May 26, 2015

Royal County Down and the Irish Open The Places To Be This Week

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/26/2015 09:50:00 PM   No comments
The closest I've been to the Royal County Down Club Golf Club was to Lisburn outside of Belfast when I visited family back in the late 90s. That was before I fell in love with this great game and evolving into a golf blogger just seemed like a natural evolution. Ranked as the #1 course outside of the U.S.A. Royal County Down is a links course for the ages and about 80,000 spectators will flock down the two lane road to Newcastle to watch the likes of World #1 Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler play this magnificent course. If this course isn't on your bucket list it damn well should be. Geoff Shackelford pretty much sums it up with the 7 things you need to know about the Irish Open and the incredible Royal County Down.

Also checkout Irish Golf Podcasts latest offering, a chat with the Secretary Manager of Royal Co. Down Golf Club, David Wilson, in advance of the club's hosting of the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

We discuss the history of the club, his role and responsibilities and what's involved in ensuring that a top 5 golf club remains just that. We discuss what is arguably the best value round of golf in the world, the impending changes to the course and the forthcoming Irish Open. In addition, we discuss how and when best to book a round at this world famous links and how best to make the most of your visit.

Also be sure and follow Matt Ginella who's in Ireland covering the Irish Open and playing in the pro-am with Rickie Fowler Wednesday.

May 22, 2015

10 Reasons To Use Clubs To Hire When Golfing In Europe

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/22/2015 10:31:00 PM   No comments
The family and I just came back from a great 24 day trip to Europe which included mainly Spain, France, and Belgium. Of course I managed to squeeze in a few rounds of golf, I'm a golf blogger no less. When I left Ottawa there was still snow on the ground and of course Spain was just a perfect place for golf this time of the year. I didn't take my own clubs but used a service called Clubs To Hire. Here's my list of reasons to use this type of service.

1) Had my own backpack, my wife's and all three kids had backpacks. Bringing my clubs would of added to the chaos.

2) Picked clubs up right at the Malaga airport, right on the way out. Clubs To Hire has multiple airports at which you pick up.

3) Pickup was straightforward and easy.

4) Cost is between $35 and $60 EUROS per week.

5) If your thinking of buying new clubs here's a way to test out some clubs your thinking of buying in the future and you get to test them out on a golf course not a golf simulator.

6) You can hire some sweet clubs like the R15 driver and Taylormade RSI irons. Top of the 2015 line clubs to be able to play for multiple rounds is pretty awesome.

7) The clubs are in mint condition and don't show any sign of abuse or excessive wear like most golf course rental shop clubs.

8) You can swap out a club from the set, let's say a putter if it doesn't fit your eye. Great customer service.

9) Return was again straightforward and easy at the Malaga airport.

10) Staff at Clubs To Hire were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

May 10, 2015

Rickie Fowler Super Slow Motion Golf Swing Vision - 2015 Players Championship

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/10/2015 08:31:00 PM   1 comment
With a birdie on the first hole in sudden death, following a three-hole aggregate playoff, Rickie Fowler emerged with victory at THE PLAYERS. This was Fowler's day and it was a long time in the making. He closed out the tournament going 6-under over his last six holes to sign for a 5-under 36-31=67 and post 12-under 279. He was later matched by Sergio Garcia and then Kevin Kisner to force a first-ever three-hole aggregate playoff at THE PLAYERS. Fowler and Kisner matched birdie-2s on the 17th to finish the aggregate 1-under, eliminating Garcia (at even-par). Fowler would then dispatch Kisner on the first hole in sudden-death rolling in a five-footer for birdie and the title. On his final round, the 26-year-old was 1-over thru his first 12 holes with not much going his way, but fortunes began to change with birdies on 13 and 15. In the fairway on the par-5 16th, he nearly rinsed his approach from 239 yards out landing just a few paces from the water but it miraculously careened to just 2'5" for an eagle-3. Fowler would complete the dramatic finish with birdie from 6'10" on 17 and then on the last from 16'11".

Apr 2, 2015

2015 Masters Apparel Scripting - Nike, Puma, Adidas, Travis Mathew

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/02/2015 07:30:00 PM   No comments
The Masters is just around the corner and even though I'll be in Spain I'll still be watching the years first major at Augusta National. One of the big apparel hits is just what the top players will be wearing, so here's a taste.

How can you not love what world number 1 Rory McIlroy will be wearing at Augusta.
Nike Golf revealed what Rory McIlroy will be wearing at the 2015 Masters Tournament.

If Tiger suits up here's what he'll be donning on the fairways of Augusta.

Rickie Fowler and his Puma Scripting is always top notch.

Always love what Travis Mathew does for there scripting and this year isn't any different.

Adidas stable always look similar,imho.

Mar 29, 2015

Golf Movie Review: The Squeeze

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/29/2015 09:12:00 PM   No comments
"The Squeeze" is plain and simple a fun golf movie. From one of the first scenes where "Augie" played by Jeremy Sumpter and his girlfriend, Natalie and best friend John Tom set out on a morning of cross country golf where some young poolside spectators beckon, "I love golf". The movie has you hooked from there. Most golfers and non-golfers are going to love this film.

Jeremy Sumpter is great as the likable "Augie" with "jaw dropping talent" out on the links. Augie is an easy target for Riverboat and the lure of money it's easy for Augie to say yes to "just playing golf". Why he's doing it, well for his Mom and sister of course and a better life(won't mention the spoiler about the sister, better to see the movie).

At times the movie is predictable but that's okay the director knows how to film a golf movie with great shots of some of the best courses in and nearby the Wilmington, North Carolina area including Beau Rivage Golf Club & Resort, Wilmington Municipal G.C. and Eagle Point Golf Club. I know I want to go back to this area again and golf after seeing the movie.

