Rounds plummet in September in biggest monthly drop

Rounds at U.S. courses fell sharply in September, according to the National Golf Rounds Played report.

For the month, rounds were down 7.5 percent from September 2007, the largest one-monthly drop of the year. It also reversed an upward trend that had seen rounds increases of 0.5 percent in July and 4.4 percent in August.

The weak September total pushed rounds for the year 1.4 percent below the previous year's level.

Trump wins approval for resort in Scotland

Scottish government officials have given the green light to a controversial £1 billion golf resort project on the North Sea coast proposed by U.S. real estate tycoon Donald Trump.

The decision by national leaders overrules a rejection of Trump’s development near Aberdeen last November by a local planning authority. In taking control of the decision-making process, government ministers said the importance of the project to the nation justified the action.

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