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The most dangerous golf courses in the world

20 September 2016

Floods have carried sharks to a lake at a course in Australia, which takes advantage of this peculiar visitor as a tourist attraction

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There are many more dangerous situations, apart from hitting another player with your golf ball. For example, let’s have a look at the golf course which Sports Illustrated has dubbed “the most dangerous place in the world”. This is the Bonifas Course and it is situated just 400 meters south of the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, in Panmunjom.

This is a unique golf course as it only has one hole, a par 3 of 175 meters, just for the enjoyment of the United Nations Command (UNC) stationed there, and which consists of a few hundred military personnel.

The danger with this peculiar short course, whose name honours an American captain killed by North Korean soldiers when a tree was removed which blocked the vision of two observation posts, does not lie in the threat of a North Korean attack in the event that President Kim Jong-un may wake up in a bad mood one morning … but by the amount of land mines which are situated around the golf course.

“Danger! Do not attempt to retrieve balls from the rough. Active Mines” Players who risk venturing around the golf course know exactly what the risks are. Do not expect to find perfectly presented and well maintained grass, although the green is always a lovely emerald colour, not thanks to the green keeper, but because it is artificial lawn. (more…)

The millionaire salaries of the great golfers

5 September 2016

Tiger Woods surpassed the ceiling of $10 million in the money list on 3 separate seasons on the American circuit.

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Although they say it is not polite to talk about money, everyone likes gossiping about financial issues, especially if they do not affect your own pocket and even more when it is regarding celebrities.

And in golf there is a huge amount of money moving around, with the celebrated players pocketing most of it.

Apart from boxing, with its enormous purses in the greatest international fights ($300 million for a fight), and Grand Slam tennis (the US Open for example allocates about 40 million euros); golf is one of the sports with large financial awards in prizes.
They will never reach amounts that Floyd Mayweather pocketed, with $180 million, and Manny Pacquiao, with $120 million for his fight in Las Vegas last year for the welterweight world title, but the great golfers cannot complain about their financial gains.

Jordan Spieth is the player who has won the most prize money in a season … $12 million, not counting the prize of $1 million from the FedExCup.

Apart from advertising revenue, that is, for loaning their image rights to the big brands names; the best professionals in the game can earn more than $10 million in a season in tournaments prize money.
Although only 3 players so far have overcome the seven-figure barrier: Vijay Singh (the first to do this, with $10.9 million in 2004), Tiger Woods ($10.6 in 2005, $10.8 in 2007 and $10.5 in 2009) and Jordan Spieth, who last year established the official record for money earned on any golf tour in the world, exactly $ 12,030,465. (more…)

La Cala Resort invests 350,000 euros in new maintenance machinery for their golf courses

29 August 2016

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The maintenance and presentation of a golf course are key factors in ensuring the satisfaction of the golfers. Those responsible at La Cala Resort are very aware of this fact and spare no effort to achieve the maximum potential from the golfing facilities that this this sunny coastal resort has.

With this in mind, over the past two years, La Cala Resort has completed the renewal and innovation of its infrastructure to maintain its three championship courses, investing over 350,000 euros in machinery and irrigation systems.

The equipment that has been incorporated is: six manual Toro Greenmaster Flex 2100 machines, five vehicles, a pest control unit, a Greenmaster Triplex 3400, Two Sand Pro 3040, one ProCore® 1298 for spiking Fairways, a Spiker 648 for greens, one Debris blower, a 5010H for fairways, a tipleta ante-green Reelmaster , and two tripletas Sidewinder for the rough.

The maintenance of the resort is carried out by a highly qualified team, led by Head Green-keeper Rafael Linares, a prestigious professional amongst his peers, as shown by the fact that last year he was nominated for the award of ‘Green-keeper of Spain’ in the accolades awarded by the Spanish Association of Green-keepers.

The nomination of the La Cala Resort green-keeper was based on the great work carried out in the hotel and leisure complex. Andalusian professionals valued “the achievements after only two years” of work carried out on the three golf courses, the Academy and the football field which are all found at the resort. Members of the association agreed to stress that “the improvements have been both noticeable and very significant”. On a personal level, they highlighted “the high degree of preparation” of Linares, his “responsibility” and being “a serious and hardworking person”, not forgetting, “the valuable team” that supports him.

The comments and reviews from regular golfers or those who frequently visit la Cala Resort, generally confirm the significant improvements that have been experienced in recent years on the resort’s golf courses.

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Noteworthy facts from the European Tour, many throughout its 44 years of existence

11 August 2016

Seve, with his 50 victories, is the player with the most wins on the European Tour.

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Would you like to know which players who are related (parents, children, siblings, brothers, uncles, nephews) have ever won on the European Tour? Here are the names and family relationships. In the history of the Tour there have been 3 cases where both father and son have won an event, namely: Antonio and Ignacio Garrido, Craig and Kevin Stadler, and Jose Maria and Alejandro Cañizares. There are also circumstances where brothers were victorious, namely: Antonio and German Garrido, Seve Ballesteros and Manuel, and Edoardo and Francesco Molinari. In addition, there have been times when an uncle and nephew have both won, namely: Germán and Ignacio Garrido, and Christy O’Connor Chrisy O’Connor Junior and Bernard and Stephen Gallacher.
As you can see, the Garrido saga takes the cake in this section of “family wins.”
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Why are Asian women the best female golfers in the world?

1 August 2016

Do you know how many Asian women golfers there are in the top 10 of the world rankings? Seven, including the first & second places; the South Koreans Lydia Ko (with New Zealand nationality but born in Seoul) & Inbee Park.

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And how many Asian men are amongst the top 10 golfers in the world? None.
The highest ranked among the top male players is the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama, in fifteenth place. Next in twenty-seventh place, is the South Korean, Byeong Hun,

Let us take a look at the ranking of the LPGA Tour, the Women’s American Circuit, which is the best in the world. Seven Asian women also occupy the top 10, with Lydia Ko leading the way. On the men’s side in the top 10 of the PGA tour, only one Asian male managed to squeak in … Matsuyama. (In tenth place)

It is quite clear then, that the Asians, and especially the South Koreans (with 5 among the top ten in the earning rankings of the LPGA Tour), have a gift that allows them to stand out above the rest, compared to their rivals from other parts of the world. The question is, where does this special talent for golf come from.
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