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I spent this past week in Orlando at the 2023 PGA Merchandise Show. For those not “in the know”, this is a yearly industry show where sellers, buyers, and media gather to conduct golf’s business. It is here that companies introduce their newest creations from drivers, to putters, to hats, to…

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Judging by the crowds at the airports, the price of airfare, the number of people on the highways and out-of-state-plates, it appears that America is back to traveling about.

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As my favorite week of the year approaches, I find myself feeling a bit more excited than last year. As you read this, I will be preparing for my annual trip to Orlando to cover the PGA Merchandise Show.

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This time of year brings times both good and bad. The best part is that the weather is usually mild. We see temperatures that require a light sweater or jacket. The bad comes with crowded courses and steep prices. What do you do if you have neither the time nor funds to play this time of year?

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Every sports has its icons. On Christmas Eve, women’s golf lost a woman who may have been its biggest icon. Kathy Whitworth passed that day at the age of 83.

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Happy New Year! Finally, all the madness and mayhem of the holidays is over. All we have to look forward to now are those six-page credit card statements that will fill mailboxes. Well, those and the dreaded New Year’s resolutions that many of us never keep.

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On Christmas morning, many of us will wake hoping to find our stockings stuffed with goodies. For me it is usually a sleeve of golf balls, some chocolates and some other non-golf related items. I hope that I stayed on the “nice list” and that Santa is good to me again this year. 

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Lately time seems to slip away from me. I think I have a lot of time to get something done and then, all of a sudden, the time is here, and I need to scramble to accomplish done what I need.

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My family has discovered a unique way to spend the holidays. Instead of staying home, we venture out. We find a nice place to spend a few days and celebrate away from the craziness around our home.

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In a world where being aware has become crucial, it is time for most of us golfers to realize that we may never shoot par over the course of 18 holes. In fact, one of the best ways to improve your game is to set reachable goals and, once achieved, set another and then another.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Anyone who knows me knows that I love this holiday. It may have something to do with the combination of food, football and family.

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Every other January, the governing bodies of our sport revise and update the rules of our sport. The main idea is to make them easier to understand and implement and, thus, make our sport more enjoyable to play. The biggest change in the rules from two years ago involved allowing golfers to …

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Many years ago, back when I was in high school and community college, I used to play a Harbor City Golf Course in Melbourne. I remembered it as a fun track, with a few very difficult holes. It was easy to walk and the rates were low.

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As I grow older, I find myself reminiscing more and more often. I think of times spent with friends and family. Perhaps it is because my late father developed dementia and then Alzheimer’s before he passed. I remember very sadly watching him drift away, unable to remember people, places and …

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As this year’s elections head our way at an alarming speed, I wanted to mix things up even more by throwing my hat into the ring. I would very much like your vote for President of Golf.

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This time of year is wonderful for sports fanatics. We are right in the middle of baseballs playoffs, college and professional football is into its season, hockey has just begun, and basketball is just around the corner. If you are a racing fan, those championships are heating up or we just …

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    As Hurricane Ian bore down on our state’s west coast, I was driving to Nashville, Tennessee. It was a trip that had been planned for months. It just happened to work out that it was going to get me far away from the storm. Such was not the case for far too many of my fellow Floridians.

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I like to drive fast. I also like to play golf at a reasonable pace. I hate waiting around for the guys in the group ahead of me to line up a two-foot putt from four different angles.

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Watch the PGA Tour these days and you’ll hear a lot of commentary on course layout and design. Announcers will speak of tightening fairways, adding or moving bunkers and growing deeper rough.

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This summer has been a brutal one. Up until recently, we have seen very little rain and record high temperatures day after day. I’ve been avoiding playing much, as I cannot take the oppressive heat like I could when I was younger.

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This past weekend was a hot and breezy one in my neighborhood. It's been a while since I have teed it up and battled a strong breeze, so the weather made me long to play a course near the ocean where the wind blows, and then blows some more. Being honest, I didn't really long to play in such…

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Golf courses are a living entity. Like we humans, they age, they grow, they mature. Some for the better, some not so much. One of the best public courses in the country belongs to St. Lucie County. Built atop what was once a county land fill, Fairwinds Golf Course is a testament to what can …

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If you are a traditionalist, you believe that the only way to play golf is to ditch the cart and walk the course. If you are a 'true' traditionalist, you have to add a caddie to the mix to have the perfect round of golf.

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Nearly every golfer and golf coach will tell you that the most important club in the bag is your putter. Make more putts, and you will score better. Putters these days come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, lengths, colors and more. One thing remains the same. The sole connection that you …

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Many golf courses have a “claim to fame”. You have the Old Course at St. Andrews that is the “Oldest Course in the World.” Pebble Beach Golf Course is known as the “Greatest Public Course in America”. Augusta National is the “Home of the Masters”.

