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TIGER IS BACK... REALLY The word came in prior to Tigers tournament, The Quicken Loan National at Congressional, last week that he would indeed play in his first event in over 3 months on the PGA Tour. At the 10th hole at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday morning, Tiger struck his first tee shot surrounded by fans at the event excited to once again see Tiger. He flew the green, landed in the bunker, and made a bogy on the next 2 holes. After 18 holes on Thursday and another 18 on Friday, it was obvious that Tiger was not actually back. For 36 holes Tiger carded 12 Bogies, 1 double, 16 pars and 7 birdies to miss the cut with a two day total of + 7, tied for 103rd place. Tigers comment after the unmemorable performance, “I had a little rust out there today”. There is no doubt that Tiger Woods has been the most impactful player in golf for a very long time. As far as the PGA Tour ratings and profitability for the Tour, Tiger has been the messiah for a sport that was flailing at best in the mid to late 90’s. Tigers golf was great at every level, fun to watch, fun to follow and most importantly fun to emulate as much of the youth of the world did. Golf experienced an amazing boom, but in the end, it had no staying power. Golf today, statistically is not far from where it was prior to the Tiger Woods era in the game. Over time there have been many great players in golf that have endeared the fans of the game. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Jones and many more. Golf has endured and will endure moving forward, not because of one single person but because many people that played the game with love, honor and respect for what it gives back to all of us. In 2009, Tiger Woods passed a major milestone in sports as he reached 1 billion dollars in career earnings. Also in 2009, Tiger Woods lost something he may never find for the rest of his career, his competitive edge. In 2013, Tigers largest sponsor ran a simple ad that made a very sad statement on the state of things in golf and in life, “Winning Takes Care of Everything”....Really.
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BY ELLE BREC
If These Feet Could Talk
The Best Shoes, Socks & Spikes NIKE
Perfect for summer’s longer days, warmer weather and extra hours on the golf course, Nike Golf introduces two new footwear styles with the Nike waffle sole, Waverly for men and Lunar Adapt for women. Inspired by iconic running and court sport silhouettes Nike Dynamic Flywire technology combines with Nike Lunarlon foam delivering maximum responsive tread for superior control and cushioning on the course. Available July 1, the Lunar Waverly has four Color offerings: Black/Anthracite/Pure Platinum-Volt; Cool Grey/ Photo Blue-Summit White-Dark Grey; White/Action Red-Light Bone-Sail; and Baroque Brown/Black-SailHyperpunch. Partnering with the Nike Sports Research Lab, Nike Golf designers used pressure-mapping analysis to zero in on how the foot moves during the swing, determining waffle lug’s size, height, hardness and overall configuration. Nike Golf designers utilized cork for a sock liner, the anti-microbial material helps prevent odor and provides a distinctive design detail. The waterproof full-grain leather upper combined with the style echoed in Nike’s storied history in athletic footwear is the perfect performance golf cleat. $140
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Nike Golf’s most versatile women’s footwear option yet, the Lunar Adapt features feminine design details such as a sleek, sporty silhouette with pops of bright color, and a modernized Nike waffle tread for superior traction and control. Appropriate on and off the course, the Lunar Adapt is as comfortable as it is classy with a premium full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sock liner for lightweight, responsive cushioning. The crafted, low profile design allows for incredible ground feel and casual wear while rubber cup sole construction offers superior stability. Color offerings include Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink- Cool Grey, Light Ash/Hyper Grape-Ivory, and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash-Medium Ash. “We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they’re playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they’re hanging out with their friends,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that make it great for everyday wear. $100
Grenadine is the new colorway for the PUMA Faas Lite Mesh 2.0 for men featuring FaasFoam+ more resilient proprietary blend of foam and rubber. Fully prepared to blow you away with comfort and cool cell lightweight performance mesh for added breathability to make your feet happy. With totally new stitchless upper construction, OrthoLite sock liner ultra supportive midfoot saddle, and increased collar foam package, the Faas Lite Mesh 2.0 has arrived and is fully prepared to blow you away with comfort and lightweight. The lightest shoe in golf at 6.8 ounces, it is true performance combined with cool CELL breathability. The light, minimal, single layer
mesh enhances breathability and reduces weight. Corrugated flex grooves provide optimal flexibility and increase ground contact throughout swing for improved traction and stability by using gripping materials and keeping weight down. Mesh sometimes isn’t the best for dew covered grass or after it rains so there is a PUMA Faas lightweight microfiber shoe. SmartQuill® traction technology provides directional grip elements that enhance ground contact for improved stability and traction. puma.com/golf #DotheFaas $100 The PUMA Women’s Faas Lite Mesh Ladies always love their powder blue, because it’s a beautiful shade but also because Michael Jordan went to UNC, it’s amazing how important sports can be. Ready for a shoe that matches your level of cool? Here it is. The Faas Lite Mesh has arrived with its comfortable, lightweight performance features combined with coolCELL breathability. Light, minimal, single layer mesh enhances breathability and reduces weight. A zero heel-to-toe drop creates a more natural walking stride and posture during the swing. Corrugated flex grooves provide optimal flexibility and increase ground contact throughout swing for improved traction and stability. Finally, bonded overlays (which keep weight down) provide support through your swing. Plenty of cool to keep your feet happy, round after round. Comes with two laces, both tonal and pop color. $100
Adidas Gripmore technology is a hybrid golf shoe providing the performance of spikes with the comfort of spike less for incredible grip and versatility. Just like your favorite version of candy in a mini bite size version, mini golf spikes to provide the same range of motion as traditional golf cleats while allowing for an increased flexibility. All the qualities we look for in a golf shoes, lightweight, durable, soft touch for comfort and breathability. Cool suede stylish accents in cool reds grays and blacks with highly functional rich premium leather upper with climaproof protection. $150
Justin Golf offers sharp style for a sophisticated gentleman Black Caiman Classic white leather square toe. Justin Golf Shoes are made from beautiful hand selected exotic, grade-A calfskin leathers and finished with a luxurious perforated and pinked detailing. Bringing back the classic hand made golf shoe proven popular for years, the welted construction and stacked leather heel for exceptional durability. Leather-covered cushion foot bed featuring Justin’s patented J-Flex Flexible Comfort System® for increased flexibility. The oilimpregnated leather outsole allows for increased
water resistance and stability while perforated leather lining for increased breathability. Padded tongue and collar reduce rubbing across the top of the foot. Authentic Goodyear replaceable Soft spikes, including a 12th spike for extra traction and stability. $550
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Allen Edmonds Desert Mountain inspired by one of the finest golf courses tucked into the red rolling hills and dramatic scenery north of Scottsdale, Arizona, ranked among the top U.S. golf layouts. Part of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf collection of premium golf shoes are the Desert Mountain available in cool earth colors like olive leather with orange pintuck thread, black leather with blue thread, old school brown leather with khaki, with a bicycle toe balmoral stitching. These shoes are nearly two years in the making and Mr. Nicklaus has been involved every step of the way. He told Allen Edmonds from the start that they were not doing this unless they did it right. The Signature line features breathable, certified waterproof all leather uppers, a proprietary “Stability Rim” sole that offers superior features in swing balance, traction and green friendliness. All of the Signature line styles come with multiple lace colors so you can stay tonal to the shoe color or dress it up with some coordinated color. They are available in a multitude of lengths and widths to accommodate hard-to-fit feet. With a rubber golf sole and removable insole to accommodate custom orthotics the collection can be worn comfortably on and off the course. $195 The Jack Nicklaus Collection wouldn’t be complete without a signature performance golf sock collection by Allen Edmonds. ULTIMAX moisturecontrol system with cushioned sole made from odor preventing Chitosan in X20 keeps your feet cool, dry and blister free. The seamless design is perfect for golf, because one small wrinkle in a golf sock can cause a blister. They are made in the USA using a blend of 56% Dri-release, 25% Nylon, 17% X20 Acrylic, and 2% Stretch Polyester. $13 Westbrook, Allen Edmonds’ take on the classic American boat shoe inspired by Westbrook, Connecticut, a classic example of a New Eng-
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land port town. Birthplace of the submarine and bordered to the west by the Menunketesuck River, the Patchogue River to the east and Long Island Sound to the south, existence to the water that surrounds it. The distinct white Zanza boat sole not only balances the richness of the leather, but its multi-patterned traction system is ideally suited to make sure you don’t lose your footing on a wet dock or boat deck. Overflowing with positive attributes, the Westbrook is the quintessential weekend shoe from sea to shining sea. Perfect to wear to the country club and after your round. $195
Part of the Honors Golf Collection of premium men’s golf shoes, the Allen Edmonds legendary Haskell Men’s Golf Shoes have a plain toe Croc Print lined premium leather upper. Their signature 212 steps of Craftsmanship includes 360° Goodyear welted construction, Tap Waterloc® golf sole with removable golf spikes, and combination golf sole men’s golf shoes. This shoe is also eligible for a full recrafting service. $295 Redan Plain toe lace up Oxford Saddle Combination golf sole men’s golf shoe is lined with premium calfskin upper and styled with a Plain-toe balmorals two-tone spectator with saddle. $295
We receive so many compliments on our ECCO Women’s Street Evo One Lace. The premium rich leather upper with a pearl finish or available black patent leather, both perfect for the lady who dresses to the nines. The classy shimmer along with fabulous subtle details like sparkle in the laces make them perfect for off the course. It doesn’t mean these designers sacrificed performance as these golf shoes have incredible stability; feature Hydromax waterproof technology, as well as a flexible lightweight construction. The inner sole is premium soft leather with foam comfort standing up to the test of walking around all day. True to size this is one of ECCO’s top selling women’s golf shoe taking both comfort and style to new levels. $160 ECCO Men’s Street Evo One is a high quality durable hybrid golf shoe with roots in Scandinavian
culture holding up to tough weather conditions while remaining versatile to be comfortable to walk far distances. Sometimes it is tempting to want to wear a pair of running shoes to the golf course or even driving range. Because the grass is usually wet, we opt for the better idea of a sturdy pair of waterproof shoes. ECCO Dynamic Traction System Hybrid Technology TPU outsole with approximately 100 molded traction bars provides 800 tractions angles for excellent on course grip. $160
The G/FORE Gallivanter golf shoe is stylish as it is comfortable, combining an athletic fit with premium water-resistant materials including leather, suede, flannel wool and performance microfiber -- in signature G/FORE color ways. Custom designed by G/FORE’s in-house team of footwear experts with the help of biomechanics, the Gallivanter boasts a lightweight, shock-absorbing sole. Its raised logos are positioned to provide maximum traction throughout your swing and the tuned grooves give additional flex where it’s needed most. The Gallivanter also sports a washable, quick-drying foot bed, a lightweight and extra-cushioned blown rubber outsole and a non-slip tongue. Included contrast and tonal laces let you further dial your look up or down. This shoe is a stylish approach both on the course and off and plays equally well at your favorite pub, country club or fairway. $265 The G/FORE socks pair perfectly whether you’re sighting a putt or reaching for the top shelf, flash a bit of color at the ankle with G/ FORE’s moisture wicking socks. Low socks are excellent for hot weather and high colorful
socks pair well with golf pants. Fashion socks fused with truly technical properties, G/FORE Socks utilize a superior nylon/spandex yarn blend for the ultimate in comfort, performance and feel. This hard-working sock wear boasts anti-microbial properties for odor control, a seamless toe for comfort, a Y-heel for fit and function, and compression properties for increased performance. $16
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Over the last few years Footjoy has significantly increased the comfort of their golf shoes with special fine tuned foam for cushioning and stability. The Men’s Dryjoy Casual performance golf shoes are completely different than previous Footjoy models and designs. It is nice to see they’ve branched out into different styles for different types of people. The Lo Pro Casual and Contour Casual are for younger golfers who are not casual about their game but want the versatility of the off the course look. The unique rectangular Hybrid style bottoms offer amazing traction. The comfortable, lightweight leather still has a 2-year waterproof guarantee. Last Full rounded toe character, standard fit across forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel. $180 The Footjoy Women’s Project M shows how much technology is in our backyard in Fairhaven, MA. Developed for players seeking enhanced mobility with maximum feel and minimal construction. The precision BOA lacing closure system allows you to minutely adjust the shoe closure for a perfect precision fit. The BOA reel never loosens during play and the lace never stretches or unties so it has become popular among many sports. It pulls your foot down and into the back of the shoe, which not only provides a custom-like fit, but incredible comfort and stability throughout play. Made of premium full grain leather with a two-year waterproof guarantee with breathability. For ulti-
