Sep 26, 2016

Heritage Ranch Golf Course Tops Golf Advisor Power Rankings

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/26/2016 09:44:00 PM   No comments

For the first half of September Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C. in Fairview, Texas has ranked number one on GolfAdvisor's top 10 Power Rankings. What makes this all so interesting to me as a golfer is that I'll be playing the course as part of a buddies trip coming up in the Dallas-Forth Forth area this October.

 

 

 

Golf Advisor pulls their rankings from all the golfers that sign up and choose to rate and review the golf courses they play. So I just found it interesting a course I'm going to play soon is #1 on their Power Rankings. Below is what GolfAdvisor's staff writer Brandon Tucker had to say.

 

Heritage Ranch, located in the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It's a course that is clearly trending upward, 100 ppercent of reviews in the last six months recommend the course, and 16 of 20 reviews are five stars, with the other four being four stars. Designed by Arthur Hills, players seem to particularly like the value, while "course layout" and "staff friendliness " marks are very high.

Stay tuned for my review, coming soon.

 

Sep 20, 2016

Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils Exceptional Stay-and-Play Offers

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/20/2016 05:39:00 PM   No comments

Another place that's on my radar for a buddies trip destination, Hilton Head Island. I've got Dallas's buddie trip this October. Might have to start planning this one for Fall 2017.

 

 

 

Press Release

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – voted the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers – is offering golfers an array of exceptional stay-and-play packages for getaways to long savor.


At Palmetto Dunes, the Players Golf Special starts at $410 per person. It includes three nights’ stay in a two-bedroom villa, two rounds on the Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio or Arthur Hills courses (plus free replays), logoed-hat and golf balls as well as dining discounts. For reservations and more information, call 877.567.6513.


For 12 or more players, the Sea Pines Resort’s Group Package starts at $199 (per person, per night) and includes three rounds of golf on the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye or Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III (the island’s newest layout), three nights’ deluxe villa accommodations, resort gift card, personal on-site coordinator, complimentary green fees for afternoon replays and the group organizer plays for free. For reservations and more information, call 843.842.1488.


Ideal for 12 or more golfers, Heritage Golf Group’s Lowcountry Group Special starts at $185 per night. It offers three nights’ accommodations, a Lowcountry boil at Lagerhead Tavern, and three rounds of golf with unlimited replays on any of the Heritage Golf Collection’s excellent courses including the recently Pete Dye-renovated Robber’s Row.


“Our packages are ideal for family and friends to have incredible experiences playing golf and staying here on Hilton Head,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “Few locales offer such a wide range of entertaining courses and accommodation options for all budgets.”


With numerous courses for players of all abilities, exceptional value, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year”, Hilton Head Island has received recent accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.


Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airwaysoperates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.


For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org, 800.523.3373.


About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.


Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.


The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

 

Sep 15, 2016

Buddies Golf Trip Checklist: Custom T-Shirts For The Boys

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/15/2016 03:19:00 PM   No comments

So once the flights are booked for your buddies trip and the golf courses are chosen. Here's something I think will go over well with your golf crew. A custom made golf t-shirt to commemorate the whole trip.

 

For me when I'm traveling around playing different courses for review I tend to look at the courses t-shirts instead of the regular polo shirts. First of all I've got way to many polos secondly I tend to wear t-shirts more through the whole year. Plus many of the golf courses I've been frequenting lately seem to have some great quality t-shirts and great designs.

 

 

I looked at many online custom t-shirt makers and CustomInk.com was the best.

 

  • Easy to use interface
  • Wide array of shirts to choose from
  • Completely customizable
  • Easy setup for group payment
  • Fun to use

 

So above is my creation for the 2016 Dallas Invitational. I went with a Hanes Tagless T-shirt colour is charcoal heather. We'll be playing at least five courses when we're there:

 

  • Old American
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Heritage Ranch
  • Waterview
  • Coyote Ridge

 

 

So the order just got sent in and will be shipped to Plano, TX where we'll be staying. So I'll post in hand photos here and on social media to see the finished product. My group loved the idea here's hoping they love the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 13, 2016

DeChambeau Uses Bridgestone Tour B330-S Golf Ball to Win Web.Com Tour Final

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/13/2016 08:57:00 PM   No comments

Not surprising Bryson DeChambeau won the DAP Championship this past weekend to earn his 2017 PGA Tour Card. The first of 4 tournament in the Web.com Tour Finals. He was impressive the whole weekend and especially in the playoff, looking forward to seeing him out on tour.

 

 

 

Press Release

 

DeChambeau Uses Bridgestone Tour B330-S Golf Ball to Win Web.Com Tour Finals,

Earn 2017 PGA Tour Card


(COVINGTON, GA) – Bryson DeChambeau used the Bridgestone 2016 Tour B330-S golf ball en route to a dramatic playoff win at the DAP Championship, the first leg of the Web.com Tour Finals contested last week at Canterbury Golf Club outside Cleveland, Ohio.


