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TECHNOLOGY WHERE DO WE GO FROM WHERE WE’VE BEEN GOING FROM HERE
this magazine can be read both forward and backward - is 360˚ adjustable - centre weighted engineered for less spin - and, as always, is fully transferable
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11 So what is this thing on the cover?
A QR code (short for Quick Response) is basically a two-dimensional barcode, readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data - this one takes you directly to golfscene.ca. You can download a QR code reader from any of the smartphone app stores (you'll have multiple options and many are free). If you're camera phone is not already equipped, you really should go ahead and set it up - you'll be able to read any barcode (that means pricing etc) and especially because you'll have access to even more content / information right from the palm of your hand - literally. This is the technology issue.
REGULARS Interested in seeing what, might just well be, the world's most unique and luxurious golf book ever published? - flip slowly all the way to page 58
PROSpectives One elite panel of experts - equals - more insight, knowledge, and answers.
ADJUSTING TO NEW TECHNOLOGY? Our expert panel of CPGA Professionals have some valuable insight for any of those trying to decipher the 'adjustability' issue - page 18
GREEN SIDE UP Tom Margetts QUINN ESSENTIALS Hal Quinn rated R THE TARTAN CHAMELEON Carolanne Doig INSIDE THE ROPES Sean Foley MIND OVER MATTERS Paul Dewland AROUND THE GLOBE Marc Chiarenza TALKING IN YOUR BACKSWING Ian Hutchinson
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are you a range player? Sean Foley is - and he'll
explain one of the pitfalls players get into
HUTCH talks technology (and even indulges the Caddyshack reference - nice) spring 2011
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Tech stuff drives me crazy For a guy that is still trying to figure out how a screwdriver works, all of this new driver technology floating around the wonderful world of golf sure makes me dizzy.
Alas, our ‘underground’ editorial staff has finally surfaced with some helpful hints on how all of this technology can actually help you with your golf game. We decided to 'upgrade' the traditional - ho-hum - equipment issue (filled with page after page of clubheads), and instead, asked all of contributors to help us try and get to the real guts of the technology issue so that you, the reader, can make some informed decisions about your next purchase. From our expert panel of PROSpectives professionals to our columnists and even by way of our readers, we have tried to make this Spring issue (our largest ever), technologically enlightening and, hopefully, easier to understand. We guarantee it will help you hit the ball longer and straighter! Heard that before? You will also find in this issue, yet another new GolfScene wrinkle that we felt important - that being to connect golfers with golf courses. Our 402 / Lambton Shores feature highlights some great golf courses in the western corner of our distribution area, while the Golf Guelph feature reminded me about some of the exciting golf options in and around the Royal City. Just a little something to put more spikes on greens. And our way of giving back to the golf courses who have supported our publication for the last 12 years. You'll see more of this going forward as we are 'listening' (p.40) to our readers. Nice to also be a part of promoting three major new developments in the region. During challenging economic times, Bryan Coleman and his partners are set to open a brand new golf course in the Port Severn area, just off the 400 highway (p.26). The Oak Bay Golf and Country Club is scheduled for a May 24th weekend launch (weather permitting, of course). And not too far away from Oak Bay, three young golf professionals have taken on the ownership challenge at the Tangle Creek Golf Club just outside Barrie (p.37). And a little south of Barrie, in the city of Vaughn, Liam Mucklow and staff have opened a state-of-the-art indoor teaching facility called The Golf Lab (p.22). Well worth a drive along the 400 for a visit to all three of these new ventures. Good success to each of the groups. You can read all about them in the pages that follow. Welcome back to our columnists and contributors Carolanne Doig, Tom Margetts, Hal Quinn, Ian Hutchinson, Bill Johns, Sean Foley and welcome aboard to newcomers, Paul Dewland and Marc Chiarenza. Hope you enjoy 2011 spring issue … in print or online. Be sure and try out the QR codes to your camera phone. The QR code is a little more trending technology that we thought timely. Now back to my screwdriver.
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Ian Hutchinson | Bill (Skip) Johns Hal Quinn | Sean Foley Columnists
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PREFERABLY TO A GOLFER
GIMMEES Âť Golf Town continues to expand. A new store in Burlington opened its doors on April 28th and is located at 3019 Appleby Line (corner of Dundas & Appleby). In addition to their full range of services, The Academy at Glen Abbey is now also home to a TaylorMade Performance Lab featuring Motion Analysis Technology via the 3D MATT system. Unfortunately, the Jane Rogers Championship was unable to secure a title sponsor for 2011 and the Canadian Tour stop, which raised more than 200k to fight cancer in just 4 years, was cancelled. Jim Nelford will be working with ClubLink as their new 'Director of Academy Experiences.' In this new role, Jim will be available to add value to the events at member clubs. Have you tried PowerPlay Golf yet? Curious? - Check out Gary Player, Graeme McDowell, Paula Creamer, Ian Poulter and more for a unique broadcast event on May 30th from Celtic Manor. Barrie's Tangle Creek Golf Club is under new ownership. Canadian PGA member, Rob Mininni; Richard Edmonds and Andrew North have purchased the 18-hole championship layout.
PRACTICE: The Golf Lab opened it's new flagship facility in Vaughn. (see page 22) WIN: GolfScene's latest contest winners Whole in One - are John Goodman from Dundas, Renato Bautista from Toronto, and Pete Delorme from Waterloo. Each will be playing the province's newest course, Oak Bay - along with 3 lucky friends of course. Congratulations. + Check out golfscene.ca for our next contest announcement. COMPETE: For those who've got some serious 'game' - the Seaforth Country Classic has a total of 4 exemptions up for grabs in 2011. Check out their AD on page 45 for the dates and details. Good Luck - you could be teeing it up on the Canadian Tour. MOVE: Clarke's Golf of Milton has moved. The retailer is now at 307A Steele's Ave E ( still in Milton, of course). CELEBRATIONS: The Caledon Country Club is celebrating its 50th year. Mad River is 20! Golf courses do get better with age. Know of an important milestone - let us know.
PLACES & FACES
Rob Black1 is the new Head Golf Professional at Cutten Fields in Guelph. Jason Lavigne2 is now an Assistant Professional at the Cambridge Golf Club. Eric Frederickson3 and Keith Joel4 take over the Teaching Professional positions at the new City of Kitchener Golf Academy at the Doon Golf Club (more on page 49). Gary Boyce5, formerly of The Rock, becomes the Head Golf Professional at the new (page 26) Oak Bay Golf and Country Club. Marty Weber6 moves from the Kleinburg Golf Club to the Head Golf Professional position at the RiverBend Golf Community in London. And Dan Poort is the new Head Golf Professional at Copetown Woods Golf Club after working as an Associate Professional at The Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
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A RIVER BENDS THROUGH IT There comes that time in your life when the search for a new home is about more than just a floorplan. Itâ€™s about the ideal location, exceptional amenities, ... and golf less than a hundred yards from the back door. 18 holes on the links, a chef-prepared meal, a dip in the pool, and some great conversation with friends. It's your life, choose your lifestyle. www.riverbendgolf.com
Photo Credit: Airbourne Photography spring 2011
NOTEBOOK [ old technology still works - steve woods ]
Nike Golf's Rock Ishii is an innovative personality
RIGHT DOWN TO THE CORE
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Had the mighty good fortune of visiting the Nike campus (Global HQ) in Portland, Oregon recently and, more importantly to this stor y, a tour of the swoosh's golf ball R&D facility - 'O ven West'. MEET ROCK ISHII
Oven West is home to Rock Ishii. Rock is one of the game's technology gurus - golf's mad scientists if you will - those who are continually coming up with new and innovative ways to make this crazy game easier through advances in equipment. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Rock holds a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from the Nagaoka Technical Institute and, by way of Bridgestone, is Nike's golf ball 'guy'. Yes, I'm sure he has a much longer and more professional title, but to meet him you would not know it - so we won't use it. Rock is affable. Rock is patient. Heck, Rock was even apologetic (more than once) for a language barrier that is far more perception than reality. During the guided tour through his R&D facility, Rock was clear, succinct, passionate, and extremely informative. He's quite simply one of those curiously minded artisans who yearns to understand how and why things work - then is compelled and capable to make them better. These traits have made Rock an innovator within the industry. His goal is Nike's goal - to energize a category, to push the envelope again and again.1
5 YEARS AND 340 ATTEMPTS LATER
What has Rock been up to for the past 5 years? Well, other than being the man most recognized for developing Tiger's ball - he's also been asking questions, crunching data, testing materials, and 340 prototypes2 later is set to launch what might well be the next revolution in golf ball technology. ROLL UP THE 20XI
Is the future of golf ball core technology no longer rubber, but resin? Rock certainly thinks so. Resin3 is lighter. It's faster. Resin allows weight to be moved to the perimeter of the construction which for those familiar with perimeter weighting means increased MOI. It takes half the steps in the manufacture cycle, 1/6th of the time and is 54% more consistent with respect to dispersion.
- pretty overwhelming the amount of science that actually goes into the production process of what
TEST AND TEST AGAIN
Creating a new core, in many ways, is a bold move. Setting out to revolutionize the elements that make up a golf ball is more than just dabbling in dimple patterns or adding an alignment aid - this is starting from something completely different. So ... Nike put into play a mobile hitting van, providing Rock with the ability to test the ball anywhere, anytime, and in every condition. After all, different grasses, different climates, etc all have to be considered when deciding on some optimal universal specs. LESS SLIPPERY SLOPE
Players are always looking for a ball that flies farther off the driver with lower spin rates (usually synonymous with a harder cover) yet still maintains a soft feel with maximum spin around the greens. The lighter, faster core translates into 2-3 MPH faster ball speeds (for Tour players) and employs what
Rock refers to as 'spin slope' or 'spin decay'. The ability to get a golf ball to spin less at impact, yet maintain its spin rate after apex (point within the ball flight arc when the ball begins to slow down). Herein lies the real difference between the 20XI and other balls - the ability to maintain over 100 rpms after apex. That translates into a ball that continues to cut through the air longer and fly farther. INTERESTING
Which sort of
Q - USGA regulations aside begs the question what sort of increase does as to whether this new core technology bifurcation of the represent? rules (PGA Tour vs Rock - ( without hesitation) 20 the recreational yards easy.
player) needs to be revisited.
Q - R&D philosophy? Rock - for me there is no goal line, no finish line so we'll exclude the period ยก for more info on the new 20XI ball visit page 42 or watch tech videoโผ
'seems' to be a simple white sphere with dimples
there is no goal line, no finish line
FOOTNOTES: 1. remember it was Nike that ignited the move from a wound core golf ball to a solid core in the late 1990s
2. a new golf ball generally goes through on average about 100 variations / permutations prior to market
3. the resin core is a material / product that Nike came up with in collaboration with Dupont
when it comes to the ever-changing world of technology
IT'S NEVER JUST BLACK & WHITE & there may be no better time to upgrade the Driver
From the company who started us on the road to adjustability, comes the next revolution in their R Series of Drivers. The addition of an Adjustable Sole Plate (ASP) to the already proven Flight Control Technology (FCT) and the original Movable Weight Technology (MWT) means that the R11 now offers 48 different ways to find the fairway. A triangular shaped head creates more inertia and a deeper back results in stability. And the white crown colour is a marketing gimmick? Not at all - well maybe. Actually, the fresh coat of powder is intended to decrease contrast and reduce glare.
