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CONTENTS

GOLF

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Gol f Driv ing T ip s

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er ase st rok es f rom your gol f ga me

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Rem embering A rnol d Pa l mer

12 Yoga for Gol f ers 14 W h at E v ery Gol f er Shoul d K now A bou t P il at es 16 2019 P GA Tour S chedul e

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22 2019 L P GA Tour S chedul e 2 6 2019 Ch a mp ions Tour S ch edul e 30 M a k e your back ya rd a st y l e cen t er of your home 32 How to h av e t he sm a rt est hom e on t he block

HEALTH

3 4 m a k e your home F eel Mo re Spacious 4 0 t hr ee sensibl e home imp rov emen t p rojects 4 2 L igh t en up - Brigh t en up your home 4 6 Fou r Food M y t hs

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4 8 Sa lt a nd your He a lt h 4 4 e asing senior lonel ines s 51 Compa n y Inde x


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An effective tip to begin with is to tee your ball higher than you ordinarily would. Studies have actually found that the perfect height for your tee whilst driving is to have the bottom of the ball level with the top of your driver, and many newbies usually keep the tee much lower. Understand that this only pertains to driving, the tee should be lower for iron shots. Golf is a sport that’s continually being improved by the thousands of professional players around the world. Tips and advice are plenty to help improve the game of the player. These tips vary from the perfect golf swing, the right hold and grip, the correct stance in a golf game, and how you can increase your tempo and speed. Golf driving tips in particular are usually the mail focus because lots of individuals comprehend the need for starting off each and every hold with a consistently long shot. Strengthening your own drive does not always mean modifying your entire set up of your game, there simply could be some points within the drive that should be sharpened to find the desired result that you need. Golf driving tips reveal that the correct setup or stance is necessary to any game of golf. This gives you the ideal power that is required for distance and accuracy. 2

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Focusing on getting the ball up in the air and getting your weight behind it as you reach the backswing is really important. One mistake that most golfers make is immediately shifting their weight towards the front foot upon completing the backswing. The most effective way to avoid this mistake is always to keep your right knee flexed and the weight at the head of the swing. Turn your back entirely away from the target and get your weight behind the ball to obtain more range with your drive. Keep in mind, just like any tips, golf driving tips are simply guides to making your drive go further. Just be sure that when you do consider using these suggestions you practice them prior to going to a real game! Practice and training is the only method to benefit from any tips or advice, as often these tips must be tweaked to be more appropriate using your own swing. by Carney Kilian


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ERASE ST ROK ES FROM YOUR GOLF GAME –NO PENCIL REQUIRED–

“To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser.” Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who’ve reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now. “If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there’s little they can do to immediately improve their game,” says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (USRGA). “However, if they play by USRGA rules, they do have the option to switch to better equipment.” The USRGA is the official organization that governs recreational golf. Its rules allow the use of higherperformance golf equipment. Hoeflich estimates that more than half of U.S. golfers agree with the USRGA rules that permit equipment that “puts fun back in the game, speeds up play and helps achieve better scores.” Callaway Golf started the recreational equipment movement in 2000 with the ERC II driver. Now Polara Golf is advancing the movement with its Advantage driver and Ultimate Straight golf balls -- both engineered to eclipse the PGA limits, which means you can’t play them in the Masters or U.S. Open. David Felker, chief technology officer for Polara Golf, explains, “Our drivers and balls are not intended for the top amateur players and professionals. We purposely designed equipment that exceeds the performance limits accepted by the PGA Tour, so that recreational golfers can experience less frustration, score lower and have more fun.” A 2012 Google consumer survey revealed that 63 percent of respondents would consider using golf equipment that provides a performance advantage. This sentiment is shared by the PGA of America president, Ted Bishop, who says, “I think anything we can do to relax the rules, if it means putting non-conforming equipment in the hands of players that enable them to hit the ball higher and farther and enjoy the game more -- what’s the problem?” According to the National Golf Foundation, golf rounds have fallen by 8 percent since 2007, largely due to the frustrations of the game, excessive play times and high costs. “The technology now exists to make golf more pleasurable for everyone,” says Felker. “Who doesn’t want to have more fun?” For more information, visit www.polaragolf.com and www.usrga.org. 4

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R e m e m b e r i n g

ARNOLD PA L M E R 1 9 2 9 - 2 0 1 6

Arnold Palmer was many things to many people... world famous golf immortal and sportsman, highly-successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history. His popularity and success grew with the tremendous golf boom in the latter half of the 20th Century to heights few ever anticipated and they have been recognized in countless ways over the years. Certainly each contributed to the other, a fact given recognition when he was named “Athlete of the Decade” for the 1960s in a national Associated Press poll. Before, during and after that great decade, the famous golfer amassed 92 championships in professional competition of national or international stature. Sixty-two of the victories came on the U.S. PGA Tour, starting with the 1955 Canadian Open. Besides the magnificent performance record, his magnetic personality and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness to everybody with whom he comes in contact have endeared him to millions throughout the world and led to the informal formation of the largest non-uniformed “military” organization in existence -- Arnie’s Army. Seven of his victories came in what the golfing world considers the four major professional championships. He 6

