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Abandoned Golf Courses Are Being Transformed into Solar Farms

Golf is a dying sport, and country club memberships are seen as an elitist relic of the past. But cultural changes are only one reason golf courses are falling out of favor: The chemical-laden, water-guzzling greens are especially irresponsible for areas hit by drought. Here’s an idea from Japan for those sunny green… » 7/07/15 3:02pm 7/07/15 3:02pm

Slicing golf balls in half exposes the weird guts that hide inside

Golf balls are really, really weird. Especially the old ones used over a hundred years ago. The dimpled shell can hide things like goose and duck feathers, wound rubber and all other sorts of colorful and bright polymers and rubbers and plastics. The current balls are super fancy, I wish each golf ball still hid the… » 7/01/15 9:58pm 7/01/15 9:58pm

Practice Putting At 3,000 Feet With This Mountaintop Mini-Golf Course

If you make it to the top of La Rhune, a 3,000-foot-tall mountain in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, you can look up and out to the natural panorama: peaks and valleys stretching unobstructed into the distance. Or you could look down to the playful Panorama: an eight-hole goofy golf course at your feet. » 7/14/14 5:16pm 7/14/14 5:16pm

Golf trick shot activates Rube Goldberg machine to cook hot dogs

You would think that you could only do so much with golf trick shots but David Kalb, trick shot extraordinaire, takes it to another level. He rigs his trick shots so they have to be absolutely perfect because they eventually turn into Rube Goldberg machines that can make hot dogs and create flaming watermelon heads. » 7/12/14 12:00am 7/12/14 12:00am

Watch a Pro Golfer Knock a Drone From the Sky With One Golf Ball

Shooting down a flying drone is challenging even for machine gun-wielding sharpshooters. But professional golfer Keegan Bradley just made it look easy, swatting a DJI Phantom out of the sky with just a well-aimed golf ball. Thankfully, the quadcopter was carrying a GoPro, so we could see the whole thing unfold. Poor… » 4/26/14 3:00pm 4/26/14 3:00pm

The Jedi Putter's Constant Feedback Makes You a Master of the Green

Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter—designed by students at Rice University—provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer… » 4/22/14 11:30am 4/22/14 11:30am

Sparking Titanium Golf Clubs Might Be Causing California Wildfires

Researchers at UC Irvine have determined that golfers who can't keep their shots out of the rough might actually be responsible for wildfires in California in recent years. Specifically, certain clubs made from a titanium alloy have been found to produce sparks up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit—more than hot enough to… » 3/24/14 4:00pm 3/24/14 4:00pm

This two person golf trick shot is unbelievable

Excuse the portrait mode video but this golf trick shot is so impressive that we can ignore the blatant disregard of proper cell phone video recording etiquette. Here's what goes down: the guy behind hits a golf ball to the guy in front who swings and hits the same ball without the ball ever touching the ground. It's… » 3/10/14 11:21pm 3/10/14 11:21pm

Garmin Approach S4 Lets You Keep Tabs on Email While You're Out Golfing

It hasn't taken Garmin long to announce a successor to its Approach S2 and S3 golf watches announced earlier this year. But the latest edition to the lineup adds a feature that makes the S4 a must-have upgrade: Bluetooth, allowing the watch to relay notifications about incoming calls, emails, and texts while you're… » 10/15/13 11:57am 10/15/13 11:57am

Every Hole's a Piece of Art In This Sculpture Garden Mini Golf Course

In their own way, a lot of miniature golf courses—with their twisting layouts, devious obstacles, and over-the-top designs—can be considered art. Even if their sole purpose is to encourage tourists to pay to knock a ball around. But this spring the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden decided to… » 5/29/13 2:13pm 5/29/13 2:13pm