GottaGoGolf May 2011 -- The online magazine on golf for women and ladies

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Rules I fashion I Courses I Equipment I trends

special travel issue

Golf getaways for women, by women!


best tee-and-taste wine destinations in the U.S.

Tips: travel clothes, Package deals, club rentals Lorena Ochoa in Coachella Valley

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contents ∑ special travel package:

Coachella Valley and the glamour of Palm Springs 6 Massachusetts: equal marriage, diverse golf 12 Scottsdale courses could keep you busy for a year 16 Finger Lakes: save time for tasting and shopping 21 San Francisco’s beauty spreads to the region’s courses 26


Make your bags lighter by choosing more versatile pieces 34


Keeping up with local rules when you’re on the road 44

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and MORE:

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Gear: Club rentals 40 Glossary: “Blocked shot” 43 GIGGLE: Buying golf shoes 41 Gotta ask: Where to next? 39 STAR WATCH: Your golfoscope 52

It would be good etiquette to advertise GottaGoGolf’s June issue is all about rules, etiquette and manners — top-rated topics among women golfers according to our pre-launch surveys. Don’t miss the chance to place your ad in our gorgeous print-like magazine, or position your products in the rotator at the top of the home page. Deadline to advertise: May 20 Early advertisers (May 13): Bonus position of your logo in our monthly newsletter. Contact us by email or call 510.507.3249.

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The life of a well-traveled golf ball and when to say goodbye—experts weigh in 42

19th hole:

Susan Fornoff, Publisher

A green jacket tasting uncovers the masters of the 5 top wine regions in the U.S. 46


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GottaGoGolf Susan Fornoff

Publisher and Editorial Director

Nanette Bisher

Creative Director

Cheryl Stotler

Web Director and 19th Hole Editor

Anne-Marie Praetzel Art Director

Emily Kay

Staff Writer Contributing WRITERS

Cori Brett, Kathie Dyson, Francoise Rhodes, Gail Rogers Contact Online home: Email address:

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Staff Susan Fornoff, the founder and voice of GottaGoGolf, has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in a 30-year journalism career, most recently as San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor. Her books include “Lady in the Locker Room” and “Northern California Golf Getaways.” Fornoff has covered the Masters, several U.S. Opens and a slew of PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. She lives in Oakland, Calif. Creative Director Nanette Bisher, of San Francisco, created the logo and look of GottaGoGolf. Bisher most recently was Creative Director for the San Francisco Chronicle. Previous experience includes leadership roles at Danilo Black international design and branding firm, The Journal News, The Orange County Register and U.S. News & World Report. Web Director Cheryl Stotler, of Calistoga, Calif., oversees the online presence of GottaGoGolf and supervises 19th hole coverage on food and beverage. She is wine educator on the Napa Valley Wine Train and has a history of success in the hospitality industry, including at Northwest Airlines, WaterBarge Restaurant (which she co-owned with her partner, John Coss), Tudal Winery and Lindblad Expeditions. Art Director Anne-Marie Praetzel of Berkeley, Calif., has worked in magazine and newspaper publishing for many years, most recently as a designer at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before that she lent her wide-ranging skills to magazines including Publish, 10 Percent Magazine, PC World, Electronic Musician and National Parks.

Phone: 510.507.3249

Staff Writer Emily Kay, reigning club champion at Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua, N.H., tracks women’s golf news for GottaGoGolf. Kay’s Choice Communications takes on projects in the business and tech worlds — her masters at American University was in public affairs journalism — and she writes for Waggle Room, National Golf Examiner, Boston Golf Examiner and New England Golf Monthly.

For information about advertising partnerships and rates, contact Susan Fornoff at 510 507.3249 or email

May Spotlight: Francoise Rhodes was born and raised in California and has traveled the world but found no place better than her home base, now Palm Springs. She hosts and produces her radio show, Traveling with Francoise, and is staff writer for Colorado Golf Magazine and Desert Golf Magazine. One thing our readers will notice about her invitation this month to take a golf vacation in the Coachella Valley: She’s not big on “don’t.” So we won’t warn you about her poker skills, except to say do be careful!

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We’re traveling for you A note from the publisher GottaGoGolf’s prelaunch surveys found that golf travel coverage rated highly with almost all of our prospective readers, ye women who love the game. And no wonder. Research has shown, again and again, that women make the household spending decisions and women choose the household travel destinations. But we’re guessing our readers may have noticed how those other magazines cover golf destinations. “From the tips, the course measures a gazillion scintillating yards,” they rhapsodize. Do they ever even mention how the course plays from the forward tees? Maybe in another gazillion scintillating years. At GottaGoGolf, you’ve no doubt noticed if you’ve stayed with us through our first three issues, we cover golf travel in a way those other magazines don’t. For instance, earlier this year we were invited on what sounded like a dream press trip to a destination in Mexico, and we turned it down because if the LPGA is not going to play in Mexico at this time, we are

not inclined to send our readers there. Our readers care about safety. They also care about value (if you’re paying top prices, you want over-the-top luxury) and about aesthetics and about what else there is to do besides golf. Some care about romance, some about family, and some care about a region’s attitudes toward same-sex couples. So we are pleased to bring you five great golf destinations this month, in our first annual Gotta Go Travel the USA issue, from five women writers who specialize in taking memorable golf vacations. Each was asked to write about the destination most familiar to her — in most cases, that meant home — as if she were telling her women friends who golf about everything they needed to know to have a great time there. Funny, not one of them uses the words “from the tips.” Soak up their enthusiasm, savor their insight — and then, be sure to take this month’s poll on where you’d like to go next. — Susan Fornoff GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 5

GottaGo Travel Guides This month GottaGoGolf presents five golf getaways guided by the writers who know them best. Our golf guides have traveled the world and will answer “yes” to a golf invitation before they even know when and where. Each knows what it’s like to win a tournament and how to have a great time losing. We hope you’ll consider following their trails to their local tees.

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cover 1 Coachella Valley Nine desert cities make for a fertile stomping ground

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By Françoise Rhodes From palm trees to spa treatments, celebrity sightings to great golf, Southern California’s Coachella Valley offers more than the seniors scene your parents may remember. At about 45 miles long and 15 miles wide with nine very different desert cities — including world famous Palm Springs and LPGA fixture Rancho Mirage — the CV has everything a woman needs for an adventure. When packing your footwear, keep in mind you’ll need shoes for phenomenal golf, poolside cabanas, amazing shopping, and don’t forget the nightlife! Celebrities dine, party and play golf here, so why not you? Less than two hours southeast of Los Angeles, Even the bunkers are pretty in Palm Desert, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort.

the CV draws its diversity in part from the individuality of each city and in part from all of the things that happen here. Worldwide attention getters include the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Coachella Fest and Stage Coach music festivals, BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Bob Hope Classic PGA Tour event and the LPGA’s first major of their season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship .

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Situated on 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds and lagoons, the all-inclusive setting comes with royalty-worthy service, and guests never need to venture outside of the resort unless they choose.

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float throughout the property, and will take you to one of the four restaurants (not including Starbucks). Of course there is shopping, and dancing at Costas, the onsite nightclub frequented by many of the locals.

Here’s where to go You may not want to to leave the resort, but you’ll be sorry if you don’t. The desert is home to more than 120 golf courses. And with that many golf courses, you can bet that there are fabulous golf clothes to be found. Lady Golf in Rancho Mirage, only minutes away and easy to find, carries the highest quality in golf apparel – Eric Javits, Emporio Armani, MCD and Ralph Lauren, to name a few, plus the super hot Walter Genuin Rock Star golf shoes. You’ll definitely find fabulous oneof-a-kind pieces, with the prices to match yet so worth the trip. For the Jamie Sadock and Loud Mouth fans, Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis in Palm Desert

beautiful pink flamingos, stunning flowers and gorgeous mountain vistas. Because these are resort courses the pace of play is relaxed, and, frankly, the men may need a little extra time. They have more trouble to deal with and seem to find it. This relaxed, yet elegant resort also has a natural-turf 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, a 38,000 square foot spa with The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort gym, and three swimming pools. Venetiancovers 450 acres, including two courses. inspired waterways complete with gondolas

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and the JW Marriott’s central location makes it ideal headquarters for ladies looking to unwind, be pampered, and dance the night away. Situated on 450 acres of lushly landscaped grounds and lagoons, the all-inclusive setting comes with royalty-worthy service, and guests need never venture outside of the resort unless they choose. The 884 deluxe accommodations include 51 suites ranging from 900 square feet to 3,150, and the massive lobby features waterways, boat dock, a large gathering area, music and more. On property are two Ted Robinsondesigned 18-hole championship golf courses, the Valley and Palm. Both wind around the resort, with lakes, several bunkers and fairly large greens. While seemingly long at 5,492 yards on the Palm and 5,330 on the Valley, the forward tees seem to take many of the hazards out of play. (The next set of the four tee options measures more than 6,000 yards on both courses.) There are trees everywhere if you are looking for shade, and bring a camera to capture

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Wherever my golf bag goes, my trusty Nike slip-ons are routinely tucked inside as a backup. Owning several pairs of fancy-schmancy golf shoes, never have I had a pair as comfortable as these....better than slippers. When they finally wear out I’ll be devastated and begin the ultimate replacement shoe search with my fingers— and toes —crossed for good luck.

