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22 year desert resident Consistently recognized as a top producer in the Coachella Valley averaging over 25 million in sales for the past 12 years. Specializing in golf course properties from the 200s to the millions. A Premier Director with Winderemere Real Estate.
Duna La Quinta
Fabulous lakefront home with breathtaking mountain views! Spacious great room with updated kitchen featuring slab granite counter tops. Gorgeous built-in media center and wet bar with wine cooler and slab granite counter top. All baths have been updated with stone finishes. Over 2400 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths including a detached casita. Large gated covered patio is an entertainer's delight. $425,000
PGA West Greg Norman
Spacious model perfect home located on 2nd fairway of the Greg Norman course with expansive mountain views. Approx. 4500 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms including a casita and 4.5 baths, plus 2 dens. Huge great room with built-in entertainment center, wet bar and fireplace. Highly upgraded with travertine floors and a gourmet kitchen with gorgeous thick rich slab granite counter tops and stainless appliances. Luxurious master suite with sitting area and two walk-in closets. Stone finishes in all baths.The backyard is an entertainer's delight with covered patio looking to pebble tech pool and raised spa, built-in BBQ and lush landscaping. $1,075,000
Beautiful well maintained lake front home.Wide open great room floor plan with pocket doors that open to the covered patio for seamless indoor outdoor living. Floor to ceiling stone fireplace and sunken wet bar compliment the large living room. A gourmet kitchen offers top of the line stainless appliances. Enjoy the large pool and spa while taking in the beautiful mountain vistas. $699,000
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Magnificent contemporary custom home. Exquisite design with beautiful great room featuring a wet bar and fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with top of the line stainless appliances and gorgeous slab granite counters. Incredible travertine floors and designer paint colors. Over 4500 sq ft with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths.Walls of glass bring the lovely outdoors in. Outdoor area offers covered loggia and nice pool and spa. $1,699,000
One of the best locations in the community. Spacious condo offering 2653 sq. ft. with 3 bedroom suites. Lovely fairway and mountain views, close to the community pool.The large living room and dining room feature a cozy fireplace, wet bar and plasma TV.The light and airy gourmet kitchen has a breakfast nook with wonderful views. $379,000 turnkey furnished
Beautiful remodeled home with gorgeous mountain views! 2969 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, plus an office. Updates include travertine floors, gourmet kitchen with slab granite counter tops and stainless appliances. Amazing outdoor area offers covered patio and built-in BBQ. Offered designer turnkey furnished $595,000
22 year desert resident Consistently recognized as a top producer in the Coachella Valley averaging over 25 million in sales for the past 12 years. Specializing in golf course properties from the 200s to the millions. A Premier Director with Windermere Real Estate.
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Lovely pool home located on the 7th fairway of the Dunes course with fairway views. Gated courtyard entry with sunny patio! Great room floor plan with large gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook . Over 2600 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. $559,000
Model perfect home located on the Greg Norman course. Over 3500 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths,plus an office. Incredible southern golf, fairway and mountain views. Out door entertainer's delight with large covered loggia overlooking beautiful pool and spa. $1,090,000 furnished including a full non refundable golf membership to PGA West!
Model perfect home located on a lake with gorgeous unobstructed golf course and southern mountain views! Classy remodel with attention to all details. Over 1627 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Awesome ktchen with wall removed for an open plan. $359,000 turnkey furnished
Fabulous southwest facing condo with gorgeous unobstructed mountain views! 2 large bedrooms and 2 baths, 1330 sq ft . Excellent condition! Great vacation getaway! Good rental history. Owner willing to pay 1/2 year HOA fees. Offered designer turnkey furnished $225,000
PGA West Beautifully remodeled condo for lease and is wide open for the 2013 season. Located on the Arnold Palmer course at PGA West , host of the Humana challenge! 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Gorgeous kitchen with granite counter tops! Awesome furnishings! You won't be disappointed! Call for rates.
Absolutely the most incredible custom home on the market! Over 6800 square feet with 6 bedrooms/6.5 baths, a detached casita complete with 2 bedrooms/living room/kitchenette and laundry.Awesome finishes include imported stone flooring, Haadan stone outdoor trims and arte de mexico light fixtures.Two walls of retractable sliding pocket doors open up to two loggias off of the huge great room for an additional 2000 sq ft of covered entertaining space. $3,995,000 Furnished.
Fabulous La Quinta Acreage
One of the most dramatic special settings in the desert.This Spanish style home is located in the center of a lush 5 acre date grove.This incredible home is elevated to take full advantage of 360 degree views. A wrap around veranda with pocket and french doors surrounds the home to take full advantage of seamless indoor outdoor living.There is a beautiful lake with waterfall in the backyard. Over 5000 sq ft with a full basement and a two room detached casita. Exquisite custom finishes like imported hardwood floors and doors add to the charm of this awesome home. Seeing is believing! Price available upon request. Wonderful half acre lot south facing with unobstructed fairway and mountain views! $695,000
Editor Speaks Up!
