Hot off the Press: The October Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors

first_imgColors begin spilling down the mountains this month. Blue Ridge Outdoors talks with four photography pros who share their favorite fall foliage spots and secrets with readers. This month, we also celebrate the 50th birthday of The Wilderness Act by exploring Appalachia’s wildest public lands, and we offer the simplest, easiest way to save more of them.Readers get a sneak peek inside the backpack of A.T. record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis and a music preview of Halloween ear candy. And as BRO readers already know, play is more than just fun. It’s an essential ingredient for health, both as kids and adults. In the October issue, we review the latest scientific research showing the benefits of outdoor play. We also pick 10 off-the-radar state parks that offer adventures as epic as national parks but with far fewer crowds.featuresWILDERNESS AT 50Exploring Appalachia’s wildest public lands and The Magic Kingdom of WildernessHIDDEN TREASURESOften overshadowed by national parks, state parks offer equally epic adventures with far fewer crowds. Here are 10 off-the-radar favorites.PICTURE PERFECTFour photography pros share their favorite fall foliage spots and secrets.THE NEED TO PLAYPlay is more than just fun. It’s an essential ingredient for health, both as kids and adults.departmentsEDITOR’S NOTEThe easy way to save the planetFLASHPOINTSolar could power half of AppalachiaQUICK HITSGeorgia runner sets barefoot record/Shirtless steeplechaser stripped of gold medal/and more!THE DIRTPaddling pros share five essential skillsTHE GOODSPeek inside the backpack of A.T. record holder Jennifer Pharr DavisTRAIL MIXJudah & the Lion and their new album Kids These Dayslast_img read more

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LeBron James Helps Cavaliers into Second Round

first_imgIt earned them a second-round meeting with East top seeds Toronto Raptors.The Pacers had ensured a tense deciding contest with a comprehensive 121-87 victory in game six on Friday.But James made his first seven shots of the finale and finished the first half with 26 points, five assists and four rebounds.He also became the first player to score 20 or more points 200 times in the play-offs and surpassed the record of Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen for most career post-season steals.The Cavs have defeated the Raptors, who beat the Washington Wizards in round one, in both of the past two play-offs, including a 4-0 sweep in the 2017 Eastern Conference semi-finals.Elsewhere on Sunday, James Harden scored 41 points as the Houston Rockets secured a dominant 110-96 victory over the Utah Jazz in the first game of their Western Conference semi-final.The Rockets saw off the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 in round one, while the Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2.On Saturday, defending champions the Golden State Warriors eased to a 123-101 victory in game one of their Western Conference semi-final against the New Orleans Pelicans, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers in round one.Despite the continued absence of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry due to an ankle injury, the Warriors dominated, with Klay Thompson scoring 27 points, Kevin Durant hitting 26 and Draymond Green adding 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for a triple-double.In round one, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 in their game-seven decider on Saturday.The Celtics, who are without star players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward due to injury, take on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after the 76ers claimed a 4-1 series win over the Miami Heat.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers and into the second round of the NBA play-offs on Sunday night.The 33-year-old, who has won three NBA Championships, faced elimination in the first round for the first time.But he produced his third 40-point game of the series as Cleveland wrapped up the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series 4-3.last_img read more

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Top golf architect Tom Doak appointed by National Golf Centre

