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What Is a 'Dog Track' in Golf?

"Dog track" is a derogatory term for a golf course that is in poor condition. If a golf course operator, director of golf, head pro or superintendent hears their golf course referred to as a dog track, they will be deeply insulted.

1995 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Who was the No. 1 player in men's golf at the end of 1995? Which golfers finished the year ranked the highest in the Official World Golf Ranking? Below is the year-end list of 1995's top-ranked golfers.

Max Marston, American Amateur Golf Champ

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Max Marston was an American amateur golf champion in the first half of the 20th century. He once missed a putt that, in its day, was considered one of the worst chokes ever. But Marston also once had a year that, in his day, was considered one of the best amateur golf seasons ever.

What Is a Desert Golf Course? (And Considerations When Playing One)

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A "desert golf course" or "desert course" is a golf course that is built in a desert setting. But it's more than that, actually, because desert courses have a specific look to them — and not all golf course built in the desert actually qualify for the term "desert course."

What Is 'Golf Course Furniture'?

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Let's start defining the term "golf course furniture," often shortened to just "course furniture," by first telling you what it is not : It is not that sofa in the clubhouse or the card table inside the locker room. Course furniture is a catch-all term that refers to those manmade items around a golf course designed for the golfer's comfort, convenience or informational purposes.

1996 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1996 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1996? Below is the year-end list of 1996's top-ranked golfers.

Charlotte Glutting, American Golf Star of the 1930s

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Charlotte Glutting was an American amateur golfer prominent in the 1930s. Although she never won the biggest United States tournament for women at the time, the U.S. Women's Amateur, she had many other top wins. And Glutting was a key player on some early American teams in the Curtis Cup.

AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship Golf Tournament

The AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship was a golf tournament played on the Champions Tour in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, although with one large gap in that time span. It was the biggest tournament played in Canada for 50-and-over golfers during its time.

Has Any Golfer Made a Hole in One on the Masters Skip Shot?

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You know the Masters skip shot : Every year at The Masters Tournament, during practice rounds, most of the golfers attempt to skip their golf balls across the water of the pond in front of the 16th green. Those that get their skipped balls safely across and to the other side receive huge ovations. But has anyone ever skipped the ball into the hole?

Explaining the Golf Course 'Collection Area'

A "collection area" is a place on a golf course, most commonly around a putting green, where golf balls are prone to settling (or "collecting") after rolling into it. Collection areas are below the level of the surrounding green (or sometimes fairway), with the terrain sloping down towards the collection area.

1997 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1997 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1997? Below is the year-end list of 1997's top-ranked golfers.

Who Started the Masters Ball Skipping Tradition on Augusta's 16th Hole?

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Every year during Masters Tournament practice rounds at Augusta National Golf Clubs, fans gather around the 16th hole and urge every golfer who arrives on the tee to "skip it!" What the fans want to see is the golfers attempt to skip their balls across the pond in front of the 16th, and onto the green. And today, almost every golfer obliges and tries the skip shot. But who started it?

Alfred S. Bourne Trophy Goes to Senior PGA Championship Winner

The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy is the name of the trophy that is presented to the winner of the Senior PGA Championship. That tournament dates to 1937 and is one of the major championships of men's senior professional golf.

1998 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1998 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1998? Below is the year-end list of 1998's top-ranked golfers.

Wiffy Cox, Prominent 1930s PGA Tour Golfer

Wiffy Cox was a golfer who earned all his wins on the PGA Tour in the 1930s. He had one great year in which he led the tour in wins, followed by a long, great career as a club pro at one of America's top clubs.

The PGA Tour's Yearly Win Leaders

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Which golfers have led the PGA Tour in wins each year? Below is the list of yearly victory leaders on the PGA Tour, going back to the founding of the PGA in 1916. You'll see lots of big names, of course, but probably also a few names that surprise you.

1999 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 1999 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 1999? Below is the year-end list of 1999's top-ranked golfers.

LPGA Record: Oldest Golfer to Make a Cut

Who is the oldest golfer to make the cut in an LPGA Tour tournament? The golfer who did it was 64 years old at the time. Welcome to Big Mama's house.

How to Play the Best Drive Golf Game

What is the key to winning the golf game known as "Best Drive"? You already know, based on the name of the game: hitting the best tee shot on a hole.

2000 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2000 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2000? Below is the year-end list of 2000's top-ranked golfers.

Golfers Who Birdied the Last Hole to Win The Masters? It's a Short List

How many golfers have won The Masters Tournament with a birdie on their last hole? The golfer reached the 72nd hole of the tournament, and made a birdie putt that ended up being the winning putt. That's the scenario we're talking about. And, so far, it has only happened six times in Masters history.

Golfer Labron Harris Jr. Biography

Labron Harris Jr. was a PGA Tour player in the 1960s and 1970s, whose career never quite measured up to expectations. He did win, however, and his pro career followed an amateur golf career that was short but full of accomplishment.

Augusta National Par-3 Course: Scorecard, Handicaps, Flyover, History

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The Augusta National Par-3 Course occupies a small slice of the larger grounds at Augusta National Golf Club, but every year it is the site of The Masters Tournament Par-3 Contest , which makes it by far the most-famous par-3 golf course on the planet.

2001 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2001 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2001? Below is the year-end list of 2001's top-ranked golfers.

Explaining the Taft System Golf Format

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"Taft System" is an old name of an old golf game, a format that is played by four golfers, two per side (two vs. two). All four golfers play their own golf ball throughout, and on each hole two points are available for the winning. High points at the end wins the game. Now, let's get into the details.

Masters Par-3 Contest: Winners, Records, Who Can Play and More

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The Masters Par-3 Contest is played every year at Augusta National Golf Club on the Wednesday of Masters Tournament Week, the day before The Masters proper tees off. Founded in 1960, it has become one of the most beloved (by fans and players) parts of the annual golf calendar.

2002 World Golf Rankings: No. 1, Top 50 at End of Year

Which golfers finished the year 2002 in the Top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking? Who was No. 1 at the end of 2002? Below is the year-end list of 2002's top-ranked golfers.

Club Pro vs. Tour Pro: What's the Difference?

The terms "club pro" and "tour pro" are used to designate two different types of jobs, two different types of golfers who make their livings in golf. And typically, a golfer who is one of the two types is a lot more likely to be famous than the other.

Enid Wilson: Bio of Champion British Golfer

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Enid Wilson was an English golfer who won the British Ladies Amateur Championship three consecutive years in the early 1930s. The authors of the 1975 Encylopedia of Golf judged that Wilson was "widely regarded as the finest British woman golfer between the wars after Joyce Wethered," and said of Wilson that she "had a sound rather than graceful swing but she was a resolute competitor capable of her best when it mattered most."