Oct 26, 2016

Golf Course Review: Old American Golf Club - A Dallas/Fort Worth Delight

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/26/2016 09:01:00 PM   No comments
Now that I've had time to absorb my buddies golf trip to Dallas. I can reflect on the fact that a) DFW has some great golf courses b) Can't wait to get back to Dallas, TX

One of the courses I was most excited to play was the Old American Golf Club. Having played so many different styles of courses over the years I'd never played a courses that was modelled after the "Classic American Designs" of the era from about 1910 to about 1937.

A period where golf designers like A.W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor, Donald Ross, and Perry Maxwell were working their design magic on land that would become courses like Shinnecock, National Golf Links, Maidstone, Pinehurst, and Prairie Dunes. Tripp Davis and Justin Leonard did a beautiful job at Old American using the inspiration of these "Classic" designers.

In 2010 the railroad bridge in the background was brought to the Old American Golf course from the Red River about 100 miles away. The bridge was built in 1900.  A great backdrop on the second hole.

The Old American includes many natural bunkers that have a variety of native grasses. They are scattered throughout the layout and are sometimes quite difficult to get out of, so often its best to not play the hero and just get out the easiest way available.

You're really treated well at Old American with complementary drinks and snacks provided at two fully stocked comfort stations on the golf course. The day we played Alex made some great Bloody Marys a perfect drink for a round at Old American.

Whether your in one of the bunkers or in some of the native rough, most approach shots will have you playing positional golf. Davis and Leonard's design wants you to use strategy in your shot selection.

As you can see from my pictures Old American is quite a beautiful and picturesque  golf course as it winds around Lake Lewisville.

The day we played Old American the wind was quite strong like most days I imagine in Texas. So strategy where to place the ball and club selection definitely entered into our minds during the round. 

At Old American all bunkers are considered waste bunkers, so they are truly hazards. Golfers are allowed to rake when finished in any bunker.

The par 3s are challenging at Old American and will leaving you guessing at club selection especially with the Texas wind. Native grass and bunkers make for a picturesque view on every hole.

Love the old school pin and flag another homage to the old "Classic" designs.

Old American is a must play when in you're in the Dallas/Fort Forth area. Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual Dallas Invitational and Old American is a stand out to return for 2017. Green fees run at $150 on weekdays and $175 on weekends, which is on the high end side but well worth the "classic design", amazing customer service and Texas Golf experience. 

Oct 22, 2016

Thirty6ix Golf Co. Original Logo Snap Back Hats: Dallas Approved

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/22/2016 04:26:00 PM   No comments

The 2016 Dallas Invitational is officially in the books and plans are now underway to make this an annual event. The weather is perfect in the Fall in Texas and the Dallas/ Fort Worth area has a plethora of beautiful golf courses. Sponsors are a big part of this kind of event and the guys always love getting free golf swag.


Thirty6ix Golf Co. offered to send me some of their Original Logo Snap Back Hats. Not usually what the boys wear but the reviews were all positive. It's also funny once these hats were worn by the lads, they had some added swagger.


Original Logo Snap Back Hats Texas Review:

Great fitting hat


Loved the logo


The style was Texas swagger approved


Great quality


Brian looking like Charley Hoffman with his Thirty6ix hat after a round of golf.


Richard was always willing to pose for a picture, he defintely likes Texas and getting golf swag.
The guys loved the Thirty6ix Golf Co. logo.
The Thirty6ix Snap Back hats cost about $29.99 CDN a steal for a great hat with swagger. They also have lots more great apparel including a beanie that would be perfect here in Canada for cold weather golfing.


Stitch Golf: Texas Proof Headcovers

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/22/2016 08:31:00 AM   No comments

The 2016 Dallas Invitational turned out perfect. Weather was great, golf was fabulous and our sponsors came through just nicely. Giving out golf swag is important for a buddies trip because a) everyone likes free stuff b) no one expects it


Headcover Review: Texas Style

Stitch Golf supplied me with some knit headcovers and the boys loved them.


