers in Detroit history,” according to the story that appeared in The Detroit News on Wednesday.

“Dandy” Don DeSeranno, who also handled bets for big shots as a Las Vegas casino host and bookie from 1994-2002, was questioned about Mickelson after receiving immunity from federal prosecutors and testified as a government witness against Giacalone 14 years ago.

In an effort to paint DeSeranno as a crook to jurors, Giacalone’s lawyer, Neil Fink, asked about dealings with Mickelson, alleging that DeSeranno failed to pay Mickelson his winnings on a large wager.

Lefty and Dandy Don: How a Grosse Pointe bookie allegedly cheated Phil Mickelson https://t.co/6zgbkggcNs

— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) June 30, 2021
“Did you cheat — do you know Phil Mickelson, the golfer?” Giacalone’s lawyer, Neil Fink, asked, according to the 2007 trial transcripts.
“Yes,” DeSeranno said.
“Did you cheat him out of $500,000?” Fink asked.
“I wouldn’t say I cheated him,” DeSeranno said.
“What would you call it?” Fink said. “What did you do?”
“I couldn’t pay him,” DeSeranno said.
“You booked his action, correct?” Fink said.
“Yes,” DeSeranno said.

Although the trial happened in 2007, the transcript did not appear in Giacalone’s court file until 2018. Fink’s attempt at delegitimize DeSeranno worked as Giacalone was acquitted two days after DeSeranno took the stand.

The trial transcripts were found in May of 2021 as Giacalone faced prison time earlier this month in connection with an overdue tax bill of more than $537,222.

While Mickelson’s name was dragged into the fray and made for a juicy headline with the event taking place in Detroit this week, Mickelson was never accused or charged with any wrongdoing, according to former Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett.

“We never looked at him,” Corbett told The News. “I don’t know what the laws were in Vegas, but from a federal standpoint, it is not a crime to be a bettor.”

“Phil and a bunch of his buddies back then were betting on sports, and Phil was the guy placing the bets,” Mickelson’s lawyer, Glenn Cohen, told The News on Tuesday. “They got (DeSeranno’s) name and had no idea what his background was. The guy didn’t pay him, Phil says it was a significant amount. He never got paid, and that was it.”

When the story was published, the Mickelson camp, headed up by Cohen, slammed the paper for the timing and newsworthiness of the piece.

“He didn’t say anything [in the story] that wasn’t true; I’m not complaining about that,” Cohen said of the reporter, Robert Snell, in an interview with ESPN.com. “But why? Why are you going to embarrass Phil Mickelson when he’s there to support your tournament and the charities it supports and the Tour? Rocket Mortgage is a Detroit-based company. Phil has never played there before.

“I’m disappointed they would curiously pick this week to write an article about a bet that was made over 20 years ago and a jury trial that took place in 2007, where the guy who was convicted is dead and where the only purpose for this article is to embarrass Phil Mickelson.”

As Mickelson embarks on his first round on Thursday, Cohen said he would not be addressing the story.

“My client would have no earthly reason whatsoever to make any comment about this,” he said. “I’m making these comments on my own.”

https://clubhouse.swingu.com/tour/detroit-mob-bookie-stiffed-phil-mickelson-500000-detroit-news-rocket-mortgage/

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Most interesting thing is that he was a punter betting with a bookie connected to the mob and the bookie welshed on the bet $500K back in those days was a BIG BET. by today's standards.

Phil did make some comments he wasn't happy this old news was republished and has vowed never to play in Detroit again ..in commenting on his response  some of the punters ridiculed Phil for his "efforts" claiming he flies in his own jet.... stays with a millionaire ....brings his own chef and literally lives the high life ....boils down to Phil not making a lot of effort in their opinion.

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« 2021-Jul-05, 02:11 PM Reply #187 »
Great to see the Aussies doing well with Herbert winning the Irish Open and Cam Davis winning his first PGA title in Detroit  ())=(
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« 2021-Jul-05, 07:33 PM Reply #188 »
Yes, indeed.

was a time we'd regularly have winners on different tours.

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« 2021-Jul-05, 09:02 PM Reply #189 »
Great day. A couple of others had success

Australians executed a global assault on golf’s biggest tours over the weekend, with Sydney product Steph Kyriacou triumphing at the Ladies European Tour’s Big Green Egg Open in The Netherlands.