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won the Masters Tournament four times, in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964; the U.S. Open in spectacular fashion in 1960 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. He came from seven strokes off the pace in the final round in that U.S. Open win and finished second in four other Opens after that. Among the majors, only the PGA Championship eluded him. He finished second in the PGA three times. Arnie’s springboard to professional fame and fortune was his victory in the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1954. He turned professional a few months later. His hottest period was a four-year stretch from 1960 to 1963 when he landed 29 of his titles and collected almost $400,000 at a time when the purses were minute by today’s standards. He was the leading money-winner in three of those years and twice represented the U.S. in the prestigious Ryder Cup Match during that time, serving in 1963 as the victorious captain. It was also during this period that his rapidly-growing business interests got their start, through the impetus of Palmer himself and with the guidance and efforts of his business manager, and his wideranging organization. Arnold was president of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, a multi-division structure encompassing much of his global commercial activity. He was involved in automobile and aviation service firms over the years and was the principal owner of a car dealership in Latrobe.


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Arnold was president and sole owner (since 1971) of Latrobe Country Club and president and principal owner of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, FL, which he and a group of associates acquired in 1970. Bay Hill hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, on the PGA Tour. In 1999, Arnold and a group of investors purchased the famed Pebble Beach golf complex on the California coast. He was also a tournament professional and member of the board of directors of Laurel Valley Golf Club, Ligonier, PA, with which he has been affiliated since its founding in the late 1950s. Palmer was consultant to Golf Channel in Orlando, which went on the air on cable networks in January, 1995. Another important facet of his activities involved the Arnold Palmer Design Company, which continues to thrive headquartered at the Bay Hill Club. Since the mid-1960s, Palmer put his stamp on about 300 new courses throughout the nation and world. His modest business empire and golfing activities kept Palmer on the move much of the year, most of the travel in his Cessna Citation X jet aircraft. He was recognized in 1999 for his contributions to aviation and his Western Pennsylvania community when the Westmoreland County Airport at Latrobe was renamed the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. He was a member of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority. Palmer was born on September 10, 1929, in Latrobe, a small industrial town in Western Pennsylvania at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains some 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. He lived there during the warm months of the year, but spent the fall and winter months at his homes at Bay Hill and at the Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta, California. He had numerous active and honorary memberships in clubs throughout the world, including famed Augusta National in Georgia, St. Andrews in Scotland, Pine Valley in New Jersey, Winged Foot in New York and Oakmont in Pittsburgh. The golfing great was the recipient of countless honors, the symbolic plaques, trophies and citations scattered throughout his personal, club and business worlds, the epitome coming when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2009. He has received virtually every national award in golf and after his great 1960 season both the Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year trophies. 8

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The saga of Arnold Palmer began when he was four years old, swinging his first set of golf clubs, cut down by his father, Milfred J. (Deacon) Palmer, who worked at Latrobe Country Club from 1921 until his death in 1976, much of that time as both golf professional and course superintendent. Before long, Arnie was playing well enough to beat the older caddies at the club. He began caddying himself when he was 11 and worked at almost every job at the club in later years. Palmer died on September 25, 2016 (shortly after his 87th birthday) while awaiting heart surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Shadyside) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was admitted three days earlier to undergo testing on his heart. After his funeral, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in his hometown at Latrobe Country Club. Less than a week after Palmer died, his life was celebrated by both teams at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities. The celebration included a video tribute and a moment of silence during the opening ceremony, which also included tributes from the opposing captains - Davis Love III for Team USA and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke for Team Europe - and the opposing honorary captains - Nicklaus for Team USA and England’s Tony Jacklin for Team Europe. During the matches, the players paid tribute to Palmer, which included wearing a special logo, button and pin. Palmer’s bag from the 1975 Ryder Cup was also placed on the first tee as a tribute. Palmer had won more than 22 Ryder Cup matches and had also captained Team USA to two victories, in addition to holding or being tied for the records for youngest captain, most career singles points and most points in a single Ryder Cup.[59] PGA of America president Derek Sprague stated: “The game has never known a more enthusiastic sportsman than Arnold Palmer. So it is fitting that we pay tribute to Mr. Palmer during the 41st Ryder Cup, to celebrate it in a very special way, the life of an unforgettable champion and gracious ambassador of the game.” Two days after a 17–11 victory, which marked the first American Ryder Cup triumph since 2008 at Valhalla and which Love dedicated to Palmer, the majority of the team attended the memorial service for Palmer at St. Vincent College in Latrobe and also brought the trophy after Palmer’s daughter Amy asked the team if they could do so. A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to Palmer on January 1, 2017.

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YOGA FOR GOLFERS Hitting the greens creates imbalances throughout the body that can cause stiffness, pain, and even injury. Whether you’re just beginning or have been playing for years, every golfer can benefit from the strengthening power of yoga. Yoga emphasizes balance and alignment which allows for better rotation and stronger swings. Warming up or cooling down with some simple yoga poses is a great way to help prevent injuries and add flexibility and concentration to your game.

