I can only do so many crossword puzzles on airplane flights. Luckily for me, insie American Airlines’ free in-seat entertainment sits a golf game. I felt compelled to review it… and this might be my finest work yet…Continue reading Oak Meadows→
A couple months ago I saw an ad for the Golf Channel Amateur Tour. I did some research and thought it would be something fun to try. Beating my regular playing partners gets old, you know? The price isn’t too bad considering all the work that goes into these events, and I will definitely sign up for more in the future. I’ve had fun in all three events so far.
I started with a T6 at the Corta Bella Invitational, where I lost to, among others, former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz. That was interesting, but he’s a cool guy and it’ll be fun to get another round in with him. The I finished third at the Trilogy Power Ranch tournament, despite playing in a wrist brace. It wasn’t even my wrist’s fault. One four-putt and one bad chip were all that kept me out of first. Golf gets a lot tougher, but so much more rewarding, in a tournament setting where every shot must be holed out (so long, gimmies) and the rules followed to the letter. Out of bounds gets a lot scarier knowing you could be hitting 3, or even 5, off the tee.
Then last week, May 31, was the Grayhawk Open, on the Raptor Course. I had never played either course there. Luckily, the tour secured discount rates for the week to anyone who wanted a practice round beforehand. I took them up on the offer and headed up the day before at 3pm. It was a disaster. The temperature when I teed off was 107 degrees. This was the first extreme heat of the year, and that mild May that Arizona was blessed with did not have me ready for triple digits. I couldn’t keep a ball in play, hooking, slicing and topping drives. I don’t think I’ve topped a drive in like 5 years. I started the day with 10 golf balls in the bag and was flying around the empty course until the 8th hole. I skipped some foursomes until I found another opening, but kept losing balls and ran out after the par-3 16th. Continue reading I Won Something!→
If Paul Revere had ridden 15 miles south on April 18, 1775, instead of 14 miles north to Lexington on his legendary Midnight Ride to warn that the British were coming, he would have visited South Shore Country Club in Hingham, Massachusetts. Of course, then Lexington and Concord would’ve been hung out to dry and steamrolled by the Redcoats the next day, nipping the American Revolution in the bud. And since South Shore Country Club wasn’t opened until 1922, there wouldn’t have been much to visit. Well, now that that lousy history lesson is over, I can get on to how the golf course is. The city of Boston is teeming with amazing American history on every block and so much has been expertly preserved so that even today’s visitors, nearly 10 generations down the line, can marvel at the undertaking that was the fight for American Independence. Similarly, this quiet country club south of Quincy also keeps ties to its historical roots. There are pictures and memorabilia from years ago, including stops by Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Even without the past, there is plenty to enjoy at South Shore.
Since I’m still waiting impatiently for my strained wrist tendon to heal, I’ve had extra time to do some golf maintenance while sidelined. Not saying I didn’t try to get a couple rounds in, even through cold weather and frigid winds. But since my average score this year is about a 96, I figure it’s best to rest a bit before continuing on to the next five states. Clearly I’ve gotten a little antsy to get back into golfing, as I’ve strayed from reviewing courses and written other golf related posts lately. But they’re fun and I’m still riding the pine here, so I’ll make another one.
Unsolicited golf advice is about as desirable as someone pooping in the cup. There are other annoying fouls golfers commit, such as not raking sand traps, leaving sunflower seeds on the green and unhooking golf bags from the golf cart causing them to crash to the pavement when someone steps on the gas. But getting swing tips you didn’t ask for, especially after a particularly bad shot that may or may not have ricocheted off a bar-b-que and through a pane of glass, is pretty irritating. “Came way over the top there.” “Try closing your stance.” “Your grip looks a little weak.” “Have a beer, you’ll play better drunk.” Well, that last one actually is a good idea some days. I don’t know enough about the golf swing to make an on-the-spot diagnosis from seeing your swing for a split second. But I do know a trick that, depending on how badly it’s needed, can shave one to several strokes off your score. Regrip your clubs. Continue reading How to Regrip a Golf Club in 11 Photos→
Golf Digest just released their 2013-14 Course Rankings. So to play all Top 100 Public Courses it would cost you just about $19,771. Hmm, well since I’ve already played Torrey Pines and PGA West, that at least lowers it down to $19,463. Anyone feel like making a charitable donation? I guess while we’re in the spirit of making lists, I might as well make my current ranking of all the courses I’ve played, based on how I can best recall them right now. So here goes… Continue reading A top golf course list of my own→
I set a goal in 2011 of playing at least one round of golf in all 50 states by 2021. This is a quest to play some of America’s finest courses in every state, even the flyover ones…