Results of the August Poll Question: How do you deal with a bad round of golf?

Except for the summer-ending round Friday afternoon, I’d spent August in slump.  I simply could not get off the tee box with my driver with any consistency, and it really brought my entire game down. Maybe I was approaching my problems the wrong way, I wondered.  I’m sure I had been over thinking the entire…

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The 9th Golf Lesson – correcting the overcorrections

I fully acknowledge that I am susceptible to sometimes wanting it too much.  This applies to my golf game just as much as the rest of my life.  I try to keep perspective; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I knew going into this swing reconstruction process was just that, a process, which would require…

Persimmon Ridge Golf Club – Arthur Hills at his diabolical best

I generally enjoy Arthur Hills courses.  They are big, wild, sometimes cruel golf courses that test golfer’s shot making at every turn with gigantic greens at which to aim.  Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in the outskirts east of Louisville may be one of the crown jewels of Hills’ design portfolio. I recently had the opportunity…

They make it look so easy – Thoughts from the PGA Championship, Part Two

I have heard interviews with professional golfers and writers over the years that say that when Ben Hogan hit a golf ball, it made a different sound than when anyone else hit the ball. So, as I approached the 17th fairway at Valhalla to begin my PGA Championship experience, I expected to be shocked and…

A fine, fun tract – Houston Oaks Golf Course, Paris, KY – 2014 Redux

The rolling hills of Houston Oaks Golf Course may be the Lexington area’s best kept secret to those golfers not from the Bluegrass region. It’s a fantastic golf course. Houston Oaks is an above-average layout that is kept in above-average condition year round (Bryan and I played Houston Oaks a few days before Christmas 2013).…

Tates Creek Golf Course – The municipal golfer’s golf course

Lexington’s Tates Creek Golf Course is located near the heart of the city’s south side, nestled up against several widely disparate neighborhoods.  It is far and away the most “muni” of all of Lexington’s city courses. John Mark and I have probably played Tates Creek a combined 150 times between us, so I guess he…

Valhalla as a venue – Thoughts from the PGA Championship, Part One

I am extremely grateful to have spent a rain-soaked Friday at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club outside Louisville, Kentucky.  Despite the soggy conditions, I can’t help but feel like it was a real privilege to watch the greatest golfers in the world compete for a championship in my home state. The day provided…

Louisville Food Review – PGA Championship Edition

If you’re heading to Louisville for the PGA Championship this week, I’m sure there will be no shortage of official partners and sponsors asking for your patronage and your tourism dollars.  There will be  parties and all manner of bars and restaurants buzzing and hopping with tournament energy. Whether you’re rooting for your favorite professional…