P RE V EN T IN JURY & REDUCE PA IN Different parts of your body work together to keep you moving. If one part isn’t functioning properly, other parts can become strained trying to compensate. For example, tightness in the hips can cause forearms and wrists extra strain during a swing. A weak core can lead to back and shoulder strain. Yoga can align and strengthen your body, ensuring each part is doing what it needs to without strain. In addition to prevention, holding poses and deep breathing helps your muscles and ligaments receive the oxygenated blood they need to help speed the healing process and reduce inflammation.

F L E X IBIL I T Y & S T RENG T H A powerful drive comes from a strong and flexible core. Yoga poses can build strength in weaker or neglected muscles, many provide both stretching and strength-building. Most yoga classes will engage every part of your body, aiding you in balance and power. Proper posture and correct body alignment is imperative.

IMP ROV E FOCUS Yoga’s noncompetitive nature can allows us to savor the joy of movement. The breathing and meditation involved can increase your ability to concentrate and visualize each swing. Yoga helps you to stay focused on the present moment. When you apply these principles, you can let go of the previous shots. You become mindful only of the current moment, allowing the that swing to come naturally.

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EV ERY GOLFER

SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

PILATES

Before Tiger Woods became known in the golf world, there wasn’t much emphasis placed on fitness for golfers. But along comes Tiger, a golfer with long, lean muscles, core strength, incredible flexibility and balance for golfers to start taking notice. Tiger is religious about fitness and incorporates Pilates into his exercise regime. Now Pilates has become recognized in golf as a must to improve your game and prolong your career. The acceptance has been such that the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens recently announced that it has partnered with All-American Pilates to open the PGA Pilates studio. Rocco Mediate, another professional golfer has had much to say about Pilates after having major back surgery. Mediate just wasn’t the same. He couldn’t bend over for long periods of time to practice his putting, and his back always went out after lengthy plane trips. After just a week of starting Pilates, he was turned around, and after two weeks he said he felt like he’d never felt before. Mediate has since got rid of his weights and has completely outfitted his workout room with Pilates equipment. “Pilates never compromises your back,” he says. “I’ve got more motion in my shoulders, midsection and legs. I can repeat my basic swing more often. Pilates is going to add five, six, seven ... years to my career.” It is said that the golf swing is a little one-sided, which can create imbalance in the body. Pilates helps to balance out the body against the forces of the swing. It helps to create less torque in the spine because you learn to swing from your center and not from your limbs. Mediate gives Pilates credit for major improvements in his game. He used to avoid putting, and now he’s a putting machine. 14

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DAT E

TOURN A MEN T

LOCAT ION

JAN

3-6

Sentry Tournament of Champions

Plantation Course at Kapalua, Maui, HI

10 - 13

Sony Open in Hawaii

Waialae CC, Honolulu, HI

17 - 20

CareerBuilder Challenge

Stadium Course, La Quinta, CA

24 - 27

Farmers Insurance Open

Torrey Pines GC (South), San Diego, CA

31 - FEB 3 Waste Management Phoenix Open TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

FEB

7 - 10

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach GL, Pebble Beach, CA

14 - 17

Genesis Open

Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA

21 - 24

Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach Golf & CC, Rio Grande, PUR

World Golf Championships -Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City

21 - 24

28 - MAR 3 The Honda Classic

PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

MAR 7 - 10

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, FL

14 - 17

THE PLAYERS Championship

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

21 - 24

Valspar Championship

Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, FL

27 - 31

World Golf Championships -Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin Country Club, Austin, TX

