Archive for February, 2011

Quinta do Lago South Course, Portugal

Feb 28th
2011

Just a 15-minute drive from Faro International Airport and is under three hours flying time from most European capitals,  Quinta do Lago South Golf Course is integrated in the Quinta do Lago Golf Resort an exclusive golf and residential estate nestling in nearly 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside and pine forests, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve, Portugal.

Designed by William Mitchell from the USA and opened in 1974, Quinta do Lago South Course hosted the “Portuguese Open Championship” eight times; 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001, and many other important professional and amateur championships. It has also hosted many large professional and amateur championships.

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Astbury Hall Golf Course, England

Feb 27th
2011

Astbury Hall Golf Course is located on 350 acres of rolling, wooded land in the heart of Shropshire west of Birmingham, England. The course opened initially with nine holes and inaugurated the remaining nine in the middle of September 2010, this is the first designed course by the world renowned heavy metal guitarist K.K Downing from Judas Priest. Troon Golf a worldwide management group, whose British portfolio includes Turnberry, Prince’s, Bearwood Lakes and The Grove, has established a partnership with Astbury Hall to manage the golf operations.

Astbury Hall is one of the most refreshing new golf developments in the UK, boasting superb championship conditioning and a spectacular stately home overlooking the golf course. The Georgian building has been transformed into a breathtaking clubhouse, from what was once Downing’s own residence. The ancient history of the original Hall was destroyed by the fire, it is believed that the original building was built in the reign of Henry the third.

Measuring over 6500 Yards this par 71 golf course combines excellent natural features with a tactical mix of strategically placed bunkering and beautifully manicured playing surfaces featuring the latest creeping bent grass greens built to USGA specifications. Stunning views of the rolling hills, synonymous with the English countryside, ensures that a visit to Astbury Hall will be a truly memorable experience. The course’s signature hole is the par-3 18th one of the most exciting finishing holes in the UK, measuring 200 yards from the championship tees, the hole is played across water to a tricky green, with bunkers left and right, testing both nerve and ability. But wait, there’s more

Golf Funny Commercial #27

Feb 26th
2011

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Golf Lingo #13 (What is the Origin of the Term "Tee")

Feb 25th
2011

The term “Tee” is believed to be a backformation from the Old Scottish “teaz” (substantive and verb) taken as a plural and “tie” (verb), but its origin is unknown. The oldest mention of the word in its current form dates back to 1744 in Articles & Laws in Playing at Golf, but the earlier form Teaz appears as early as 1673 in the Wedderburn’s Vocabulary giving Latin equivalents for golfing terms, where Statutem (support or prop) is suggested as an equivalent for Teaz.

Golf tees are generally used for the first stroke of each hole, and the area from which this first stroke is hit is informally also known as a tee (officially, teeing ground). Before this, to elevate the ball for a drive the golf ball was teed up on a little heap of sand that was provided in boxes; this explains the historical name “tee boxes” and why that before the advent of the wooden tee the word “tee” was used to refer to the cone or mound of sand that fulfilled the same function. The development of the tee was the last major change to the rules of golf.

A popular alternative to lift the ball off the turf was the disposable tee cup, a ring of cardboard that was sold in perforated booklets; the golfer had to tear off one of these along the perforation and shape it by rolling it between the fingers. Celluloid tees and other wooden or rubber gadgets also existed to help form a sand tee. But wait, there’s more

Quinta do Lago North Course, Portugal

Feb 24th
2011

Quinta do Lago North Golf course is integrated in the Quinta do Lago Golf Resort an exclusive golf and residential estate nestling in nearly 2,000 acres of picturesque countryside and pine forests, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve, Portugal. Located just a 15-minute drive from Faro International Airport,  is under three hours flying time from most European capitals. Lisbon and Seville are just a few hours away by car.

The course has two architects. The American William Mitchell designed holes 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 in 1974. These holes (as with the other course) share a unique character. The terrain is superb and typical of the area, sandy and littered with umbrella pines trees. In the spring, the rough is covered with a blanket of wild flowers, heather and gorse. The Fairways and tees are covered with Bermuda hybrid with a cool season mixture of grasses, which provides year-round, top quality swards. The greens are sown with Creeping Bentgrass Penncross, giving a fast, true putting surface, and which provide good all-year round putting surfaces. The bunkering is incomparable, both on the fairways and surrounding the greens and gives the course an advantage over many of similar quality and design.

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Golf Cartoon #10

Feb 23rd
2011

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #5

Feb 22nd
2011

Michael Jordan used to play golf when not in the basketball court, many say he is a great golf player too! Here is one his shots…check it out….it’s just unbelievable!

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Golf Architects/Designers: Graham Marsh

Feb 21st
2011

Born the 14Th January 1944 in Kalgoorlie, Australia, Graham V. Marsh (nick named “Swampy”) was one of the leading Australian professional golfers of his generation and as received recognition for being one of the most consistent performers’ on all World Tours. Twelve months after joining the Gosnells Golf Club (curiously he renovated the course in the 90’s), “Swampy” won the Handicap Championships; by 1964 he was the winner of the Western Australian Junior Championship. He won consecutively the Cottesloe Championships from 1964 to 1967, in 1967 Graham Marsh finished runner up at the Australian Amateur Championships; he turned professional golfer in 1969.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Marsh was a regular winner on the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia. He also won several events in Asia outside of Japan and one on the U.S.- based PGA Tour, the 1977 Heritage Classic. Marsh had an outstanding win rate on the European Tour, where he accumulated eleven titles even though he never played more than seven events in Europe in a season. He also won the Colgate World Match Play Championship, which was not an official money European Tour event at the time, in England in 1977. He had 56 wins in all in his regular career, making him one of the most successful players of his era not to win a major championship. As a senior, Marsh has played extensively in the United States on the Champions Tour winning six events including two senior majors: the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 1999 Tradition. He has also won the Japan Senior Open twice.

Marsh is also active in golf course design through Graham Marsh Golf Design which he established in 1986. The company’s early projects were in Australia and Japan, but it later branched out to other parts of Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Diamante Dunes Golf Course, Mexico

Feb 20th
2011

The Diamante Dunes Course in Los Cabos, Mexico added another reason why golfers have been electing the area as an ultimate golf destination in the past years. This recent course, designed by the famous 20 times PGA tour winner Davis Love III, uses the natural sand dunes and Pacific Ocean beachfront to create one of the finest golf environments in all of Mexico. Its diverse features have drawn comparisons to playing Pebble Beach, Pinehurst or St. Andrews in Scotland, but with the warm, tropical weather of Mexico.

Located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula with its Pacific coastal dunes with the bio-diversity of the Peninsula,  desert and the hilly terrain surrounding Cabo San Lucas providing a rich and dramatic setting for a golf course that is destined to be included in the discussion of the world’s best. This links masterpiece features 18 distinct holes (Par 72), with emerald green fairways, inviting greens and endless views of the Pacific, but with the wind blowing off the Pacific your golf swing will be tested. There are any number of holes on the course that could qualify for a signature hole, the 17th may be one of them, a par five running along the dunes to a strangely elevated green. Other option is the 16 hole, a short par three with an insane green; perhaps the par five 14 with an impressive 600 yard uphill will test your skills.

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“You are either playing towards the ocean, along the ocean or away from the ocean,” Love says. “And then, at times, you’re down in the dunes and you pop up and are surprised by the view of the ocean. It’s groundbreaking to put a course like this in a resort area like Cabo.”

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Ben Crane – On Working Out

Feb 19th
2011

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