Mar 31, 2015

China closes 66 golf courses

China’s Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 “illegal” courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile ...

Golfer Billy Casper, two-time U.S. Open winner, dies at 83

Feb 9, 2015

Golfer Billy Casper, two-time U.S. Open winner, dies at 83

Billy Casper, one of professional golf’s top players for two decades and winner of three major U.S. tournaments, has died. He was 83. He died Saturday at his home outside of Salt Lake City, according to a statement from Billy Casper Golf, the course-management ...

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

Oct 6, 2014

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

by Satoshi Toi

Japan’s golf industry, which is still largely dependent on seniors and corporate outings, is changing in the face of the aging population and stiffer competition from other leisure activities. To attract younger players, some golf clubs are opening schools for children or adding facilities ...

Mar 20, 2014

Golf clubs' sparks can ignite fires

Golfers have been urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said Wednesday that the results confirm a suspicion investigators ...

Feb 11, 2014

Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing

by Satoshi Toi

Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo ...

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

Sep 26, 2013

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

by Takeshi Ozawa

Hisako “Chako” Higuchi and the late Ku Ok-hee of South Korea are regarded as the “mothers of women’s golf” in their countries and followed a similar groundbreaking path to the top by challenging themselves overseas. Higuchi said that when she turned pro in 1967, ...

Referendum flops, opening up Dubrovnik to golf

May 1, 2013

Referendum flops, opening up Dubrovnik to golf

A referendum on a controversial €1 billion ($1.3 billion) project to build golf courses, villas and hotels above Croatia’s Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik has failed due to insufficient turnout, officials said Monday. Such an outcome paves the way for a project by Israeli businessman ...

Feb 24, 2013

Yamagata golf putter gifted to president

Washington KYODO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented President Barack Obama with a golf putter made by a Japanese manufacturer during their meeting Friday at the White House, a government official said. In 1957, Abe’s grandfather, the late Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and then-U.S. President ...