WATCH: This duel between a snake and mongoose on a golf course is crazy

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One thing about playing golf is that you’re playing out in nature. That nature was on full display in South Africa during the Nedbank Challenge.

A snake that appears to be a cobra, one of the most dangerous animals on earth, takes on a speedy mongoose. The mongoose toys with the snake as the snake attempt to snap at him.

The mongoose’s speed is too much, as it runs around the snake teasingly. There’s no doubt that we wanted to take a bite out of the snake but probably knows that one bite from the snake could be swift and fatal.

In the end, there was no true winner, but the mongoose’s amazing ability to tease the snake might have gave him the edge as the winner. The mongoose took a “float like a butterfly, sting a like a bee” approach, minus the sting.

Well played you two! Just know that I’ll stay far away the next time I tee it up.

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WATCH: Charl Schwartzel hits full golf shot from hotel balcony

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Charl Schwartzel has had a terrific career, winning 15 times worldwide, including his amazing Masters victory in 2011. Hee can add another little achievement to his list; hitting a golf shot from his hotel room balcony.

Who needs a driving range anyway? Schwartzel did this during the Nedbank Golf Challenge and, as expected, nailed it to perfection.

Hitting from rooms in homes, and hotel rooms seem to be the hit new thing. Maybe more hotels should have more golf friendly rooms?

I can see it now. You’ll have your usual smoke friendly and non-smoker friendly rooms, and then you’ll have the golf-friendly rooms. The golf happy room could feature a balcony with a lower railing so it can be easier to hit shots.

There also could be a hidden cap somewhere on the floor where, if you lift it up, it will become a golf cup for you to putt your heart out. Of course, this all would never happen, plus I’m only joking anyway (well, the putting idea may still be cool though).

Since I’ll never be as accurate as Charl, I would never try such a shot. I think I’ll just stick with the ol’ putty buddy (putter). Hotel hallway putting contest anyone?

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Courses: A look at the par 3’s at the historic Royal Dornoch

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Here at the GP Golf Report, I always love to talk about the shorter courses and holes. In this particular story, I wanted to highlight the par-3’s at what is arguably one of the 10 greatest golf courses on earth; Royal Dornoch.

It is one of the oldest courses in the world, being designed in 1616. It is also the home course the great Donald Ross, who doesn’t need an introduction. The mind behind Pinehurst.

Tom Watson, who is arguably the greatest links course player we’ll ever see, famously said the Dornoch was “the most fun he had ever had playing golf”. Not bad hearing that from a five-time Open Championship winner.

One of the great things about links golf is that there is so much history beneath your feet. Dornoch’s grounds are so historic that you’d think you traveled through a time machine.

Par-3’s are always looked at as the most challenging and picturesque holes, and Dornoch has some of the best in the world. One of the cool aspects of Dornoch is its routing, with a long par 3 as the second hole. For this story, we’ll take a look at each of Dornoch’s amazing shorties as we celebrate the world of small golf.

Hole 2, 184 yards:

The second has a beautifully shaped green with two bunkers on the front of it. To avoid the sand, it’s best to aim for the backside of the green, but since Dornoch is a links course, it’s easy for the ball to bounce passed the green.

In this case, it’s better to be in the rough than in the bunker. At the worst, you can hit your chip from the thick stuff and save par. All in all, it’s a terrific par-3 to start your round with.

Hole 6, 161 yards:

The second par-3 at Royal Dornoch is easily one of the best on the entire course. Three bunkers guard the left side of the bean-shaped green, while another blocks the front.

The goal here is to aim to the right side of the green, as there are no bunkers, and there’s no room on the green. However, if you missed too far to the right, you can kiss your ball goodbye, as it will end up down the slope. This will leave you with a tricky second shot.

Don’t be afraid to take aim at the flag. Just make sure you club enough to get past that pesky frontside bunker. The strategy of this hole is why it’s so great.

As the yardage book states: “Choose your club carefully and think of the choices you’ve made in life! You have to live with the consequences!!“. Well said.

Hole 10, 174 yards:

The string of amazing par-3’s continues on Royal Dornoch’s back nine. Club choice and power is critical on this hole that features a smaller green than the previous short holes.

You have an army of bunkers guarding the front of the green. This is why it’s important to choose the proper club, so you can hit over the bunkers without overshooting the green.

Aiming more towards the right may be the best bet here, as you avoid the three bunkers that are slightly on the left side. Although you still have two bunkers guarding the front right side, it still may be a safer bet. Another great par-3 at Royal Dornoch.

Hole 13, 180 yards:

This may arguably be the toughest par-3 on the golf course. With bunkers in practically every direction, this hole is all about pure accuracy. It’s a great representation of what the par-3 is all about. Accuracy.

