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Concession #18

 

The Concession Club:

A Tip of the Hat to Sportsmanship

The Concession Golf Club is widely considered to be one of the top five courses in Florida. Located on the outskirts of Bradenton the course meanders over a 500 acre parcel of land featuring mature pines, ancient oaks, native grasses, palmetto bush fields, numerous lakes and wetland areas. The course's name is a tip of the hat to the honour and sportsmanship that are the very foundation of this great game. In 1969 Jack Nicklaus was facing Tony Jacklin in the Ryder Cup singles matches and sank a nerve wracking 5-footer on the 18th green. Jacklin needed to sink his own knee-knocker to half the hole and the match. In fact, the entire team competition was tied at that point. Jack conceded the putt creating the first tie in Ryder Cup history. The concession by Nicklaus is acknowledged by the golfing fraternity as the most selfless act of sportsmanship that professional golf has seen.

 

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Grip it and Rip it!

 

A par 4 does not need to be 485 yards long to be a great hole. Most golf course architects slide a couple of short par 4s in to their designs to give the big hitters a chance to flex their muscles and the short hitters a break from playing beastly long 4’s. These holes usually rank high on the risk/reward scale and have plenty of trouble to catch wayward drives or present tricky green sites that are well guarded by nastiness. Although the wise route on these holes is to play safe, a good design will ensure it’s tough to resist the urge to go for the green. We have endeavored to put together a collection the best in breed “Grip-it-and-Rip-it” par fours north of the GTA.

 

In order for a hole to be considered the middle tee yardage must be no longer than 300 yards as the “crow flies” in a direct line from tee to green front, not the yardage as it listed on the score card which follows the centre line of the fairway.

 

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Outstanding Par 3's

 

A well designed par three is a beautiful sight. With no shortage of wonderful par threes in the greater Georgian Bay and surrounding cottage country our crack editorial team set out to accomplish the nearly impossible, and unfair task, of compiling a Top Ten List. With more than 100 holes nominated we set out to review the list and found a case could be made for a great number of them deserving of Top Ten consideration. However, after much animated discussion, bargaining, negotiations and near donnybrook our committee managed to pare the list down to 10 but it was but no means unanimous. Any hole in the 50’s could just have easily been in the top ten and vice versa. The only holes that we all definitively agreed upon were our top three selections.

 

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Airport Golf Experiences

 

Whether you are taking a summer vacation or enjoying a get-away during the holiday weeks at other times of the year, a golf outing can be a great addition to any trip. Having spent considerable time in the air over the years, one of the first things I look for is the nearest golf course to my destination airport. If I'm on a golf junket, a warm-up round is a great way to refresh after a lengthy flight, while sneaking in a few holes before departure is as good a way to clear your mind of the anxiety of what is to come on your flight.

 

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The Cradle at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina

 

The most recent addition to the Pinehurst Resorts collection of courses is The Cradle. The newly minted nine hole short course is the brainchild of course architect Gil Hanse and Pinehurst owner Bob Dedman...

 

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Pinehurst Number 4, North Carolina

 

The recent renovations by Gil Hanse have transformed Pinehurst Resort's historic Number 4 course into a golf destination itself.

 

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