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calls out for a visit. Jam-packed with so much apparel from a variety of designers, as well as such a high volume of golf and tennis equipment, this is a store where one can get lost. With discounts throughout and a huge selection to sift through, plan on at least one hour to shop. It will probably end up being two. After shopping at Pete Carlson’s, walk down to Keedy’s Fountain Grill (everyone in Carlson’s knows where it is). Modeled after the old soda fountains, Keedy’s serves breakfast and lunch only. The line might be long, but service is quick enough to please the business crowd and yet the staff doesn’t push anyone to leave. Everyone from local mayors, to pro athletes, tour players and celebrities, flocks to Keedy’s for the casual, noisy atmosphere, along with good food. While you’re in Palm Desert, don’t forget to take a stroll on El Paseo, the Rodeo Drive of the valley. From boutiques to the high end Escada, Juicy and Tiffany, this is shopping at its finest. While there peruse the Gardens and the Villages retail centers on El Paseo, plus the plethora of galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and jewelry stores. A free Yellow Shuttle runs up and down the street, taking you and your purchases from end to end. Palm Desert also boasts one of the best public golf courses in California, the Firecliff course at Desert Willow Golf Resort. This is one of the few courses in the Coachella Valley that feels and looks like a true desert course, with lots of natural trouble and more than 100 bunkers and waste

Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage hosts the LPGA Kraft Nabisco every spring. areas. It’s also quite welcoming to the average woman’s game, with forward tees at 5,079 yards. A second set of tees at 5,642 yards, will entice better players to move back. Either way, the challenge of Firecliff will prove memorable. Finally, a few travel tips: Remember that tourism in the CV is seasonal, with the largest volume of golfers playing January through March. Try to book tee times when reserving your room. Green fees are also higher during the peak season, so search online for golf packages and deals. Check for twilight green fees everywhere you play. Pack for warm weather, but remember it’s bound to be freezing indoors. And ladies, there is no such thing as wearing too much sparkle while visiting.

Coachella Valley When to go: October through April, with deep discounts in summer if you can stand it. Where to golf: JW Marriott Desert Springs Valley and Palm courses, Firecliff. Flights: Limited and expensive service to Palm Springs airport but lots of options at LAX. Planning help:,,

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2 Massachusetts Where equality at the altar mixes with diversity at the tee

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President Obama strokes a putt at Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard.

From the mountains of the Berkshires to the tip of rainbow-flag-bedecked Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a must-visit destination for golfing women three seasons of the year. The first state in the country to legalize equal marriage boasts a rich golfing history as well as award-winning courses that welcome women to the tee. With so many tracks to play, we’ll offer you some of our favorite spots and apologize for leaving out so many worthy contenders. By flying into Hartford, Conn., you can begin your sojourn out west — Western Massachusetts, that is — at Crumpin-Fox Club. It’s all about the golf at the Robert Trent Jones gem that’s a regular on Best Public Course rosters. You’ll find no country club frills at

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this laid-back retreat in Bernardston, just a spectacular layout that will challenge the lowest of handicappers. Less intrepid golfers may appreciate the “Fox Short Course,” a 2,100- or 3,500-yard layout with its own tees throughout the well-manicured fairways. The open-air porch at Zeke’s Grill, overlooking the 18th hole, would make a lovely setting for you and your honey to say, “I do.” Up for only a few holes of golf? Blissful Meadows Golf Club in the central Massachusetts town of Uxbridge is one of the first New England courses to offer a three-hole rate for early-morning and late-afternoon women golfers on the go. From 6 a.m.-8 a.m., you may play the first three holes and after 5:30 p.m. the 17th, 15th, and 16th for $10 walking or $17 riding. While a lovely location, you may want to take your marriage vows elsewhere; the owners’ religion frowns upon same-sex unions. Back on the road to Boston, make a beeline for Red Tail Golf Club in Harvard (your golf guide may say the club’s in “Devens,” but there’s really no such place; Red Tail was built over the decommissioned Fort Devens’

Sankaty offers views of the lighthouse from most of the course. ammunitions depots). The first New England course to earn an Audubon International Sanctuary designation, Red Tail offers the discriminating woman golfer lush fairways, quick greens, and one of the priciest rounds of public golf in New England (around $100 in high season). The club, some 35 miles northwest of The Hub, has earned nothing but praise since it opened in 2002 and was the site of LPGA golfer Jennifer Song’s 2009 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship win. Serious golfers may be familiar with The International, an exclusive private club of 36 holes stashed away among Bolton’s apple orchards. The Pines is the longest 18-hole layout in the world — playing almost 8,400

yards from the Tiger Tees (which were not named after Mr. Woods). Visitors may play both the Oaks and Pines (although we suggest you move up just a bit), if you treat yourself to a stay at the 50-room lodge and spa. While there, why not get fitted for clubs at the on-site TaylorMade Performance Center? Be sure to take advantage of The International’s premier practice facilities, after which you may enjoy gourmet cuisine in the Fireplace Room, and maybe sit in on a cooking class with renowned local chef Joseph Brenner. At this point in your travels, hop in your rented jalopy and make for Cape Cod and the islands. Springtime — before the hordes flock to the beaches and jam the scrub pineslined courses — is prime time to play the scads of clubs that dot the Cape. Pick a town and chances are you’ll find a public course to fit your game. Need a tune-up before you get back on the links? Book a lesson with LPGA Top50 teacher Jane Frost at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club. One of the best golf instructors on the planet, Frost played on the LPGA FuGottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 13

GOTTA BRING My father’s putter travels with me everywhere (except inside my golf bag – too many clubs). My dad, who instilled in me the love of the game he adored, had a hole-in-one in 1937 (when he was 17) and sported a single-digit handicap. He always talked about the time he played in the Greater Hartford Open with Hubert Green — which was where he got this putter.

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Bill Clinton made Farm Neck a regular stop on his many vacations to the island, and Barack Obama has followed suit. tures Tour as well as the LPGA, but her passion is teaching and she passes that on to her students. Call ahead; her time fills up fast. Cruising the Cape must wait for another day, because you can’t leave the Bay State without teeing it up on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. You can get to both islands by ferry or plane but may travel between them only by air, so best hop a puddle-jumper from Hyannis or Woods Hole and leave your auto behind. The Vineyard’s Farm Neck Golf Club is the course of presidents. Bill Clinton made Farm Neck a regular stop on his many vacations to the island, and Barack Obama has followed suit. While such celebrated guests may pique your interest, playing the course for yourself will have you savoring its majesty. The small gravel parking lot and funky pro shop give notice once again (sense a pattern?) that you’re here for the golf. The Geoffrey Cornish design offers four tee areas, from 5,000 yards to 7,000 yards. Try not to be distracted by the backdrop of Great Pond, Nantucket Sound, and Chappaquiddick Island, especially on the signature par-3 fourth hole. Your drive from the forward tees on the par-5 eighth requires a 145-yard

It’s all ’bout the golf at Crumpin-Fox Club in Western Massachusetts (facing page). carry over fescue and marsh — not so tough until you realize you’re hitting into a headwind and a slice will earn you a sand shot from the rocky, shell-strewn beach that lines the fairway. Pebble Beach East, perhaps? Oh, and if a Secret Service agent asks you to let the president play through, best to let him do so. Apres golf, cab over to the century-old but renovated Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown for dinner at Henry’s, and stay the night — or several. You’ll be sorry to leave your spotless, luxurious room with its gorgeous views of the harbor, Edgartown lighthouse, and Chappaquiddick. Service here is impeccable and the setting for a wedding unmatched. But fear not, because you’re on your way to Nantucket and Sankaty Head Golf Club. You must play Sankaty Head in May or wait until October to take a whack at the links-style fairway, because the private club opens its doors to nonmembers only during those two months. One of Golf Digest’s Top 100 classic courses, Sankaty Head — at the eastern end of the island in

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3 Scottsdale You could play for months and not play the same course twice By Cori Brett

Massachusetts When to go: To be safe, stick with May through September. Where to golf: Crumpin-Fox, Blissful Meadows, Red Tail, The International, Farm Neck, Sankaty Head, Flights: The Hartford, Conn., airport has best access to these western destinations. Planning help:,

Years ago, I challenged myself to play every one of the nearly 200 golf courses within an hour’s drive of my Scottsdale home. Trouble is, I keep returning to the courses I like and have yet to reach my goal. Kierland Golf Club ranks high on my list. The 27-hole layout is an absolute winner – three straightforward nines with generous fairways and enough elevation changes to be interesting. It’s in great condition thanks to the expertise of Nancy Dickens, one of only a few female superintendents. Those of us who prefer a female instructor can rely on Kierland’s award-winning pro, Sandy LaBauve. She is a Class A member of both the PGA and LPGA. I love the quirky innovations at Kierland. Instead of a boring old golf cart, we rented battery-powered Segways for a Kierland Golf Club doesn’t look like your typical cactus-filled desert golf course.


