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FROM THE EDITOR
Our USGA or Theirs The USGA was originally formed in 1894 to resolve the question of a National Amateur Championship. Earlier that year, the Newport Country Club and Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers, New York, both declared the winners of their tournaments the “national amateur champion.” That autumn, delegates from Newport, St. Andrew’s, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club met in New York City to form a national governing body, which would administer the championship and also the Rules of Golf for the country. On December 22, 1894, the Amateur Golf Association of the United States was officially formed, and was shortly thereafter renamed the “United States Golf Association”. The USGA has 8000 member clubs, courses and practice facilities in the U.S. There are also nearly 1 million golfing members that range from $10.00 yearly, to $2300.00 yearly, in 7 distinct membership categories. It is fairly difficult to find any accurate facts regarding the exact amount they earn but in 2013 it was said to be over $160 Million. Their recent TV deal with Fox was said to be worth almost $100 Million. The USGA is a non-profit entity that pays no U.S. taxes. Its mission is to grow, govern and protect the integrity of the great game of golf in our country. In the last 10 years the USGA has repeatedly been under fire from golfers at all levels of the game from PGA professionals to amateurs regarding rules changes and interpretations of rules in major tournaments. After the huge response from both the media and the public at this years U.S. Open regarding the ruling on Dustin Johnson the USGA for the first time in years has had to do damage control. If you think they are not listening, think again. Our membership dollars represent tens of millions of dollars in yearly income for the USGA and our attendance at USGA major events is tens of millions more. Golfers who are not members who attend and watch USGA events on TV are also making it possible for huge media contracts each year for the USGA. Sometimes it may not seem like it but this USGA belongs to all of us. We have every right to question the decisions and policies made as members and players.
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NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY
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Alice & Danny Scott / Race & Chase in the Midwest
Elisa Gaudet / Waterville Golf – Heavenly Links
APPAREL & ACCESSORIES
GFW Staff / Mens Summer Golf Fashion Guide
Haley Fisher / Women’s Summer Golf Fashion Guide
Haley Fisher / 2016 Golf Shoe Guide
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John Molori / Chris Russo – SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio
Jack Ross / Good Day for Dustin, Bad Day for USGA
Leigh MacKay / Jim Remy – PGA of America
Gorman vs. Geary / Ball Hits Sprinkler Head…Replay?
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Steve Riggs / James Driscoll’s New Attitude Wins in Nashville
GEAR & FITNESS
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Joey D / Tips from the Tour
Ed Travis / Golf Bags…the Right One is Essential
Ed Travis / Push Carts…Does Walking Improve Your Score?
GGW Staff / 2016 Golf Glove Guide
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GHW Staff / Fairways Lifestyle: Course Living & Private Clubs
Leigh MacKay / The Bay Club Mattapoisett
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RACE & CHASE
IN THE MIDWEST By Alice & Danny Scott
Ladies and gentlemen, start your carts! We’re off and racing to two of the most famous forums for cars and horses, chasing golf balls in between. When Pete Dye redesigned the Brickyard Crossing he incorporated the infield of the Indy 500 racetrack. He lined streams along the course with recycled concrete, drivers’ names still intact. AJ Foyt stood by at a pre Indy 500 golf tourney. The Brickyard Crossing is a must play if you want to “be on the inside track.” In southern Indiana The French Lick Resort won the Best Historic Resort award by USA Today readers. In the good old days people flocked there to soak in the sun or mineral spas, chasing purported health benefits. Today there is something for everyone. It is a two for one resort since The Cook Group combined the French Lick Springs and the West Baden Springs Hotels. The first is stately with rocking chairs on the outer deck, a spa with stained glass windows, pools, a casino, bowling alley and res-
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taurants. 1875 The Steakhouse commemorates the first Kentucky Derby with a fine dining experience. Thomas the Train chugs with passengers to the West Baden Springs Hotel considered the eighth wonder of the world for its atrium dome. Bedroom balconies instill a sense of royalty overlooking the circular expanse. A piano player sets the mood by the atrium bar for a promenade around the perimeter to another
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clubhouse for events and serves as the 19th hole of the Pete Dye course. After a grueling round the patio serves a striking view for libations most golfers need. Foursomes receive a tin box decorated with course photos and filled with Woodford Reserve and cigars, nice! The Donald Ross Course at French Lick is more fair but with his usual false front greens. The redesigned Valley Links Course provides a
warm up for the more challenging 18s. To drive to French Lick, you can fly into Indianapolis or Louisville, the home of the greatest - Muhammad Ali. At the Visitor’s Center pick up a passport to the Urban Bourbon Trail. Historic architecture amazes along the way. On the corner of the new 4th Street Live Entertainment complex that lights up the night, The Old Seelbach Hotel is central to all the action. Ten minutes away, the best place for a mint julep is Churchill Downs, which turns into a red carpet for the well-hatted who’s who, during the most famous horseracing event, the Kentucky Derby. Numerous distilleries within an hour of Louisville deliver rich history of before, during and after prohibition along with tastings. Woodford Reserve boasts the oldest still house of 1840. Buffalo Trace produces Weller, Blanton’s and more with complimentary tours and tastings. Jim Beam produces the most bourbon while Makers Mark lets you dip your bottle in red wax to make your own mark. For the final stretch Quail Chase Golf Club on Chapel Road is one of many courses around Louisville. 27 holes designed by David Pfaff roll through the woods over creeks and Kentucky blue grass for pure country golf. Find your vacation track to race and chase at www.frenchlick.com and www.gotolouisville.com
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HEAVENLY LINKS By Elisa Gaudet
Links land is characterized by exposed sand dunes, an absence of trees, proximity to the ocean and unpredictable weather. Historically, it was land unsuitable for farming but ideal for the genesis of golf. Of all the courses in the world fewer than 300 are genuine links and only a small fraction are of championship caliber which is what makes Waterville Golf Links in Ireland such a unique and special place. Golf was introduced in Waterville by the Commercial Cable Company in 1884. The Waterville cable station operated 6 cables to America, 4 cables to the UK and 2 to France and the course was built as a means recreation and sport for the over 300 workers. Built in 1889 Waterville Golf Links started as a 9-hole course and in the early 1970’s construction began on the now 18-hole links course. 1973 Ireland’s foremost links architect, Eddie Hackett, completes the dream course envisioned by John A. Mulcahy and his close friend Claude Harmon, a past Masters champion and head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club. In 2004 Tom Fazio began a major renovation to the course and as a result, it is often ranked in the top 10 in Britain and Ireland. “Everything at Waterville is spectacular, the setting is one of
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the best that I have ever seen anywhere in golf” says Tom Fazio. Michael Murphy, the Waterville links superintendent, was recognized by the R & A for his work in sustainable links management through the promotion of the fine turf fescue grasses over poa annua. Waterville hosts two member-guest events in June and September, as well as a father-son, father-daughter and The Kerry Cup. For each of these events people travel from all over the world to participate. Longtime member, Peter Dagher summed it up “I really love the course and the Waterville house. The course changes every day you play it because of the varying conditions. The member-guest events always highlight the uniqueness of being in Ireland and meeting a diverse international crowd. There is a physical beauty, calm pace and a sense of letting go and getting off the grid” Gary O’Hagan, Chairman and CEO of Goan Sports, played football as an offensive lineman at Boston College and has been coming to Waterville for 35 years. He started coming when a group of Irish-American friends of his from Salomon Brothers bought the property in 1986. He has been a member for 25 years and says “In Waterville you have the ability to participate in
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three levels of friendship; old friends and friendships renewed, new friends and local Waterville resident friends.” Gary also adds “making friends is a fine art and those relationships are valuable in every aspect of life. This is one of the greatest facilities and places to enable people to make those friendships”. Gary’s guest for the two-day tournament, Tim O’Shea, is a former Boston College basketball player and is now the basketball coach at Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island. This is his second time attending the member-guest and comments “I am blown away by how beautiful it is here and right now Newport, RI where I live is very beautiful but this is unique. It is special, there is nothing like it.” The course and area are steeped in history and one hole on the course in particular has great significance, the 12th hole a Par 3, called “The Mass Hole”. In the 18th century the celebration of Catholic mass was punishable by death in Ireland forcing the local population to use the secluded valley in front of this green to hold their services. To this day it has significant meaning and on special occasions mass is held there in the valley of the 12th hole. The Waterville House is an 18th century Georgian Manor house that sits on a narrow isthmus facing the wild Atlantic Ocean with beautiful Lough Currane on its eastern perimeter. The Currane River bisects the 50-acre estate as
it flows into Ballinskelligs Bay. The manor was built by the Butler family in 1790 and the estate was called “Waterville”. The charm of this 13-bedroom estate and the staff are as world renowned as the golf course. Guests of the Waterville House have the advantage of preferred tee times, access to fishing the famous Butler’s Pool known for its salmon and the private driving range and practice facility designed by Tom Fazio. Membership definitely has its privileges and the list of international members is growing as more people experience this extraordinary slice of heaven in Ireland.
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GOLF FASHION GUIDE Stop sweating over what to wear to the course this summer because New England Golf Monthly and Golf Fashion Weekly’s 2016 Men’s Summer Fashion Guide is here! Sometimes it is hard to get excited over the basic polo and shorts combination but some of our favorite brands, like Betenly Golf and Holderness & Bourne, have produced a Summer 16’ line that will you have yearning to hit the links in a fresh new look.
Betenly Golf Hybrid-Tech Polo Shirts: The cotton/climax pique with Betenly’s signature checkerboard styling are dressed up with self-collars and a more tailored fit. The luxurious tech-hybrid fabrics that these shirts are composed of create the perfect balance of luxury and performance. Coming in a variety of bold colors that pop on the course, Betenly’s Polos pair well with any bottoms as they have a modern twist on the classic Polos that all sophisticated golfers love. Shorts: The modern player will love shorts by Betenly Golf, as they expertly blend together performance and style. The “hybrid-styling” with a jean-style front pocket and inset trouser-style rear pockets create a sporty, yet tailored look Carnoustie Performance Palmer Shorts: are a perfect weight and fit for the active player. These performance plaid shorts come in three different colorways, are flat front, and feature the craftsmanship and details found throughout our collection. Jacquard Stripe Polo: This mercerized cotton jacquard stripe polo is new for the 2016 Collection. The fresh new pattern, classic fit, knit collar, and three button placket will make this polo a favorite. This polo is offered in multiple stylish colors.