by Dan Poppers
Pacquiao-Bradley Scam Boxing Sandbaggers
It wasn’t even close! Pacquiao whipped Bradley’s butt. It might as well have been the L.A. Dodgers against a Cathedral City Little League team, or a beauty contest between Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn Manson, except the fight made Marilyn Manson look like a beauty queen (or king, can’t decide which he is). The scoring of the fight was more than ugly. Combine an iguana, warthog, and vulture on one body—that was the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. The fight this past June more than stunk—stench oozed out of the judges’ mouths. All three should be banned from the fight game, even the judge that gave the fight to Pacquiao 115-113. If they play golf, no golf course in the world should let them step foot on the premises. Cheaters Never Prosper—Not Quite “Cheaters never prosper”—not quite. Somebodies prospered on that night. Just pick a name that benefited from Bradley’s bogus victory. I may not be a boxing expert, but I enjoy a good prizefight when it’s evenly matched, when excellent boxing skills are demonstrated and/or power shots fly, and the scoring is accurate at fight’s end. I am angry at the judges’ scoring for the same reason I am angry at golfers who cheat. Show me a cheating golfer and you’ve found someone that cheats others in his personal and business life. I’m from the old school. As corny as it may sound, I believe in honor, justice, total fairness whenever possible, and honesty. So, when all four are disgraced as in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, I get really mad. Tiger and Jacqueline Gagne I also get mad when I think of Tiger dishonoring the spirit of golf by moving that huge boulder claiming it was a loose impediment and allowing members of the gallery to help him move the monstrosity. I get
If Bradley was honorable, he would stand-up and say, “I did not win the fight. I got beat by a better man that night.… I’ll take the money, but I relinquish the crown back to Pacquiao, because it’s the right thing to do.” mad when I think of Jacqueline Gagne fraudulently claiming she made 16 holes in one in 6 months (of course, I was mad at myself for temporarily believing the fraud). And, if I may speak on behalf of the 99.9999% honest golfers, I get mad at everyday cheaters that post their higher scores and, somehow, forget to post lower scores.
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If Bradley was honorable, he would stand-up and say, “I did not win the fight. I got beat by a better man that night. But I’m young, hungry and determined, and I’ll be back better and stronger. I’ll take the money, but I relinquish the crown back to Pacquiao, because it’s the right thing to do.” Bradley supposedly received $5 million and a very small percentage of the Pay-Per-View receipts in what will now be named the first Pacquiao-Bradley fight. For the rematch against Pacquiao, I am told by a media friend that covers boxing, Bradley will receive $30 million and 30 to 40 percent of the Pay-Per-View receipts. The bottom line—by Bradley winning the first Pacquiao fight—for those connected to the second fight, Bradley’s bogus victory created a possible $100 million pay day (if boxing fans are stupid enough to pay and support the fight) in the rematch that’s already scheduled to take place in a few months. The scheduling and confirmation of the re-match by both camps was eerily fast—so fast, it makes the outcome of the first fight even more questionable.
Arum Promotes Both Bradley and Pacquiao Bob Arum promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley, so he wins either way, but he really wins big by Bradley’s bogus victory because it sets up the huge payday rematch. I’ve met Arum. Compared to Don King, Arum comes across like the Pope—he seems sincere and honest, but how in the world can you be sincere and honest in a sport that’s been consistently insincere and dishonest? Arum denies any wrong doing but admits “they’re trying to kill boxing. I don’t think anything was happening here except these judges don’t know how to score… the outcry worldwide, about this decision, will not be good for boxing…the one thing I refuse to believe is that something ‘funny’ is going on here. Betting, or anything like that. I don’t believe it.” You’ve got to be kidding, Bob Arum! You don’t believe something ‘funny’ happened. Even if there wasn’t a blatant fix, three blind mice were put in as judges—that, in itself, smells like rats might have been involved in the ultimate outcome of the fight. I paid to see the fight at a local desert outlet, but because the decision was so unfair and disgraceful, I will never pay to see another boxing match again. Yogi Berra said, “Never say never,” but I’m saying it now. Just like once and only once will I play with a golf cheater, because, once identified, I will never play golf with that person again. Dan Poppers is the founder of GolfNews Magazine and a Golf Writers Association of America national award-winning writer. FORE THE RECORD CORRECTION: Due to a typo in the June 2012 issue of GolfNews Magazine, it was inadvertently written that Joe Walser recently passed away at age 79 and would have celebrated his 8th birthday in four days. It should have read 80th birthday in four days. We apologize for the error. golfnewsmag.com
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79991 Rancho La Quinta Dr - Great location w/mtn & fairway 79030 Mission Drive West - Exceptional Encanto II Plan. views. 3BD/3.5BA+ den! Decorator perfect! Gourmet kitchen w/ Guest casita with bedroom, bath, living room and oﬃce. Over ce. Over granite counter tops. Formal living & dining areas. $777,000 3290 square feet. Pool, spa and barbecue island. $799,000 ce. ce.Over Over Jeff & Linda Brandt 760-776-2471/DesertRealtors@aol.com333 Marianne Young email@example.com
48580 Capistrano Way - Beautiful south facing location and quite cul-de-sac. Terrazza I Plan w/ﬂowing great room plan, 3BD/3.5BA, approx 2270 SF. Turnkey furnished $710,000 Marianne Young firstname.lastname@example.org
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Golf News Makers Help The Marines And Play Golf
Desert Resort Receives Prestigious Recognition
Would you like to help our Marines and, at the same time, enjoy golf? This is your opportunity. Play in the SOS—A Ride Home golf tournaments coming up soon. SOS stands for Soldiers Organized Services, a charity that provides free rides to military personnel and their families, primarily between the Palm Springs Airport and Ontario Airport and the Marine Corps base at Twenty-nine Palms. Your tournament entry fee of only $75 includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch and prizes. The format is four-person scramble; 7:30 am shotgun. Play in one or both tournaments—July 23, 2012, at Heritage Palms Golf Club and/or August 27, 2012, at Avondale Golf Club. SOS Founder Erica Stone states, “The SOS volunteers have transported 25,000 Marines over the past five years at no cost to our Service Members. Since SOS was formed, it has never had to tell a Marine that we cannot pick him or her up due to not being able to afford the gas.” A taxicab ride from Palm Springs International Airport to the Twenty-nine Palms Marine Corps Base is about $200; no Marine should ever have to pay that kind of money to report for duty. The money raised in the SOS Tournaments will pay for gas and insurance and other relevant necessities to get the Marines to their destination. To enter one or both tournaments or for more information, call Jim Slominski at (760) 200-1251 or call SOS at (760) 799-5488. In addition to playing in the tournament, any tax-deductible donation of a raffle prize, silent auction item or monetary donation is greatly appreciated.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, owners of Eagle Falls Golf Course, received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews.