The movie did a great job at casting the lead role "Augie" with Jeremy Sumpter. When Augie makes a side bet that he can put the ball on the green with "this here putter". You just know he's going to make that shot with his ever trusty Scotty Cameron putter.

The villains, Riverboat played by Christopher McDonald and Jimmy Diamonds played by Michael Nouri are perfect to lure Augie to the dark side. You're cheering for Augie to come out on top because the good guy wins all the time, right? You're going to have to watch the movie to find out.

Available in Theaters, VOD and iTunes: April 17, 2015

Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine LaNasa
Directed by: Terry Jastrow
Written by: Terry Jastrow

Synopsis:THE SQUEEZE is a caper about a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man in a small rural town with uncommon golf skills. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the US Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don’t lose. The stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes “life or death.”

Genre: Action/ Adventure

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: ARC Entertainment

Quotes about THE SQUEEZE from notable figures: 

Jack Nicklaus, Greatest Golfer of All Time: “I watched THE SQUEEZE with Barbara and really enjoyed it. It’s a fun movie that tells an interesting story, and the golf elements are so real you actually believe it could happen.”

Tom Watson, 8 Major Championship Wins: THE SQUEEZE depicts actors who are truly believable as pro quality golfers. Director Jastrow’s true understanding of the game (with 22 years directing sports) injects reality into the scenes with a stream of golf humor that golfers will find both familiar and believable, which are sadly lacking in all previous golf movies. The catalyst for the film is the character “Riverboat”, whose role is wonderfully played by Christopher McDonald. His guile and salesmanship together make for an intriguing surprise ending. THE SQUEEZE is indeed an enjoyable adventure into golf and big time gambling.”

Phil Mickelson, 5 Major Championship Wins: “THE SQUEEZE is a wonderful golf movie because it’s so authentic. It hooks you in the beginning and stays interesting and entertaining right to the end. I’m looking forward to seeing it again.”

Steve Wynn, Chairman, Wynn Resorts: “THE SQUEEZE is a rare movie in that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and I was sad when it ended. The dialogue is snappy, the cast and performances are wonderful, and it has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”

Judy Rankin, Top Female Golf Commentator: “I was fascinated by the story from the first time I heard it! You keep saying to yourself "and this is based on a true story!" Incredible. A must see movie.”

Tom Roy, Senior Producer Golf, NBC Sports: "THE SQUEEZE is fabulously shot and edited. It's the first golf movie ever that depicts the game authentically. The actors have tour-quality games which make us believe the narrative, which by the way has lots of twists and turns. Finally, a thoroughly enjoyable golf-themed drama!"

Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame Baseball Player: "I had almost as much fun watching THE SQUEEZE as I did winning the World Series! The movie is based on the true story of a buddy I've played golf with for decades. So great to see his incredible story turned into a movie. See it, you'll like it!"

Chris McDonald, ‘Riverboat’: “Terry Jastrow is an actor’s director. He knows just what to say and just when to say it.”

Michael Nouri, ‘Jimmy Diamonds’: “I’ve been acting for 45 years and I’ve never had such a nice and polite director as Terry. He creates an environment for actors, indeed all artists, to be as great as they can be.”

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports Top Announcer: “We had the chance to have a wonderful sneak preview of this movie that will be coming out April 17th called THE SQUEEZE. It’s written and directed by the legendary golf producer Terry Jastrow, and produced by his wife Anne Archer. It’s a good one too. Very impressive.”

Al Michaels, NBC Sports Top Announcer: “THE SQUEEZE and it was very entertaining! The script is wonderful, especially the end which came as a surprise! The setting and shots, just beautiful. Christopher McDonald and Michael Nouri turn in boffo performances. Sign them up for the sequel - now.”

Bob Costas, NBC Sports Host Announcer: “Perfect cast, cleverly written, beautifully shot… I loved it from the first tee to the 18 th green.”

Mar 27, 2015

Best Masters Golf Pool 2015

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/27/2015 09:31:00 PM   No comments
With the Masters 10 days away I like to figure out which golf pools I'm going to be testing my luck with winning the much coveted cash prizes. With so many out there I always seem to come back to my friend Seamus Maher annual Masters Pool. He gets lots of golf fans, it's only $20 and it's easy to enter. He also has two other pools that start with the Masters.

The top 70 ranked players from the tournament field will be selected and divided into 4 performance groups based on World Tour Rankings. You select 1 payer from each performance group.

The Contest is stroke play, meaning the aggregate score for the contestant's four golfers will determine their position relative to the other contestants. If any of the golfers selected misses the cut, the contestant will be eliminated from the contest.
The lower the contestant's aggregate score, the higher the ranking. The top contestants, ranked from lowest to highest aggregate score, at the end of official play will be the Final Prize winners.

The entry fee for this contest is $20 and payable before start of play.

The Masters usually always falls near my birthday on April 13th and this year it just falls a bit short but that's okay as I'll be vacationing in Spain, France and Belgium for three weeks starting in a week. So I'll be watching from afar this year. Good Luck everyone!

Mar 21, 2015

Snedeker finally changes Bridgestone irons, makes incredible shot at Bay Hill - Video

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/21/2015 01:01:00 PM   No comments
Brandt Snedeker has finally changed his four year old Bridgestone J40 irons. Having admitted that: “I don’t like changing equipment.” Sneds has switched to a new set of Bridgestone J15CBs for this weeks Bay Hill Invitational.

“Best I hit my irons all year long,” he said, adding that he's hitting his new clubs higher, longer and straighter.

Something is clicking for sure as he's finishing up his third round and shooting a 66 and inching closer to the lead.

A little luck never hurts either.

Snedeker’s incredibly lucky shot at Bay Hill’s 18th hole

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