Thursday, January 29, 2015

Golfing Van Nuys Review

Nestled in Van Nuys, is an 18 hole par 3 course along with a a 9 hole executive course. I decided to take a spin on the executive course although in some ways this course forced me to rethink what I look for in courses.

The course starts out like most beater courses, hitting off mats and on top of other golfers. In fact, you are so on top of other golfers, I started to get nervous during the round. The tees are so close together, the roadways are so close to the course, there is almost no margin for error which does not add to the enjoyment of the round. Things are so stacked up, the airplanes are stacked upon you.

When you aren't hitting near other golfers, you are hitting almost into traffic. In the pic below you have two options, hit near a tree or lose it right into a fence or onto the road.

I don't want to slag Van Nuys too much, after all, real estate is limited and not every course has the luxury of land adjacent to the course but the proximity of everything made me feel, well claustrophobic.

One great thing about VNGC is that it gave me this shot:

So many golf balls, so little time.

Don't let me dissuade you on VNGC, check it out for yo'self!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Reviewing Callaway's Chrome Soft Ball

In 2014, I got back into golf after a long layoff. After I knocked the rust off, in 2015 I am going to take the next step and really get my game in gear. Part of that plan is to upgrade my golf balls so when Callaway announced their new Chrome Soft balls, I got my hands on some as soon as they were released and took em out on the course.

First off, this ball is soft, soft off the tee, soft off the putter. While I usually think urethane covers as being hard, this ball is like hitting a marshmallow, in the best possible way.  Its a marshmallow that goes at least as far as my other balls and feels good coming off the putter.

Like any new ball, it takes a bit to figure out how the ball checks up versus how the ball releases but suffice to say, this ball does BOTH! This ball with run on the bump n run and also check up with a lot of spin.

I had two shots where I overshot the pin by 5 yards only to see the ball back up to 4 feet by the pin. In fact, one of these shots won me a closest to the pin contest this weekend! If that isn't an endorsement of this ball, I don't know what does.

Callaway, I don't know what is in your water but what is in your golf balls are pretty sweet!

To check out more about the ball go here!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Golfing Watters Creek Texas Review

When I think of Texas, I think of beautifully flat prairie interrupted by houses and the occasional chain store selling stuffed armadillos. There are some great golf courses in Texas and one way that they counteract the flat/armadillo dynamic is to have lots and lots of water and Watters Creek has it in spades.

Numerous holes run along creeks, go over ponds or involve you drinking water which makes for an interesting course.

One of the best holes is one of the shortest, the par 4 sixth hole that doglegs left with an imposing second shot over a creek that bends twice (twice the creek for twice the fun!) before reaching the green.

The course wasn't looking its sharpest due to the winter weather but it was still a lot of fun to play. Did I mention the water?

As we ended the round, the sun was setting and setting the Texas sky on fire which made for a great end to a watery day.

For more info on the course, check it out here: