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A Time for Giving and Planning The 2016 golf season in New England is slowly winding down as we head into the holiday season. Once again, the Fall weather here in the Northeast has allowed us an extended golf season with courses throughout the region maintaining excellent playing conditions. With Daylight Savings Time the first week of November, our daylight is now much shorter, which cuts into our afternoon playing time. It has been another year of first time winners on the PGA Tour, with a total of 15 first timers; a sign of parody that has become obvious since the Tiger Woods era of domination ended. Woods, if he ever returns to form, needs 3 wins to overtake Sam Snead as all- time leader in Tour wins with 82. If Tiger’s body heals and he can regain a clear focused mind, he will win again. Accepting what once was and may never be again, will be the largest hurdle for both him and his fans. Most golfers under 40 years old believe it was Tiger Woods who had the greatest impact on golf history. There will be only one person who holds this esteemed crown, The King himself, Arnold Palmer. On September 25th, 2016, back home in Latrobe, PA., Mr. Palmer passed away and left the entire golf world with a broken heart. Arnie truly was the most loved player in the history of the game. His passing was almost 50 years to the day that he beat Jack Nicklaus in the Thunderbird Classic in a playoff at Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY for his 52nd PGA Tour victory. There will never be another “King” in the game of golf. Arnold Palmer’s love for the game, his passion for life and people made him the most approachable golfer of all time. We will miss you very much Arnie. Next March, just a few weeks before the Masters, The Arnold Palmer Invitational will take place at The Bay Hill Country Club and Lodge in Orlando,FL. for the 50th year, and for the first time without Mr. Palmer hosting the event. If you have never attended this event, you may want to be in Orlando that week to join “Arnie’s Army” in a final farewell to the King.

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Our November / December Holiday Gift and Travel Guide once again is loaded with some of the very best in holiday gift choices and travel destinations. It is the time of year for giving and a time for travel planning to escape the winter for warmer and greener fairways. Inside this issue you will find extensive destinations throughout the U.S. as well as a full feature on international golf destinations. In addition, our golf fashion feature this month focuses on cold weather gear and layering. Today, golf fashion for all seasons, is focused on style, comfort, performance and playability to look great and play well in any conditions. In this issue you will also find our indoor golf guide to help you find the top locations in your area to play, train and practice during the colder months to keep your game in top form. New England Golf Monthly is celebrating our 10th year anniversary in 2017. What started 10 years ago as a quarterly magazine focusing on golf in New England has now evolved into the largest regional golf multi-media marketing platform in the country. Our dedicated and innovating team has created a cornucopia of golf living and lifestyle models that have set the standard for excellence and creativity in golf media. 2017 will be a very exciting year as we develop more innovating and engaging models for our industry partners and readers both here in New England and across the globe. Happy Holiday’s to All

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A former law professor in Alabama revolutionized access to great public golf 25 years ago and the rest is history. While many scoffed at the concept, Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, brought golf course architect Robert Trent Jones out of retirement in the late 1980’s and the concept of America’s Original Golf Trail was born. Opened in 1992, nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played along the RTJ Golf Trail. With 26 courses on 11 sites across Alabama, this top golf destination has renovated its original courses and encourages golfers to come play the new RTJ Golf Trail. While maintaining the key course designs created by Robert Trent Jones, renovations of the

original golf sites were recently completed. Owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ courses remain consistent for quality and value while offering new experiences. “I want to be able to play the U.S. Open on any one of these courses we build,” said Dr. David G. Bronner. “Make every one of them a championship course. I want people to be challenged enough that they will want to come back and try again.” While the courses have not hosted the U.S. Open yet, the PGA TOUR professions will compete in the Barbasol Championship at RTJ Grand National this July. Courses in Mobile and Prattville have hosted several LPGA tournaments. PGA TOUR Champions’ tourna-

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rises and falls among the foothills of Nevis Peak around a sugar mill column with many cart paths dipping into dark rain forests, then emerging onto elevated tee boxes beholding the Caribbean Sea. It takes your breath away. Green vervet monkeys provide comic relief as you ponder shot strategies. For a perfect trip ending, the Shiggidy Shack on the beach of St. Kitts serves rock lobster with fire dancers, a masquerade parade and local band. www.stkittstourism.kn

St. Kitts/Nevis -When the national flower and tree are one and the same, carrying the name “Flamboyant,” you know it’s a fun and pretty place. At the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, Rikki Tikki Tavis dart among tropical bushes while gentle trade winds fan the palms. Number 15 is one of the most photographed holes in the Caribbean where the blue sea kisses the dark volcanic sand with crashing white mist waves. The island of St. Kitts is drivable in a day. Brimstone Hill Fortress is the place to explore its history. Kittitian Hill is a master plan community with a philosophy of sustainability for distinguishing residents and guests. Built into the rain forest on the highest allowable spot of the island, the panoramic view is nothing short of incredible. The Irie Fields Golf Course there has become a must play on the island. Christophe Harbour, the only private marina community with a beach club is developing a Tom Fazio course scheduled to open in 2017. The downtown capitol, Basterre is abuzz with eager visitors. Board the ferry in this seaside village for a short, beautiful ride to Nevis. Spa and play golf at the Four Seasons Resort. The course

The Abacos - If Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke needs to make good on the fishing bet joked by Davis Love III, he has the perfect spot at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in Marsh Harbour. The Abacos are part of the Outer Islands in the Bahamas, which means they are still pristine tropics with the finest ocean fishing. Visitors may register at this exclusive, private Abaco Club on Winding Bay and pick up their golf cart to commute between restaurants, rental homes, beach and spa. No tee times are required at the golf course that winds through the island bush of Abaco and out by the serene blue sea. The sun rises over the Cliff House, illuminating the turquoise hues of ocean along the two-mile creamy beach. Wade out with the green sea