The 22-year-old, who burst on the scene as the low scoring amateur at the 2016 Masters Tournament, beat Andres Gonzales on the second playoff hole to earn his PGA Tour card for fully exempt status in 2017.


Relying on the B330-S to cut through almost four inches of rain and 25 mph winds, DeChambeau produced longer drives and better greenside spin in part due to the Bridgestone ball’s proprietary Tour Core and SlipRes Cover technologies.


“With the adverse weather conditions we faced, the Bridgestone ball was a huge competitive advantage because it allowed me to maintain precise distance and spin control,” says DeChambeau. “Bridgestone is alongside me in the winner’s circle.”


A physics major at Southern Methodist University, DeChambeau is recognized as a “golf scientist.” In addition to unconventionally adjusting each iron to the same shaft length, he tests golf balls by soaking them in Epsom salts to determine centers of gravity. Bridgestone’s 2016 Tour B330-S convincingly ranked first, leading to his decision to play the ball exclusively.


“We are thrilled for Bryson,” says Angel Ilagan, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. “While rightfully fastidious with equipment, his confidence is sky high because he trusts Bridgestone’s high-performing ball to aid his every shot.”


In 2015, DeChambeau won the NCAA Individual and U.S. Amateur championships, the fifth player to capture both in the same year. Following his 21st-place finish at the 2016 Masters Tournament, he ended 15th at the U.S. Open. DeChambeau was fourth in his PGA Tour debut at the 2016 RBC Heritage.


Introduced in January after four years of research and development, the 2016 Tour B330-S ball is engineered for players with swings speeds above 105 mph. It features a core 6% larger with a steeper gradient in softness from the inner part of the core to the outer region. The compression scale is contained in one layer (other ball brands are in two or three layers) for a smoother energy transfer, more power, faster ball speed and less spin off the driver.


The SlipRes cover produces the highest friction coefficient rating possible to achieve amazing greenside spin without sacrificing performance off the tee or out of the rough. On wedge shots, the ball properly grabs clubhead grooves for more spin on approaches to the green. Conversely, when driving, it reduces spin due to a recoiling force at impact that generates longer distance. The cover’s self-repairing formulation is built for durability and greater resistance to stains and abrasions.


The 2016 Tour B330-S ($45 retail) is complemented by the popular Tour B330 ($45 retail) and the Tour 330-RX/ RX-S ($40 retail) for players with swing speeds less than 105 mph.


DeChambeau’s fellow Bridgestone Tour Staff members include FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympic bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price and LPGA Tour stars Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.


About Bridgestone Golf


Bridgestone Golf USA is based in Covington, GA and manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under Bridgestone and Precept brands. The company started making golf balls in 1935 and, as the world’s largest tire manufacturer, leverages its 900 rubber polymer science engineers worldwide to produce high-performing products. The pioneer of ball fitting since 2007, Bridgestone has conducted more than 300,000 in-person sessions using launch monitors and one million-plus online. The data informs continuous innovation and advancement of ball technology. Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo.

More information: www.bridgestonegolf.com.

 

Sep 12, 2016

Golf Needs More "Beef" Johnston

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/12/2016 04:32:00 PM   No comments

Just a few months ago many followers of professional golf knew very little of Andrew Johnston. It all started with a win in April on the European Tour at the Spanish Open and a post-round interview that had Mr. Johnston quoted as saying - that he was going to "get hammered" to celebrate his victory.


Then "Beef" Johnston on the strength of that victory and with added confidence came to the U.S.A. by storm. With four starts in North America he played pretty darn good for an Englishman no one had heard of before. As well as a 8th place at the Open Championship at Royal Troon. "Beef" Johnston was making a name for himself both on and off the golf course. People were loving his honesty and regular guy attitude.


Not only were followers of golf taking notice of "Beef" but golf advertising agencies were chomping at the bit to get their hands on this guy that people radiated to both golfers and non-golfers alike. Golfers want to play a round with him and others just want to sit down with him and have a pint.


Andrew "Beef" Johnston has almost 70,000 followers on Twitter.

Well, the Web.com Tour Finals started this weekend with the DAP Championship being the first event in a four-tournament series. The Tour Finals offer up 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2016-17 season. "Beef" Johnston played and had a respectable T28. Johnston is eligible for the entire series as he earned enough points in his four PGA Tour starts in 2015-16 to have placed between 126th and 200th in the FedEx Cup points list if he had been a member. So I'm assuming he'll play the remaining 3 events in trying to pursue his PGA Tour card.


Johnston can always fall back on his European Tour membership , but if he can gain PGA Tour access via the Web.com Tour Finals, we can only surmise he'll jump at the chance to play full time on the big stage. So we'll be following "Beef" in his attempt to earn his card.


What would a full year in the U.S. bring? In just a short time this year he smashed a burger with his driver, got an endorsement from Arby's, gave us numerous looks through social media into his life. We’re already salivating at the possibilities. I'm pretty sure a LA ad agency would jump at the chance to represent "Beef" Johnston if he gets his PGA Tour card. We can only hope for the sake of golf because more Beef Golf is good for the game.

