Archive for October, 2011

Golf Architects/Designers: Marco Croze

Oct 31st

Marco Croze is considered Italy’s most diligent golf architect and one of the best European golf designers, born in in Venice in 1940 within a prestigious family filled with love for golf. As a child, thanks to his father, the President of the historic Venice Golf Club, he discovered his great passion for the green, and grew up in the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco, where the family owns, since 1846, the Missiaglia Jewellery Shop, the most ancient and famous in the city. He graduated at the University of Venezia with a degree in architecture in 1965, at the beginning of his career; he had as teachers and masters two great architects in golf history: the English architect John D. Harris, whom he represented in Italy, and Pete Dye. He joined them both in realizing important projects.

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La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Spain

Oct 30th

Just 5 minutes drive from Marbella, overlooking the Mediterranean, lying in the heart of the Benahavís Golf Valley there’s La Quinta Golf & Country Club. Running along two valleys, lined by grand flower beds, pine woods and lots of water, the course is a challenge for even the best player and emphasizes accuracy, good shot selection and a command of all the clubs in the bag.

Designed in 1990 by Antonio Garcia Garrido and former Ryder Cup and World Cup Champion, Manuel Pinero this fantastic golf course combines 3 loops of nine holes lined by grand flower beds, pine woods and lots of water that can be played in various combinations.  A variety of hazards come into play from elevated tees with trees, water, sand and streams to negotiate before approaching the greens of which a good proportion are raised.

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Golf Funny Commercial #55

Oct 29th

Annoying golf buddy can’t stop himself from talking about what a great shot his buddy had using a Slazenger golf ball.

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Golf Cartoon #42

Oct 28th

Golf Books #47 (Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey)

Oct 27th

Now a major Motion Picture starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black, this book is about influence and inspiration and a deeper, more profound way of looking at life. The story is based on thousands of athletes who author and performance psychologist Dr. David Cook has counseled, and the great mentors and teachers from whom he has learned. Told through the lives of two characters—an eccentric rancher with a passion for teaching truth, and a young golf professional at the end of his rope looking to escape the pressures of the game—they represent each one of us in our various stages of growth.

And through them we are reminded that, in life, we must be willing to coach and be coached. Life is never the same once you’ve been to Utopia. ‘Read it. Devour it. Keep it as a reference book. You’ll be glad you did. Golf’s Sacred Journey is a remarkable and encouraging story with an entirely different approach on how to succeed in your golf game.’ —Zig Ziglar, leading motivational expert and bestselling author ‘This book is full of wisdom that will enhance your game and I believe it just may change your life.’ – David Robinson, NBA MVP, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Two Time World Champion.

About the Author

Author, speaker, entrepreneur, and mental training coach are the roles Dr. David L. Cook has assumed over the past two decades. His clients have included NBA World Champions, National Collegiate Champions, PGA Tour Champions, Olympians, and many Fortune 500 companies. His articles have been featured in Golf Magazine, Golf Illustrated, and Golf Tips. David is Chairman of the Board of Utopia Films and served as executive producer for the Seven Days in Utopia motion picture. He is a Baylor University graduate and received a PhD in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Karen have been married for over 29 years, have two daughters, and live in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA. (source)

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #22

Oct 26th

In the second round of the Open, Rocco Mediate holes a bunker shot for birdie, predicted seconds earlier by his caddy, on the par-4 6th hole.

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A life long quest for the perfect golf shirt

Oct 25th

Shared from – Chapeau Noir Blog – Trends in Golf Apparel.

Editor’s Note: Today Chapeau Noir brings you the story of Rick Martin, a golf apparel industry legend who is driven by the pursuit of creating the perfect golf shirt. If there ever was a man destined for the pages of Chapeau Noir Golf, this would be the man.

It isn’t often that Chapeau Noir publishes content to this section that comes straight from the wire, but when the content is as worthy as what follows, there is no reason to add my own spin.

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Dallas, Texas — Golf industry icon Rick Martin and his new company, Martin Golf Apparel, are preparing to launch their first new collections – Spring 2012.

Martin Golf Apparel – whose slogan is “Timeless as the Game” – will be sold by an ultra-high account base, ideally the nation’s top Private Golf Clubs. Martin Golf Apparel won’t do any department store business. The company will take a very understated approach, as the garments are a lifetime quest for perfection from Martin.

“This is not about branding,” says Martin. “It is about a beautiful garment that men will want to wear.”

The world’s finest Pima cotton will be the main ingredient in the company’s lines, starting with the Spring 2012 collections. The finest collars in golf feature special, collar-specific yarns. Each garment will feature excellent high-end sourcing and special high-end finishing.

Martin has loved golf since first discovering it in the 1940s, and was drawn to professional golf by the likes of Jimmy Demaret, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: William W. Amick

Oct 24th

William W. Amick (a.ka. Bill Amick) is an a noted golf course design architect, born in the USA his passion for the golf started very early. As a teenager and already a low handicap golfer, Bill always dreamed of becoming a golf course architect. He earned a BA degree and was a Graduate Assistant under a USGA Green Section Scholarship. After his graduating and as an Air Force officer he supervised the maintenance and operation of a base golf course.  Back to civil life he then gained experience in formal golf course design as an assistant to golf course architects in Indianapolis and Atlanta.

In 1959 he realized his dream by opening his own design practice, the AmickGCA that tt is now the oldest golf course architectural office in Florida.  In 1977, Bill was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.  He has also recently been elected a Fellow in the ASGCA.

His courses attract a wide range of golfers, especially juniors, beginners of all ages, lesser-skilled golfers, shorter hitters and handicapped persons. Amick’s more than 75 courses in the United States and internationally also speak to the positive impact he has had on golf, and will continue having for generations to come. His list of representative courses includes Killearn Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.; Halifax Plantation Golf Club, Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Gut Heckenhof Golf & Country Club, Eitorf, Germany.

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La Manga Golf Club, Spain

Oct 23rd

La Manga Golf Club is the the most well known golf club in the Murcia region in Spain, the resort offers three 18-hole championship courses designed over different terrain in varied but always beautiful and tranquil surroundings; in addition they also have a Pitch & Putt Course (Par 47) designed by Seve Ballesteros.

With almost 40 years of history La Manga Golf Club has hosted many top-level international golf tournaments and tour qualifying schools including five Spanish Opens; the European Ladies Team Championship; Spanish PGA, Seniors’, Ladies’ and Junior Championships; Ladies European Tour Q-School; and the World Corporate Golf Challenge, as well as countless corporate, celebrity and charity golf events.

La Manga Club South Course

Designed by Robert D. Putman & Arnold Palmer this Par 73 golf course is the Championship layout at La Manga Club and probably one of the fairest tests of golf one can find. At 6,499 meters from the White Tees, whilst being accepted as a top-caliber championship course, also provides a thorough test both for the scratch player and right across the handicap range. But wait, there’s more

Golf Funny Commercial #54

Oct 22nd

Geoff Ogilvy in a commercial for promotion of the 2010 Australian Open in Sydney.

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