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On The Tee at Lora Bay, Thornbury:


The southern Georgian Bay shoreline is dotted with beautiful tourist towns, ski hills and vast acres of apple orchards. Located a short drive west of the charming town of Thornbury lies one of Ontario's true must-play golf experiences. The Lora Bay Club, a premier public play and members-based club, is built along the Iroquois Ridge; a massive limestone cliff providing stunning views of the Bay. Routed through beautiful birch and poplar forest as well as through former apple orchards, the course blends in seamlessly with the upscale residential community surrounding sections of the layout.


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Stay & Play at Rocky Crest Resort, MacTier, Ont:

Muskoka has long been the epitome of Canadian summer vacation hotspots. The landscape that drew the Group of Seven to capture the natural beauty and serenity of the area is now one of the most recognized and highly coveted vacation destinations on the planet. Offering stunning vistas, tranquil serenity and a place to savor Mother Nature's finest work, it makes complete sense that this part of Ontario sees the hoards of visitors it does. A perfect glimpse of what places this region on the top of many travel lists can be found at ClubLink's Rocky Crest resort.


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On The Tee at Erin Hills, Erin, Wisconsin:


With the arrival of U.S. Open week, I was talking with some friends about the upcoming 4 day grind for the world's best  and relived a golf junket a buddy and I took a few summers back. We journeyed to Wisconsin to sample the vast array of outstanding golf found in the cheese state. A blistering, sweltering July day took us to this year's home to America's golf championship.Only a few public access courses have had the privilege of being entrusted to host the U.S. Open. Erin Hills, located about an hour northwest of Milwaukee, is set to play host to the world’s best this week as the USGA brings the championship to Wisconsin for the first time.....


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On The Tee at Oak Bay Golf Club, Port Severn, Ont:

The Severn River is typically thought of as the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Crossing the bridges that traverse the river as it empties into Georgian Bay, one gets a feel for the ruggedness and wild beauty at the transition into the ancient granite playground of the north. A short par five from the bridges and Hwy 400 interchange in Port Severn leads to one of cottage country's burgeoning golf communities at Oak Bay Golf and Country Club....


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On The Range at Borden Golf Club, CFB Borden, Angus, Ont:

Golf has been an integral part of life on Canadian Forces Base Borden since the beginning years when the base first opened as The Borden Military Camp in 1916 to prepare units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force for overseas battle in WWI.  In 1917 Borden became home to Canada's first military aerodrome and became the first flying station of the Royal Flying Corps. That same year golf was introduced to the base with the building of Anderson Park Golf Course.


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BAGS Junior Golf Tour Celebrates 25th Season:

The BAGS Junior Golf Tour has been offering junior golfers in central Ontario a grass roots development program since 1992. It's a great place for recreational and competitive players between the ages of 9 and 18 to learn the ins and outs of competitive golf. Seasoned players enjoy an environment where they can hone their skills on a competitive professional run tournament circuit. However, players who are new to tournament golf can experience and learn about tournament play in a fun and instructional environment.


Tour members and guests enjoy events from late May through the Summer at a different course each week. In addition to vying for weekly single day stroke play events the tour also offers a match play show down, a tournament of champions event and team challenge events against other regional tours or junior golf programs.


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The R&A and USGA work with handicap authorities to develop a single World Handicap System:

The USGA and The R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the sport. More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a reference to gauge a golfer’s potential skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world.


The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world...


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On The Tee at Highland Glen, Priceville:


Highland Glen Golf Club, set atop the tablelands of Grey County, was born in 1999 and is the creation of local golf course designer Jason Miller. Miller, whose stable of designs also includes Mill Run, Black Diamond, North Granite Ridge and a collaboration on OslerBrook with Graham Cooke, laid out the course over 220 acres of naturally undulating land. He created a nice mix of holes that are open and windswept while also featuring a handful of holes where large stands of trees influence the shot making decision process greatly. Although much of the course is fairly open strategically placed sentinel trees dot the landscape and the odd pond here and there will keep you on your toes as you navigate the routing....


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In the News

The PGA TOUR recently announced that it will begin testing the use of distance measuring devices during competition at several tournaments this year on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada.


Three Tours, the Makenzie, Web.com and PGA Latinoamerica, will allow use of the devices at four consecutive tournaments. However, the devices can only be used to measure distance and not to measure slope. Once the test period and evaluation have been completed, the PGA TOUR will sit down with its Player Advisory Council to discuss the results and next steps.


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Short Course Series -Deerhurst Resort-Lakeside Course, Huntsville, On.


With spring arriving many golfers are looking north with anticipation for cottage country courses to open their first tees. For your next Muskoka visit to Deerhurst Resort's Lakeside course should be giving serious consideration. The Lakeside Course at Deerhurst Resort is the little sister to the resort’s Bob Cupp / Thomas McBroom Highlands routing. In contrast to the 7000+ yards of densely forested rugged terrain that is home to the championship side, the Lakeside track is laid out in a park like setting where the tree lines are sparser and wilderness a little more distant. Also designed by Cupp and McBroom, this par 64 course is routed around a cove belonging to Peninsula Lake....


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A Conversation With Dean Snell:


The Golf Ball Guru Creates His Own Premium Brand.


The highly competitive golf ball market has a new kid on the block. Well, not necessarily a new kid since the name behind this newest player in the dimpled sphere scene is the same one behind some of the biggest brands in the industry.


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