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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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National Golf Foundation’s nationwide course surveys show human and business impacts Coronavirus has had on golf

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The National Golf Foundation has conducted multiple surveys to study both the human and business impacts that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to have on the game of golf.

Amongst their findings, the NGF found that based on phone surveys for over 1,000 golf facilities, 74% of in-season golf courses remain open despite the current Coronavirus pandemic. (As of March 27)

The organization also revealed that there is a temporary golf course closure in the following states – Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusettes, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

From a golf business standpoint, the NGF asked the ‘Top 100 businesses in golf’ how the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus had affected their business – with 23% saying severely, and 42% saying significantly.

The consumer perspective has also changed dramatically due to the pandemic. The NGF’s findings show that while previously the situation had not had an impact on consumer’s golf equipment purchase decisions, the research now shows that the vast majority are now delaying any golf equipment spending.

Check out all the findings from the NGF’s research here at thengfq.com/covid-19.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.2.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Beautiful looking creation from Tyson Lamb.

Dropping tomorrow from American Flatsticks.

Frosted head with a mirror polished bumper from MackMade Workshop.

Don’t miss out on all the action today over at The Hive.

Pro Am Customs showing off their wedge stamping skills.

Our Ryan Barath’s grip station set up.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Check out the betting markets for the potential Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson “The Match” Part 2

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“The Match” Part 2 may have only just been teased by Phil Mickelson this week on his social media account, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from pricing up some exciting betting markets for the potential showdown.

BetOnline.ag have chalked up Woods as favorite to exact revenge on Lefty, but the company have also priced up markets on the total curse words used between the two, the number of Tiger twirls we will potentially see, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the betting markets BetOnline.ag have created ahead of the potential Woods-Mickelson “The Match” Part 2:

How many holes will be conceded?

  • Under 2½ holes 4/11
  • Over 2½ holes 2/1

Match Winner

  • Tiger Woods 20/33
  • Phil Mickelson 5/4

Number of 3-putts recorded by Tiger and Phil

  • Under ½ 3-putts 5/12
  • Over ½ 3-putts 33/20

Which pairing will win Tiger vs Phil II?

  • Tiger Woods / Peyton Manning 5/9
  • Tiger Woods / Tom Brady 2/3
  • Phil Mickelson / Peyton Manning 11/10
  • Phil Mickelson / Tom Brady 7/5

Which player will make the most birdies?

  • Tiger Woods 10/13
  • Phil Mickelson 10/11

Will a Play Off be needed to decide the winner?

  • No 1/3
  • Yes 5/2

Will Hole No. 18 be played?

  • Yes 10/13
  • No 10/11

Will there be a Hole In One?

  • No 2/55
  • Yes 17/2

Will Tiger Woods wear a red shirt?

  • Yes 2/5
  • No 17/10
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