PUMA GoTime Swoop: Beat the summer heat with this classic yet cotemporary Swoop Golf Polo from Puma. The 92% Polyester and 8% Elastane fabric is breathable and moves with your swing. IT is UPF 40, the highest in sun protection rating. It has a a three-button placket and set in sleeves that was created to be appropriate for your morning commute to your evening on the town. Golf Tech Shorts: These Golf Tech Shorts will soon become a staple in your wardrobe this summer. Keeping you dry with the dryCELL moisturewicking fabric and a UPF of 50+ you will want to purchase a pair in every color. Not to forget the pockets, front hand pockets, back welt pockets, with printed pocket bags there are plenty of places to hold your keys, scorecards, etc.
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GOLF APPAREL & ACCESSORIES Footjoy Stretch Lisle Stipe Knit Collar: It will be hard to not notice these Polos on the green with color combinations like berry/navy/white, light purple/black/white, and lemon/light blue/ white. Not only do they feature the coolest and brightest colors of the season but they feature technology like easy care fabric, a lock stitched hem, ProDry Stretch fabric, double stitched seams, and an extra long back shirt tail perfect for tucking into FJ shorts. Madras Shorts: A classic pattern to golf shorts is plaid and with the Madras shorts form Footjoy you can achieve this style with a contemporary twist. The flat front styling and two side pockets provide generous depth and a complete range of motion is available when wearing them thanks to the four-way stretch and comfort fit. Bradley Allen Oxford Pique Gradient: Be refreshed with Bradley Allen’s summer 16 line. Their Oxford Pique Gradient Polo is “legendary”. Made from lightweight Pima Cotton and technical quick-drying polyester keeping you dry in the summer heat. Fine detail in style and performance is something Bradley Allen takes serious as seen in the Mother-of-Pearl Buttons. Stretch Gabardine Short: Just like their polos Bradley Allen’s Stretch Gabardine shorts will keep you both dry and stylish during the hottest days of golf this summer season. “Refined aesthetic with exceptional functionality” is what founder and creative director Brad Franklins aspires for, these shorts achieve this with the softest and most comfortable blend of premium cotton and technical polyester. Chase 54 Gravity Polo: DryFuze technology feels ultralightweight and chic for your swing and swagger. Seams are reinforced with topstitching for supreme quality. Includes CHASE54’s signature powder-coated metal collar stays. UPF40+ Kolton Shorts: One of C54’s most popular shorts, the Kolton features DryFuze moisture wicking, to keep you cool and dry through your round and beyond. Waistband gripper tape is just one of the details that sets these shorts apart - stowe your essentials in deep pockets while you play! Travis Matthew MK Polo: A part of their newest FH16 line this polo can be worn for both work and play, with a relaxed and fresh style you will want to wear this polo every day. It is perfect for the summer weather as it is lightweight and quick drying. Wrinkle resistant it is ready to go when you are. Not to forget that style is not it’s greatest feature with fabric that is soft to touch and has a four way stretch. Stig Short: Reinventing classics and inspired from the Southern California culture and lifestyle TravisMattew’s Stig Shorts capture the goal of the FH16 line, capturing the coast in city appropriate wear. They are apart of the Prestige7 series making them appropriate for any occasion and durable enough for your game. Moisture wicking, water resistant, four way stretch, and comfortable material are what makes these shorts so great.
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Women's Summer GOLF FASHION GUIDE By: Haley Fisher
The ladies of the links asked for it, and here it is, the Summer 2016 Women’s Golf Fashion Guide. This season presents the challenge of wanting to wear the hottest new trends while trying to stay cool in the summer heat. Thanks to brands like Chase 54 and PUMA, fresh new styles and technology are available for the summer 2016 season.
Chase 54 Milan Polo: With contrast topstitching and a flattering fit you will fall in love with this polo. Featuring the DryFuze® technology, it will keep you feeling fresh, light, and cool during the hot summer days on the course. Frieda Golf Skort: The DryFuze® technology will wick away all moisture so you do not have to worry about working up a sweat this season. Featuring a UPF 40+ protection and an 18” outseam, the Frieda is the ideal everyday skort.
EP Sport/EP Pro Tour Tech Sleeveless Jersey Stripe Polo: Stripes are Fun, Sporty, and Versatile! The fabric is cool and comfortable; The detailing is signature EP Pro! Solid trims accent this style at the back neck, placket and under collar, again not a Basic! Bi Strech Skort: This skort delivers form flattering, tummy tucking slimness! The fabric has bi-stretch comfort, keeps its shape, and offers a true slenderizing effect.
Footjoy Performance Skort: This contemporary styled skort is comfortable for play and has UV protection perfect for hitting the links. Featuring ProDry, it is moisture wicking, wrinkle resistant, and is easy care. ProDry Interlock Golf Shirt: You will never want to take this polo off as it so comfortable. Anti-microbial finish, inhibiting odor build-up when moisture is present.
Puma Bloom Knit Golf Skort: Make a statement on the green with the Bloom Knit Golf Skort by PUMA. The daring floral print is combined with UPF 40+ protection and dryCELL technology, for the best in moisture-wicking properties. 3D Stripe Sleeveless Polo: Add some flair to your golf apparel collection with this stripe top, fit for professionals and amateurs alike. Enhancements include a UV resistant finish and dryCELL fabrics to keep you comfortable during a long day on the links.
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2016 Golf Shoe Guide By: Haley Fisher
One thing that Golf Fashion Weekly always stresses is the importance of having golf attire that is both fashion forward and practical. 2016 outdid itself in creating golf shoes that are not only stylish to wear on the course and into the clubhouse but has technology that ensures comfort, traction, and flexibility. Here are some of our favorite golf shoes for 2016.
Redan Spiked Golf Shoe: A classically designed wingtip golf shoe features a butyl leather sole and 11 CHAMP helix plastic spikes.
Muirfield Village 2.0 Spike-less Golf Shoes: These plain-toe spikeless golf shoes are topnotch in cushioning, comfort, and breathability thanks to their interchangeable Ortholite athletic insole. www.AllenEdmonds.com
Biion Patterns: All Biion shoes have an anti micro-bacterial composite, breathable holes, and a shock-absorbent innersole. With 9 different designs to choose, their sure to make a statement on and off the green. www.biionfootwear.com
Canoos Canoos Tour 2.0: The inventor of the Golf Boat Shoe, with a molded spike bottom and the highest quality pull up leather upper these shoes are the best in comfort and performance. Golf in the shoes you wore to the course with the Canoos Tour 2.0 golf shoes. www.canoos.com
Ecco BIOM G 2: These shoes were designed using the knowledge based off of the scanning 2,500 athletesâ€™ feet. Offered in 7 different color combinations, style is not compromised with the BIOM G 2s. www.ecco.com
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Footjoy Dryjoy Tour: Known as the #1 Shoe in Golf, Dryjoys feature a cushioned fit, a laser plus fit, leather linings, performance outsole, and tour-proven traction. Buy Dryjoy Tour and you will understand why so many PGA Tour players choose Footjoy.
Freestyle: Snazzy is one word to describe these golf shoes. Engineered to deliver an incredible flexibility and comfort, these are made for players who want footwear that is the bestin-class mobility. www.footjoy.com
New Balance New Balance 3001: Make the “toughest courses easy on your feet” with the 3001 waterproof leather golf shoes. The 3001’s are super thin and lightweight ensuring flexibility and the ability to move with the natural motion of your feet. www.newbalance.com
PUMA IGNITE Spikeless Sport: Focus and power are the two words to describe the IGNITE Spikeless Sport golf shoes. With PUMA’s IGNITE Spikeless Sport shoes you will have a smoother swing and a more stable game.