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turtles to the little island, Sugar Cay for lounging or snorkeling on the reef. Or go by a glass bottom kayak or stand up paddleboard. Sail on a Hobie Cat or glide silently on the electric powered Funcat with fingertip control. All water toys are inclusive. A few minutes away Little Harbour has dedicated slips for Abaco Club members’ boats. At Pete’s Pub and Gallery Charlie might take you fishing on his dingy to catch some conch. Or call his buddy Captain Mark at the Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort for a charter cruise. Stop by No Name Cay to feed the pigs or by Guana Cay to hand feed the manta rays as their velvet skin tickles your toes. You never know day to day what you’ll see in the sea, perhaps dolphins or whales or flying fish. Our biggest thrill with Captain Mark was deep sea trolling. Wahoo! -We caught two very impressive wahoo fish that the chef prepared for us. Treasure Cay suites are more affordable and the inland public course is a fun run but golf might be secondary in the Abacos where sugar white sand beaches make for romantic strolls. And like Darren Clarke says, “Fishing is more fun.” www.myoutislands.com Dominican Republic - In Punta Cana, the Tom Fazio designed Corales Golf Club manifests Caribbean golf with 6 of the holes on bluffs overlooking the Bay of Corales. The last three are aptly named the Devil’s Elbow. Punta Espada Golf Club is often the number one rated course in the Caribbean and Mexico. This Jack Nicklaus Signature beauty lies where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea embrace with beaches

and rugged rock outcroppings. Eight holes are directly oceanside with glimmering sea views from 15 of the 18. On the other side of Punta Cana, the Iberostate Bavaro Golf & Club winds through the inland native jungle with lakes, streams, and extensive stonewalls and barriers. Flamingos welcome guests to the palatial allinclusive IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro where accommodations, night shows and fine restaurants surpass all needs. Sail, windsurf, snorkel, lounge, or play games with other guests initiated by the energetic Star Friends. At Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in La Romana, a personal golf cart is your magic carpet ride to explore over 7,000 acres in the kingdom of Campo. Alto de Chavon is an enchanting artists’ cove perched cliff side way above the Chavon River next to the Dye Fore Chavon nine. On the Dye Fore Lagos, devoid of housing, lakes

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GOLF DESTINATIONS are all intricately laced with rocks, variegated succulents and ferns. The Dye Fore Marina nine has views, naturally of the marina and The Links course is shorter on distance but long on personality. The best is the Teeth of the Dog. After being bitten and smitten by our round there, “The Mechanic” Jimenez was teeing it up and Yankees catcher Rick Cerone shared a drink at LaCana Bar & Lounge which features live music and Merengue. Playa Minitas’ has a creamy sand beach and a rock sea wall enclosure for all the aquatic activities from snorkeling to windsurfing and sailing. At the Equestrian Center you can play or watch traditional Polo on horseback or donkey back, like the donkey basketball games of yesteryear. www.godominicanrepublic.com

Los Cabos, the safest place in Mexico is exploding with 30 km of beachfront luxury from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose de Cabo. Openair receptions are like paintings that come to life. Every room at the all-inclusive, adult only Marquis Hotel and Spa Resort has an ocean front balcony. Infinity edge pools overlook the deep blue Sea of Cortez. Great golf is minutes away in either direction. Two Nicklaus courses stand out among the many. The Troon man-

aged One and Only Palmilla Golf Club with three nines - the Mountain, Ocean and Arroyos, is challenging and thrilling. The Ocean climax is where number 3’s green teases the beach with perhaps a yacht on the water and mansions perched above. As the sun rises at Quivira, golfers warm up with burritos on the range, watching the Cabo armada of fishing boats speed out to sea. A long curvy mountain climb of 275 feet seems almost endless to the top of the granite cliffs and number 5 where the only visible point of the layout is a postage stamp green far below, jutting over the water. Quivira shares a private golden beach with two of the four all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica hotels. Only members and guests of these hotels are permitted to play the exclusive Quivira. For ultimate modern luxury, The Cape a Thompson Hotel is set in a surfer’s cove encircled by stone outcroppings with a sunrise/sunset view of the famous arch and lover’s beach. Sail or boat around the arch, snorkel, dive, fish and whale watch from November to April. Unique artisan gifts abound in several art and shopping districts. In San Jose del Cabo a 1730 Mission is the focal point of the plaza. In Cabo San Lucas, the Glass Blowing Factory is a show and market of Murano quality crafts and the Tequila Museum is a mega store and study of their iconic elixir. www.InCabotravel.com is the best in Los Cabos for arranging high-end golf, corporate and special events, with access to all public courses and some private, even Chileno Bay which is coming soon. Jamaica At the IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, swim up bars and exquisite lounges welcome vacationers to the allinclusive getaway. Golf in Jamaica eliminates any vegetation depravation. The jungle bursts with exotic foliage, flowers and birds framing ocean views on the White Witch Golf Course. At Cinnamon Hill Golf Club, the par 3 waterfalls were highlighted in the film, “Live and Let Die.” Ian Fleming, famous author of the James Bond series, lived and wrote in his Jamaican home and country music legend Johnny Cash spent more than 35 years on his estate tucked into the lush hillside. Moses, the caretaker for all of those years gave us a guided tour of the estate, singing along the way. The Tryall Club was once a sugar cane plantation. Renovations have restored this seaside

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course to its original glory complete with a water wheel. This is where the Johnny Walker PGA tournament was held. Half Moon Bay has a full golf package to include the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill just minutes from one another. The best nineteenth hole is on either resort’s creamy sand beaches. At IBEROSTAR on the beach or poolside, Star friends entertain with activities, song and dance with all food and beverages covered. Blue Mountain coffee wakes you up, made with the purest water. Jamaican rum mixes with fresh coconut and juices. Drink in Jamaica where the people are friendly and happy to share their history and culture. It is a spicy island with home grown pimento, cinnamon and nutmeg flavoring fresh cuisine. The reggae of Bob Marley that united the island with one love resonates - yah

Puerto Rico is an island roughly the size of Connecticut with over 20 golf courses. The Gran Melia is an elegant seaside resort in a natural reserve close to all activities and adjacent to the Trump International Golf Club, where the Puerto Rico Open was previously held. Comical Chi Chi Rodriquez was the ambassador for that event and for all of Puerto Rico. He asked us, “How do you keep a blonde in suspense?” And then he answered with, “I’ll tell you tomorrow.” Ba dump bump. Robert Trent Jones II is a friend of Chi Chi’s and designer of the course at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club where he joined us for a few holes sharing his philosophy and poetry. Rio Mar has challenging, yet fair designs with iguanas throughout. El Conquistador is perched overlooking the Arthur Hills designed roller coaster course with 200 feet elevation changes. It follows the contour of the jungle forest with sporadic views of the sea and Palomino Island. The brilliant Belt of Orion illuminates the Puerto Rican night sky while Bio Bay delivers water luminescence in Laguna Grande. A nighttime kayak journey under the mangroves is a real life Disney thrill as millions of microorganisms flash florescent through the water. Perhaps the best of the island is Royal Isabela, a golfer’s paradise set on the cliffs by Stanley and Charles Pasarrel of tennis fame in collaboration with David W. Pfaff. Mother Nature is also listed under “designed by” on the scorecard, and rightly so as panoramic views 300 feet above the roaring waves and native landscaping deliver golf with unbridled fury. This

