Smooth 73 Has Me Thinking…

Shot a smooth little 73 today at a muni in Madisonville, KY. 38-35. I got beat, though, by Bill Knapp, with his 38-32=70. Golfer’s luck. Shoot the round of your year and you’ll get beat…everytime.

It did get me thinking, though. About the PGA. No, not the Tour. The tournament.

It’s going to be played at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. August 11th – 14th. If you live anywhere near there, you have got to go. Everyone should go watch Major Championship in person, at least once. I was fortunate enough to be at Valhalla in 2000 when Bob May took Tiger Woods to the edge. Living in Louisville made it easy to be at practice rounds and all 4 rounds of the tournament. My oldest daughter, Emily, went with me on Friday. We got there around sunrise and got home around 10:30 PM. Stayed until dark. Notah Begay and Scott Verplank were easy to talk to. Barbara Nicklaus, Amy Mayfair and Amy Mickelson walked and talked to her for several holes. Golfers would be nicer to fans, if the people with Marshal shirts would get out of the way.

Baltusrol, if you remember back to ’93, was home to a 630 yard par 5. The 17th hole. Big John Daly hit it with driver ( 325 yards ) and his infamous 0 iron ( 305 yards ). It was a 13 degree iron that only he could have hit, at the time.

This year they made it longer, 647 yards, but the ball goes further and the players have better equipment and are in better shape. I’m sure several will be able to get there in two, but it will still be a monster.

I’ve played a longer hole. About 715 yards. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Fightin’ Joe course. Florence, Alabama. This past November. Driver, 3 wood and 3 iron. Two putts. Easy par.

Oh, by the way, it’s about 8092 yards from the back tees. Enjoy.

Lee Janzen won at Baltusrol in ’93, but won’t be one of the favorites this year. The late Payne Stewart was runner up, I believe, in ’93 and will be missed, as he is everywhere the Tour goes.

You will be able to watch it this year on TNT and CBS. Thanks to the golf Gods for giving us David Feherty.

For more info on New Jersey golf, click here.

Time For A New Glove

Today was a good day. I got a new glove. It’s a Nike Dri-Fit Tour.

It’s first for me. I’ve always worn FootJoy. They match my shoes.

I’ve tried Titleist a few times, too.

This new Nike matches my driver, which by the way is H-O-T !

It’s got their Dri-Fit fabric in a few strategic locations. The back of the hand, the fingers and thumb.
It feels thicker than the ones I’ve always had. Seems tighter to my hand, even though it took a larger size, an
XL versus L, than my old glove. It’s got a couple of quilted, for lack of a better word, seams that make it hug my hand.

Of course, it’s Cabretta leather, which feels really expensive.

Thank you, Nike, for not putting that stupid little removable ball marker on a fine piece of equipment like this.
If you use one of those, S-T-O-P it right now. Get a lucky dime, or a $1 gold coin, like I use.

It felt really good, did a good job and was all I needed in a glove, but I’ll let you know more after I’ve played a few more rounds in it.

That won’t take long, as I’m going to a local muni in a small western Kentucky town, Madisonville, tomorrow. I grew up there and they always have a good skins game on the weekends. I’m also going to east Tennessee next weekend. River Islands in Knoxville and then to The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain. Got a foursome of friends from Louisville heading down for some great golf and good food. Look out Corky’s BBQ in Pigeon Forge !

Legacy Golf Resort – Arizona

The Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, Arizona is nestled at the base of South Mountain. The resort is rich in history and heritage, beauty and charm.

From the Official Website:

Course features:

Designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks, the Legacy’s lush green fairways, forgiving rough, well-placed hazards, and manicured greens offer a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Indigenous grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees surround the rolling terrain. Its elevation provides exceptional views of Camelback Mountain, Squaw Peak and the downtown Phoenix skyline.

Clubhouse features:

In Celebration of Golf pro shop features designer men’s and women’s apparel, exclusive gifts, equipment and accessories. The Legacy also offers seasonal John Jacobs Golf School packages, a full-service practice facility, tournament coordination, and private and group instruction. World renowned LPGA professionals Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson offer private instruction, personalized coaching and coaching seminars. Lynn and Pia were both included in Golf Magazine’s exclusive “Top 100 instructors” list, and Lynn is consistently ranked among Golf Digest’s “Top 50 Instructors.” Pia is the former Head Coach of the Swedish National Golf Teams and Solheim Cup Captain. For more information www.coachingforthefuture.com.

Rates, which of course are subject to change, seem to be reasonable – given all that the resort offers.

From June 1, 2005 – August 31, 2005

Studio: $139 One-Bedroom Condominium: $169 Two-Bedroom Condominium: $299

September 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005

Studio: $179 One-Bedroom Condominium: $219 Two-Bedroom Condominium: $389

Special Group Rates are available.

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