The OGIO City Spiked golf shoe offers the same stylish upper look as the City Turf, but with spikes intelligently integrated into OGIO’s Ground Control traction outsole. It is for the golfer with an international flair as
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mate traction laser thin duramax, a low profile, cushioned fit-bed, full rounded toe character, and fuller fit across forefoot allows toes to spread and grip. The ProTekt™ toe guard ensures durability abrasion resistance in key wearareas. $135 Footjoy compression golf socks are the perfect match for Footjoy golf shoes. Breathable mesh construction boosts ventilation and air circulation. Enhanced fit anatomically shaped foot-beds provide enhanced fit and target stability support in high impact areas of your feet. Meticulously constructed to deliver stability along with optimum leg, ankle and foot support. Advanced targeted compression with built in arch support is placed in key stress areas to help circulation and aid in reducing foot fatigue and swelling. Moisture Control DrySof™ helps lift moisture and vapor off the skin, allowing for a drier, more comfortable sock. Breathable mesh inserts are strategically positioned in key areas to boost ventilation. Comfort Seam is FootJoy’s exclusive enclosed toe seam for advanced comfort and fit. $15
reminiscent of Italian sneakers. This additional support guarantees golfers maximum traction and stability during the most demanding conditions. Designed with a square toe box, this shoe brings today’s popular off-course style to a dressy golf shoe while serving the joint benefit of natural foot position, maximizing balance during a golf swing. The City Spiked also features the Synkfit insole for stability and a built in lateral torsion stabilizer. www. ogio.com $155
With Quiet Please Golf Socks there will be no more complaining about sore feet. When Bamboo fibers are spun into rayon, the result is a sock with almost mystical characteristics. They have cashmere-like softness, they are Anti-microbial, meaning the “kun” in the fibers kills bacteria that can breed and cause odor. Believe it or not, QUIET PLEASE socks can be worn several times without washing and even left in lockers or car trunks and they will never smell. They are ionized, so they stimulate muscles, energizing your feet so they don’t get tired and achy. The feet are the engines of a
golfer’s energy, and rejuvenated feet help generate more powerful shots from the first hole all the way through to the eighteenth. Available Styles Ladies White Low-cut, Men’s Black Crew, Men’s Black Quarter Men’s White Low-cut. $8
KENTWOOL Men’s Sport golf socks are an amazing difference you can feel after walking 18. No more sweat with the breathable wicking properties unique bamboo/wool blend as well as no more blisters in the design covering the Achilles and preventing bunching. Delivering a thinner, lighter version without sacrificing strength. For those golfers who enjoy the KENTWOOL tour profile like Bubba who has a famous master’s edition, you’ll love this new take on a familiar favorite. With the KENTWOOL Men’s Sport Low-Profile and the Women’s Sport Skinny show off your moves, not your sock. Made for athletes who prefer a no-show look, a lower profile version the Sport made of exceptional innovative bamboo/wool blend for lasting strength. The Men’s
Stable 26 is the choice of golf socks for professional golfer Ernie Els for golf socks. Taking over a million steps a year in competitive play, it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of your feet being comfort-
CHAMP Renowned Spikes Used by 2014 Masters Champion CHAMP spikes C Joining Past 12 Winners at Augusta National. They are the number one brand on tour, used by 33 of the last 45 major winners and are available in an assortment of models, including the Scorpion STINGER™ and Zarma®. Another company located in our
Pro Light is the thinnest sock in our lineup, but doesn’t skimp on strength. Wear it over and over, and the KW Pro Light will perform every time, guaranteed. Kentwool.com $21 able and well supported. The in-built silicone pads provide extra padding where you need it most. He pairs them with ECCO golf shoes they help give my swing a secure foundation literally every step of the way. $25
backyard in Marlboro, MA, CHAMP provides golf spikes to the largest companies in golf shoes like Oakley worn by Bubba. With patented Lotus Technology, three-material design with innovative soft cushion layer, soft advanced polymer softens the impact when walking while reducing spike pressure Pins Small Thread TriLok QLok CHAMP Brings A New Energy To Your Game. $12
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COUPLE OF TRAVELERS ///
BY ALICE AND DANNY SCOTT
Race to Saratoga Springs
and The Sagamore
You can bet on a great golf vacation by racing to Saratoga Springs. Across the border of New England, The Saratoga Race track is the oldest operating sports venue, showcasing 151 years of fine equines. For just $3, families bring their own fare to the elegant picnic area watching the races on screens as live horses parade from the paddocks or upgrade to the trackside thrill in the main grandstand. Saratoga Springs is named for the underground mineral rivers, hailed as healing fluid. Sojourners still flock to the Roosevelt Baths and Spa. Odorless but salty spring water is drawn in a sunken bathtub. Oxygenation creates a rusty hue. Every little movement causes a fizz of bubbles, effervescent fun. All that is lacking is the rubber ducky. After bath massage oils hydrate and muscles unwind in private or couples rooms -ahhhh. The Roosevelt Baths and Spa is in the Saratoga Spa State Park, run by the Gideon Putnam Resort. Putnam was a visionary of the early 1800s. Competition came along and lodging options are many today but the Gideon Putnam stands out as an historic landmark with excellent service. A shuttle transports a few minutes into
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town to explore the art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Wheatfieldâ€™s pastas with gourmet proteins and sinful desserts delight as locals celebrate the end of a workday in the bar. Also within the State Park is the Saratoga Spa Golf course, a pristine, affordable setting where New England Golf Monthly readers Mike
Civitello, Sal Scafarrello, Sal Bonito and Art Martorello, have returned from Connecticut for 25 years to play. A German doctor built it with a calculation for walking and playing 18 holes for optimal exertion to derive maximum benefits of the mineral baths. While birds of prey swoon in and out of tall pines here, aircraft zoom on and off the runway next to holes 2 and 8 at nearby Airway Meadows Golf Course. An excavator by trade, owner Don assisted in building a Tiger Woods course and was intrigued by the opportunity. He built his case to wife Joan about how many golfers were showing up and why not show up for them, so they built a course around the family airstrip. Don still excavates on the side but he couldn’t have built a better office for the family. Joan works 12-hour days while their superintendent son mows as dog Lexi, trees a squirrel in the fairway. This course has tons of character and hills. Covered bridges with famous names, like Golden Gate, Brooklyn and London carry carts over streams. Biplanes and skydivers entertain on a clear day. Don’t miss this hilly dilly. Saratoga National is the area’s premier course, close to the Track with a grand entrance, award winning Prime restaurant and luxurious setting. It is target golf with lots of carry, especially number four, a long par 5 with vast marshlands preceding the landing area. The lake around fifteen’s island green is likely full of missing balls. There is no racing to the finish line at Saratoga National. The scenery is meant for
slow absorption. Get your golf on in Saratoga and embrace the race. Visit www.saratoga.org 30 miles north, the Sagamore Resort is majestically mounted on the shore of Lake George at the end of “millionaire’s row.” Guests feel like a million when they stay in the mansion or rim lodges with fireplaces and private balconies for lake views. The lobby bar and terrace over look the pool terrace, the marina and beach, then wide-open water. Rent a pontoon, paddleboard or anything in between, at the dock below. A complimentary Morgan cruise sets sail most afternoons around the lake with more than 100 small islands. Post cruise, relax at the Lakeside Restaurant serving smiles and local knowledge such as celebrity homeowners, including Derek Jeter. Or dine at La Bella Vita’s with another extraordinary view and succulent steaks. Explore Fort William Henry, amusement parks and mini golf ventures or for real golf, head to the Sagamore Golf Course. Donald Ross architected a classic layout, converting environmental splendor into a golfer’s thrill. Number one begins with a gorgeous view of Lake George and the Adirondacks. Expect spectacular scenery throughout, incorporating brooks, streams and ponds framed by the towering forest. At one with the deer in the woods, absent of noise and homes, this course will produce lifetime memories. For reservations at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York, see www.thesagamore.com
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THE PERFECT LIFE ///
BY KATHERINE DYSON
Go North of the border for some great Canadian golf
North of the border the vast area that is Canada is populated by about 1/10 of the people we have here in the U.S. or about 33 million to our more than 300 million. Using that ratio since the Canada has about 2,300 golf courses, you could assume the U.S. has around 23,000 tracks. Wrong. We have about 17,000. So bottom line: it should be easier for Canadians to get a tee time. Good idea as it gets pretty cold throughout Canada during the winter so if you live north of the border, you need to make proverbial hay while the sun shines. As you might expect, the clusters of golf courses are typically located near the largest population centers like Vancouver, Toronto, and Quebec but some areas like Newfoundland and Labrador have an extraordinary number of courses for its size. Better yet in Canada you experience some of the top layouts in the world, courses like Banff Springs and Jasper Park in the western Rockies and the salty seacoast links of Prince Edward Island in the east. Why not grab your passport and head north to play some of Canadaâ€™s best tracks.
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EASTERN CANADA Prince Edward Island (PEI)
Getaway starts at $369. Geared to golf fanatics, the 90-room Rodd Mill River Resort overlooking the Mill River Golf Course and Mill River Provincial Park also rolls out some good golf packages.
Quick Take | If you love the sea —seafood, sea scapes, seaside golf — Prince Edward Island (PEI), the smallest province in Canada just off the coast of New Brunswick, could be your perfect getaway choice. Golf | With 33 courses, most with views of the water, Prince Edward Island is a golfer’s joy. Some courses wind around and over rivers like the Mill River course; some have smashing views of the sea and beach like The Links at Crowbush Cove; while Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club but five minutes from Charlottetown, is a pretty and quite playable parkland-style track.
Stay | Many of the best places to stay on the island are small: small inns, B&Bs and even a lighthouse or two like the West Point Lighthouse Inn where a two night package from $329 includes green fees for two and use of a golf cart. Or stay at the Cavendish Country Inn & Cottage set on more than nine acres overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence where rates starts at $169 for golf and lodging. And a two night/four round Cavindish Golf
Quick Take | In the northern part of New Brunswick it may seem about the only thing not French about the Arcadian Peninsula is the electric plug and current. Signs are in French and Arcadians speak English with a French accent. Here you find fresh lobster, clams and sweet shrimp by the bucket, whale watching, endless beaches and golf by the sea…all without crushing crowds or rubber band traffic. To get an historic perspective visit the Arcadian Village; take a walk or bike along the Bay of Fundy Trail following the rugged coastline; and for lots of thrills take a jet boat ride on the Reversing Falls where the Bay of Fundy clashes with the outpouring Saint John River. Expect lots of laughs and splashes (they give you a waterproof suit to wear).
Golf | Set on Passamaquoddy Bay there are places on the historic Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews By-The-Sea where the coast of Maine looks close enough to reach by rowboat. Located in the southern part of New Brunswick, this course has the oldest clubhouse in Canada (1894) and was renovated from Donald Ross’s plans by Thomas McBroom in 2000. Guests of the Algonquin can take a shuttle from the Harbour to the 9-hole Herring Cove Provincial Park’s course on Campobello Island. Stay | With its red turreted towers and roof, and green trim, the Algonquin, a coveted seaside retreat, has been welcoming guests since 1889. There are also many small inns and B&Bs that welcome golfing guests.
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evated tees and roaming moose and deer. Stay | Accommodations range from B&Bs, cottages and boutique inns like Neddies Harbour Inn in Gros Morne National Park to larger in-city hotels and golf resorts such as the Humber Valley Golf Resort with its highly rated golf course, spa, condos and chalets. Or book a villa or hotel room at The Wilds at Salmonier River Golf Club and get your lodging and golf from $89 per person. Cottages are a good bet for families and golfing groups.
Quebec Quick Take | Almost totally surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean this maritime province, an interesting mix of wide-open spaces, cultural treasures and a vibrant population, is home to several world-class golf courses. Golf | Cape Breton Island is considered the birthplace of golf in Nova Scotia so play courses like Highlands Links in Inverness and Blue Bay Golf Club in Baddeck. Garnering high praise, the seaside Cabot Links course in Inverness is new (2012) but was designed to evoke older historic tracks. Stay | Digby Pine Golf Resort and Spa, Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa and Cabot Links Resort are just a few of the golf-oriented places you can explore.