 

Sep 10, 2016

Happy Birthday Mr. Palmer

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/10/2016 04:49:00 PM   No comments

Arnold Palmer celebrates his 87th birthday today. Here's a few of my favorite picture of a true golfing legend and a great role model.

 

 

 

 

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What to Consider when Playing Fantasy Football

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/10/2016 03:57:00 PM   No comments

Day to day life can be quite stressful. As a result, many people search for ways they can get rid of this undue pressure. While there are a number of effective ways to reduce stress, none are quite as effective as finding a fun hobby that peaks your interest. One of the most popular hobbies to consider this time of the year is fantasy football. With the help of the NFL news and your own instincts, you can create a great mock team that will help you win at this fun game. However, if you want to play, using the tips here can be extremely beneficial.

 

 

 

Find the Best League

 

There are quite a few different leagues to consider out there in the land of fantasy football. This means that finding the right one for you can take a bit of time and effort. You should try to find a league that has well-defined regulations and rules. When there are clear rules present, it will not result in issues, confusion or errors. The effort and time that you put into find a great league will be well-worth it in the long run. Be sure that you understand all of the rules prior to proceeding with any particular league.

 

Don’t Put Your Trust in Last Season Results


Another important consideration when playing fantasy football is that you don’t put too much into what happened the previous season. After all, a team and individual players can change quite a bit from one season to the next, which means that you should focus on the players you choose and making good trades. When you take the time to learn about the trades that have occurred during the off-season, you will find it extremely easy to make smart choices. After all, the trades that a particular team makes will significantly impact the way the team will play in the coming season.

 

Know the Vital Positions


Another aspect to focus on when you are trying to create the right team is the most important positions. One of the biggest decisions that you need to make in regard to players is who your quarterback is going to be. You have to ensure you have a great quarterback who is able to easily produce high stats that will help to keep you in the game. Be sure to put some time and research into these decisions to ensure the right quarterback is found.

 

When you take the time to use the tips about fantasy football found here, you will discover that winning is actually quite easy. Keeping all this in mind will ensure a great season.

 

Aug 31, 2016

Golf Course Review: Dundarave - Red Sands of PEI

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/31/2016 09:24:00 PM   No comments

The third course I got to play on my East Coast vacation was Dundarave Golf Course. I'd always wanted to play the course because of the appeal of Dundarave's red sandstone bunkers. The red dirt or sand is one of the things I think of when I think of PEI. Dundarave opened in 1999 and was designed by award winning architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The course hugs the Brudenell River for many holes and shares Rodd Brudenell River Resort 36-hole complex with Brudenell River Golf Course. The course I was surprised dropped out of ScoreGolf.com's Top 100 Canadian Golf Courses from 54 in 2014 to not even making the top 100.

 

 

 

Dundarave starts out with a fairly easy par 4 in #1 with a nice large landing area. Immediately when you land on the green you'll notice the many tiers on the green. This is a theme that's prevelant at Dundarave and three putts can come quick and often if you're not careful with your putts.

 

 

The tricky greens at Dundarave. Lots of breaks and undulations as noted from the Par 5 2nd hole. Defintiely a three shot hole.

 

 

You'll have amble opportunity to hit out of the beautiful red sandstone bunkers. Here's Dave getting acquainted with one of the many bunkers on the Par 5 4th hole.

 

 

The first par 3 on the front 9 at Dundarave. The 5th hole is not long but the bunkers will give you fits.

 

 

Did I mention tough greens at Dundarave.

 

 

The picturesque par 4 8th hole with Brudenell River in the background. There's more of a landing area then it looks, although beware of bunkers.

 

 

 

Par 4 9th hole short hole but lots of bunker trouble by the green.

 

 

 

Made this putt for my first eagle ever, it's a short par 5 #10 but you still need two great shots and then drain the putt. I'll have a separate post for this to come with video so stay tuned.

 

 

Dundarave has many shorter par 4s including this hole #11 where you can unleash your driver and be rewarded.

 

 

#14 A nice par 3 with a tough green.

 

 

A perfect risk reward hole. The 16th hole Dave drove the green and ended up with birdie. I drove it a little shorter then Dave and landed in a bunker, got up and down for par. One of my favourites at Dundarave.

 

 

 

Another scenic hole at Dundarave, the downhill 17th. Tough depending on wind conditions.

 

 

Drove it in this bunker on the finishing hole at Dundarave a real beauty par 5. I had to play away from the hole and was happy with a bogey. A great finishing hole.

 

 

 

It was great to finally play Dundarave and I can now cross it off my bucket list. Defintely a must play if you're in PEI and near the Brudenell River area. Prices can vary but PEI Golf can set you up with a deal depending on when you play and how often. The course will challenge you from any tee decks and the greens will keep you honest. The course conditions were great and the staff were super nice. Island hospitality as its finest.

 

 

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