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Lighter. Faster. Stronger. Higher. Longer. Drivers today are about as technologically advanced as it might seem they are ever going to get. Advancements in custom fitting means that they all can be meticulously fine tuned and optimized to anyone's swing. Adjustability means that they can also now change as you change or as per requirement. We almost want to say, the driver you buy today might just be the last driver you'll ever need. Then again, somewhere - right now - someone is already revolutionizing something to make the already pretty darn good even better - as well as whatever we just said obsolete.
The new Cobra S3 Drivers incorporate E9 face shape technology that results in a 30% larger Sweet Zone (no it's not a spot anymore) to promote superior distance and accuracy. Cobra tested golfers hitting more than 25,000 shots and discovered shots across the face in a canted, elliptical pattern that wasn’t always in the center. In fact, 99% of shots hit by golfers were in this elliptical pattern from the low heel to the high toe. The new taller, elliptical face shape encompasses ball impact patterns, to increase ball speed where golfers hit most often.
Cobra's Limited Edition ZL Driver gets the nod for being the very first to be offered in white, though black sightings are more common. The ZL features 9 Point Face Technology ( bolstered by a milled rhombus laser-welded face insert) which is complemented by a 6-4 titanium clubhead body. An adjustable hosel allows golfers to quickly and easily set to one of three face angles (O-open, N-neutral, C-closed).
Just think more. Made with the better player in mind, the VR Pro from NIKE GOLF provides more options for more distance on more shots. The Compression Channel delivers a trampoline effect at impact distributing more power to more spots on the club face. STR8FIT Face Angle Technology provides both the ability to select a shot shape as well as the flexibility to dial in the look of the driver.
TITLEIST'S new SureFit Tour (SFT) Technology features a sleeve and a ring, each with four settings. The sleeve settings are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and the ring settings are lettered A, B, C, D. This results in a matrix of 16 unique loft / lie combinations. Add that to an already proven product and you're going 5 star all inclusive.
PING is no stranger to innovation. This is a company who probably endures the 'sincerest form of flattery' the most of any manufacturer. In 2011, Straight Flight Technology (SF Tec) has concentrated approximately 10% of head mass toward the heel, which helps square the clubface at impact for consistently straighter tee shots.
The NIKE SQ MACHSPEED Black is all about optimizing speed through improved aerodynamics (360° air flow), and reducing drag. Faster equals farther. A deeper face allows for greater ball speed across the face resulting in increased distance on off-centre hits.
► With added technology comes the inevitable learning curve. More ways to keep it straight also means more ways to set it up incorrectly. GolfScene recommends that you visit a certified fitter. When it comes to the pursuit of those few extra yards, knowledge is power ◄
DRIVE FOR SHOW CONTEXT SENSITIVE
results of our online poll
have an opinion? tee it up at golfscene.ca
THE DRIVER IN MY BAG IS THERE BECAUSE ... of aesthetics (8%)
BY THE NUMBERS:
ok, so vanity is an apparel type thing
it is what my clubfitter recommended (33%)
2002: John Daly is the longest hitter
while we completely agree, we did think it may have been at least a little higher
someone on the PGA Tour uses it (4%)
on the PGA Tour - average of 306 yards.
generally, the most important thing to better players
it fits my eye (17%)
2005: longest driver on the PGA
guess we definitely don't buy clubs the way marketers 'suggest' we buy cars
it reflects my personality (0%)
Tour was Australia's Scott Hend average 318 yards.
of the technology - it's 5 yards farther (29%)
2010: American Robert Garrigus
it was on sale (9%)
was the longest - average of 315
what smart readers we have
these guys know their MOI we do tend to get what we pay for
yards. Or, to view things differently, in 2002 John Daly is the only player to average over 300 yards. Three years
Both of Callaway Golf's drivers for 2011 incorporate Forged Composite in the crown which is capable of a greater transfer of power at impact versus their all-titanium predecessors.
later, 26 players surpassed the 300 yard barrier. Last year, Garrigus was one of only a dozen who bombed it over 300 yards on average. After increasing yardage at the rate of a yard a year - it seems that average distance (on the PGA Tour at least) is actually declining. Factors such as course set-up and club selection do play an important role here, but courses are also not getting any shorter.
Callaway's RAZR drivers feature sole and crown components constructed of Forged Composite, reinforcing 67 percent of the driver head. Streamline Surface Technology addresses drag forces during a golfer’s entire downswing, reducing energy loss due to drag by 43 percent (over its predecessor, the FT-9) .
Forged Composite in the crown of the Diablo Octane Driver allowed Callaway engineers to more precisely set the clubhead’s Center of Gravity. A lighter clubhead, longer shaft (46"), and proprietary Hyperbolic Face Technology powers drives beyond those of Callaway's all-titanium predecessor by an average distance of 8 yards.1
Callaway Golf, in partnership with the R&D folks over at Lamborghini, have created - Forged Composite™ - the lightest, strongest, most precise material ever used by either of the companies. Encompassing more than 500,000 intertwined turbostratic fibers per square inch, the material features an incredibly high threshold for withstanding extreme force. Forged Composite™ is one-third the density of titanium, yet features a greater load carrying capacity per unit mass in bending. The implementation of a new, proprietary isothermal forging process enables Callaway and Lamborghini engineers to incorporate Forged Composite™ into their designs with a level of precision that was not previously achievable.
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1. Editor's Note: we actually tested the new Diablo Octane against the original Diablo. The club was in fact 8 yards longer. As noted above - the shaft is also an inch longer.
XI 20 UR
NI E IK N
RUBBER CORE: 80g • cm 2 RZN-CORE: 84g • cm 2
PLAY DIABLO OCTANE AND GAIN * 8 YARDS
ARE YOU STILL PLAYING TITANIUM? Callaway and Lamborghini joined forces to create a material that leaves titanium in the dust. It’s called Forged Composite.™ It’s lighter, stronger, 8 yards longer than titanium. And it’s available in our Diablo Octane™ Driver. More power. More distance. More wins. Learn more at callawaygolf.com/ca
Trevor Immelman 2008 Masters Champion
© 2011 Callaway Golf Company. Diablo Octane, Forged Composite, the Chevron Device and Callaway are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Callaway Golf Company. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. *Based on the average total distance at a 95% confidence level from player testing done at Callaway Golf during 2010 comparing Diablo Octane and Diablo Edge™ Drivers.
most fulfilling achievement of my career
- page 214 - After his triumph in this championship in 1986, some had wondered if Nicklaus would retire. What more could he accomplish? But he told reporters, “I’m not smart enough to do that.” He still enjoyed the competition. “But I’ll tell you this. I think I’ll probably play a little bit less because of this win. I can cut down because I proved I can still win. I proved I could still win another major championship.” And more than ever, golf fans wanted to see him at whatever tournaments he decided to participate in, especially as they became fewer and farther between. - page 211 - “Whatever the size of it, there hasn’t been a sports event in years that sent so many Americans home from the game or away from the television set with such an afterglow,” wrote Furman Bisher in the Atlanta JournalConstitution. In the same article he confessed, “this is a story I’m not sure I can write. Athletes choke. Writers choke. Jack Nicklaus has brought me to the brink of my choking point – and you can take that two ways.” - page 204 - Following the last round Nicklaus shook hands with playing partner, Sandy Lyle, then as he walked off the green, he embraced his son and caddy, Jackie and they walked together. It was as though Jack was suddenly spent and was finally yielding to his eldest boy for help. Jackie said to his father, his voice taut, “watching you play today was the thrill of my life.” According to Jack, “the affection that Jackie and I then showed for each other seems to have become one of the sport’s most indelible moments, and it will surely remain one of my most cherished memories through all of my remaining days. ☻☻☻
OFF THE COURSE
you can't fire a cannon from a canoe
Burlington native, Sean Foley's rocketing profile may have made some think of him as an overnight sensation, but for those who know (or care to read) the whole story, Sean has been working and preparing for this moment his whole life. Yes, this is the guy who is now in charge of, and under occasional fire for, the swing changes being made by the former #1 player in the world - Tiger Woods. He's also the swing coach for Stephen Ames, Sean O'Hair, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose among others. We still like to think of Sean as a GolfScene columnist (which he still is), but to the golfing world he is certainly much more than that - and kudos to Sean for his hard work and determined disposition. Sean knows the golf swing. It doesn't take a very long discussion with him to understand that he's probably studied just about every snippet out there and is, refreshingly, unafraid to tell it like it is - even when that means questioning other's paradigms within the teaching fraternity. In his video, The Next Generation, Sean walks us through a few of the basics, but more importantly offers up some simple yet very effective drills that will greatly improve any golfer's practice sessions - helping all of us to improve at a pace that we should be. So if terms like cadence, sequence, or the reaction position are not common terms in your golf vocabulary, then be prepared to increase not only your golf acumen, but your overall undertstanding of the principles at work during the golf swing. It's a great investment in your game. ☻☻☻☻
press x to stop and smell the azaleas When it comes to realistic sports games, EA Sports is pretty much where things start, stop and, if you need it to, pause. The Tiger Woods golf franchise is no exception and the big story this year is the release of Augusta National. Available on all 3 major gaming platforms which now incorporate interactive controller options that add yet another pretty remarkable layer of realism to a game that is about as accurate as most simulators out there. Seems things have come a long way since the glory days of Pac-Man and pinball. And it needs to be said – if you’ve ever wanted to put your mad golf skills up against Augusta – well, this is about as close as the majority of us golf crazed mortals will get. ☻☻☻ spring 2011
ASIDES » just about as random as most tee shots
Amphibiously Smart The Amphibian Towel, from Frogger, uses a unique 3 layer system that features a waterproof membrane which essentially keeps the wet side wet and the dry side dry. That's the best of both worlds when it comes to keeping the grooves clean and the grips dry. Towel measures 14" x 14" and the inner pocket, made from bamboo fibre, holds 3x as much water as conventional towels.▼
More Distance Guaranteed Seriously, the AR-15 golf ball launcher, when held at the proper launch angle, can carry the ball 400 yards. We're not sure of spin rates or availability north of the border, but we are pretty sure that it's non-conforming. Scatter.