Since this is one of the many Dornoch holes that wants to flex its muscles, you may have to flex yours. Your best bet is aiming towards the back of the green, so clubbing up or put a little extra juice on your current club may be the best option.

Otherwise, all of those front side bunkers will be making dinner out of your golf ball. There are a couple of bunkers on the back right side, but they aren’t as troubling as the front beaches.

Grab your sword and get ready to go to war. This is the most deadly boss battle you’ll face at Royal Dornoch when it comes to par-3s.

So there you have it! A close look at all of the par-3s at one of the world’s truly elite and historic tracks.

Par-3s continue to be the best holes in the world. They’re simple, while also challenging, they’re beautiful, and they have amazing design qualities. Royal Dornoch has 18 terrific holes, but the par-3s are definitely a treat and it’s awesome that we can talk about these little beauties to celebrate the joys of the short hole.

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LOOK: Take a look at Pete and Alice Dye’s amazing putting course

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When we think of the all-time greats of golf course design, we think about the likes of Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, and Allister MacKenzie among others. However, nobody has changed the world of golf course architecture and made it more cool than the dynamic duo of Pete and Alice Dye.

They are the masters of public golf course design, as the majority of their world famous layouts are open to the public. Immediately, we think about Whistling Straits, Kiawah Island, and TPC Sawgrass which are all public tracks. Much like Arnold Palmer, Pete and Alice helped get golf out of the “exclusive zone” and into the light of accessibility.

In celebration of these legends, the duo designed a cool new putting course in Indianoplis which features numerous holes from some of the Dye squad’s most iconic locations. Some of these holes replicated from Casa de Campo (Also known as “Teeth of the Dog” and is known as Pete’s favorite course he’s designed), Blackwolf Run, and Harbour Town among others. Holes from the aforementioned courses from earlier are also included.

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The best thing about this course is that it’s all for a great cause, opening at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in March. It will be a part of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. There will even be a statue of the “Dyenamic” duo in front of the course’s entrance.

It will be $12 to $35 per admission ticket to the museum. Once you’re in, you can test your flat stick skills against a Dye design and take in the rest of the cool sports experience as well which includes basketball, baseball, and football among other sports.

You can visit ChildrenMeuseum.com for more info on the Sports Legends Experience and how you and your child can get in on the fun.

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WATCH: Tour Pro uses wedge to make birdie after snapping putter

In golf, there are moments where we may feel like snapping our putter. Well, Tyrrell Hatton did that during the Turkish Open and ended up putting with a wedge.

The amazing thing is that Hatton made his birdie putt which was a fairly lengthy one. We’ve seen golfers make putts with non-putters but it’s a rarity, and you’d have to be comfortable putting with a wedge to drill a putt like that.

It was the red-hot Justin Rose who would go on to win the Turkish, but Hatton left us with a fun little highlight. Let this show that, you can practically use any club for anything.

We’ve seen on a couple of occasions where players hit full swings with putters. One thing about swinging with a putter is that thanks to the uniquely shaped grips, it’s easy to square up on full swings.

This is because your hands are forced to be in a perfect position on the grip. After all, the way you grip the club is very important in taking a perfect swing.

So, if you forgot your putter at home, no worries, just use your wedge. I can’t guarantee you’ll drop birdies, but you’ll be able to show off your skills.

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REVIEW: Everybody’s Golf is an instant classic golf video game

The Hot Shots Golf series is one of the most iconic sports gaming franchises of all-time. Now it has returned as Everybody’s Golf, which it has famously been known as in Japan.

 

What’s different about this year’s game is that there’s a heavy emphasis on customization and golfing without limits. In previous installments, you played the game using a roster of cool, quirky characters.

 

Now, you create players from scratch for the first time in the series’ history. Right off the bat (or club head), the player customization is awesome and fairly deep.

 

It’s deep enough without being complicated and that’s probably the unique aspect. They were able to create a wonderful player customization system without overdoing the options.

 

You can choose from everything including height, weight, head size, shirts, pants, hats and even swing styles and player movements. You can unlock more gear throughout the game and it makes customizing your character that much more fun and addicting.

 

This is the initial thing you do when you fire up EG for the first time. Create your golfing legend your way, and you are off on your journey to world golf domination.

 

You are teleported to “Golf Island” which serves as your career hub and it’s pretty dope. The island is littered with statues of Suzuki, arguably the series’ most iconic character and it features numerous little areas where you can explore.

 

The game features more than just golf, and the island tells you this with a couple of neat little options. There’s a road overlooking the ocean, where you can take your golf cart(s) for a test drive, and there are also two spots where you can go fishing as well.

