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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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The Florida Mid-Am final ended with a player getting punched in the face. Or did it?

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On paper–that is the Florida State Golf Association’s paper, not the police report–Marc Dull won the Florida Mid-Am when his opponent, Jeff Golden, withdrew.

Dull had just birdied the 16th hole to pull even, when the skies opened.

A FSGA statement on the final match indicates what happened next

“With the players on 17, play was halted by heavy rains. When conditions permitted play to continue nearly two and a half hours later, Golden was unable to continue due to an unfortunate injury and defaulted the match.”

Indeed, the statement is technically correct. However, it hardly tells the full story…and what a story it is.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner did some digging into the “unfortunate injury,” and what he found was certainly surprising.

Per a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office police report, Jeff Golden (the man who suffered the “unfortunate injury”) called police. Golden claimed he was assaulted in the Coral Creek Club parking lot by his opponent’s caddie. According to Golden, Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face.

Why in the world did this happen? Apparently, during the ninth hole of the Golden-Dull match, Golden asked Dull about the condition of one of the holes, inquiring as to whether the cup was damaged.

“Don’t worry about it,” Hibbs (again, this is Dull’s caddie) told Golden. “If you’re going to make it, you’re going around it.”

Following this, Golden told a rules official that he believed the caddie’s statement constituted advice (to Golden, who was not his player). Apparently/incredibly, the rules official agreed, and Golden was awarded the hole.

Hibbs, presumably furious, left the course at this point and returned to the clubhouse.

During the previously mentioned rain delay that interrupted the match, Golden claims Hibbs approached him in the parking lot while he was at his car getting additional clothing.

Per the report, Hibbs “approached him, apologized, then punched him on the left side of the face.”

Now this story would be ridiculous enough if these facts were agreed upon. However, Hibbs says the incident never happened. He claims after leaving the course, he was in the clubhouse during the entire rain delay.

Nobody saw the alleged attack, and there were no surveillance cameras trained on the parking lot. Further, Golden’s face was not swollen or cut and Hibbs’ hands showed no evidence that he’d punched anything.

Golden maintains he was punched and that his shirt had blood on it, also claiming that he suffered “concussion symptoms.”

Golden declined to press charges, and both Hibbs and Dull maintain nothing happened.

Per Ryan Lavner, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

What do you make of this, GolfWRX members? The scales of justice don’t seem to be tipped in Mr. Golden’s favor, do they?

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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson

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Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt

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Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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