Hybrid Thinking = T8 in the Masters KJ Choi removed his 3-6 iron and instead carried 3 Adams A12 (not yet available) hybrids and a TaylorMade rescue club to 'master'
Need more evidence that technology is changing the way we look at the set? Take into consideration K.J. Choi's mixed bag at this years Masters. Choi decided to use four hybrid clubs so he could hit shots that landed more softly on Augusta's fast greens. His longest iron was a 7. "In order to contend at major tournaments, I felt the need to get the ball up in the air better, higher and to be able to stop the ball on the greens better."
LIFT CLEAN & PASTE
- with all of the relevant permissions from golfscene.ca Adams reboot of the YES putter brand should come as welcome news to many. After all, this was the company pushing insert technology long before it became ‘trendy’. We like the fact that at least one of the 8 models comes named after that girl that got away. Putter Tip #112: Don’t hold on too tight. Good vs Evil. Ying and Yang. Good or Bad. Ebony and Ivory.
Cobra’s S3 Driver can now cater to the Doppleganger in all of
The ball that just keeps getting better ... PRO V1: gets a new ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elatomer cover and less dimples?. Yep, it’s new 352 dimple pattern, compared to the 392 dimple of the previous generation, has more surface coverage and three axes of symmetry. PRO V1x: is built from a four-piece multi-component design. It has a large, high velocity dual core with a soft centre, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and a new spherically tiled 328 tetrahedral dimple design, compared to the 332 dimples of the previous generation. BENEFIT: Increased spin control and an even more consistent ball flight from the company that is pretty much the defacto standard when it comes to performance.
us. Same great technology as the previously released black version – just in white. And for all of us that tend to play bi-polar golf, there is always the option to buy both. Remember all of that incessant media chatter over the new groove rules and whether or not, this or that, was conforming? Or how much of an impact all it was going to have on the PGA Tour’s bomb and gouge gang? Neither do we. What we do know is that it cost companies a whole lot of needless manufacturing costs and has done very little, if anything, to change the style of the modern game. The silver lining? The ancillary benefit? – is that golf’s finest engineers have redesigned, retooled, and reinvented better ways to play by the new rules without sacrificing a micro-millimetre in performance. Precision in the shop translates into precision on the course. l More golf news - between the print issues - signup for GolfScene's eNews - no charge delivery l
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Cleverly conceived during a social game of golf, this rather unique version of Odyssey’s immensely popular 2-ball putter will set you back about a $160,000 worth in loonies – or a mere 80,000 toonies, should you subscribe to marketing math. Sort of makes one wonder just how many interesting products, and or ideas, get conjured up over the course of 18 holes. And yet we still can’t deduct that time or cost as a business expense. ►
putt these into the conversation
◄ Wondering what Charl Schwartzel used to birdie the final 4 holes at Augusta to claim the 2011 Masters? The grip on the club clearly read PING. But, in fact it was a Method 004 (though it appears to be a prototype of some sort due to a lack of a face insert). What's with Ping putter grips anyway? Tiger used one on his Scotty Cameron for years.
Proprietary HDO-3D™ technologies, make Oakley's GASCAN glasses the stylin' way to watch that next 3D movie or better yet golf broadcast.The first optically correct 3D glasses on Earth. HD in 3D. Won't be long before we're ready to concede the human eye obsolete. ▼
We know there's probably a lucky penny story out there, but when it comes to marking your ball - there's nothing quite like making a statement. This gem is from 59 Golf - the company known more for its belt buckles. Drop it down with the confidence of knowing you're going to make that next putt. Just don't let Ian Poulter near it. ►
FOR THE DISTANCE-INTERESTED Being in good physical condition is important, but does that equal distance? - that really might be more about flexibility, fundamentals, and timing. Case in point, this simple statistic that compares the average distance with the driver from Michele Wie (she hits it the farthest on the LPGA Tour) and Camillo Villegas who, while not the PGA Tour's poster child for measurable distance, seems to be the media's reference point for the correlation that strength equals length. The numbers below represent each players average for the 2010 season. It can also be noted that Tiger Woods who has put on noticeable mass over the past few years now hits the ball 25 yards shorter than he did in 2005 (his prime for driving distance).
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PROSpectives One elite panel of experts - equals - more insight, knowledge, and answers.
Our expert panel is made up of some of the top Canadian PGA Professionals in Ontario in an effort to provide GolfScene readers with a cross-section of views and a wealth of game improvement knowledge.
ADJUSTING TO NEW TECHNOLOGY
I would like to elicit the panel's opinion on club technology and specifically this recent trend toward adjustability. As a player interested in improving my swing, does it not make sense that the club should always be set up in the neutral position? Personally, I think it seems counter-productive to be continually adjusting the clubface to compensate for swing flaws. Are we not just breeding bad habits and or masking poor fundamentals? Reader Question: from Robert
THE PANEL : Rob Bernard | Gary Bos | Sean Casey | Mike Crane | Eric Frederickson | Rob Hannah | Danny King | 18
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Class A Teaching Pro
Head Teaching Professional
TPI Certified Teaching Pro
Gary Bos Academy
Rebel Creek Academy
ClubLink Academy at Glen Abbey
The ability to adjust our clubs quickly and easily is truly awesome! Some of the optional adjustments are revolutionary while others are not. Better players have been adding lead tape to clubs for years which alters its center of gravity and ultimately its flight. Being able to adjust the loft of the club is a new technology and a good one! It allows us to really affect our launch conditions which is so important in our search for more distance. Also, depending on weather conditions, it allows us to lower or raise the ball launch without switching drivers and trying to get used to an entirely different golf club. New in 2011 is an adjustable plate on the bottom of drivers that allows the club to sit more open or closed. This is exciting as it helps us get our ball started in the direction we want it to! I can understand why some people would shy away from all of the adjustment options however I would recommend you learn more about it so you can take advantage of these new technologies.
Core Golf Academy at Piper's Heath
I like where your mind is at however, I'm going disagree with you. Getting fit for a driver is all about optimizing your numbers. The most important numbers: ● Ball speed ● Swing speed ● Spin Rate. By knowing your baseline numbers you can measure any changes you wish to make to your "fundamentals". Doing this can help you place a value on a swing change. Charles Howell for example hits down on his driver more than anybody on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson on hits up on his driver the most. Both have different lofts and face position that support how they swing. These are two totally different golf swings but through driver adjustability each player creates ideal launch conditions. My advice would be to book a session this season on either TrackMan or FlightScope with a CPGA pro. By doing this you will be able to understand how your swing works. Getting measurable data is the key to improving. "When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."
I think you bring up a great point with today's technology and the ability to make changes to many different clubs. My personal feeling is in line with the thoughts you described in your question. I feel that a player who is looking to improve his or her game over the long term should have no problem using 'neutral' equipment. Compensations in a player's golf swing often lead to correcting an error with another error - in turn making these corrections 'automatic' over time. Many players today are looking for quick fixes and finding the 'secret' to the golf swing - all in only a few minutes time. When making the decision on what type of equipment to purchase or whether to buy a club which allows adjustments, it is important to consider your long term goals within the game. Professional golf instruction and coaching is an investment and certainly what I would recommend to all players. Having said that, it comes down to personal circumstances and the level of time and money you have to invest into your golf game. Whether you decide on working with a golf professional or not, I would definitely take the time to speak to a professional who you are comfortable with and find out what options are available to you.
Without the club head being adjustable many golfers will, over time, subconsciously adjust the clubface themselves. For instance, many golfers who fight a slice will address the ball with a closed clubface. This imprecise and manual adjustment is difficult to repeat. If the clubface were adjustable it would allow them to consistently sole the club with the clubface closed to the same degree each time prior to taking their grip which would increase consistency and therefore accuracy. An additional benefit of club head adjustability is that a player can optimize launch angle and spin rate which are essential for maximizing distance. A disadvantage of the adjustable systems is that they typically take up 5 – 15% of the total club head weight. I do agree Robert that traditionalists will not favour the adjustability trend in the new drivers but from a teaching perspective I can certainly see the benefits in helping golfers customize their clubs to their swings which generally produces longer and more accurate shots.
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To me the question depends on whether you are one of two types of golfer. • Type 1 You have a passion for the game, time to learn, and some patience and understanding for the fact that it’s a process. • Type 2 You are more of the recreational player. You get out 5 or 10 times a year and enjoy the game with the limited time you have to play it. If you are like the golfer described by type one, adjustability technology may not be that useful as it will ultimately be more important to develop a good golf swing. If you are the second type of golfer, I think you can benefit greatly from 'Adjustability Technology'. You can leave your swing path and angle of attack alone and simply change the face angle. Changing the face angle relative to your path and angle of attack will change your ball flight and could help produce more consistent shots. My advice would be to seek a professional who will give you a better understanding of your tendencies so you can match your technology appropriately. At the end of the day I think its very important to understand what type of golfer you are so you can create a plan that makes sense for you. All the best enjoying your golf game this season.
Eating better and excercising regularly is something that we are doing to live healthier and, subsequently, enjoy the wonderful game of golf even longer. Educating consumers on the advances in technology, in addition to teaching them how to improve their game, is a very similar cause and effect process. The purpose of customizing lofts and lies is to develop a fitting system that will allow players at all levels to improve. The ability to increase a player’s distance and direction by monitoring spin and trajectory can now be accomplished through the aid of high tech computerized tracking systems . Any process that allows a player to see the ball slice a mere 10 yards as opposed to being out of bounds certainly has merit, yet there are still a couple questions we must ask ourselves. a)Do we want to take the time to improve our mechanics and skill set or do we just want to buy a game? b)Secondly, if a golfer has a physical limitation that increases the likelihood of slicing or hooking the ball does it really matter what lie, loft or length of club they put in their hands? The ideal long term solution is in this order: ● Identify any physical imbalances. ● Improve mechanics and skill set. ● Get fit with driver of your choice. Constantly adjusting the hosel on your new Titleist driver is not the answer. Invest in the ingredients of the formula above and you will reap the long term benefits of club technology as well as the physical benefits of increased mobility and stability of your body for a lifetime. I always say “it’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian”.
Rob Bernard Director of Instruction Centre of Gravity Golf Rebel Creek
In my opinion, you are absolutely right. Adjusting a golf club to cover a swing flaw does not fix the problem and may even confuse the player further trying to adjust the ball flight. An adjustable flight driver can be a great tool in the hands of a skilled player setting up to play a course that favors a particular ball flight, however most of us should try and stay with a neutral set up and learn the proper balance, geometry and swing sequence that will promote consistent and predictable ball flight. The advanced technology in golf equipment is the best it's ever been, as long as the technology is used to enhance a good swing, and not cover up a poor one.
Liam Mucklow Director of Instruction The Golf Lab
The recent advancements in adjustability are a great benefit to be able to fit players of all levels for the correct lie angle in their Driver, Fairway Woods, and Hybrids. Before this technology was readily available we were forced to compensate the length of the club in order to get the right lie angle. I always recommend that my students, at all levels, play with a square face angle on all of their clubs. The reason for this is just consistency throughout the set. The vast majority of players will shoot lower scores and have more fun if they just try and hit simple straight shots with the correct Grip, Posture and Alignment. Keeping it simple and playing with properly fit clubs from Driver through Putter will help every player reach their goals in 2011.