Star Queensland teenager Louis Dobbelaar also won the historic North and South Amateur event in the US.

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« 2021-Jul-13, 01:45 PM Reply #191 »
Origin of Titleist
 

When playing a round of golf with his dentist, Young missed a sure putt
that seemed to be caused by the weight of the ball. He then asked his
dentist friend to X-ray the ball and the film showed that the rubber core
was off center.

After this initial discovery, Young took X-rays of more golf balls and
found that most were poorly constructed with off center cores and prone to
erratic shots. This inspired Young to produce his own line of golf balls,
which would become known as Titleist.

1930: Young developed a machine that could uniformly wind rubber string
around a rubber core, making a "dead center" golf ball. He named the ball
"Titleist," noting it was the "winner" of the quest to create the best for
the game.

1935: The golf division of the Acushnet Process Company produced the
Titleist golf ball which had consistently been the company's most
successful product.

1948: Introduced "Dynamite Thread" to increase the yardage of their balls.

1949: Titleist became the most used ball at the U.S. Open Tournament.

1976: Titleist was purchased by American Brands (now known as Fortune
Brands).

1985: Fortune Brands sold off the Acushnet Company's Acushnet Rubber
division, which was Acushnet's original business (circa early 1900s).

2002: Titleist reached the $1 billion mark in annual revenues.

On December 8, 2010, Fortune Brands announced that it would soon sell or
spin off Titleist and some other brands. It was then announced on May 20,
2011 that a Korean group associated with Fila Korea, Ltd. and Mirae Asset
Private Equity would purchase Acushnet for $1.23 billion in cash.

Acushnet employs roughly 3000 people in Massachusetts, making it one of the
largest employers in the region. It is headquartered in Fairhaven,
Massachusetts alongside its Packing and Distribution Center about three
miles south of its original location.

They also have two golf ball manufacturing plants and an R&D Technology
Center located in the New Bedford Industrial Park, as well as a Custom Golf
Ball plant located in New Bedford.

And all of this due to a missed putt... and a lot of blood sweat and tears,
persistence, & dedication to making things happen!

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« 2021-Jul-13, 02:09 PM Reply #192 »
Hey,

He stole my line.

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« 2021-Jul-14, 10:41 AM Reply #193 »
Aussies continue to do well  :love:
 Min Woo Lee looked so calm in the play off, great win for the young player to win Scottish Open. Hope it continues this week   ())=(

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« 2021-Jul-14, 01:09 PM Reply #194 »
He miust be a real chance after last weeks effort. he was exceptional

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« 2021-Jul-27, 10:12 AM Reply #195 »
Remember MacGregor golf its long gone but in its day it was played by the best............... the link below tells the story long read if you are interested in how golfing equipment evolved.

https://mygolfspy.com/historys-mysteries-the-demise-of-macgregor-golf/




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« 2021-Jul-27, 09:13 PM Reply #196 »

Some memorable golf thoughts over the years.


]1.  It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
-- Robert Lynd
 2.  If profanity had any influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.
-- Horace G. Hutchinson
3.  They say golf is like life, but don't believe them.  Golf is more complicated than that.
-- Gardner Dickinson
 4.  If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork as poorly as they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
-- Sam Snead
 5.  If you drink, don't drive.  Don't even putt.
-- Dean Martin
 6.  If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy
going back to pick it up.
-- Tommy Bolt
 7.  Man blames fate for all other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole-in-one.
-- Bishop Sheen
8.  I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes they'd come up sliced.
-- Arnold Palmer
 9.  My handicap?  Woods and irons.
-- Chris Codiroli
10.  The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flag stick on top.
-- Pete Dye
 11.  I'm hitting the woods just great; but having a terrible time getting out of them!
-- Buddy Hackett
 12.  The only time my prayers are never answered is playing golf.
-- Billy Graham
 13.  If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
-- Jack Lemmon
 14.  It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
-- Mark Twain
 15.  Don't play too much golf.  Two rounds a day are plenty.
-- Harry Vardon
 16.  May thy ball lie in green pastures, and not in still waters.
-- Ben Hogan
 17.  If I hit it right, it's a slice.  If I hit it left, it's a hook. If I hit it straight, it's a miracle.
-- Anon
18.  Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.
-- Lee Trevino
 Finally:
19.  The No: 1 Golf rule you MUST follow: Always take the car keys out of your golf bag before you throw it into the creek.
   
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