first_img Tom Doak, the world-renowned golf course architect, has been appointed to advise on the facilities at the National Golf Centre, the home of England Golf at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. He will be making a significant contribution to the site development plan with particular emphasis on the Hotchkin course. The Hotchkin is ranked among the world’s top 100 courses and regarded as a test of heathland golf at its very best. General Manager, Richard Latham, is delighted with the appointment, and commented: “In our opinion Tom Doak is one of the most accomplished architects in the world today and we feel that renovating/refining a national treasure like the Hotchkin Course requires expert opinion. We are huge admirers of Tom’s work and are confident that his input will be invaluable.” Tom Doak, of Renaissance Golf Design, visited Woodhall Spa as a student and was taken with both the charm and severity of the Hotchkin course. He used the design of the 18th hole in his book, The Anatomy of a Golf Course. He said of his appointment: “The Hotchkin Course is one of the world’s great heathland courses, with a character all of its own.  That’s a rare thing in golf course architecture, and it will be at the forefront of our thinking as we look to suggest any refinements.  “The club has carefully catalogued the minor refurbishments of recent years and I’m delighted to assist in the creation of a formal development plan.  I am really looking forward to working with the management team in protecting the legacy and restoring reputation.” Tom Doak’s many notable achievements include both new builds and restoration work in a range of countries, on varying landscapes including heathland.  Recent projects have included the building of the Renaissance Club adjacent to Muirfield in Scotland, the dramatic Cape Kidnappers course in New Zealand and Pacific Dunes in Oregon in the US, all of them rated highly in the world ranking lists.  Tom and his associates are also the architectural consultants for courses across the world and from the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda to Royal Melbourne in Australia. 23 Jan 2016 Top golf architect Tom Doak appointed by National Golf Centre last_img read more

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Scott shoots low numbers at Eastern Star

first_imgYou are reminded when you get here of what a fine facility this is.  The clubhouse is imposing and the book-in was very easy.  One of the things I particularly like is that you can see the restaurant from the balcony and thus see where your friends are.  Many courses have the restaurant upstairs with a fine view of the course, but I do like this configuration.Tuesday’s top four with one of Bert’s finest.Soon on the first tee we were reminded of how scenic the course could be and how difficult.  After deciding that most players wanted to play off the easier yellow tees, ‘The Committee’, or ‘Organiser’ decided the day should be played off the white tees; after all it made me feel better and ensured the scores would be low.So off we went and it was soon apparent the greens were newly sanded and not in top condition.  It was also windy and the rough was really difficult to get out of.  You get the picture, really tough day out, mind it is always a ‘pleasure’ to be deflated by a golf course.  I wondered how the rest were getting on.Back at Bert’s and in the results it was noted that apart from one ‘spoilsport’ all the players were given a bit of a lesson.  But you always get one!In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the one player who beat the course and won was Max Scott with 39 points, and an even gross 72.  Then we came to those who put a smile of satisfaction on my face, all the rest.  Second was Mashi Kaneta with 32 points and in a count back on 30 points in third was Mike Gaussa ahead of John Binns in fourth.So to the B Flight, and who knows I may be there shortly, and the winner was Jack Robertson with 34 points ahead of a count back on 31 points that saw Pauline Elphick in second and Brian Gabe in third.  In fourth was Don Carmody.Mind, does not say much for the ‘Organiser’ when his name is not even mentioned!This is a course that deserves respect; we even had a really low handicapper who had 5 points on the back nine.  Let the greens settle down and it will be well worth a visit, play well here and you will leave with a feeling of accomplishment.Near Pins:  David Nicholson, Bob Watson, Mark West, Max Scott.Long Putts:  John Harrison, Joel Flor. PSC golf from Tropical Bert’sTuesday, Feb. 12, Eastern Star – StablefordWe had not been here for some time, but on the back of some good reports and of course a special deal, we decided to nip down there and give it a go.  The latest news we had was that the greens had been sanded and thus were not at their best.  So with a full number of players and of course our discount vouchers it was off to Eastern Star. last_img read more