Siasconset (pronounced “Scon-set) — is not the most demanding course and the greens can be slow. But the conditions are top-shelf, the views of the Atlantic Ocean superb, and, oh yes, the lighthouse. The 70-foot Sankaty Head Lighthouse follows your every shot on the front nine, making for a unique golfing experience. For the best in Nantucket dining, check out the creative modern-American cooking that features regional produce at American Seasons. Don’t miss the duck confit on the regular or smallplate menu, and the dark chocolate and toasted cinnamon cheese cake with espresso crunch crust speaks for itself. Enjoy one of more than 500 American wines in the cozy dining room, or people-watch from the covered (and heated in the offseason) patio outside. Offseason rates abound at any of Nantucket’s historic inns, including the Jared Coffin House. Or amble across the street from American Seasons and enjoy the Centerboard Guest House B&B. Innkeeper James Blunt makes a tasty breakfast granola, the rooms are spacious and charming, and the wi-fi is on the house.

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Cori Brett wild ride around the course. At first, I stopped too abruptly and all my clubs spilled out - part of the learning curve. And nothing beats Kierland’s air-conditioned golf carts on a really hot day. It’s definitely a thrill to play the famous TPC Stadium Course. Watching the pros struggle during the Phoenix Open tells you this course is tough. After all, it’s a 130-slope from the forward tees! I was grateful for the friendly advice of our forecaddie (required with every foursome). It’s a beautiful course, even without all the tournament hoopla. Surprisingly, the famously raucous No. 16 is a pretty ordinary little par-3 when stripped of noisy bleachers and skyboxes. Yet though the Stadium Course appeals to PGA Tour fans as the “must-play” of the two, the Champions Course costs much less and better suits the average woman’s game. It was completely rebuilt in 2007 on the site of the former Desert Course. No matter where you play, one of the delights of desert golf for women is that the ball rolls farther on such firm and closely mown fairways. We also love the wide-open spaces and the row-upon-row of distant mountain ranges everywhere we look. This especially holds true on tribal-owned courses, which are usually casinosupported and free of encroaching real estate. I like Whirlwind Golf Club, We-Ko-Pa and TalkThe Champions Course is less expensive and more woman-friendly than its more famous neighbor, the Stadium Course.

ing Stick Golf Club. Each has two outstanding courses. Talking Stick recently expanded to a fullscale resort with luxury hotel and state-of-theart casino. The private dining booths at finedining restaurant Orange Sky have become “THE” place to celebrate special occasions in Scottsdale. Reservations are a must for sunset. Vivid shades of orange, scarlet and pink make the 15th-floor view positively sizzle. It’s easy to slip into a vacation mindset when you live in a resort area. In the quiet season, locals can check into one of the five-star resorts and make like tourists, at deeply discounted rates for golf, rooms, even spa treatments. Booking a spa treatment typically allows allday access to spa and fitness facilities, sometimes even for outside guests. (GGG Publisher Susan Fornoff makes a yearly day of it at the Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.) Do check first. Scottsdale golf shops carry lots of classic as well as trendy apparel, and end-of-season sales are terrific. I discovered “Loudmouth Ladies” golf shorts/skorts at Wildfire Golf Club, which hosted the LPGA Founder’s Cup in March. Wildly colorful, and, I had to be honest, not my style. Christina Kim, perhaps? Do not miss the PGA Tour Superstore. It’s about 40,000 square feet of Costco-style space, chock full of equipment, apparel, shoes, bags, accessories, and more. There are interactive areas for putting, chipping and swing anal-

I always have packets of Emergen-C in my golf bag. It’s like instant energy, especially uplifting on a hot day like the ones we have here. I empty the little packet into a water bottle and shake it up until the crystals dissolve. Shaking it is the key. Not so good if you try to mix it in a flimsy little paper cone from water stations on the course. I’ve tried most of the flavors, and so far Tropical is my favorite. The packets are easy to carry around, they don’t melt, and they work fast.

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cover Scottsdale When to go: October through April, with deep discounts in the summer months. Where to golf: Kierland, TPC Stadium and Champions, Whirlwind, We-Ko-Pa, Talking Stick Flights: Many options for Phoenix. (Money saving tip: Rent your car outside of the airport grounds.)

ysis, lessons and club-fitting. I can wander the aisles for hours. My recent purchase of custom-fitted Ping clubs not only helped my golf game but fed my desire to support local companies like Ping. And Daphne’s Headcovers. I know you’ve seen them. Daphne’s started in Phoenix several decades ago, and now has more than 175 animal headcovers. It can be a tough choice. The Gopher reminds me of the classic movie “Caddyshack.” The Rabbit begs to be cuddled. I want a hybrid just for an excuse to get the Baby Penguin hybrid/utility cover. If those adorable head covers don’t lift your spirits, the “Glove It” product line surely will. Fashion designer and ASU grad Karen Lovcik created “Glove It,” by introducing golf gloves in fun prints and styles. Now the leading manufacturer of women’s golf acces20 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

Rickie Fowler lets a short iron fly on the raucous 16th hole at TPC Stadium Course. sories, Glove It has expanded to include visors, bags, caps, towels — you name it. Love those shiny visors in the Bling Collection! Shopping can be exhausting. Take a break at cozy Il Poggio d’Italia, several doors down from the PGA Store. Their authentic East Coast Italian food and warm welcome will make you smile. For southwestern food with a Mexican twist, I go to the Old Town Tortilla Factory. The historic adobe home opens to a large shaded patio that is heated in the winter and cooled by a misting system in the summer. At dusk, colored lights strung between the shade trees create a festive atmosphere. For those who still have expense accounts, or just want a high-end dining experience,

Mastro’s is the place. It’s a sophisticated, classic steakhouse popular with many of the celebrities and sports heroes who live in Scottsdale. One of my favorite local celebrities is Alice Cooper, the legendary rock musician. He gives back to the community in so many ways, like charity golf events and benefit concerts. One memorable day I was paired with Alice in a charity tournament. It was hard to believe this serious low-handicapper and genuinely nice guy was the same person I had recently seen rocking out on stage. We noticed his shiny silver ball marker. “Oh this,” he said, “I picked it up on a recent Australian tour. Tell you what – the next one who gets a birdie can have it.” Inspired by the challenge – I got the birdie! And I still treasure the shiny silver coin.


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4 Finger Lakes Golf, of course – but save time for tasting and shopping By Katharine Dyson Imagine. You’re sipping a glass of Cabernet Franc, relaxing on the deck of Glenora Wine Cellars while the crystalline blue Seneca Lake, dotted by tiny white sails, spreads out below. Just this morning you were enjoying spectacular lake views from the fairways of the Seneca Lake Country Club. You’re in the stunning Finger Lakes in central New York State, home to about 100 wineries, more than 50 golf courses, 11-plus glacial-cut lakes and gushing waterfalls. Here folks listen to outdoor band concerts, go kayaking, swim from the shore to rafts, spoon homemade ice cream, and hike and bike along miles of trails. Dining choices range from hip bistros to century-old places with creaky floorboards. Take the Judge Ben Wile for a dinner cruise. GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 21


Day One First stop is Skaneateles — some say Skane-At-Las, others say Skinny-Atlas — in the eastern Finger Lakes, where in August the Skaneateles Festival brings accomplished musicians to town for concerts under the stars. Creekside Books and Coffee extends the culture with year-round musical and literary events. Period lighting and hanging flower baskets decorate the downtown district, home to a former grist mill. Each July, antique boat owners display their restored crafts on the lakeside park lawn and 22 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

in the slips located along the long pier. Just across from the lake, check into the Sherwood Inn, a sprawling old hotel where the stagecoach used to discharge passengers for the night. After lunch across the street at the Blue Water Grill, where portions are big enough to share, tee it up at Dutch Hollow Golf Club, a hilly track surrounded by pretty farms just 10 minutes away. After golf, enjoy a drink and a burger with the locals in the old pub in the Sherwood — it hasn’t changed much in 50 years. Then head upstairs to bed. It’s been a long day.

Day Two Walk down to the bakery on Jordan Street for breakfast; the homemade doughnuts are a local favorite. (When the business was sold, the recipe was part of the deal.) Or opt for pancakes at Johnny Angel’s just across the street. Any time is a good time for home-made ice cream from Skan-Ellus Drive-In or Mr. Pudders Mini Golf & Ice Cream. Play Highland Park Golf Course in Auburn (10 minutes away), a pleasant traditional track where apple trees flourish. Lunch here on the deck of the new clubhouse is a pleasant way to wrap up the morning. Or, back in Skaneateles, order a fish sandwich at Doug’s Fish Fry then spend some time shopping at the many boutiques and art and craft galleries, including cate & sally, Gallery 54, Imagine That and Skaneateles Antique Center. Look for the whimsical Krinkles ornaments designed by well-known local artist Patience Brewster. Book the dinner cruise on the doubledecker Judge Ben Wile (“The Judge”) operated by Mid-Lakes Navigation. Along with a good meal, you’ll get a superb look at the lovely homes on the lake, including the forRobert Trent Jones’ Bristol Harbour.