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GOLF DESTINATIONS sea cliff views at the Caloura Hotel Resort invoke romance that carries over to the otherworldly Quinta de Pico de Cruz horse show. After a traditional Portuguese dinner, tableside windows open to reveal a green arena sparkling against the dark mountain. Passionate music, harmonic partnering of man and equestrian athleticism of the Lusitano horses put “Dancing with the Stars” to shame. www.azoresgolfislands.com Bermuda is considered the “Jewel of the Atlantic.” An African beat blends with British colonial history for visual and aural entertainment calling us for a trip next month at the Fairmont Southampton. Perched high on the hill with 100

is a private tropical Scottish link treasure with membership by invitation only, but luxury ocean view casitas are available for guests to stay, play and enjoy this extraordinary retreat. No passports required, Puerto Rico has the only rain forest in the U.S., great golf and ocean activities. www.royalisabela.com www.seepuertorico.com The Azores is a group of Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic. A couple scenic courses mix here with bio and cultural diversity for an alluring destination. Ancient stonewalls artistically delineate perimeters of past and present boundaries, on the green carpeted hillsides above the deep blue shoreline of Sao Miguel. Batalha Golf Club is where Kapalua meets Chang Mai, Thailand with elevated sea views and green-forested mountains penetrating the blue sky as cook pines intermingle with Pampas grass and morning glories. Furnas Golf Club is a horticultural wonder with volleyball sized rich blue hydrangea blossoms and towering Japanese firs. Hot springs bubble up from the volcanic origins of this archipelago. Swim at the Terra Nostra Garden in the immense circular stone tiled pool filled with silky thermal iron water. Inhale the floral aroma of the gardens for a sense of healing so intense that you might think your slice has been cured. The panoramic

acres overlooking Horseshoe Bay, the lush paradise exterior leads to an ultra plush interior where both service and food are hyped as extraordinary. We’re imagining the miles of soft pink sand and restoring our energy on the beach

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Thailand delivers royal treatment. Happy uniformed caddies, with large brimmed hats greet golfers at every course, a mandatory program that distinguishes Thailand. Thai Country Club counts among the panoramic plays and a swimming caddy retrieves water balls at Bangkok Sports Club. Arriving in Bangkok is like stepping over the rainbow. We never felt so tall or blond, but by sharing their greeting, we blended in - “savadeekah” for females or “savadeekup” for males, bow slightly with hands formed in the prayer sign – an act of respect and harmony

when coming and going. A midnight stroll at arrival set the cultural stage with authentic street cooking and vendors. Massage parlors are abundant, and broad in offers. Be careful what you ask for. The tamest traditional Thai massage is performed in silk pajamas. The Siam Kempinski Hotel was dramatically regal with Miss Thailand contestants parading through. By day, the Chao Phraya River is filled with colorful boats delivering passengers and products. By night, a Marriott dinner cruise was the most impressive in the world, a light parade of vessels and glittering gold palaces. Beauty belies all the golf in Thailand. Tropical vegetation proliferate courses in Pattaya, such as Laem Chabang, Siam Country Club and Burapha Golf Club. En route, The Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens is a marvel of horticultural artistry and filming site of many Asian themed movies. Chiang Mai, “The Rose of the North,” is rich with temples and shrines. Elephant farms demonstrate pachyderm talent in sports and painting with rides through the jungle. Gold neck

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bands define women’s beauty at the Long Neck Hill Tribe Village, a step back in time. Thick, colorful topography outlines fairways and greens at Chiang Mai’s Alpine and Highlands courses, located at the base of the mountains bordering Burma. To golf in a kingdom, see www.golfasian. com for a customized package. South Africa has knockout coastal views, over 400 wineries, leisure diversity, and lots of game, both golf and wildlife type to make it the ultimate, exotic destination. We were the first humans to spot a baby rhino with her single mom, the dad having been poached. Our sunset safari cocktail party was enhanced by a parade of giraffes that brought tears to our eyes. We witnessed the entire life cycle of jackass penguins and experienced more unimaginable wildlife encounters. Golf encounters were just as extraordinary. Pinnacle Point for example is one of the most intimidating and exhilarating courses with shear rock cliffs against the roaring Indian Ocean for scenery that surpasses both Bandon Dunes and Pebble Beach. Pezula Golf Resort is another seaside thriller in the town of Knysna, a word meaning “straight down.” Many of the holes are vertical drops bringing golf to new

heights. Arabella Golf Resort and Spa sits above the Bot River lagoon below Mount Heron. The par 5, 8th tee box delivers a 360-degree view. Fancourt¬ is becoming a household name as the iconic resort graces the chest of PGA Pro Brendan Grace. Seafood and sweet, not gamey antelope with fresh and healthy accompaniments on

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Bogota, Colombia has not topped many bucket lists, but will surely climb higher with awareness through PGA events and President Santos’ Nobel Peace prize. Elevation elation is the natural high in the tropical altiplano of the Andes. More flowers are exported from Colombia than anywhere except Holland. San Andres Country Club, where a Gran Telenovela (soap opera) was being filmed is a parkland style course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. A spa like aroma of the tall eucalyptus and cedar trees wafts through the air. After nine beautiful holes, enjoy “refrigerio.” No dog at the turn here, rather scrumptious entrees and exotic fruit juices for the standard ten-minute break. The elegant facilities, fine chefs and equestrian center create an elitist country club at Guaymaral. Play golf in the morning; tour in the afternoon. Ride

the cable car to the monastery of Montserrate for exquisite dining above the city lights. Contrasting the 8600 feet altitude of Bogota, journey to the center of the earth, or at least 280 feet below to The Salt Cathedral where Stations of the Cross are carved into the cavern. Brides are carried down by cart while the groom walks the long path symbolizing the burden he is about to bear. Funny sentiment but the sculptures and lighting are inspirational. Stay at The Grand House, a short walk to Parque 93 where Notah Begay and associates hit balls from a makeshift driving range atop a high-rise hotel. Don’t try this prank at home.