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Teacher Tom gives the boys a lesson

first_img2nd Sonny 40pts3rd Brian Wilkinson (15) 38ptsThe day was fresh and cool (by Pattaya standards anyway) and we set off with 2 van loads of golfers to our regular Monday venue of Green Valley.  The course was in great condition save for 2 temporary tee boxes, so there were no excuses allowed for not shooting your handicap, but not many did.  The wind played havoc with many of the players.  Tommy Balch was in fine form by any standards and turning the big 70 a couple of weeks ago may have given him the incentive needed to grab the top spot this week.  The great thing about this game is that we are all able to compete on a level playing field and with all ages, and only the game of golf allows this.Marlene Prudden and Kevin Moraghan – winners on the Kabinburi road trip.The story of the day was the driving of Mark Reid.  Not on the course, but behind the wheel!  This being the first time in 30 years Mark has driven a “stick shift” as the Colonials put it, or a “manual” transmission, there was a trace of apprehension in the air as we drove off from the club.  We were all prepared to bellow out “grind it til ya find it” but there was no need for our standard lines of abuse as Mark, or “Robbie” as he is know on the Soi Dao Karaoke circuit, did a perfect job of guiding our pristine new Toyota Commuter through Pattaya’s worst lanes and down the old 36 to the course.  Fine job mate and thanks again.Wednesday, Dec. 21, Treasure Hill (yellow tees) – Stableford1st Chris Parr (18) 38pts2nd Warren Holland (25) 32ptsIt was par for the course for Chris today as he bettered the field by 6 strokes.  The affable Englishman kept it in the fairway all day and avoided the trouble that Treasure Hill is famous for.Nat, Koi, Raju and Ying wish you all a Happy New Year!The crocodile course is a favourite of The Golf Club these days as the grounds crew have really gotten their act together and have the course in lovely condition.  It has always been a difficult layout but it is also one of the most interesting in the Pattaya area.Friday, Dec. 23, Century Chonburi (white tees) – Stableford1st Steve Ellison (17) 37pts2nd Dave Shelton 35pts3rd Marlene Prudden 33ptsYes, you read it right, Century Chonburi.  Now I know that many avid readers probably have not played here in ages or not even been out here at all.  Just finding the place takes some doing and the roads in are bumpy and winding.  That said, one must remember the high season green fees here are a jaw dropping 200 baht. Two Hundred Baht, let’s see…that translates to 6 bucks and sixty cents US or 4 quid Sterling.  That is amazing for a Sir Nick Faldo designed course.Century Chonburi – a bargain!We had a great day out and part of it was the expectation that it would be a fun day of golf with a ‘lift, clean and place’ proviso which was the correct policy on this course.  Don’t expect too much of this track as the maintenance crew is doing all they can with the budget they have.  They are doing a great job under difficult conditions.  In fact, the back nine was really good, an extremely enjoyable layout in decent shape that proved a good finish.   All the bunkers were groomed properly and played fair.  The greens were also in very good nick but the saucering made them a tough read for putts from the outside.Steve Ellison finally had a good day off the tee and the driver took him to the top of the podium with 37 points on a course never played before.  Likewise for Dave Shelton who was just off the pace with 35 and a gaggle of golfers on 33 with the count back won by the ageless Marlene Prudden with 21 points on the back.  She beat Vancouverite Courtney Bailey and hubby Brian Prudden for 3rd place.Facilities here are very basic with 5 showers (20 baht for towel & soap) tiny lockers (bring your own lock) no food on the course etc. but it sure would be interesting to see Century Chonburi with 30 million baht pumped into her!  18 out of 20 of our golfers had a great day out and would come back, so get out there and see for yourself before you make any decisions.Thanks for a great 2011!The staff and partners of The Golf club would like to thank you all for your support over the past 12 months and wish you and your family a happy and healthy year ahead of us in 2012.  Happy New Year!With Bob, Jez, Lee and Lou up at Mt. Everest, we forgot to get our write-up in on time but would now like to report that our Kabinburi road trip the previous week was won by Brian & Marlene Prudden on the first day and Kevin Moraghan & Marlene Prudden on the second day.  Marlene is getting more press time than Paris Hilton these days.  Well played girl!  A full report on the Everest expedition will be coming soon so watch this space!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro and we play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail: [email protected] PSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, Dec. 19, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Tom Balch (27) 41ptslast_img read more

