It's an early Sunday evening in April. You roll in the final putt on the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club. The crowd rises to its feet and enthusiastically applauds you as you remove your cap and nod, recognizing their ovation. You've just won The Masters.
Have you ever thought about what happens when the sun sets at a professional golf tournament? When the sun sets on a golf course it usually marks the beginning of peace and tranquility. The only sounds one may hear are the crickets chirping or the occasional animal taking an evening stroll. …
By now most of us have watched at least one of the PGA Tour's events as they traveled through our wonderful state. The Tour’s season just completed the Honda Classic, its last stop in Florida until the end of April.
Spring is my favorite time of year. The weather is great, professional golf is in the state, motorsport has kicked off its season at Daytona and Sebring, and even ice hockey is deep into its season.
Watching the Arnold Palmer Invitational from the Bay Hill Club in Orlando this past weekend, and seeing Bryson DeChambeau bite off a huge portion of the lake that the sixth hole runs around, brought back memories of the time John Daly put down more than just a crooked number on his scorecard…
When people think about the history of African-Americans in golf, they are usually familiar with just a few names. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Calvin Peete, Althea Gibson, and of course, Tiger Woods. Not many have heard the name Bill Wright. That's too bad because his is a name that should b…
Who doesn’t love an underdog story? Who doesn’t love it when the underdog’s story includes an unbelievable comeback from adversity? I would say that most of us do. This week I have a comeback story about an underdog.
Many Florida golfers take the winter off. Between crowded tee sheets and higher prices, many of us choose to let our games hibernate. Throw in the current pandemic and you have good reason to just leave those sticks in the garage.
We see it all the time on the professional tours. Players switch up equipment either due to changing conditions, contracts or just to try something different or new when their game needs a boost. Many changes in a pro’s bag come from their club contracts which usually require them to play th…
Anyone who knows me is well aware of how I feel about golf courses that wind their way through a development, with houses guarding the edges of the fairways. I realize that the course is usually an amenity designed to compliment the development, but I simply prefer my golf to not involve dri…
Miniature Golf, Mini Golf, or Putt Putt, has been around since the early 20th century. The earliest documentation of a true miniature course was in the June 8, 1912 edition of the Illustrated London News.
Not all municipal courses are created equal. Some cities and counties have the ability to dedicate more funds to keeping their courses in pristine condition. Others do not have the funds available either from taxes or from having enough traffic to pay for such niceties.
While nearly everyone looks forward to the end-of-the-year holidays, my favorite time of the year happens to occur in late January. That is, until this year. Thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic, my favorite event of the year, the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, is going virtual for 2021.
Who else is relieved and ready to roll now that 2021 is finally here? Maybe we were just ready for 2020 to be over, but I cannot find too many people who were hoping the year would take just a little bit longer.
The day has finally come. Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021. I just hope that this new year isn’t 2020 simply turning 21. I saw a calendar with January 1st shown as 13/01/2020. While I did chuckle, it gave me pause as well. Keep your fingers crossed.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Yes, I know it's late. Happy Kwanzaa! Whatever your religious belief or absence thereof, I want to wish you and yours the very best this Holiday Season.
Almost everyone knows that I refuse to talk about politics. It is a subject sure to get an argument going when none is really needed. I’ll keep my views and you yours, and we’ll get along just fine.
Many of us are familiar with the famous golf trail that is in Alabama. How many of you are aware that Florida has a golf trail as well? The Florida Historic Golf Trail includes 53 golf courses from the Florida Panhandle to the Keys, each built between 1897 and 1949.
It’s almost here. The end of 2020 is near and many of us cannot wait to start a new year. What better way to kick off the new than to end the old on a high. Most of us celebrate the holidays and with those come the exchange of gifts. Golfers can be a difficult lot to find gifts for, but I ha…
This year is such a weird year that the major that has traditionally welcomed Spring is, instead, saying “hello” to Fall. As most of you know, The Masters is my favorite major. My love comes from attending the practice rounds with my parents as a kid growing up in Georgia. I also love the tr…
Is everyone else as worn out from and tired of today's political climate? It seems like everyone either loves or hates their representatives with a scary, almost obsessive, passion. Here is your chance to instead select a third candidate. Me.
