May 4, 2016

Rideau View Opens - Early Season Pictures

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/04/2016 07:10:00 PM   No comments
This is the time of the season when all who love to golf in Canada get to dust off their clubs and play some golf. The winter is to damn long in Canada and sometimes you can't get away to golf in the winter season.

I'm fortunate enough to work at one of Canada's Top 100 Golf Courses as recognized by ScoreGolf Magazine and as you can see from the photos that were taken last Saturday April 30th. The course is looking amazing.

I will post some new pictures in the weeks to come to compare. Enjoy your golf game wherever you play.










May 3, 2016

Can Danny Willett kick on from Masters success at US Open?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  5/03/2016 03:27:00 PM   No comments


"Putting at US Open Course, Pebble Beach" (CC BY 2.0) by  Supermac1961 

Danny Willett stunned the world by producing a fine display on the final day to clinch victory at The Masters.

The 28-year-old capitalized on Jordan Spieth’s horror show on the back nine at Augusta to win the Green Jacket, securing the first major title of his career.

Willett became the first Englishman since 1996, when Nick Faldo won his third Green Jacket, to emerge victorious from The Masters.

As a result, the Sheffield-born golfer has all-but sealed his place in Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team when Europe will travel to the USA later this year to defend the trophy.
He will now aim to add further majors to his collection to enhance his reputation in the game and attempt to break up the big three of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Spieth at the top of the world rankings.

Willett’s first opportunity to notch a second title will come at the US Open in June at Oakmont Country Club. Despite his success at Augusta, the 28-year-old's US Open odds are 33/1, which could prove an enticing option should he maintain his form.

The competition has been a happy hunting ground for European players in recent years, with four of the last six champions hailing from the continent, including Justin Rose in 2013.

The Oakmont course caused problems for all the competitors when it was last used for the tournament in 2007, with Angel Cabrera winning the title with a score of five over.

Willett faced up to a tough challenge at Augusta to triumph on the final day, so he should have no fear about playing on a difficult course.

He displayed nerves of steel on the final day to hole several crucial putts which pushed him ahead of players such as Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson. Willett’s composure will be crucial once again in his bid to prove that his success was not a one-off.

One element outside of the 28-year-old’s control is the form of his rivals and, as McIlroy proved in 2011, he is more than capable of blowing the rest of the field away following his eight-shot triumph at the Congressional Country Club.

The Northern Irishman bounced back from his collapse at The Masters two months earlier, with a dominating display throughout the four days, having never relinquished the lead from the opening round.

Reigning champion Spieth will be desperate to atone for his disintegration at Augusta in his bid to retain the crown, while McIlroy, Day and Adam Scott will also be eyeing an improvement from their lacklustre displays to add to their major haul.

Willett flew under-the-radar at Augusta, having played sparingly on the PGA Tour due his commitments in the European Arena, but he will now have to cope with a higher level of expectation, which will bring a new type of pressure to potentially affect his game.

The 28-year-old has all the attributes needed to claim further success, although golf can provide mental challenges tougher than any sport, which have prevented many fine players from adding titles to their collection.

Apr 27, 2016

Cobble Beach Golf Links Opens For Play

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/27/2016 09:12:00 PM   No comments
Like many other golf courses in Ontario, Cobble Beach outside of Owen Sound has opened up for play. I had the pleasure of playing Cobble Beach last August. A beautiful golf course with many amazing views of Georgian Bay. This course will test all skill levels of golfers. Well maintained and should be on your list to play.

Cobble Beach is a full service resort and I can't say enough good things about the food there and the spa. Two things you have to take in after a day of golf.

So if you're like me and are planning your golf trips for the year make sure you look into Cobble Beach you won't be disappointed.

Press Release

Exceptional Doug Carrick Layout Features Mesmerizing Water Views

(KEMBLE, Ontario) – Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – announces its acclaimed Doug Carrick-designed golf course is open for play.

Ranked No. 17 in SCOREGolf’s “Best Public Golf Courses in Canada,” Cobble Beach Golf Links features mesmerizing water views from most every hole along its 7,134-yard routing. Pure-rolling fescue greens with challenging pin locations emphasize strategically-placed approach shots. Closely mown chipping areas, small pot bunkers and hollows surrounding greens provide for the classic bump-and-run opportunities associated with links-style courses.

“Golfers only have to play our course once to want to play it over and over again,” says Rob McLeese, President of Cobble Beach. “Doug Carrick’s genius combines a world-class design with the finest water vistas in Ontario; it’s a true ‘must play’ and ideal for golfers of any and all abilities to thoroughly enjoy.”

