Closing a sad chapter of my personal #GolfTwitter.

Best that I can tell, the online community lovingly referred to as #GolfTwitter has devolved into something indistinguishable from the rest of social media. What was once a thriving, welcoming collection of people that enjoyed discussing and sharing their golf thoughts and experiences has broken down. It’s been replaced by the same tribal, snarky cesspool…

A Dirty Dozen: twelve terrible Bluegrass area golf holes

With the PGA Tour visiting Harbour Town and Augusta National this month, there has been plenty of discussion of good and bad golf architecture, favorite holes, restoring versus remodeling, and the like in recent days. This got me to thinking about some of the worst holes I regularly encounter locally, so that I could give…

Reminder: Do not ever hit into people! Ever!

On a randomly warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in January, I snuck out with two friends for nine holes of winter golf.  And something happened that utterly ruined a perfectly nice round that, frankly, I’m still mad about two months later.  So I’m hoping that committing the episode to writing will provide some cathartic relief. My…

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf

The Golf Channel did all golf aficionados a solid on Christmas Day by broadcasting old episodes of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf all day long. Watching that beautifully grainy footage from the 1960’s of some of the game’s legends was a fantastic nightcap for the holiday and reminded me of how much I enjoyed those…

Why is it so difficult to print your GHIN Handicap Card?

Recently, one of our regular co-conspirators here at OneBeardedGolfer.com was preparing for a trip across the pond to the Home of Golf.  Slim needed to provide evidence of his actual golf handicap to the golf clubs he was hoping to play, a common requirement for access to private Scottish courses. So, he set about investigating…

Wait….What? Is that a….Six-Some?!?!? The Real cost of not having golf course rangers.

I’m a vociferous advocate for fast pace of play on the golf course, and absolutely and unapologetically abhor slow play.  Loathe isn’t a strong enough word to adequately convey the vile hatred and low regard in which I hold golfers that are unnecessarily slow. Just as Dante experienced seven distinct levels of hell, I discern…

Missing badly: When yelling “FORE!” isn’t enough. (Updated with witness account)

I try to remember all the good shots: the bombed drive, the approach knocked stiff, the incredibly unlikely putt that goes in. At some of the more memorable courses I’ve played, I’ve tried to hold on to a memory of at least one good shot with some success, even as the years stack up in…

A case study in atrocious course tee time management at Devou Park

There’s supposed to be a glowing review of Devou Park Golf Course in Covington, Kentucky, in this space, replete with beautiful pictures of the course and surroundings, a riveting course description, and colorful anecdotes of a fun, memorable afternoon. Instead, you get the story of why I walked off of a golf course at the…

How tournament golf changed my game – the reformation of a vanity handicapper

I was the absolutely just the worst type of golfer.  A lunatic. Insufferable.  Reprehensible.  A laughing-stock. I was, indeed, a vanity handicapper.  Despite my best efforts to free myself from the shackles of pride, false bravado, and trying to control perceptions of me in all phases of my life, the hardest vanity to let go…

Why the hell don’t pitch marks (ball marks) on greens get fixed?!?!

I love my home course.  It’s a nearly 100 year-old parkland layout, replete with narrow, tree-lined fairways, deceivingly subtle elevation changes, and sloping, postage stamp greens. It’s our only local municipal course that lies inside our city’s “inner loop,” mere minutes from downtown and less than a mile (as the crow flies) from the University…

Pinehurst No. 2 Renovation – the wave of the future or cute little story?

Martin Kaymer probably still hasn’t awoken from the dream that was his 2014 U.S. Open performance.  Who could blame him? That was the most effortless major performance probably since Rory at Congressional or Tiger at Pebble Beach. As impressive as Kaymer’s performance was, the undoubted star of the week was the renovated Pinehurst No. 2…

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…