Fitness Lab • State of the art equipment combined with cutting edge methodology • All fitness related efforts are strictly related to golf performance "My formal education in Physical Education / Biomechanics in addition to my career as a professional golfer have led me to conclude that this part of the equation is necessary for any golfer to reach their full potential" Liam
Club Lab • The setup provides public golfer with every service available on a Tour Van • Custom Grinds, Shaft Alignment, Digital Swing Weighting | Precision Lie / Loft adjustments Handstamping Initials, Hotmelting, etc
Putting Track • SAM Puttlab Pro provides objective feedback on 16 different metrics related to putter performance • The station allows for Putter Fitting, putting lessons, and optimum practice
"Playing your best golf is a 365 day a year process. The Golf Lab gives Amateurs access to state of the art technology and a diverse team of Professionals to help make a positive, quantifiable change in their golf game. It is the first time that a member of the golfing public can go to a single facility and receive professional service to address every aspect of their skill-set; be it instruction, club fitting, physiotherapy, fitness training, or just a great place to practice." - Liam
10 year member of the CPGA and a holds a Class A Professional designation. He has a degree in Physical Education (Major BioMechanics) and is the President of The Golf Lab.
The Golf Lab, with its brand new flagship venue in Vaughn, is taking the way golfers 'learn' to a new level. The brainchild of Liam Mucklow, this unique facility certainly has all of the makings of a golfer's dream toolbox. Taking an holistic approach to improvement, The Golf Lab's goal is to provide players of all levels with the tools to make significant, quantifiable improvements to their game. Locations: 876 Edgeley Blvd in Vaughan and 565 Bryne Drive in Barrie. Memberships are available as are a la carte services. The Golf Lab has no allegiance to any manufacturer.
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Master Teaching Bay • This area was put together with all the leading technology in golf instruction • 3 Camera System, Force Plate, K-Vest, Launch Monitor "This area allows us to provide the most accurate diagnosis of swing faults of any teaching facility in the country." Liam
Hitting Bays • Each station equipped with Launch Monitors and Video Cameras to ensure accurate feedback on every shot • Allows public golfers access to the same tools that the professional uses to teach them "Years of experience have taught me that in order to induce permanent change we must focus on practice quality, not quantity" Liam
Short Game Range • Golfers can work on both Hi and Low ball shots from a variety of surfaces • Angled surfaces allow golfers to practice for all types of terrain "From 100’s of professional events I have learned that our best scores often come on the days where our short game is on" Liam
DEMO DAY Had a chance to course test the new Lunarlon shoes from Nike Golf. ENVIRONMENT: Pumpkin Ridge GC in Portland, Oregon - and it had been raining for about 54 days or something. Every other shot plugged - the conditions were a little spongy pretty extreme testing grounds for a brand new - never worn - golf shoe.
Lunar Landing The Lunarlon cushioning system is a proprietary technology (thank-you NASA) from Nike that offers underfoot comfort, ground feel and stability. A secondary Power Channel in the forefoot increases flexibility and allows for greater natural motion.
FEEDBACK: Waterproof? Absolutely. After basically walking in standing water for the better part of 5 hours not an ounce of moisture had penetrated the leather. Comfortable? The shoes did not enter my thoughts once during the round - that's positive, exactly what your looking for in a performance shoe. Stable? The course was wet, which made for lot of different ground conditions. No slips. Easy to acheive a solid base. NOTABLE: 1) The Flywire technology is as impressive as it is interesting. Essentially, when you tighten the laces the entire midsole of the shoe cinches around the foot providing stability you can 'feel'. Think built in arch support. And it is also under your control seeing as you decide on how snug you'd like the shoe. 2) The inner foam (the part that contacts the foot) is soft and friction friendly. The shoe could be worn without socks - certanly not something that can be said for most golf shoes. ON DECK: FootJoy DryJoys Tour Shoes and their layering sytem
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Flywire is a stability technology that provides support where it's needed. High tensile fibers combined with a TPU overlay provide natural support in the midfoot that wonâ€™t stretch out over time.
From humble beginnings at age 9 on a
schoolyard in Thunder Bay, Brian Hutton began his golf career with an old set of his dad’s golf clubs. “I think I broke more windows in the school than I care to remember,” Hutton says with a laugh. His storied career has taken him to many places in the world as he chased the dream of becoming a top professional golfer. He reflects on his early days in Thunder Bay and the support he received from his dad with encouragement to play the game and have some fun. “I think I played my first 9 holes when I was ten years old,” he adds. “In those days I often rode my bike and also got occasional rides from both my dad and a friend’s mom to the local golf course where I would spend the entire day. This just doesn’t happen in today’s busy world with all the issues that families and kids face. It’s too bad and I think it has a lot to do with the difficulty we see trying to get young kids onto golf courses.” Hutton got his first job at age 16 at the city-owned Strathcona Golf Course in Thunder Bay. “I was hired to work in the Pro Shop and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Working at the course gave me plenty of opportunity to hone my game.” In 1985 Hutton qualified for the
Canadian Tour and played the Tour from ’85 to 1990. He notes, “my best year on the Tour was 1988 when I placed 9th on the Order of Merit.” Highlights were placing 3rd in the B.C. Open and 2nd in the Manitoba Open, behind winner, Dave Barr. Hutton says, ”as I was approaching age 30, I decided that I needed to find work and in 1987, I met George Tidd of Burlington’s Hidden Lake Golf Club in Florida at the CPGA-owned Royal Oak Golf Course. George hired me on a parttime basis as I continued to play The Canadian Tour. At age 32 George took me on full-time at Hidden Lake. I will never forget George’s assistance in helping make the transition from competitive golf to a full time golf position.” In 1995 Hutton moved to Waterloo and took the position as Head Golf Professional at the Conestogo Golf and Country Club. In 1998 he moved to a similar position with the Southbrook Golf Club near Stoney Creek and has been there ever since. Hutton admits, “I took a break from golf for a few years as I was becoming frustrated with my game and the game was not fun anymore for me. I just concentrated on my job as Club Professional. It’s only been the last few years that I have started playing more and most of my game has been with the members at Southbrook. I feel, as the local professional, playing with the members is a key part of my job, and I know the members appreciate it.” Obviously Hutton’s game has come back as he captured the 2010 Titleist and Footjoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship in Port St. Lucie Florida last November. “I was pleasantly surprised to win that event as it was a very competitive field of my peers,” he adds. Brian Hutton has had a long and successful career in the golf industry and now, as he battles some personal health issues, he hopes to continue to give back to the game and play as many rounds as he can.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR 50
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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES ... - at this time last year the total on this page was $ 1 803 077 and this year (we'll save you the calculation) it is $ 829 842 for a difference of NEGATIVE $ 973 235 - we're seriously, figuratively, and literally IN THE RED. + note: Graham DeLaet (PGA TOUR) has not played due to injury * figures as of May 1, 2011 spring 2011
Owners Romas Kartavicius (L) and Bryan Coleman (R) have Oak Bay ready for play
I wanted a facility that would provide affordable living, fun and challenging golf, and plenty of land for all sorts of outdoor activities that would bring people close to nature twelve months of the year. I think we have accomplished this at Oak Bay.
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Back in 2005, Bryan Coleman, a developer from Mississauga discovered a pristine parcel of land just off the 400 highway near the town of Port Severn. The land, which borders Georgian Bay, was just what Coleman had in mind for his vision of a unique, master planned lifestyle community that was not too far from the GTA. Between 2005 and 2007 Coleman assembled 330 acres and began to develop, alongside partner Romas Kartavicius of Eden Oak Homes, also of Mississauga, the lifestyle community that today is known as The Residences of Oak Bay Golf and Country Club. A collection of rustic bungalows, two-storey homes, townhomes and villas can be found alongside a state-of-the-art 6,600 yard golf course which will open to the public on the May 24th weekend. Coleman says, â€œI wanted a facility that would provide affordable living, fun and challenging golf and plenty of land for all sorts of outdoor activities that would bring people close to nature twelve months of the year. I think we have accomplished this at Oak Bay.â€?
The golf course, designed by renowned Elora-based architect, Shawn Watters, winds its way through unspoiled woodland areas, features rock outcroppings at strategic places and takes in the tranquil sounds of Georgian Bay. Watters, along with associate Roger Stacey, has attempted to keep the golf course as close to nature as possible with a visual 18-hole journey highlighted by splashes of the craggy Canadian Shield. There are flatlands, forested hills with five finishing holes that have views of Georgian Bay. Watters says, “we made every effort to route the course without having to dynamite any of the land. This has created some very interesting holes which golfers will very much enjoy as they play their shots along the journey.” As part of Coleman’s dream, the land allows for year-round activities for people of all ages. “Residents, guests and members can take advantage of the Marina with a waterway that has access to Georgian Bay and the Trent-Severn waterway. In addition there is hiking, biking, tennis, swimming, water skiing, cross country skiing and snow-shoeing, plus an indoor fitness facility. There is something for everyone twelve months of the year, regardless of age,” adds Coleman. Coleman also notes, “I wanted a community that was not a great distance from the Toronto area and the short 90 minute drive from the GTA is just ideal for families and golfers alike I am very excited about our progress to date and am looking forward to seeing golfers experience our great course.” Coleman, along with everyone involved with the project, is anxiously awaiting the golf course opening and is very encouraged that the course ‘wintered’ very well and is ready to ‘welcome’ golfers in mid May. “We will continue construction of the clubhouse over the summer months and will have temporary facilities in place to welcome golfers and host tournaments this season. I am also very encouraged with the interest in our housing project and we will continue to provide servicing to accommodate the new home sales. We are attracting couples and families who have plans to live year round at Oak Bay and take advantage of our many amenities,” Coleman adds.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT Shawn P. Watters & Associates is an Elora, Ontario based golf course architecture firm providing full-service design consultation for the golf development industry. Founded in 1996, Watters’ vision is to embrace golf course architecture traditions, while building modern designs that fit today’s landscapes.
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INSIDE THE ROPES
"Are you a range player?"
with Sean Foley
I am. This spring while I was out on the
When I made mistakes, instead of
fairways of Augusta National watch-
getting angry and emotional, I would
ing Justin Rose play in the Masters, a
have realized that my brain loves when
thought crept into my head - a ques-
I screw up because that is the best way
tion directed to myself.
for my brain to learn.