The resort features two outstanding “play-and-stay” packages. Starting at $135 per night (per person, double occupancy) the Inn Play and Stay features one round (or a soothing treatment in the resort’s tranquil spa), luxury accommodations in one of the Inn’s individually-decorated suites and “Grab and Go” breakfast for two.

Starting at $144 per night (per person, based on quad occupancy), the Cottage Play and Stay  also features one round of golf on the Doug Carrick-designed layout (or a spa treatment). One night of accommodations is included in a comfortable private cottage as well as a “Grab and Go” breakfast for four.

Each cottage sleeps six to eight and provides an open concept living space and waterfront views of scenic Georgian Bay. Containing all the conveniences of modern living, each unit is outfitted with two bedrooms, two washrooms, living room area with queen size sofa bed, wet bar with under counter fridge, and three flat screen televisions. Select cottages have gas fireplaces.

Enjoyment of the resort’s myriad amenities – first-class practice facilities, Jacuzzi, steam room, pool, 14 kilometers of hiking trails, beach club and more – is also included in both packages.

Another highlight is Cobble Beach’s chef-driven Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar. Conveniently located at the Inn, it features classical cuisine with modern innovation highlighting organic, local and seasonal ingredients for all appetites. Lunch and dinner are enjoyed in the dining room, or fireside lounge with an intimate gastropub ambiance.

For more information:  www.cobblebeach.com888.278.8112.

About Cobble Beach

Just outside the city of Owen Sound, two hours northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach is one of Canada’s top golf destinations and most sought-after residential enclaves. The 600-acre development on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay opened in 2007, anchored by a thrilling, Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course with omnipresent water views.

Cobble Beach’s diverse mix of year-round and seasonal detached homes includes villas, townhomes and luxury estates linked by a pedestrian friendly network of streets and sidewalks. More than 14 kilometers of hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing trails promote symmetry between work, play, indulgence, health and wellness.
A Nantucket-style clubhouse features a five-star restaurant, bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center, and 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites at The Inn at Cobble Beach. Guests also have access to The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each with two bedrooms, wet bars and living rooms. The Cottages offer the luxury of an all-inclusive resort with the relaxation and privacy of home.
The pedestrian-friendly, stress-free Cobble Beach environment features roof lines, site-positioning and strategically-placed windows encouraging residents to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of their home. Even the outdoor lighting follows Dark-Sky guidelines promoting privacy and stargazing. Landscaping complements the natural setting by using native plants and trees.           



Tigers Injury Troubles

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/27/2016 04:58:00 PM   No comments
It made a few headlines during the build-up to The Masters, but I don’t think it came as a surprise to anyone when Tiger Woods announced that he wasn’t ready to return to action at Augusta. It was only in February that he uploaded a video showing him tentatively swinging an iron on a golf simulator, in a Twitter post entitled “Progressing nicely.”



Everyone in the world of golf would have been encouraged by this and even if you’re a Tiger fan or not, you cannot deny you would love to see Tiger back on the tour. But if you look back on all his injury problems over the past decade or so, I can’t imagine he will ever be back in good enough shape to challenge for titles again.

He first had problems with his left knee in 2002, but during the late 2000’s the problem got substantially worse. He won the U.S Open in 2008 with a partially torn ACL, but the resulting reconstructive surgery meant he would miss nine months of action. When he returned, he continued to be troubled by that left knee, as well as a persistent neck injury, a straining of his left Achilles and an injury to his elbow, which caused him to withdraw from several tournaments during 2012 and 2013.

Tiger surprisingly withdrew near the end of his final round in the 2014 Honda Classic, citing a lower back spasm as his main problem. He underwent surgery to fix a pinched nerve a few days later and was optimistic about returning to action quickly. But sadly, this was just the start of his back problems. Since then, he has undergone several different kinds of surgery to try and find a quick-fix. He did manage to return to the Tour on a regular basis last year, but he was clearly struggling for form and fitness. He missed the cut in three of the four Majors, managing a Top-20 finish at The Masters.

Soon after the PGA Championship, he was in surgery again, but this time it was a much more serious operation. He hasn’t played since that successful op, but he and his camp remain positive about his rehabilitation. There are plenty of examples where players have recovered from serious injuries and returned to the major-winning circle, which will provide a source of hope for Tiger to draw from.We just hope when he finally gets back on the course, he can remain injury free and be a big part of the PGA Tour.

Although the sport is in a very good place at the moment, with quality and competition at an all-time high, there is no denying that a fit and firing Tiger Woods would be the cherry on top of the golfing cake.



Apr 24, 2016

Clutch Putt For Happy Hoffman

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/24/2016 08:51:00 PM   No comments
I've always like the way Charley Hoffman plays golf. So was happy to see him close out the Valero Texas Open today with a closing round 69 and one heck of a clutch putt on the 18th hole.




