The 6th Golf Lesson – Abandon my High-Handed Habits

My sixth golf lesson with my teaching pro at Man O’ War was one part tune-up and three parts fine tuning.  According to Mike, apparently I’ve absorbed most of what he’s been trying to teach me thus far. On the video monitor, all of my angles, lines, and ratios are significantly improved from when I…

Off the Stimpmeter – Traditions Golf Club, Hebron, KY

I’ve played several truly, soul-crushingly difficult golf courses, rounds during which I realized early on that “it’s going to be one of those days.”  I’ve played on greens that were, I thought, lightening fast, to the point of being punitive.  None of those experiences compare to what I experienced at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron,…

Golf is dying? I don’t buy it.

A recent New York Times article espoused the possibility that gimmicky 15-inch holes will provide the much-needed spark that will pull the golf industry out of its precipitous five-year decline.  Instantly, every talking hairpiece on radio, television, and the Internet took the story and ran with it. Generally, the pundits used the article as the…

My Golfer’s Syndrome – Giddy from Anticipation Golf Performance Anxiety

Sometimes, I literally can’t wait to get on the golf course.  Try as I might not to think about it too much, the anticipation tends to overwhelm my mind, and eventually trying to concentrate on anything other than golf becomes futile.  This is my Golfer’s Syndrome. Over the past year, I’ve done a lot of…

StoneCrest Golf Course, Prestonsburg, KY – Golf on top of Appalachia

StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg is a less than two hours from my home inside New Circle Road in Lexington, but arriving at the clubhouse gave me a sense I’d entered a whole other world. The trip required a two-hour journey to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range. After playing the course, I’d drive…

Acceptable frustration outlets on the golf course

A brief discussion with The Wife this evening about a prior Blog post and my StoneCrest Golf Course experience provoked an interesting discussion,  within my own head, about the modern bounds of propriety for expressing anger or disgust on the golf course. Most sensible golfers know what is absolutely out-of-bounds behavior on one end of…

Kearney Hill Golf Links, Lexington, KY – A Pete Dye Course for the Masses

One of the first Pete Dye collaborations with his son, P.B. Dye, was Kearney Hill Golf Links here in Lexington, Kentucky.  It has been the crown jewel of municipal courses in Central Kentucky since in opened in 1989.  Despite hosting some lofty and prestigious tournaments over the years, Kearney Hill remains a golf course that the…

Rule 1-2: Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical Condition

The first Rule of Golf, aptly named Rule 1, is actually broken down into four distinct sections.  While the first rule, Rule 1-1, is a feel-good, general statement describing the game of golf, Rule 1-2 is the first of many “No Funny Business” rules, and only seems straightforward in its prohibition against exerting influence on…

April Question of the Month: Would you want to live on a golf course?

I love golf.  I love playing golf, being around the game, and being around the golf course. But if I would actually want to live on a golf course is another matter entirely.  Would you? And before you answer, yes, we all would love to win the SuperMegaPowerBall lottery and be able to afford one…