Newfoundland and Labrador Quick Take | Untouched wilderness areas lend plenty of room for wildlife and for humans to spread out and soak up the scenery and the rich ecological history dating back millions of years. Slightly smaller than California, this island lies on the eastern edge of the North America with one third of the population of 510,000 living in the capital city of St. John’s. Labrador is connected to mainland Canada but to get to Newfoundland you’ll need to fly or go by boat. Golf | You may well take your eye off the ball when playing one of the more than 20 courses in Newfoundland and Labrador: your views of rugged seacoast, forested hills, whales breaching through the surf and the sheer natural beauty of the region is mesmerizing. One of the top courses, Humber Valley’s River Course, can put you on sensory overload with its sweeping vistas of mountains, water, plunging cliffs and tall pines. Nature-rich Pippy Park, one of Canada’s largest urban parks has 27 holes of family-friendly golf on Admiral’s Green and Captain’s Hill courses. Set in a 3,400-acre reserve, Pippy has a huge array of recreational facilities from walking trails to picnic areas. The Wilds, a spectacular course, is defined by wetlands, more than 70 bunkers, plunging ravines, el-
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Quick Take | This vast province has two key Canadian cities, Quebec in the north where French is the predominant language and Montreal in the south. So do you yell “Fore,” or “”Quatre?” (It’s
“Fore” of course, a universally recognized warning on courses around the world.) Golf | In addition to more than 300 golf courses, Quebec has the oldest golf club in North America: Royal Montreal, the first to receive the “royal” prefix (1884), the first to allow women members (1891) and the first to host the Canadian Open (1904). The
club moved to Bizard in the 1950s when Dick Wilson laid out two 18s, Red and Blue. There are so many excellent tracks in Quebec, it is a real challenge to pick just a handful to play. If you can get on one of the most exclusive private tracks in Canada, Willie Park Jr.’s hilly Old World course at Mount Bruno Country Club. East of Montreal, go for it. it dates back to 1919 and is an excellent track.
Stay | Stay at the Fairmont Mont Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains and play at the resort’s five highly rated courses including Le Geant, a Thomas McBroom design; Le Diable crafted by De. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry; Le Maitre, a Fred Couples signature course about 10 minutes away; and the two tracks at Gray Rocks. There is also a golf academy on site and a 16.5-acre exercise center.
laus North Signature Course in Whistler. For drama and knock-out views in Alberta play Silver Tip golf course set against Sisters Mountain in the Rockies; for a superb modern design tee up at Stewart Creek and for a parkland-style very playable course, play Canmore dating from 1926 and stay in the Grand Rockies Resort, a boutique hotel in town with a lot of punch. If you combine passions for both wine and golf, head to the Okanagan region where you can have it both ways. Check out Predator Ridge Resort for lodging and 36 holes of golf. And where can you get a tan at midnight while playing golf? In Canada’s Northern Territories of course. Play golf on the tundra at Ulukhaktok overlooking the Beaufort Sea or tee up at Yellowknife Golf Club and hope those pesky ravens don’t pinch your ball and fly away.
STAY & PLAY PACKAGES Numerous companies offer stay & play golf packages throughout Canada. Here are a few:
Canadianrockiesgolf.ca Quick Take | From Ontario, a vast province with more than 800 golf courses stretching from Ottawa to the center of the country and down to the Niagara region west to Alberta and on to British Columbia, you find many fine courses, some historic gems crafted by famed architect Stanley Thompson like Jasper Park and Banff Springs; others by today’s masters including Jack Nicklaus who designed Nick-
(Banff, Jasper, Canmore etc.)
Luxurygolfvacations.ca (Rockies, Whistler, Okanagan, PEI)
Golfpei.ca (PEI) Fairmont.com (golf packages from Fairmont Resorts)
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“The Big W” and Boston The big W is not just the Win but Women winning and after the performance at the historic US Woman’s Open, Michelle Wie. Women are front and center and yes perhaps louder than a lion you can hear them roar from sports to music, fashion, business and everything in between. This was highlighted most prevalently during the US Open when for the first time the USGA held back to back US Open’s for the men and women. Pinehurst played a very gracious host to this historic event. Women played the same course, Pinehurst No. 2, just a few days after the men. What was most remarkable is to see how far women have come and to appreciate those that have come before us to pave the way and make our journey a bit smoother. The evolution and examples are abundant from Catherine Lacoste, the only amateur to win the U.S. Women’s Open in 1967 to Stephanie Meadow, a young woman from Northern Ireland making her first appearance as a professional on golf’s biggest platform, the US Woman’s Open, and placing third to the long awaited win my Michelle Wie. Women have been taking chances and winning for a long while even against tougher odds and lesser opportunities. Catherine Lacoste, the daughter of French tennis player René Lacoste, the founder of the fashion brand named after him, won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1967 as a 22-year-old amateur. Michelle Wei came on the scene at the very young age of 16 in 2005 and pushed the envelope by playing alongside the men. She finally proved her greatness with her US Open win. Not only in sports but in business and every other area there is a ground swell of women moving and shaking and a number of organizations and events that are empowering and enhancing woman’s lives. WISE, Women in Sports and Events, with the mission to create and support programs that enhance the success and growth of women in the business of sports and events. Recently Laurie Voke of the Boston WISE chapter hosted an Olympic panel discussion event “At the Top of Their Games”: Featuring local Olympians: Dara Torres, Katie King, Katey Stone, Lea Davison, and Gevvie Stone. The Executive Woman’s Golf Association, EWGA, is another resource that enables women to
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network with other women using golf as the platform. Enabling beginners to advanced players to have a platform to play golf. Boston’s chapter is active and popular and with good reason President Robin Duffy has a lineup of events that make it impossible to not want to participate. From 18 weekly leagues, golfing events every weekend from May- September, 9 and dine events, and my personal favorite a Cape weekend event. Most impressive is they have a New England Cup that they play. In this match play event six NE chapters send 8 players to compete in the 1 day event. And just like the Red Sox, Boston EWGA chapter took home the NE Cup. There is a sense of untapped potential and platforms to assist any women to do whatever she dreams. As women of all ages take risks and live their dreams and passions with the roar of a lion it is always important to tip our hats to the remarkable women that came before, paved the way and continue to be a resource and encouragement for growth. At a time when reality TV is prevalent and come to mean scripted fantasy the real reality and female role models can be seen in the achievements of these women who are quick to tell you while they learned to create balance and breathe they never took their foot off the petal or their eye off the road.
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Greater Boston Golf Guide
The Hub of Golf in New England Granite Links Quarry Hills Quincy, MA
Boston, the hub of New England has a rich and storied history in the game of golf. Frederick Law Olmstead in a partnership with Harvard University and the City of Boston designed and built the 281-acre Arnold Arboretum in 1872. He was said to have created a small 3 to 6-hole golf course in the park called The Magnolia Course. Harvard Alumni and scholars from abroad played the first golf in Boston here. The Country Club was founded as a sporting club in1882 in Brookline, MA just outside of Boston proper. In 1893 the golf course was built and in 1894 in a meeting at The Country Club in May, the USGA was formed with 4 other U.S. clubs for the purpose of sponsoring an undisputed national championship. They organized the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open both played at Newport Country Club in 1985. The rest of the story of U.S. Golf history came along 20 years later when Francis Ouimet became the first amateur to win the 1913 U.S. Open. Ouimet was allowed time off from his job at George Wright Sporting Goods in Boston to practice and compete in the Open. George Wright a baseball Hall of Fame player and coach was the father of municipal golf as he laid
out the first public golf course in America at Franklin Park in Boston in 1890. In 1938 The George Wright Golf Course opened in Hyde Park. The course today stands as one of Donald Rossâ€™s most storied designs and as recently as 2009 was voted one of the best municipal golf courses in America. The first golf course that comes to mind when talking about Boston golf may be The Country Club but Bean Town is the links hub of New England and there is some of the best golf in the world right here in our own back yard. Massachusetts, a state that is 45th in the nation in size has a lot of golf courses. There are 408 golf courses in the state and over 75% of them can be reached in less than an hour drive from Boston. For that matter if you count the courses in Maine,
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New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island that are all about 1 hour away the number of courses grows to over 450 golf courses. For all those naysayers who think golf is too expensive and not available to all the classes in society, living in Boston offers a resident the best deal in golf on the planet. Unlimited golf for only $1100.00 a year with access to two great Donald Ross golf courses George Wright and William Devine, two of the best muniâ€™s in the country. You will find all the best of the best when it comes to great golf course architects in Massachusetts with courses by Ross, Cornish, Tillinghast, Hill, Crenshaw, Nicklaus, Palmer and many more. Eastern Massachusetts offers the very best in designs in private and public golf in all of the Northeast and arguably the country as well. There are over 75 Donald Ross designed courses out of the 400+ he designed and built within 60 miles of Boston. Geof-
frey S. Cornish who designed more courses in the northeast than any golf course designer made his home in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 2012 Mr. Cornish, who will be forever known by his great course designs and his red plaid blazer, passed away at 97 years old. He had designed over 250 golf courses, including many in the state of Massachusetts. The Greater Boston Golf Guide in New England Golf Monthly this month is a small peak into what is one of the most diverse and historical centers in the game of golf. This region is home to the very best of the beginning of the game in our country and some of the very best new courses anywhere in the world as well. They are seaside, mountainside and city side and offer players an opportunity to test their skills under many different designs and layouts. What is known as the Hub of New England, the city of Boston is also the Hub of golf in this country and a great place to live and play the game.
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An Overwhelming Unique Experience Beautiful golf courses are usually akin to beautiful properties and Shaker Hills in Harvard, MA is no exception. Although the dynamics of the extraordinary 2012 renovations accomplished by new owner Fred Curtis, Jr. truly set this golf course apart; A classic New England layout is only the starting point of adjectives to describe Shaker Hills. It is in the details of the creative renovations that one truly finds its splendor. Among one of the major renovations to the golf course was the redesign of the 18th hole – now a sweeping 562 yard dogleg Par 5 finishing at the club house creating a serene and wholesome “natural theatre” of golf. An impressive new top deck, adorned with a center fireplace, allows dramatic seated views of this “ampitheatre” of golf • Fully remodeled and expanded in 2013 • 18 Hole Spectacular Championship Golf Course • Superior Practice Facilities: • Full Length Driving Range with selective target greens • 10,000 sq ft ~ three tier creative putting green • 19th Practice Hole – full length practice par 3 with bunker and chipping practice
including views of the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th holes. Shaker Hills Country Club – A Par 72, playing close to 7000 yards from the tips, has become an attractive destination for daily fee golf, golf outings and tournaments. Our membership offerings, including the new Micro-Membership, offer the perfect opportunity to experience membership amenities at a price to suit your budget. The Shaker Hills experience not only offers spectacular golfing conditions, but also offers great hospitality, great food and blends the finest of natural tranquility and crafted beauty to create a genuinely peaceful setting and an overwhelmingly unique experience. Tee Times can be booked up to 7 days in advance by calling 978-772-3330 or online at www.shakerhills.com • • • • • • •
Fully stocked Pro Shop Memberships and Micro Memberships PGA Professional Lessons & Clinics New Bar and Restaurant finished in classic wood grain with leather accents Outdoor dining spaces with panoramic golf course views Golf Outings – Banquets – Parties – Weddings Located just minutes off Route 2 and Interstate 495 Shaker Hills Shaker Hills Shaker Hills
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BEVERLY GOLF & TENNIS CLUB
HILLVIEW GOLF COURSE
The Beverly Golf & Tennis Club features an exquisite 18-hole golf course and 10 outdoor clay tennis courts. PGA Lessons and clinics are available all season long. The course which is public but also offers leagues and memberships measures 6,237 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 70.6 and it has a slope rating of 123 and opened in 1910. From Weddings, Showers, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Bereavements, Luncheons or Dinner, or maybe a relaxing cocktail party, BGTC has menus to fit all occasions and budgets.
Hillview Golf Course is a regulation 18-hole golf course where players of all levels will have a wonderful golfing experience, challenging for the expert and playable for the beginner. The player friendly course plays to 5773 yards from the blue tees, 5290 from the white tees, and 4521 from the red tee markers at which par is 69. In recent years, Hillview has undergone many extensive renovations that have improved course conditions, pace of play and the overall golfing experience at Hillview. These renovations include many new greens, tees, and fairway landing areas making one of the best and affordable golfing experiences in the area. Hillview Golf Course is a wonderful place to hold a golf outing, especially with our player friendly golf course, driving range, and function facility for up to 144 players.
