PUT IN YOUR BID: Now you really can get anything on eBay. The Internet auctioneer has signed up with golf retailer Edwin Watts Golf Shops to make more than 1,000 golf equipment and apparel items per month available for electronic auction. A special Edwin Watts banner on the eBay home page will lead bidders to the action.
Watts, which operates 49 stores mostly in the American southeast, hopes to do more than just move inventory with this alliance. Getting its name in customers minds is another important objective.
eBay says that of the 2 million customers who visit its site every day, 250,000 are golfers.
ARCHITECTS EXPAND CLUB: The American Society of Golf Course Architects, which keeps its membership list very exclusive, elevated seven associate members to regular status. The lucky winners, each listed here with a famous course he designed, are Brian Curley (Mission Hills GC, Shenzhen, China); John Harvey (Saratoga Springs GC, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.); Tom McBroom (The Algonquin, St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada); Bob Moore (Heritage Club, Wake Forest, N.C.); Andrew Raugust (Camas Meadows Golf Course, Camas, Wash.); John Sanford, Jr. (Sharm Golf Course, South Sinai, Egypt) and Brian Yoder (Longaberger GC, Nashport, Ohio).
WHEN YOU GET TIRED OF LOSING AT BLACKJACK: It should be no surprise: Once Indian reservation casinos took off, could casino golf courses be far behind? In the Lake Vermillion area of northeastern Minnesota, the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council has given approval to begin construction of a $10.8 billion course at Fortune Bay Resort Casino, outside the town of Tower. Jeffrey D. Brauer will be the architect; he designed the track as part of the Fortune Bay master plan. The organizers promise an environmentally friendly course. They also promise walking will be allowed.