 

As mentioned, yes, you can drive golf carts around, with different colors and styles available to suit your need for speed on the course. After you finish exploring your new home base, it’s time to start your career.

 

The career works very similarly to previous installments, as you work your way through different tournaments to build your rank. Yes, there are boss battles (“VS Characters” as they are called) with numerous different characters just like in previous games.

 

The cool thing is that, when you defeat a boss, you can make that character your own, by using their player model in the golfer customization section. The game will ask you if you’d like to create a character from scratch, or if you’d like to use a VS Character that you defeated.



Select the character of your choice, change his or her clothing if you’d like and voila, you now can play as a VS Character. This is a nice feature, considering fans were upset that there may not be any characters they can unlock and use.

 

You can customize your defeated foe to your heart’s content. There are numerous creation slots too, so you can still use a defeated boss while still having access to your original player.

 

Once you’ve taken a break from career mode, you can visit the Open Course for a unique online sports gaming experience. The Open Course is the juice of Everybody’s Golf. After choosing a course, you can freely explore the course at your leisure, where you can ride golf carts, fish, and of course, play golf.

 

One of the cool things is that there will be items laying around the course for you to snatch. It can be coins, which you can use to purchase items in the shop, gems which can be used towards customizing your clubs and even golf balls and character items (beards, hats, etc).

 

This open-world environment is something new in golf games or any other sports game. It goes by nine holes, so you can choose to either travel to the front or back nine of a course. From there, it’s all fun.

 

The only flaw is that you need to progress through the career mode in order to unlock courses for online play. Once you make some moves, you have a solid collection of nines to explore and play.

 

Furthermore, if you want immediate options, you can purchase the Green Country Club (the very first course to appear in the game’s history back in 1997) and Balatta Country from the 1999 game. These two tracks can coincide with Eagle City Golf Club, which is the first available course in the game.

 

With that, you’ll have six nine hole courses to play online. Otherwise, you’ll have to grind through career mode to unlock the other courses, but it may be worth it in the end. However, it still would have been nice if all courses were available for online play immediately.

 

You can participate in daily online tournaments on the courses as well. You’ll be playing alongside other players who are also on the open course with you. When you complete a full, nine-hole round, you’ll receive a reward the following day.

 

There are also “Lucky Chance” opportunities which pop up at random. When you complete your round before the 20-minute deadline is up, you’ll receive a special reward if you’re lucky. If not, then you’re guaranteed to get gems.

 

There’s also a fun online mode called “Turf Wars” where the goal is complete each hole on the course as quickly as possible, and it’s played in teams. The teams with the most points by the end of the match win.

 

On to the golf courses themselves, and there are six of them you can play (after unlocking). Two of them are inspired by world famous courses. Eagle City takes place in EG’s own version of Los Angeles and the course is based on L.A. Country Club which recently hosted the Walker Cup.

 

Probably my favorite course in the game is the Imperial Garden, which was inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews. The course is very charming and is a lot of fun to play online while also featuring some of the prettiest fishing spots in the game.

 

Essentially, each course has a unique setting to suit one’s mood. One course takes place on an island that could be in a place like Hawaii, while there is a desert style course that has some quirky design features similarly to Wolf Creek in Nevada. Finally, there is a beautiful alpine themed course that could take place near the French Alps or in Switzerland.

 

The two DLC courses bring the course total to eight. Although there aren’t a lot of courses in the game, separating each Open Course by nine holes helps extends the experience. So really, you have 10 courses to explore and play (minus DLC). Plus, with each course being so large, the experience never gets boring.

 

I personally have logged in quite a bit of hours in the game, particularly on the Open Course. It’s quite an addicting experience, especially when trying to get high scores on each hole. Plus, the golfing mechanics are terrific which is what made the Hot Shots/Everybody’s Golf so popular.

 

Each course looks very beautiful, and with evening or dawn settings. The shining of the sun is realistic and really adds to each course’s beauty.

 

The design of each course greatly fit the game, with both quirky and realistic elements to give you a little bit of both, arcade and authentic golf. The challenge of each location also fits the game big personality, with some courses featuring tight, sloping fairways, and intimidating bunker placement.

 

THE VERDICT

Overall, Everybody’s Golf is an excellent follow-up from the fantastic Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. Its rich customization, deep career mode, and addicting online Open Course mode instantly make Everybody’s Golf an amazing game.

The Open Course feature alone will get anyone coming back for more and is a feature that should have been featured on console golf years ago. The legendary franchise has always had fun games, but Everybody’s Golf on the PS4 may be one of the best golf games of all-time and with some more post-release updates, it’ll just add to its greatness.