Has Eisenhower Medical Center Been Good To You? Has Eisenhower Medical Center (EMC) been good to you? Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of patients have benefitted from the hospital care and medical facilities on the EMC campus, and the expertise of its doctors and medical staffs. This is your chance to give back, and play golf, too. On September 15, 2012, the 18th Annual HOPE Golf Tournament takes place; proceeds benefit Eisenhower employees in time of need. The tournament’s moniker is: HUMANITARIANISM, OUTREACH and PRESERVATION for EMPLOYEES. The HOPE Tournament takes place at Desert Willow Golf Resort, format is 4-person scramble (individual players welcome) with team-flight winners. For the $150 entry fee, you receive golf, driving range, lunch, awards, raffle. If Eisenhower Medical Center has helped you and/or your loved ones live a better life and, in many cases, saved your life or a loved one’s life, consider playing in the HOPE Golf Tournament. To enter or for more information, call the Foundation Office at the Eisenhower Medical Center: 760-773-1888.
Humana Challenge Receives Award 2012 Humana Challenge has been named “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily. Events from March 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012 qualify for the prestigious award. Humana Challenge beat out Super Bowl XLVI (New England vs. NY Giants) and the NBA Finals (Dallas vs. Miami).
Summer Golf Pass For Golfers Shadow Ridge Golf Club is offering a very attractive Summer Access Pass for only $99 that allows local golfers to play the Nick Faldo-designed championship course now until September 30, 2012, for just $30 per round. If you get in a total of 10 rounds, then you’re only paying equivalent to $39.90 per round; an excellent price for one of the finest golf courses in the desert. (Play 20 rounds, then you’ve only paid less than $20 per round.) The Pass includes many other perks including all day access to the practice facility on day of play.
Former Desert Exec Draws Four Aces Congratulations to Bryan Naugle, former desert golf executive, who is now the executive director of the Insperity Championship (Champions Tour event in Houston). He did the near impossible. He asked Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Gary Player to play in an exhibition at this year’s Insperity after the second-round of the regular tournament, and all four did just that. If Naugle were playing poker, he won the whole pot with four aces.
White & Good Victorious A variety of championship competitions took place at Desert Princess. Ladies coming out on top include Marilyn White, Club Champion; Carol Clark, President’s Cup Champion; Carlie Tronto, Senior Club Champion; Wilma Snethun, Super Senior Champion. For the men, Doug Good is the Tournament of Champions winner and Club Champion; Bill Bender & Connie Warren took home the Couples Club Championship.
Geiberger Celebrates 35th Anniversary The desert golf community is proud of one its legendary superstars—Al Geiberger. Geiberger, instruction columnist for GolfNews Magazine, celebrated his 35th anniversary, June 10, 2012, that forever earned him the recognition of being the first golfer in Tour history competition PLEASE SEE PAGE 10
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in an official event to shoot 59. On June 10, 1977, forever more Al Geiberger would be known as “Mr. 59.” Others since have shot 59, but no one will be “The Original Mr. 59.” Thirty-five years ago, in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, Geiberger shot a 13-under 59 on a sweltering day. What’s interesting is Al played the whole round with one golf ball. As the round started to evolve into a good one, he didn’t want to risk changing his luck, so he stuck with one golf ball. (The chances are he was hitting it so pure, there wasn’t a scratch on the ball after 18-holes of play.) The other achievement Al is proud of: he won the tournament. With all the media craziness and the attention a record-breaking performance brings on, it’s easy to get distracted. But, Al held in there and became the tournament champion, as well as “Mr. 59.”
Bermuda Dunes CC Ladies Raise Money Ladies at Bermuda Dunes Country Club raised over $3,000 for cancer research in their Rally for the Cure event.
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Desert GM Earns Manager of the Year Award The desert’s Rich Mogensen of Desert Willow Golf Resort received the KemperSports Leadership Award for 2012 by being named the James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year.
Aces Galore Bob Breidenbach, PGA, in his 10th year as head pro at Palm Desert Greens Country Club, reports a plethora of hole-in-ones. If you’re a golfer who hasn’t shot your first ace, join (or be a guest of a member) at Palm Desert Greens. In a little over three week span, from March 5 to March 28, 2012, eight aces were recorded: Barry Atkins (hole #7), 7iron, 122 yds; Ken Johannes (#17), 5-iron, 154 yds; Jim Mara (#7), 52-deg wedge, 122 yds—all three shot on the same day March 5. The other five include Susan Woodland (#11), driver, 150 yds; Pete Paris (#11), 7wood, 158 yds; Ed Bergeson (#7), 8-iron, PLEASE SEE PAGE 12
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122 yds; Charlie Fontana (#7), 6-iron, 122 yds; and Mike Venable (#12), 3-wood, 190 yds. The following golfers also made aces in the 2012 season at Palm Desert Greens: Fran Merrick, Robert Costley, Gary Johnson, Keith Huechert, Don Shegich, and David Schwendeman.
Club Champs Muzz Merrick is the 2012 Men’s Club Champion at Palm Desert Greens, winning in a 3-man playoff; Grace Brown defended her title and is the 2012 Ladies’ Club Champion. Their victories were in 54-hole competition.
Grant Does It Again Gregg Grant once again held his Ultimate Challenge in Golf, this year at Lake Arrowhead Country Club (in the past, the event has been played at Mission Hills Country Club). Nine golfers played a total of 499 holes to raise over $4,000 for Easter Seals. This is the 21st year Grant has put on the event.