Apr 19, 2016

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge - Unique Team Event

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/19/2016 09:04:00 PM   No comments

The event this week on the Champions Tour is like no other professional event out there and I can see why it's so popular with the players. Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge is a unique team event. 14 current members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are in the field. The biggest of the bunch is that of Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus who with 27 majors between them don't regularly compete on tour. So what a treat to be able to see these two legends.

 

 

There's nothing better than having Jack Nicklaus," tournament director Kirk Elmquist said, "the greatest of all time … and certainly his partner, Gary Player, the two great Masters champions and the two great majors champions, and to me, the two most internationally recognized golf names, outside of our friend Arnold Palmer, that we could have."

 

The pairing I'd love to watch would be Jesper Parnevik one of my favourite players to follow and his partner Tommy Armour III and Montgomerie. Just the stories from that group would be amazing.

 

The unique team event on starts with practice rounds on Monday at Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock courses south of Branson, features two divisions. The Champions Division is a 54-hole competition that is played in a two-man, better-ball and modified alternate shot format, and the Legends Division is the same format, covering 45 holes and for players ages 65 and over.

 

This is one area that I've added to my list of places to play very soon. I may even try to attend next season especially if I don't attend the Masters. The courses look amazing and I'll defintely be tuning in to see how the legends of the game play.

 

 

 

BUFFALO RIDGE (FULL COURSE, 18 HOLES) FORMAT

Friday and Saturday (Champions Division only)
Four-Ball

TOP OF THE ROCK (PAR-3) FORMAT

CHAMPIONS DIVISION
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Holes No. 1-9: Modified Alternate Shot
Holes No. 10-18: Four-Ball

LEGENDS DIVISION
Friday, Saturday
Holes No. 1-9: Modified Alternate Shot
Holes No. 10-18: Four-Ball

Sunday
Holes No. 1-9: Four-Ball

MODIFIED ALTERNATE SHOT
• Both partners make strokes from the teeing ground, choose a ball, and play alternate strokes with that ball until it is holed.
• The player whose ball was NOT chosen MUST play the second stroke.
• The ball that is chosen must be played until holed unless the provisions of another rule apply.


CHAMPIONS DIVISION
1. Michael Allen/ Woody Austin
2. Tommy Armour III/ Jesper Parnevik
3. Jay Don Blake/ Russ Cochran
4. Mark Brooks/ John Huston
5. Olin Browne/ Steve Pate
6. Bart Bryant/ Brad Bryant
7. Joe Durant/ Billy Andrade
8. David Frost/ Roger Chapman
9. Fred Funk/ Jeff Sluman
10. Bob Gilder/ Bobby Wadkins
11. Paul Goydos/ Kevin Sutherland
12. Morris Hatalsky/ Don Pooley
13. Hale Irwin/ Wes Short *
14. Peter Jacobsen/ Jay Haas
15. Lee Janzen/ Rocco Mediate
16. Tom Kite/ Gil Morgan
17. Tom Lehman/ Bernhard Langer
18. Wayne Levi/ Scott Simpson
19. Steve Lowery/ Mark Calcavecchia
20. Jeff Maggert/ Sandy Lyle
21. Scott McCarron/ Brad Faxon
22. Andy North/ Tom Watson
23. Mark O’Meara/ Colin Montgomerie
24. Jerry Pate/ Ben Crenshaw *
25. Corey Pavin/ Duffy Waldorf
26. Tom Pernice/ Bob Tway
27. Kenny Perry/ Scott Hoch
28. Mike Reid/ Dan Forsman
29. Loren Roberts/ Mark Wiebe
30. Chi Chi Rodriguez/ Dana Quigley
31. Joey Sindelar/ John Cook
32. Craig Stadler/ Kirk Triplett
33. Curtis Strange/ Bill Rogers *
34. Hal Sutton/ Larry Mize
35. Scott Verplank/ Davis Love III
36. D.A. Weibring/ Tom Purtzer
37. Fuzzy Zoeller/ John Jacobs *
38. Tom Jenkins

*Sponsor Exemption


LEGENDS DIVISION
1. Butch Baird/ Al Geiberger
2. John Bland/ Graham Marsh
3. Dale Douglass/ Charles Coody
4. Allen Doyle/ Hubert Green
5. Bruce Fleisher/ Larry Nelson
6. Tony Jacklin/ David Graham
7. Bob Murphy/ Jim Colbert
8. Bobby Nichols/ Tommy Jacobs
9. Gary Player/ Jack Nicklaus
10. JC Snead/ Dave Eichelberger
11. Jim Thorpe/ Doug Tewell
12. Lee Trevino/ Mike Hill