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Save La Cima Golf Club, the second highest course in the world at over 10,000 feet, for last when your body is well adjusted to the altitude. You don’t have to tee it high to let it fly. Enjoy the distance and panoramic views of the Andes. Wake up and smell the Colombian coffee. It’s not just about romancing the stone, though the emeralds make sweet souvenirs. Golf courses are private but booked for travelers by tour companies. www.colombia.travel.com Hawaii seems like an international destination. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai will put a lump in your throat and fill you with peace and gratitude. Paths of tropical tendrils of orchids, lilies, and the shave brush tree that looks like a flower from Avatar lead to your room. Jack Nicklaus must have been giddy by his design opportunity on the Manele Golf Course. It is an island climb of prime vantage points rising and falling

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and tiki sea turtle necklaces for the kiddies. Feel the sand between your toes or take the higher trail above, smooth for walking or jogging. This is ritzy row alongside Four Seasons, The Grand Wailea, The Wailea shops and homes selling for $28m, all with access to the Wailea Golf Club, where three courses reflect the beauty and ruggedness of tropics along the foothills of Mount Haleakala. In native garb, the conch shell is blown and a torch is carried to ignite the flames throughout both resorts. Don’t worry; no one is voted off either island. fourseasons.com/lanai www.fairmont.com

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NOTAH BEGAY, III by Leigh MacKay

With his intimate knowledge of the game and its players and his incisive commentary, Notah Begay has become one of the most recognizable analysts on NBC Sports and Golf Channel broadcasts. From his debut as a parttime commentator in 2010 to his full-time position in 2013 to his current celebrity status, Notah has distinguished himself both with his passion for the game and his passion for the improvement of American Indian communities. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a full-blooded American Indian, Notah hopped the fence at Ladera Golf Course at the age of five and convinced the head pro to give him a job and teach him the game. He became one of the best junior players in the country and earned a golf scholarship to Stanford in 1990 where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in Economics—“still the most important thing I will ever accomplish in my career” he says on his website—and led the Cardinal golfers to the 1994 NCAA Championship, shooting a 62 in the second round, still the record-low score in the event.. The three-time All-American, who won the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett CC in 1995, began his close friendship with Tiger Woods in the fall of 1994 when Tiger was a freshman, and then Notah turned pro shortly

after graduation. He shot a 59 in the 1998 NIKE Dominion Open and earned his PGA TOUR card in 1999, winning two tournaments in both his rookie and second years on TOUR. Paired with Tiger in the Presidents Cup in 2000, Notah went 3-2 and helped the U.S. claim victory. In 2001, his professional career came to an abrupt halt when he tore a disk in his back and was not pain free for seven years. During this time, he started his Notah Begay, III Foundation (NB3F) to serve American Indian youth and raise their standard of living. To date, he has raised millions of dollars to fund scholarships and other educational and wellness programs, and his foundation has served thousands of children and their families. In 2012, Notah received the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award for his “unselfish contributions to the betterment of society.” Notah also owns a golf course development company, NB3 Consulting, and works with American Indian communities to develop world-class properties. I first met Notah in 2013 at the grand opening of his Sewailo Golf Course at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona, one of the area’s most delightful and scenic courses and one of the most popular casinos. I interviewed Notah in September at the Deutsch Bank Championship.

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NEGM: Why did you choose Stanford?

NB: I chose it for the academics. The golf program at the time wasn’t great, and the team had not made the NCAA championship for almost 20 years. I knew that a great education would serve me for a lifetime. I didn’t know when I arrived what a great school it was. Twenty years later I realize that a Stanford degree can really open up a lot of options.

NEGM: What did you enjoy most about playing professional golf?

NB: The friendships are what I enjoyed most. Plus, the travel included so many excellent venues. But first and foremost, I cherish all of the friends that I made around the world on both the U.S. Tour and the European Tour. And those places in Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, South America, and all parts of the United States were an education in themselves. I will never forget the historical traditions of those places. So, it was sort of like taking a world history class while playing golf, seeing how these places have evolved through exploration, religion, government, and economically.

NEGM: Your back injury forced you off the Tour.

How did you get into broadcasting?

NB: NBC Sports and Golf Channel Producer Tommy Roy. I got invited to do a couple of shows for “Live from the U.S. Open” and “Live from the Masters.” There were some opportunities opening up, and Tommy Roy thought I might be able to fill one. I got a tryout at the “Tiger World Challenge at Sherwood,” and I’m still here. Apparently something went right!

NEGM: What is the best part of the job?

NB: Being close to golf. Giving a first-hand accounting based upon all of my personal experiences as a player and trying to impart to the viewers what’s actually happening. We’re right there within an arm’s reach of the players. We have the unique opportunity to really describe what the players are dealing with. And then at some point, we can teach the viewers, and give them a piece of information that can help their own game. I think that’s a big part of what we do. One of the most interesting things about our viewers, or golf fans I should say, is that the vast majority of them play the game.

NEGM: What events do you especially like to cover?

NB: All the majors, of course, and the other big events like the WGC tournaments, but the Ryder Cup is at the top of the list. I never had

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GOLF CONTENT NETWORK do. The design component of my role in the projects isn’t that large. My role is to work on behalf of the tribe to help them realize their overall economic model. All properties that we work with have a unique set of circumstances with regard to the population that they serve, how revenue is being driven, and how can golf, which is a huge asset for tribal nations, can help them be more productive and be more successful. With the unique design and environment that their golf courses can be built in, these tribal owned properties can offer golfers incredibly beautiful country—adding to the pristine nature of the experience for the individual golfer—along with creatively planned layouts.

NEGM: Dream Foursome of today? Of any time period?

the chance to play in one. I did play in the Presidents Cup. The Ryder Cup is the pinnacle of pressure; it is the pinnacle of competition. You really see players that rise to the occasion or get crushed by the circumstances.

NEGM: Why have you become so involved with education and health advocacy for American Indians and, as a result, have created the NB3F?

NB: Those are two really big failures to the overall well being of the American Indian community. The communities across America suffer extremely low rates of high school graduations, and they suffer extremely high rates of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. My background and my career have given me the opportunity and the platform upon which to voice my concerns and ideas about how to address the issues.

NEGM: How did you get into golf course design?

NB: It’s something I’ve always wanted to

NB: My brother Clint, Tiger, and Jim Thorpe. Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet, and Jack Nicklaus— because of what they have meant to U.S. golf.