The golf courses – Highland Park in Auburn, Bristol Harbour in Canandaigua, Radisson Greens in Syracuse and Wayne Hills in Lyons – are older courses of average length, especially women-friendly with tall groves of spreading trees, brooks and roll-up greens. Route 20 runs east and west through the Finger Lakes, so you can easily drive to the course and wherever else you want to go. Or you can fly into Syracuse, gateway to the eastern Finger Lakes, or Rochester in the western lakes region. Nothing is too far away. Welcome to my world, where we’ll home in on a week of fun and games.

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Bistro just outside Aurora on the eastern side of Cayuga Lake. Tonight dine at one of the best Italian restaurants in the area, Rosalie’s Cucino in Skaneateles. When the Clintons came to town when Hillary was scoping the scene in her run for state senator, the couple ate here.

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Finger Lakes When to go: May through September, with bliss possible in April and October as well. Where to golf: Seneca Lake, Highland Park, Bristol Harbour, Radisson Greens, Wayne Hills, Dutch Hollow, Lafayette Hills Flights: Buffalo has the nearest menu of options. Planning help:,,

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Drive a half hour to Syracuse and play the scenic Lafayette Hills Golf & Country Club, which has an interesting mix of holes climbing up and down the hills. The view from No. 14 of the city and surrounding hills is awesome. After golf, stop at the Dinosaur Bar B-Q, where bikers and Fall foliage pops in the Finger Lakes region. professional types fill the seats for mouth-watering ribs. If your shopping bug is alive and well, make mer Roosevelt summer mansion. a short trip to Simply the Best in the Northern Day Three Lights Shopping Center near the airport. It’s Take a break from golf to explore the wine trails. all a-glitter with amazingly-priced jewelry, With 100 wineries, you won’t have time to see scarves, purses and other accessories: designthem all so pick one or two — Cayuga, Seneca er-style watches sell for $8 and funky reader and Keuka are closest to Skaneateles. Stop for glasses in a case for $6. If time permits, browse lunch in one of the vineyards, perhaps Shel- the shops on Armory Square, where craft boudrake Point Café on Cayuga Lake or Red Newt tiques such as Eureka Crafts and Dobbs GlassCellar Bistro on Seneca Lake. If down-home works can do more serious damage to your bank comfort foods appeal, try the Pumpkin Hill account.

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How about lying on a cushioned chaise in the soothing Relaxation Area of Mirbeau’s Spa in Skaneateles? Modeled after Roman baths, it’s a great place to unwind before and after your massage or facial. Get back in time to share a bottle of wine and some cheese on the patio of Anyela’s Vineyards overlooking the grapes and Skaneateles Lake, then go to Joelle’s French Bistro for dinner on their terrace.

Day Five

What about this: lying on a cushioned chaise in the soothing Relaxation Area of Mirbeau’s Spa in Skaneateles? Modeled after Roman baths, it’s a great place to unwind before and after your massage or facial. The fitness studio is just down the hall so you can burn some calories and indulge in a guilt-free dinner upstairs at Mirbeau’s French Steakhouse. (Wednesday is “Women & Wine” Night, when drinks in the bar are specially priced.)

Day Six Drive west to Canandaigua and stay for two nights in the Adirondack-style lodge of Bristol Harbour Resort and play the lovely rolling Bristol Harbour course designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Dinner choices include Warfield’s High Point in Victor or closer to “home,” Bristol Harbour’s grill room and bar.

Last Day

For an overview of New York State’s wine and a light lunch of delicious creative fare made from locally-produced vegetables and fruits, go to the New York Wine & Culinary Center by the harbor in Canandaigua. Have lunch outside or in. Need more golf? Try Reservoir Creek Golf Course in Naples, home of the annual grape festival. Then if you can squeeze it in, visit the beautiful Sonnenberg Gardens and mansion in Canandaigua. Wind up your Finger Lakes stay with dinner in the lakeview dining room of the Inn on the Lake. Service, food, all good. Along your journey, you will come across so many other places that tempt: Weaver View Farms chock full of Amish-made items just off Rt. 20 near Seneca Falls; Mackenzie-Childs, the outlet shop in Aurora for whimsically-decorat-

He’s just the size of a piece of paper. Yet Flat Stanley goes to a lot of golf courses and other

places. He thought the zipline tour in Branson, Missouri, was especially cool even though he was scared at first. That wire was very far off the ground. But once he got the hang of it, he loved going very, very fast. Wow. Flat Stanley was created by Charlie, a very special 9-yearold boy. Since I travel a lot, I take Flat Stanley with me and photograph him in many places. Then I send the photos with a little story about FS’s travels to Charlie’s class.

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5 San Francisco The USA’s most glorious city – but for golf, not so much

The Finger Lakes’ long list of wineries makes for great 19th holes.

ed pottery and furniture; Corning Glass Works, Belhurst Castle in Geneva and the Merry-Go-Round Theater in Auburn are other places to discover. You won’t have enough time so you’ll just have to come back. For more information: The Finger Lakes Book by Katharine Dyson (at bookstores and Amazon). 26 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

From my place in Oakland, it’s an easy 15 minutes to the most beloved destination in the United States – the romantic, cultured, beautiful city of San Francisco. But I’m not taking you there to play golf. Of course, the PGA Tour and Champions Tour do play there – at TPC Harding Park, an old but recently renovated gem alongside Lake Merced that offers municipal golf just across the street from the famed Olympic Club, site of next year’s U.S. Open. But at almost 5,400 yards from the forward tees and a tourist rate of $150 weekdays, it’s not where I’d send pals from out of town. Do book a room in the city for this golf getaway, however. Bring your sweetie, and maybe even the kids. Check into the newish,

eco-minded Hotel Vitale, just across from the lively Ferry Building on the city’s downtown waterfront, a few blocks from the ballpark that showed so beautifully during the last World Series. Or save money and opt for one of the chain hotels in the cheesier Fisherman’s Wharf district. Indulge in the culinary delights of this West Coast foodie haven – the famed Slanted Door inside the Ferry Building for contemporary Vietnamese, or the Hog Island Oyster Bar for local seafood. Take the ferry over to Oakland’s Jack London Square or up to charming Sausalito. Savor the latest exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of ModOcean 16 at Half Moon Bay.


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GOTTA BRING Susan Fornoff I guess it’s too cold for mosquitoes here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but whenever I travel to warmer climates those buggers are sure to find me. For a long time I kept a bug repellent roll-on in my golf bag, but it was laborious to apply and it also had that icky bug-repellent smell. Now, I always carry OFF FamilyCare towelettes along. They are easy to apply, low on DEET and even smell pretty good. Even the flies seem to dislike them.

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The last three holes hug the cliffs heading north to the resort and provide a memorable conclusion to a day that may be sunny and breezy, or foggy and eerie, or sometimes even benign. ern Art, sip a cocktail atop the Mark. Then I’ll come and pick you up, load your clubs in my trunk, and take you away from The City for some unforgettable golf.

ON THE ROAD TO 18 We might head 25 miles south to Half Moon Bay if the weather’s not too bad along the coast. Here, two diverse golf courses make up the Half Moon Bay Golf Links surrounding the Ritz Carlton perched on the cliffs. Women love the Ocean Course for its forward tees of less than 4,900 yards and its views for miles and miles. The last three holes hug the cliffs heading north to the resort and provide a memorable conclusion to a day that may be sunny and breezy, or foggy and eerie, or sometimes even benign. If you forgot your layers, the shop will speak to you kindly – can you say “buy this”? We might head 25 miles east to Vallejo for

some guaranteed sunshine and warmth. In fact, it might be sweat-inducingly hot, something that almost never happens in San Francisco. Here we’ll play Hiddenbrooke, which like Half Moon Bay’s Ocean Course provided a worthy challenge to the LPGA Tour’s very best during a two-year run as host of the Tour Championship. The course meanders through a valley of residences interspersed with ponds, ravines and challenging golf holes that finish on fast, mysterious greens. With front tees at 4,647 yards and a second set at 5,199, Hiddenbrooke speaks to us. Our third outing will take all day, because we’re heading 50 miles out of town and stopping for some wine tasting in the Livermore Valley on the way to Wente Vineyards. The estate has a tasting room, a destination restaurant and an underrated Greg Normandesigned golf course that has no houses on it and etches its holes into the player’s memory

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after only a single round. Front tees: 4,866 yards. Try them even if your game usually warrants a step back; the second set are more than 5,600 yards long, with some tricky carries. Be sure to taste the Annika wines when you’re done.

