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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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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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