NEGM: Why should every New England golfer visit New Mexico?

NB: Wonderful golf courses, naturally! And great value, exceptional regional traditions and cuisine, and marvelous diversity. You’ve got flatter, more links-type courses, you’ve got hilly, more elevated venues, and you’ve got superb vistas where you can see 400 miles off into the distance. I love the intrigue of the different designs. On top of all that, such a trip would provide a matchless cultural experience when not on the golf course.

NEGM: What goals or ambitions do you have for the future? NB: To continue to improve in my role as a golf analyst. To continue to be an advocate for the American Indian people in rebuilding our communities.

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GOLF IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY by John Molori

The game of golf is about passion, perseverance, and patience, but for many sports media golfers, it is also about family. Playing the game with those you love is one of the truly special qualities of golf. A few Boston and national reporters explain how the game is definitely a family affair. Golf was passed down to WCVB-TV sports legend Mike Lynch from his father, Dick Lynch. Says Mike, “When I was a kid, my dad bought me a Billy Casper three wood at

Raymond’s in Lynn. I used to play at Salem Municipal and Happy Valley (now Gannon), and I was a caddy at Tedesco. I used to follow the railroad tracks behind my house which led right to the 15th hole.” Before joining WHDH-TV 7 as a reporter/anchor, Alex Corddry cut her sports broadcasting teeth as a reporter in Birmingham and Washington, DC, but her golf game goes back to

her Cabin John, Maryland childhood. “My mom would take me to the driving range with her and let me hit balls,” says Corddry. “I had a plastic learner set as my first set of clubs. I'm a lefty, so I've always been a fan of Phil Mickelson and have admired his career.” Boston TV veteran Mark Ockerbloom of

FOX25 also takes his golf roots in family. “I used my dad’s clubs for a while,” says the Winchester, MA native and Providence College grad. “Eventually, I got a set of Spalding Executives. “When I started doing morning sports radio at WGIR in New Hampshire, I began playing a bunch of Media Day tournaments. After the morning show, I would play a lot at Intervale Country Club in Manchester.”

NBC Sports star Kathryn Tappen has vividly fond memories of golf and family. She relates, “I grew up in Morristown, NJ and my parents were big golfers. It was so amazing to be able to spend hours on the course with my mom and dad. “They gave me great golf pointers, but what I remember most is stopping for a hot

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dog at the ninth hole and the great conversations we had.”

Kevin Walsh of Comcast Sports Net New England and WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche both point to a fatherly golf influence – they also shattered some windows along the way. Says Walsh, “My dad was the first golfer in our family and he taught me how to play. I used to break the neighbors’ windows all the time, but they were golfers so they understood. I was seriously competing by age 10, broke 80 for the first time when I was 13 and 70 when I was 14.” Adds Roche, “My dad introduced me to the game, probably when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was more watching him play, and then just going into my backyard and hacking away. I broke a few windows along the way too.”

Author and 98.5 The Sports Hub host Tony Massarotti’s life heroes are his parents and two sisters, Norma and Elena. Fittingly, his golf life is all about family. “My wife Natalie and I are avid golfers,” he relates. “She got her first hole-in-one at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson on a short par three. It's a family-friendly type of place, and the course is challenging but not ridiculous. “I’m excited about being able to play together as a family with my kids (Alexander and Xavier). It is a really nice thing to share golf with them.” John Molori is an author and columnist for numerous publications. Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email molorimedia@gmail.com. November / December 2016 | Subscribe at myNEGM.com | 37


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By Ed Travis and Golf Gear Weekly staff It’s the end of the year and time for our picks of the clubs in seven categories to receive the GolfGearWeekly.com Awards for 2016 season. There may be a couple of surprises for our readers with some of the selections however, our criteria in each category were very straight forward. First: was a unique and/or breakthrough design or material used? Second is the consistency of performance and distance and third the popularity with golfers. We did consider the market price of each in relation to comparable clubs from competitors but that wasn’t a determining factor. The cost of a club is really a measure of the price compared to the results it produces and that of course is subjective, different for each player and up to each to figure out. 58 | golfgearweeekly.com | November / December 2016


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Callaway Great Big Bertha A forged cup face featuring the maximum allowable rebound is matched with a revamped Warbird Sole making for a very playable wood that golfers of any skill level will appreciate. The head is larger than the previous model which helps maintain ball speed when impacts are not in the exact sweet spot. There are even a Heavenwood of 20 ½ degrees and a Divine Nine of 24 degrees to fit in with club gapping. Callaway’s adjustable hosel is standard on all lofts other than the Heavenwood and Divine Nine. Each is priced at $250. Cobra KING F6 Baffler 4-5 The Baffler name is legendary for helping golfers hit good shots from difficult lies and this new fairway wood carrying the name will not disappoint. In addition to the Baffler sole rails there are front and back sole weights to adjust ball trajectory from

a lower more penetrating flight to higher trajectory while adding forgiveness for off center hits. The head is very compact and makes use of Cobra’s My Fly 8 adjustable loft hosel. $179. Yonex Ezone XPG One of the few stock counterbalanced clubs on the market (besides putters of course) this low profile fairway wood has 20 grams of tungsten powder at the end of the grip. This moves the balance point away from the clubhead and Yonex says the club may be swung faster than those of conventional weighting. The center of gravity is low and back in the head for better launch characteristics aided by the use of carbon graphite in the crown. Loft and lie are independently adjustable and the stock shaft is the Yonex EX310. Retail is $230 and there is a choice of three lofts.

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Knuth High Heat Following up on the success of the driver, the High Heat hybrid has a Beta titanium face and because it weighs much less than steel several grams were saved. This weight was moved so the center of gravity is deeper and lower in the head which increases forgiveness plus improves launch and in general makes it easier to hit. Users also like the raised area on the sole that acts to reduce the friction when hitting the ground. Numerous stock shafts are available including the ultralight 43 gram Fujikura Pro HB Sakura and the price is $249. Ping G Crossover The Crossover isn’t an iron and it isn’t really a hybrid though it shares some features of each. The clubface doesn’t have bulge and roll like a wood but is flat like an iron while the head has the same hollow construction as a metal wood. This puts the center of gravity to the extreme rear of the head and with added internal toe weighting the CG

aligns exactly in the middle of the hitting area. As a consequence the control and spin are similar to an iron but the distance and playability is what we expect in a hybrid. It comes with a Ping Alta shaft stock with a choice of three lofts for $230. Tour Edge Golf Exotics EX9 Tour Edge has made wonderful hybrids for years and the Exotics EX9 makes use of the technology, materials and construction to keep the reputation unbroken. The cup face is combo brazed to the body, an expensive process pioneered for golf clubs by the company and used because it does away with the weight of a weld as in other clubs. The variable thickness face is forgiving across more of the hitting area and the Slip Stream sole design really helps keep the EX9 from digging in as well as getting the ball out of deep lies. Street price is $160 and there’s a choice of five lofts.