Century Desert League Fall Team Results 2012 winners of the Women’s Century Desert League Fall Team competition: Desert Horizons and Ironwood (low gross division winners), and The Lakes and Desert Island (low net division winners). Cathey Burkett reports, for the 20122013, 18 teams in two divisions will compete. The golf clubs in the League include: Ironwood, Indian Ridge, Rancho La Quinta, Mountain View, La Quinta CC, Tamarisk, Bighorn, Hideaway, Desert Island, Avondale, Vintage Club, The Springs, Eldorado, Thunderbird, Morningside, Bermuda Dunes CC, Desert Horizons, and The Lakes.
Another Woods Turns Pro Cheyenne Woods, two-time All American at Wake Forest, graduated and has signed a deal with Nike. No surprise there. Her uncle, Tiger Woods, has been wearing the swoosh since his rookie year. GNM
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La Quinta Luxury Properties PGA WEST Greg Norman Estates Home, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths. Owner/Interior Designer has transformed home into a masterpiece. Large cook’s kitchen. Pool, spa, gorgeous mountain views. Beautifully detached Casita for your guests’ enjoyment. $849,900
The Hideaway Palatial ½-acre Estate Home, located on the 15th fairway of the Clive Clark course overlooking beautiful lake. Travertine floors throughout. Venetian plaster walls. Gourmet kitchen. Wine cellar. Carriage House with stone and iron staircase located above oversized triple car garage. Main house has 3 ensuite bedrooms. Amazing must see property. $3,200,000.
La Quinta Resort & Club Spa Villa, 2 Master Bedrooms, 3 Bath, corner unit for excellent exposure and enhanced privacy. Paver flooring, wall-to-wall carpeting. Two private patios. Community spa & pool. 24-hr security. Turnkey designer furnished. $675,000
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Take Advantage of Great Summer Golf Bargains! Summer in our desert offers hot golf bargains—prices so attractive that golf is very affordable on prime golf courses and everything related to golf is sold at a discount. • Desert Dunes Golf Club is offering a phenomenal summer golf experience. For only $39 (7-days a week, anytime, now thru August 31, 2012)—includes green fees, cart, lunch and two draft beers—play this amazing Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed golf course where the Canadian Tour plays and beautiful landscaping Scottish-style prevails. • Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis is clearing out over $1 million of inventory at phenomenally low prices. As you know, Pete has everything imaginable related to golf. So, now’s your chance to get all those golf accessories you’ve been wanting to get including clubs, balls, men’s and women’s clothing, and every golf gadget known to man and womankind. • SilverRock Resort is offering significantly reduced green fees to play on its majestic 18-hole championship course for California residents, July through September 16, 2012. Weekday $35; weekend $40. You can call 3 days in advance. Must show valid California I.D. • Save big time on your golf car purchase at Electric Car Distributors. ECD’s inventory is huge and summer is the time Bobby and J.R. Thomas are extra motivated to make a deal. • Yamaha Golf Cars will pay your sales tax on select units until Sept. 30, 2012. And if you’ve been wanting to buy a Garia, now’s the time. Yamaha Golf Cars’ summer sale includes the prestigious Garia starting at $11,999. • Play the 18-hole championship Classic Club course for $79 seven days a week. In addition to golfing on one of the finest golf courses in the desert, you receive a $15 lunch voucher, unlimited bottled water, souvenir logo golf towel, divot tool, yardage book, and ball marker at no additional charge. • Want to take a test drive on the private 18-hole championship course where PGA Tour pros played for decades? Bermuda Dunes Country Club invites you to call its membership department for details on the attractive membership programs they offer. • Play the two 18-hole championship Billy Casper-designed golf courses at Mountain Vista Sun City Palm Desert. Book 6 days in advance and take advantage of these fabulous rates specially discounted for GolfNews Magazine readers (you must bring in the Mountain Vista ad from this issue of GolfNews Magazine to get these discounted rates): $26 M-Sun / $19 Twilight (after 10:30 am), exp.8/31/12. For the month of September 2012, $28 M-Sun / $20 Twilight (after 12 pm), exp. 9/30/12. You’ll enjoy Billy Casper’s creative golf holes.
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• Heritage Palms presents its “Summer Progressive Golf Bonanza.” Play the 18-hole championship course for phenomenally low rates. Your first round is only $30 (includes cart and range balls). Each round, thereafter, is reduced by $5. So, your fifth round is only $10, and your sixth round is free. Wow! How’s that for discounted golf? And… the course is fantastic. • Play the Gary Player Westin Mission Hills 18-hole championship course twice and get a brand new pair of Oakley sunglasses for only $89. That’s right, two rounds of golf (36 holes) and Oakley sunglasses for only $89. Valid now through September 30, 2012. • Indian Canyons Golf Resort Palm Springs is giving 2 for 1 golf, Mon-Thur after 10:30 am, expires 9/30/12. Play both the North & South Courses. Two courses each with its own unique personality. • The River at Rancho Mirage— 26 restaurants and shops plus the Century Theater, many offering summer discount specials that will delight you. Visit The River once and, guaranteed, you’ll visit The River often. • Woodhaven Country Club offered a super discounted rate of only $25 for June 2012 that included green fees, cart, range balls and lunch. At press time, the extension of that rate or a new rate is yet to be determined. Call Woodhaven to find out about their attractive summer rate. • Play one of the finest short courses in California—Palm Royale Country Club. For only $10, Mon-Fri, enjoy precision shot making at this wonderful executive course. • Want to get away to a beautiful mountain golf resort? Snowcreek Golf Course awaits in majestic Mammoth Lakes. Stay and play golf for only $55 per night in the Mammoth mountains, this is a preferred rate when you mention code: GNM (tax and resort fee not included.) Enjoy the cool mountain air and all the amenities of a top-notch mountain resort. • Indian Springs Golf Club special summer rates includes lunch with golf: $30 weekday / $35 weekend ALL DAY (July 1-Aug. 31, 2012); $40 WD / $45 WE & Twilight $30 WD / $35 WE (Sept. 1-Sept. 28, 2012). Player friendly course; restaurant with excellent food. • Receive a demo fairway wood and dozen golf balls absolutely free when you simply pay for one ($49) round of golf at Cimarron Golf Resort. Links-style golf will remind you of Scotland.
