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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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Calling all military! Florida is famous for “over-55” communities. In Viera, you will find one that is instead dedicated to military veterans.

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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?

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This time of year brings times both good and bad. The best part is that the weather is usually mild. Instead of seeing heat indexes in triple-digits, we get temperatures that require a light sweater or jacket. The bad comes with crowded courses and expensive greens fees. What do you do if yo…

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While there was no PGA Merchandise Show this past January, this did not mean that yours truly was not checking out products and seeing what was out there to improve my or your game.

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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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With the holidays nearly upon us, I am betting many of us, myself included, will be hitting the highways and airways to visit family or, perhaps, to get away from family. Chances are, you may wish to sneak in a round if possible.

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Happy Halloween everyone. The past year and change has been quite strange and on Halloween, things became even more weird as I had several of my favorite golfers trick or treating in my neighborhood.

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Is it just me or do you also feel the lack of excitement on the PGA Tour at this time of year? Gone are the unofficial-money events that used to fill the end of the year. No more Skins Game. No more made-for-television events that pit the top male professionals against the top females. Even …

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The “Happiest Place on Earth”, is getting even happier. Walt Disney World in Orlando continues to invest a ton of money on new rides, new worlds and more in its effort to get guests out of the pandemic funk.

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If there is one thing that drives me nuts, it’s a golf course over-run with homes. When it comes to golf courses and the houses and development that go along with many new courses the wounds are usually permanent scars.

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It is probably high time that many of us amateurs realize that we may never shoot par over the course of 18 holes. In fact, most psychologists will tell us that one of the best ways to improve is to set reachable goals and, once achieved, set another and then another. You must learn to walk …

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I have said before that I truly enjoy playing a new course. Seeing the layout and the architect’s vision for the first time can be a treat. Just a couple of Fridays ago I received just such a treat. This new course, however, is not your normal course. It is also played under different rules …

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 I’ve noticed this phenomenon while instructing new computer users: A lost look will come over many new users when asked to click an object because they can’t find it. Usually, I will hear “I don’t have that,” a short pause, and then the inevitable “Oh! Here it is!”

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Soon it will be September 11th. On that day, we will mark the 20th anniversary of 9-11. Like so many others, I have found myself thinking back to that day. I remember the pain, the feeling of hopelessness, the anger, and then the pride in my fellow man.

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Sometimes in life, circumstances present themselves and put one in a situation simply too good to pass up. This past weekend I found myself in the position to give you, my faithful and loving readers, a great interview.

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With golf season in full swing, it’s difficult to swing a club without hitting a charity or fundraising golf event. Most of these are played in a scramble format. The idea is to have fun and allow everyone, no matter their skill level, to have a good time. All while donating money to a good cause.

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Ask any of my golf buddies and they will tell you that I tend to carry more than the 14-club limit the rules allow. Being in the media, I get to test new clubs all the time. I hate not having my trusty old version with me if the new one happens to not quite work for me.

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The 2020 (2021) Summer Olympics is over. If you are anything like me, you watched quite a bit of it. I enjoyed watching team USA win medals and salute the entire team.

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A friend of mine told me a while back that the next time I was in the Daytona or Deland area, I should look up and play Victoria Hills Golf Club located in Deland, just off I-4, west of Daytona.

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Five years ago, Great Britain's Justin Rose became the first golfer to win an Olympic Gold Medal in 112 years. It was a long time coming, and the event lived up to everything we had hoped for.

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If you watched any of the Open Championship this past weekend, you may have found yourself pining to play some “links golf”. There is nothing quite like watching yo0ur golf ball take crazy bounces, roll forever, or wind up in the gorse. There is an entirely new kind of frustration to the gam…

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When you win The Open Championship, you become “Champion Golfer of the Year” and your name is engraved on The Golf Champion Trophy, or as it is more commonly known, The Claret Jug.

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Being a true “sports nut”, I love the month of July. Hockey playoffs have reached the Stanley Cup finals, baseball is in full swing, football training camps are set to open, and golf’s final major is here. What I admit to enjoying the most is waking up early, flipping on the television and w…

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We all know what July 4th means to our country. Our beloved union of states turns 245-year-old this Sunday, July the 4th.

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While the saying golfers hear most often is “Drive for show, putt for dough”, it always helps to have a long drive in the fairway to start each hole. You’re not going to be putting for much dough if your first putt is for bogey or worse. Besides, don’t we all want to hit our drives well down…

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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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I have always maintained that golf is not only the greatest sport, but also one of life’s greatest lesson givers. We learn a lot from our game. It teaches us honor, integrity, sportsmanship, how to depend only on ourselves, and a myriad of other lessons that form what we become.

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After 15-plus months of being shut-in, quarantined, needing to wear masks, seeing the same few people every day, the world needs a vacation! With vaccinations in full force, rules being loosened and portions of the world coming out of the pandemic, now may be as good a time as any to just get away.