Both Half Moon Bay’s Ocean Course, above, and Vallejo’s Hiddenbrooke, left, My three picks all have memorable holes, have front tees at under 4,900 yards. green fees to be found for less than $100 (and at Hiddenbrooke, closer to half of that), Park, bearing the signature of Augusta Nawoman-welcoming tee options, beautiful tional designer Alister MacKenzie facilities and, especially, the kind of TLC that But of course we must play at least one generally eludes San Francisco’s golf courses. round of golf in earshot of the foghorns as the At famous Lincoln Park, a short, tight 18 cir- late afternoon turns chilly and damp. And cling the Palace of the Legion of Honor and that would be at San Francisco’s Presidio, a tiptoeing along the coast, we will park along marvelous test of accuracy with its cypressEl Camino Del Mar and walk across the par- and-pine-lined fairways, up and down lies, 3 17th hole to enjoy the view of the Golden and tiny greens. The first nine holes opened Gate Bridge. The course itself, beloved as it at this former Army post in 1895, and nine is among the locals, needs tee-to-green res- more in 1910. Playing privileges were retoration, as does another city course, Sharp served for military personnel and their guests

photo /Hiddenbrook); susan fornoff (right)


San Francisco When to go: Any time except during the rainy season (generally November through mid March). Where to golf: Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Hiddenbrooke, The Course at Wente Vineyards, Presidio Flights: Easy access to San Francisco and Oakland airports. Planning help:,

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cover until 1994. The Presidio has been managed in recent years by Palmer Golf, which oversaw construction of a Spanish style clubhouse with a wonderful restaurant and upscale golf shop. The course does offer significant rate breaks to locals, but discounts frequently are to be snagged even by visitors on the website. It is invariably in exquisite shape (even with stringent limits on pesticide and chemical use), and unlike the three destination courses, it is laid out for walkers, with many of the holes starting or ending near the quaint turn shack. On many days, a bowl of chili or soup will find favor at the turn. But the visitor who wants to play golf in San Francisco will enjoy inhaling the scent of the trees, feeling the cool August air and eyeballing city views in what is now national parkland. 32 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

Course review: Fab, fine or fizzling for women?

Half Moon Bay Golf Links: Ocean Course 1997, Arthur Hills Half Moon Bay, a cute coastal town about 25 miles south of San Francisco, boasts two golf courses, the long and classic-style Old Course (1973, Arnold Palmer) and our favorite — the spectacular, cliff-hugging Ocean Course. Thank you, Arthur Hills, for this links-style gem. With the exception of weather that is generally anti-skort and pro-turtleneck, it is a consummate destination course for women players. The greats like it — the LPGA Tour Championship played to positive reviews here in 2008, even though the tour’s top 20 money winners noticed that the Ocean Course’s vulnerability to coastal whims brought on British Open conditions in a hurry. When properly layered, the short hitters have to love it. At 4,872 yards from the forward tees, the Ocean Course presents

lots of birdie opportunities. And a second set of the five tee options weighs in at 5,461 yards, a reasonable test for better-than-bogey golfers because the seaside setting comes with fast-draining soil that makes for fast-running golf. All that’s left between a round here and golf heaven: A room at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton that’s in view of most holes. And yes, it offers golf packages. u Course: Except on the blind dogleg first hole, what you see is mostly what you get — and that frees the player to inhale the views of the wild, rugged coast to the west and green hills to the

east. It is definitely not a course one wants to play with her head in a yardage book. Highlights are the fun par-3 7th over a lake and the coast-hugging grand finale, the par-four 16th (probably the best hole on the course with the photogenic elevated tee shot and a challenging approach shot over a hazard just in front of the green), the little par-3 17th (where wind dictates club selection) and the grand par-5 18th, turning left for one final view back at the course and the ocean. No matter how cold the weather might have turned in the end, these are holes to savor.

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u Ambiance: The luxurious hotel dominates the site, yet Half Moon Bay Golf Links maintains a clubby, neighborly feel from the days when it had only one course and most of the players lived on its fairways. Alas, there is no range for warmups, but the well stocked shop carries plenty of chic outerwear for the tourists who thought they would be playing in sunny and warm California. Mullins Bar & Grill, named after longtime head pro Moon Mullins, has a wonderful 19th hole menu with highlights including the clam chowder, fish tacos and sweet potato fries. There’s no

GPS on carts, and though walking is welcome on the appropriately laid out Ocean Course (not the Old Course), trekkers will have to bring their own push carts. Former general manager Lyn Nelson, now executive director of the Northern California Golf Association, holds the women’s records (67 Ocean, 68 Old), and, no, she did not even play in the LPGA Tour Championship.

weekday rates as low as $90) or consider booking the unlimited golf package at the Ritz (starting at around $439 for two) so that you can play both courses and maximize the value. Twilight rates drop into double figures — but be warned, while most parts of the country heat up on summer afternoons, that’s when the Half Moon Bay wind kicks up or the fog comes in. Best value here u Value: With steep though might be the clam chowder at all-inclusive prime-time rates of Mullins. $185 on weekends, $160 on week- u Woman appeal: With its days, take the time to search the friendly and attentive service acInternet for discounts (GolfNow. companying pristine course concom recently had prime time ditions and breathtaking natural

The view of the Ocean Course is as stunning as the view from it. views that might be matched but could not possibly be surpassed, the Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ Ocean Course warrants a Fab for Women rating. Travelers bound for the famed Monterey Peninsula ought to consider adding it to the itinerary, and GottaGoGolf guesses that many women will prefer it to Pebble Beach. —Susan Fornoff Email us for information on how to have your golf course certified by the Women Welcome golf course consultation, evaluation and certification service.

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Packing lighter by choosing better If you were hoping to find out which clothesline is best for drying your just-washed socks and undies in the hotel bathroom every night of your trip, oops, wrong magazine. At GottaGoGolf, we want to spend every hard-


A black or white skort can take a woman almost anywhere, but here’s one from Canada’s Lija that looks more elegant than sporty. The Mira Clockwork Skort is a versatile 18 inches long and has no waistband or front and side pockets to add bulk (it’s got a welt pocket on the back), so off the golf course it could be worn with a sleek tank or shell and sandals for a more dressed-up look. And, if you’re hanging it in the shower, nice to know it’s 100 percent polyester and quick drying. MSRP $110, 34 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

earned getaway minute having fun, not doing laundry or even ironing. Though, here’s a tip from a seasoned traveler: Those slacks you love that always need a good pressing after washing, roll them up and pack them wrinkled. Iron just before you wear. And here’s our best tip: Bring socks and undies for every day of your trip. You’re going to save space in your luggage by bringing not a clothesline but beautiful clothes you’ll love to wear for golf and keep wearing for dinner afterward. Or maybe you’ll make versatile choices that work for golf and then again for yoga class the next morning. Seriously! On these pages are just a few summer vacationworthy finds from window shopping at the spring show of the Northern California PGA. They all beg to be seen on the golf course and off. Some of these lines are small, so check their websites for retailers or ask your local shop to order a catalog. — Susan Fornoff

GGblue’s brilliant colors – the turquoise and the magenta showing for spring, on tops and bottoms – jumped off the racks. But for this trip, the black yoga pants made it into our shopping bag. Substantial but stretchy, they both comfort and camouflage the body’s imperfections. You might think of them only for your next om but for the pockets – plenty deep enough to hold tees and a ball marker just before or after your next warrior pose. Also darned comfy on the airplane. MSRP $78,




It’s hard to believe that Iconic’s fabrics all rate at least a 30, and many a 50, in sun protection – so silky and soft are they. Pair the Kate sleeveless mock turtle shell with the del Sol SunCardi for maximum 50+ UPF – as well as wicking, resilience, machine washability and style that folds into the smallest of spaces in the suitcase. The blush pink and the dawn blue seemed especially elegant choices for beyond the golf course, but the patterns will camouflage any little spots or spatters. MSRP about $50 per piece,

The detailing on Nivo’s golf wear takes it beyond the golf course – a zipper here, top stitching there, and, on the shirt shown here from the Flow collection, a very unique treatment on the classic polo shirt neckline. This one has the collar, but with a V-neck and decorative buttons. Made of polyester with a touch of spandex, it has wicking and sun protection properties, and the color makes it a match for white, black or gray bottoms. MSRP $70, GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 35

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said, touting ViVa Heart. “When we play in the U.S., we tend to wear simple outfits. But when we play in Asia, we tend to wear colorful outfits, especially in Japan, where it is more fashionable.” Check out the eye-popping combination shown here at right, Na On Min’s pro-am outfit at the Kraft Nabisco this year. The turquoise pants trimmed in orange and orange shirt trimmed in turquoise jumped off the putting green. “Louis Castel in Korea sent me outfits for the tournament, and they are all colorful,” Min said. “One of them is yellow

The colorful Na On Min at this year’s Kraft Nabisco.

and blue, another one mostly pink. I love it. It’s true, on the Japanese golf tour and the Korean golf tour the players wear brighter colors.” Christine Chun, a New York designer who has created Ladyb, a feminine apparel line targeting young women, says that women in her native Korea will spend an hour in front of a mirror dressing for golf. “The girls there really dress up, because it is not just about your score but about mingling and representing yourself,” she

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SUNGLASSES PLEASE The LPGA’s “go global” strategy has been creating cultural exchanges of all kinds, and one of them is not for the color blind. Earlier this year in Singapore, Jiyai Shin helped Michelle Wie into a Korean hanbok, and Ai Miyazato dressed Paula Creamer in a Japanese kimono. That was pretournament, of course, but even during the tournament first-round leader Chie Arimura fielded press room inquiries about her outfit, featuring a redwhite-and-blue V-neck sweater with large stripes. “My sponsor has very cute outfits,” Arimura


said. “It’s fun, and I want to bring that to the U.S. I want all the lady golfers to be pretty.” If this trend goes global, they’ll at least be easy to spot in a crowd. FILLING THE GAP During the gaping hole in the schedule that followed the Kraft Nabisco, the LPGA issued a statement saying that interest in the tour appeared to be significantly up over the same period in 2011. Which may have been true for the first three weeks of the domestic season – comparing this year’s cable ratings and attendance to last year’s

