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Strictly speaking, this will not be the first course in the USSR. In 1960 Nikita Khrushchev had a one-hole layout built near Lake Baikal for President Eisenhower to use, but it was never played. A month before Ike's departure for Moscow, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down in Soviet airspace, and the trip was scrubbed.
American businessman Armand Hammer, who knew Lenin and has maintained a working relationship with Moscow, frequently encouraged the Russians to tee it up. Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, who once was the somewhat bewildered recipient of a golf cart given him by Richard Nixon, agreed when Hammer told him recently that golf is an international sport and should be learned by Russians.
The cost of constructing the course will be nearly $1 million, and that does not include a double-deck driving range that Jones is hoping to build in the center of Moscow. As they say down at the pitch-'n'-putt collective, Ostorozhno! folks. Fore!
In the past decade or so a considerable change has taken place in the way the world's best athletes prepare for competition. Exercise machines, many of them futuristic contraptions that look like something from Star Wars, have supplanted barbells and other simple devices as physical-conditioning tools, and as sales of these machines soar, rival manufacturing companies are jockeying for ascendancy in the field. At stake is the potentially vast revenue from the trendy growth of the health industry; manufacturers hope to produce a relatively cheap machine for mass purchasing.
At a recent meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Arthur Jones, who developed the Nautilus exercise machine, astounded a seminar audience that was listening to a presentation by Dr. Gideon Ariel, the biomechanical-research scientist. After Ariel unveiled a new computerized machine, Jones played a tape-recorded statement in which he alleged that Ariel was guilty of "false claims, fraud, conspiracy to commit and personal involvement in industrial espionage, perjury under oath in a criminal case and a number of other similar acts." Jones maintains that Ariel, formerly under contract to Nautilus, took the idea for the computerized machine from Jones' company. Ariel denied the allegations and said that he would sue for slander.
Apart from this incident, there is a rising tide of "dirty tricks" within the industry. Rival firms regularly attack each other in trade magazines and journals, misrepresent competitors' products during sales presentations, encourage university coaches to become stockholders and grant research funds to scientists to prove the validity of their claims. Unhealthy is the word for it.
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