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St. Andrews, other coastal courses, could soon “crumble into the sea,” report says

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Could St. Andrews soon be under water? Many of the great golf courses of the British Isles–iconic, historic venues like St. Andrews and Royal Troon–are coastally located. Bearing this fact in mind and meditating on the realities of rising sea levels and climate change, a report from the Climate Coalition shouldn’t come as a shock.

The sister group to over 130 environmental organizations, which describes itself as the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, says golf is facing an “unexpected threat” and that courses could soon be “crumbling into the sea.”

The report, titled “Game+Changer: How climate change is impacting sports in the UK,” says “only a small increase in sea-level rise would imperil all of the world’s links courses before the end of the century.

Indeed, Montrose, one of the five oldest golf courses in the world, is already being eroded by the rising North Sea.

Chris Curnin, director at Montrose Golf Links, says: “As the sea rises and the coast falls away, we’re left with nowhere to go. Climate change is often seen as tomorrow’s problem – but it’s already eating away at our course. In a perfect storm we could lose 5-10 metres over just a couple of days and that could happen at pretty much any point.”

In addition to pointing out how horrific (and economically damaging) it would be to lose any of the foundational courses of the game, BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter makes an interesting point in light of the findings

“This report might also impact on discussions aimed at limiting driving distances because it highlights potential dangers in the maintaining the current trend of lengthening golf courses.”

And of course, an increase in rainfall and extreme weather events adversely impacts the golf industry as a whole in the region. The report finds there was 20 percent less playing time in Scotland in 2016-2016 compared to 10 years prior.

Steve Isaac, director of sustainability for the R&A, says “future threats are very real” for the game.

An unbylined BBC piece highlights the rest of the report’s findings and potential impacts on soccer and cricket

You can read the Climate Coalition’s full report here.

What do you think GolfWRX members?

 

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  1. Mitch

    Feb 8, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Dolt… fill a glass with ice up to the top of the glass, then let it sit and watch the ice melt. Did the water level rise. No.

  2. Andrew Cooper

    Feb 8, 2018 at 5:50 am

    Calling losing some golf courses a “horrific” prospect is a bit strong-in relation to crop failure, famine and mass population displacement-but another wake up call that climate change is happening and it’s effects are starting to be felt.

  3. Cornwall1888

    Feb 8, 2018 at 4:42 am

    The 10 hottest years ever recorded have all been since 2000 no doubt it’s getting hotter

    2016 hottest year ever

    2017 second hottest year ever

    Sea levels don’t need to rise much to destroy courses, especially during storms

  4. Bill Kearney

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:57 am

    If you read the comments following climate scare pieces, you’ll notice a common theme: many people are not buying the climate alarmist’s predictions.

    The alarmists seemingly have explanations for everything. A few years back, northern hemisphere winters would be without snow. Now that we have record setting cold and snow, of course this is what we should expect from global warming, oops, climate change. There was snow in the Sahara desert this winter!

    How often do you see mention of other factors that affect our climate? Things like solar cycles, lunar cycles, cloud cover, ocean currents, sub-ocean volcanoes, variations in the earth’s rotation. Maybe the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere isn’t the only variable.

    Get a grip Ben, our climate is fine. What we should be seriously concerned about are policies being imposed to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.

    Visit http://www.climatedepot.com/

  5. flushem

    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:30 am

    B4 St Andrews goes under the sea, Manhattan NY will. Likelihood? None as in 70s it was Global cooling, then Global warming, now climate change.

  6. Bruce Ferguson

    Feb 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I can see it all now . . . paying green fees with a Carbon Credit surcharge.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Feb 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    apparently everyone on here is now climate expert as well as professional golfer…

    i.e… you’re all delusional idiots

  8. Andrew

    Feb 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Tax and control scheme by globalist politicians and bankers. Subsidy harvest scheme by global corporatists. Grant harvesting scheme by academics. The same thing has been said for decades and nothing measurable has changed with sea levels. Little islands erode away, it’s not rising sea level that covers them. I’m old enough to remember when the hype was The Next Ice Age.

  9. Matt A

    Feb 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    If only there were some way to build a seawall to protect and save these courses especially Pebble Beaches 18th….oh

  10. Redman

    Feb 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    erosion has been happening for millions of years. the climate changes. we can’t stop it, we can’t control it. and linking studies from alarmists or political figures with motivations of anything but climate it seems is the direction too many take

  11. the dude

    Feb 7, 2018 at 11:28 am

    fake news….global climate is not an issue…..

    • Courtney

      Feb 7, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Agreed! Global warming has been changed to Climate Change since proven false. To think you have the power to change the weather is insane!

      • the dude

        Feb 7, 2018 at 5:58 pm

        now if we could only figure out a way to prevent the tree hugging liberals to stop breathing the same air as us……

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Amateur makes 3 holes-in-one in 36-hole competition

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We’d like to say congratulations to Ali Gibb, 51-year-old amateur golfer, for winning her club championship at Croham Hurst Golf Club in England, Monday. Oh, and she made three holes-in-one on the day.

That’s right, during the 36-hole final, Gibb aced the fifth hole twice and only needed one shot at the 11th hole during her second 18.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said, per a BBC report. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Hopefully, Gibb doesn’t have to buy three drinks for everyone at the club.

What can you say about a story like this? Beyond once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If the odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1, what are the odds of a player making three aces in 36 holes? You probably have a better shot of winning the Powerball. Incredible stuff.

 

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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017

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It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thorbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases

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Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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