149 North Street, North Reading, MA 01864 134 McKay St. Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 922-9072 | www.beverlygolfandtennis.com (978) 664-4435 | www.hillviewgc.com
Beverly Golf & Tennis Club
Hillview Golf Course
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Turner Hill Showcases Existing Homes on Market Distinctive Homes Designed to Capture Beauty of Natural Surroundings As the development team for The Residences at Turner Hill finalizes plans for new residential offerings and enhanced amenities at the 311-acre community in Ipswich, MA, there is currently an opportunity to purchase one of the few remaining town homes located in the exclusive golf course development. Ideally located within the heart of the community, the existing shingle style homes provide traditional New England charm within walking distance to the historic mansion clubhouse. Surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the Turner Hill estate, the championship golf course and neighboring state parks, the distinctive homes have been designed to complement their natural environment. Towering pines, formal gardens and rolling lawns contribute to a setting rarely seen in today’s planned communities. The care-free homes put residents at ease, providing a “lock and leave” lifestyle that is ideal for those who may reside elsewhere in the winter months. With several floor plans from which to choose, all including first floor master bedrooms and a spa-like
master bath, homeowners are greeted with an abundance of natural sunlight and beautiful views of the mansion, courtyard gardens, stunning vistas, championship golf course, and a bird’s eye view overlooking the treetops. These open and spacious homes are equipped with soaring cathedral ceilings, exquisite millwork, and a comforting color palate. In addition to updated appointments including tile backsplashes and custom cabinetry, the homes located on the fairways have bright basements that are perfect for an additional family room, game room or media room. Homeowners can also enjoy the gourmet chef kitchen and entertain guests on their private patios or decks overlooking the fairways. Priced from $699,900 to $849,900, these luxurious homes are now available for those looking to be part of the historic evolution of Turner Hill. The Residences at Turner Hill welcome all to experience the exceptional residential lifestyle of this premiere golf course community. For more information about The Residences at Turner Hill and the current available homes, please visit www.LiveTurnerHill.com or call 978-312-3010
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THE RESIDENCES AT TURNER HILL
where there’s no such thing as an ordinary day
available now. priced from $689,900 to $849,900. There are no ordinary days, no ordinary amenities and certainly no ordinary homes at Turner Hill. The Residences at Turner Hill offer pastoral sophistication and the opportunity to reside in one of the last of New England’s great estates. Whether your preference is a villa or a townhome, you’ll love the peaceful, tranquil setting with stunning views of the mansion, championship golf course, and gardens.
THE RESIDENCES AT TURNER HILL
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Granite Links has become not only one of New Englands best golf courses as voted by our NEGM subscribers; they have been rated as one of the “100 Greatest Golf Courses in America” by Golf Digest. Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills is conveniently located just 7 miles south of Boston in Quincy, MA. Granite Links is a links style golf course which offers 27 challenging holes with a view like no other, including a picturesque view of Boston’s skyline to the North, the Harbor Islands to the South and East, and the Blue Hills Reservation to the West. Granite Links will challenge players of all levels, as it plays 6,873 yards from the tips with a Par of 72. Granite Links is a private membership club that also provides a limited level of non-member access. Their gorgeous shingled Nantucket Style clubhouse sits 300 feet above sea level with outdoor balconies perched above the famous Quincy quarry overlooking the 18th green. The elegant clubhouse Ballroom and tented Pavilion each provide spectacular and much sought after settings for weddings, events and functions of all types. During the warmer months, The Crossing Nines Outdoor Patio Bar features live music & great food. It is the perfect spot to relax after your round or grab a drink and watch the sunset. The Tavern, which is open to the public, serves lunch and dinner year round. Superior cuisine served in a spectacular setting that includes floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course against sunset views of the Boston skyline are the reason The Tavern has been named one of the top “50 Best 19th Holes in the World” by SI Golf.
GRANITE LINKS GOLF CLUB AT QUARRY HILL
100 Quarry Hills Drive Quincy, MA 02169 617.689.1900 www.granitelinksgolfclub.com
Granite Links Golf Club and the Tavern at Quarry Hills @GraniteLinks Granite Links
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A Must Play Cape Cod Golf Course Three Easy Ways to Book Your Cape Cod Round of Golf
2 Days in Advance - Call 508-430-7560 10 Days in Advance, Pre-Pay - Call 508-430-5234 Online at CranberryGolfCourse.com
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BY PAUL MIGNOSA & GREG SAMPSON
The Perfect 3-Day Vacation: Omni Mount Washington Resort
A few weeks ago, we had the distinct pleasure of spending the weekend with our wives at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH. The hotel has a rich history dating back to 1902, when it first opened its doors. Today, 112 years later, the hotel still has that old charming feel from it’s recent renovation. As we drove up the long driveway to the resort, the sun was beaming off the bright white façade of the hotel, Mt. Washington towering behind it and the 9 hole Mt. Pleasant Golf Course sat quietly waiting for us to grace its fairways. With perfect weather in the forecast a dream weekend was on the horizon. The resort staff showed five star hospitality from the moment we arrived. Our conjoining rooms had a fabulous mountain views, overlooking the Presidential Lawn, pool and the 18 hole Mount Washington Course. Our wives headed down to the spa and went shopping at the nearby outlets while Greg and I hit the greens. Fair trade right? In 2014, our subscribers voted the Omni Mount Washington Resort as the #1 Golf Resort in New England and we can see why. The resort offers 27 challenging holes, the 18 hole Mount Washington Course and the 9 hole Mount Pleasant Course. The Mount Washington Course, with spectacular 360 degree views of the Presidential Mountain Range, was de-
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signed by the great Donald Ross in 1915. The course was re-opened in 2008 after an original restoration by noted golf course architect Brian Silva. The course was challenging but fair with bunkers perfectly placed in landing areas and false fronts to grab the shots that came up just a bit too short. The 9 hole Mount Pleasant Course first opened in 1895 and plays to a par 35. In 1989, the course was restored by Cornish & Silva and now offers a very challenging round alongside the NH’s Ammonoosuc River. We were very impressed with Mount Washington’s initiative to grow the game by offering family tees and larger holes on what they call their Family Course. On our last night, the four of us had a delicious dinner at Stickney’s Restaurant on the lower level of the resort. The renowned pub and steakhouse integrates fresh and local regional products with the finest ingredients available. On a cool night you can sit by the fire or in the summer take a seat on the back patio and enjoy the view. After dinner we stopped by The Cave for a night cap. This prohibition-era, stone bar is an experience and atmosphere not to be missed! The Omni Mount Washington is one of the finest resorts in New England and if you have not had the chance to stay there, we suggest crossing that off your bucket list soon with a 3-Day Vaca!! For more information visit ominhotels.com.
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Fall River Country Club
Implements the “Tee It Forward”
Initiative to Attract New Members
Fall River CC has implemented the “Tee It Forward” initiative by placing an additional set of of tee markers (white) on each hole to provide more manageable distance for junior, senior and female golfers. The
PGA advocated this initiative a few years ago to help “Grow the Game” by making it more fun, decrease playing time, recoup older players who have left the game and attract female and junior golfers.
HIGHLIGHTS OF FALL RIVER COUNTRY CLUB'S | MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION GREAT DEALS on ALL available Fall River CC Membership Categories! | The dues for each membership category are reduced by 20%! | ALL-NEW Membership Category: Ages 27-35! NO assessments OR initiation fees! | NO Restaurant Food Minimums for months 1 through 6! NO cost dues until April 1, 2015! | "Play Now, Pay Later" Program Available (0% interest!)
Fall River Country Club | Membership Information Clubhouse Phone: (508) 678-9374 | General Email: email@example.com
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Member For A Day Rate Reduced to $55.00 With Cart Call The Pro Shop for A Tee Time for your Group @ 508-677-9828
Junior Golf Clinics: Summer Program! ~ FALL RIVER COUNTRY CLUB ~
JULY & AUGUST - 2014 | Classes Start July 9th & July 10th! The Fall River Country Club and Professional Staff proudly offer various junior golf clinics during the season. The golf clinics are offered to students as early as age 5! With a fun, well-trained, and experienced staff, our clinics feature excellent student-to-teacher ratios and are a great value. The clinics are open to members and the general public! We want to see the whole family involved this season! Attendees of the 2014 Summer Junior
Golf Clinic Program will also be eligible to participate in all-new Junior and Adult-Junior "play opportunities" at Fall River Country Club! Additional details will be available once the clinics are underway. Private instruction from the FRCC Professional Staff is also available at a reduced rate to junior golfers! Please call (508-677-9828) or Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the FRCC Pro Shop for more information.
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BY PAM BORGES
Allendale Country Club Now a Semi-Private Club Welcomes the Public As my friend and I left the hustle and bustle of the city streets of Dartmouth and drove up the tree-lined entrance of Allendale CC, we automatically felt it…the serenity of this countryside venue. Why would ladies want to join Allendale? The Pro commented, “It’s a tough course for ladies at 5,540 yards, five par 5s, not much roll and lots of water. However, what’s special about our club is the friendliness of the members…they’re regular people out to have a good time.” Friendliness…that was an understatement! From the time we stepped out of our vehicle we experienced it… friendly greetings from perfect strangers. As we began our golfing adventure, we embraced the quiet solitude. Although fellow golfers were playing adjacent fairways, the broad fairways are laid out with lots of distance between holes each bordered by picture-perfect, immaculately pruned hardwoods and flowering ornamentals. This Geoffrey Cornish designed course offers an immense layout with a great diversity of holes. The many generously sized elevated, sloped, undulating greens require a precise approach shot. Green side bunkers don’t pose a hazard, provided you hit a straight approach shot, the ball will roll up to the green. The only exception is hole #18 where the green is fronted by a large bunker. The course condition was immaculate, making it easy to hit from the lush fairways and rough and the border trees do not pose a threat unless you hit an errant shot. Beautifully shaped bunkers are deep (so don’t get in them). The course starts out easy with straight forward holes until you come to the intriguing 4th hole that surprises you with a severe dog-leg right over a large pond to an elevated green. Then comes the string of water
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holes #6-8 that give you that “deja-vu” feeling and you question… “Didn’t we just go over that pond?” Then you realize that they run back and forth crossing over that same pond, requiring either a tee shot or layup shot over the water. The diversity of holes requires thought as to club selection and culminates with the fun 18th (no water thank god!!) just a hazardous bunker fronting the green. The par-3 holes are lady-friendly ranging in distance from 105-150 yards. My friend and I, who consider ourselves your average female golfer, found the course’s length manageable and just the right mix of easy vs. more challenging holes to keep the game interesting. Talking to a female member, who’s been there for 30 years, raved about the head Pro, who has done a fantastic job implementing programs to grow the membership. Going to semi-private status, they hope to welcome more lady golfers. Weekly ladies’ leagues are available Tuesday AM and Thursday PM. Ladies group clinics are offered weekly plus a variety of ladies and mixed tournaments are scheduled throughout the season. Public can sample Allendale’s amenities through the “Member for a Day” rate of $55 with cart or buy five 18-hole passes for $225 (including bag of range balls). An incredible bargain for area golfers who want to experience this top-shelf countryside club complete with all its amenities…driving range, chipping green with bunker, practice green, locker rooms, clubhouse with restaurant and deck seating overlooking the Olympic sized pool. Daily fees range from $40-$65 weekdays and $40-$70 weekends. An assortment of membership options are available for 2014 and looking ahead to 2015, a single membership with unlimited play will be priced at $2500.
ALLENDALE A GREAT PLACE TO PLAY WWW.ALLENDALECC.NET
Allendale is Now Semi-Private *Pro Rated Memberships Available for 2014 Weekday Rates – AM $55.00 12–3PM $50.00 | After 3PM $40.00 Weekend Rates - AM $65.00 PM $55.00 Select Rates for Large Groups & Outings Call Pro Shop for details 508/992-8682 5 Rounds for the Price of 4 Only $225.00 includes a bag of Range Balls (May be applied to 2014 Membership) *Limited Availability for Golf Outings and Small Groups
2014 / 2015 Full Member Special Rate July 2014 – March 2015 - $1350.00 (Includes 10% Credit off 2015 Membership) * Pro Rated Memberships Now Available for all Categories
Allendale Country Club 1047 Allen St. North Dartmouth, 02747
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BY JIM HAMMOND
An Invitation from
Segregansett Country Club
For the Pro at Segregansett Country Club it is all about getting back to the basics. “You won’t find a dozen uniformed guys at a designated bag drop area at our club. There is a simple locker room available but no locker room attendant is on duty. We prefer to put our focus on providing the best golf experience possible at a reasonable price.” Rob Baxter is the head Pro at Segregansett and brings a wealth of experience to the private club that is located in Taunton, Mass. Rob had worked as a professional at some of the most prodigious clubs in the area including Wannamoisett and Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Segregansett Country Club began as a three hole course in 1893 and soon grew into a nine hole course at its current location at 85 Gulliver Street. In the 1970’s famed architect Geoffrey Cornish made some changes and extended the course to the 18 holes that exists today. Like all of Cornish’s creations it is challenging but also very fair. Most people would think that in order to play at a private course you have to make a very expensive financial commitment up front before you can tee it up. But that is not the case at Segregansett. A special introduction to the club is made possible through the “member for a day” program.