– but was most definitely untrue for the next, idle, three weeks before the Avnet Classic in Alabama April 28. Comparing apples to at least some other fruit, the tour stated its TV ratings were up 20 percent this year over similar cable events at the same point last year and up 32 percent over similar Golf Channel events. It also noted an uptick in Kraft Nabisco ratings, and an 8 percent attendance increase not counting the Kraft. Attendance there might actually have dropped this year due to the three-digit temps of the first two

The inclusion of the colorful John Daly confirms PowerPlay’s determination to put on a good show.

rounds, but no numbers had been released as of mid April. SHORT-FORM GOLF Check the TV listings the last week of May to get a look at “PowerPlay Golf: Ignition,” a 12-player exhibition of a new ninehole, two-flag, madefor-short-attention-span golf. Organizers, who launched PowerPlay after a study found that seven players in 10 supported a shorter and more actionpacked game of golf, are GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 37

short game promising a live broadcast via Sky Sports. With the Celtic Manor, Wales, setting, that won’t be prime time here in the states. But participants include Graeme McDowell, John Daly, Ian Poulter, Colin Montgomerie and two women, Paula Creamer and Helen Alfredsson. That lively cast of characters should guarantee good theater, whatever the hour of the broadcast. DOOR BUSTERS Lots of spring travel specials have come our way in recent weeks. Here’s a little sample, brought to you by GottaGoGolf: LaQuinta’s Resort and Desert Links (California) package includes a onehour lesson, overnight accommodations, unlimited golf, $25 resort credit, resort fee waiver, starting at $399.… The Villas of Grand Cypress (Florida) still has a few FlipCams 38 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

left for its “Flip and Chip” package: Fairway Club suite plus golf, breakfast, club rental and FlipCam, $199 per person, double occupancy and twonight stay required. www.… The Woodstock Inn and Resort (Vermont) has unlimited golf packages on its own Robert Trent Jones Sr. course for $298 per room, and a new two-night option to play its course plus one of the two private Quechee Club courses nearby at $458 per room. www.WoodstockInn. com... In Alabama’s Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area, foursome packages of four nights in a threebedroom condo with three rounds per player can be had starting at $104.22 per night per player. www. Designed for women: On Maui, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s new “Make Time for Nine” package com-

Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche, France.

bines accommodations at its activity-rich resort with nine holes on Old Blue plus 30 minutes of instruction/consultation with Brenda Rego, the only female head professional in the islands. Available in May-June and again in OctoberNovember, nightly rates start at $439; www.

… The Country Club at Woodloch Springs’ Golf Goddess Getaway in the Poconos (Pennsylvania) packages two meals a day plus golf, accommodations and a $120 spa credit at the Lodge starting at $250 per person per night, two-night minimum.… A night on the Shawnee Inn’s Girlfriends

Golf Getaway, also in the Poconos, comes with accommodations, golf and a $50 credit for dinner, a lesson, the spa, a play or even just cocktails, $149 per person midweek and $199 on weekends. www. And for those with passports: Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche (France) offers with accommodations two rounds of golf per room per day, two breakfasts, and complimentary upgrade and late checkout if available, starting at $595. www.FourSeasons. com/provence… Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort (Italy), in the heart of Tuscany, has threeand five-night packages through July, with unlimited golf and practice access, spa mineral pools and other facilities, daily breakfast and one night’s dinner, starting at $1,000 for two. www

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Short Game

Get outta town GottaGoGolf’s May issue explores New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country, the California desert’s Coachella Valley, Massachusetts, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz. We’re wondering: Where would you like to take us (don’t forget to pack the e-reader) on your next vacation?

A. Someplace where I can learn to say “Fore” in Spanish. B. Ireland for the Solheim Cup. C. Scotland, with a stop at St. Andrews. D. Bandon Dunes, to see what all the fuss is about. E. Pebble Beach, to see if it’s as pretty live as on TV. F. The Poconos, for golf and more. G. South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head or Kiawah Island. H. Orlando, Fla., with a ride at Disneyworld. Vote NOW

Last month

Slow play Bad for my brain

Men's fault

Pros OK, us not

The April issue previewing the pro tours for 2011 noted that the top players take it Group frowns on it Time for cockta their time. We asked your thoughtsLike about slow play, and the winning answer indicated that GottaGoGolf readers like to see the ball and hit the ball without a lot of thinking in between: “It seems to me, the more time I spend thinking, the bigger my score.” Could it be we’re not thinking properly? Sounds like fodder for a future story. Bad for my brain: The more time I spend thinking, the bigger my score. I like it because it gives me time to make a cocktail or hail the drink cart. I’d like to spend more time planning my shots but my companions won’t let me.


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I try to be deliberate when I play because I think it helps my game. The pros should take their time, but amateurs should hustle along. It’s those men in front of us who are holding up the show.

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You can’t take them with you... and other reasons to rent your clubs I hadn’t warmed up with my rental clubs at Savannah Harbor, but I trounced my square TaylorMade driver and there I was on the first hole looking at a 95-yard approach to the green. A little wind. A bunker in front of the flag. And, rental clubs. Uh, 9-iron? Really, when you think about it, it was a stress-free shot. Because if it wasn’t right, I had all of these excuses. That’s one of the beauties of renting rather than schlepping. But, there are others.

• For one, no schlepping. Take along a

clubs. Even hitting a few balls at the range to gauge distance will loosen us up more than the usual exercise of putting on the shoes.

• Often, the clubs are newer than

the ones you’ve been playing for the last six years. Most destination courses, in collaboration with the club makers and service providers, rotate in new sets (the better the course, the higher the likely price point) every year to two.

pair of shoes and a hat – at most courses that offer rental sets, one can count on a sleeve of balls in the deal. At Savannah Harbor, the • And, one gets to try out all kinds nice starter anted up a few extra previously of clubs. It’s like online dating only safer driven balls to compensate for my lack of lo- and with even less obligation. No one is trycal knowledge. ing to sell you these clubs, not overtly any• For another, one tends to actu- way, but you might still be buying. At some ally warm up and practice a bit with alien courses – Wailea Golf Club comes to mind 40 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

– premium sets offer even more temptation. “Our premium demo sets are for the avid golfer thinking of buying new clubs,” Wailea Director of Golf Rusty Hathaway said. “We’ve got TaylorMade, Callaway, Titleist and Ping sets here, and, yes, we do have some in ladies fit.” The demo sets run closer to $100 and the regular club rentals $60 at Wailea – and the latter represents a savings for many travelers over toting their clubs along. It’s typical to incur a charge of at least $30 for checked baggage, and that’s only the first piece; golf clubs could easily cost $100 to transport roundtrip, and more if they weigh in at more than 50 pounds. For this story, I used a different rental set

every day for five days in Maui last December, and then took another trip where I used yet a sixth set. And I came away with a few observations that might be helpful if you’re debating whether to rent or to schlep. Schlepping made a lot of sense to me because I was changing venues every couple of days. That gets old enough with just a suitcase, much less golf clubs. If I were staying put for a week, I could see bringing clubs – unless the resort offered rentals in a package, as many are starting to do. For me, it was difficult to select a good fit because I am tall and “ladies” sets do not fit me well. At Kiawah Island my caddie ran inside at the turn to fetch me a “men’s” driver I was able to hit much straighter on the back nine. But men’s irons often are steel-shafted in rental sets; that seems harsh. A try with so-called senior clubs also landed steel shafts. I played my best round with “ladies” clubs on the last day. I found out that a given course may have different putters in otherwise similar sets, or have some demo putters. Ask in the shop about your options. After all, isn’t this our most important club? And, it definitely takes a forgiving attitude to play with rental clubs, which may not do what you expect them to. That 9-iron on the first hole at Savannah Harbor? Yes, I know, you’ve been waiting. It got up in the air beautifully and came up about a yard short of the green, in the bunker. All there is left to say after that is, wish I had my own sand wedge.—Susan Fornoff

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Gotta Know

The life span of a well-traveled golf ball


“I hit the ball pretty straight and not very far, so I don’t lose many. How do I know when it’s time to feed a golf ball to the fishies – and do all those roadtrips in my hot trunk take a toll?”

Good news, GottaGoGolfers, the experts say that the average woman golfer doesn’t do much damage to the golf ball or notice slight differences in aerodynamic performance due to wear. Meaning, we can travel light and play that ball for as long as it’s looking good. According to Brandon Sowell, Director of Mar42 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

keting for Bridgestone Golf: “With advanced technology and constructions today, really the primary way it would get tired is through visible abrasions from use. Evaluate the cover for any abrasions from cart paths, trees, rocks/pebbles, etc., and remove from play as needed.” “In terms of performance,” says Nike’s product director for golf

balls, Mark Alan, “a ball does have a long shelf life. Little scuffs can affect aerodynamic performance, but most golfers won’t see that. You’ll see it on the (optimally swinging) robot. (Little scuffs) don’t even really affect putting, unless you can see ridges that would alter the roll. In general, if the ball looks shiny and has all of its dimples, a ball will still perform adequately.”