If I were a junior golfer again, what
Instead of trying to model my swing
would I do differently in order to
after Ben Hogan, I would have spent
ensure that I got the most from my
more time pretending and imagin-
ing that I was swinging the club like Ben Hogan. This would have been
All of the research I have read in the
far more useful and the difference
last 15 years has me answering the
between the two is key. One is totally
question this way ...
cognitive and analytical. The other is sensory based and creative which, over
I would have spent much more time
time, would have led to much better,
playing the game than I would have
more effective, and repeatable motor
spent working on my swing and per-
fecting my putting stroke. Whenever I was practicing, I would have made
Last I would have enjoyed the op-
sure that I was always simulating
portunity to embrace and accept that
playing. On the range I would have
in choosing to play golf I was going to
changed my target, club, and shot
be humbled a thousand-times over in-
shape after every single shot. And I
stead of worrying about what everyone
would have done all of this using the
else was thinking with regard to how
same mental routine that I used while
my swing looked on the first tee.
out on the course. Sean Foley is the Coach of Tiger Woods, Stephen Ames, Sean Oâ€™Hair, Hunter Mahan, â—„Justin Rose and others.
Life’s too short to play anywhere else.
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MIND OVER MATTERS
My intent in writing this series of articles is to simplify and demystify the mental game. There isn’t a secret to improving in this area - it’s a skill, and it takes accurate knowledge and consistent practice to improve. There are no quick fixes, and like all parts of golf, it takes time, but anyone can get stronger in this area if they work at it. Over the year, I’ll be explaining key parts of the mental game and offering exercises you can use to get better. This issue of GolfScene is focused on equipment, so I’ll throw in my two-cent’s worth. Buying new equipment is very exciting. There’s no question that the latest technology and correctly fitted clubs can help you hit the ball farther and more accurately.
new clubs are great - BUT… I might get some nasty calls from club manufacturers for saying this, but ... new clubs do not neccessarily provide the leap in improvement that most every golfer is seeking. They can certainly help in cases where people have not been fit properly or have out-dated equipment in their bag. But in general, good instruction, consistent practice, and a solid mental and emotional approach to the game are the most reliable ways to help you play your best in the long run. For example, you’ve probably noticed that when golfers get new clubs, they often play better with them for a short period of time, but then the old problems start to resurface. It becomes another one of those damn clubs in the bag. It’s odd, but the club we replace is typically the saviour from a few years ago. Here’s the point: Most golfers shift their mindset when using new equipment. Rather than trying to force something to happen as most golfers do, instead they become curious and explore what this new club can do. This leaves us free to swing the club, and we’re interested to see what might
happen. This is how kids play golf; they have a blast and improve rapidly. The trick for adults is making this mindset last. Here’s how: next time you play or practice, ask yourself the following question before every shot: “Could I swing (or stroke) this club with full confidence?” Seriously, ask yourself that question. If the answer is no, just keep asking the question, as it may take some time to make this shift. Eventually, something interesting happens—we start to become curious rather than demanding of ourselves. Asking ourselves questions can be very powerful; they awaken a very potent learning and performance state. In contrast, telling ourselves to swing confidently only creates internal pressure and tension, because we’re placing a demand on ourselves. To make this work, you will have to work at maintaining this mindset for a period of time before it starts to pay off, but it will be a permanent part of your makeup as a player if you stick with it over the course of a season. As the saying goes, infinite patience brings immediate results. Play well.
Paul Dewland works with many of Canada’s best professional, amateur and junior players in the mental side of the game. He is passionate about helping players “bridge the gap between the range and the course”. Paul is a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and lives in Mississauga, Ontario. - www.puremindgolf.com -
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an alternative view from the veranda Out of Bounds
In fact, until the realization dawned that this Brit-ism was the way to save deleting the e xpletives, my favorite was “@#%$&” but it was so hard to pronounce . The ball finally came to rest on
the edge of the fairway bunker. The term ‘finally’ is used advisedly as even those golfers whose hats aren’t worn backwards; whose shorts don’t billow and stop just below the knees; and whose spikes of preference aren’t sneakers with four-foot laces, also have distance issues now that titanium and PROV1s have changed all of our lies.
That’s when the ‘yob’ factor comes to mind. Okay, a little historical perspective. The portion of the population that used to be the majority in North America used to have either forebears or relatives in the United Kingdom, however distant, or at least a passing acquaintance with folks from over the pond. The Edinburgh brogue is tough, but not as hard as Glasgow’s. Ireland has its myriad voices, both for and against any subject you can conjure; England as many languages as the planet can offer and more local dialects than the orb can stand. And Wales has a
seductive lilt savoured everywhere, but not found anywhere else. Dialects, accents, inflections and variations on that 26-letter theme abound but when it comes to golf – and it always does -- the language may be perceived to be universal. But North Americans have rather limited linguistic options, other than the scatological, to emotionally decry the calamity and describe the offending miscreant act (or object) in sufficiently visceral terms to adequately fulminate (and achieve closure) over the affront and compendium of frustrations initiated by solitary propitious acts. That’s the problem with our game over here. It’s the language. Let’s admit it. Golf itself has become an international means of communication. Nod and bow to a par from Anchorage to Zambia, you’ll get a nod back and you’re good to go to the 19th. That’s golf ’s politique and politesse, redux. But when golfers go wrong—and they do, from continent to feckin continent – the lingua franca should be from over the pond.
Case in point: the momentous drive of the moment. It did come to rest … against a rake on the crest of a bunker. The ball in question lost its momentum before its preordained conclusion precisely against the mid-point of the stark and at least foot-long label on the rake handle that – in black letters framed by bright eye-catching yellow—admonished: REPLACE RAKES IN THE BUNKER. Tough to lose that one in any translation.
This is where the ‘yob’ factor comes in. If one were Brit, Scot, Irish, or Welsh the reaction would be vocal and loud and it would likely include: “You Yob,” with perhaps a few adjectives for spice, shouted against the wind at the offending supposed ‘golfer’ who’d left the rake there. How cool is that? You are as pissed as you can get without self immolating and instead of a stream of stuff that starts with “Oh F..” or “G.. D… S..,” or the ever-popular:
“Muther.. F…..” you let go with a non-misogynist, non-vulgar, asexual: “You Yob!” Now in Brit, ‘yob’ does technically mean ‘bully, tough, hooligan, rowdy’ etc, but we get the tenor of the piece. The definition has been refined over the years to include jerks of every stripe, of every gender. So we’re still left with not wanting go to a football (soccer) game with a bunch of yobs, or play golf with, behind, or in front of them.
That’s the point. It’s a grand game, golf. We don’t want to play with the yobs, wherever we go – whether it’s overseas or down the frick’n street. It’s the yobs who don’t replace divots, who don’t repair ball marks, who don’t rake traps, who pirouette on the greens in their spikes, who miss the trash when tossing their beer cans, who yell so loudly (and profanely) after accidentally sinking a putt that you can hear them two holes away, who have never walked a course, who will never break 100, who don’t know more on page 35
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the name of any golfer but Tiger (yet don’t know his real first name), who have never tucked in a golf shirt, who have never played golf sober or in long pants, who scream ‘Go in the hole’ after tee shots on par 4s, who still leather lung ‘You da man’ at LPGA Tour events, who if they never darkened the door of another pro shop the game would not miss them, and who leave rakes outside of bunkers!
So now, whether its something that one of these refugees from the derelict fringe has inflicted, or if it’s something you’ve done yourself, bellowing “Yob!” (but not so loudly as to affect other nonyobs) is very satisfying and almost therapeutic. In fact, until the realization dawned that this Brit-ism was the way to save deleting the expletives, my favorite was “@#%$&” but it was so hard to pronounce. Yet even that pales in comparison and doesn’t do half the job of “You Yob.” You see, after that exhortation paint isn’t pealing off the side of the cart, mothers aren’t covering the ears of junior golfers, and the PC faction of the membership committee isn’t filling out a form to get you banned, or at least suspended.
Now just as golf has an infinite variety of nuances, it has an equally diverse catalogue of potential frustrations. And so we have the variations on the yob theme. One of the all-time-greats is “You wanker!” Love it, can be used interchangeably with yob, has that same ‘nonsense syllables’ kind of cathartic sound to it. But there are others. A Scots friend, after missing a very short putt, once exclaimed: “You bleeding twit!” Though still not sure of the size or shape of a twit, or just how to capture one and then make it bleed, I have to respect that, jaysus, he said it with authority. It was an English acquaintance who, after tucking his ball up against the base of the wall of a gaping sod bunker, rather than let loose a stream of expletives at the fates and gods of golf, looked over and said quietly: “Now I’m well and truly knackered.” Luvly, bloody, luvly. Yet the crowning exclamation has to be one shouted by a good friend whose address in
Wales has no numbers, just a series of directions starting with The Cottage and then a caution that it is “near’ a landmark, and a line later, by the edge of “the river.” He gets email, but the snail mail address runs for dozens of words. In any case, of an afternoon my rotund and “overly refreshed” pal, after flaring another into the gorse, slammed the links turf and shouted: “You flaming faggot!”
In certain circles, that remark may seem as offensive as the scatological diatribes by
‘yobs’ on this side of the pond.
But, after the round, my pal and I retired to a charming neighborhood pub in his village, which according to the post office is “near Kinnerton.” Approaching the bar, he said to the barmaid: “Give us two pints and a couple of faggots.” Forgive me for thinking we were in for an awkward evening. Then again, the finely drawn pints of Felinfoel were followed, in due time, by a hot plate with two large meats balls – the faggots -- doused in a rich gravy. The traditional Welsh meat balls – mainly liver, with a lot of bread crumbs and onions and spices, actually very tasty – when left in the oven unattended turn into flaming ones, ruined after all the hard work of preparation, much like a birdie putt squandered after the preparatory drive and approach. While it can’t be used aloud on this side of the Atlantic without lengthy explanations, I’ve had more than enough opportunities to mutter ‘Flaming faggot’ quietly before a desultory tap in. Part of the grandeur and attraction of the game is that it transcends borders. So too do F-bombs and other words rooted in English that trample over barriers of language, race, sex, and other touchy subjects. The world of golf would be a better place if we took a page from over the pond and turned as#$%&s into yobs, one as#$%& at a time.
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Hal Quinn is a writer / broadcaster whose articles and columns have appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America, England, and as far away as New Zealand. Quinn lives in North Vancouver with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog Mulligan.
