Entered: By golf course architect Keith Foster, a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to charges that he illegally transported up to $500,000 of items made from endangered species and other wildlife, the Fauquier Times newspaper of Warrenton, Va., reported. Foster, 60, of Upperville, Va., faces five years in federal prison for violations of portions of the Lacey Act. As part of his plea agreement, Foster forfeited $275,000 and 175 items made from wildlife, which were smuggled and offered for sale at The Outpost, a shop that he and his wife, Pam, operated in Middleburg, Va. Sentencing is scheduled for March 8. According to his website, Foster has designed courses such as SunRidge Canyon in Fountain Hills, Ariz., Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn, Calif., and Coral Canyon in Washington, Utah, all of which are listed among Golfweek magazine’s Best Courses You Can Play. He also has overseen dozens of renovation projects across the U.S., notably at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.
Alleged: In a lawsuit, that Darren Clarke’s Tavern, a Hilton Head Island, S.C., steakhouse co-owned by golfer Darren Clarke, hasn’t paid $2.5 million toward its mortgage, according to a story in The Island Packet newspaper. The lawsuit was filed by Synovus Bank in September in Beaufort County, S.C. The restaurant has been closed since last week.