IGNITE Spikeless: Identical in the IGNITE foam and GripZone technology as the Spikeless Sport, these feature lace closure for a snug fit and have a sleeker and more refined shaped that provides more comfort and a better fit. www.pumagolf.com
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“Mad Dog” Russo is an ACE ON THE COURSE by John Molori
Multimedia sports personality Chris Russo is known for his edgy commentary and unbridled opinions, but the man they call “Mad Dog” was never more excited than he was on May 20 at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT. Let’s let him tell the story. “It was a really competitive tournament. Twenty-eight teams were vying for fifteen spots in the finals. I was not playing well at all heading to the 15th hole. It was 154 yards downhill. I knew I hit it at the perfect height. The ball hit the top of a ledge and started to crawl downhill and into the hole. It was my first ever hole-in-one!” Following this momentous feat, Russo felt even more pressure. “I really had to play well the next three holes. You don’t want to ruin a hole-in-one like that. I bogied, bogied, and double-bogeyed, and we went all the way to the finals!” A 20 handicap, Russo began his sports media career in Florida, but rose to national fame with Mike Francesa on the “Mike and the Mad Dog” show at WFAN Radio in New York. The influential and groundbreaking program aired from 1989-2008. These days, he headlines SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel where he hosts “Mad Dog Unleashed, weekdays 3-6pm. He also hosts “High Heat”, weekday afternoons on MLB Network. Russo and Francesa are currently nomi-
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nated for the National Radio Hall of Fame in the Spoken Word category. Past inductees include Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Larry King. Says Russo, “It is a fan vote so I am not sure how it will go, but it would be a terrific honor for sure. We were on the air from 1989 to 2008. Those were great years.” Indeed, both Russo’s career and golf game improved when he got to the Big Apple. “I started playing as a kid, and went to Hilton Head a couple of times. When I started working in New York City in 1988, I got more into it. I joined Shorehaven in 2003. That was great because I now had a place to go play.” Among Russo’s favorite courses are Newport Country Club, Sankaty Head on Nantucket, Maidstone and Shinnecock on Long Island, Pebble Beach, and Cypress. He adds, “Obviously I would love to play places like Pine Valley and
Augusta, and I would love to get over to Ireland and play Kingsbarns in Scotland.” With a family and busy media career, Russo has to find time for his golf fix. “I’ve gotten out there about eight or nine times so far this year. The biggest challenge for me is my hole-byhole inconsistency. In golf, you can get off the tracks on the same hole. When I play well, I play consistently.” Russo has played alongside sports legends such as Brett Favre Jim Palmer, but he has his own golf media etiquette. He explains, “I never talk shop on the course. Those guys don’t need to be interviewed when they are playing golf. “I once played in Palm Springs with (former MLB manager) Gene Mauch. He started talking about his biggest regret in baseball, blowing a 10 game lead in 1964 with the Phillies. Mauch was a great golfer and guy. He actually set up our game through a mutual friend, the late Jim Karvellas, the former Knicks’ announcer. I was just a young broadcaster at the time and I appreciated that.” A passionate golfer, Russo actually took some chipping lessons leading into his hole-in-one tour-
ney at Shorehaven, but otherwise, he eschews formal instruction. He relates, “I have not taken lessons too much. I have four kids so it’s tough for me to spend the day taking a golf lesson. I always seem to play better in tournaments when there is something on the line. I am very competitive out there. I don’t know all the rules, but I want to play my best.” John Molori is an author and columnist for numerous publications. Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A VERY GOOD DAY FOR DUSTIN JOHNSON, A VERY BAD DAY FOR THE USGA by Jack Ross
When a USGA official pulled Dustin Johnson aside on the 12th hole of the final round of the U.S. Open last month, the marquee player who had seen several majors slip from his grasp in cruel ways must have experienced a déjà vu sensation. Six years earlier, Johnson had lost a chance at the PGA Championship when he was penalized for grounding his club in a rugged area strewn with footprints that turned out to be a bunker. Now, at Oakmont, he was told that officials had reviewed the situation on the 5th green where Johnson’s ball had moved slightly as he was preparing to putt, and that that a 1-stroke penalty was being considered. The conversation between the USGA and Johnson created a rules snafu that cast a pall of uncertainty over the remainder of the championship. At that point, Johnson and Shane Lowry were neck and neck, and other players were in contention. The problem was that no one knew whether the number posted next to Johnson’s name on the scoreboard was accurate – fairly important information for the competitors, not to mention the millions of fans watching the Fox broadcast. On the 5th green, Johnson had taken his stance and taken a couple of practice swings during which his putter did not touch
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the ground, then moved his putter behind the ball – again without contacting the ground. He noticed his ball move slightly, backed away, and summoned an official. Johnson told the official he did not do anything to cause the ball the move; the official concurred and directed him to proceed to putt. The situation highlighted a 2016 change to Rule 18-2. Formerly, under Rule 18-2b, a player was deemed to have caused a ball to move if it moved after address. That rule was considered overly punitive when balls moved on extremely fast and sloped greens, particularly in heavy winds. A 2012 revision added an exception if it was clear that some other factor, such as wind, caused a ball to move after address. However, the 2016 revisions eliminated Rule 18-2b altogether. Under the revised rules, whenever a ball at rest moves, all of the facts and circumstances must be taken into account to determine whether it is “more likely than not” that the player caused the movement. Contrary to the opinions expressed by a number of players and
commentators, the USGA was not bound by Johnson’s judgment, and was within its right to review the videotape. The USGA certainly was not blind to the fact that, in an earlier round, Lowry had called a penalty on himself in similar circumstances. After reviewing videotape, USGA rules officials determined that, after taking the practice strokes, Johnson momentarily grounded his putter next to the ball, and concluded that such action likely caused the ball movement. When advised of this on the 12th hole, Johnson adhered to his position that he did not think he caused the ball to move. At that point, the USGA had all the information it needed, and should have ruled that Johnson incurred a 1-stroke penalty. But instead, it deferred making a ruling, leaving players uncertain of Johnson’s score. The USGA’s explanation for the delay – that it wanted to discuss the matter with Johnson after the round – bordered on the absurd. The USGA official who appeared on the telecast all but admitted that they had made their decision; there was absolutely nothing to be gained from additional discussion. When the 2016 rules revisions were announced, Thomas Pagel, Director of Rules of Golf and Amateur Status for the USGA, noted that the repeal of Rule 18-2b would eliminate some unfair penalties but also would create some uncertainty and put pressure on players and rules officials to make difficult judgments. His words rang prophetic at Oakmont. The specter of one rules official initially absolving the player, only to be overruled after a close examination of videotape which did not conclusively demonstrate that Johnson caused the ball movement, did not sit well with players and many members of the media. Furthermore, reports had surfaced at Oakmont that some greens were running at an unprecedented 15 on the Stimpmeter, and that players were seeing balls move on greens after they came to rest. Under these extreme circumstances, it is certainly possible that Johnson’s ball moved spontaneously. The USGA was spared from catastrophe only because Lowry and other competitors faded down the stretch, and Johnson holed out on 18 with a birdie that gave him a 4-stroke lead
– until the penalty reduced it to three strokes. Imagine if he had led by only a stroke or been tied, and lost the championship on account of the videotape review. Ghosts of Whistling Straits would have been swirling around the USGA tent. Would the rules officials have had the courage of their convictions to assess the penalty in that case? We’ll never know. But even allowing the USGA the benefit of the doubt under the “more likely than not” standard, under which the imposition of a penalty does not have to be “free from doubt,” there was no excuse for deferring to make the call until after Johnson’s round and keeping him, and his competitors, in scoring limbo. As Bill Pennington of the New York Times aptly observed: “A scoreboard is not supposed to be just an estimation of who is leading and by how much.” Sunday at Oakmont will be remembered as Johnson’s long overdue breakthrough in adding a major title to his resume, but will not be remembered as the USGA’s finest day. On the day after the championship, the USGA stated that it regretted the distraction caused by its decision to wait until the end or the round to decide on the ruling. The USGA admitted that its action created “unnecessary ambiguity” for Johnson, other players, and spectators, and indicated that it will review its procedures for the timing of video review and communication with players. Good idea. However, the USGA did not back off its decision to impose the penalty, noting that the ball moved almost immediately after Johnson’s putter contacted the ground. Fine. But if they were so sure, they should have assessed the penalty immediately.
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James Driscoll’s New Attitude Does the Trick in Nashville (some things are just that simple) By Steve Riggs
James Driscoll is in the field of the Web. Com Tour’s Air Capital Classic in Wichita Kansas this week with his Nashville Golf Open winning trophy, a guitar, and sporting Mohawk haircut and attitude. Driscoll’s second win last week was over thirteen years in the making. His first win came in the 2004 Virginia Beach Open in his first full season on the Web.Com Tour. Looking more like an Australian tour guide than a golfer, his new attitude obviously paid off in Nashville as Driscoll’s turned a corner last week. In his fourth round at the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club when he went 4 under par over a three hole stretch that included an eagle from 160 yards on the par 4 12th hole. James finished strong posting rounds of 65, 68, 69, 67 for a -19/269 total
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and three shots clear of the field. He earned the $99,000 winning check and guitar. I had given Driscoll, the 38 year old Boston native, the moniker of ‘New Ironman’ a couple of years ago based on his relentless grinding on the tours. Dana Quigly a Lynnfield Massachusetts native and PGA Tour Champions player is the original Ironman playing 278 consecutive professional events over a nine year stretch. Driscoll turned professional in 2001 and has made a total of 395 starts on both the PGA and Web.Com tours through Nashville. A testament to his perseverance, New Ironman has made a total 272 cuts. Driscoll has relentlessly worked to improve his golf swing and game over the years to with little
NEW ENGLAND GOLF MONTHLY success when it came to finding a winning combination. Coming into the Nashville Open the ‘Indiana Jones of the fairways’ was ranked 144th on the Web.Com’s money list. Something clicked as Driscoll had a change of heart when it came to how he approached his swing and game. "I think I did a great job of staying out of my own way. I think that's huge. I think that's something I've been dealing with for a long time and haven't really realized it until recently. I kept trying too hard and I just got to let go and let the subconscious take over and things fall into place," Driscoll told reporters With so much talent and a Team New England workhorse, I hope James continues to trust what he already has in his subconscious mind. As long as he stays out of his own way, he’ll find that corner he turned in Nashville will lead to victory and it won’t take thirteen years. Congratulations James. Keep it fluid. Sometimes it is just that simple.
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Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your knees and toes should be pointing forward. Place your hands gently behind your head with your elbows flared out to the sides. Ideally, you wonʼt be able to see your own elbows when youʼre in this position. (That said, donʼt apply too much pressure to the back of your head to get into this position. Your neck wonʼt like you.) Slowly kick your hips back, bend your knees, and lower yourself as if you were sitting into an imaginary chair. Try not to let your knees slide forward. Keep them aligned over your heels or mid-foot. When your thighs are parallel to the ground, drive through your heels back into the starting position to complete the rep. Do two sets of ten reps. Youʼve worked hard off-the-course to get your body in condition to play its best golf. The final step is to make sure that youʼll be able to use those gains out on the course. This simple warm-up series will help keep you injury-free and will let you have a lot more fun and success when you play.
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the Right One is Essential By ED TRAVIS
It goes without saying every golfer needs a bag and in fact if we are fortunate to play regularly a replacement may be needed fairly often. Bags take a lot of abuse…in and out of car trunks, banging around on the back of a cart or if carried, being picked up and put down dozens of times a round not to mention having to withstand rainy, windy and even sometimes snowy weather. To complicate the buying decision there
are literally hundreds of bags on the market. Just considering basic models not counting different colors and logos (NFL and college teams are popular), we found almost 200 cart and carry bags. From that extensive list here are ones we like that both do the job and look good. Each comes with a rain hood, umbrella slot and are made from synthetic long wearing materials.