Tangle Creek Gets a Whole Lot Younger New Owners (LtoR) Rob Mininni, Richard Edmonds, and Andrew North
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519-522-0985 Three new owners, all in their mid-thirties have taken on ownership of the Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club. With a slightly revised new name and a ‘golf bag’ full of new ideas, Richard Edmonds, Rob Mininni and Andrew North have taken the plunge from golf course employees to golf course owners. The three long-time friends have made a giant leap to ownership in times when owning and operating a profitable golf course can be challenging. But listening to them talk about their plans in a youthful, enthusiastic manner gives one the feeling that they will be successful, and for a long time. “We have been talking about owning a golf course together since high school,” says Mininni who recently was the Head Professional at the family-owned Westview Golf Club in Aurora. Edmonds, also from Westview, where he was Tournament Director, adds, “this has been a lifetime dream and we’re now ready for the challenge.” The third team member, Andrew North, a brother-in-law to Edmonds will be the Food and Beverage Manager. He spent a number of years at the Kleinberg Golf and Country Club as well as Glen Eagle Golf Club. The trio started to look for a golf club to purchase last summer and entered into initial discussions with Tangle Creek’s owners in August. In a tragic turn of events, Tangle Creek General Manager and co-owner Mark Elliott, 39 passed away unexpectedly as a result of diabetes complications in October. “We never wanted to
sell the golf course, but this is the best news for the legacy and Mark’s vision for Tangle Creek,” says former co-owner Tom Fischer, who will stay on at the club in a consulting role. Mininni says, “we are going to keep Mark’s dream alive and we plan to deliver a first-class facility with a priority on customer service, atmosphere and building strong relationships.” Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club has tees that vary from 5,500 yards to 7,200 yards and combines the feel of a classic links-style to a more traditional series of holes through a forest with ponds and environmentally protected areas. There is also a full practice range and Academy along with exceptional banquet and wedding facilities. The team of Mininni, Edmonds and North have ‘loads’ of energy, a wealth of experience in the golf industry and a level of ‘young enthusiasm’ which is exactly what golf ownership needs today.
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some golf courses, like fond memories just keep getting better with age 1 recollection by Bill (Skip) Johns 2
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Happy birthday, ol’ buddy.
Nice to see you hit the 60 mark. You, however, unlike me, are getting better with age and that’s to be expected when we compare golf courses to golf writers. It was July of 1951 when you were officially “born” and I was there for the Whirlpool Golf Course opening ceremonies and a Canada vs U.S. four-man pro mini-tournament. I was just 13 at the time and only in my third year of playing the game. There are a few of us oldtimers who still remember another time when you had to be at least 12 before they let you play most courses or join a club. Certainly a far cry from the last three decades when it didn’t matter how old you were, you were welcome to get involved in the grand old game. And that has been a good thing. My dad was a fisherman when it came to recreation so I have to credit neighbors on each side of my home in Niagara Falls for feeding my interest in the game with hand-me-down clubs, bags and balls. And one neighbor just happened to be the superintendent – greenskeeper we called them back then – at the magnificent Lookout Point Golf Club in the small nearby community of Fonthill. Mr. Westcott asked me if I wanted to go to the opening of this new 18hole golf course which wasn’t far away from the famed real whirlpool in the lower Niagara River rapids. I had never seen pro golfers up close and was excited to tramp around this new course with several thousand other people while following the exploits of Toronto-area based Bob Gray, who was quite folksy with the big crowd, and Canadian legend, BC’s Stan Leonard. I don’t remember much else about that day and it would be years before the Whirlpool would become my club of choice.
It wasn’t until I began in the newspaper business that I started to see more of the Niagara Parks Commission course, writing my first golf story in 1957 about their invitational event. Even though I was at that opening, I don’t remember seeing or even knowing about famed Canadian designer Stanley Thompson who laid out the track but when I became a weekend player at “the Parks” - as the regulars called it – I got to know his nephew Nicol Thompson who was the “super” and a great friend for so many years. If Nicol wasn’t helping me with my swing on the practice range on the course, he was regaling me with tales of his famous uncle who also crafted such great Ontario layouts as K-W’s Westmount and Toronto St. Georges. One of my best remembrances about Nicol was the day he loaded me into his pickup truck and we toured the layout as he explained how he was going to lengthen the already 7,019 yard back tees. Remember, this was the early ‘60s and modern-day designers hadn’t hit the scene with their belief that back tees had to be in the 7,500-yard range. On the par-three third hole, Nicol was going to have the tee behind an adjacent road meaning you’d have to wait for traffic breaks before you teed off. Not quite the 10th at Kitchener Rockway but similar. On two other holes on elevated tees, Nicol was going to put the back tee blocks just a few feet in front of a washroom complex and hope, I guess, that the sound of the urinals flushing didn’t distract tee shots. I don’t know if it was my regular playing buddies and myself that had any influence, but we strongly urged Nicol not to mess with his uncle’s masterpiece and the extensive lengthening of the layout never happened. There have been a few tweeks over the
years but basically the design is what it was on opening day, a mere two years before Stanley died while living on Dormie Lane alongside the Cutten Golf Club in Guelph. There are literally thousands of other great memories I have of this wonderful par 72 track but some of the most cherished were games I would have with Niagara Falls native and Boston Bruins star Derek Sanderson who always called me when he would visit from Boston. Turk loved to play but it was more about trick shots and gambling than anything else and there was never a shortage of laughs. More than a few times he bet me he could hit three shots – playing from his knees – and be on the green on the 566-yard par five 15th hole. More than a few times I would pocket 20 bucks. So how do I sum up the Whirlpool on its birthday? Simply one of the best public-access courses in this province.
Play it when you can. In the main portion of this story on the wonderful Whirlpool golf course in Niagara Falls, I recalled a few of my favorite memories of the more than 10 years I regularily played this Stanley Thompson-designed layout. Of the hundreds of people I would meet or golf with at the Whirlpool over the years, there is no question playing with former Boston Bruins star Derek Sanderson will be among my best recollections. continued on page 64
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Meet the 20XI
the RESIN core is comprised of a
the revelation in revolutions
highly neutralized polymer - this material replaces the rubber compound that is the core of current golf balls
The new Nike 20XI ball features a combination of proprietary technology never before seen in the golf industry - the result of four years of collaborative research and development between Nike Golf ’s golf ball engineers and a team of material and science experts at DuPont.
the injection process for the resin core is much more precise than past practices allowing the engineers at Nike to push the USGA limits on performance the benefit to the player is softer feel and control
The game-changing technology replaces conventional rubber cores with a radical new resin material. Resin is a highly neutralized polymer that’s faster, lighter and engineered to produce longer distance and more controlled shots. • faster ball speed equals more distance • highest levels of MOI provides longer, straighter ball flight • steeper spin slope
arround the greens without sacrificing distance - the 20XI is taking us one step closer to the best of both worlds
The 20XI is available in two versions. X is optimized to reduce excess driver
- overall design and MOI assist in reducing driver spin at impact on average of 100 – 200 RPM over prior Nike ball technology while maintaining in excess of 100 RPMs of spin past shot apex.
spin to maximize distance. S incorporates a softer cover for enhanced greenside spin and control.
• softer cover materials equals greater spin and control.
we once were lost, but now ... we can find, track, and measure just about everything - plus or minus a yard. Bushnell's HYBRID is the world’s first Laser Rangefinder and GPS in one. Combining the accuracy of a laser with the convenience of always-on GPS, might just make this device a game-changer for the golfer who wants to know everything. The HYBRID features the same PinSeeker Technology used by more than 90% of PGA professionals, with +/-1-yard accuracy, 5x magnification and distance to front, center and back of green. The GPS function offers 16,000+ pre-loaded North American courses, Auto Hole Advance, Auto Course Recognition and, are you ready for this, no one-time or re-occurring membership fees. Pretty sure it won't drain your smartphone battery either.
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THE TARTAN CHAMELEON THE ROAD TO THE PGA TOUR GOES THROUGH SEAFORTH March break for me is a bit different
than for many golfers who head to the sunny south, car packed and clubs cleaned and ready to hit the links. Although I manage to get some golf in, I do spend several days at a couple of PGA Tour events. It’s always an enjoyable time soaking up the sun and catching up with the players and caddies I’ve come to know. One of my most pleasurable experiences happened on Tuesday at the Transitions in Tampa when a tall, lanky, young professional headed for my Seaforth golf bag and introduced himself as Bobby Gates. Although he looked familiar, I couldn’t place him until he reminded me that he had played in the first two Seaforth Country Classics. Bobby was now out there in the big leagues and it was so nice to have a chat with him. Bobby introduced me to his caddie, Mark, and then proceeded to explain to Mark all about the Seaforth Country Classic. Bobby was quite animated as he explained to Mark that in Seaforth you had to make birdies and lots of them in order to make the cut and finish in the money. With arms at a forty five degree angle he exaggerated slightly
as he described the 9th green at Seaforth and how hard it was to hold a wedge and make a birdie or sometimes even a par on that hole. Like a paid ambassador Bobby Gates went on to tell me and Mark how much he enjoyed the event in Seaforth, the food, the hospitality, the casual country atmosphere, and being billeted with friends. I was so pleased to hear all these positive comments from this young man who so obviously had great memories of the Canadian Tour and his visit to our event. The highlight of the conversation for me came when Bobby explained he had to Monday qualify to get into the Seaforth Country Classic. He made the cut, made enough money to play the following week then made enough money to go to Q school and gain his Nationwide Tour status. One year on the Nationwide and he was off to the big leagues on the PGA Tour. He said he felt as though Seaforth had helped to “launch” his career. On Friday morning Bobby teed it up in the second round of the Traditions. In the gallery along with his grandparents, parents, wife, and a few friends, were seven excited fans from Seaforth! We followed Bobby as he shot four under to comfortably make the cut. He acknowledged our presence and thanked us for coming. In spite of the fact that our family has probably attended hundreds of tour events it was exciting and refreshing to follow this talented young golfer. When people ask who is playing in the Seaforth Country Classic, or comment on how they don’t really know who the Canadian Tour players are, I remind them that the golfers you see up close and personal in Seaforth or at any Canadian Tour event, are the stars of tomorrow.
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GREEN SIDE UP Ever Thought Your Superintendent was a “Techie-Nerd”? If you asked 50 Golf Course Superintendents to give their favourite turf technology you would most likely get a wide variety of answers. What cool piece of equipment or service helps make their job easier and our golf courses better? Some Superintendents get charged up with the latest mower that cuts more precise or efficiently. Others respect the advancement in irrigation programming and scheduling.
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The truth is, our turf industry consists of many different advancements in technology that can be comparable to other high tech industries. There are in-ground sensors to measure soil moisture that relate to water savings. There are sensors above the surface that will measure light spectrums that indicate turf stress much sooner than even the skillful eye of a Superintendent. Application equipment that will adjust the rate of output, based on speed and settings or aerators that get the necessary job done better and faster. Heck, Augusta National can flick a switch with their SubAir system and suck the moisture out of the greens, providing the exact putting surface quality they are looking for. While tools that you can park in your maintenance building or install on the golf course are SEXY, I feel there is another tool that trumps them all. The utilization of smart phones such as a Blackberry or iPhone and the development of turf related blogs are the best tools and return on investment (ROI) many Superintendents have embraced. Blog platforms can be set up for free and maintained without being a “techie-nerd”. I can say that, because I am a “techie-nerd” wannabe.
Heck , Augusta National can f lick a switch with their SubAir system and suck the moisture out of the greens, providing the e xact putting surface quality they are looking for.