A single-digit handicapper with great ball control, Alan said, might notice inconsistencies with wear and tear. But most of us really won’t. Here are a few tips for anyone who wants to maximize the effectiveness of their golf balls:


Start with the right ball. All of the golf ball manufacturers, including Callaway and Titleist, are packaging

several options; it makes sense to play the right one rather than whatever pops out of the weeds.


Take a few minutes to be fitted. Bridgestone and now Nike have invested heavily in programs to customize the process for all of us, so that we can match our ball selection with our swing speed and goals. Bridgestone (bridgestonegolf. com) has a traveling Golf

short game Ball Fitting Challenge that uses a launch monitor, or for instant advice, fill out an online questionnaire. And Nike ( will have an online ball fitting tool any day now.


Clean the ball whenever it’s legal to do so. What you can’t see might hurt you. “If there’s mud on the ball or any dirt between the ball and the putter face, it will really affect the roll of the ball,” Alan said. “Same thing with the driver – a little dirt in the dimples can have a big effect.”

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Consider storing new balls in a mild environment until you’re ready to use them. Both Alan and Sowell recommend room temperature storage in both summer and winter to preserve the molecular structure of this important piece of your equipment. Maybe we should nestle them between the bottles in the wine cellar?. —Susan Fornoff

GLOSSARY “This shot has left the building” If you block a shot on a basketball court, you’ve had a good day. If you block a shot on the golf course, you might need some lessons. That’s because your blocked shot is going to land well right of your intended target — unless you’re a lefty, in which case the news is no better: Your blocked shot will land well left of target. Unlike in basketball, this is not happening because Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has swooped in and swatted away your golf ball. In fact, unlike in basketball, it is really not all that simple to assess what causes a shot to be blocked. Generally, the problem is that the club face stays open when the ball is struck, causing it to start right and stay right. So various schools of thought would suggest a golfer to adjust her stance, her swing plane, her address. One cause might be turning too quickly so as to connect with the ball late in the swing; another, not turning the wrists early enough through the swing. Fixing a block is no slam dunk. So see your local golf guru for help. GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 43


By Gail Rogers

When in Rome, play by the Roman rules “Sometimes players use a range finder, play out of a flower bed, or even replay a shot that clipped a power line. How do I know when I’m allowed to do such things? Or when I’m penalized if I do them?”


he Committee in charge of a tournament has to determine not only the Conditions for the Competition, but also the Local Rules. Conditions are normally general information that could apply to any tournament on any course. Local Rules apply specifically to the course where the event is being held. Conditions of a Competition may include the age of the players who are eligible, as in Junior, Mid-Amateur and Senior events. The U.S. Women’s Open is just that—open to all who qualify whether professional, amateur, junior or senior player. Another condition of a tournament might be walking—or the opposite, where a Committee requires players to use motorized golf cars. This information is normally available well before the tournament.

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Local Rules are sometimes not finalized until the day before or even the morning of a tournament. When a player picks up a Local Rules Former USGA rules sheet during a practice official Gail Rogers round it will normally have both a date and a time on it. The copy a player receives on the tee the day of the competition normally has FINAL printed on it. Such a late delivery makes knowing Local Rules a bit trickier for the player. It is wise to allow an extra few minutes on the tee for this purpose of reviewing the Local Rules. Unfortunately, players often neglect this step and

risk incurring a penalty during a round or even disqualification from the tournament. On the final hole of the 2010 PGA Championship Dustin Johnson grounded his club in sand on the course. He had failed to read the Local Rule as well as signs posted in the clubhouse reminding players that all sand on the course is considered a bunker. This twostroke penalty cost him the opportunity to win the championship. Most courses and competitions in the United States use the Local Rule for an embedded ball. This means that the player is entitled to relief for a ball embedded through the green. See Definitions in The Rules of Golf. However, if the Committee forgets to include this Local Rule, a player who takes relief for a ball embedded in any area other than what is considered “closely mown” incurs a twostroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. Rule 25-2. At the 2010 Alameda Commuters tournament the Committee decided to use the Rule

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A rules official consoles Dustin Johnson after giving bad news at last year’s PGA. itself and not the Local Rule that players expect. James Hay was penalized two strokes as he had not noticed the Local Rule was not in effect. Because players have come to expect this Local Rule, the Committee should let players know on the tee prior to starting a round that the Local Rule for an embedded ball is not in effect. Knowing the Rules is the player’s responsibility as stated in Rule 6. Distance measuring devices are considered

artificial devices under Rule 14-3. Without the Specimen Local Rule in effect as shown in Appendix I-B-9, a player (or her caddie) who uses a distance measuring device is disqualified. The USGA’s Rules of Golf Committee has worked to make the verbiage understandable and it encourages everyone to use it as stated. This is a case where plagiarism is encouraged. Dropping Zones are also part of Local Rules. Dropping Zones are an additional option for a player whose ball is in a water hazard,or may be unplayable in a large area of Ground Under

Repair where normal relief options would seriously disadvantage a player, or when relief options are not available because of course design or interference by temporary obstructions on a course (such as a scoring tent near the 18th green). At the Tavistock Cup, Graeme McDowell was shown with his ball in a flower bed. He did not remember whether relief was mandatory or if he could play the ball as it lay without penalty, so cameras showed him retrieving his Local Rules sheet from the side pocket of his golf bag and reading up on how to proceed. Very smart of the U.S. Open champion. Follow Graeme’s example: Read and refer to your Local Rules sheet. Stewardship of the game: Your approach is everything. Not just the shot, but how you tell a fellow player of a penalty situation. Test some statements to find the one where you are comfortable, “I think we have a rules problem here,” is my current favorite. If the person gets upset, remind them they can overcome a penalty but they will be disqualified if they fail to include it in their score. Visit to see the rules of golf and decisions. Email rules questions to Gail Rogers. GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 45

19th hole Drinking and driving (and putting) in the USA By Cheryl Stotler

Vineyards and golf courses tend to share a lot in common: beautiful settings, fluctuating conditions and confounding challenges. So it wasn’t difficult to come up with the five topwine-and-golf destinations in the United States for GGG’s travel issue this month: California, Washington, Oregon, New York and North Carolina. What was difficult: limiting the selection of wines for our Masters Sunday tasting. Readers, there are lots more, GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 46

and we encourage you to tell us what you found! Here’s just a little sampler of the golf-wine synergy, presented from east to west. Sharon Winslow prepares for all 19 holes at Fox Run.

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THIS ONE’S COVERED Kathie Dyson’s piece this month on the Finger Lakes wine country of upstate New York portrays a region with cup overflowing with classic golf and new world wines. Fox Run, in the Seneca Lake-view town of Penn Yan, self-proclaims as a premium boutique winery, with daily tastings and a café with deck. We found their specialty – Rieslings. Sharon Winslow, who did marketing for the winery until she recently retired/downscaled, finds heaven in a glass of Fox Run Reserve Riesling. But first, golf. “I currently play in a mixed league at Lakeside Country Club overlooking our beautiful Keuka

North Carolina’s Shelton Vineyards is a little over 2 hours from the state’s famous golf courses. Lake, sometimes with guys and sometimes with gals,” Winslow said. “I also enjoy Seneca Lake Golf Club, another 18-hole course overlooking another beautiful Finger Lake, Seneca Lake.” Winslow also recommends Shenandoah and Reservoir Creek. “On our local courses you are surrounded by vineyards, woods and lakes,” she noted, savoring the recipe.

Shelton Vineyards WINING WITH A DRAWL Shelton Vineyards, new to us on the West Coast of wine, makes a surprising range of wines in its Yadkin Valley winery. Where’s that, y’all are asking? “As far away from Napa as you can get,” says the

brochure: North Carolina, just west of Winston Salem in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Dobson. Here, the likes of Tannat and Viognier find their way into bottles, along with the usual Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and friends. Shelton, one of the biggest wineries in the East, woos visitors with the Harvest Grill serving bistrostyle food and the winery open GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 47

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daily for tours and tastings. Winemaker Murphy Moore is a woman – she came to Shelton

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from Washington State’s Walla Walla Valley, another of our Green Jacket destinations. Shelton is only about 2½ hours from famed Pinehurst, site of the 2014 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Opens, and women who make that drive may be interested in getting a round in at Pine Needles, which hosted the women’s open in 1996, 2001 and 2007. Another thought: Stay right there in Dobson and golf nine holes at nearby Beaver Creek, a par-36 that plays just 2,420 yards from the forward tees. Wine and nine, always a fine combination.