Bag Boy The lightweight Chiller Cart Bag has a removable, insulated cooler bag which holds six 12-ounce cans. Extra exterior slot for putter and spacious storage pockets. Weight: 5.85 pounds Pockets: Nine Price: $200 • 15-way top with full-length dividers • Two large side accessory pockets • Soft-grip over-sized putter well
Ben Hogan Golf A stand bag with lots of room, the BH1 is light to carry but with the convenience of storage found in cart bags. Weight: 6.6 pounds Pockets: Seven Price: $225 • Five-way top • Full length dividers • Dual strap harness
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Callaway Golf The Hyper-Lite 3 comes with a single or double strap and is Callaway’s lightest bag. Has multiple pockets, an alignment stick holder and Xtra Tracktion stable base. Weight: 4.5 pounds Pockets: Seven Price: $180 • Four-way top • Full length dividers • Single or Dual strap harness models Callaway’s complementary model to the HL-3, the Hyper-Lite 5 stand bag, features lightweight materials, multiple pockets and a reworked stand. Weight: 5.5 pounds Pockets: nine Price: $200 • Seven-way top with full length dividers • Xtra Traction base for better stability • Dual strap The Org. 14 is Callaway’s most popular cart bag and now has updated pockets, improved straps and base to integrate with many push carts. Weight: 5.6 pounds Pockets: 12 including 2 cooler pockets Price: $220 • 10.5 inch 14-way top with full length dividers • E-Trolley Base System and Trolley Lip • Single strap
Cobra Golf The Ultralight Stand Bag is very lightweight yet fully equipped with full length club dividers and an adjustable shoulder harness. Weight: 4.5 pounds Pockets: Four Price: $160 • 9 inch 4-way top with full length dividers • Waterproof fleece lined valuables pocket • Oversized apparel pocket
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TactiCool The BAMF Standard stand bag allows attachment of up to seven pouches to fit the need of any golfer. Weight: 6.2 pounds Pockets: two plus two detachable pouches Price: $249 • 14-way top • Removable double strap • Stand upright for carts
Datrek The Go Lite Pro is good for walking or riding and is a fullfeature bag with an insulated beverage sleeve and ergonomic handle integrated in top. Weight: 5 pounds Pockets: Five Price: $160 • 8 inch 14-way top with full length dividers • Cart strap pass-through • Push cart compatible base Datrek’s DG Lite Cart Bag is super lightweight with a 15way organizer top and three full-length dividers for either push or riding carts. Weight: 4.25 pounds Pockets: Six Price: $140 • Integrated putter well • Six color combinations • Umbrella and towel holders The Carry Lite II stand bag has a large apparel pocket and other features making it a good choice for a dual strap carry bag. Weight: 5 pounds Pockets: Five Price: $140 • 8-way top with full length dividers • Dual straps and hip pad • Insulated beverage sleeve
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Wilson Staff The neXus II cart bag makes use of fiber reinforced plastic connectors to lower overall weight. Spacious pockets all may be opened from the front. Weight: 5.0 pounds Pockets: nine Price: $200 • 10-way 10x8 top with 14 S-lock club holders • Four full length dividers • Cart strap pass through Wilson’s newest carry stand bag is the neXus II has been completely reengineered for this season making the top, spine, stand and base work interpedently. Weight: 5.2 pounds Pockets: six plus two sleeves Price: $180 • 5-way 9x8 top with three full length dividers • Four point double strap • Hip pad has air-mesh for cooling
PING The 4 Series carry bag has adjusting shoulder pads with Senor Cool Technology and a strap connector for backpack-style comfort. Weight: 4.5 pounds Pockets: Seven Price: $185 • 4-way top • Wide leg span for stability • Insulated water bottle pocket Ping Hoofer 14 stand bag has a rigid top with integrated handle and pockets including ones for your rangefinder and water bottle. Straps are easy adjusting. Weight: 5.5 pounds Pockets: twelve Price: $235 • Cart strap channel • Dual straps with Senor Cool Technology • Eight zippered and four slip-in pockets
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Projekt Those wanting a super lightweight Sunday bag should take a look at the Projekt model. Though it’s small in size it’s big in features. Weight: 2.95 pounds Pockets: three Price: $100 • 7.5 inch three-way top • Two front and one back pocket • Single strap The Sengara cart bag has many extras making it a great choice including an external putter tube and a “Beer Garden” 6-slot holster. Weight: 8.2 pounds Pockets: six Price: $250 • 10 inch 14-way top with full length dividers • Rubber feet on bottom to prevent twisting • Insulated cooler pocket
Srixon Srixon’s Z-Four stand bag is spacious but light and comfortable to carry with its dual adjustable straps. Weight: 4.5 pounds Pockets: eight Price: $180 • 11 inch 14-way top • Scooped top front for easy club access • Comfort Suspension System straps The Z-Cart bag is ideal on an electric or push cart and comes with a hydration sleeve and other features for golfers. Weight: 6 pounds Pockets: eight Price: $200 • 13 inch 15-way top with full length dividers • Oversized putter slot • Roomy apparel pocket
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Sun Mountain The C-130 cart bag has lots of popular touches such as two valuables pockets and three handles for moving it from car trunk to car and back. Weight: 6.5 pounds Pockets: nine Price: $220 • 10.5 inch 14-way top with full length dividers • Cart strap pass through • All pockets are forward facing and accessible when on cart The 2 Five dual strap stand bag weighs so little at 2.5 pounds but is fully featured and functional just like heavier bags. Weight: 2.5 pounds Pockets: four Price: $230 • 9 inch 4-way top • Carbon fiber legs • High-density foam, lumbar hip pad with AirFlow System The Four 5 stand bag is a practical dual strap bag for those who carry and want separate slots for each club. Strap has been updated with additional padding. Weight: 5 pounds Pockets: seven Price: $230 • 10.5 inch 14-way top with full length dividers • E-Z Fit Dual Strap System • Roller Bottom legs for balanced, stable stance
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Does Walking Improve Your Score? By Ed Travis Golf is great exercise for everyone and especially for those of us who lead sedentary lives sitting in front of a computer. Walking the four miles or so for 18 holes can burn 500 calories in addition to being a pleasant way to spend time with friends but unless you’re a caddy on the PGA Tour, carrying a golf bag full of clubs, golf balls, rain gear and whatever else is another story. The alterative of course is to ride however if you would rather walk a push cart can make all the difference. The push models today of space age materials and construction are nothing like the drag-behind-you heavy, clunky carts of old, rolling easily even through the rough. They come with a lots of features to add to your enjoyment of the round.
Bag Boy The Quad XL with larger tubing in the frame has lots of stability from the four large wheels and other upgrades from the previous Quad model. Weight: 16 pounds Folds to: 24x17x16 Price: $200 • Handle mounted parking brake • Integrated beverage holder • Umbrella holder
Big Max The Autofold+ model is very compact and quickly folds and unfolds using auto-fix technology. Frame is aluminum and there’s padded ergonomically shaped handle. Weight: 16.75 pounds Folds to: 23x15x17 Price: $190 • Compact design with hand brake • Front wheel collapses automatically • Compatible with stand and cart bags
Clicgear As an update of their original popular push cart, the Model 3.5+ offers an improved brake system and a new set of straps for holding bag in place. Weight: 18 pounds Folds To: 13x15x24 Price: $220 • Accommodates all bag sizes • Console for scorecard, golf ball, pencil & tees • Built-in mounts for Clicgear accessories 56 | golfgearweeekly.com | July 2016
Founders Club The Swerve 360 Swivel Wheel model has Founders Club’s Qwick Fold system with a front wheel that pivots a full 360 degrees. Weight: 16.5 pounds Folds to: 32x18.5x18 Price: $149.00 • Front wheel hand brake plus locking foot operate brake • Adjustable bag cradles with elastic straps for any bag size • Scorecard holder with score counter, ball and tee storage and beverage holder
GolferPal The four-wheel Easy Pal uses a small electric motor to fold and unfold with the touch of a button and has better stability than three-wheelers on hills. Weight: 16.4 pounds including battery Folds to: 26.4x15.75x11.5 Price: $400 • Battery is rechargeable and lasts 25 rounds • Handle mounted brake • May be folded or unfolded manually by releasing two clips
Sun Mountain Sun Mountain’s newest Speed Cart is the V1 Sport with several improvements while keeping the easy fold/unfold system and frame strength of previous designes. Weight: 17.15 pounds Folds to: 37x16x13 Price: $210 • E-Z Latch system • Able to be folded with bag in place • Adjustable brackets hold bag without straps
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The golf glove plays such an important role in the swing. Without a solid grip your clubface can not stay square. Here are our favorite golf gloves at various price points for 2016.
Tour Premium: Made from a premium Select Cabretta Leather these gloves have a luxuriously soft feel with the additional feature of a soft terry cuff. They are Bridgestone’s thinnest glove ever and provide a constant grip, with outlasting durability. Priced at $24. Soft Grip: Be prepared for all weather with these ultra-soft water resistant synthetic leather gloves. Thanks to the mesh inserts they are topnotch in breathability and flexibility providing a constant and personal fit. Prices at $13.
OptiColor: For the best in performance and fashion choose Callaway’s Opticolor gloves, offered in four bright colors. Made fully of leather these gloves have perforated palms and fingers providing optimal breathability. Priced at $19.99 Apex Tour: Made with Callaway’s X-SPANN technology theses Tour Grade Leather gloves have advanced performance in moisture wicking, breathability and flexibility. These gloves blend tradition and performance into a thin, light, and securing fitting package. Priced at $18.99
Copper Tech: These compression-fitting gloves are one size fits all for optimal and personalized comfort. They help soothe arthritic hands by using copper infused technology, improving circulation and oxygenation, and preventing strain and fatigue. Priced at $19.95.
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Pure Touch Limited: Exceptionally soft and available in a limited amount of shops, these gloves are made of a select Cabretta leather that provides a supple feel through utilizing proprietary leather preparation techniques. Get a tailored fit through the targeted elastic strategically placed. Priced at $30. StaSof: Focus on your game with these gloves; with the Advanced Performance Leather by Pittards of England players are ensured a powerful grip, exceptional moisture resistance, and the finest feel. Proprietary 3-Directional ComforTab closure provides a precise fit and stress-free comfort and the PowerNet Mesh along fingers and knuckles keep your hands cool and flexible. Priced at $25. SciFlex: Get gloves that stay soft and provide exceptional moisture resistance thanks to Footjoy’s innovative technology. You can rely on these gloves to help provide optimal performance and fit, which is why they are known as Golf’s #1 combination glove. Priced at $20.
Srixon Z-Star Premium: For constant fit and feel buy Z-Star Premium gloves by Srixon. They use a tanning process called Cabra-Esx that uses hybrid resins to maintain leather’s original softness and prevent hardening. Priced at $18.99 Cabretta: Using the finest Cabretta leather these gloves will enhance your grip and control during play. A Lycra insert across the knuckles provides exceptional fit and feel. Priced at $12.99
Staff Conform: If you are looking for comfort and breathability then the Wilson Staff Conform is for you. The Abyssinian Cabretta leather uses a 3M Scotch guard protection for optimal softness and the anti-microbial performance mesh on the knuckles and palms dissipate heat and moisture. Priced at $14.99 Staff FG Tour: Elite gloves made specifically to the tour player specifications. These thin gloves will provide you with a soft and feel with the Abyssinian Cabretta leather that uses the Tack Teck tanning process for a strong grip throughout each round. Priced at $18.99 July 2016 | golfgearweeekly.com | 59
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Jim Remy by Leigh MacKay
The PGA of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and Ludlow, Vermont’s Jim Remy, a past president, represents what has made this a thriving organization of more than 27,000 professionals. Currently the VP and GM of the Okemo Golf Division at Okemo Valley GC, he has worked at one of New England’s leading ski and golf facilities since 1997. Remy became the first New England PGA Section member to become president when he was elected in 2008. He promoted both the business aspect of the profession and the fitness and healthy lifestyle that the sport can provide. Remy has served the NE PGA Section in almost every capacity and was its president from 199597. He was the 1997 NE PGA Golf Professional of the Year and was inducted into the NE PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2008. Remy and his wife, Darlene, live in Ludlow and have a daughter, Niki.