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This past weekend I really enjoyed watching the Open Championship. We had Rory McIlroy, clearly the crowd favorite, at or near the top. We saw some fantastic golf by Cam Smith and Cam Young as the pair combined to shoot 15-under on the final day. Congrats to Cam Smith on his eight-under fina…

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This week golf will play the 150th edition of the Open Championship. Fittingly, it shall be played over the links of The Old Course at St. Andrews. Who would have thought at that very first Championship at Prestwick in 1860, with a field of only eight players, the Open Championship would gro…

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The heat is on! My backyard and my oven have something in common. Their temperature! With a heat index in triple figures, playing an outdoor sport such as golf is possibly not the best idea for many of us wishing to get in some exercise or just to get out of the house. Should you insist on h…

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June 1 marks the beginning of a special season. No, not summer. Not golf season either. It officially marks the beginning of Hurricane Season.

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By now most, if not all, of you know how much I enjoy being one of the first to play a new course. Many years ago, I was in the first group of media to play a new course. It was the first time they had cut holes in the greens and we were the first to play an “official” round there. I was in …

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There has been a bit of buzz lately regarding the ball that we play. Tiger Woods has now joined Jack Nicklaus in speaking out that the ball goes too far. Woods even suggested, as have many before, that there should be a “Tour” ball that doesn't go as far as those played by us mere golf morta…

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This past weekend, while watching the PGA Tour play in rainy, soggy conditions, a friend remarked on how slow they were playing. He mentioned that the pros seem to take long enough when not being faced with these conditions. He went on to mention that slow play has to be one reason why peopl…

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There was a time, many years ago when I lived in Palm Bay, that I played Melbourne Municipal Golf Course on New Haven Avenue about once or twice a month. At least that's what it was called back then. Now it is Crane Creek Reserve Golf Club, and I happen to like the name change.

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One complaint that I often hear is that golf can be a very boring sport. There are times when four-plus hours of knocking a little ball around with a stick can become a tad mind-numbing. My friends and I have found some games to mix things up and provide some fun competition. These also give…

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As you read this, we have likely just kicked off the 2022 Masters. Like every year, our year's first major promises to be quite exciting and full of drama. Will Tiger Woods’ repaired leg allow him to play? Will Phil Mickelson show up, in disguise and wander the grounds watching the tournament?

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I spent all of my teen years and just into my 20s in Palm Bay. My high school, Palm Bay High, played its home matches at Port Malabar Country Club. It was the only course in town at the time. Then, just before the new millennium, Majors Golf Club broke ground in the Bayside Lakes community o…

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There is a saying in business that it’s all about the location. Location, location, location. For golf courses, that saying holds quite true. Some courses are right against the ocean, or the river. Others find a great spot with wetlands and rolling hills.

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One of the greatest things about golf is the variety one gets from course to course, and even from day to day at the same course. I am always excited to play a course for the first time. I love seeing new holes, getting a feel for what the architect had in mind and what strategies he or she favors.

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There is no ice golf in the Winter Olympics. Since it took over 100 years just to get golf back in the Summer Olympics, I have no expectation that we will see ice golf in the future.

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This summer's Open Championship will take place at The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This magical piece of land is the birthplace and home of golf. What makes it magical? I thought you'd never ask.

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February is Black History Month. Most golfers know that Lee Elder was the first African-American to play in The Masters. Many are even aware that back in 1961, Charlie Sifford became the first African-American to earn a PGA Tour card. Pete Brown may not be a household name, but he was the fi…

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Every year the President of the United States gives a “State of the Union” address. HE speaks of how our country is doing and the plans to move forward.

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I finished my week at the 2022 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Since the show was a bit smaller than usual this year, I found myself with a little more time for golf. I am not one to turn down the opportunity to tee it up.

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In case you have been snowed-in or maybe out fishing on your boat, I have news. A couple of weeks ago, Augusta National Golf Club, host of The Masters, announced that the traditional role of Honorary Starter has been expanded.

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I have officially had enough of this pandemic! My favorite week of the year is coming up. The annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando is not only the place to be to get all of the latest and greatest on what is new and upcoming in golf, but also my week to see old friends and enjoy their company.

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The new year is off and running and before we know it, the PGA Tour will hit our shores. The top players in the world will be teeing it up in four events, searching for a share of nearly $48 million in prize money. That's a lot of oranges, grapefruits and mojitos.

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Golfers are obsessed. We have a fetish for distance when it comes to hitting a golf ball. Not only is this obsession ruining many an amateur’s swing, it has invaded my golf telecast. It needs to end. Someone must put a stop to it!

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Who else is relieved and ready to roll now that 2022 is finally here? True, I did ask the same question at the beginning of 2021, but this time I promise things will be different.

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On Christmas morning, many of us will wake hoping to find our stockings stuffed with goodies. For me it is usually a sleeve of golf balls, some chocolates and some other non-golf related items. I am hoping that Santa is good to me again this year.

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You’ve waited until just past the last minute to get that golfer on your list a gift. What to do? What to get? In today’s world of overnight shipping and curbside pickup, you may just be in luck. There is still a chance to find something. Now what something should you get?