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Pick a weekday (Monday-Thursday) and you can enjoy the finely manicured fairways and greens for only $40.00. Many public courses charge more than that for a round of golf and cart. On Weekends (Friday-Sunday and holidays) the course is yours for only $50.00. I have played the course several times and I can attest to the fact that the fairways are plush and the greens are fast. There is a grass practice range with a tee that is over fifty yards wide. A practice green and bunker is provided to help you fine tune the all important short game. A very welcoming lounge and restaurant and banquet hall overlook the first fairway at Segregansett Country Club. If you decide to become a member at the club there is more good news. Single memberships start at $2,950 and family memberships are also reasonably priced at $3,200.00. Pro Rob Baxter goes the extra mile to welcome new members and make sure they socialize with other golfers. Rob has set up a “Skins” game where golfers of all skill levels can be partnered with other members and develop friendships that will surely last long time. Give Rob a call at the Pro Shop at 508- 824-9144 to get a tee time and experience the “Member for a Day” program. For additional information about membership call Gary Palmer at 508- 9435873 or email Gary at email@example.com
Segregansett Country Club Drop In For Some Of The Best Golf in Southern New England!
Summer 2014/ 2015 Prime Time Membership Promotion Pay $350 for a 30 day Trial / Full Single or Family Membership Join after the Trial period and the full $350 will be credited towards your full year membership *Available in July and August $2950 Single Membership, and $3200 Family Membership. Annual dues will be pro-rated monthly using July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 fiscal year.
Limited Time Promotion Call Gary Palmer for details 508-942-5873 Or Call Segregansett CC at 508-824-9110
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Situated on 160 acres in southern Columbia County, NY overlooking Copake Lake with breathtaking views of the Berkshires and Catskills from every hole. Just 2 hours from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston, Copake Country Club has offered an exceptional course to generations of golfers since 1921.
The original design of Copake Country Club dates back to the legendary Golden Age Architect, Devereux Emmet, a founding member of the famous National Golf Links on Long Island as well as a prolific course designer. Not far from The National, Emmet designed his most noteworthy course, Garden City Golf Club. In 2005, Copake Country Club was up for sale, fated to be destroyed and subdivided for development. Jon Urban, and his friend Ross Mauri, both longtime lake residents, realized the club’s benefit to the community and stepped in to save the golf course and it’s rich heritage, becoming its proud new owners. The course is being carefully restored to bring back the time-tested strategies and unique design features employed by one of golf ’s renowned designers while at the same time thinking green.
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Four spectacular home sites remain at Copake Country Club. Imagine the breathtaking views of Copake Lake, the Bershires & Catskills. All lots include Lifetime Family Membership to Copake Country Club, lifetime landscape maintenance (original owner only), and a new 2014 Yamaha Golf Cart. Lot 1 - $595,000 Situated at the midway point of the 10th hole fairway, encompassing views of holes 1, 9, 10, as well as the pond and 1st hole fountain. Access for this lot is from Red Fox Lane. Deeded lake/dock rights accompany purchase.
Lot 5 - $875,000 | Lot 6 - $850,000 Golf Course Road is being re-directed so that two new waterfront lots are made. Both lots will be bermed and planted to ensure privacy. Adjoining parcel is also for sale with savings offered if both lots are purchased simultaneously. Lot 6 - .82 acres & Lot 5 – 1.2 acres.
Lot 4 - $625,000 Perched atop the highest point of Copake Country Club. Positioned majestically behind the finishing hole #18 green with course views of holes 1, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 18 makes this a golf-lover’s gem. Deeded lake/dock rights accompany purchase.
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Mike Harbour’s ShortGame School in RI Saturday mornings 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Every Saturday from 9:30am to 12pm learn the basic fundamentals of chipping, pitching and short distance full swing. Join Head Professional Mike Harbour and Director of Golf Mike Hughes as they utilize their state-of-the-art short game area located on an acre of bent grass. The school includes balls, refreshments, energy bars, instruction and a parting gift. We feature a 5-1 student – teacher ratio and we guarantee you’ll be better prepared to manage your short game. Tuition cost - $125.00
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TRAINING AIDS // BY GREG SAMPSON
Put the Eye on the Prize
with SwingShot Cyclops nic with plans to test lesson mode with my instructor, Mike Harbour down the road. After recording and reviewing swings of myself and of others a verdict was established.
Every golfers goal is to lower their scores in order to compete at the highest level in golf, win their club championship or beat their rival. The SwingShot Cyclops Pro+ is the only wireless enabled golf video camera that allows you to record your swing on the course or range in high definition at up to 240 fps. Any player can simply stake the Cyclops in the ground, record their swings and review on their smartphone or tablet. If working with an instructor it is simple to have the swings analyzed. SwingShot is so confident that golfers will shave strokes off their game that they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Let’s see the test it went through and the verdict this training aid guru came to!
THE VERDICT: The SwingShot Cyclops Pro+ is without a doubt the most effective tool to record and analyze your swings on the market today. Considering it fits in your bag, is extremely easy to use by yourself, lasts for hours and can be used in the rain are just a few reasons. However, the video quality of up to 1080 HD in scenic mode or 240 fps in course/range mode simply takes this game improvement device over the top. I was able to see the progress I am making in my swing while finding the frame(s) I need to continue to work on in my sequence. I also was able to compare my swings on the range versus the course which helped me with some alignment issues. My golf bag will permanently display the SwingShot for years to come. Do yourself a favor and do the same. Remember you can’t win the prize without seeing it through the eye of another. The
THE TEST: I tested the Pro+ on the course at Pawtucket CC, Mt. Washington Resort and Segregansett CC along with some time at the range. For each shot I removed the camera from my bag and followed the company instructions of plant, point and press record and took a normal swing for the shot at hand. I utilized three of its modes range, course and sce-
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Rocky Carroll, “NCIS” Rocky Carroll’s current role as Director Leon Vance in “NCIS,” one of TV’s most-watched series, has earned him international recognition. However, this stardom has certainly not been an “overnight success story” as the 51-year-old actor has enjoyed a critically-acclaimed career in theater, film, and TV for almost 30 years. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carroll graduated high school from the renowned School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) and then received a B.F.A. degree from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. Director Joseph Papp hired Carroll to perform in his celebrated New York Shakespeare Festival, and, after serving his apprenticeship there, Carroll was
nominated in 1990 for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.” Carroll’s career blossomed in 1991 with his portrayal of Joey in the comedy-drama “Roc.” His next role in a TV series was as Dr. Keith Wilkes in “Chicago Hope,” where he met and worked with Mark Harmon. He has guest starred in a number of other TV programs as well. His movie credits include “Born on the Fourth of July,” “The Chase,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Great White Hype” with Samuel L. Jackson, “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Prisoner,” “Talk Radio,” and “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey. Rocky Carroll lives in LA with his wife Gabrielle, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and their daughter Elissa.
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NEGM: What’s it like working with Mark Harmon again? RC: Just great! I feel very fortunate that Mark and I have reunited and are working together again. I have been with CBS now for 20 years. The network has always tried to build and solidify successful relationships and has had a lot to do with why Mark and I are together again. Also, Mark Harmon was an outstanding quarterback at UCLA, and he is the ultimate team player. He has always understood that the team is stronger than the individual—which is rare in a profession that is very much about individual achievement and self-preservation.
NEGM: You play the role of Director Leon Vance in “NCIS.” What has made this drama a perennial Top 10 show since its inception 11 years ago? RC: Here’s my theory. In the real world, justice comes very slowly, sometimes not at all, but in “NCIS,” where Jethro Gibbs has a strong moral compass, and he is supported by the similar moral code of his supporting characters, at the end of the hour, the bad guys have been brought to justice. Gibbs follows his instincts and his guts, and to the viewer, he is “everyman,” representing us and doing it very well. Of course, the writing, plots, and character development are superb, too.
NEGM: Tell us about working with Joseph Papp and his New York Shakespeare Festival. RC: Papp hired me right out of college, my very first acting job. He saw in me, I think, a raw undeveloped young kid who had potential, but that potential needed to be nurtured and developed. Papp understood talent and how to fashion it. I was never the star in those productions, but Papp gave me the opportunity to be in the company of great actors from whom I learned the craft. I appreciate my apprenticeship with him more now than ever before.
NEGM: Where do you play your golf? What is your handicap? Best part of your game? With whom do you play? RC: I play all around LA, where the many public courses have layouts that rival the private clubs. I decided not to join a club because I didn’t want to be “married” to one course only, even though I live a strong
3-metal from Wilshire CC. My current index is 15.6, not bad for a weekend golfer. I have a pretty good feel for the short game, and I putt pretty well. Samuel L. Jackson is an avid golfer, and he really got me involved in the game. We have worked together professionally, and we play golf together regularly. I have a great time playing golf with Cheryl Ladd, Andy Garcia, William Devane, and Kevin Sorbo [Hercules].
NEGM: What are your impressions of New England? RC: I have spent the last four Fourth of July weeks in Hyannis. I love the serenity and ambiance of Cape Cod, and I found Hyannis to be laid back and relaxed—a great alternative to the LA lifestyle. If my wife and I wanted to sit out and read a book, take a stroll along the beach or around town, go play golf, or have a lobster dinner within walking distance of the house, you can’t beat Cape Cod. I had a lot of fun playing golf at Hyannis Golf Club, The Captains Golf Course, and Falmouth Country Club.
NEGM: Who would be in your Dream Foursome of today? Of any time period? RC: Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus, and Hall of Fame catcher, Johnny Bench (so I could talk to him about the Big Red Machine that I grew up cheering for). Seve Ballesteros, Joe Louis, and Frank Sinatra (so I could hang out with him after the round).
NEGM: With what charities are you involved? RC: The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, through my wife. Camp Gid D Up, run by my friend and fellow actor Glynn Turman, which has been a free, western-style summer camp program for disenfranchised inner-city and at-risk youth ages 9 -18. Childhelp, through the efforts of Cheryl Ladd.
NEGM: Why are you an avid poker player? RC: Why not? I’m an actor, and isn’t poker where you make people believe something that probably doesn’t exist? I like it because it is such an active game. You win with good cards, yes, by making believe you don’t have them, but you absolutely have to sell the bad hand as if it were a great one. Poker is the perfect game for actors.
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GUEST PRO TIPS // BY NEPGA MEMBERS
Chipping by Chris Sleeper, PGA Granite Links GC The key to more consistent and better chipping starts with a good fundamental set up. Start by placing your hands lower on the club so your hands are about a 1/2 inch from the bottom of the grip. Next we want to stand with a narrow stance and the ball position lined up towards the back foot. Now lean forward toward the target so most of your weight is now on your front foot, this should help in getting your hands ahead of the ball so the butt end of the club points at your front pocket. We now have built a great base to start our chipping. The chipping motion comes from the shoulders and arms in a pendulum motion similar to putting. The ball should come off the club low and rolling like a putt. Now line up your chip shots like you do your putts and watch them go in the hole!
Range by John Tuffin, PGA Pinehills GC I know time is short for all of us these days but practice can be more effective when it is done correctly in small doses. Coming to the range twice a week and making it a purposeful practice session will serve you best. Have a target and focus as though you are on the course for each shot. Work on making each shot on the range a valuable exercise rather than just hitting mindlessly as it is quality not quantity that will make your practice worthwhile. Also, practice your distance control while there so the next time you are on the curse you have all your yardages and corresponding club choices determined.