NEGM: What was most important to you as you were growing up?
JR: I grew up in Leominster [MA] and played football and baseball on the Blue Devils high school teams. At 12, I started skiing and fell in love with it. During the summer, I played golf at a little nine-hole course called Grandview. I was involved in sports all four seasons. Sports, sports, sports. That’s all I wanted to do. After I graduated from high school, I told my mom I was going to Vermont to teach skiing for a year and then I’d go to college. That was 43 years ago, and I’m still in Vermont.
NEGM: How did you become a golf professional?
JR: I was a professional ski instructor in Ludlow and a racer for the US Pro Ski Tour in the 1970’s. After about seven years, I knew I needed a dependable summer job so I asked PGA pro Ed Bellow at the nearby Fox Run GC, “What do I have to do to become a golf pro?” I entered the PGA golf professional program and got my first assistant job at Worcester CC [MA], and I found my dream. The combination of skiing in the winter
and golf in the summer just worked out perfectly. My apprenticeship continued at Mt. Pleasant CC in Boylston [MA], and when I got my Class A card, I became the head professional at Killington Golf Resort and the Director of Ski Competitions. I worked there for 13 years before returning to Ludlow in 1997 to help build the Okemo Valley Golf Course.
NEGM: How has the PGA of America evolved since you became a member?
JR: The PGA has always been evolving, but it always sticks to its original goals—to grow the sport of golf and to improve the standards of the profession. The 27,000 men and women of today have made the PGA a much larger and a much healthier organization than when I first joined it. I think we have taken on more of a business role as we try to grow the game. We’ve seen a downturn in the last 8-10 years. We’ve seen a generation go away from golf, and the PGA has taken the lead—through the PGA Junior League, Get Golf Ready, and Play Golf America among other programs—to rekindle that interest in a great
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NEGM: What was your main focus as President of the PGA of America?
JR: My two years as President, 2009-10, were a very trying period for the organization and its members as we were going through a severe recession. I was a members’ president. I’m a grass roots guy—a club pro in Vermont. Simply, I was a golf pro just as they were. I had to try to keep people positive, moving forward in the business. I talked a lot—including to CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz—about the health and welfare inherent in the sport and what’s good about it and why people should play golf. People who play
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golf live longer; kids who grow up in golf become good people. We all learn responsibility, honor, ethics, and other wholesome characteristics through the playing of golf.
NEGM: In 2011, why did you propose the posthumous induction of John Shippen, Ted Rhodes and Bill Spiller as PGA members and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis as a posthumous Honorary PGA member? JR: One of my greatest and proudest moments of being a PGA member and a PGA officer was that occasion in New Orleans when we recognized these four African-American pioneers who made a huge difference in the direction of
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American golf. I apologized to the four families that it took so long to induct those men. It should have been done a long time ago. It was a moving day. Joe Louis was an avid golfer. He did so much for golf, due to his celebrity status, and he started to break down that race barrier. Because Joe was not a golf professional, like the other three men, he had to receive an honorary membership.
NEGM: What are your favorite NE courses? Favorites around the country and world?
JR: Okemo Valley, Worcester CC, Ekwanok CC [in Manchester, VT], and The Country Club [Brookline, MA]. Cypress Point, Augusta National, The Old Course at St. Andrews, and all the unheard of but magnificent courses in Scotland.
NEGM: Who would be in your Dream Foursome of today? In your Dream Foursome for the ages? JR: I just love the Irish boys, having spent a lot of time with them at the Ryder Cups: Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, and
Rory McIlroy. President George W. Bush, his father President George H. W. Bush, and Arnold Palmer
NEGM: What does Davis Love have to do to get the Ryder Cup back to American soil?
JR: I’ve been to six Ryder Cups and have been involved with four as an officer of the PGA. These are the greatest players in the world, and any captain just needs to give his team the opportunity to win and not get in the way. Davis Love was the captain at the heartbreak at Medinah in 2012, and I think he’s learned from that. He’ll be able to help his players to relax, have fun, play their best, and avoid the incredible tension of the competition. Each pro has to embrace the moment, much like Bubba Watson on the first tee at Medinah when he got the fans involved. He embraced the moment, and he got everyone motivated. The players can’t make it happen; they have to let it happen. (Photography courtesy of the PGA of America)
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AROUND THE GAME The Kittansett Club To Host 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship Host of 1953 Walker Cup Match is awarded its second USGA championship The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass., has been selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the host site for the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. To be contested Aug. 27-Sept. 1, the 68th U.S. Senior Amateur will be the club’s second USGA championship and first since hosting the 1953 Walker Cup Match. “We are thrilled to announce our return to this truly exceptional seaside club,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “We look forward to a great test of golf for the world’s best senior amateur players and are confident this course will live up to expectations in identifying a worthy champion and providing a memorable experience for all.” Designed in 1922 by William Flynn and Fredric Hood, The Kittansett Club is located on a point extending into Buzzards Bay, across from Cape Cod. Since the 1990s, designer Gil Hanse has led an ongoing renovation project that included the removal of hundreds of trees to restore the course to its original coastal links design. Hanse is working from original Flynn drawings discovered in a barn in Philadelphia in 2001, where they sat for more than 70 years unknown to the club. Today, the course routing offers a combination of coastal holes and inland tree-lined holes. “On behalf of The Kittansett Club, we are honored to host the 68th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said club president William Creevy. “It is very gratifying to see the club’s rich history culminate in the hosting of a USGA
championship in 2022, the same year we celebrate our 100-year anniversary. We look forward to giving back to the game of golf, and particularly celebrating amateur players by hosting this wonderful event.” In the 1953 Walker Cup Match, the USA defeated Great Britain & Ireland, 9-3. The 10-man USA Team featured eight USGA champions, including future U.S. Open champions Gene Littler (1961) and Ken Venturi (1964) and future USGA president William C. Campbell. The club has also hosted several USGA qualifying events, most recently for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open. The Kittansett Club has also hosted five Massachusetts State Amateur championships (1958, 1978, 1990, 1999 and 2008) and will host again in 2020.
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AROUND THE GAME Burke Fund to Honor Annika Sorenstam
The Burke Fund is pleased to announce it will honor Annika Sörenstam for her extraordinary accomplishments as a golfer, as an individual and as role model of success both on and off the golf course for young people with the John P. Burke Award at a banquet celebrating the Burke Fund’s 70th Anniversary on September 7, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island. She will be the fourth recipient of the award, joining Brad Faxon, PGA Tour Player and the late Reverend Joseph L. Lennon, nationally renowned educator from Providence College and longtime supporter of the Burke Fund and Tom Ryan, former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of CVS Caremark Corporation. The John P. Burke Award recognizes an individual or organization that has reached
exceptional levels of achievement while helping others through golf. The recipient demonstrates a commitment to the game’s long tradition of charitable support. Annika truly represents the theme of the Burke Award of “golf generated charity to assist others”. Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam won 89 worldwide golf tournaments, including 10 major championships in her illustrious LPGA career, including the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open at the Newport Country Club. Arguably the greatest female golfer ever, she won the Rolex LPGA Player of the Year award eight times, the most in history. Sorenstam also won six ESPY Awards for most outstanding golfer of the year and two for best female athlete. Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. Tim Rosaforte, noted golf journalist and analyst on the Golf Channel and on NBC will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. For additional information about the Award and the Event, contact Maury C. Davitt, Executive Director.
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AROUND THE GAME Final-Hole Birdie Lifts Rich Berberian Jr. from Derry N.H to 49th PGA Professional Championship
VERONA, N.Y. (June 29, 2016) – Rich Berberian Jr., with his father’s “lesson of a lifetime” swirling in his head, rolled home a 33-foot uphill birdie putt on the 18th green to capture an improbable victory Wednesday in the 49th PGA Professional Championship at Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, New York. The closing dramatics by the 28-year-old PGA Assistant Professional at Windham Country Club in Derry, New Hampshire, capped a rollercoaster final seven holes where Berberian overcame a triple bogey on the 12th hole with birdies on holes No. 13, 16 and 18. He finished with a 3-under-par 69, a one-stroke triumph over Mark Brown of Oyster Bay, New York, and Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, for a winning total of 11-under-par 277. Berberian is the secondyoungest PGA Professional Champion, trailing Howell Fraser, who was 15 days younger when upon claiming victory in 1968.
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Berberian earned $75,000 and became just the second New England PGA Section Member to capture the Walter Hagen Cup in the nation’s largest all-professional championship since Bob Lendzion in 1986. “I had practice from the day before (with a double bogey),” said Berberian with a smirk. “My dad said to play one shot at a time. It’s easier to say it than to do it. I hit that shot so bad, so far left, I had to laugh. While Berberian was contemplating his next shot, his father, Richard Sr., was at home in Melbourne, Florida, watching the Championship on television and celebrating his 69th birthday. “I watched that last putt and was shocked,” said Berberian Sr. “I was expecting a two-putt, as it had to go over a hump in that green. It was the best feeling watching that, and it’s the best birthday present I could ever have.”
AROUND THE GAME CVS Health Charity Classic 2016 For the 18th consecutive year, Rhode Island golf pros Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon have hosted one of New England’s most popular golf tournaments. Rhode Island Country Club was the place to be as golf professionals from all three tours played in the CVS Health Charity Classic, a tournament that has raised over 20 million dollars for local charities. Some of golf’s greatest stars like Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Annika Sorenstam and Nick Price have answered the call to come participate in the CVS Health Charity Classic thrilling local golf fans and helping Rhode Island community organizations continue their fine work. Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon have enjoyed playing on their home turf, but neither has won the tournament. But after the first round of play was complete Andrade and Bill Hass, who is the son of Champion’s Tour golfer Jay Hass, combined for a score of 9 under par 62 tying Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson for the lead. It seemed like the winless streak for the local guys would finally be broken when Andrade and Hass completed the tournament with a very respectful two day total of 18 under par. But Jon Curran and Keegan Bradly, also finished at 18 under par to force a playoff. The duo of Bradley and Curran had won the CVS Classic in 2015, and they kept the trophy this year when Bradley sunk a 6 foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. There was a great field at this year’s tourna-
ment including players like Paula Creamer, Louis Oosthuizen, and Lexi Thompson, but it was Jamie Sadlowski that drew the largest galleries. Sadlowski is the two-time long drive champ. In competition he has hit drives an astonishing 435 yards. I spoke to him when he completed his pro-am round.