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EQUIPMENT GAME-IMPROVEMENT CATEGORY IRONS

Callaway Apex CF 16 This is the first time Callaway has used their face cup construction in a forged iron and it results in a good looking clubhead with consistency across the face in the longer irons while the shorter irons (8iron through attack wedge) use a newly designed face plate. There is progressive offset and sole widths as well as location of the center of gravity to produce the proper trajectory as lofts increase through the set. Shorter irons have a more compact clubhead to help with feel and control. A set of 4-iron (21 1/2 degrees) through pitching wedge (45 degrees) is $1,050. Ping G Ping used their COR-Eye Technology to increase the amount of face flexing at impact of the Gs—four times as much as the 2015 model G30s. This produces higher ball speeds plus higher trajectory for more carry with a steeper angle of descent to better hold the green. The stainless steel

body undergoes a special heat treatment to be 40% stronger allowing for the thinner face. The AWT 2.9 stock shaft are heavier in the short irons to improve distance control and lighter in the long irons for more swing speed. A seven iron set of 4-iron (21 degrees) through pitching wedge (45 degrees) sells for $800. TaylorMade M2 High and far was TMaG’s mantra in creating the M2s and they succeeded very well…think of them as a supercharged update of the popular Burner model from 2009. Key features include a weight-saving fluted hosel, a 360 degree undercut creating a large unsupported face area. The sole is thinner but still has TMaG’s Speed Pocket slot so that the combination of all these design element produces both more distance plus a nice pro-like high trajectory. Eight iron set of 4-iron (19 degrees) through attack wedge (49 degrees) retails for $800.

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Mizuno MP-25 Grain flow forged from 1025 boron alloy, the club heads are 30% stronger but retain the classic shape Mizuno is so well known for. This additional strength means the face can be thinner to give more ball speed for more distance. The incorporation of a “micro-slot” behind the face of the 3-iron through 6-iron produces a soft but solid feel and the 7-iron through pitching wedge have a redesign to help with versatility in shot making and workability. An eight iron set of 3-iron (21 degrees) through pitching wedge (46 degrees) are $1,200. TaylorMade PSi Borrowing the sole and face slots from last year’s RSi model the PSi is made for better players and has a vibration reducing multi-material badge behind the face. The sole and face slots allow the face additional flexing at impact for more yardage. Long irons have tung-

sten weighting while the forged short irons share the redesigned head profile. The face is less than 2mm thick to take advantage of the cut-through sole slot and face slots plus there’s an undercut around the entire perimeter. A set of 4-iron (21 1/2 degrees) through attack wedge (50 1/2 degrees) retails for $1,100. Titleist 716 AP2 The Tour-proven head shape has tungsten weighting in the heel and toe to put the center of gravity low in the co-forged constructed clubhead. Shafts in the long irons are lighter for higher launch and greater speed while the short iron shafts are heavier added control. Turf interaction has been improved—less dig—by slightly wider soles that have been relieved along the trailing edge. Eight irons from 4-iron (24 degrees) through gap wedge (50 degrees) are $1,200.

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EQUIPMENT WEDGES

Callaway Mack Daddy 3 The latest iteration of the MD wedges offers three grinds—W with a wider sole for soft turf conditions, C for firmer conditions and S for in between. The milled 30V grooves in the lower lofts heads work best with a steep attack angle, the 20V grooves in the middle lofts are for sand and the wider 5V groove in the higher lofts are designed for shots out of rough or around the green. Available in from 46 degrees to 64 degrees the choice of three finishes is offered: matte black, chrome or gold nickel. Each is $130. Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 The approach of the Smart Sole line is simple, to remove stress from the short game and Cleveland does it with an extra wide sole for cleaner contact regardless of the lie near the green. The 42-degree loft C

model is for chips without chunks and the 58-degree S to get out of the sand, the first try every time. The refined sole designs are matched with perimeter weighting and both come in an appealing black satin finish. This every-player wedge is priced $110. Mizuno S5 Aggressive quad-cut CNC milled grooves and grain flow forging makes the S5 a great wedge for any level of player while the distinctive blue ion finish, though white satin is also offered, makes it stand out from every other club in the bag. The head shape has been rounded with softer edges and the five sole grinds are matched to the lofts while the groove cross section varies with loft. A total of 25 loft and bounce possibilities are in the lineup including narrow to wide soles. Price is $130.

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Ping Anser TR1966 Whether or not you are in to nostalgia take a look at TR 1966 made from 3D scans of the original Anser putter handcrafted by Karsten Solheim 50 years ago. There’s even a sound slot in the sole just as the original and no alignment line but departing from the original the finish, the Anser is done in a modern manganese bronze. Also improving on the heel/toe weighting design of the original, which has been copied by virtually every other putter company, is the addition of the True Roll milled face for consistent speed. Retail price is $150. Odyssey White Hot RX 2-Ball V-line The most popular putter face insert for more than 15 years has a new dual inject-molded layer with a softer inside growing firmer towards the edges adding to the performance of the easily recog-

nizable two-ball mallet design. Odyssey also put the distinctive Versa contrasting alignment aid on the top with a double bend one-shaft offset the mallet-style design. The head weight is a mid-range 355 grams. Priced at $160. Cleveland TFI 2135 Elevado The combination of a milled copperinfused face cap over a copolymer insert and a new alignment design give this putter two features not found on other putters. Cleveland’s 2135 alignment technology is new and very worthwhile. The alignment line is raised 21.35mm to match the radius of a golf ball so no matter if the user’s eyes are inside the ball, outside or directly over the ball the line of the putt can still be accurately seen. Besides the Elevado head the TFI 2135 also comes in two other shapes all priced starting at $160.

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Many apparel brands today have found solutions in different compositions in technology and fabrics to allow the right amount of energy to pass through to moderate our degree of comfort. Some keep you warm; others keep you cool. The end goal is to keep you dry and comfortable. Here is a look at our Cold Weather Gear Guide to keep you comfortable as we approach the cooler months of the year.