28 - 31

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, DOM

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DAT E

TOURN A MEN T

LOCAT ION

APR 4 - 7

Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

11 - 14

Masters Tournament

Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA

18 - 21

RBC Heritage

Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, SC

25 - 28

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA

MAY 2 - 5

Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC

AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, TX

9 - 12

16 - 19 PGA Championship

23 - 26

Charles Schwab Challenge

Bethpage State Park BK Course, Bethpage, NY Colonial CC, Fort Worth, TX

30 - JUN 2 The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH

JUN 6 - 9 RBC Canadian Open

Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, ON CAN

13 - 16

U.S. Open

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, CA

20 - 23

Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT

27 - 30

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, MI

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DAT E

TOURN A MEN T

LOCAT ION

JUL

4 - 7

3M Open

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, MN

11 - 14

John Deere Classic

TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL

18 - 21

Barbasol Championship

Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, KY

18 - 21

The Open Championship

Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush, NIR

25 - 28

World Golf Championships -FedEx St. Jude Invitational

TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN

25 - 28

Reno-Tahoe Tournament

Montreux G&CC, Reno, NV

AUG

1 - 4

Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC

8 - 11

THE NORTHERN TRUST

Liberty National GC, Jersey City, NJ

15 - 18

BMW Championship

Medinah CC (No. 3), Medinah, IL

22 - 25

TOUR Championship

East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DAT E

TOURNAMENT

JAN

14 - 20

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Lake Buena Vista, FL

FEB

4 - 10

ISPS Handa Vic Open

Victoria, Australia

11 - 17

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Grange, South Australia

18 - 24

Honda LPGA Thailand

Chonburi, Thailand

25 - MAR 3 HSBC Women’s World Championship

MAR

18 - 24

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Phoenix, AZ

25 - 31

Kia Classic

Carlsbad, CA

APR

1 - 7

ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, CAI

15 - 20

LOTTE Championship

Oahu, HI

22 - 28

Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Los Angeles, CA

29 - MAY 5 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

MAY

20 - 26

Pure Silk Championship

Williamsburg, VA

27 - JUN 2

U.S. Women’s Open

Charleston, SC

JUN 3 - 9

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer

Galloway, NJ

10 - 16

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Grand Rapids, MI

17 - 23

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Chaska, MN

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

Rogers, AR

24 - 30

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Singapore

Daly City, CA


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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DAT E

TOURNAMENT

LO CAT I O N

JUL

1 - 7

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Oneida, WI

8 - 14

Marathon Classic presented by Dana

Sylvania, OH

15 - 20

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Midland, MI

22 - 28

The Evian Championship

Evian-les-Bains, France

29 - AUG 4 AIG Women’s British Open

Milton Keynes, England

AUG 5 - 11

Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open

North Berwick, Scotland

19 - 25

CP Women’s Open

Ontario, Canada

26 - SEPT 1 Cambia Portland Classic

SEP

9 - 15

23 - 29

Portland, OR

Solheim Cup

Perthshire, Scotland

Indy Women in Tech Championship driven by Group1001

Indianapolis, IN

30 - OCT 6 Volunteers of America Classic

OCT

14 - 20

Buick LPGA Shanghai

Shanghai, China

21 - 27

BMW Ladies Championship

Busan, South Korea

28 - NOV 3 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

The Colony, TX

Taipei, Taiwan

NOV

4 - 10

Toto Japan Classic

Shiga, Japan

18 - 24

CME Group Tour Championship

Naples, FL

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2019

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

DAT E

TOURNAMENT

LO CAT I O N

JAN 17 - 19

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

Hualalai GC, Ka’upulehu-Kona, HI,

FEB 8 - 10 Boca Raton Championship

The Old Course at Broken Sound Boca Raton, FL

15 - 17

Chubb Classic

The Classics at Lely Resort, Naples, FL

MAR

1-3

Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson National, Tucson, AZ

8 - 10

Hoag Classic

Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, CA

29 - 31

Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, MS

APR

19 - 21

Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GA

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, MO

Regions Tradition

Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, AL

23 - 26

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, NY

31 - JUN 2

Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, IA

JUN

7-9 Mastercard Japan Championship

Narita Golf Club-Accordia Golf, Narita-shi, Chiba, JPN

21 - 23 American Family Insurance Championship

University Ridge GC, Madison, WI

26 - 28 MAY

10 - 12

27 - 30

26

U.S. Senior Open Championship

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Warren Golf Course Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN


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2019

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

DAT E

TOURNAMENT

LO CAT I O N

JUL 11 - 14

Bridgestone Senior Players Championship

Firestone CC, Akron, OH

25 - 28

The Senior Open Championship Royal Lytham and St. Annes, presented by Rolex Lancashire, ENG

AUG

16 - 18

DICK’S Sporting Goods Open

23 - 25 Boeing Classic

En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, WA

Shaw Charity Classic

Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, AB, CAN

The Ally Challenge

Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, MI

20 - 22

Sanford International

Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, SD

27 - 29

PURE Insurance Championship Pebble Beach Golf Links, Championship Monterey Peninsula, CA

30 - SEP 1 SEP

OCT

13 - 15

11 - 13

18 - 20

SAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

NOV 1 - 3 Invesco QQQ Championship 7 - 10 DEC 28

5-8

Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, AZ

PNC Father Son Challenge

Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, FL

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H o w t o M a k e T h e B a c k ya r d The Style Center of Your Home For many homeowners, the backyard is not at the forefront of their home-design plans. But procrastination can be an advantage when it comes to outdoor living. By the time many people consider the backyard, they have developed a strong sense of their own décor personality. Most consumers’ design styles can be classified as traditionalist, bohemian, modern, eclectic, rustic or industrial, according to Belgard, a company dedicated to outdoor living design and elements for patio spaces and beyond. Fortunately, there are backyard design plans to suit any taste, as well as any budget. Some design elements that might have particular appeal to different décor personalities include:

F O R T H E T R A D I T IO N A L I S T:

Classic comfort. What is the primary purpose of a patio? A place for sitting and relaxing. Attractive, sturdy pavers in appealing patterns provide easy walking and an artistic base for conversation nooks of tables, chairs, planters, and picnic tables.

FOR THE BOHEMIAN:

Fire pit. Fire pits are an easy way to promote cozy gathering for all ages. And everyone can appreciate freedom from bugs; wood fires can help hold mosquitoes at bay.