N.E.G.M.: When you play in Pro-Ams do you ever get tired of your partners asking you to crush a couple of 400 yard drives ? J.S.: Oh yes. I played two ProAms today and hit the driver 25 times. They still wanted to see more.
N.E.G.M : Are they asking for tips on how to hit the long bs.: On every hole. I tell them the key is to be loose. Relax your arms and concentrate on keeping your balance and make an easy and full turn.
N.E.G.M. What happens then?
J.S. : They swing like mad and top the ball.
N.E.G.M. : Are you going to try to qualify for the British Open ? J.S.: No I have a lot of corporate events scheduled and then I am going to give Q school a shot.
N.E.G.M.: Any advice for our readers ?
J.S.: The equipment makes it easy for everybody to get extra distance. Before you hit the first tee take some swings with your feet close together. If you can hit a ball with your feet touching and maintain your balance you have good tempo. Hit your driver with that same easy tempo and you will be amazed at how many more yards you can pick up.
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AROUND THE GAME First-time Professional Greg Reilly Wins 2016 Cape Cod Open Boasting a field of top amateur and professionals, the 2016 Cape Cod Open was held at Olde Barnstable GC and Hyannis GC and a new champion was crowned. Greg Reilly (CC of Darien CT) - a former Eckerd College standout was playing as a professional in the event for the first time - carded a final-round score of 7-under-par 64 at Hyannis Golf Club to capture the 2016 title.
Lauren Thibodeau conquers all for sixth straight NHWGA Junior Championship 16 year old Lauren Thibodeau set a tournament record by firing a 7-underpar 66, which beat her previous record of two-under set in 2013, while also breaking Intervale’s women’s course record previously held by Louise Billy. Club pro Matt Thibeault could not confirm logistics on Billy’s previous mark, but said Thibodeau undoubtedly took down the record by a few strokes.
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AROUND THE GAME Jason Thresher Captures 107th Massachusetts Open Championship Title Worcester, Mass. — It was a longer wire-to-wire victory than he expected, but the result was just as sweet for Jason Thresher (West Suffield, CT). Following a three-hole aggregate playoff against Mark Stevens (Pembroke, NH) at Worcester Country Club on Wednesday, Thresher captured his first major professional title - the 107th Massachusetts Open Championship. The site was Worcester Country Club and the winner’s check was worth $15,000. He becomes the seventh individual to capture the Clarence G. Cochrane Memorial Trophy at Worcester CC since the event was introduced in 1903.
Team Massachusetts Wins 2016 Griscom Cup Title on Home Turf; Posts Best Team Score Since 1901 at Boston Golf Club Hingham, MA —Team Massachusetts was victorious at the 2016 Griscom Cup, netting a team score of 54.5 points to secure the win over the fellow competitors from the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Golf Association (New York) at Boston Golf Club. For the Bay State crew, this marks the first Griscom Cup victory since the squad won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
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Think about this for a minute. What if the empty hits an immoveable, man-made object such as suits at the US Golf Association conducted a US a sprinkler head. Open that allowed the world’s best players to According to Rule No. 19 a sprinkler head is compete under the “winter rules” format? an outside agency and the deflection of a ball Wouldn’t that be fun to watch? Lift, clean by it is a “rub of the green” and the ball must be and place to a more favorable lie without penplayed as it lies. One of my favorite golf expresalty. And, the bonus is that we wouldn’t need sions is “rub of the green.” In my experience the the anal, blue-coated rules officials to step in “rub of the green” can have a happy ending, and make a bogus call about a ball allegedly but mostly it’s a wretched moment. The Official shaking from the wind before striking a putt, or Duffer’s Rules of Golf, authored by John Noble, whatever it is that happened to Dustin Johnson define “rub of the green” as a good excuse for to cause a one-stroke penalty, even though he hitting a bad shot. It also describes it as an opclearly did nothing improper. ponent’s bad luck. Guess it depend on who’s on If golf needs anything these days, it needs the receiving end. levity. The game is difficult to master, and it Sprinkler heads around putting greens can seems no matter how many years you’ve been sometimes lead to confusion as to whether we playing, you need a lawyer to interpret the rules. get relief and the rules state we get relief if our The Rules of Golf trace lineage to 1744, when the ball lies on or against the sprinkler head. You golfers of Leith, Scotland drew up 13 rules of play also get relief if it interferes with your stance. You comprising just 338 words. In 1899, the Royal and may not take relief if the sprinkler head at the Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews issued its first side of the green is in your line of play to the hole. official code evolving in 1952 with the US Golf AsAnd, under no circumstances do you get relief sociation into a uniform world-wide if there is mental interference, but no policy. Decade by decade physical interference, for an the rulebook grew and intended stroke by a sprintoday it is a whopping kler head. Wow, imagine 132 pages, comprising how long a round would nearly 40,000 words. take if you got relief for No one I know feels mental interference? sorry for Dustin Johnson, Some people would never by Tom Gorman who has choked in five prefinish! vious majors and has 10 wins and In sum, the rules say play the ball as bankrolled over $30 million in career earnings, it lies, but it sure would be a lot more fun to play but everyone I know agrees that Johnson was winter rules in the summer! the victim of a horrendous rules decision by the Tom Gorman, a golf writer for over 20 years, USGA. If the gods of golf were trying to balance has learned the hard-way of many of the rules, the scales for Dustin Johnson, they sure picked a which means he’s been called on it. strange way to do it in the final round of the US Open. Only 12 months ago, Johnson infamously three-putted the final green at Chambers Bay from 12 –feet allowing Jordan Spieth to win. And so it goes. The big boys make millions always abiding by and sometimes getting screwed by the rules of the game, but what about guys like Tim Geary, who has a swing like he’s raking a snake in his backyard. If his ball hits a sprinkler head and ricochets’ out of bounds, should he be allowed a replay? I say absolutely not and Rule No. 26 addresses freaky situations that can happen on a golf course. Here’s a guy who hasn’t won a $2 nassau in years, and now Mr. Geary is proposing to change the rules so he can take another shot, without penalty, if his shot
Should replays be allowed when your ball hits a sprinkler head?
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During the second round of this year’s Memorial Tournament Matt Kuchar hit a beautiful approach shot that was covering the flag. It should have landed close to the hole and given Kuchar a very makeable birdie putt. Instead it landed on a sprinkler head just on the fringe, bounced high into the air and down a steep hill to the left of the green. Kuchar was fortunate to salvage a bogey. Rub of the green? Under the existing rules of golf that’s exactly what it was, but to my mind there is a huge difference from a ball taking a crazy bounce off something natural, like a tree or mound than something that is only there to put water on the grass. Same is true with asphalt and cement cart pats and, heck, carts themselves. I’m not advocating my rule change to include I maintain that a player who has their shot alballs striking another ball on the green or a flag tered by certain man made objects, such as sprinstick, or even a rake (which is why many clubs ask kler heads and cart paths should have the option that you leave rakes inside the bunkers). Those are to re-hit the shot without penalty. integral to the game, part of it. But a cart path Rub of the green? When’s the last time you saw would not be there if not to ferry players who cana green cart path? And sprinkler heads are only not, or will not walk the course. It shouldn’t green if they are painted. Nothing affect the outcome of a round. natural about them. The folks who invented golf Golf is tough enough and wrote the rules, never enwithout adding to its visioned cart paths, carts or difficulty. sprinkler heads. To them the One of the courses rub of the green (or the that’s in our area, Swansea the way the ball bounces) was (Mass) Country Club has by Tim Geary confined strictly to natural objects power lines that traverse the and surfaces. course and come into play on a But then they have a rule where if the ball few holes. moves one dimple, such as Dustin Johnson’s at the The local rule allows a player the option to re-hit U.S. Open when he may or may not have caused if their shot strikes one of those power lines. Makes the ball to move, he is penalized. sense. Power lines should not impact somebody’s If that’s not silly enough, he later gets relief from round. heavy rough because a T.V. tower (a temporary Now if you strike a bird with your shot then you obstruction) is between him and a green, only behave to live with (the bird likely does not) the results. cause he duck hooked a shot so badly that he Call that rub of the sky. nearly put it in the adjoining fairway. The relief takes D.J.’s ball out of the primary cut and puts it in the first cut, changing the entire integrity of the shot. There are rules to gain relief from temporary man-made obstacles, such as grandstands and such. Rub of the green doesn’t apply there because it would be unfair. Yet if a player were to hit a ball into a grand stand and liked the lie they had, as did Phil Mickelson last year, they have the option to either take a drop or hit the shot. Nothing is perfect. There are problems with everything, but objects that are not a natural part of a golf course should not affect who wins and who loses.
Should replays be allowed when your ball hits a sprinkler head?
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Playing Private Golf For many of us who love the game of golf the first step we take to playing more is to join a private country club. Private club membership gives us an opportunity to grow friendships within a community of other players who are passionate about the game. Private clubs offer amenities not available to public golfers by providing its members with a host of benefits including onsite practice facilities, personalize instruction and competitive tournaments. Private golf clubs also are great places to build relationships through social engagement that can last a lifetime. For many years, private golf was unattainable for most people who loved and played the game. Today private golf courses throughout New England and the country are not only attainable but in many cases a far better deal for the avid player. With so many players in the game at every level, public golf facilities have become more crowded and preferred tee
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times are hard to come by. In todays private club market, even the most exclusive facilities are offering great flexible membership options to fit the needs of everyone who would like to become a member. Putting it simply, there has never been a better time in the history of the game to become a member at a private country club. If you play golf and love the game, itâ€™s a great time to visit a private club
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and review your options. Joining a Private Club The first and most obvious consideration when choosing a club is location. The closer your club is to your home the more likely you are to use it frequently. Next take the time to visit clubs in your area and see what new member programs they are offering. Lastly and most importantly, play the course, review the facilities and if possible interact with some members to see if the facility fits your needs. Golf Course Living For many of us the ultimate in the game today is to live where you play. A home on a golf course combines private golf course membership with the lifestyle of living in a golf course community. Golf courses encompass hundreds of acres of open space in park like settings offering extensive living amenities and accessible open space for recreation and enjoyment. Golf Course Living, once mostly viewed as retirement living, has now evolved to lifetime living. Why wait until retirement to enjoy the ultimate living experience? What better place to live, raise a family and enjoy life, than in a private golf course community. In the U.S. today, golf and recreational features are high on the list of homebuyers as key amenities they want in a new home. In the past it was very common to have new homes built around golf courses creating quality living communities adjacent to courses. Real estate values bordering some of New Englandâ€™s most prestigious golf courses hold some of the highest real estate values in the market today. Golf course communities today offer gated and secure environments to live and raise a family. Residents enjoy a very high quality of life
surrounded by vast open space and a host of activities. With time being our most precious resource, having it all right in your own back yard is a huge advantage. The new home market in New England is brisk with rising prices. A golf course home may be much more attainable for many buyers especially those choosing to build custom designed homes. There are many of us who choose a second home on a golf course in the southern states to escape New England winters. For others living on a golf course and seeing all four seasons in New England is the ultimate living experience. For those fortunate enough to have the resources, having two homes is great. Like every journey in life, it begins with first step. Visiting properties that fit your own personal choices in any market will allow you to see first hand what each facility has to offer.
