A Hole new game

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It’s unlikely soccer balls, larger holes and green-lighted use of mulligans entered into the thinking of golf’s founding fathers.

Throughout the past 10 to 15 years, a sport known to lean heavily on tradition has lost players turned off by one of any number of factors, such as cost, time, rules and the diligence required to master it.

The creative methods some golf courses are using in order to recoup some of the sport’s lost popularity run — OK, sprint — against the grain of generations of conventional golf thinking.

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