Knit Roadster- Black/White/Red

Great colour combination of black/white/red.


The headcovers fit great and were a great replacement for worn out or obsolete headcovers.


The boys liked the retro/different look of the headcovers.



The lads really like the colour of the Roadster headcovers, a real hit.


The driver headcover has no problem fitting a 460cc driver.


Richard gives the thumbs up for his Knit Roadster Driver Headcover


A three pack of Knit Roadster headcovers goes for $99 USD. Decent price for some quality cool looking headcovers.



Oct 21, 2016

Bridgestone Golf JGR CB Forged Irons - Coming Soon For The Regular Golfer

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/21/2016 07:28:00 PM   No comments

I always love when a company releases a golf club made for us regular golfers. The ones that need forgiveness and help when playing and Bridgestone looks like it has a winner at least in the looks department. I've contacted Buffalo Agency who now does Bridgestone's PR so stay tuned for a review.




Bridgestone Golf Unveils JGR CB Forged Irons for Mid- to High-Handicap Players

(COVINGTON, GA) Bridgestone Golf – manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – will debut its JGR CB Forged irons on November 1 at retailers nationwide and at bridgestonegolf.com.

Created for mid- to high-handicappers, the new JGR cavity-back set ($899 steel, $949 graphite retail) incorporates innovative design to improve consistency and distance control on approach shots. Unique to the game-improvement category, they are forged from premium 1020 carbon steel to provide superior feel at impact. Augmenting attractive, classic styling, distinctions include:

  • Increased Offset – Promotes higher trajectory and steeper descending angle for reliable stopping power into greens
  • Large Sweet Spot – Creates exceptional forgiveness thanks to a hitting area 4% bigger than Bridgestone’s popular J15 CB irons
  • Tapered Rear Mass – Carries a low center-of-gravity for easy launching distance
  • Wider Sole with Beveled Edge – Minimizes digging for smooth turf interaction
  • Longer Face – Distributes weight and stabilizes MOI to reduce distance and loss of accuracy on off-center strikes

“Our expert engineers created game-improvement irons specifically for those who need a little extra forgiveness, but refuse to compromise on look and feel,” says Angel Ilagan, President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf. “It’s our obligation to easily enable better performance and more enjoyment, and JGR technology answers that call.”

Available as a seven-club set – 5-iron through approach wedge – JGR irons features the acclaimed True Temper XP 95 shaft. This smooth-loading model launches the ball high with mid-spin, and Flex Chamber technology delivers kick without increasing spin for consistent distance and ball control.

The JGR irons join the respected Bridgestone line-up of Tour-proven drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters tailored to players of all abilities.

Complementing its critically-acclaimed clubs is Bridgestone’s mantra that for golfers to improve, they must play the correct balls for their unique games. To accomplish this, the company introduced its proprietary Ball Fitting system in 2007. This has not only allowed Bridgestone to develop the most optimal golf balls for all player types, but helped the company engineer and recommend equipment based on a vast knowledge of golfers swings around the world.

Bridgestone’s professional staff features FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, Bryson DeChambeau 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. Customer swing and related data, captured through its popular, nationwide ball-fitting program, advises continuous advancement of ball technology. Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo.

More information: bridgestonegolf.com.

Oct 19, 2016

Save Muny: Texas' Muny, a civil rights landmark, on list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/19/2016 09:46:00 PM   No comments

First read about the plight of Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin from an article by Brandon Tucker at GolfAdvisor.com. Brandon said in the article you could support Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Texas by buying a tshirt online at SaveMuny.com. So I bought a tshirt to support the course in its attempt to stay a golf course and flourish.


The reason there is a Save Muny website is that the golf course on land leased from the University of Texas is facing the threat of closing for commercial redevelopment purposes.



This past Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation took an important step toward bringing attention to its possible demise. It included Muny, as the locals call it, on its 2016 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.




Didn't get a chance to play Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Texas as we stayed in Plano and just played golf within about 30kms of there most days.


