Thursday, December 8, 2016
1) USGA Tweaks
Looks like the USGA is starting to tweak the rules again (which is much needed). Not only are they capping the length of drivers but they are creating a Dustin Johnson rule.
2) A Rose By Any Other Name
Lost in all the hubbub of Tiger's Hero World Challenge was Justin Rose's withdrawal due to ongoing back issues which has sidelined him for the end of the season. He is still going to try and defend his title in Hong Kong this week and hope he gets on the mend.
Robin Hamilton of GNN previews the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Most notably, Lexi Thompson is in the field!
4) New Podcast
John Swantek has yet another great podcast which you should check out!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
1) New Balls
My favorite golfball is the Taylormade Tour Preferred X. Looks like there is a new ball on the block that I might have to try!
Geoff breaks down everything Cameron with a certain someone coming back to golf.
3) New Podcast
Ryan at GNN breaks down all the latest golf news on a great podcast.
Sterling Hills is a really pleasant surprise in Southern California golf. I didn't know much about the course prior to playing it but after the first couple of holes, I definitely see what the draw is here.
That draw is...the greens.
Whoa boy are the greens nice. They were mowed close so your putts had pace (but not too much), they were in really good shape so your putts were rolling true and they had a lot of variety so if you missed the green in the wrong place, then your day was really starting.
The front side meanders along with a lot of subtle shelving in the fairways and a lot of dirt patches instead of rough which makes your balls much more findable. There is also a lot of great fescue grasses around the course which add to a surprisingly links-y feel to your round.
There is also a bunch of water on the course but its really more ornamental than challenging your tee shots or approach shots. That being said, it does look purty!
The backside of the course has a lot of elevation gains and losses but my favorite had to be this beauty looking out into the vastness of Ventura county.
Distance control is key as the elevation gains and losses messed with my yardage assessment on several holes.
The course isn't perfect. The sand is inconsistent. They overwater the course leading to mudballs despite not having rain for weeks. Still though, the course is fun to play and fun to chip and putt. If you are in Ventura you should check this out!
For more information on the course, check out the link: http://www.sterlinghillsgolf.com/
1) Hit Me With Your Bjorn Shot
Sure the Ryder Cup happened only 3 months ago but we can look forward to 2018 right, right? In the spirit of that, the European Team has named their new captain, Thomas Bjorn.
2) Champs Tour Update
I really dig the Champions Tour, mainly because I grew up when these guys were playing the PGA Tour but they also get to play some interesting courses. New schedule is released here:
No Laying Up has a GREAT article about those golfers who switched clubs and the results they had this year.
4) New Podcast
Shane Bacon and Alan Shipnuck get into Tiger's return in the latest Clubhouse podcast.
Monday, December 5, 2016
1) Q School
I love the LPGA and one of the reasons is that they still have a meaningful Q school. Geoff wraps up all the stories that came out of the recent one. Congrats to all those gaining status for 2017!
A golfer I have been very high on for the last few years is Harold Varner III. He is a great golfer and also has a great attitude toward golf. His headcover also has a Twitter account. All of this aside, HV3 finally broke out with a win in Australia (he got close there last year) and I am stoked! Ryan has a breakdown of all who participated.
Brandon Stone smoked the field at the Alfred Dunhill links. Muy caliente!
4) Yes, Yes
While all these amazing things in 1-3 happened last weekend, I am sure everyone will focus not on Matsuyama winning the silly season Hero World Challenge but Tiger's up and down 4 days. I hope there are more pieces on Hideki though since he is the hottest golfer going at the moment.
Friday, December 2, 2016
1) A Reversible 9 Saves Time
How do we make a more enjoyable golf experience? Perhaps the answer is more 9 holes courses that can be played in reverse? I really dig the idea and gets explored further in the link!
2) Live Leaderboard
Just because it is the silly season doesn't mean the scores count any less. Check out the latest from the Hero World Challenge (that name still mystifies) here:
3) It Only Took Years
I am not a fan. Must lead with that caveat. Self enlightenment can also come to us pretty late but hopefully someone will keep learning.
4) Podcast Mania
The folks at Talking Golf Getaways continue to pump out a podcast a day. Here is the latest and greatest Emergency 9.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
1) RIP Swinging Skirts
The new LPGA schedule is out and while purses are going up and the tour is getting a higher profile, there will be casualties including the cancellation of one of my favorite events, the Swinging Skirts event at Lake Merced CC. Fantastic course and fantastic event.
2) Q School
Speaking of the LPGA, their Q school is in full swing. Check out the updates from round one here:
3) Bahama Mama
A nice look at the course the Hero World Challenge is taking place at this week.
4) New Podcast
Shane Bacon is back because El Tigre is back. Check out the podcast!