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Commish for a Day What would you do if you were PGA Tour Commissioner for one day? I often ask that question of golfers because it’s a great way to spur conversation whether with longtime friends at the 19th hole or with strangers you meet on the first tee. Their answers reveal their concerns, and usually prompt further discussion.
Jack Nicklaus As Commissioner
When Tour pros play the “Commish for a Day” game it also exposes their worries. Recently, Jack Nicklaus has been very vocal reciting why people say they don’t golf: “The game takes too long, the game is too difficult, and it’s too expensive.” If he were commissioner, Nicklaus says he’d try new ways to, “make [golf] more enjoyable, more fun, not as difficult, faster,” like the twelve-hole tournaments with eight-inch cups he’s already hosted. Matt Kuchar also advocates speeding up play. If he were commissioner, he’d try one tournament with a shot clock put, “on everybody, on every shot.” Understanding how difficult courses require more focus and time to play, Kuchar does say his experiment “wouldn’t be [at] a hard course. In certain places if you have 3-footers and you miss, it’s 7-feet coming back.” The increased difficulty of professional courses stems largely from their increased length, which is an offshoot of better technology. Modern golf balls fly farther than ever before, and modern clubs are more forgiving and impart massive power. In order to provide a challenge, courses add distance. They also grow rough thicker than porcupine hair and mow greens to roll faster than linoleum. All this has increased the cost of golf. It takes a lot of money to buy, then upkeep, all this extra real estate. It’s strange but true that the same technology that makes the game easier is also making it slower, more expensive and, in some ways, more difficult.
Blame Technology for Slow Play
“Technology and slow play are related in that as technology has given all Tour players the ability to hit tee shots into tomorrow, courses have been stretched out and the game has become a dragged-out affair,” says former pro and current Golf Channel broadcaster Brandel Chamblee. If he were PGA Tour commissioner, Chamblee said, “Drivers and golf balls could be scaled back on the Tour, which would allow holes to return to nostalgic lengths. Shorter holes would mean faster rounds and cheaper golf.” Arnold Palmer would install similar restrictions. Asked what he would change as commissioner, the King responds: “First would be speed of play, but the most important thing is to slow down the ball. I’m very concerned
about preserving our great golf courses. The Oakmonts, the Winged Foots, the courses that were great in the years gone by. I’d like to keep them great without making so many changes to the golf courses themselves.” Forget protecting historic courses, Tom Watson would limit technology just because he doesn’t like it. He says, “I’d rein in the grooves. I’d get rid of the big broom putter—that’s not a stroke. I’d reduce the sweet spot on drivers from 460cc to 240cc so they aren’t so forgiving. And I’d reduce the distance the ball goes by 10 percent.” Of course, when asked what chance these changes have of happening, Watson says, “Zero! One-hundred percent chance that none of it ever happens!”
Blasphemy But Needed—Bifurcation
While reality should never stop a good “commish for a day” discussion, it could be expanded to include concrete proposals for change. That’s what Nicklaus is doing with his unorthodox tournaments. That’s also what Brandel Chamblee did when he suggested “bifurcation.” Bifurcation means different rules for professionals and amateurs. Chamblee would allow amateurs any game-improving technology, but, like Watson, he’d decrease the head size on drivers, constrain ball distance, and prohibit long putters. “The long putter, which offers a great respite from putting woes and bad backs to many amateurs, has no place in professional sports,” Chamblee says. “Its use is corruptive at the professional level as it allows one to predetermine the path of the putter.” Others have also championed bifurcation, and although it doesn’t seem likely to happen, it’s worthy of debate. Amateurs playing the “commish for a day” game don’t seem to share the concerns of professionals. Several internet sites pose this “what if?” question to hackers and out of hundreds of responses not a single person suggested restricting technology. Rather, amateurs offered up a potpourri of suggestions, including: no disqualification for signing an incorrect scorecard, treating divots like ground under repair, using music-and-light shows to attract younger golfers, simplifying the rules, and making the Players Championship the fifth major. Actual PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has been trying unsuccessfully for years to make that last idea happen. It’s failed because most pros, and most fans, think a fifth major is a bad idea.
Require Classes on Good Manners
Trying to avoid similar bad ideas, if I were commissioner for a day, I’d make all Tour players take classes on good manners. I would seriously fine players for excessive bad language, throwing clubs, and behaving like a brat. I’d then publicly disclose violations and fines. Yes, this is aimed at Tiger
Amateurs offered up a potpourri of suggestions, including: no disqualification for signing an incorrect scorecard, treating divots like ground under repair, using music-and-light shows to attract younger golfers, simplifying the rules, and making the Players Championship the fifth major. golfnewsmag.com
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Woods, but it would also prevent youngsters from copying Tiger’s behavior. Golf doesn’t need a new generation of potty-mouthed, clubthrowing, self-absorbed hackers. Another change I’d make would also impact Woods, this one professionally, not personally. Right now, the Tour insists its members play at least 15 tournaments annually. The most popular guys usually play 18 events, but always the same ones, sticking with certain tournaments for various reasons, like offering nice perks, being located in a favorite city, or, most often, because the course suits their game. As a result, half the Tour events consistently lack the
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big names. This limits fan interest, and has already led to some great tournaments, like The International, shutting down. I would force every pro to play in each tournament at least once every four years. The LPGA does this successfully. Some Tour pros, like Joe Ogilvie, endorse this general idea. Ogilvie, a guy who’s made clear his interest to become commissioner when his playing days are over, said he wouldn’t mandate this rule, but would indirectly pursue it. Ogilvie said, “If I were [PGA Commissioner], I’d personally make a house call to all the guys that move the needle,” and get them to play other tournaments. “I would sit down with Tiger and Phil especially. If the commissioner calls, they’ll think twice about taking a week off here or there and they may add a tournament to their schedule.” So, there are my ideas, dear GolfNews readers. But what about you? What would you do if you were PGA Tour commissioner for one day? Email answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org [Please note: Ried Holien doesn’t represent the company Puma. Puma is his nickname.] Ried Holien is Commissioner of Writers for GolfNews Magazine.