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Putting by Scott Trethewey, PGA Country Club of New Bedford The question I always ask of my students when it comes to putting is “What is the most important aspect of putting, DISTANCE or DIRECTION?” My answer is always DISTANCE. If you can control the distance of your putts you will always be a more consistent putter. A putt that is too hard or too soft will never go in. I work on distance drills 75% of the time when teaching and practicing. One drill everyone should use when getting to the course, whether its your home course or a new course, is the “Ladder Drill”. Take 3 balls out to the green and start by putting one across the green about 10’ or so(not to a hole). Take the next one and putt that just past the first one ON THE HIGH SIDE. Do the same with the third ball ON THE HIGH SIDE of the second. The distance between each ball should be the same, just like the rungs of a ladder. This drill will help you develop feel AND help you with reading greens. Understanding that a putt will fall in ON THE HIGH SIDE is the key to becoming a better putter. Combining the right speed with the right speed is what separates good putters from great putters. Try this out the next time you go to the course. Instead of putting three balls down and trying to make 15’ putts, which even the best players in the world are less than 50% successful at, is not the way to build confidence or feel.
Bunkers by Jay Packett, PGA Captains Golf Course One of the most psychologically difficult shots to face in a round of golf is the bunker shot. Here are a few tips to help. First, place the ball in the center of your stance. Second, create a solid base. Dig your feet into the sand, shoulders width apart with a little extra pressure on the inside of your feet. This will help you from “spinning out” when you make your swing. Third, pick a spot two inches behind the ball as your point of focus. Fourth, make a confident three quarter swing with a full wrist hinge and slight hip rotation. On the downswing you want the club to enter the sand at your focus point two inches behind the ball. Acceleration through impact is extremely important, follow through to the target and let your momentum die out on its own. Take these tips, practice and see what can happen.
Pitching by Mike Harbour, PGA Mulligan’s Island Shots on the golf course is the 25 to 75 yard shot. The first thing we do is to have our students place 75% of the weight on there lead leg ( if your right handed it’s on your left leg and if your left handed it will be on your right leg) next we decide how long your swing is going to be based on the length of your shot. We like to use the CLOCK as our example of how much of a backswing and follow thru you will use. For example if you have a 25 yard shot you may use a swing say from 8 to 4 and if it’s 50 yards it may be a swing from 9 to 3 with your weight distribution remaining on your lead leg thru out your swing. Lastly we have you concentrate on rotating your chest thru the impact area to avoid using your arms and wrist to strike the ball, which usually results in a skull shot or fat shot. Keys to short game: 1. Weight distribution 75% on lead leg. 2. Decide on length of backswing and follow thru using a CLOCK as your guide. 3. Rotate your shoulders and chest thru the impact area to your finish.
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MOLORI UNPLUGGED //
BY JOHN MOLORI
Tippett talks tees, talent, and timing NFL Hall of Famer and Patriot linebacking legend Andre Tippett became a star by hitting quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Hitting a golf ball did not take center stage until he was finished with those important chores. “When I got to the NFL, I really had no idea about golf,” says Tippett, who set the NFL record for most sacks over a two-year period with 35 in 1984 and 1985. “When I was in high school, we used to laugh at the guys who swung a golf club. We told them they should be playing football. I actually took a golf class at Iowa, and then started fooling around with the game a bit more.” Tippett ‘s 12-year NFL career, 1982-93 all with the Patriots, was a model of consistency. In 1985, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the AFC champion Pats. He is still the only Patriot to garner 100 sacks over a career. Tippett was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1999 and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Today, the Birmingham, AL native serves as the team’s Executive Director of Community Affairs, and golf has become a huge part of his life. “After I retired, I really started to work on my game to get it up to snuff,” explains Tippett, a 1982 second round draft pick out of Iowa. “I really started to love the game around 1994. A lot of business gets done on the golf course. I started to put a lot of energy into the game and work hard at it. I wanted to be respectful when I got on the course.”
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Tippett applied the mental aspects of his football prowess to golf. He also tapped into some great golfing minds. “My high school football coach used to tell me that I was a good listener and learner. I implemented a process to learn golf, starting from the short game out. I learned to chip and putt. “(PGA pro) Brad Faxon gave me a lot of tips over the years. He was one of the best PGA putters of all time. I struggled with it at times and spent a lot of time on the range learning the lessons of mechanics.” The five-time Pro Bowler is a sixth-degree black belt in Uechi-ryu karate. His martial arts acumen aided the golf learning process. “I think mostly in the areas of stance, hands, and shoulders,” relates Tippett. “Mostly, I tried to play with guys who were better than I was. They would look at me funny if I lost a ball. It was a humbling experience. These days, I never brag when I hit a good shot because I know the golf gods can turn on you at any moment.” Supernatural powers aside, the 54 year-old Tippett reduces the game to its purest state. “It comes down to playing smart. In football, you can’t jump offsides, take a stupid penalty, or a late hit with the game on the line. It really has nothing to do with strength and everything to do with mechanics. You have to load up, stay behind the ball, and really work on your timing. To me, that is everything.” A member at Spring Valley and a huge fan of Pinehills, Tippett’s golf bucket list includes play-
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ing in Scotland, Augusta, and Pebble Beach. His goals remain quite personal. “I always try to beat my last score,” he relates. “I’ve played with some great golfing athletes like Jim Rice and Bob Montgomery. “Tom Brady has one of the smoothest swings you ever saw. I would love to get out on the course with him again soon. Vince Wilfork loves golf even more than I do, and is fun
to play with and reWalsh, ally competitive.” The ferocious competitor in Tippett clearly has not disappeared, and he seeks out like-minded souls on the links. “I’ve played with some people, and others would ask, ‘Why do you play with such an (expletive deleted),” jokes Tippett. “But I like competitive people. I want to play with people I’d go down an alley with, people who can play with the money on the line. “There are guys I know I can depend on to hit that 2-foot putt with everything on the line, and other guys I know will choke. You can know someone for 20 years and then play golf with them and find out so much more about them. It really exposes patience, honesty, dedication, and work ethic.” John Molori is the co-author of “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.” Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PALOPOLI’S PICKS: BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
The Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool Golf Club (commonly known as Hoylake) on July 17th. The last time the Open was played there was in 2006 when Tiger Woods shot -18 and bested Chris DiMarco by two strokes. In preparation for this year’s event, the course has undergone a number of changes to make it a tougher challenge for the world’s best players. The course will measure 7,312 yards and play to a par of 72, 54 yards longer than in 2006. Also, a number of bunkers have been removed on the course, leaving a total of 82 in across the course and five of the holes have new swales around the greens which can punish errant shots with more varied hazards. Last year Phil Mickelson took home the Claret Jug, proving many pundits wrong who said he could never win on a links style course. Many eyes were on him a few weeks ago at Pinehurst as he attempted to complete his career grand slam. But it was not meant to be, as he placed T28 and is still without a top 10 finish on TOUR this season.
1. Adam Scott He is still hanging on to the number 1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings, even though Tiger is now back and looking to reclaim that position. I guess you could say that Scott has done ok the past two Opens with a solo 2nd and a T3 respectively. In his last three starts he has a win (Crowne Plaza Invitational), a T4, and a T9 (US Open).
2. Sergio Garcia Everyone is still waiting for when Sergio Garcia will finally win a major. He’s had many close calls and no major fits his game better than the Open Championship, with how creative he can be with his shot making. Sergio placed T5 the last time the Open was played at Royal Liverpool. He also currently leads the TOUR in Scoring Average and is 4th in GIR.
3. Martin Kaymer Most likely improbably to take another major this year, but he’s already won the “5th Major”
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(The Players) and the US Open in fashion, so you never know. His best finish at the Open is a T7 in 2010, but he’s obviously playing with a lot of confidence right now. Ranks 1st in Total Driving and 3rd in the All-Around category on TOUR.
4. Rory McIlroy Rory hasn’t performed to his potential at the Open Championship the past few years, without a top 10 since 2010 (T3). But his game has shown flashes of brilliance this year and a number of close calls. He has five top 10s stateside and also won the BMW Championship earlier this year on the European Tour. Currently ranks 5th in Driving Distance and 1st in Birdie Average on TOUR.
5. Henrik Stenson En route to his FedEx Cup Title last year, Stenson placed 2nd to Mickelson at the Open Championship, and he also has two other top 5 finishes at the major. A T4 at the U.S. Open this year will have him coming in to the Open riding with some confidence.
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TEAM NE UPDATE: JULY 2014 TRACKING OUR PLAYERS ON THE TOURS //
BY STEVE RIGGS
With a couple of our TNE players on the verge of gaining tour cards on the PGA and LPGA tours, there are a couple of players in jeopardy of losing theirs. Perhaps these bright spots will inspire those who continue to struggle. We congratulate Fran Quinn and Rob Oppenheim for their sectional qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open Championship. PGA TOUR Keegan Bradley, (VT) finished 2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-8th at the Zurich Classic and T-4th at the U.S.Open. He has made 15 cuts in 18 starts with a scoring average of 70.101. Earnings of $2,068,886, Bradley appears to be improving his putting and driving stats as the season heads toward the play-offs. Scott Stallings, (MA) continues to struggle in spite his win at the Farmers Insurance Open. Making 8 cuts in 19 starts Scott’s earnings are $1,257,676 with a scoring average of 72.00. His all around rank is 139th. Ranked 57rd on the money list, Stallings needs to move the needle on those stats before the play-offs get underway. Jim Renner, (MA) is currently ranked 105th on the money list. Having regained his PGA Tour card for this 2014 PGA TOUR season, with earnings of $672,792, Renner could be in jeopardy of returning to the Web.Com in spite of his T-2nd at the AT&T National Pro-am. Jim has made just 5 cuts in 19 starts with a scoring average of 72.024. JJ Henry, (CT) has 12 cuts in 22 starts under his belt. JJ has generated earnings of $443,208 with a scoring average of 71.237. Currently 132nd in earnings, Henry also finds his back against the wall in cracking the magical 125 to retain his PGA Tour card.
James Driscoll, (MA) has made 10 cuts in 20 starts at this writing. Driscoll’s earnings are $358,339 with a scoring average of 71.237. Currently ranked 146nd on the money list James has his work cut out for him if he expects to avoid Q School in the Fall.
Tim Petrovic, (MA) continues to play where he can on the PGA and the Web.Com tours in his quest to regain his playing privileges. Tim has made a combined 4 cuts in 12 starts with earnings totaling $105,289.
CHAMPIONS TOUR Brad Faxon, (RI) has played all 10 events with earnings of $67,619 with a scoring average of 72.56. Fax’s putting average continues to improve. Brad’s work on his driving accuracy also shows some improvement.
Billy Andrade, (RI) has earnings are $323,790 with a scoring average of 70.68 after 10 events on the Champions Tour. In his rookie year, Andrade leads the TNE contingent on the Champions Tour as he divides his time as co-host of the CVS Charity Classic.
Dana Quigley, (MA) has started in 5 events earning $13,857. Quigley has not competed since the last TNE Update. Dana has been one of TNE’s most prolific Champions Tour players known as the Ironman of tournament play.
PH Horgan III, (RI) is playing a limited schedule on the Champions tour. Playing in 5 events, PH has earnings of $23,111.
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LPGA TOUR Alison Walshe, (MA) has made 7 cuts in 13 starts with earnings of $60,435 and a scoring average of 73.10. Alison’s GIR rank is 119th and is tied to her driving accuracy ranking of 138th. Our standout for TNE on the LPGA Tour will see her scoring and earnings improve when she improves those stats.
EUROPEAN PGA TOUR Peter Uihlein, (MA) has not made a cut sine the Cadillac Championship in March on either the European or United States PGA tours. In the Race to Dubai, Uihlein is in 73rd with earnings of $280,276. Peter needs serious work on his driving accuracy.
WEB.COM TOUR Jon Curran, (MA) has made 6 cuts in 11 starts including a victory at the Brasil Champions. Jon is 4th on the Web.Com Money List with $225,482 in earnings with a scoring average of 69.03. Jon, while ranked 126th in driving distance, is actually ranked 8th in driving accuracy making him 3rd in overall scoring. Will Jon join the PGA Tour in 2015? We think so. Jeff Curl, (CT) has 5 cuts in 9 starts with earnings of $45,555 via an improved scoring average of 69.86. His driving accuracy is improving ranked 24th in overall scoring. Jeff’s putting rank is 5th on the Web.Com at this point in the season.
Brad Adamonis, (RI) has competed in just 2 events on the Web.Com as of this writing, missing both cuts. While I’m sure it is a bitter pill for Brad, it is my hope he continues his quest as he is truly one of our most talented players.
Trevor Murphy, (VT) has made 5 cuts in 6 starts earning $38,284 with a scoring average of 70.05. Trevor’s play has yielded a T-9th at the WNB Classic and T-8th in the South Georgia Classic. Considering Murphy didn’t start his season until April, he is having a good season on the Web.Com. Note: Trevor Murphy’s stats reveal what I often lament; the relationship between driving and GIR stats. Trevor is 8th in overall driving and 28th hitting in GIR with a 71.96% conversion rate.