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When you golf in cold weather, you experience a different set of issues than normal. Your swing might be obstructed by extra layers of clothes, your concentration might be busy thinking about that warm post-round drink and your hands sting from those off-center hits. A different strategy for play is definitely required. Here are two must-have cold weather golf accessories that you should own.

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The Bay Club at Mattapoisett

Custom home prices continue to rise in New England and across the nation as well. Discriminating buyers today are looking for unique locations offering a host of amenities to improve their quality of life. Let’s face it, building the most beautiful home anywhere is best complimented by other spectacular properties. That’s exactly what you will find at the Bay Club. The Bay Club encompasses 625 acres with 300 acres of adjacent conservation land. The country club and golf course occupy 200 acres, while the six residential villages of 189 home-sites and conservation land comprise the balance, including 200-acres permanently committed to open space. Underground utilities include town water and sewer, electricity and natural gas, plus fiber-optic cable for telephone, cable and high-speed Internet access. Added to that is one of the best new private golf courses in the region. With access to an amazing array of recreational, dining and cultural activities, you have an ideal setting for a life well lived.

The Bay Club’s gated, secure environment and homeowners' association combine to ensure continued high standards and pleasant living for the entire community. Every home at the Bay Club is unique and each homeowner has the opportunity to collaborate on its design with an architect and builder to create a home that reflects personal taste and preferences. Offering six residential villages, each with its own special features and home designs, the Bay Club has combined residential living with some of the finest club facilities in New England. A host of recreational lifestyle amenities including championship golf, fitness complex, aquatics center and racquet sports can all be within walking distance of your dream home. Take the time to see what the possibilities are for your life with a private tour of the Bay Club. For information contact David Andrews at dandrews@bayclubmatt.com or call 508.207.9232.

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a 1st floor master suite with private bath and large, walk-in closet. Other 1st floor amenities include spacious, eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters; great room and dining room (or office) and laundry. Sited on an 18,320 sq. ft. home-site, this property abuts conservation land on two sides. This home is in excellent condition and offers a paver patio and well landscaped yard including a very private backyard. This home was built in 2006 by Whitman Homes, one of the areas quality builders. $619,900

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AROUND THE GAME Nick Price to be Honored at 2017 Ouimet Banquet Nick Price, winner of three major championships, twice leading money winner, three-time Captain of the Presidents Cup International team and a Golf Hall of Fame member will be the guest speaker and honored with the 20th Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 66th Annual Banquet. The Banquet, which has become the largest annual golf dinner in America, is scheduled for Monday, March 13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Connolly Group – Morgan Stanley will, again, be the Presenting Sponsor. “We are thrilled to have Nick Price as our 2017 honoree. He has an amazing record and is certainly one of the top players of the past 25 years. He has also become highly respected with his work with the Presidents Cup

and is also known as one of the nicest people in the game,” said Greg Gailius, Ouimet Fund President. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and since then has awarded nearly $32 Million in need-based college tuition assistance to young people who served at least two years as caddies or in pro shop and course superintendent operations in Massachusetts. In the current academic year, The Fund awarded 452 Ouimet scholarships to students who worked at 137 courses and are attending 152 colleges. A total of 5,590 students have received Ouimet Scholarships and many have gone on to outstanding positions of leadership in business and professional careers. The Fund is a 501 (c) (3) organization.

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POWERED BY MYNEGM.COM More Than 300 Attendees Come Together to Welcome Six New Members - Crowley, Flynn, Lazaro, Tobin, Vana, Jr., and Wind - Into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame More than 300 people gathered to both welcome and honor the newest class to the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in a special Induction Gala that took place at Andover Country Club Thursday evening. Led by the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, former WCVB Emmy Award winning Sports Broadcaster Mike Dowling, with a special guest speaker, Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, each of the six new members – Bob Crowley, Bill Flynn, Joe Lazaro, Anne Marie Tobin, Frank Vana, Jr. and Herbert Warren Wind – were officially recognized for their contributions to golf both locally and nationally in their own respective ways. The two living inductees, Tobin and Vana, participated in a “fireside” style interview where they discussed their illustrious golf careers while family members of the four additional inductees who are no longer with us received the award on their be-

half and spoke on what the induction into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame means. “The Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala was a fantastic opportunity to honor a tremendously successful group of individuals,” said Jesse Menachem. the MGA’s executive director. “Like the two classes before them, this year’s group of inductees had an important impact on golf in the Bay State and their recognition is well deserved.” In addition to the six new members, several past inductees or their family members were also in attendance to honor the 2016 class.

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AROUND THE GAME Team Massachusetts Claims Record 13th Straight Tri-State Matches Win; Delivers Come-From-Behind Win at Rhode Island Country Club Barrington, RI — Entering the final day of the 83rd Tri-State Matches, held this year at Rhode Island Country Club, Team Massachusetts knew it would need a full 12-member effort to continue their recent success in the annual tournament. Trailing by double-digit points after the first day of play, the Bay State squad came out firing on day two to capture a record 13th straight Tri-State Matches title over the likes of foes Connecticut and Rhode Island. The victory marked the 34th championship overall for Team Massachusetts dating back to the tournament’s inaugural year in 1928.

Dick King Prevails in a Sudden-Death Playoff to Capture 3rd Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship at Cummaquid GC Yarmouth Port, MA — The old saying, “save the best for last” might be a little cliché, but it is simply the only way to describe the final round of the 3rd Massachusetts Super Senior Amateur Championship, at Cummaquid Golf Club. Dick King (Hyannis GC) defeated David Pomarico (Poquoy Brook GC) on the first sudden-death playoff hole to capture the Super Senior Amateur Trophy at what was the 12th and final MGA Championship of the 2016 season. “It’s my first MGA tournament that I have ever won, so that was huge,” said King, who defeated his longtime friend Pomarico, who he says “always beats him.” The two grew up playing together at South Shore Country Club and have found themselves in familiar territory before, fighting for the Championship trophy.

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Connecticut Finishes 5th at USGA State Team Championship The CSGA team of Geoff Vartelas, John Flaherty and Chet Hrostek produced Connecticut’s best ever finish in the USGA State Team Championship on Friday, as they finished tied for fifth overall with Washington and Minnesota. Michigan claimed the title after a final round of 4-under par vaulted them to the top of the leaderboard. Hosted this year by the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama, the 54-hole competition is played every other year and brings together top players from Puerto Rico, Washington D.C. and all fifty states. Numerous state, regional, and USGA champions, as well as a number of past Walker Cup players populate the field.