A Hero Is Among Us Come Support Him By Gary Stone If you see him at SilverRock Golf Resort, you would never know that Casey Stewart battles a disease that has changed his life from star athlete and culinary career to one that is totally different. However, he doesn’t complain. He works four to five days a week as a marshal and rarely calls in sick. Casey Stewart battles viral meningitis. While attending culinary school, a paper cut on his finger came in contact with infected shrimp from another country and the end result was the viral meningitis that put him in a wheelchair and almost took his life. Many trips to The Mayo Clinic, his faith and the support of his wonderful wife and family have made Casey someone that teaches us all everyday that just because things change, does not mean they get worse. He plays golf using a ‘’solo rider’’ golf cart, which allows him to sit down and still swing a golf club and he is the leader of the pack when it comes to the staff of marshals at SilverRock Golf Resort in La Quinta. On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Casey will host ‘’Stews Shootout at SilverRock.’’ All the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Meningitis Foundation of America. The tournament format is a 4man scramble with all the side contests, lunch, the best auction of sports memorabilia, restaurant certificates and a variety of other prizes. For information about the tournament and how meningitis affects people’s lives, please go to musa.org. The tournament at SilverRock Golf Resort in La Quinta tees off with a shotgun at 8 a.m., with lunch and auction to follow. Entry fee into the tournament is $135 per player. For more information, please contact Casey at 760-485-3990. golfnewsmag.com
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The “Sully” Golf should follow other fields and immortalize characters with libations. Consider the example of Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who, on January 15, 2009, safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after its engines blew out from plowing through a flock of flying geese. One day later, Manhattan club-goers were ordering the “Sully,” a mix of two shots Grey Goose vodka and a splash of water. If Sully, who as a pilot works a job you hopefully don’t relate with vast alcohol intake, has a drink named after him, then why isn’t there something honoring Walter Hagen, golf’s 11-time major champ who loved the sauce? A party animal, Hagen was the guy who was seen the night before the 1926 PGA Championship doing the Jazz Age equivalent of body shots off some Clara Bow-lookalike flapper at 4 a.m., but still won the next day. Where’s his mixed drink? Where’s anybody’s drink for that matter? If there’s one for popular Scottish outlaw Rob Roy, why not one for Scottish golf legend Old Tom Morris? If there’s a Tom Collins, why not a Tom Watson? To correct this travesty, let us concoct drinks honoring golf’s most memorable, based partly upon clever ingredients, partly upon clever backstories, and partly upon ways to imbibe. Like some trendy martini bar, here is a potential menu for golf drinks: The Colin Montgomerie— To capture this Scot’s marvelous game and his disagreeable demeanor, mix two parts Glenlivet with one part vermouth, a twist of lemon, and five dashes of bitters. This drink is sure to give you Monty’s sourpuss face. And, like Monty’s record in the Big-4 tournaments, this drink hasn’t won any major awards.
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How ‘bout a Sip of Joint-Balm? Golf history is a drinking history. The game was started by Scottish shepherds who were so hard up for entertainment that they started drinking the warming joint-balm they applied to livestock (whiskey) and then, under its influence, thought it would be even more fun to start hitting rocks into holes using their shepherds’ crooks. For centuries since then, golfers have enthusiastically and abundantly applied “swing oil” to improve their games. So why is there just one drink—and a non-alcoholic one at that—related to golf?
The Gary Player— Dubbed the Black Knight for his monochromatic ensemble, honor Player with equal parts peppermint liqueur, black licorice schnapps and cola. To drink it like Player, a fitness fanatic, you first do 100 push-ups, then down the drink. Then do 100 sit-ups and quaff another. This will get you strong… and drunk.
The man that made The Arnold Palmer drink famous.
The Paula Creamer/aka The Pink Panther— If the trophy held a drink in it, the contents would be: A blend of three parts gin, two parts diet tonic water (to keep the figure!), a splash of grenadine, and a maraschino cherry. Like Paula herself, this drink is strong but lovely, and all pink.
Part 1 Where are all the golf-related drinks? The list pretty much begins and ends with the Arnold Palmer, a mix of lemonade and ice tea. While it’s refreshing, it’s not enough. For starters, it’s non-alcoholic. There’s nothing wrong with that, but for a sport with a long and rich association with alcohol, it seems strange. There should be hundreds of golf-related mixed drinks, not just wines with a player’s name slapped on the label.
By Ried Holien
one simply the “Slammer,” which is Snead’s nickname. Like the real Snead who could high-kick ceilings from a flatfooted stance, this equal parts mix of vodka, amaretto, sloe gin and orange juice is guaranteed to kick-start your round! The Paula Creamer/aka The Pink Panther— Mix three parts gin, two parts diet tonic water (to keep the figure!), a splash of grenadine, and a maraschino cherry. Like Paula herself, this drink is strong but lovely, and all pink. The Bubba Watson— For the Masters champ who never tries the same shot twice, and who hates writing or reading (hence no recipe for this one), go into your refrigerator, grab everything liquid, mix all together, and drink. (Bartender’s Note: because Bubba shuns liquor, this should be non-alcoholic.)
