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Junior Golf: Holiday Golf Getaways

In today’s Monday Mulligan we are going to offer some holiday golf getaways, places you can take your junior golfer and the rest of your family and have a great time.image

Exotic Locales: these would include places involving airfare and resort-type scenarios. There are always bargains on travel. It takes patience and knowing what you are seeking. Here’s a real-life example. Linda and I recently spent some time at the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in Jamaica. We bought the golf package and upgraded to a junior suite with private pool. The folks at this resort were all wonderful with a smile on their face and nothing was ever an issue. I really don’t know how we could have had a more enjoyable time! The golf course was middle to upper-middle caliber, not TPC quality but had full grass coverage and the greens rolled true and the scenery was beautiful. And no crowds on the golf course, excellent pace of play! The food was great, the accommodations were great, the people were great and the golf was great, what more is there to say? Another advantage to this Jamaican resort is our total time in the air was 3 hours and 35 minutes. San Antonio to Houston Hobby and Hobby to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Physically, it’s an easy trip. And it’s not all that costly. Watch for deals on airfare and sign up for the Jewel Resorts email alerts, which offer very inexpensive packages.

Driveable Resorts: these would put drive time in the equation instead of airfare. There are offers coming in every day from various resorts including TPCs from California to Florida. Prices are all over the place with the TPC Resorts usually being at the high end, but you get PGA Tour quality golf courses. The hotel chains have some amazing golf resorts as well. SPG, now owned by Marriott, has some beautiful golf resorts and of course Marriott has hotels at the TPC sites. Then Salamander Resorts has Hammock Beach and a couple of additional Florida/Southeast US golf venues. Plenty of great options, how far are you willing to drive? (image ship sticks TPC)image

And weekend/day trip outings: if time and budget are limited, find the best or most unique golf options within a day’s driving distance a make a reservation. Choices might include highly-rated golf courses that your kiddo has never played. New, as in not having previously played courses, are always exciting! Or find your closest Top Golf and spend some time there. It is a different and fun experience, a nice break from the playing/hitting balls regimen.

So take a look at your schedule and budget and see what makes sense. These suggestions are ways to keep your young golfer involved and excited about the sport during a time when it’s easy to slack off. And the whole family can find something to do at every one of these locations.

See you on #1 tee looking resort-refreshed… Sam

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

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