Archive for September, 2010

Oceanico Academy Course, Portugal

Sep 30th

Why stop playing golf when it’s dark? If it is a cool night, the moon is out, and the course is equipped with the conditions that allow you to play at night then you can combine the leisure act of a stroll with a relaxing game of golf. In the Algarve, Portugal, the 9 hole Oceanico Academy course located between the Oceanico Faldo Course and the Oceanico O’Connor Jnr. course is ideally suited to beginners and those who wish to sharpen up their short game.

Located in the Amendoeira Golf Resort just 35 minutes´ drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway, near the city of Silves; the course has been built to the same high standards as the Oceanico Faldo Course and Oceanico O’Connor Jnr. course. Three teeing options vary the line of play into each hole and maximize every hazard designed into the green complex. The 7th is the feature hole on the course, where two of the teeing options play over water.

Cat Plays Golf

Sep 29th

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Golf Books #1 (Zen Golf – Mastering The Mental Game)

Sep 28th
The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and most important, concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. The goal of achieving clear thought is also at the heart of Buddhist teachings. In his highly original and groundbreaking book, noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.

Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” Dr Parent’s unique PAR Approach (focusing on Preparation, Action, and Response to Results) guides golfers with specific techniques for each aspect of their games. In chapters such as “How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee”, “You Produce What You Fear”, and “How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf”, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of professionals and amateurs alike. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in “the zone” that professionals have learned to master.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and equally important, respond the results of any golf shot. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings. (source)

The World’s Most Challenging Golf Course: Ko’olau, Hawaii

Sep 27th

Located just a 20-minute drive over the Pali Highway from downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Ko’olau Golf Course is considered the world’s most challenging golf course. Designed by Dick Nugent and inaugurated in 1992 the course makes its way through three different climate zones, carved out of a magnificent tropical rain forest on the windward side of the 2,000-foot Ko’olau Ridge mountain range.

The course features winding ravines, extreme elevation changes, and breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, the rugged landscape of this tropical jungle course uses ravines as the target for holes and boasts lush vegetation and huge sand bunkers. The 18th hole has two carries over a giant jungle ravine-both the drive and the approach shot. Ko’olau is a Par 72 course at 7,310 yards.

The glorious ocean and rainforest views will take golfers to write imaginary “Wish You Were Here” postcards instead of focusing on the main goal, which is to keep the ball out of all the ravines and sand traps. Locals talk constantly about how tough this course is and the rule of thumb is to bring the same number of balls as your handicap.

Night Golf

Sep 26th

The origins of Night Golf have a wide variety of reasons, it became popular in some countries as golfers found a way to beat the heat during summers when daytime temperatures, in the USA African American caddies learned to play golf at night because of “whites only” rules at most private and public golf courses before the 1960’s; under the cover of darkness but with the light of the moon, African American golfers would practice the swings that they observed as caddies during the day.

Nowadays Night golf is popular around the world, with the invention of the patented Nitelite golf ball back in 1986, over 150,000 Night Golf tournaments have been played in 62 countries. In the United Kingdom alone 1,500 golf clubs enjoy regular Night Golf events, either to raise money for charity, to encourage new members or simply bring a little fun to the game! Many golfers would like to play golf at night due to a number of reasons, some people work late, while others live in countries where the unbearable heat during the day.

Night golfing features the challenges of the traditional game, but with the lights off. Golfers are forced to track a glowing ball and work with shadows and darkness to make their way to the green. Glow sticks are used along the fairway to help lead the way, but games become quite amusing as regulars try to remember courses to gain an edge on their competitors. Night golf balls Glow in the dark golf balls either luminous balls or inserted glow sticks. Most recently in order to attract more people and achieve significantly raising profits the number of golf clubs that have invest in equip their courses with artificial illumination is growing.

Golf Funny Commercial #12

Sep 25th

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Hole-In-One Facts

Sep 24th

The First Recorded – The earliest recorded hole-in-one was in 1868 at the Open Championship when Tom Morris (Young Tom) did the 8th hole 145 yards Prestwick in one stroke. This was the first of four Open Championships won successively by Young Tom.