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GORMAN VS GEARY United, Delta and JetBlue charge $35 for the second piece of luggage, which in my case is a rugged 12-year old Club Glove golf travel bag. So each trip I’m forking out $70 roundtrip, which is not a budget buster, since rental clubs cost at least $40 per day. From experience I know a good travel bag is a wise investment. On a flight to Myrtle Beach on now defunct Direct Air many moons ago, my cloth travel bag got demolished by the airline. The only response from the South Carolinabased Direct Air was an apology. My research into this subject, which borders on fuzzy math, shows that UPS (United Parcel Service) will gladly ship your clubs for upwards of More than any other sport golf is full of awk$50 one way, plus the price of a box. The USPS ward words and caughty phrases that you don’t (United States Postal Service) will also take your hear in regular conversations. “Your honor” hard-earned funds for upwards of $40 plus you sounds like you’re talking to a judge. “Dormie” is have to buy an overpriced USPS box. Federal a word you never hear, but sure has a nice ring Express will assure a safe arrival of one of my to it if you’re two up with two to play. When’s the life’s most valued possession but their services last time you heard someone say the two dirtiest exceed $60 one way. words in golf “shank” and “yips?” There are alternative and efficient The mere mention and ways to ship your clubs long spelling of those words distance and two promisends a nasty shiver nent companies are Ship down my spine. Sticks and Golf OverOver the past few night. The mission stateyears I’ve been the rement on the home page cipient of many invitations of Ship Sticks reads: “At Ship by Tom Gorman to take my dreadful game on Sticks, our mission is to make golf the road so my new favorite phrase is travel simpler, easier, and more afford“Have clubs, will travel.” Some invitations offer able. In 2014, U.S. airlines collected $2.6 billion in free golf and lodging, so all I have to do is get baggage fees and mishandled 24 million bags. there with my clubs and be ready to swing away Our goal is to provide golfers with a hassle-free at my assigned tee time. alternative to lugging their clubs to and from the This year I’ve made air travel arrangements airport – so as to improve the golf travel expeto five different destinations ranging from Palm rience, increase the number of rounds played Springs, Myrtle Beach, Dominican Republic, Orannually, and grow the game.” lando and Fort Myers and they all required an Ship Sticks claims to serve over 3,000 locations answer to the vital question: Do I ship my clubs and will pick up clubs from your home or pro or book them on the airline? shop and deliver to your hotel or destination golf Since I’m a creature of habit, I almost always course. The prices to ship a standard golf travel take them with me. My general criteria are if I’m bag from Boston to Fort Myers are $159 each going to play two rounds of golf or less, then rent way overnight; $119 each way in two business the clubs. If I’m playing three rounds or more, days; and $54 each way in three business days. then by all means bring the sticks with me. I can Golf Overnight has a caughty phrase on their shoot a smooth 88 on the road with my own home page: “We make golfing on the road clubs or with rentals! easy.” Their prices start at $39 and they offer a We know that the preferred airline for golf $250 bonus payment toward rental clubs if they travelers is Southwest because they don’t don’t deliver your clubs on time. charge extra for luggage, but they have My VISA card never gets weary of a $70 many connecting flights and other quirky charge for golf clubs accompanying me on scheduling. We also know the least popular a road trip! airline is Spirit, where a second piece of lugTom Gorman is frugal in many ways except gage costs $42, and Spirit charges you extra when it comes to “have clubs, will travel.” He for everything including water. American, can be reached at tetalk@aol.com.

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GORMAN VS GEARY When Rhode Island’s Ed Kirby was still chasing the dream of playing on the PGA Tour he spent a lot of time traveling the globe. Kirby never quite made it as a full-time touring professional, but he had some great moments and he has earned a very nice living working in the golf industry as a club professional. One of his best travel stories involved playing on one of the Asian Tours, where he was sitting in an airplane as it was about to take off. He said he looked out the window and there, laying on the tarmac, were his golf clubs. How many of us, when going on a golfing vacations have said, “I don’t care if the luggage gets lost, but please don’t lose my clubs.”? Its the inbred nightmare of all golfers who take their dream vacations. Regardless of who you are, or how you travel, you worry not about whether you will make it to golfing paradise but whether or not your beloved Pings arrive with you. This is NEGM’s annual travel golf equipment wherever you desire. section, where we try to There are others, such as Lugenlighten our readers gageForward.com, which as to the best golfing says it will ship to 200 coundestinations, how to tries and FreightDynamics. get there and how com which boasts 20 years to maximize both of experience. your experience while Now there are some by Tim Geary minimizing the hit to your people who would never let their bank account. clubs too far away from them, but there If you choose to travel by using your own are very real reasons not to trust the airlines. personal vehicle than don’t bother reading Since 9/11 and heightened security meaany further, but if you are like most folks who sures you can no longer attach locks to your go on vacation and use the airlines or even golf travel bag or any other luggage. All the rail system, take heed. Air travel used to be pieces are subject to inspection and believe pretty simple. Before 9/11 you got on a plane me, once those golf clubs go out of your sight and went where you wanted to go. The only they get inspected really thoroughly. issue was the cost of the fare. You still worried I have returned from golf vacations only about your luggage arriving with you, but the to find that the three dozen Pro-Vs I had hassles were not as great. stashed away in my travel bag had dwindled Now there are other ways to ship your sticks down to two or one. and you don’t have to lug that heavy golf Yeah, I notified the airline and got both travel bag to the check-in or pick it up with an apology and a promise of an investigation, you other luggage at these damn carrousels but I have yet to receive any compensation. that always seem to separate your underOnce I lost a brand new Titleist driver to wear/toiletries bag from your golf bag. the “inspectors” and once, when I arrived in In the true American spirit of entrepreneurMyrtle Beach and had a tee time booked for ship we now have services that will transport later that day, discovered that my clubs were your golf clubs, bag, balls and shoes to whercoming on a later flight and would be in the ever you are going and have them waiting for terminal about the time I should have been you upon your arrival. The most widely known, making the turn at Caladonia. So my advice is because of advertising and the gorgeous ship those sticks and then relax. brunette who is featured, is ShipSticks, which Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer. He for a modest fee of $39.00 will transport your lists his golf clubs as his next of kin.

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