Final Score: 9/10

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BREAKING: Tiger Woods to play in Hero World Challenge

 

 

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Tiger Woods has announced a return to golf via Twitter Monday afternoon. He will tee it up at his Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas on Nov. 30.

He will join rising star Daniel Berger as the two final picks for the field. Woods was selected by the committee while Berger made it to the event on an exemption.

The last time Woods played competitive golf? That was all the way back in February when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic after just one round.

Although it is an unofficial event, Woods had some bright moments the last time he teed it up in the tournament last year. He tied the record for the most birdies, but unfortunately for Woods, it was too late and would end up finishing 15th in a 17 man field.



Nonetheless, the 14-time major champion looks forward to the return to the sport once more.

“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said via a statement on his website. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”

Woods has hinted at his return with several Twitter videos showing him hitting shots. Nobody knew when he would return, however, with some wondering if he would be ready by the time The Masters started.

Coming back now makes sense, as it gives him the opportunity to get back on his competitive feet in a fairly laid back event which he is in charge of. Obviously, nobody knows how we will play, but there’s no doubt that Woods is letting out a sigh of relief knowing that he’s back out on the golf course competitively.

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WATCH: Girl busts her face swinging golf club at driving range

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Golf is hard as you may already know. One unfortunate chick felt the wrath of the sport first hand when trying to hit a golf ball at the range.

She takes her swing, and the ball bounces back and pops her in the face. Looks like she was fine after it occurred but certainly, moments like that have to be totally embarrassing.



To relate, I’ve almost done something similar some years ago, where I almost hit the board that separates the range mats. Luckily, I didn’t, but I was pretty close, and if it did, who knows what the consequence would’ve been.

She just had a little bad luck is all. Hopefully, it doesn’t stop from teeing it up again. Get it, girl!

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WATCH: This may be one of the most dangerous trick shots you’ll see

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Trick shots have continued to show the versatility of the sport of golf. However, this one is cringe-worthy, as a man had a very tight window of opportunity for this particular shot.

 

On this episode of wild trick shots, this one, in particular, was more of a regular shot than a trick shot but it was dangerous. The dude is trying to hit a golf ball from his crib to the outside, by trying to hit in between the wall and the sliding door which is cracked open.

That’s the thing; the sliding door is barely open, so he has to be deadeye accurate if he doesn’t want to break the window. Not to mention that he’s pretty close to the door, so if it does break, the debris can possibly hit him. Remember, we’re talking about a blast from a golf club to a golf ball, so that ball’s velocity will be very high right off the club face.



No doubt that there was a sigh of relief from the dude after the move was pulled off. However, I highly recommend that you don’t try this at your crib because, well, common sense.

Staying outside is your best bet if you’re doing trick shots. If you are attempting inside, then try a putting trick, or use a super soft, cushy ball that says “squeeze me” on it.

You’re welcome.

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REVIEW: OnCore Elixr Golf Balls are quickly becoming elite

Image courtesy of OnCoreGolf.com. The Elixr golf balls made the prestigious Golf Digest Hot List.

We expect a lot of our golf balls whether it’s during a practice session or on the course, we always want to try and play our best even though we might suck. Having tried the OnCore Elixr golf balls, I can tell you that these are instantly one of the best all-around balls in the sport today.

What I mean is that it is solid in all areas of play, whether it be power, or around the greens. I was especially impressed with how the ball reacted on short game shots.

The unique weighting of the ball allows it to roll beautifully on the green after hitting a chip or pitch shot. Judge your power correctly and more than likely, you’ll leave yourself with a short putt.

The feel off the clubface is one of the most unique that you’ll feel. It’s not soft but not hard either, it feels very light off the clubface and that’s a good thing.



I say that because, sometimes we’ll over think a shot, and focus so heavily on squaring that clubface perfectly at impact. The unique feel of the Elixr may give you a little boost of confidence and comfort as the ball makes you not have to worry about it.

Your goal is to focus on the swing and let the ball go to work. That’s a reason why the Elixr is such a fun ball to use. It kind of changes the way you think about golf balls.

It’s an excellent ball for putting as well. The Elixr’s rolling doesn’t require you to put as much impact on the follow-through of your stroke.

The alignment tool on the ball is one of the very best out there. It’s big and bold and does a good job of helping you line up those tricky putts.

Although the ball is more noted for its power and touch around the greens, the feel off the putter face is phenomenal. As great as it is on chips and pitches, it’s just as great on the greens when putting.

Overall, the OnCore Elixr is one of the most versatile golf balls in the game today. It was a treat to test out and there’s no doubt that many other golfers will appreciate it, as it rises up the ranks of the elite.


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