F O R T H E M O D E R N I S T:

Multiple levels. Homeowners seeking a modern look can consider a range of options for walkways and pavers that might include steps and slopes to wind through a terraced garden.

FOR THE ECLECTIC:

Water features. But not just for swimming. Homeowners can show off an eclectic backyard style with a fountain, fish pond, or other water feature that makes a splash.

FOR THE RUSTIC:

Eating out. Cooking outdoors can reach a new level, as advanced outdoor kitchen units allow guests to help with meal preparation or just chat with the host/chef while enjoying the outdoor setting.

FOR THE INDUSTRIAL:

Unique lighting is a way to make a statement and set a mood in an outdoor setting. Some ways to get creative with light include not only hardscape lighting and illuminated planters, but short-term elements such as lighting fixtures that highlight cool metals and metallics for a more urban, industrial vibe. Belgard, part of Oldcastle Architectural, was established in 1995 and remains a respected source of durable, classic, stylish outdoor-living products and a resource for design ideas to help homeowners take on backyard design with confidence. Visit www.Belgard.com for more ideas on optimizing your outdoor living environment. 30

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H o w t o H av e t h e

SMARTEST HOME on the Block

With all the talk about smart technology and connected homes, you may be wondering why you should take notice. After all, it is not that difficult or inconvenient to turn your lights on and off. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), smart technology is not just about convenience. It is not even just about lighting. It is also about energy efficiency and safety.

EFFICIENCY

Smart technology allows you to connect your home’s electronic devices to one device, such as a phone, tablet or computer. Having a connected home means you have the ability to adjust your thermostat, open and close window shades, and activate your security system remotely, or program those devices to operate automatically at pre-set times.

SAFETY

Efficiency is important, but safety is paramount. With the ability to connect to your home’s devices from anywhere in the world comes the peace of mind of not wondering if your security system is activated and knowing your outside and inside lights will be on before you arrive home after dark.

CONVENIENCE

Home automation apps make it a snap to change your room into the perfect setting for different activities. For example, for movie night, a system like Lutron’s Caseta Wireless can be pre-programmed to adjust all the lights in your family room to set the scene for a great movie-watching experience. If installing and operating smart technology equipment sounds complicated and expensive, it’s not. According to the ALA, there are some simple and surprisingly inexpensive options available on today’s market. A number of ALA-member manufacturers, including Legrand, Lutron Electronics, Philips and Acuity Brands Lighting offer reasonably priced, easy-to-install automation products designed to make your home more comfortable, convenient and safe. In many cases, it just takes simple retrofitting of an existing dimmer switch. Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics, explains that the Caseta Wireless is very retrofittable into existing homes. “All you have to do is take your existing dimmer or switch out of the wall and replace it with a Caseta dimmer or switch, add a smart bridge and you have the ability to control it from an app, or from voice control with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri,” says Anderson. For added ease, Lutron’s Caseta Wireless system can be integrated with Apple, Amazon or Google platforms for use inside your home. And when you are outside, an app or geofencing allows you to adjust your inside and/or outside lights, even before you arrive home. That will make your home welcoming to you and your guests. To learn more about making your home smarter, stop by your local ALA-member lighting showroom to see the latest technology for home environment automation. Go online to DesignVideos.Lighting to view a video from Lutron as well as lighting-trends videos from other ALA-member lighting manufacturers. Find more about all things lighting at AmericanLightingAssoc.com. 32

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Make Your Home Feel

MORE

S PAC I O U S

Whether you have a big or small room you want to remodel, make the most of it by implementing some of these solutions. Here are some suggestions we’ve gathered from experts in the interior design field to make any space feel bigger.

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HAV E A DINING ROOM TA BLE THAT FITS THE PROPORTIONS OF THE ROOM Making your guest shimmy around a table will take away from the good time they were invited over for in the first place. A helpful rule of thumb is to have 42 to 48 inches of space all the way around the table. 60 Inches of space for the entering and exiting the room. This will reduce the risk of guests bumping into each other or having to squeeze by one another (or even a platter flying) when moving around.

CONSIDER TURNING A CLOSET OR STOR AGE A REA INTO A MINI OFFICE A beneficial and space conscience way to save room and get your work done is to create a mini office. This may mean taking some of the big pantry you are not using, or the entry hallway closet that has too much unused space, and inserting a desk and shelving. This will make the space more functional by freeing up some of the space your desk and paperwork may have been taking up in your living room, bedroom, or guest room.

DR AW THE EY E UPWA RD BY PUT TING WA LLPA PER ON THE CEILING If you have the ability to wallpaper the ceiling, This draws the eye upward when entering to give a more open feel. It also shows how creative and design savvy you can be. This optical illusion really requires the right space and the right pattern. If you are daring enough to try this at home make sure you pick a room with lots of natural light and keep your color scheme towards the neutral end of the spectrum.