The Rickie Fowler— A member in Bubba’s teetotaler posse, and a guy who wears all-orange every Sunday, mix equal parts orange juice and orange soda. (Bartender’s Note: Add vodka to create what’s called a Frat Boy Fowler.) The Natalie Gulbis— For this sexy star regularly voted most congenial by her peers, fill a curvy glass with two shots vanilla vodka, drop in two heaping mounds of sugar (sexual innuendo purposeful) to get the sweetness. Then add three dashes of chili sauce because she’s so hot.
The Luke Donald— Take the best-selling item (probably tap beer), pour it in a generic glass that people will easily overlook, then name it after this little-known World #1.
The Jim Furyk— Place an unpeeled carrot and pine branch into a laboratory specimen cup. Next, fill the cup with vodka, crushed ice and zest from orange and lemon peels. Like Furyk’s swing, this drink looks funny, but it’s surprisingly smooth. The Gary Player— Dubbed the Black Knight for his monochromatic ensemble, honor Player with equal parts peppermint liqueur, black licorice schnapps and cola. To drink it like Player, a fitness fanatic, you first do 100 push-ups, then down the drink. golfnewsmag.com
Then do 100 sit-ups and quaff another. This will get you strong… and drunk. GolfNews knows of no drink named after Ried Holien. A candidate is based on: glass of beer grasped in one hand, computer keying with the other hand, watching the Minnesota Vikings and Caddy Shack, simultaneously on two screens, while his four children are playing cowboys and Indians circling Ried in
preparation of their attack on good ‘ole dad. Since there is no existing mixed drink that we know of commemorating the national award-winning golf writer, here’s what GolfNews Publisher Dan Poppers has come up with — A Holienvickingsshackdad—It’s a strong, creative, complex athletic drink known to be a catalyst for deep thought, humor, fatherly love and word mastery.
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GOLF AS I SEE IT INSTRUCTION • targeting shots • putting
by John Cook
Tour Talk With John Cook GOLF NEWS Magazine (GN): When you’re targeting a shot, how close does the ball need to finish in relationship to the target for you to feel that you hit a successful shot? Is there a margin of error? JOHN COOK: When I’m playing my best I try to be real specific on where I drive the ball. I’m really looking more at ball flight. If my ball flight is consistent and on the trajectory I want it, then I know I’ve made a pretty good swing, and I know the ball is going in the right direction. If my ball flight gets off, then my swing is off somewhere and I know sooner or later it’s going catch up with me. GN: How do you define ‘flight’? COOK: The way the ball takes off; the way the ball’s flying through the air; what it does when it hits the ground. If my ball flight is consistent, then I know that the shot that I hit is going to wind up close to the target. Regarding dispersion, I want the ball on my bad swings finishing on the edges of the fairways. I know on my good swings the ball is going to go where I aim. GN: That old adage, drive for show, putt for dough — your putting style has changed over the years, correct? COOK: For the better. GN: Summarize the basics of good putting; give us a quick checklist?
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JC: A quick checklist. First of all, you have to read the putt correctly. Learn to read the greens, and learn to read the pace of the putts. As far as the stroke goes, you’ve got to give yourself every opportunity to make a putt. It doesn’t really matter how you stand — feet square, feet open, feet closed, wide, narrow — it’s how your arms hang that’s important. The lie of the putter is very important and influences how your arms hang. You don’t want to force your arms up into a position that is uncomfortable or down into a position that they’re not used to. Once your arms hang with a degree of comfort and freedom, from there it’s a matter of getting the clubhead going back square of the target line and then moving through square to the target line. The most consistent way you can do this is by using an arms and shoulders stroke. Not much hands, let your arms and shoulders work together in the triangle that’s formed from your left shoulder to your left hand, up your right arm to your right shoulder — this triangle moves as a unit, not closing or narrowing as it goes back. The triangle stays uniform. In 2012, John Cook has earned over $680,000 on the Champions Tour money list and is ranked #4.
GOLF WITH GEIBERGER INSTRUCTION • mind over matter by Al Geiberger
One Ball Hit Only 59 Times One of the oddities of my round when I shot 59 at Colonial Country Club in the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic is that I violated a cardinal rule all the big-time pros follow, which is to use fresh golf balls throughout the round. Most tour players when I played the PGA Tour used six balls during the round, usually al-
It looked like the Hope Diamond . ternating them each hole. Fresh balls for each round for today’s Tour player is also a given. The reasons for changing balls during a round I explain in my book TEMPO, “I usually start out with the intention of using three balls, playing one for six holes and then changing. There are various reasons for this, having to do with a ball’s ability to recover its shape after being struck and its durability over a number of holes.”
All of that is definitely science, not myth. But I’m not sure how much it really means, because during the round when I shot 59, I used one ball and one ball only during the entire round. Call it superstition, call it belief in luck, call it what you will, though I started out with my usual intention of switching to fresh balls, once the ball started going in the hole for me, no way was I going to change. I told myself that I’m sticking with this ball until something goes wrong. Nothing did! That lone but wonderful ball eventually wound up in the Hall of Fame (when the Hall was at Pinehurst, N.C.; now the Hall is in Florida). In the Pinehurst Hall, the ball was suspended in a big glass case with a blue velvet background, lights focusing on it. It looked like the Hope Diamond. And, I will always feel on that special day, the ball was, indeed, quite a jewel. Al Geiberger shot the first 59 in the history of any major Tour. Geiberger’s historic 59 is described in detail by him in his book TEMPO, along with dozens of great golf tips and lessons. TEMPO is available through your favorite book outlet.
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VENTURI’S VIEW INSTRUCTION • confidence • history by Ken Venturi
Victory By the Bay In 1950, my first match in the San Francisco City Championship was against Martin Stanovich, who owned a mattress company in San Francisco. Stanovich, a stocky, short guy, possessed an unorthodox swing. Watching him stand over a golf ball, you would swear that he couldn’t break 80 if he caught every break in the world. Looks aside, Stanovich was no slouch. He could reach the green from anywhere. Even so, my friends bet Stanovich, who loved to gamble, $3,500 that I would prevail.