LPGA SYMETRA FUTURES TOUR Brittany Altomare, (MA) has made 11 cuts in 11 starts with a scoring average of 71.284. Earnings of $24,558 and 105 sub-par holes has Brittany headed for the LPGA Tour in 2015. Altomare is ranked 11th on the Symetra money list. Natalie Sheary, (CT) has made 5 cuts in 8 starts with a scoring average of 74.381 and earnings of $3,652. Having earned her LGPA Tour card for this season, Natalie may be holding back from competing on the LPGA until she improves those GIR stats that have her ranked 119th on the Symetra. Molly Aronsson, (VT) has 6 cuts in 12 starts with earnings of $2,537 and a scoring average of 75.107. Putting continues to be Molly’s biggest issue as she is ranked 125th in the putting.
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2014 CVS CAREMARK CHARITY CLASSIC | BY JIM HAMMOND Stricker And Van Pelt Successfully Defend Their Title
The annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic was held recently at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. This unique event is a team competition that generates millions of dollars for local charities. It is also a very special treat for area fans because the teams are composed of members of all three professional golf tours. On Tuesday the team of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt became the first team in tournament history to successfully defend their CVS Caremark Charity Classic title On Monday, following completion of the first round of play, NEGM was able to speak to a few of the golfers. The team of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt were tied for first with a combined score of 9 under par. This team had won the 2013 tournament by firing a score of 25 under par and won $300,000.00 for their efforts. Steve’s 17 year-old daughter Bobbi caddied for her dad and they both seemed to enjoy the day. Once again in 2014 they
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walked away with the victory. N.E.G.M: Steve, you had a great day today, was your caddy a major factor in your success? Stricker: (laughs) Yeah she did okay. I was actually concerned and was wondering if she would last all 18 holes, but she did it. N.E.G.M.: Does she play golf also. Stricker: Yeah, She shoots in the 80’s, so that’s not too bad. N.E.G.M.: Steve you won here in Barrington in 2013, and won the Deutsche Bank at the Boston TPC in Norton, Mass in 2009. What is it about New England that brings out the best in you? Stricker: Wow, that’s a good question. I guess having a partner like Bo helps (laughs). But seriously the atmosphere here at the CVS is more relaxing than most events. The U.S. Open is a couple of weeks before this tournament and playing in that is a real grind. N.E.G.M.: And the win at the Deutsche Bank in 2009?
Stricker: How can you beat New England in the fall? Nice weather and the leaves are changing color. Plus the changes they made in the course at The Deutsche Bank were a real improvement. I got to speak to Lexi Thompson who won a major tournament this year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi, along with Morgan Pressel, were the youngest qualifiers for the U.S.Open at the tender age of 12. But this year, 11 year old Lucy Li broke that record and had a very respectable showing by shooting a pair of 78’s at the same course that the men had played a week earlier in North Carolina. N.E.G.M.: Lexi, It seems amazing that Lucy Li broke your record. Lexi: Yeah, how about that. N.E.G.M.: What did you think of the fact that a little girl in the sixth grade qualified for the Open? Lexi: She was a very tiny girl, but wow, what a swing. I played a practice round with her and she hit every fairway. Wish I could do that.
N.E.G.M.: Can her record as the youngest qualifier be broken in the future? Lexi: It is possible. It would be something to see and great for the game. N.E.G.M.: Lucy did not seem to feel any pressure in the tournament. Thompson: No she was laughing and giggling and hitting every fairway. She had the right attitude. One of the golfers who played at every CVS Tournament since its inception in 1999, Peter Jacobsen. N.E.G.M.: Peter, you were paired with Jimmy Walker, who has won three times this year and is number one in the FedEx point standings Jacobsen: Yeah, why do you think we finished 9 under today? NEGM: Peter, you have played here every year since Billy and Brad started the tournament in 1999. What are your favorite memories? Jacobsen: Oh wow. Well it’s the guys I was paired with over the years. Hale Irwin, Brad, Juli Inkster, and then one year I was teamed with Annika (Sorenstam) and Lexi. It’s been a great run and I plan on being back next year for some more fun.
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ROSS’S RULES /// BY JACK ROSS
In the final round of the Memorial Tournament, Scott Langley’s putt on the 16th green came to rest on the lip of the cup. It appeared that the ball was still moving almost imperceptibly towards the hole. Langley walked half way to the hole, and paused for a considerable period of time, waiting for the ball to drop. He then approached the ball, and waited a while longer. Finally, the ball dropped into the hole. Langley’s actions suggested a possible violation of Rule 16-2. When a ball is overhanging the lip of the hole, the player is allowed enough time to reach the hole “without unreasonable delay,” and an additional ten seconds, to determine whether the ball is at rest. If by then the ball has not fallen into the hole, it is “deemed” to be at rest. If the ball subsequently falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke but must add a penalty stroke. So, if your birdie putt hangs on the lip and you either unreasonably delay reaching the hole or wait for more than ten seconds, you score a par even if your ball ultimately drops into the hole. What constitutes “unreasonable delay” is a matter of interpretation; presumably you can’t get a hot dog and beer from the cart girl while waiting for your ball to drop. Although it appeared that Langley did not approach the hole without unreasonable delay,
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the PGA Tour rules official at the scene ruled that there was no violation of Rule 16-2. Some golfers might not be so generous if this situation arises in a competitive match in their club championship. But here’s a rule that helps you. Let’s say your second shot on a par-4 hole comes to rest on the green. You mark your ball about three feet above the hole on a downslope, and when it is your turn to putt you replace the ball. Before you address the ball to putt, it rolls into the hole. What result? You might be surprised to learn that -- provided that the ball was at rest when you replaced it -you record an eagle: you are deemed to have holed out with your last stroke. (Decision 203d/1.) However, if you address the ball (take your stance), you will be deemed to have caused the ball to move and incur a 1-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2b, unless it is known or virtually certain that some external force (a gust of wind) caused the ball to move. A ball is considered to be holed when it is at rest and the entire ball is below the lip of the hole. It is not required that it come to rest at the bottom of the cup. However, if a ball strikes the hole liner and bounces out, it is not holed because it has not come to rest. Jack Ross completed an intensive USGA/PGA rules workshop. He also contributes rules articles to ESPN.com.
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EQUIPMENT REVIEW // BY ED TRAVIS
Up & Down 2014 The Best Wedges and Putters for Your Game Spin it back like a pro—make those 10-footers — the dream of amateurs and to do that you need the right equipment. Today’s wedges and putters are designed to help and this month we surveyed the best of the new models to give you a start in selecting the proper ones for your game.
Wedge makers are promoting models with more aggressive groove designs aimed at compensating, at least in part, for the USGA rules changes that reduced the groove size to make it more difficult for professionals to spin the ball out of the rough. Touring pros of course have the talent to compensate for having to hit smaller groove wedges, often using a softer cover ball that spins more. Recreational players however who don’t have the pros’ skills should pay close attention to their wedges for the best chance of hitting it close.
Callaway Golf Mack-Daddy-2 The popular 588 model gets larger grooves and the Rotex face laser milled to give the face additional roughness for better grip on the ball. There’s a choice of finish, either satin chrome or black pearl.
Cleveland Golf 588-RTX Roger Cleveland justly deserves his reputation as a premier wedge designer and his latest features 5V grooves which are larger to put more spin on the ball. Available in either slate or chrome finish.
Ping Golf Tour The Tour model’s face has what Ping calls “Gorge grooves” milled to very tight tolerances to produce the most spin. There are eight sole grind options and three standard sole widths to match your needs.
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Titleist Vokey SM5 Version five of Bob Vokey’s spin milled face has deeper grooves and head shaping in response to comments and feedback from Tour players. The SM5 has a good looking compact head and a choice of chrome, gold nickel and black finishes.
Cobra Tour Trusty An update of the venerable Trusty Rusty wedge, the Tour Trusty has larger CNC milled grooves and Cobra’s “Notch K-Grind” sole for versatility. In either black or chrome finish, both have increased surface roughness for more spin.
Hopkins Golf CJ-1 Greg Hopkins, former president of Cleveland Golf has a top notch wedge in the CJ-1. Offered in three finishes but that’s only the beginning of the customization Hopkins provides…all at very competitive prices.
Mizuno Golf MP-T4 Tour star Luke Donald proveded his input for this versatile high-spinning forged wedge with Quad-Cut grooves. Comes with the DG Spinner shaft as standard and the sole has lots of heel and toe relief.
Nike Golf VR X3X There is a choice of two grinds in this chrome finished forged wedge with Nike’s X3X grooves. The Dual Wide grind works especially well in bunkers while the Toe Sweep grind is wide at the toe but narrows at the heel. pearl.
Renegar Golf Rx14 Wedges Though not a well-known, wedge maker Renegar’s Rx14 wedges are specifically made for use when not in the sand. Their design uses a lower leading edge than most other wedges plus a slightly higher center of gravity. The company slogan is “Shorter Putts Are Guaranteed.”
SCOR Golf 4161 SCOR specializes in short irons produced over a 20-degree range of lofts with differing head designs depending on the loft. Their V-sole grind has increased bounce at the leading and trailing edges with less in the middle of the sole.
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TaylorMade Tour Preferred Designer Clay Long mated a classic traditionallyshaped clubhead with aggressive grooves and a micro-texture face. Available in in six lofts and standard or customizable bounce angles.
Tour Edge CB PROs Tour Edge is not thought of as a wedge-maker but the CB PROs should change that. Great looking and forged from 1025 carbon steel this one gives lots feedback at impact and has great feel to give control for any type of shot.
Wilson Staff FG Tour TC Black & Chrome Wedges A choice of two grinds for players with different attack angles both featuring Wilsonâ€™s TC spin enhancing Tour-Y grooves with 11 laser-etched lines to generate spin from all most any lie.
Improved weighting and modified sight lines are only part of the putter story for this season. Many makers are producing counterbalanced models in anticipation of the anchored putting stroke ban to go into effect in 2016. Tour players presently using bellies or broomsticks are experimenting with shorter putters and the slightly longer than standard counterbalanced models seem to be gaining favor from some who will have to hang up their long putters. Itâ€™s a good idea to start thinking and experimenting with alternatives if you are using a long putter anchored stroke and plan on continuing to post scores for a USGA handicap after the ban goes into effect.
Axis1 Joey C Axis 1 Putters are engineered with a center of gravity exactly in the middle of the putter making them the most face-balanced putters on the market today. Crafted of 304 stainless steel and a copper insert for great feel. Inventor is MA native.
Boccieri Golf Boccieri has been using counterbalancing in putters for years and have added to their lineup the Heavy Putter EL Series comprised of twenty eight models (mallets, semi-mallets and blades), all with extra length and a 17 inch grip. In the quest for putter head impact stability the counterbalanced models come in a choice of three extra-long lengths.
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Callaway Golf Odyssey Tank/Tank Cruiser Odyssey has gone for counterbalancing in a big way with the Tank and Tank Cruiser models and also as variations of the familiar Versa and Two-Ball models. The Cruiser is an adjustable counterbalance design allowing the user to find the weighting they like using head weights of 10g, 15g and 20g to change putter head to 365g, 375g or 385g respectively. Plus there are also counterbalance weights of 5g, 15g and 30g that screw into the butt end of the grip for further fine tuning.
Cure Putters The RX1 and RX2 models made by Veritas Golf whose staff includes former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman who had the reputation as a great putter both as an amateur and touring professional. Both models have a unique design and weighting for exceptionally high MOI values which means great stability and forgiveness plus each is lie and weight adjustable to really customize them for individual preferences. Either model is available in lengths from 33 to 50 inches and we especially liked the RX2 with its flat black finish.
Dead Aim Putters Dead Aim created a unique aiming system design to get your eyes directly over the line of the putt, the key to making more putts. This mid-priced mallet putter even has optional training aids, a top-mounting laser and a clip to practice center of the face ball contact, that fit on the putter head.
Nike Golf Method MOD Nike has had a winner with the Method line since introduction in 2009 each of head style having in common a polymer filled grooves for added feel. This year the MOD series has four head shapesâ€”a small mallet and three blades with easy-on-the-eye classic lines.
Ping Golf Karsten TR Named after company founder Karsten Solheim and with the TR standing for True Roll, models in this line use five head designs from other Ping putters. All TRs use Pingâ€™s CNC milled face with variable depth grooves and come in a brushed copper finish.