GI V E YOUR FURNITURE SOME ROOM Pulling the sofa just a few inches from the wall diminishes the look of a cramped room. To take this a step further consider placing a narrow wooden table behind the sofa. Use the table behind the couch to add room accents or vases on it for more character. But make sure to read our next tip before filling that new table with tiny knickknacks.

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T H E BIG GER T H E ACCEN T S , T H E BIG GER T H E ROOM When picking out accessories for your small space, a good rule of thumb is that any decorative accents smaller than a cantaloup can crowd a room. Instead, go for fewer decorations that are bigger to still add some decorative flair without cluttering up your space. Remember to always maintain some visual breathing room.

STRIPES CA N BE FLAT TERING While not everyone looks great wearing stripes, they can do wonders for the small spaces in your home. A well-chosen and well-placed striped rug can make your small spaces appear longer. Place your rug so that the longer portion of the stripes coordinate with the longer part of the room for optimal effect.

ORGA NIZE BOOK SHELV ES OR CLOSETS W ITH COLOR COORDINATION Make rooms feel more balanced and organized by color coordinating items on a bookshelf or in a closet to make the space seem organized and aesthetically pleasing. Like picking decorations larger than a cantaloup, grouping items by color puts less stress on the eyes and will give your space a more cohesive feel.

HA NG UP THOSE MIRRORS In close quarters, a mirror gives the added illusion of space. The added layer of depth tricks our minds into perceiving more dimension In the room. This also creates a warmer feel by shifting light to other parts of a room and drawing the eye upward. Try having the mirror the same width of the couch in a living room space.

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Hunkering Down With Home Improvement

3 S E N S I B L E PROJ E C T S

One thing for sure in this unpredictable economy is that homeowners are staying put. In fact, most people do not plan to move any time soon, according to a 2011 Harris Interactive poll. This shift from sell to stay is why it pays for homeowners to look beyond resale value when making home improvement decisions. As Designer and HGTV Personality Lori Dennis explains, “People today are looking more holistically at home remodeling, choosing projects that add comfort, efficiency and functionality.” In this new era of home improvement, three projects stand out.

W INDOW REPLACEMENT Nothing does more to enhance the look and feel of a home than windows -- they are visible inside and outside and can add comfort by helping to eliminate drafts and regulate temperatures. They can also pay off as an investment. Advancements in energyefficient windows are helping homeowners save 30 percent or more on energy bills, not to mention recoup about 70 percent of the cost of window replacement. The latest window designs include a combination of energy efficiency, durability and aesthetics. The Essence Series from Milgard, for example, comes Energy Star rated and features a beautiful wood interior and durable fiberglass exterior.

OUTDOOR SPACES According to a survey by the American Institute of Architects, more than 60 percent of architects say they have seen an increase in outdoor living space requests. Since owners are thinking long-term, patios, decks, sunrooms and other spaces contribute to both the experience at home and its property value. It’s possible to earn back 50 to 75 percent of the cost of your outdoor addition.

KITCHEN REMODELING The kitchen is the heart of the home and an opportunity to set the tone for style and functionality. Two of the most popular ways to expand kitchen work space are to add an island/peninsula and natural lighting. Modern kitchen solutions feature cabinets and drawers that open, organize and spin in convenient ways. Homeowners can recoup about 70 percent of their kitchen-remodeling costs. For more remodeling tips and window-replacement budgeting tools, visit www.milgard.com/lp/smart-investment.

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LIGHTEN

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Brighten up your home with these lighting trends Refreshing your interiors can often be a daunting task. One easy change that will make a big impact is a lighting update. Simply changing a fixture – a chandelier, a few pendants or even just a table lamp – can give a room a whole new look. So whether you are considering a minor update or a major renovation, stay on top of the latest lighting trends with a few tips from the American Lighting Association (ALA).

MIX A ND MATCH Your home is a reflection of your style and personality. Create your own look by bringing in fixtures of various styles and finishes.” One of today’s popular design trends encourages individuals to create unique lighting designs by mixing and matching their favorite fixtures within the same space,” says Jennifer Kis, director of marketing communications for Progress Lighting. “There is no need to feel limited by fixtures, or even finishes, in one particular collection. Coordinating complementary pieces creates a cohesive feel to the home, while also reinforcing your design style.” Lighting manufacturers are making it easier for homeowners to select fixtures that work well together by offering collections that feature details and finishes that are complementary to a range of fixture families. 42

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BRING THE OUTSIDE IN Look outside for inspiration. Using interior design elements in outdoor spaces has been popular in recent years. But gaining popularity lately is the idea of incorporating exterior fixtures with inside décor.”We have seen a lot of creative ways designers are using a variety of exterior lanterns inside,” says Kis. “Nature-inspired elements and outdoor wall sconces or hanging lanterns that are traditionally used to enhance curb appeal can also be ideal when incorporated into interior design schemes within the home.”

