This year, I don’t think I’m asking for too much. There isn’t anything I need, which is nice. And there are really only a few things that I want for Christmas…
I want to enjoy watching women’s golf on TV. I don’t know why I don’t. I just don’t. Which frankly, is strange, because those are two of my favorite things…
I want to change a couple of the Rules of Golf.
First, I’d make the first-tee mulligan legal, with a stipulation. I’d like for the book to read like this: A first tee mulligan is permitted, ...<< MORE >>
I mean honestly, how does it get better than this? It’s Sunday and it’s raining – so I don’t have any pressure to go out and do yard work. My belly’s full of pancakes and sausage. The heater is on, but the window’s open. Fall is in the air and the Ryder Cup is on the TV (with a football game on the picture-in-picture, no less). Perfect.
The Ryder Cup is absolutely my favorite sporting event of every other-year. I even got up at 5 a.m. (PST) the past two mornings to watch the first groups tee off. Frankly, that’s ...<< MORE >>
A conversation with my playing partners during a recent Pro-Am revealed some interesting similarities in the way we all view the relationships we share with our golf clubs. It got me thinking. If our golf clubs are a family, then what stereotypical family member roles most accurately describe each club? Here’s what I think:
It all starts at the top with the Driver. The Big Dog. Chief. It’s the Dad of the bag. The head of your golf-gear household. When Driver is happy, productive and in command, everyone else seems to work together more harmoniously. But when Driver is cranky, ...<< MORE >>
I’ve played practically everywhere – or at least more places than most will ever have the chance. And I’ve played with practically everyone. Friends, family, celebrities, sports stars, hackers and low-handicaps. It makes me wonder why the memory of some rounds still float near the top of my memory-tank, while others have slowly drifted into the song-lyric, useless-fact, and fantasy-football-statistic filled abyss.
The question I always ask myself is why? Why is it that I remember some rounds more than others? What is it specifically that makes some golf memories stick, while others fade? What’s the magic recipe – the ...<< MORE >>
It’s that time of year again – your home golf course is probably in perfect condition, or at least, as close to perfect as it ever gets, your game is hopefully in tournament shape, your handicap is inevitably well-maintained at two to four strokes higher than it really should be – ah yes, you can smell it in the air… It’s Member-Guest tournament season!
Member-Guest tournament week at some facilities is what the success or failure of the entire season is based. It’s that important, and everyone is on stage, including you. If you’re an old hand at these events, ...<< MORE >>
We're almost done. In this last installment of the Men's Golf Trip Tips we'll discuss proper packing and end of the trip considerations. By the time we're done, you should be ready to begin planning an epic MGT of your own.
Commandment IX - Thou Shalt Pack Properly
Take time to prepare, and make sure you have the appropriate gear along. It’s quite a disappointment to show up to the destination and realize you’ve left something vital behind. It’s just like my Grandpa always told me – “You really, no matter what anyone says, don’t want to end up in ...<< MORE >>
The previous installments in this series had to do with pre-trip considerations. In this part of the series, we'll begin discussing some things to consider during the trip to make everyone's trip first rate...
Commandment V - Thou Shalt Attempt to Build Camaraderie
If your friends are anything like mine, you should expect to be made fun of for everything, on or off the course. Feel free to return the ribbing. But only in the same dose you’re willing to receive. Nobody likes the sensitive ...<< MORE >>
In the previous installments in this series we talked about some of the philosophical necessities of the MGT. Organization, flexibility and realistic goals are all important when it comes to success, now we'll move on to some more practical considerations:
Commandment 4 - Thou Shalt Stay Put.
It’s been my experience that staying in one place is better than constantly moving from course to course and hotel to hotel for two reasons. It’s fun to play the same course multiple times, and it’s also nice to unpack, feel organized and have a home base.
Here’s why I’ve enjoyed playing a ...<< MORE >>