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TaylorMade Golf Ghost Spider Si Counterbalanced and successor to last year’s popular counterbalanced Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade, the model Justin Rose used to win the 2013 U.S. Open at Medinah. The Ghost Spider Si is designed with a high moment of inertia or resistance to twisting at impact. The MOI values are half again higher many “Hi-MOI” putters giving lots of stability for off center impacts. And, as with all counterbalanced putters, it is meant to be used with a two inch longer than normal length.
Titleist Scotty Cameron The GoLo 7 Dual Balance model is counterbalanced by a 50-gram weight in the butt end of the 3 inch longer shaft and a 50-gram heavier head. The mallet-shaped head has a single aim line and the standard shaft is offset to promote an on-line stable stroke. Also check out the Scotty Cameron new mid-size mallet, the Select Fastback. While not counterbalanced the Fastback is not only great looking but has enhanced MOI, sound and feel with a unique “pop up” sole plate saving weight that was redistributed to give better performance. The alignment cross may take some a little getting used to but it provides a positive aide for lining up your putts.
Wilson Staff Vizor Level 2 Available in four head shapes this second generation of the Vizor line has a very nice frosted silver finish and Wilson’s “ILock” alignment system to show when your eyes are over the target line. There’s also reformulated Urethane face insert for a softer feel.
YES! Milly Putter Yes! Golf is the emerging leader in the field of advanced putter design and technology. Today, Yes! putters, with CGroove Technology are played on every major professional tour. True alignment bump on sole helps the face sit squarely no matter how you hold your hands at address. This putter fits almost anyone. Light polymer insert center and heavy steel perimeter including tungsten weights in the heel and toe create very high moment of inertia. This dramatically improves stability and forgiveness on off-center strikes. High contrast optic yellow and black colors help players frame the ball, highlight path and helps you set up more accurately and consistently. New “Floating face” C-Groove 4.0 improves dwell time on the face improving ball roll and feel giving you more control over the pace of your putts.
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WHAT’S NEWS | JULY 2014 Boston-Native Ian Thimble Captures 105th Massachusetts Open Championship In a Three-Hole Playoff; Matt Parziale Wins Low Amateur Honors Ian Thimble (George Wright GC) watched his final putt on the third playoff hole jump off the back liner and then disappear. What happened in mere seconds probably felt like a year but the result was the same. Thimble had won the 105th Massachusetts Open Championship at Weston Golf Club. It marks not only his first career MGA championship but also his first major victory since turning pro last fall. Ian Thimble
James McKee Wins New Hampshire Junior Championship After a hard battled 21 holes, James McKee of Windham Country Club beat Brandon Gillis of Souhegan Woods Golf Club to win the 2014 Junior Championship at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course. A special thank you goes out to Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course for everything they have done for the New Hampshire Golf Association.
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WHAT’S NEWS | JULY 2014
Kyle Gallo Captures Second Career Cape Cod Open Over Mike Welch
Kyle Gallo (left) - the 2014 Cape Cod Open Champion - defeated Mike Welch (Right) by one stroke. Both former MGA champions
Hyannis, MA — Despite a rainy forecast on the final day, a full field of competitors capped off another successful Cape Cod Open, which was held at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds GC (June 4) and Hyannis GC (June 5). Capturing the top prize was Kyle Gallo (Kensington, CT) with a final score of even par 213 to best Bay State native Michael Welch (Quincy, MA). It marks Gallo’s second Cape Cod Open title (he last won in 2009). This year
he took home a winner’s check of $6,000. In addition to their success on Cape Cod, both Gallo and Welch are very accustomed to winning in Massachusetts. After all, Gallo captured the 2011 Massachusetts Open Championship, while Welch won the same title in 2012. Another former MGA champion – Geoff Sisk (Marshfield, MA) – finished T6. Sisk is one of the most decorated Massachusetts Open Champions as he won this title in 1995, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.
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WHAT’S NEWS | JULY 2014 Jeff & Stephen Hunt Card 2-under par 68 to Capture Junior Division Title at the 2014 Massachusetts Father & Son Championship Mashpee, MA — The second to last group on the tee sheet delivered the most impressive punch on Tuesday as the team of Jeff Hunt (CC of Wilbraham) and Stephen Hunt (CC of Wilbraham) posted a score of 2-under par 68 at Willowbend to capture the junior division title at the Championship. The Hunts put on a dominating performance including a memorable finish, which saw them play 5-under par golf through their final 12 holes.
James & Bill Drohen Claim Third Career Senior Division Title at the Massachusetts Father & Son Championship Mashpee, MA — For the third time in five years, the team of James Drohen (Bradford CC) & Bill Drohen (Brookmeadow CC) walked away from the Massachusetts Father & Son Championship with more than a smile. The dynamic duo continued their success on the links together by capturing the senior division title at Willowbend to claim the Lester and Peter Oppenheim Trophy as their own.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | JULY 2014 Herbie Aikens Qualifies again for the U.S. Amateur Public Links At Stow Acres Country Club Herbie Aikens (Pinehills GC) once again qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. It marks the fourth straight year that Aikens battled through a 36-hole sectional qualifier to advance to Championship Proper. Although USGA historical records cannot confirm that AIkens is the first to accomplish such a feat, odds are that he is in rarefied company. In February of 2013, the USGA announced the retirement of the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Womenâ€™s Amateur Public Links Championships, following the completion of the 2014 competitions.
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WHATâ€™S NEWS | JULY 2014 GCSANE Holds Turf Day at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. MA By Elle Brec If everything man-made looked as gorgeous as golf courses what a wonderful world it would be. Golfers gain an appreciation of all things green with a unique perspective of natural beauty combined with knowledge, science and hard work. Grounds crews take the green thumb to an entirely new artistic level with the sophistication of technology and environmental practices. Recently The Golf Course Superintendents Association held an event at the Blue Hills Country Club in Canton, MA called Challenger Demo Day, where members of the grounds crews industry demonstration their latest products. Golf course infrastructure has deep roots in environmental practices as drainage pipes are carefully engineered to conserve water and protected land. In fact there are many golf courses that would pollute drinking water if they used herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and fertilizer. Golfers are drawn to the sanctity of the natural environment, even Republican golfers agree with this green movement. Sometimes all it takes to save water is changing the grass seed to a similar grass seed with longer roots. Typical grass seeds have roots about a foot in length but Black Beauty has four-foot roots, allowing them to reach lower for ground water, thus costing the golf course less in water, maintenance, and labor. Environmentally friendly organic nematodes microscopic organisms or different forms of
seaweed are used to attack grubs that eat the grass in replace of chemicals that can pollute water supply. There is turf mapping technology where a sample of the fairway and green can be tested to see exactly what natural element needs to be added whether is potassium, magnesium, or boron, while also determining the pH level. Rather than wasting time, labor, and nutrients giving the grass what it doesnâ€™t need and possibly killing it creating more work, this more scientific system conserves nutrients. Technology that lowers long term costs includes Turf Weather produces pinpoint predictions of how much rain vs. sun each hole will get saving the crew from wasting time and money watering the green only for it to rain the next day. Special thanks to Brian Skinner for organizing the event and for more information about products and services contact Don Hearn firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GORMAN VS. GEARY // BY TIM GEARY
Unlike Mr. Gorman, I will not try to convince you that I know anything about the intricacies of golf course design. I am not an expert on agronomy, I know nothing about water tables and I only passed geometry in high school because the guy next to me wrote big and angled his paper in a manner that made it easy to see with peripheral vision. So if Tommy “Trent Jones” Gorman tries to impress you with architectural babble, know that he was on the phone with his architect buddies, picking their brains, because believe me, he has no more knowledge about what goes into building a golf course than I do. So now that we’ve set the groundwork and you understand that we have no idea what we’re talking about (gee what a revelation), our topic of discussion this month is “What makes a good (great?) golf course?” Unlike Gorman, who has probably run up his phone bill, calling up Ron Garl, Tom Fazio or Rees Jones for advice, I will attempt to convey what I look for and prefer in a golf course. Obviously it depends on where the course is built. If it abuts the ocean I want my course to be what it is supposed to be, a links course, with little in the way of trees, but with plenty of strategically placed bunkers that will gobble up wayward shots but will ignore well placed ones. The greens need to be firm but large and with different levels and enough reasonable places to cut cups as to give each hole multiple looks and thus make the player think each time they attack it. Overall I love greens that have different lev-
els but not those that look like somebody buried a herd of elephants there. Moguls belong on ski slopes, not greens. I am also not a big proponent of false fronts and sides (see Pinehurst #2). I believe that if you can hit your ball onto the green, with proper spin, it should stay there and not roll into the next county. For most of us hitting the green is an accomplishment, one that should be rewarded. I believe that all courses should provide multiple tee boxes to accommodate players of all levels. This makes the game as enjoyable for the person who can’t hit their driver more than 170 yards as is does for the Bubba Watsons of the world. I hate courses that require you to ride (not by the rules of the club but by the geography). My ideal course has the next tee box no more than 20 yards away from the green that was just played. I don’t want to have carry a passport to get from one hole to the next. Some architects love bunkers. Some love lakes. Golfers hate both, but they are necessary, both in terms of punishing wayward shots and also to frame holes and give them definition. Just don’t go nuts. It ruins the experience. My ideal course is a par 72, with four different par 5s, four different par 3s and the rest a variety of par 4s. I like a few doglegs thrown in. I hate courses where every hole seems to be just like the one you just played. A course that requires you to use every club in your bag more than once or twice is a good golf course. A course that requires more than bombing the drive 300 yards is a good golf course. For a good while many designers built courses that were monuments to themselves and did nothing for the game except cause people to quit. The old courses, built by Ross, Tillinghast, MacKenzie and Park are my favorites, but among the more modern courses I really enjoy playing a Garl, Jones, Fazio, Hills, Cornish or Silva track. Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. His ideal golf course would have fairways on either side and rough running down the middle.
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GORMAN VS. GEARY // BY TOM GORMAN
Sit down, take a deep breath, and prepare to be surprised. R e a d y ? Okay. I’m going to say something nice about Tim Geary. The guy actually knows a thing or two about golf course designers and also what a golf course operator should offer to keep its customers happy. So be advised, at least for this edition, his column probably won’t contain the usual Geary drivel! In my golf-impaired world there are five magical words that define a good golf course: variety, grooming, price, hospitality and scenery. If a golf course is missing one of these foundations, then I rate the place for mediocrity, or worse, the dreaded do-not-play list. Let me add five more descriptions that bring a course from goodto-great: difficulty, greens, design, shot-making and memorability. Golfers (me included) love to complain about pace of play, lack of preferred tee times, weather, course conditions and greens fee but did you notice the negatives turn to positives when we play well. I can remember a few great rounds in my mostly forgettable golf career but none were on great golf courses. Another factor in considering good-to-great is history. Most courses with history tend to be well conditioned, but history can certainly make up for any lack in design and variety. Knowing that the greatest golfers to have played the game walked the same grounds you’re walking and remembering some of the greatest shots and
moments from the game’s history are awesome feelings. So what are my some of my favorite par 3 holes from popular public golf courses? I really like water and sand and island greens like No. 7 at Bay Pointe (Wareham). Reminds me of Myrtle Beach! I like the view from No. 9 at Bass River (Yarmouth) and the brutally tough, uphill 221-yard, 17th at Waverly Oaks (Plymouth). For my money there are no better backto-back par 4 holes than No. 10 and 11 at George Wright (Hyde Park). No. 9 is a straightaway 440-yarder and No. 10 is a sharp dogleg left measuring 449. Two pars in a row there will be a lifetime memory! When the Jones and Nicklaus courses opened at Pinehills (Plymouth) in 2002 the reviews were five-star, and it’s rare to hear a discouraging word about the golf experience there, even though the price is $100. My favorite municipal course is located on Long Island called Beth Page Black! Black has its faults, like lack of a finishing hole, but if your tee shot misses the fairway, the rough is thick and bunkers right and left make a difficult approach to a domed, uphill green. Two US Opens (2002 & ‘09) have been played there and the USGA slope is 148 with rating of 76.6, highest in the Northeast. Also, there is a warning sign on the first tee that reads: “The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers.” In sum, a good golf course is fun to play and will keep me coming back to play repeat rounds. And, make no mistake that a great golf course will punish me, humble me, embarrass me and bite me in the rear end, but it will never, ever make me quit! Tom Gorman, an unabashed, unapologetic hacker, can’t break 100 at Beth Page Black or similar tracks.
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