Maderas Golf Club, Poway, CA – Canyon of Golf Paradise

My outing to Maderas Golf Club this summer was far and away my favorite round of golf of 2016. The beautiful desert canyon scenery, the fun but tough course, the fantastic hospitality from the staff, and the company of the best man in my wedding who has all but given up the game added up…

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Elusive Glory: How Hitting a Fade helps me consistently Compress the Golf Ball

You can’t be just a little bit pregnant. Forgive the terrible colloquialism, but I find this is the best way to describe the dichotomy that is my golf swing.  Either I’m consistently compressing the ball with a good swing. Or I’m not.  There is not any middle ground, really. When I’m putting good swings on…

OneBearded Review: The SILO Club Carrier from Rival + Revel – the best caddie I’ve ever had.

The SILO Club Carrier from Rival + Revel is my favorite new golf gadget of 2016.  I use “gadget” intentionally because the SILO isn’t a training aid, it’s not a piece of competitive golf equipment, and it’s not a toy or a souvenir. The SILO is a handy gadget that almost every golfer could use…

The Champions Course at the Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, CA – A golf only experience

The Champions Course at the Omni Las Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA, is a fantastic golf course.  It contains lots of great, subtle architectural features that make it a challenging and memorable course. The green complexes were superb, both in their strategic design and impeccable conditioning.  The same can be said for the bunkers, which…

November Poll Question: Do you have Golf-only clothes?

Golf attire has come a long way in the last century or so.  Hickory-club leagues notwithstanding, long gone are the days of plus-fours and button-down shirts with ties appearing on players on the golf course. Since at least the 1940’s,  a nice pair of slacks or shorts and a knitted short-sleeve golf shirt are pretty…

We have quiet Readers: Results of the October Poll Question.

I wish golfers and golf fans, on the whole, weren’t so steeped in manners and ingrained with the tenets of polite society. I wish that once in a while they would allow themselves to be given over to notions of herd hierarchy or lynch mob justice, where the members of the herd mercilessly keep the…

A short trip towards Hope: Colina Park Par 3 Golf Course, San Diego, CA

I’ve never been as confident in the thriving future of golf as I was while visiting Colina Park Golf Course in San Diego, California, this summer. This cool little Par Three pitch-and-putt course located in a city park in a kind of rundown part of town was buzzing when I showed up at about 8:30…