Didn't stop me from supporting their cause.




Ben Crenshaw, a World Golf Hall of Fame member and Austin native and resident, is on board with saving Muny.


“I really do think it helps the fiber of our community, in a societal way,” he said in this video. “I can’t stress that enough in the way I feel about it. It’s too good for too many people.

“And the bottom line for me is I just can’t see this place being developed. It’s too precious of an asset.”


Oct 17, 2016

Heritage Ranch Golf Club: 2016 Dallas Invitational Favourite

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/17/2016 05:36:00 PM   No comments

Our final stop on the 2016 Dallas Invitational was the beautiful Heritage Ranch Golf Club located in Fairview, Texas.


Set in a beautiful residential community with rolling hills. The boys enjoyed the great conditions and challenging layout so much they all said they'd love to play the course again. Always a good sign even if you get beat up on a few holes.


Beautiful trees throughout the course, including this large oak tree in front of the green on hole #17.


Immaculate from tee to green you can tell immediately that those that work and take care of the course really take pride in the way the course looks and plays.


Fairly forgiving landing areas at Heritage Ranch especailly if you're driving the ball straight.


The property had different elevation changes thanks to some rolling Texas landscape. Kind of what you expect in Texas, beautiful and challenging.


Both sand and grass bunkering was strategically placed for both design and visual appearances.


Water on some holes made you rethink your club choice and strategy.


Texas Star - Heritage Ranch Clubhouse


Oct 16, 2016

Old American Golf Club: A Dallas Fort Worth Must Play

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/16/2016 05:30:00 PM   No comments

So on the fourth day of our 2016 Dallas Invitational we got to play the Old American Golf Club. This golf course I was intrigue to play because it's a throwback to those old American claasic golf courses created during a period from about 1910 to about 1937. Having never played any courses like Shinnecock, National Golf Links, Maidstone, Pinehurst, and Prairie Dunes, I was excited so be able to play the Old American as it was top on my list for our Dallas Golf Invitational.


First off the customer service at the Old American is second to none from the warm greeting our group got from GM Mike McCabe to Ben who who went over the subtle intricacies of the course with us. He took his time with us answering our questions and even met us later to greet us on the first tee. Alex at the comfort station between the 4th and 8th hole was not only attentive to our questions but also poured a mean Bloody Mary. Defintely 5 star service for our group.



Visually right away you feel like you're playing an Old Classic designed course, trust the yardages from the GPS enable carts. It's best to be short of the flag on your approach.


Strategic shots are rewarded at Old American Golf Club.


Waste bunkers are strategically placed in areas that challenge any level of golfer. Designers Justin Leonard and Tripp Davis created an amazing golf experience along the shoreline of Lake Lewisville.


The more natural bunkers are beautiful to the eye but can be punishing for the golfers depending on the depth of the bunker as well as the grass around them.


If your planning a buddies golf trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area Old American must be one of the golf courses on your list. Spectacular scenery and amazing layout, design and conditions. Customer service see below.



Alex was kind enough to take our foursome's picture at the comfort station at the 4th/8th hole. Phenomenal customer service and great adult beverages. Top notch customer service.



Oct 15, 2016

Buddies Golf Trip: Must Play 36 Holes in a Day

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/15/2016 09:45:00 AM   No comments

When you're on a buddies trip a least one day you've got to play 36 in a day. As one of the buddies on trip said yesterday, "We came to golf, so let's golf." Although we only had 4 of the 7 lads golfing 36 it was a blast.


So we played 18 in the morning at Waterview Golf Course and Coyote Ridge in the afternoon. The key to playing 36 in a day is staying hydrated with water and to intersperse with the beverage of you're choice. Making sure you eat during the middle of your round.



Coyote Ridge, beauty rolling hills with challenging pin placements and greens.


Some challenging par 3s at Coyote Ridge makes for a fun round.


Signature hole at Waterview, #8 a par 3 with lots of water.



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