Archive for July, 2011

El Cortijo Clube de Campo, Gran Canaria

Jul 31st

El Cortijo Club de Campo (18 Holes, Par 72), is situated in Tenerife, Spain, between the airport and the island capital Las Palmas. The course was designed designed by Blake Stirling & Marco Martín (Global Golf Design), this very urbane 18-hole golf course lies in the middle of an industrial area. The rather unusual surroundings for a golf course should not put you off though, built in antique farm along three valleys with a huge representation of native flora.

It has quick greens and the course boasts six lakes and more than six hundred century-old palm trees, the lakes along the course brings freshness and provides to El Cortijo a natural landscape difficult to equal. With up to 6 tees to play off El Cortijo is set-up to accommodate all player levels. The fairway grass is of the “Bermuda 419” type and the greens are planted with the providence strain of the Agrotis type, both reflecting the care and expense which has gone into this course.

This course has host international championships like the Peugeot Oki Tour and the Professional Senior and Women’s Spanish Championships. Facilities include a golf school, practise course, shop, chipping green, putting green, and practise bunkers.

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Golf Funny Commercial #42

Jul 30th

Slazenger Golf Commercial for Raw Distance Balls.

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Golf Cartoon #30

Jul 29th

Destination Golf – Madeira

Jul 28th

The Archipelago of Madeira is around 300 miles from the African coast and about 600 miles from the European continent, known to the Ancient Romans as the Purple Islands, were discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th Century. The archipelago is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the uninhabited islands of Selvagens and Desertas.

A popular year-round resort, Madeira is visited every year by about one million tourists, noted for its Madeira wine, flowers, landscapes and embroidery artisans, as well for its annual New Year’s celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world. The main harbor in Funchal is the leading Portuguese port in cruise liner dockings, being an important stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North America.

The Islands have two airports, Funchal Airport on the Island of Madeira and the other in the island of Porto Santo. Flights to the islands are mostly made from Lisbon and Porto, but there are also direct flights just 3 to 4 hours from most European capitals. Transport between the two main islands is by plane or ferries, the latter also carrying vehicles; modern roads reach all points of interest on the islands. But wait, there’s more

Callaway Apparel Fall 2011

Jul 27th

Built on a rich heritage of innovation, Callaway is dedicated to pushing beyond conventional thinking to develop authentic products for golfers, by golfers.

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Profile: Rickie Fowler

Jul 26th

When Rickie Fowler was young and learning the game, golf was only a small part of his west coast lifestyle, but soon it became the genesis of his sense of style and purpose to the game.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril (Robert von Hagge)

Jul 25th

Robert von Hagge was literally born and raised on a golf course. For six years in the 1920’s, his father, Ben F. von Hagge, was associated with Donald Ross, the famous Scottish golf course architect. Ben then became a country club manager and developer of club facilities in and around the Chicago area. He won the Chicago District Golf Association Top Turf award seven times in a period of fourteen years in which he competed, while simultaneously managing the various clubs with which he was then affiliated.

Before his 17th birthday, Robert von Hagge had worked as a caddy, a shop boy (cleaning and repairing golf clubs), a caddy master, a golf course maintenance crewman, an assistant greens superintendent, assistant golf professional, and as a commercial illustrator for sporting magazines. After graduating from high school, he entered Purdue University Agriculture School, and majored in landscape architecture. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy’s advanced V-12 O.C.S. program. While attending Purdue studying spatial planning and design, he subsidized his student income by freelancing as a commercial artist for outdoor magazines.

In 1955, Dick Wilson, one of America’s foremost golf course architects, employed him as an apprentice golf course designer. By 1959, Robert was recognized within the profession as a principal designer with the Wilson firm. By the year’s end in 1962, he had been involved in all or part of the design of 40 golf courses in the U.S. and the Caribbean and four foreign countries. Later that same year, he resigned his affiliation with the Dick Wilson Company in order to start his own golf course architectural and design firm.

Today, as Founder and Senior Partner/Architect of von Hagge Smelek & Baril, Robert can boast being intimately involved in the design of more than 240 golf courses world-wide.  He continues to hone his skills and maintain hands-on involvement in the creation of distinctive designs all over the world.

Anfi Tauro Golf, Gran Canaria, Spain

Jul 24th

Anfi Tauro Golf is situated in the southwest of the island of Gran Canaria, more specific in Tauro, belonging to the municipality of Mogán, Spain. Laid out in a valley 40m above sea level the course has a perfect view of the mountains and the sea. The area now occupied by Anfi Tauro golf was previously nothing more than wasteland but today is a fantastic golf resort planted with flowers and lush greens that meander around beautiful lakes.

Anfi Tauro has two golf courses, a 9 hole with 986 meters (Par 27) and a 18 hole with 5807 meters (Par 72), both are set amid a landscape of palm trees, volcanic mountains and lakes. These golf courses offer the perfect balance between challenge and beauty and were designed by world class golf course designers Von Hagge, Smelek and Baril. The 9 hole opened to the public in 2001 and the 18 hole course opened in 2006, booth are surrounded by nature offering amazing scenery as well as a tough test of golf.

The superb layouts at Anfi Tauro Golf offer a unique experience with its Arizona course styling and dramatic mountain and coastal backdrops, the numerable tees on the course will speed up play and offer players of all levels a challenging and entertaining game. On the Championship course, which hosted a Spanish PGA Championship level test, the 8th hole is located in a red rock enclave and the holes 14 and 17 offer amazing views over the whole valley, its driving range is probably the best on the island and.

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Golf Funny Commercial #41

Jul 23rd

In this commercial produced for Canadian television, the youth athlete plays the typical overbearing ‘supportive’ parent.

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Golf Cartoon #29

Jul 22nd