We see them every week. Usually the only time we notice them is when they give their player a bad read on a putt, or a wrong yardage on an approach, or threaten some idiot in the crowd that insists on clicking his camera during a player's swing.
A while back I wrote about being careful and aware of the thieves out there looking to steal your fancy new equipment. Today, I’d like to warn you of another thief. One who steals from you right in front of your eyes with a smile on his or her face. The Sandbagger.
I have a friend who just recently took up golf. He has caught the bug and decided to get rid of his father's old set from the 1960s that he has been using and pick up something a little more advanced in the technology department.
One complaint that I often hear is that golf can be a bit boring. There are times when four-plus hours of knocking a little ball around with a stick can become a tad mind-numbing. My buddies and I have come up with some games to mix things up and provide some fun competition. They also give …
As if living through this pandemic has not been tough enough, now we must deal with the time of year loathed by all golfers. As courses ready themselves for the fall and winter season, golfers across this land will swear at every course superintendent.
From the time I moved to Florida in 1977, I have lived in Brevard and St. Lucie Counties. I honestly thought that, with the exception of a few private courses, I had played pretty much every course available from the Treasure Coast to the Space Coast. I was wrong.
This year, 2020, has been one heck of a weird ride thus far. So many of us have needed help, given help, and more. There are true heroes among us. Over Labor Day weekend, it will be your turn to be a hero as well. You can be a be a hero to those who defend our freedom and their families.
I have two passions in my sports life. Golf and auto racing. As much as I've played golf over my entire life, only over the past five years or so have I gotten back into auto racing.
What have likely become the oddest times of my life, took a turn toward normalcy this past week. It took until August, but the golf world was finally treated to the first men's major of the year. The 102nd PGA Championship, originally scheduled for mid-May, was finally held at Harding Park i…
It has been ten years since Meadowood Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Pierce changed its name back from Panther Woods to Meadowood. The last decade has been pretty good to the course and the course to the Treasure Coast.
Many years ago, back when I was in high school, I used to play a course in Melbourne called “Harbor City Municipal Golf Course”. The course changed names many years ago and is now known as “Mallards Landing Golf Course”.
Several years ago I pulled out my soap box and gave all of us golfers a strong talking-to. Today, I am pulling out that soap box again, but this time instead of your golfers, it's the courses that I wish to address. I have a few “suggestions”. So, please, pay attention.
With theme parks just getting back to business, I felt it time to talk about one of the better places to play when visiting the Orlando area. Just in case your family is like mine. With plenty of shopping and roller coasters for the wife and kids, and golf for me, Orlando/Kissimmee is a regu…
They may be lurking behind bushes or standing right out in the open. Where ever they are, you need to pay close attention to your golf equipment or you may find yourself without it.
As I write this I am reflecting on my day. Today was Fathers' Day. I spent it with my daughters and my wife. It was a great day that included my oldest daughter's roommate and many well-wishes from my youngest daughter's friends. Many of them refer to me as their “extra” dad. It is a title t…
This weekend marked the start of the rest of the 2020 golf season for the PGA Tour. The Charles Schwab Challenge, played at Colonial Golf Course in Fort Worth, Texas, was the first event after a three-month pause due to COVID-19.
Someone, please, turn off the faucet. Get on the phone and inform Mother Nature that we have had enough rain! While we will now see greener fairways, once the water recedes, we will also lose 50 yards of roll on our drives.
One thing we can count on during our Florida summers is that rain can, and usually does, pop up at just about any minute. If you're in the middle of your round, you need to be prepared.
I don't know about you all, but I have been jonesing for some live golf. I've seen enough replays of events where I already knew the winner. I've seen enough instruction shows to last me a few years. I've been craving live, exciting golf. Somehow, it came in the form I least expected.
In today's world it seems that most of us adults see the young kids of today as the type who would prefer to play video games, sit on the couch and stare at their phone screens, sleep all day long and generally wait for everything to be done for them.
Over the past several weeks, a lot of golfers have been anxious to get back onto the course and play. With “Phase One” of reopening the country well under way, I felt it was time to test the waters. Besides, I can only take so much of the same four walls before I begin to go crazy.
By the time you read this, chances are, golf courses in your area have begun to reopen. While some golf courses closed voluntarily or were shut down by city or county mandates during this pandemic, within the next few weeks we should see most of our courses welcoming golfers to their fairways.