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Golfnutter: Thai Caddies and the Rules of Golf

first_imgTo those of you who do not play competition golf, the following has no relevance.  To those of you who do, read on.Let’s assume you’re playing golf in LOS and your caddie:Uses the flag stick, hand or other implement to touch the putting surface to indicate your line of putt.Asks another more experienced caddie for advice on club selection, or the break on a tricky green? Taps down a pitch-mark on the apron, positioned between your ball and the putting surface. Repairs scuff-marks on your line of putt.Thinking your two-inch putt will be given, picks up your ball.Upon removing her ball-marker, thumbs-down or smooths the putting surface immediately behind your ball. Your playing partner’s caddie replaces his ball in front of the marker – in the normal way.  Yet you’re sure when she originally marked his ball she positioned the marker to the side.  She repeats this action on the next green. These and other similar examples are everyday occurrences on any course in Thailand.  Everyday occurrences?  No, make that many times during the course of a single round, especially rounds involving Farang whose golfing experience is limited to Thailand.A two-inch tap-in and she picks it up! Perhaps some have played with a venue or outlet that insists on adhering to the Rules, to the extent that caddie mistakes, as outlined here, always incur the appropriate penalty.  I personally can’t recall playing with such a group.  And if I did, I doubt whether I would return.Most of us know that under the Rules of Golf, occurrences as outlined above incur a one or two-shot penalty.  More imposing is Rule 1-3 Agreement to Waive Rules, where the penalty for breach is disqualification.  Yet agreement to waive rules is what I’m advocating.What authority am I invoking here?  Unfortunately I cannot instance any, and this is the point of the post.  The Local Rules of IPGC and PSC make no allowance for these or similar situations involving unwitting rules transgressions by caddies.  Yet common sense and equity demands, in my view, golfers not be penalised for the ignorant actions of caddies.The wiser of Pattaya’s golf venues, when asked, will say that golfers need not be penalised for certain actions of their caddies.  A common convention in some golf outlets is to allow caddies one error per event, or one chance per infringement, regardless of how many separate infringements may occur per round.  The golfer is then charged with advising her/him of their mistake, and accepts that a repeat will incur a penalty.  Please note that this involves actions carried out by a caddie about which the golfer had no prior knowledge.  It does not include the golfer accepting her advice in error, e.g. wrongly claiming an entitlement such as a free drop, or mistaking the extent of a hazard line etc.  That’s the golfer’s error, not the caddies.The problem is that many golfers don’t know that such unwritten concessions exist.  Surely a duty of any golfing administration is to ensure all players are playing by the same rules?  So why don’t our local administrators provide for “caddie leeway” in their Local Rules?The answer may have something to do with the likelihood of the R&A approving such a Local Rule being zilch.  Yet any reasonably-minded administrator, who has ever played golf in Thailand, would recognise the need for lenience.It comes down to playing in a country which has its own unique way of doing things, particularly things involving caddies, and to a lesser extent green keepers, six-balls and, well, just being Thai.  Here are some mitigating factors:It is compulsory to hire the services of a caddie when playing golf in Thailand.The golfer, more often than not, doesn’t or can’t choose his/her caddie. Very few caddies understand the Rules of Golf.Few caddies speak or understand English.I believe a somewhat liberal interpretation of Rule 1-4 could apply:Rule 1-4: Points Not Covered by Rules.  If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made in accordance with equity. Surely that’s what it’s all about, equity, fairness?  Ensuring we are all playing by the same set of rules, singing from the same song sheet?  Yet how does equity to all apply here, when many don’t know such conventions exist?  Where do they go to find out, and what about the issue of uniformity between venues?The IPGC and PSC contribute a great deal to Pattaya golf.  The enjoyment of thousands of golfers, me included, wouldn’t be the wonderful experience it is without the dedicated work of unselfish golf administrators at both organisations.  Notwithstanding, in this instance some well-intentioned golfers, by sticking to the Rules, are being unfairly penalised.I believe Local Rules is the appropriate forum to address this oversight.Happy golfing,Golfnutterlast_img read more

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