Three Rivers Winery GOOD THINGS IN THREES In the Walla Walla Valley of Southern Washington, as famous for its sweet onions as its winefriendly grapes, three rivers dominate the landscape in a region with cool nights, warm days and mineral-rich soil. The combination allows Walla Walla’s Three Rivers Winery to produce high quality award-winning wines

Three Rivers’ name comes from the Columbia, Snake and Walla Walla rivers. rivaling neighboring Oregon and California in some varietals – and we loved the Cabernet Sauvignon! Holly Turner is the winemaker here, where visitors are not only welcome to come and sample her creations but can play golf, free of charge. The former owners couldn’t plant on the three acres and they noticed the neighboring winery staffs firing golf balls onto the property, so they built golf holes. Three of them, of course.

Beaux Frères Winery ON TOP OF THEIR GAME There’s no golf course at little Beaux Frères in Newberg, Oregon. No café, no summer concert series, and no tastings and tours without an appointment. But anyone looking for Pinot Noir will find plenty to their taste. The Willamette Valley climate matches the optimal growing conditions for the grape, and Beaux Frères grows enough of them to make four to six thousand cases of wine each year. Robert Parker, of wine rating fame, is one of the owners. Women looking for golf, however, will want to find a way to wrangle into Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where two challenging Robert Cupp layouts have won many accolades in their less than 20 years. The members-only Witch Hollow side has hosted two U.S. Women’s Opens and a U.S. Women’s Amateur; outsiders can play the Ghost Creek 18 at $150 in high season or $50-$60 the rest of the year. The Willamette Valley climate lends itself to great Pinot Noir. GottaGoGolf I may 2011 I 49

Terra Valentine, Walter Hansel wineries YOU SAY NAPA, I SAY SONOMA We wouldn’t leave out California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys, even though the golf courses can be a little bit hard to find. In Sonoma, Stephen Hansel’s 75-acre winery produces exquisite Chardonnays 50 I may 2011 I GottaGoGolf

and Pinot Noirs indigenous to the Russian River Valley region. Tastings are by appointment only – maybe because on any given day Hansel and his wife could be on the links engaged in a fierce contest over who will cook dinner. “We belong to Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club; which is a very nice everyday golf course,” Hansel said. “Otherwise, I feel Sonoma (where the Champions Tour played its season-ending championship

for several years) is the finest in the area, with play available for Fairmont guests.” Sam Baxter, the winemaker at Terra Valentine, high up on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley and on the way to the Sonoma Valley, notes that Sonoma County does have one of the region’s top private courses, rolling Mayacama. But he likes to take friends to the little-known nine-holer in St. Helena at the luxurious Meadowood Resort. “Meadowood is a place where

Don’t expect to play Mayacama during your visit to Sonoma Valley: it’s private. I like to take the crew that works at the winery and blow off some steam around the course,” Baxter said. “At any given time, guests at Meadowood can be out on the course with many different winemakers.” This sounds to us like almost as much fun as being at the winery with many different golfers. Either way, we’ll take it.

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A green jacket blind tasting reveals the masters It was like watching all of those great shots on Masters Sunday this year – we’d have taken any and all of these outstanding wines to the Butler Cabin. Here’s the final scorecard for a tough field: Shelton Vineyards Blanc de Blanc didn’t get a blind tasting because it was clearly sparkling wine, but it was a panel favorite. Clean, refreshing and perfectly chilled, we toasted in our green jacket as our favorite contender (the cute Australian Adam Scott) birdied the 16th hole. ($25, Three Rivers Sauvignon Blanc 2009 paired beautifully with the peppery artichoke-cheese cup appetizer, so crisp and fruity and without annoying Bermuda grass or cat pee notes. Ripe melon and citrus flavors with some apricot notes, and a touch of Semillon enhances the texture. ($16, The green jacket went to the Walter Hansel Chardonnay 2008, straight out of the Russian River Valley. The panel loved this serious, rich, medium- to full-bodied wine. Taste citrus marmalade with buttery texture and subtle minerality on the strong finish. ($22, walterhanselwinery. com) Fox Run shipped out three Rieslings that the tasters found so wildly varied, they didn’t identify them all as Rieslings: The 2009 Dry Riesling ($15.99), with a touch of residual sugar, might have made the best match for all of the cheeses

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel receives the green jacket from Phil Mickelson.

and dipping foods on the table, especially the garlic-mint raita. Like Jason Day and Adam Scott, the 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling ($13.99) finished second in the championship – Day and Scott with their late Masters surges and this perfectly balanced Riesling evoking aromas of jasmine and yummy pineapple, orange, apricot fruit. The tasters wanted to slather up with some oil and get a

spot in the bleachers! And the Reserve Riesling 2008 ($30) perhaps suffered for its place in the draw – an explosion of acidity follows with a creamy mid-palate. About 1% residual sugar that doesn’t really come through as sweet because of its crispness. Complex tropical and citrus layers demand attention and probably would have been best experienced on the first hole rather than the sixth, yet like Jason Day it grew on us and delighted. ( Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2006 we could only imagine farther into its prime, because it was the first bottle empty. With a big, intense nose, spicy black fruit flavors and a dry, earthy finish, it called for a mushroom risotto and a Thanksgiving date (not for sale on winery site but can be found online starting around $80.00, Both the Three Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($21, and the Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($40,, tasted at about the time Charl Schwartzel slipped his arms into the green jacket, moved the panel to silent sipping. Well, maybe there was a “wow” uttered. The deep ruby color and smooth, chocolaty finish of the Three Rivers, followed by the inky Terra Valentine – luscious fruit and cocoa with mid-palate notes of mint and cedar finishing long with rich caramel and toast – garnered high scores from the red lovers and appreciation from the rest. The Scott-Day runnerup standing went to Terra Valentine, with Three Rivers just off the pace with Tiger Woods.

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By The Golf Goddess

MAY Taurus (April 21—May 21)

Cancer (June 22—July 22)

Virgo (Aug. 24—Sept. 22)

Put on your wig and do your best Diana Ross. Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from helping everyone else find golf balls, line up putts, observe the rules. Oh wait, rules issue, that’s next month. Rest assured that the hand you extend will be accepted, and the invitation to the Finger Lakes golf getaway well received.

It’s your month to conform, not perform, and you might have to take some heat for your obsession with the rules. Be sure to read next month’s GottaGoGolf for the pros and cons of that point of view, and try not to be too hard on the gals tredding in the weeds when you’d rather they stay on the well-worn path. They’re just trying to save a stroke.

Your playing partners are tired of hearing about your life partner’s shortcomings, so either tee off or go home and make nice. Really, the sun is finally shining, and also happens to be aligned for you to wake up sharp and cheery and confident, ready to finally forget about that bunker right in front of the green and go for the pin.

Gemini (May 22—June 21)

Leo (July 23—Aug. 23)

Noticed a chill in the air on the back nine? Or maybe you thought you heard the word “sandbagger” whispered when you drained that 25-footer? Consider that you might be playing a bit better right now than the rest of the group, and find your sense of humor to keep the gals at ease. Then send the handicap chairwoman a sleeve of her favorites.

The fancy golf vacation seems out of reach considering the contents of your Prada purse right now, but the stars are aligned for you to make some plans of your own. So check out the special deals in our New To You pages, do your homework, and find that golf destination that speaks to your dreams without stealing your dollars. Be sure to tell us about it on Facebook.

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Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) Yes girlfriend, you are feeling a little mushy right now. But, trust us, your foursome doesn’t want to hear how much they mean to you. They want your quarters at the end of the skins game! Show a little love to the pro shop staff and the marshals instead, they never get any. And accept every invitation to tee it up, so you don’t get mushy AND lonely.


Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21)

Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 20)

Pisces (Feb. 20—March 20)

Don’t talk too fast when you finally muster up the nerve to sign up for one-on-one lessons with that teacher you’ve been admiring. If only she can decipher your request, she might be able to reel in your brain a bit to focus on that shot you’ve been missing on just about every hole. And then the three little words you treasure: Take a vacation.

Beware, your assessment of the fastrolling greens and manicured fairways will be heard as whining about your putting and favoring cow pastures. So just play golf quietly — even “nice shot” can ring sharply with a variation in intonation — and refrain from unusual wagers this month. Your short-term goal: just to get along.

Stick your chest out this month and be proud — maybe the confidence will serve you well in the match play championship. It’s a good time to invite the neighbors over for a 19th hole Green Jacket Tasting this month — see what you can find from the five great golf and wine regions, then pick one for the next vacation.

Aquarius (Jan. 21—Feb. 19)

aries (march 21—april 20)

Take a break from your strident leadership roles, let others decide who gets how many strokes and which format to play this Saturday. Sometimes the whole perfectionist thing gets old. You can always take it home, where there’s usually someone who loves to engage in a bit of spirited debate. If not, pick up the phone.

How many swing thoughts can one brain hold? It’s your month to find out, Aries, so add one more: Count! As for the putting, why not try the claw, the reverse grip and the belly putter? Face it, you’re going to be all over the place mentally and might as well just give in and have a little fun with it. Demo clubs, anyone?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22—Dec. 21) Just get through May without losing your job, your home, your partner or, especially, your swing. The weird thing is, you’re obsessed with getting rid of SOMEthing. So, on second thought, maybe let go of that swing. Tiger did it. Oh, but he kind of lost a few other things. Just hang in there until June then!

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