Amid U.S. Golf Boom, Struggling Hawaii Courses Look To Pre-Travel Testing For Needed Boost

Anyone who’s played Ko’Olau Golf Course on Oahu has surely regaled fellow golfers with stories of playing one of the most difficult and visually stunning courses in the world – soaring mountains, lush green surroundings, and forced carries over deep ravines. The oft-repeated joke is that the course record at Ko’Olau was 63… lost balls, that is. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a layout anywhere that looks like a better setting for a Jurassic Park movie.

Sadly, Ko’Olau has been closed, perhaps permanently.

Like many golf courses in Hawaii, Ko’Olau was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While Hawaii may be paradise on earth, that hasn’t been the case for the golf industry

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Royal Officials Defend Spending $20,000 to Fly Prince Andrew to a Golf Tournament

Royal officials are coming to the defense of the millions of dollars Queen Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren spent on travel alone in the last financial year.

According to new figures from the royal accounts, as reported by People, Prince Andrew flew to Northern Ireland and back to attend a golf championship in July 2019 for the cost of around $20,000. He was in attendance at the event as patron of the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland and a past captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, although he has since stepped down from royal duties following the controversy over his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

A senior royal source told the magazine that the reason for the pricey private flight was, “The arrangements in relation to the program did not enable him to travel by scheduled flight. That was taken into consideration in

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Big losses at his golf resort in Doral

MIAMI — Behind the $750 that Donald Trump owed the Internal Revenue Service in 2017 looms a much larger number from Miami: $162 million in reported losses at the Trump Doral golf resort.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio.


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on Sept. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio.

The New York Times cited both figures in a report Sunday based on tax filings that the president has declined to make public. The article laid out how reported business losses from Trump Organization ventures helped wipe away reported profits from Trump investments, leaving the president paying less in income taxes than it would cost to spend this weekend in a suite at his

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The clubs Hudson Swafford used to win the 2020 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship | Golf World

Chief among them is the Ping S55 6-iron that he stuffed to seven feet on the 174-yard par-3 17th, and he then converted the putt with his TaylorMade Spider X Chalk mallet to regain the lead he had kicked away over the final nine. Swafford had held a commanding lead before double bogeying the 13th hole and bogeying the 15th, putting him in a temporary three-way tie with Tyler McCumber and Mackenzie Hughes.

“It was like the shot at 17 at PGA West when I won,” said Swafford of the tee shot at the 71st hole on Sunday. “I was like man, you gotta step up and I hit a good, flighted 6-iron. I’ve done it 100,000 times. I love hitting that golf shot and man, it was a good one and an even better putt.”

Although that proved to be the deciding birdie for win No. 2, Swafford hit

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We’re not at Winged Foot anymore and three other Thursday takeaways from the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship | Golf World

Another reminder you did not need: The U.S. Open at Winged Foot was just last week, and it was one we could remember for a long time, mainly for it potentially being the moment that Bryson DeChambeau broke the sport.

All this left the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the very unenviable spot of being the “oh, I guess that’s on” tournament of the week. But hey, sometimes those events produce some of the better feel-good stories of the PGA Tour season. We’d be on that happening again this week.

Here are our takeaways from Day 1 in the Dominican Republic.

We’re not at Winged Foot anymore

Just to be clear, this is not a knock. It just feels so unbelievably different from last week that it has to be pointed out. Everything from the fact that there are more than 80 players under par, to there being

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2020 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship tee times, TV coverage, viewer’s guide | Golf World

For the first time in the event’s history, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will offer full FedExCup points to the winner of the Dominican Republic tournament.

Last year’s winner, Graeme McDowell, will return to defend his 2019 title. McDowell’s victory was his first in nearly five years, and he will be challenged this week by plenty of up-and-comers including Will Zalatoris—the top player on the Korn Ferry Tour who finished an impressive T-6 at last week’s U.S. Open—and 18-year-old former junior phenom Akshay Bhatia.

McDowell won last year with a final-round 69 including a monumental birdie on the par-3 17th to cement his place atop the leader board over Mackenzie Hughes and Chris Stroud.

The event will be played at Corales Golf Club, which presents a special challenge as the par-72, 7,666-yard course is one of the longest of the tour season and finishes up with a difficult

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