Archive for March, 2016

Junior Golf: Tough Golf Courses

In this Monday Mulligan we will take a look at a tough golf course. Any course can be difficult if your daughter is not playing well, but the facts are some courses are just tougher than others.img_0135

Yesterday Adam Scott won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. The Doral has been nicknamed the Blue Monster for years and there’s a ton of legitimate reasons for this moniker. The pros played at just over 7500 yards and that’s a lot of yards! There is water seemingly everywhere, lots of big sand traps and large undulating greens.

The field of 66 players included the Top 50 in the World Golf Rankings plus additional entrants from specific events and competitions. The point being that everyone in this championship had great rankings and credentials. 1 nice perk to playing in the event and finishing, no matter your score, is that there is no 36-hole cut and last place is guaranteed $50,000, not bad for a week’s work.

So imagine how Steven Bowditch felt after 3 rounds of 81, 80 and 80, putting him in last place. Still he had $50,000 waiting for him if he just played his final 18-holes on Sunday, which he did, carding an 84 to finish at the back of the pack. How can he play this poorly? He is the 2014 winner of the Valero Texas Open at The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, 1 of the toughest courses on the whole PGA Tour. How is Doral eating his lunch?

It’s easy to speculate and get lost in the mental and physical issues. However let’s begin with the fact that this is a tough golf course. World #1 Jordan Spieth says he hasn’t figured this course out yet and was never really in contention. Steven Bowditch for whatever reason, let this course get to him. For a solid PGA pro to not break 80 in 4 rounds on a golf course means the course shook his confidence and when it happens on The Blue Monster these are the scores you get.image

Adam Scott on the other hand had a couple of double-bogies early in his final round and thus had 2 chances to lose his confidence but to his great credit he kept his confidence and was making some birdies by sticking iron shots close for most of the remaining holes and then made an up-and-down on the 72nd hole to beat Bubba Watson by 1-stroke. A tremendous example of mental toughness! (photo by 7-themes.com)

Facts are Mom and Dad that your daughter is going to like some courses more than others.she will play better on some courses than on others. That’s golf. This real issue here is how will your daughter react when she hits a bad shot or makes a double bogey? Be like Adam Scott. Yes it’s tough particularly for the youngsters, but the sooner she learns to regain/keep her confidence, the quicker she will advance.

See you on #1 tee, looking confident… Sam

Junior Golf: The WGC

imageThere are a number of organizations associated with golf that are commonly identified by their combination of letters or by their acronyms. Today in our Friday Flop Shot we will take a look at the WGC and what it means for your junior golfer.

Many years ago Arnold Palmer’s father told him that to be a truly great golfer he, Arnold, had to be great around the world, not just in the US. Back then, pros were from Europe, the US, a few African countries, and from a couple of Asian countries. Basically, worldwide during this era meant the US and Europe. (offcoursegolf.com)

So Arnold started playing in The British Open, now referred to as The Open Championship and won it in 1961 and 1962. This was a time when the winner’s purse did not pay the travel expenses from the US and many American players would not enter. As with so much of his positive impact on the sport, Arnold’s entering and winning and of course his wonderful likeability and charisma helped propel The Open Championship to a higher number of US players, larger purses and its proper level of prestige and status.

The World Golf Championship is in effect the culmination of the promotion of golf as a worldwide sport. Today is day 2 of The WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. These prestigious events consist of the top 50 men in the world rankings plus a few additional winners of specific events and players from some specific team events. In any case it is a limited field compared to most PGA tournaments that have about 150 players. (pinterest.com)

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You and your son will enjoy watching this tournament. This is a legendary course with many of the top players in the world teeing off. And this is a rare opportunity to see some highly ranked world players who are not well-known in the US. The WGC events get a lot of high profile attention because they are in between regular tour events and majors. Big status, big money and FedEx Cup points!

Set the recorder for the Golf Channel today and the Golf Channel and NBC for Saturday and Sunday. This is a special event on a renowned and legendary course. Enjoy!

See you on #1 tee looking worldly… Sam

Junior Golf: Florida Golf Bargains

img_0102-1In this Wednesday Waggle we will look at the bargains in Florida golf and how you can take advantage of them. There are a bunch so let’s get started. (golfdigest.com)

Florida is a state which is bigger than it first appears to be. If you enter the state on I-10 at Pensacola and drive to Miami, you’re looking at 11 hours or so, and that’s on excellent divided highways the whole time. The good news for your daughter is that there are golf courses everywhere that are daily play and have reasonable to excellent pricing.

Our schedule has required us to go to Florida in the summer. How does this impact your family? Well, it is hot and humid, yes, the whole state. However, this is good news because the winter visitors, snowbirds, leave well before May 1 and this means there are a ton of available tee times. Snowbirds don’t care for the summer heat so they go somewhere cooler. The rounds played on golf courses drops so dramatically that there are literally price wars among most of the courses just to get someone to play the course.

San Antonio is also hot and humid so the Florida summers don’t bother us. Here are specific examples: at 1 of the Disney World courses we found that if we teed off at 1030 or later, the green fees dropped a bunch, and if we waited until mid-afternoon, they dropped even more! This is great and quite common. If your daughter can take the heat, you can save money and play on courses that are relatively uncrowded.image

Something else, absolutely amazing. For those of you who may be moving to Florida or can stay for an extended period, here is something to consider. A number of courses, including private courses and country clubs offer summer specials. Say, $500 for unlimited family range balls and green fees within the applicable dates, again about 6 months. Usually you must spend some money on food/beverage too, it varies so perhaps $1,000.00 total over the period. And it is quite common for Florida courses to charge you a $25 cart fee each time you play, in addition to the unlimited benefits. Some courses may not allow walking or only allow walking during certain times. Still, this is great stuff! So it will probably cost you $25 each to play around of golf, but that is peanuts compared to regular pricing. (golfguideweb.com)

If your summer plans include Disney World or Universal Studios, be certain to look up some golf courses nearby. I think there are 70 courses in the Orlando area. The Disney courses may require advance tee times so be advised. There are however, so many great courses you should be able to play some beautiful courses at low prices. Be aware of the heat.

See you on #1 tee sweating a bit… Sam

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