Apr 13, 2016

Bryson DeChambeau Signs With Puma and Bridgestone - New Cobra MB, CB irons Pics

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/13/2016 09:33:00 PM   No comments

Not a surprise Bryson signs with Puma/Cobra as he's been wearing and playing there gear lately. Great pics from GolfWrx.com of Bryson DeChambeau's new Cobra MB, CB irons: shot at 2016 RBC Heritage

 

DeChambeau has been playing a Cobra King F6+ driver set to 7 degrees of loft and configured to his unique specifications. While the King F6+ features an 18-gram weight that slides to five different positions from front to back in the sole, DeChambeau’s version has removed the weight entirely to get to his preferred swingweight of B-9. He also will play a Cobra King F6 fairway wood (14.2 degrees) and a Cobra King Utility iron (18.5 degrees).

 

When Bryson DeChambeau takes the course as a pro for the first time this week at RBC Heritage, he’ll be using the 2016 Tour B330-S golf ball and will be outfitted with gloves from Bridgestone Golf.

 

“I take every part of my game seriously and spend a considerable amount of time thinking about how each element will allow me to compete at the highest level,” said DeChambeau. “When it was time to make a decision on the golf ball I would use as a professional, it was clear after a thorough review that Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B330-S was the best fit for me. I’m excited to be a part of Bridgestone’s team and benefit from the precision they put in to each and every ball made.”

 

 

 

 

Apr 12, 2016

Choosing the Right Fit: Five Mistakes to Avoid When Joining a Golf Club

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/12/2016 10:05:00 PM   No comments

You’ve come a long way to leave so much to chance.

If you’re fortunate enough to shop around in Florida for a club to join, then a heady congratulations to you! You’ve worked hard and deserve to find a club that perfectly matches your lifestyle. Question is, how? Finding the right golf or country club that matches your taste in golf, social activities, accessibility—it isn’t easy and people often get overwhelmed and make a rash, sometimes costly, decision they soon regret. Golf Life Navigators (GLN) knows this problem well (it’s why the company was formed) and specializes in helping people find clubs that match their particular lifestyles. We reached out to Jason Becker, company founder and president (who’s also a PGA golf professional) and asked him what he thinks are five common mistakes people face when choosing the right club—and how to avoid them.


1. Doing the wrong kind of research.

“We see this one a lot at GLN. It’s not that our clients are uninformed—they usually know the basics about a variety of clubs in the area before they seek our services. But what they know is generally superficial—the type of information they have is commonplace on websites and brochures. Instead, what you should do is read between the lines. For instance, when visiting a club it’s good to pay attention to your surroundings. You can tell a lot about a club’s financial wherewithal by looking at how well the entry gate and outdoor areas are landscaped and maintained. If they look nice and water is flowing in the fountains—that’s a likely sign the company’s financial health is in good shape.”


2. Not talking to members.

“It’s easy to ask membership directors and club staff questions—it’s even easier for them to respond with answers they already prepared. Prospective members are better off asking members they have a chance to play golf with, see in the locker rooms or in the dining areas. It’s perfectly acceptable to politely ask them if they’re happy with their membership, what do they like, dislike, etc. In our experiences, most members at various clubs have no problem (often no restraints either) telling us how they feel.”


3. Judging the golf course first, social life second.

“It’s easy to be swayed by the gorgeous golf courses we have throughout the state, many designed by renowned architects and/or are ranked among the best courses in the country. And while a great track to play is important, the social aspects ought never been overlooked. After all, what good is a great course if you aren’t having any fun before you play, during your round and after you’re finished? We recommend seeking as much information on social activities, events and the membership culture. Ask if you can attend or visit some events, too.”


4. Not checking the rules and policies.

“Don’t be afraid to ask what kind of policies and rules a club has. For instance, does the club participate in reciprocal play with other clubs in the area? What are the guest fees and rules? Is there a cap on how many rounds you can play in a month? Is the pool open on weekends? Some clubs have rules members only come to realize after then joined the club. There are never too many questions to ask pertaining to a membership contract—it’s alarming for us to see how few people ask these types of questions prior to joining a club.”


5. Ignoring the local community.

“Not every prospective club member is going to live nearby or in an associated community. Some are seasonal residents, others seek homes off-property. That said, it’s still important to pay attention to what’s going on in the local community. For example, if there are several homes for sale in the development, that could be a good sign or an indication that things aren’t going well in the area. You’ll only know for sure if you inquire within.”



Curious to learn more? Golf Life Navigators offers its hassle-free golf club matchmaking services free of charge for anyone relocating to/or from within the Sunshine State. Visit golflifenavigators.com or call (888) 282-4099 to schedule a free consultation.

 
 
 



 

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