If you have dreamed about living on a golf course, todayâ€™s market conditions are very advantageous whether it be a first or second home. Mid to high end golf course facilities hold the best opportunities for across the board equity gains in 5-year projections. Amenity rich developments are high on the list of buyers who are looking for well-planned communities to fit into their active lifestyles and golf is very high on that list. New construction of custom homes and existing homes over 2500 sq. ft. in some of the most sought after regions will see the largest value gains as the market trends upward. This market presents obvious opportunity for buyers right now. In addition, a new trend in golf course communities is smaller and more efficient designed custom homes. Many buy-
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GOLF COURSE LIVING ers are choosing quality over quantity when it comes to first and second homes, bigger is not always better. How to Begin Buying a first or second home in a golf course community is not much different than buying a home in a specific town or neighborhood. You will want to visit the facility, get a tour, look at various home styles and get information on amenities and community fees and cost. Here are a few suggestions on some Northeast and Southern communities that may help you get started.
with deluxe amenities within the confines of a private gated community. Homeowner also have access to all of The Bay Clubs amenities. For info thepreserveatbayclub.com
The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA At The Bay Club in Mattapoisett, MA one of New England’s most prestigious golf course communities homesites are available from $200K - $400K and complete custom homes at just $600K. The Bay Club offers an unprecedented gated community with a full range of activities and amenities from championship golf to fitness and much more The Bay Club is well-kept secret that is fast getting out in the luxury home markets south of Boston. For info bayclubmatt.com
Willowbend, Cape Cod Just 75 minutes south of Boston and a few short miles from the iconic beaches of Cape Cod, you’ll find the Willowbend community. Willowbend has a nationally recognized golf course, stunning clubhouse, world-class fitness and tennis facilities and beautifully landscaped grounds. For for over 20 years, Willowbend has offered the best of New England golf course living and lifestyle. For info southworthdevelopment.com Turner Hill, Ipswich, MA Turner Hill is one of the finest estate communities on Boston’s North Shore. Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts with a grand Elizabethan mansion at its center, Turner Hill is where New England charm meets English style. The entire community is over 300 acres and is distinguished by a highly acclaimed championship golf course, restaurants, recreational activities and a 120 planned residences. For Info turnerhill.com
The Preserve at The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA The Preserve is a luxurious residential country club community located within the Bay Club Mattapoisett. 36 Nantucket style designed residences are nestled alongside of Tinkham Forest and The Bay’s Nature Preserve. Homes feature 1850 sq. ft. to 2115 sq. ft. of modern living space
Pine Hills, Plymouth, Massachusetts More than 3,174 acres comprising the world’s third largest pine ecosystem is the landscape for Pine Hills in Plymouth.This is a very large development but more than 70% of the land has been set aside to serve as natural areas and recreational open space. Two exceptional
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White Cliffs, Plymouth, MA If you are looking for a value based golf course community then White Cliffs in Plymouth, MA is a great waterfront community that is an affordable popular choice on the South Shore. Condos are both on the golf course and have beautiful water views of Cape Cod Bay along the South Shore. For info Gormanassociates.net
The Villas at Pleasant Valley, Sutton, MA In Sutton, MA the Villas at Pleasant Valley offer unsurpassed golf course living on a championship 18 hole golf course. Luxurious condominium homes from 2500-3500 sq ft are designed with opulent style and design to provide privacy and well-planned buffer zones. Eight models offer diversity in both design and living options. Located just 25 minutes west of Boston. For info villaspv.com Homes at Old Marsh, Wells, ME Where you can live the life you’ve been dreaming of at
unprecedented prices! Savor the Seacoast lifestyle while experiencing championship golf at Old Marsh which was designed by Brian Silva. Quality built new homes offer premium finishes, energy efficiency and open concept floor plans with prices for three-bedroom single family homes starting at just $339,900. Exceptional living at exceptional prices is yours at the Homes at Old Marsh. For info oldmarshwells. com Highland Green, Topsham, Maine Sprawling over 650 acres, Highland Green in Topsham is Maine’s first adult resort, a community where great emphasis is placed on celebrating the beauty of the land and wildlife. 230 acres have been set aside as a preserve and there is a 35acre Heath Sanctuary, a haven for birds. According to former Golf Magazine editor and New York Times best-selling author Jim Dodson, the course is “perhaps the best nine-hole shot maker’s course in New England.” For info Highlandgreenlifestyle.com Quechee Lakes, Quechee, VT Located just north of Lebanon, Quechee Lakes is a 5,500acre treasure trove for those who like to play golf, cast for trout and bass in the pools of the Ottaquechee River and enjoy nature. Quechee Lakes residents get to play two superb courses designed by Geoffrey Cornish, one of New England’s most revered designers. More than 600 single-family homes and condominium villages are nestled into the hills along the River. For info Quecheelakes.com
The Preserve at Bolder Hills, Rhode Island An exclusive 4 season sporting club in Wyoming, RI located 1 hour from Boston and Hartford and only 2.5 hours to New York City. The club offers unique membership and homeownership opportunities to select buyers interested in a one of a kind facility. One of New England’s most pristine properties located on almost 800 acres
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of land in South County Rhode Island. Home prices begin at $699,900 for information contact the Preserve at thepreserveRI.com
The Carnegie Abbey Club, Portsmouth, Rhode Island The Carnegie Abbey Club celebrates grand living within view of Narragansett Bay. Close to Newport with its extraordinary yachts and estates once the summer pads of America’s first families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors, this is the place where “Cottage” is an understatement —where gilded mansions like The Breakers and Miramar were once called “cottages.” For info Carnegienewport. com
The Residences at Fox Hopyard, East Haddam, Connecticut The Residences at Fox Hopyard, a new golf community on 230 acres of meadows and forests in East Haddam is high-
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lighted by a superb golf course designed by Roger Rulewich. More than 50 home sites are clustered in small cul-de-sac neighborhoods ducking in, out and around the fairways and woods. For info Foxhopyardhomes.com The Greens at Gillette Ridge, Bloomfield, Connecticut Gillette Ridge Golf Club, the only Palmer Design Company course in Connecticut, is a fitting backdrop for The Greens at Gillette Ridge located off Route 218 in Bloomfield. Approximately 165 townhomes, single-family ranch and first floor master bedroom homes averaging 1,700 to 3,500 square feet, make up the mix. They also offer special events and golf privileges at a number of other courses. For info gilletteridgehomes.com
Heritage Village, Southbury, Connecticut Heritage Village is a peaceful, amenity-filled community of more than 2,580 condominiums located on 1,000 acres in historic Southbury between Manhattan and Boston. Golfers covet both an 18-hole golf course designed by Al Zikorus as well as, a challenging 9-hole golf course with an option of joining one or both. One, two and three-bedroom condominiums dot the landscape in small groups giving a unique sense of community. For info Heritagevillage.org Village at Crystal Springs, Hamburg, New Jersey The New Jersey Highlands about 47 miles from The Big Apple is home for those living in Crystal Springs where a full service resort, ongoing activities and seven courses is like being on a perpetual vacation. Homes include singlefamily residences, townhomes, condominiums, golf villas and luxury estates. Additional recre-
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ational facilities include a tennis center, water park, hiking and biking along a network of trails, mountain bike park, Oxbow Stables and two spas. For info Crystalgolfresort.com of your dreams. Life at PGA Village Verano will include stunning championship golf and a fully equipped wellness center offering classes and programs in an imaginative range of athletic and learning activities, special interest clubs and lifelong learning programs. For info pgavillage.com
Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA In the south there are great choices in Florida, the Carolina’s and Georgia that offer endless choices in all price points. The Robb Report named Reynolds Plantation the “Best of the Best” Golf Community. Reynolds Plantation is located between Augusta and Atlanta, and situated on 19,000 acres along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee. For info reynoldsplantation.com PGA Village Verano, Port St. Lucie, FL Planned and imagined by Kolter Homes, PGA Village Verano is an all-inclusive, full-service, luxury resort-style community featuring Club Verano which offers all of the facilities and amenities
The Abaco Club On Winding Bay, The Bahamas The Abaco Club on Winding Bay was created to be a rare kind of community: a tropical paradise where club members, homeowners and visitors can escape the rigors of everyday life and relax, recreate, and rejuvenate in a setting so beautiful as to defy description. A true sporting club, The Abaco Club offers a world of wonders including the #1 golf course in The Bahamas, a spa and fitness facility, water sports, tennis courts, gourmet dining and much more for info theabacoclub.com southworthdevelopment.com
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Bay Club Cultivates an Inclusive, Luxurious Lifestyle in One of New England’s Premier Golf Communities By Leigh MacKay
“When you show up at the Bay Club, you just feel special. And that’s really nice. Everyone working there knows your name, and they are all steeped in the tradition of personal service. The Bay Club is just an incredibly classy, casual, and accommodating place.” Jim Craig, the All-American goalie for Boston University who stopped 39 shots against the Soviet Union’s “unbeatable” hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice,” has been a longtime member of the Bay Club and a low-handicap golfer. When I interviewed him for a “Celebrity Golfer” column two years ago, Jim raved about the Bay Club and how much he ap84 | golfhomesweekly.com | July 2016
preciated the championship golf course and his overall experience there. When we talked recently, he reiterated what makes the Club exceptional. Jim said, “One of the best things is that the original vision of the founders back in 2004—to ensure a pleasurable country club lifestyle for everyone—has been carried out. The Bay Club has a diverse group of members who pursue various activities here. Not all the members play golf. In fact, if you were to ask any five members what they enjoy most about the Club, you could get five completely different answers.” The Bay Club Community The Bay Club is a campus-style, member-owned private club