I Might Have Choked Luckily, I wasn’t aware of the wagering during the match. With that kind of pressure, I would have been a nervous wreck and might have choked. After the match, which I won 3 and 2, I found out about the bets. I asked Stanovich why he kept the gambling a secret the whole day, fully aware of the effect it might have had on me. “That’s not the way to go,” he said. I’ll always admire Martin Stanovich for knowing the right way to go. My next opponent, Jim Molinari, the city champion in 1939, 1942, and 1947, wasn’t quite as classy, to put it mildly. Molinari,
a cop, was a strong man twice my age who assumed he could intimidate me. He assumed wrong. “I’m in the junior championship,” he said to a few of his friends while warming up on the range, loud enough for me to get the message. “I have to play a kid. This is a men’s championship. This is not a tournament for a bunch of kids.” I kept hitting balls. I knew I couldn’t answer him with my wit. I’d stammer and only make myself look worse. I needed to respond with a much more reliable weapon: my clubs. They didn’t let me down. I birdied three of the first four holes to go 3 up. At the fifth tee, I approached Molinari.
“How Do You Like That, Old Man?” “How do you like that, old man?” I said. However, I was grateful for the tough, hard-nosed competitors like Jim Molinari. They stiffened my resolve, preparing me for the kind of gamesmanship I would come to recognize as routine behavior in the big leagues. When players such as Sam Snead tried to mess with my head, I thought back to Molinari. “Come on, boys, you’re a bunch of amateurs,” I said when they tried to rattle
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We have all seen how scores on the professional tours have dropped dramatically in the last 40 years. It’s not just the winning score, but all scores have dropped significantly. Incredibly improved equipment, better conditioned golf courses, and the coming of age of better athletes on training regiments similar to other major sports are usually the reasons cited for this phenomenon. There is one more factor that has contributed. Professional golfers have learned to use the practice tee much more effectively. Going to the range after the round with a bucket of balls to “figure out the problem “ has been greatly expanded upon. There are essentially 3 reasons we want to proceed to the practice tee. If we focus on the one that is our priority and not intermingle them, we will have success. 1. WARMING UP BEFORE THE ROUND Before our round of golf, warming up should be #1 priority. We are not there for a practice session, nor are we there to improve our swing mechanics. The purpose of being on the practice tee is to warm and stretch body parts and get a feel for the clubs before the round. Doing anything else creates confusion and inappropriate expectations. Don’t be too concerned about the quality of shots; many times there seems to be no correlation between how we hit it before the round and how we did during the round. 2. IMPROVING OUR ABILITY TO PLAY GOLF This means simply to be very TARGEToriented and to hit the shots in a way that are as similar to playing on the course as possible. For instance, picture the tee shot on the first hole; and then hit the club that you would use for the second shot that the tee shot left you. PLEASE SEE PAGE 35
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Visualizing playing the entire course on the practice tee can be very effective and even fun. You may find yourself using a different club on each swing. We constantly hear, “It’s working well on the range, but I can’t seem to transfer it to the course.” Practice as though you are playing is an effective way to solve this problem.
3. IMPROVE ONE’S SWING MECHANICS If you’ve reached a plateau in your golf game and you’re happy with your short game, the proper use of the practice tee could be your ticket to improve your swing mechanics. There are some things you need to know about this course of action. The minute we start to change grip, set-up, positions in the swing, or the flow of the swing itself, we will destroy our timing for the swing we have. This process is not a “fix.” We used to think we eliminated a swing error through repeated practice. The truth is we are learning a new skill. Remember when you first took up the game, how long it took before any consistency developed. This will take the same kind of patience and perseverance. Some things to remember: 1) Don’t be concerned where the ball goes; 2) It is going to take a lot of sessions and lots of repetitions. [The old idea of 21 days or 1500 repetitions is way too low; it will depend on lots of individual factors.]; 3) Have a consistent plan, don’t change it in midstream. You must be confident you’re on the path to a stronger, sounder game. In conclusion, it is extremely important not to mix these 3 approaches towards using the practice tee. Each approach has a very specific purpose and intermingling then will cause nothing but confusion and frustration. Remember the reason you are there that day, stick to it, and the great game of golf will be a lot more enjoyable.
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So You’ll Make the Cut Don’t You Fall Victim to These Types of Disqualifications In a U.S. Open qualifier, Jim’s ball lay on a slope by the 17th green. When he addressed the ball, it moved and came to rest out of bounds. He then played the ball from out of bounds, finished the hole and played the eighteenth hole. Before signing his card, he reported these facts to the committee. How should the committee rule? When Jim’s ball in-play moved after he had addressed it, he was required to replace the ball, with a penalty stroke, under Rule 18-2b. However, by making a stroke at the ball lying out of bounds, he had played a wrong ball (Decision 15/6). Because he did not correct the error for golfnewsmag.com
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playing a wrong ball before teeing off on the next hole, he is disqualified (Rule 15-3b). He should have corrected his error prior to teeing off on eighteen by placing a ball on the spot where the original ball lay (before it moved after address). He would then have incurred a total penalty of three strokes (one stroke for causing his ball to move and two strokes for playing a wrong ball). Playing a wrong ball is one of several penalty situations that must be corrected to avoid disqualification. Other stroke play violations that must be corrected to avoid disqualification include:
Rule 3-2: Failure to hole out. Rule 11-4b: Playing from outside teeing ground. Rule 11-5: Playing from wrong teeing ground. Rule 20-7c: Playing from wrong place (serious breach). Rule 29-3: Threesomes/Foursomes (Playing in incorrect order).
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