Yeah, go ahead and tend the flag for me, will ya?

Ego and insecurity can be terrible, debilitating handicaps in the game of golf. Just two days and four holes into 2017, I received my first embarrassing dose of involuntary humility. A welcomed weather anomaly resulted in above average temperatures, allowing Bryan and I the thrill of playing golf in Central Kentucky on January 2nd.  The…

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Heron Point G.C. at Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC – Dye’s Greatest Hits

I understand how golfers that have played the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links could overlook the Heron Point G.C. on the Sea Pines Plantation as just one of the “rest” of the courses on Hilton Head Island. Heron Point lacks the breathtaking views of Calibogue Sound, the PGA tournament pedigree, and the immaculate conditioning that…

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…

A lesson in value and fun at Thoroughbred Golf Club at High Point, Nicholasville, Kentucky

Thoroughbred Golf Club at High Point, tucked away amidst the beautiful rolling hills of Jessamine County, is undergoing a renaissance, of sorts, as a the new owners from Taylor Made Farm are hoping that intelligent investment in the clubs facilities and infrastructure return the course to relevance within the Bluegrass area golfing community. Formerly known…

Lessons from the Ryder Cup: Winning Ugly

This is my first original contribution to the #GolfChat Authors project as a contributing columnist.  Check out the other great works at GolfChat.org The Ryder Cup is the greatest spectacle in golf. Sure, other tournaments have fierce partisans, but I’d argue those interests don’t generate the intensity of emotional investment and expression of the Ryder…

BREAKING NEWS: Steve Flesch is a confessed Golf Club Breaker!

Long time PGA Tour professional Steve Flesch was recently caught in an audio recording admitting to episodes of committing violence against golf clubs! Despite awareness campaigns and official PGA Tour policy aimed at curbing the effects and occurrences of golfer-on-club violence, Flesch’s own words paint a picture of a player who lives on a razor-sharp…

October Poll Question: Have you ever yelled anything at a Golf Tournament?

I have attended exactly two professional golf tournaments:  The PGA Championship at Valhalla in 2014 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2015.  Both were incredible experiences, though decidedly nothing like what I imagine the Ryder Cup environment was this fall at Hazeltine. Seeing what professional golfers can do with a club and a golf ball…

Voting with Your Feet: Results of the September Poll Question.

Golfers, it seems, are creatures with conviction. For the September Blog Poll Question, I asked if you, Dear Readers, had ever walked off of a golf course because the pace of play was too painfully slow to continue. While I expected there to be a few curmudgeonly responses akin to the golf version of “Whippersnappers”…

A more satisfying way to putt: Stop reading too much break. And don’t leave it short!

I predominately play golf on daily fee and municipal golf courses.  Every once in a while I’ll be fortunate to receive an invite to play a private course in our area, or I’ll take a golf trip a couple of times a year and play some really nice courses. Always, without fail, the greens are…

The CarveOn Scorecard Holder – A little bit of #TourSauce for everyone

I’ve never been particularly good at answering these questions, “What do you want for (Christmas/Your Birthday/Anniversary/Father’s Day)?” I’m not much of a gadget guy: until this spring, I was still rocking a BlackBerry phone.  If people want to buy me clothes, I usually ask for things that are tried and true and don’t require much…

Old South Golf Links – Something a little different in the S.C. Low Country

On my several jaunts to Hilton Head Island (“HHI”), the fairly steep discounts offered by the off-island, Bluffton area golf courses are always intriguing. On the course websites and on GolfNow, 18 holes with a cart seems to go for half, or even less, of what the HHI-proper courses charged for greens and carts fees.…

September Poll Question: Have you ever walked off the golf course for pace of play issues?

Pace of Play issues are not a new phenomenon for the golfing masses.  It’s hard to find a recent edition of almost any major golf publication that doesn’t include an acknowledgment of and possible solutions for slow play. The USGA and R&A websites are replete with “helpful” guidelines, course management resources, and results of scientific…

The Steve Flesch Interview – Part II: His 30th Anniversary of the 1986 KY State Amateur Win

In honor of the United States Amateur kicking off this week, we present the second half of our interview with PGA Tour Pro and Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame member Steve Flesch, on the 30th anniversary of his 1986 Kentucky State Amateur win.  For someone those of us who will never play golf at the…

Our Crazy Golf Trip Side Games: How to gamble with irregular golfers

On our recent Guys’ Getaway golf trip through the Indianapolis area, the four of us had a blast on our 36-holes a day, two-day trip.  This was our 3rd edition of the Golf Trip, but our first with four players. While I was confident that the golf courses I’d selected would live up to their…

Happy 25th Anniversary on the 1991 KY Open Win: An Interview with Steve Flesch – Part I

Kentucky native and University of Kentucky graduate Steve Flesch, a 2007 inductee to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, boasts an accomplished professional career resume, counting four wins on the PGA Tour among his seven worldwide professional wins. However, 2016 marks two special anniversaries for Steve for victories he scored a bit closer to his…

One Bearded Review: Birdie Balls are a fantastic practice aid and fun for the whole family

What if I told you that there was a golf practice aid that would provide entertainment for your entire family AND seriously help you improve your golf game?  Sounds like something Billy Mays would have tried to sell you.  Crazy, right?  Well, not exactly. Birdie Balls are a product that I have come to swear…

A throwback course and simpler golf at Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield, Kentucky.

Standing on the first tee of the golf course at Lincoln Homestead State Park in Springfield, Kentucky, is like stepping back in time, and it’s got almost nothing to do with the exhibits about Abe Lincoln’s childhood. Nonetheless, the course remains a reliable, easy-going, good times round of golf, even if golf technology in the…