PEN DA N T S A R E PER F EC T For versatility and compatibility, opt for pendants. Available in a seemingly infinite array of shapes, colors, sizes, finishes and materials, pendants are more popular than ever. These adaptable fixtures can be hung in groupings of two, three, four or more, depending on a particular space and need. Pendants can serve as overall task or ambient lighting, as well as add visual interest and beauty to the overall décor.For more information, and to find a list of local ALA-member lighting showrooms where you can see the latest fixture styles and talk with a professional lightingconsultant, go online to americanlightingassoc.com. 43


EASING SENIOR LONELINESS

I t ’ s M o r e I m p o r ta n t T h a n W e T h i n k Social isolation is a little-thought-of, but growing, factor in the health and well-being of people 65 and older - and it may play a greater role than obesity as a public health hazard, according to research at Brigham Young University. But what does “social isolation” really mean? It’s how often we interact with others, and how much we enjoy those connections. In fact, social interaction is so important that it’s actually a key factor in maintaining good health. As we age, a support system is more important than ever - because often, basic life circumstances may have changed. For example, seniors may be on a fixed income, with less money to spend on eating out. Or may not see well enough to drive. Bottom line, it can become difficult to fulfill the basic human need to connect with others. “Relationships really do matter when it comes to healthy aging, because there’s a strong correlation between a satisfying social life and a senior’s overall well-being,” says Larry Weinstein M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Humana Behavioral Health. “If you’re feeling isolated, the first step is to talk your doctor, and it’s important to reach out to family and friends for encouragement and support. There also are lifestyle changes we can make to better nurture our emotional health, and by extension, our physical health.” Humana’s Dr. Weinstein recommends five ways in which to become more active and engaged:

1. SOCIA LIZE ON SCHEDULE

Nurture existing relationships by scheduling a weekly phone call, coffee date, or game night with friends or family.

2. VOLUNTEER

If you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. Or comforting babies at a hospital.

3. STAY ACTI V E

Local senior and community centers offer health and wellness activities, exercise classes, walking clubs, and social programs, often at little to no cost.

4. LEA RN SOMETHING NEW

Join a book club or take a class to learn a new skill. Local libraries are a wonderful community resource, often offering seminars free of charge.

5. GET A PET

Pets are wonderful companions. Choose a pet that suits your needs. For example, an older, trained dog is easier to care for than a puppy. Or a cat or fish might be a good fit. When it comes to maintaining good health, social interaction matters. If you - or a loved one - are struggling with social isolation, please contact your physician. 44

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FOOD MYTHS

Debunked

In our information-loaded world, it’s difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t—especially when it comes to food choices.

In many case, people are basing their assumptions on either pure myth or the latest diet fad. A perfect example is: Gluten is bad for you. Listening to these ever-changing “rules,” however, can be risky. “Food myths are dangerous because they can deprive you of the benefits of a healthy diet,” says Tara Gidus, MS, R.D., who’s the team dietician for basketball’s Orlando Magic. The following are a few myths that deserve to be debunked: MYTH: All yogurt is good for you. If you smother anything with enough sugary fruits and toppings, it’s no longer a snack, but dessert. MYTH: Fresh veggies are more nutritious than frozen or canned. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Melissa Joy Dobbins, veggies and fruits “are canned as soon as they’re picked so they’re at peak nutrition.” 46

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There’s also research showing that canned tomatoes, in particular, contain more of the heart disease-protective carotenoid pigment lycopene than fresh ones. Since statistics indicate that adding tomatoes to your diet is related to increased consumption of healthy vegetables of all kinds (just ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture why). MYTH: Gluten-free diets are healthier. Like trends before them, chalk this up to another diet fad. Without even really knowing what gluten is (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye), people assume that the 99 percent of Americans who do not have celiac disease should also avoid it. The problem is that such whole-grain foods happen to be rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and fiber, and may even help lower the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. That explains, says Peter H.R. Green, the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in an interview with WebMD, that going gluten-free “isn’t something anyone should do casually.” MYTH: Eggs are bad for your heart. Eggs have long enjoyed a bad rap and a renaissance in equal amounts. According to the Harvard Medical School, the only large study that addressed the issue found “no connection between the two.” However, egg yolks do contain cholesterol, calories, and fat. So, for a lean and healthier option, discard the yolk or switch to pourable egg whites-only altogether, such as Egg Beaters. 47


SALT AND YOUR HEALTH Salt is essential to keeping your body’s fluids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems. The chemical name for dietary salt, or table salt, is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part. “The best-known effect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure,” explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health. Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. That’s why, Loria says, “it’s really important for the majority of the population to reduce their blood pressure.” Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day, and the average woman over 2,800 mg. Would you miss the taste? “Several studies have shown that as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food,” Loria says. In the U.K., where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years, surveys found that most people didn’t notice any difference in the taste of their food. Most of the salt in the average American’s diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips. “I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels,” Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label. Even small reductions in salt can help your blood pressure. If you can’t find a low-salt alternative to a particular food, try something that’s lower than what you usually buy. Why not start now? Make small changes at first, and then keep working to gradually lower your family’s salt intake. For more information, visit http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/. 48

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INDEX Attic Stairs

Majic Stairs, Inc.................................................................... 29, Back Outside Cover