The First With 1.66 inch ball – The first hole-in-one recorded with the 1.66 inch ball was in 1972 by John G Salvesen, a member of the R&A Championship Committee. At the time this size of ball was only experimental. Salvesen used a 7-iron for his historical feat at the 11th hole on the Old Course, St Andrews.

Consecutive – John Hudson, a 25-year-old professional, achieved a near miracle when he holed two consecutive holes-in-one at the 11th and 12th holes (195 yards and 311 yards respectively) in the 1971 Martini Tournament at Norwich, England.

First On TV in Open Championship – In the Open Championship at Birkdale, Lionel Platts aced the 212-yard 4th hole in the second round. This was the first instance of an Open Championship hole-in-one being recorded by television.

In the Ryder Cup – Nick Faldo’s ace at the 14th in the 1993 Ryder Cup at The Belfry was only the second to be recorded in the history of the match. The other was by Peter Butler at Muirfield’s 16th hole in 1973.

Two In a Tournament – In the 1973 Open Championship at Troon, two holes-in-one were recorded, both at the “Postage Stamp” hole, the 8th hole, in the first round. They were achieved by Gene Sarazen and amateur David Russell, who were by coincidence respectively the oldest and youngest competitors.

4 professionals, One Round, One Hole – In less than two hours play in the second round of the 1989 US Open at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, four competitors – Doug Weaver, Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate and Nick Price – each holed the 167 yards 6th hole in one. The odds against four professionals achieving such a record in a field of 156 are reckoned at 332,000 to 1.

The Longest – In March, 1961, Lou Kretlow holed his tee shot at the 427 yards 16th hole at Lake Hefner course, Oklahoma City, USA.

The Longest by a Lady Golfer – The longest-recorded hole-in-one by a woman was that accomplished in September, 1949 by Marie Robie – the 393-yard hole at Furnace Brook course, Wollaston, Mass, USA.

Oldest Man – In January 1985 Otto Bucher from Switzerland holed-in-one at the age of 99 on La Manga’s 130-yard 12th hole.

The world’s Most Northerly golf course: Tromsø Golf Park, Norway

Sep 23rd

Tromsø Golf Park, the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world, is located a 35 minute drive from the city centre of Tromsø, Norway. With the Lyngen alpine mountain range as a backdrop and adjacent to one of the region’s best salmon rivers, the golf park is situated on former grounds inhabited by the Sami culture.

The location of the golf course, some distance from Tromsø city centre, ensures that the golfer’s experience of the game will be accompanied only by the sound of other golfers discussing their own golfing performance. As Artic Circle Norwegians have no sense of territory, the club also has a local rule: even if the ball lands into one of the unfenced gardens that border the course, you are allowed to pitch it back onto the course.

The serene peacefulness and tranquility of the area will guarantee the visitor an extraordinary golfing experience. With its close proximity to the sea, the area looks as if it has been taken right out of a tourist brochure depicting some of the most intense nature experience Norway can offer her guests and visitors.

Golf Adventure

Sep 22nd

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Moon Spa & Golf Club Course, Mexico

Sep 21st

Moon Spa & Golf Club, located just 10 minutes from Cancun International Airport, is home to the first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Cancun – Rivera Maya landscape, Mexico. Designed with a unique concept of environmental conservation, a perfect Ecological harmony is achieved. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape, natural mangroves and exotic animals, this course will be an unforgettable experience.

Its three-nine holes courses offer three combinations for play: Jungle to Lakes, Lakes to Dunes and Dunes to Jungle, each three nine-hole course each par 36, with a total of 10,798 yards offers its own distinctive challenges; featuring four sets of tees lined with native jungle vegetation, natural wetlands and bunkers that have been strategically placed. Highlights include: the signature hole, number 17, a 151-yard, par 3, that plays downwind to an island green; the sixth hole, a par 4 that plays 336 yards and is drivable, but has a carry over water; and the finishing hole, a strong par 4 that plays 446 yards.

The Club House, a luxurious structure with open terraces and breathtaking views, featuring a Deluxe Golf Shop, a Snack Bar, two Specialty Restaurants, a lounge bar and an Infinity pool with a spectacular view of the Lakes Course. The public greens fee includes complimentary transportation from area hotels in air-conditioned vans.