Superintendents are stepping out of the shadows to educate us on valuable practices, course etiquette, project updates and sustainable maintenance. Weather apps and important turf related links are also posted on turf blogs. They are using social media such as Twitter to post frost delays and daily maintenance work. Smart phones have the ability to take photos and videos that can be uploaded to their turf blogs in a short period of time. Blogging is a culture and discipline and a very effective way to educate and reach people that are interested in what you are doing. Social media is powerful and Golf Course Superintendents are finding new and effective ways of using these free tools to make your golfing experience better. Tom Margetts is a soil and turf consultant. He can be reached at 519.496.2143
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AUGUST 18 TO 21, 2011 THE CANADIAN TOUR COMES TO SEAFORTH
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Everything new at Kitchener’s
Rockway and Doon Facilities
new faces ready to restore the traditions of historic city run courses
The City of Kitchener has made a
number of significant staff changes and programming changes for the 2011 golf season. Rockway and Doon will see new faces, new membership ideas and a brand new Golf Academy located at the Doon course. Heading up overall golf operations will be long-time City of Kitchener employee, Kim Kugler. Kim will be adding to her Auditorium and rink responsibilities with the golf position. Kim will be assisted by new Head Golf Professional Dave Roy. Dave will oversee both golf courses. Dave previously spent seven years as an assistant at Doon, and worked most recently at The Caledon Country Club, north of Brampton.
With the new practice and teaching facility at Doon, the City has contracted with Bradlee Ryall Golf Enterprises to form the new Kitchener Golf Academy. Instructors, Eric Frederickson and Keith Joel will be organizing junior camps, junior leagues and clinics, private lessons, beginner clinics and ‘ladies only’ instruction. New membership options now make it very easy and inexpensive to play all three courses, with special senior and junior rates. Todd Doering, Eric Schoeneveld and Craig Hinschberger return to maintain the tee decks, greens and fairways at both courses.
For all tournaments and special events, Kelley Schell will continue to handle enquiries at Rockway while Kelly MacMillan carries on similar functions at Doon. New also this season will be the Compass Canada group who will handle food and beverage requirements at both courses. Chris Toth will be the Food Services Coordinator while Kari Nichols will coordinate onsite catering.
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A Fairway Down the 402 to Lambton Shores
2011 is the year to check out this group of Ontario’s top golf destinations in a small corner of the GolfScene readership area. From Bear Creek in Strathroy to Sawmill Creek just outside Sarnia, to Indian Hills and the Forest Golf Club, both on the Bluewater Highway #21 and not too far from the well-known resort town of Grand Bend, you will be amazed at the quality of these courses and the variety of amenities that they offer golfers and families. We will be featuring these courses all season long and hope you take the time to check them out. You won’t be disappointed!
Forest Golf and Country Hotel Home of “Unlimited Golf Packages”
Forest is an exclusive resort with a 75-room hotel, dining room, lounge, patio and 27 holes of golf
To book your getaway call 1.800.265.0214 | www.golfforest.com
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Bear Creek Golf Club Heading west along the 402 highway from London, you can test the Bear Creek Golf Club, just off the highway, in the town of Strathroy. A recent ownership change has also changed the plans for this challenging, mature golf course that winds its way along the Sydenham River. This course has many tree-lined fairways and can be a little tight in places, but the abundance of nature and wildlife make the 18 holes an enjoyable walk. A few additional minutes is worth the breathtaking view at hole #13, a par three, 160 yard hole with a green surrounded by water. After your six-iron shot take a few minutes to just enjoy the scenery!
Upcoming big events that you will want to check out include the May 28 HCC Memorial Tournament and the June 11, 25th Anniversary Cancer Tournament. Great food, great fun and great prizes at both events. Book now. www.bearcreekgolf.ca
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa As you approach Sarnia, and not far from the town of Camlachie, you will find a genuine ‘diamond in the rough’. With its spectacular entranceway, comfortable accommodation above the clubhouse with seven elegant ‘bed and breakfast’ suites, a recently renovated state-of-the-art spa plus a salt water swimming pool along with dining facilities all within a stone’s throw of the blue waters of Lake Huron, this is a golf destination that offers everything, great ‘links-style’ golf included. The course measures 6,445 yards, includes a complete practice facility and has been recently refreshed by well-known Canadian architect, Doug Carrick. Paul Dumont and his golf staff will welcome you and make your experience very enjoyable whether you are there for 18 holes or for a couple of nights to relax and enjoy all the amenities. Paul will also arrange for a round or two at a nearby course. www.sawmill-creek.com
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Like the challenge of a high slope rating? Do you enjoy playing golf in a scenic surrounding carved out of thick Carolinian forest with water a threat on 11 of the 18 holes? Then a round at the Indian Hills Golf Club needs to be in your plans for 2011. Situated close to Lake Huron, just off highway 21, Indian Hills has a variety of golf holes that will challenge your game and also satisfy your ‘back to nature’ feelings. General Manager, Ken Hoare and his bubbling enthusiasm for the golf course, and golf in general, feels he has one of Ontario’s “best golf courses CONTINUED ON PAGE 52
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- LAMBTON SHORES that many golfers don’t know about”. He will quickly describe each hole and what it offers and is particularly fond of Hole #11, a 178 yard par 3 from an elevated tee, with a hole located on a peninsula green. “One of the most scenic holes anywhere,” Ken says proudly. Pick a day and play this golf course with your buddy. You won’t be disappointed www.indianhillsgolf.ca
Forest Golf and Country Hotel Also, along the Bluewater Highway 21 and just on the edge of the town of Forest you will find a golf course along with a wide variety of additional things to do. With an unheralded “stay and play unlimited golf ” season long promotion, the Forest Golf experience is a must. Twenty-seven holes of golf, inland lakes along the way, an island green, alongside a 75 room hotel with all food and beverage amenities, Forest has it all. Danielle Dunlop and her staff of golf professionals are able to assist with all aspects of the golf game, green fee options, ‘stay and play’ packages, memberships, tournaments and a fully stocked pro shop for all your golfing needs. On the 18-hole course, be sure to pick the right club for the 367 yard par 4 hole with a spectacular island green. And if you really want to add to your Forest experience join the crowd at the well-known Mystery Dinner Theatre held throughout the winter months, where every guest is a part of the performance. A whole lot of fun and laughter!! www.golfforest.com
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good, clean, technology If the soaring gas prices are scaring you as much as us, then might we suggest a better way to get to and from the golf course. The Zero DS is as versatile in the dirt (or sand) as it is on the street - especially when detouring around the pumps. That's right, sheeeeeeee's electric. How do I carry the clubs? Well, we're a proponent of the lighter bag, but to be honest - it's just one more excellent reason to become a member somewhere. Go ahead - take what you've saved in gas and put it towards the annual dues or, at the very least, the bar tab. www.zeromotorcyles.com
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AROUND THE GLOBE
World Class Golf in PEI Flying over Prince Edward Island might give you the feeling that the island is
just one huge golf course.
In fact, this small island province is home to 34 golf courses, many of them ranked among the best in the world. Along with undiscovered miles of beaches and saltwater delicacies that will make your mouth water, PEI can boast being a golf destination second to none. And the best part is that most of the golf courses are only minutes from each other giving avid golfers the option of easily playing two courses in one day. Golf destinations such as Dundarave, Brudenell River and Crowbush Cove are considered among the best in North America and, although these famous spots are considered 'down east' there are others such as the Mill River Golf Course, located just west of the town of Summerside which recently played host to the Golf Channel’s ‘Big Break’ series. For families there are nine hole facilities spread around the island which welcome kids and beginners. PEI can truly be a family vacation opportunity
as well as a destination for the ‘guys’ who want to experience championship courses. The island continues to promote its very popular Couple Golf Festival (nothing to do with Fred). This very popular event scheduled for July 10-14, 2011 is set up to attract golfing mates. The 1st Annual was a resounding success attracting 90 couples from around the world. They enjoyed 4 nights and 5 days of world-class, memorable golf and an ultimate vacation. This year the event is expected to attract 200 couples. For those interested in a few golf tips or a lesson or two, the Fox Meadow Golf Course, just five minutes from Charlottetown, is home to The Canadian Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art learning facility. The golf season is May through October with Westjet and Air Canada offering direct flights daily from Ontario. Accommodation options are plentiful from traditional hotels to small, rural Bed and Breakfast facilities. Don’t forget to sample the lobster!!
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( AND THE INTERESTING THINGS WE FIND WHILE LOOKING FOR OUR BALL) Could it be? Maybe it is. The world's most luxurious golf publication? Simply called, Golf.
COLLECTOR'S EDITION 2 â—„2 For those who may find the Limited Edition price tag a little steep or the size a little too large to read in bed, there will also be 2,100 Collector Edition copies of 'Golf' available. Each is bound in leather, gold blocked and gilded and delivered in a leather and silk slipcase. Until July 2011, these will be available for $562 and thereafter, $630.
This handmade, 18 chapter, 140 page masterpiece is truly the ultimate gift for the golfer or historian who has everything. 'Golf' is an editorialized art collection that tells the story of the game, the terrain and where it's all going.
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PROLOGUE Colin Montgomerie served as the resident professional during the four years of crafting. Co-creators Paul Skellett and Simon Weitzman drew from their fine art, brand creation, TV and film backgrounds and incorporated contributions from over fifty individuals worldwide in the golf industry including voices from the PGA, course architects, historians, coaches, caddies, commentators and historical societies. Additionally, during the four year project, the creators have painstakingly restored many rare and previously unseen archive images and created hundreds of pieces of artwork to sit alongside the 105,000 word editorial.
for more information or to purchase a copy visit www.wonderlandpublications.com LIMITED EDITION 2 At an impressive size of over 3 feet wide, 18 inches high and 5 inches thick, the 82 pound 'Golf' is a museum grade art portfolio. The paper is hand torn and the folio is bound into an extremely rare 400 year-old Russian Hide leather cover. It is embellished with ornate gold blocking and elaborate gold furnishings. Only 10 will ever be made and all are to be signed and numbered by the artists and Colin Montgomerie. It is delivered in an oak slipcase box and can be purchased for $48,000 USD spring 2011
EDUCATION is service important? As we “lick our wounds” from the past
economic recession, one cannot help but wonder what is lurking around the corner in the golf business? Is the recession over? Are golf consumers back in full swing and spending their hard earned dollars? Over the past two seasons it has been a great time to be a golfer. Green Fee and Membership offers have been at historic lows. Golf Courses seem to be involved in an epic race ... the race to charge the least. This is not a race that golf course management wants to be in. But too many golf courses and too few golfers have forced courses into this competitive environment. ‘Whatever your offer is, I’ll beat it’ seems to be the game. Statistics and reports show clearly that golfers are selecting their golf course based on price. Is this telling course owners that they no longer need to sink thousands of dollars into the maintenance of the facilities? Are golfers less concerned about golf course aesthetics or are we in a time where we are giving exceptional value based on competitive pressure? It is crucial that club owners maintain price integrity through
these turbulent economic times to service debt, meet payroll and turn a modest profit for capital expenditures. If clubs continue to lose price integrity, it is likely that we will have fewer courses to choose from. In my mind, to maintain price integrity, pro-active customer service needs to be a driving force at all golf courses. Owners and Managers need to be asking themselves, “are we truly customer focused?” Courses have one chance to leave a lasting impression with the golfing public. From arrival at the course to departure, did we do everything in our power to completely satisfy the golfer? As a golfer, how do your expectation’s change when you pay $25 vs. $100 for a green fee? The golf industry has an opportunity to increase customer loyalty through maintaining a high level of customer service and still receive a fair dollar for their golf product. There is a terrible cost to club owners for poor customer service. Have you told your golf buddies to steer clear of certain courses based on a bad customer service experience? We know bad news grows
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Southbrook Golf and Country Club Binbrook, Ontario www.southbrookgolf.ca | 1.800 916.6049
so many great reasons to
Hit it here ... Just north of the 401, in and around the city of Guelph, are four great golf courses that offer everything from 27 holes combined with great food for under $10, to a challenging and scenic nine hole semi-private facility where you can ‘play all day for a single green fee’, a course with a demanding island green that you will want to play over and over, to a well-groomed country layout with a first rate practice facility and top-notch teaching program. The courses are close enough together that a round in the morning followed by lunch and an afternoon eighteen is not out of the question.