Audio-Video

Simple Home Tech..................................................................................................... 33

Automotive Restoration

Scrog’s Hot Rods........................................................................................................ 31

Carpentry

Xtreme Home Improvement, LLC................................................................................1

Commercial Roofing

K & S Roofing Group, LLC......................................................................................... 33

Construction

Ryka Construction...............................................................................................41, 50

Custom Home Builder

Art Harding Construction.......................................................................................... 31

Custom Hot Rods

Scrog’s Hot Rods........................................................................................................ 31

Custom Window Treatments

Ocala Interiors.............................................................................................................. 7 51


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INDEX Dental & Life Insurance

Robin Gump - Mid Florida Agencies......................................................................... 19

Elder Care

Comfort Keepers Home Care....................................................................................45

Equestrian Properties

Sanna Thomas P.A. Sellstate Next Generation Realty................... Company Page

Equestrian Resources

J & S Trailer Service.............................................................................................. 13, 37

Equine Sales & Purchasing

RiceHouse Stables..................................................................... 3, Back Inside Cover

Fishing Guide

The Crankin Cracker Fishing Guide Service............................................................. 11

Food & Meal Delivery

Savvy Fit Meals.......................................................................................................... 49

Food Vendor

Savvy Fit Meals.......................................................................................................... 49

Frozen Desserts

Frutissia (Bocatto Corporation).................................................................................9 53


INDEX General Construction

Ryka Construction...............................................................................................41, 50

General Contractor

Art Harding Construction.......................................................................................... 31

Handyman

Dan of All Trades.......................................................................................................... 11

Proview Premier Home Solutions, LLC................................................................5, 17

Health Insurance

Robin Gump - Mid Florida Agencies......................................................................... 19

Health & Nutrition

Savvy Fit Meals.......................................................................................................... 49

Home Automation

Simple Home Tech..................................................................................................... 33

Home Health Care

Comfort Keepers Home Care....................................................................................45

Home Improvement

Dan of All Trades.......................................................................................................... 11

Home Inspector

HomeTeam of North Central Florida........................................................................ 21

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INDEX Home Theater

Dan of All Trades.......................................................................................................... 11

Simple Home Tech..................................................................................................... 33

Horse Breeder

Gypsy Gold Horse Farm............................................................................................ 49

Horse Training

RiceHouse Stables..................................................................... 3, Back Inside Cover

Ice Cream

Frutissia (Bocatto Corporation).................................................................................9

Insurance

Robin Gump - Mid Florida Agencies......................................................................... 19

Insurance Inspection

HomeTeam of North Central Florida........................................................................ 21

Interior Design

Gypsy Mermaid.......................................................................Front Cover Banner, 35

Kitchen & Bath

Proview Premier Home Solutions, LLC................................................................5, 17

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Xtreme Home Improvement, LLC................................................................................1 55


INDEX Lawn Protection

Brick City Pest Control........................................................................................ 13, 37

Luxury Homes

April Palomino - Coldwell Banker............................................................................. 21

Luxury Real Estate

Sanna Thomas P.A. Sellstate Next Generation Realty................... Company Page

Medicare

Robin Gump - Mid Florida Agencies......................................................................... 19

Mold Assessor

HomeTeam of North Central Florida........................................................................ 21

Nature Tours & Excursions

The Crankin Cracker Fishing Guide Service............................................................. 11

Pest Control

Brick City Pest Control........................................................................................ 13, 37

Ranch & Farm Real Estate

H. Dale Herring - Keller Williams Farm & Ranch..................Front Inside Cover, 52

Real Estate

April Palomino - Coldwell Banker............................................................................. 21

Maria Wallace - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.................... 7

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INDEX Realtor

April Palomino - Coldwell Banker............................................................................. 21

Maria Wallace - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.................... 7

Relocation Specialist

Sanna Thomas P.A. Sellstate Next Generation Realty................... Company Page

Remodeling

Proview Premier Home Solutions, LLC................................................................5, 17

Residential Design

Gypsy Mermaid.......................................................................Front Cover Banner, 35

Residential Real Estate

April Palomino - Coldwell Banker............................................................................. 21

Residential Remodeling

Xtreme Home Improvement, LLC................................................................................1

Roofing

K & S Roofing Group, LLC......................................................................................... 33

Rural Real Estate

H. Dale Herring - Keller Williams Farm & Ranch..................Front Inside Cover, 52

Senior Care

Comfort Keepers Home Care....................................................................................45 57


INDEX Sports & Recreation

The Crankin Cracker Fishing Guide Service............................................................. 11

Termite Control

Brick City Pest Control........................................................................................ 13, 37

Thoroughbred Investing

RiceHouse Stables..................................................................... 3, Back Inside Cover

Trailer Installations

J & S Trailer Service.............................................................................................. 13, 37

Trailer Service & Repair

J & S Trailer Service.............................................................................................. 13, 37

TV Mounting Installation

Dan of All Trades.......................................................................................................... 11

Upholstery - Bedding

Ocala Interiors.............................................................................................................. 7

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