POWERED BY GOLFHOMESWEEKLY.COM in a community of custom homes. Encompassing 625 acres with an additional 238 acres of adjacent conservation land, the Bay Club is located among old forests on the South Coast of Massachusetts in the seaside town of Mattapoisett on Buzzards Bay. The area is renowned for its deepwater harbor that allows for sailing, cruising, kayaking, and fishing. Appropriately, the logo of the Bay Club is a seahorse holding crossed golf clubs in its tail. Just off I-195 on the road to Cape Cod and one hour south of Boston and a half hour east of Providence, the community consists of six residential villages of up to 189 home sites that occupy 225 acres. The remaining acreage is reserved for the country club and open space. Membership is by invitation through an application process, including sponsorship by two current members. Members do not have to own or build a home within the Bay Club, and, conversely, homeowners may or may not choose to be members of the Club. The Club currently has 220 golf members and 80 social members, who have access to all amenities except golf. The goal is 275 and 100. Golf dues are $12,750 for a family membership and $9,050 for an individual and $6,375 for a family social membership and $5,775 for an individual. A $35,000 refundable deposit is required of all golf members, with non-refundable initiation fees of $12,500 and $9,375 for family and individual social members, respectively. The Bay Club offers either 2- and 3-bedroom single-family homes or the purchase of a home site on which to build a custom home with one of the Preferred Builders. Home sites range in size from 1/3 to 1+ acre with prices starting at $187,000 to $395,000 depending on size, location, and proximity to the golf course. The Preserve is the newest village at the Club, a Nantucket style-development of homes from 1,850 to 2,840 square feet. The Club will soon be building its first attached housing community, consisting of 10 two-family townhome units. All Bay Club property owners are members of the community-wide homeowners’ association. Brad Faxon’s Championship Golf Course The centerpiece of the gated community is the golf course, an immaculately conditioned, par-71 layout with bentgrass greens and fairways. A classic New England parkland design
with the six sets of tees allows for play of 7008 yards from the tips to 5080 yards from the forwards. The perfectly maintained greens usually stimp at 10 or 10.5 for the members but can roll out to 12 or more for tournament play. The Bay Club is only one of two Massachusetts’ courses to receive Audubon International’s Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary status for sustaining natural environmental habitat and wildlife conservation through efficient water, chemical, and energy use. Superintendent Jon O’Connor is the man responsible for maintaining the course’s pristine conditions and the Audubon’s Sanctuary status. PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon, a favorite New England local son from Rhode Island, who partnered with golf course architect Brad Booth, was told in 2002, before a shovel had touched any of the 625 acres, to “Route the course as you see fit.” As Director of Golf and PGA professional Greg Yeomans, who has been at the Club since it opened in 2004, related, “What was intriguing for Brad was that he had all this land, where he could scout the terrain, get the elevation points, imagine the possibilities, and then fashion the 18 holes from a blank canvas. “What Brad created was an extremely playable, member-friendly layout with a challenging variety of holes in which not one is like another. Yes, the greens are fast, but they are relatively flat, although very large. We have about 80 bunkers that are strategically placed but are not penal to the average-skill-level player. We really don’t have any forced carries over water. The water hazards are more of a visual aspect and don’t come into play. July 2016 | golfhomesweekly.com | 85
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It’s all about lateral hazards, where nine holes have red stakes either behind the green or off to the side. Just as importantly, from the back tees, the course is a great test when we host a quality event like the PGA Pro-Assistant Championship, which we have done for the last nine years, or the Mass Am or Mass Open or US Senior Open qualifiers. Bay Club members take great pride in sharing their course with outside tournaments and organizations like the USGA, NEPGA, MGA, WGAM, and AJGA. We also take great pride in cultivating our own juniors, an endeavor that has been growing steadily each year.” Outstanding Practice Facilities Jim Craig, who launched his own company in 2007, Gold Medal Strategies, and became a motivational speaker stressing how to attain peak performance in life or business, made me promise that I would write about the Bay Club’s practice facilities, which he said are “incredible.” Well, Jim, if as a golfer you want to attain peak performance by working on your game, yes, the Club’s practice facilities are a great place to visit. There is an expansive 310-yard double-
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ended range, with the far end of the range reserved for lessons. Synthetic turf is available so if bad weather or unplayable turf hampers practice, members can still hit balls. There is a chipping area and a large putting green. A monstrous Himalayas putting green with mountains of slope, modeled after the one at St. Andrews, has been built behind the main range. This green brings families, juniors, and members together for fun competitions and contests. At the back of the range and out of sight from the front end is the two-acre Short Game Area. A two-tiered green has five pins on it with three practice bunkers nearby. Players can practice every type of shot they want from 100 yards in. During the winter, the Club opens up its three indoor hitting bays, its 40 foot putting carpet, and its chipping mat. A Trackman-type simulator can be used in the hitting bays to record clubhead speed, ball direction, and swing path stats. The professional staff is on hand to give lessons as well. In addition, the pros sponsor three trips each winter: two golf schools in Florida, one for men and the other for women; a mixed golf trip to Casa de Campo and the
POWERED BY GOLFHOMESWEEKLY.COM “Teeth of the Dog” course in the DR. The Sports and Activities Center If the golf course is the centerpiece, the Club’s Sports and Activities Center is unique among other private clubs along the South Coast. In this building, members are offered state-of-the-art training facilities, fitness instruction, conditioning and exercise programs under the guidance of the full-time fitness director, Dave Maloney. Dave is also a certified Titleist Performance Institute instructor, which means he shows the members how the human body functions in relation to their golf swings. Thus, Dave works closely with the teaching/coaching/and clinic efforts of Greg Yeomans and head professional John Paesani. The Center also has a large demonstration kitchen with meeting space where monthly cooking demonstrations and classes are conducted by Executive Chef Jim Mercer or visiting chefs. In addition the room is used by members for private parties, cultural activities, lectures, and clubs. Adjacent to the Center is the aquatics area. The pool complex has a junior Olympic-sized pool with five lap lanes and a child-friendly entry. Life guards and pool-side food and beverage services are available during the summer. Also available in summer for the children
is Club Seahorse, which, depending on the child’s age, provides activities, games, swimming, golf, tennis, fitness, and nutrition programs. The Club also has racquet sports with four Har-Tru Hydro tennis courts, two with lights for night play, and two platform tennis courts, both with lights as well. A full schedule of casual and competitive events is offered throughout the season as well as clinics and private lessons provided by Director of Tennis Chris Shannon and his staff. The Dining Experience I had lunch at the Golf House Restaurant on the patio near the first tee with Richard Spearbeck, the Food and Beverage Manager, just after he had attended to the Ladies’ Day luncheon. The women had had a lovely day for golf and were most enthusiastic about their teams’ performances. They savored Chef Jim Mercer’s entrees as the winners were announced. Richard said, “I really enjoy working in a venue that’s been generated with the campus atmosphere that we have at the Bay Club, from the Summer Shack at the pool to the restaurant here to the Halfway Café off the ninth green, where we can cater private member parties. Jim’s international theme dinners are
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remarkable, and he is constantly sharing his ‘cooking secrets’ with the membership, especially at the demonstration kitchen in the Activities Center. Jim and I have the chance to create all sorts of food and drink specialties, depending upon the function and the location of the event. “For example, the Summer Shack is mainly for the children, but we are trying to integrate it into a venue for mothers and grandmothers who around dinner time might like a glass of wine and an appetizing cheese
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board. We’ve added a cookout by the pool that we’ll do monthly during the summer. And we’ve got the 4th of July celebration on our schedule, which is a huge family night for food, drink, and fireworks. “Jim is a multi-talented chef who can prepare the most delicious family-style meals, and he pairs his entrees with some delightful wines. He uses the freshest produce on the South Coast from Eva’s Garden in nearby Dartmouth to make his ‘Eva’s Salad’ and his veggie dishes. Plus, we order as much food as possible from our local vendors, especially our fish, which comes to us right off the boat. If the truth be known, the Golf House is one of the best restaurants in the area.” Learn More about the Bay Club The Bay Club is one of New England’s premier golf and residential communities. For more information about the Bay Club, access the website at www.bayclubmatt.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach Dave Andrews, the Director of Sales and Membership, to set up a tour of the property, call him at 508-207-9232.
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The Preserve is a luxurious, Nantucket-style development featuring 23 single-family homes located within the Bay Club at Mattapoisett. Homes feature 1,850 to 2,245 square feet of modern living space with deluxe amenities, including the privacy of the Bay Club’s gated community. Homeowners at The Preserve are invited to apply for membership access to the country club’s golf course, sports and fitness center, fine dining and other recreational activities, as well as close proximity by foot to Mattapoisett’s quaint harbor, scenic beaches and unique shops. At the Bay Club Mattapoisett, you are surrounded by stately trees carved out of 625 acres of untouched forest, of which 88% remains preserve, the Bay Club golf course is the only Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary in Massachusetts. The 18–hole championship course,
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designed by Brad Faxon and Brad Booth, measures up to 7,000 yards from six sets of dis-
tant trees and features perfectly manicured, bent-grass fairways and greens and British-style fescue. More than a million dollars has been invested over the last five years to enhance the course and improve the pace of play. In addition to golf, the Bay Club offers racquet sports facilities, a croquet court, an aquatics complex and a world-class, 10,000-square-foot sports and fitness center with a state-of-the-art gym, all geared for fun, fitness and lifelong wellness. An array of sports and creative activities, including summer camp, also are offered for children and grandchildren of homeowners. Let us show how to live, come visit the preserve. For information contact our staff at the Bay Club @ 774.582.8005 or Sharon.email@example.com
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Forty-five Tom Fazio-designed holes is just the start. Experience the lifestyle at Black Diamond with overnight accommodations and enjoy access to the many club amenities. Discovery Stay & Play packages are available now at Florida's premier private golf club. Schedule yours today starting at $299. For more information, call Bill Hardin (813) 575-0705 Membership Real Estate Stay & Play www.blackdiamondranch.com 3125 W Black Diamond Circle, Lecanto, FL 34461
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