The Guelph Country Club www.tgcc.ca 519.824.7039
• Located on highway #24 just east of Guelph • Features a first-rate practice facility with some of the region’s best golf instructors and some very attractive green fee options that involve adults and juniors • Junior Camps, Junior Clinics and Ladies Clinics all summer long • The par four, 3rd hole will challenge your club selection. You will love it or hate it! Play it smart!
• Located on Gordon Street a few kilometers north of the 401 • A Florida-style par 70 layout • Features an island green, par four hole #13 that will challenge your golf game and your mind! It requires a demanding shot across a lake to a landing area and a second shot again across water to the green • Superb dining facility overlooking the golf course • Memberships, tournaments, weddings, banquets ...
• Located near the centre of Guelph, on Woodlawn Road • Established in 1912, The Guelph Country Club has an active membership and also encourages the public player with “all day green fees” that are hard to beat • And don’t just think nine holes. An 18 hole round is an easy option for those with the time The course has two sets of tees providing a very different look for front and back nine play. • For those in the Guelph area, membership options are attractive
• Located just north of Guelph on Highway #86 near the town of Ariss • 27 holes of fabulous golf with three nines, The Pines, The Willows and The Lakes. Make the time to play all 27 holes. Each nine is quite different and each has its unique golf holes. • And following your round (or at the turn) take time to enjoy an Ariss special “home made, triple ‘A’ ground beef burger, with all the trimmings, on a fresh bun”. You will also be surprised at the price … under $10!
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27 Challenging Holes www.arissvalley.com (519) 824-1551 or (888) 824-1552 2 miles north of higway #7 on Elmira Road just north of Guelph
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I’ve already pointed out Derek’s love of gambling and trick shots on the course but there is one story that will top my list of the good old days. During his glory days with the Bruins, the Turk, as we and others called him, would come home to Niagara to visit his mother and he never failed to call me to set up a game or two at the Whirlpool. I don’t remember the year but after one of those rounds with his buddy Tommy and my pal Bryan, we were rehashing the highs and lows, and the laughs, of the round in the clubhouse. Turk started to tell us about a favorite course he played in the Boston area that featured a par-five hole that he said was more than 675 yards long from the back tees. After telling the story, Turk suddenly had a “great idea.” “Tell you what guys, let’s go to Boston to play it. I’ll get a limo to get us to Buffalo, pay for your plane tickets and get you on the course. It’ll be my treat and you can stay at my place,” he gushed with the enthusiasm those that knew Derek would remember well. As wonderful as that was, I had to bring Turk back to reality. “Gee, Turk. What a great offer. The problem is, it’s Tuesday night. Tommy, Bryan and I all have jobs we have to go to tomorrow. We just can’t up and take off,” I explained, deflating his excitement. The highs and subsequent lows of the Sanderson career - especially his troubled times after his lengthy NHL tenure was over – have been well chronicled as lessons on what can happen to you if you don’t look after your lifestyle and finances. I haven’t been in touch with Derek since the days when the New York Rangers trained in Kitchener in the mid-70s but I understand he is doing OK as a radio commentator for the Bruins. I hope that is the case because – despite his white skates, snippy on-ice demeanor and high profile as a member of the sports celebrity club during the golden years – Derek was really a nice guy who never forgot his friends or buddies in Niagara Falls.
And we’ll never forget you. Bill (Skip) Johns has been writing about golf for 54 years, and playing it in his own fashion, even longer.
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all in the family The number ‘eighteen’ usually connotes holes on a golf course, but in
the case of Cambridge’s Wedges ‘N Woods it’s a birthday of 18 years of a family-owned and operated golf practice facility. It was all started back in the early 90’s when Dave Kelman, a semiretired C.A had dreams of building a golf course. With assistance of Bob Moote and son Dave, noted golf course architects the search for a piece of property began. It soon became evident to both Moote and Kelman that suitable land was not available and there seemed to be a more obvious need for a full scale practice facility in the area. Kelman made some enquiries to the Cambridge Development Office and learned that a centrally located former landfill site just off Hespeler Road in Cambridge might be available. The property size was workable and the location met the suggested architect’s requirements … central to population, located on a busy thoroughfare for maximum exposure and not facing west into the setting sun. Discussions with the city continued and eventually a 20 year lease was signed for the 20 acres. (a 20 year extension has been signed recently). Dave Moote brought in the local golf course construction company, McLean Peister and work began. Seeding was completed in the Fall of 1993 and actual opening was not until September 25, 1994 due to last minute environmental issues. From that date on the operation of the facility has been ‘all in the family’. Dave still heads up the operation but leaves the day to day business in the hands of daughter Pat Busby and husband Bill. Over the years there have been thirteen family members involved at one time or another. Cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and their children have all played key roles. Patriarch Dave still can be found occasionally driving the lawn mower during the busy times of the year. Pat Busby says, “It is a fun place to work and we have many family members who continue to come back year after year to assist, even though they are well beyond retirement.” She adds, “we are very proud of our accomplishments over the eighteen years and we have built a strong base of loyal customers. It has been a great use of what was considered ‘useless land’ and we look forward to the next 18-20 years.”
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OPINION » TALKING IN YOUR BACKSWING > THE GAME IS DEFINITELY CHANGING ...
A GOOD WALK FOILED From somebody who has cursed the golf gods or anybody else but me who regularly puts my golf ball into a stand of trees, long grass or any other gnarly mess that ruins my day, golf used to be a good walk spoiled. Don’t you wish those days were back? For one thing, who walks nowadays and even if you do want to hoof it, how many golf courses will let you with the extra revenue that can be had through rental of a golf cart? So, there goes the good walk spoiled theory. These days, golf is probably more of a good text spoiled or a good e-mail spoiled as players get their work done on their cell phones while riding on that golf cart between swings. A good walk spoiled sounds so caveman, which is the prehistoric age in which I first started the game in the 1970s. Back then, golf was like the pickup street hockey games we used to play with our most beat-up sticks, a couple of rocks or tin cans as goalposts The very roots of and a rubber ball. You would what I experienced play all day and never was in the game are still there a better time, even there, but buried with the minor annoyance by a tsunami of of yelling “car!” and moving technology from everything to the side of the inside and outside road. the game, which now seems to need The same held true for golf hardware, software back then, when the epitome and search engines of convenience was getting a to enjoy. pull cart to put your bag on as you wandered 18 holes. I didn’t grow up in a country club with golf as a family legacy, so when I started playing with friends, it was with a $50 set of Spaldings that came with a nylon bag. For about $20 a pop once a week, we’d get lost for a few hours and, as a bonus, we didn’t have to move for oncoming traffic as it was in street hockey, but it was a good thing we were young and in good health because we had no communication with the clubhouse, which likely didn’t have a defibrillator anyway. This isn’t meant to be reminiscent of an
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oldtimer pathetically holding on to the past. The very roots of what I experienced in the game are still there, but buried by a tsunami of technology from inside and outside the game, which now seems to need hardware, software and search engines to enjoy. Of course, the governing bodies of the game – the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient – wrestle continuously with the technology that goes into golf clubs. Golf balls will be the new technology battleground as time goes on and golf courses panic with the thought of becoming obsolete. You can now adjust your driver to suit course conditions or to iron out a glitch in your swing, or you can get an exact yardage to the pin through a rangefinder and if it was only the technology that was coming from inside the game, you could either ignore it or become a gearhead and really get into it. However, golf-specific technology isn’t all we’re dealing with on golf courses these days. Ask yourself this – how many times per hole do you check your cell phone for e-mails, text messages or voice mails? Not only is technology attempting to take a game of imperfections and make it perfect, the number of ways technology can infiltrate a round seems to be taking the simplicity of a good walk spoiled out of the game, even if that isn’t the intention. I’ve traced this trend back to 1980 and found the culprit to be Al Czervik, the character played by the late, great Rodney Dangerfield in the movie Caddyshack. No wonder he got no respect. Truth be known, I always thought Al’s golf bag was pretty cool until I realized that it was a
Ian Hutchinson groundbreaking sign of things to come on the technology front. Sure, caddies struggled to lift it, so the bag was nothing like the lightweight versions that are out there today, but if you recall, Rodney’s bag launched the club that he needed, served up drinks (not sure if that was beer or not, but I’m sure he had his choice), had a phone and music. Even his putter was laser-guided. While it all seemed so delightfully silly back in 1980, think about how close that bag came to predicting the future 30 years down the road when iPods or MP3s can handle the music and everybody has a cell phone. While putters may not (yet) be laser-guided, what about rangefinders? Caddyshack is a parody of the game that even the most serious golfer can find humour in three decades later, but as Oscar Wilde once put it, “Life imitates Art.” That seems to be the case with Caddyshack and technology in golf. Don’t get me wrong. Technology has its place. For example, proper shafts and a proper clubfitting can extend a senior’s enjoyment of the game, while hybrid clubs can take the anxiety out of hitting long irons, but golf is now like no other game with all of the options that are available in terms of equipment. Technology can at once improve somebody’s golf experience, yet at the same time, demand constant vigilance to keep up with what’s new and frustration once you see your purchases becoming quickly outdated. Frustration isn’t what we signed up for when we took up golf. A good walk spoiled is what we signed up for and the simplicity and human element of the game guarantees that we will all make mistakes from time to time. The important thing is that we’re outside with buddies, unless we’re so focused on e-mails and text messages that we forget to have fun. If we forget that, then technology has taken control of us rather than the other way around. Remember at the end of Caddyshack that the technology Bill Murray used in trying to blow up the gopher with plastic explosives only wound up destroying the golf course. Don’t let too much technology do that to you.
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