Nov 13, 2018

Fall Golf Not Just About The Score

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/13/2018 09:53:00 PM   No comments
Playing golf in the Fall can be some of the most exhilarating and meaningful time for a golfer then any part of the year. Yes here in Canada most areas are thinking about closing up as the temperature drops and the snow flies but there's always time before this happens to learn a bit more about yourself and this glorious game.

There will be plenty of time in the Winter to catch up on your favourite website whether its bonuscodecanada.ca or maybe every ones favourite to check out new golf clubs, CallawayGolf.ca. I say concentrate more on taking pictures of the beautiful Autumn colours; there will be less people golfing so you won't hold up any golfers. Stop and smell the roses as they say, beauty is all around.



Stop and take in the beauty of Fall Golf you might just get a spectacular picture like this. This one I took at Rideau View Golf Course 


Concentrate less on the score and maybe try different shaping shots and use different clubs into the holes you regularly play(if your playing at your home course). "Variety is the spice of life"; I believe someone famous and highly smart has mention this before. We get so caught up with the score when we golf, Fall to me is a great time not to worry so much about writing down the score and more about enjoying the "walk". I do this year round with my son, Gus.

Bundle up, now is the time to get on the warm weather golf apparel that's been stuck in your closet. Don't be weather scared to get out there and play it's not going to be perfect weather for your round everyday. Challenge yourself with a bit of Fall golf weather and stay comfortable with all those nice golf clothes that keep you warm and dry.

Try out that new ball you didn't have time to try during the summer or maybe test out a few new clubs. Great time to demo a few new clubs hit a couple of balls per hole because more then likely you'll only be there with the other die hard golfers.

What's your special recipe for Fall Golf?




Oct 9, 2018

Golf Apparel Review - Chase54 Impresses Summer or Fall - Deuce Polo / Trekker Shorts

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/09/2018 09:58:00 PM   No comments
Finally got to review some golf apparel from Chase54. Most golfers might not know of this apparel especially in Canada; the company based in New York, I've only heard good things from friends stateside about their gear.

Here's the scoop on the golf polo I got to test out. This and the Trekker shirts are part of Chase54's 2018 Fall Collection



DEUCE MEN’S SS POLO
DESCRIPTION

• DRYFUZE® moisture wicking
• Allover retro stripe
• Stretch for full mobility
• Seams are reinforced with topstitching
• Removable powder coated collar stay
90% Polyester, 10% Spandex




Managed to finally play Black Bear Ridge in Belleville this August and walked the course unlike most who cart(it's a hilly course and a hearty walk). The Chase54 Deuce Polo and Trekker shorts were amazingly comfortable and withstood the warm summer weather. Triple Bogey beer helped as welt hydrate. 



Chase54's 2018 Fall Collection impresses both on the golf course and while relaxing after your round. The Deuce Polo will run you $73 USD.



Really like the use of Chase54 logo on the back of the collar of the Deuce polo.



TREKKER

DESCRIPTION

• DRYFUZE™ is our answer to moisture wicking
• Mechanical stretch for some mobility
• Waistband gripper tape
• Deep pockets to keep things from falling out
• 10" inseam
100% Polyester




The Trekker shorts are also made with Chase54's Dryfuze technology. Keep you cool and stretch for a comfortable golfing experience. I would compare these to Galvin Green's high quality golf shorts. They will run you about $79 USD. Loved the Platinum grey colour pretty much goes with most polos I own.



Although not a big fan of stripes Chase54 pulls it off with the Deuce Polo. The retro stripe pattern just works perfect with the Trekker shorts.




ABOUT CHASE54

Based in New York, Chase54 is a lifestyle brand created by golfers for golfers and beyond. Founded and backed by 30 years of garment manufacturing excellence and more than 400 million garments produced, Chase54 offers golf apparel for both men and women with phenomenal styling and superior fabrics, all at an affordable price. To learn more about the brand, visit www.chase54.com

Oct 1, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari wake up together with the RYDER CUP 2018

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/01/2018 07:48:00 AM   No comments
Another Ryder Cup, another crazy team performance by the Europeans. 16.5-11.5, Europe in 2014 at Gleneagles. 17-11, U.S. at Hazeltine in 2016. And Sunday's 17.5-10.5 drubbing at Le Golf National by Europe. Europe has the team, America has the individuals. Molinari, Fleetwood, Garcia, Poulter what a golf team.









Sep 20, 2018

Golf Course Review - Black Bear Ridge Golf Course

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/20/2018 09:03:00 PM   No comments
It's funny when you're an avid golfer you'll look to play golf at just about anytime or anywhere. An example for me was just a couple weeks ago when I was dropping off two of my kids to their Oma in Havelock. I knew Black Bear Ridge was a close (within abhor ) from there so I called them up and got on for a late afternoon tee time for $45/walking.

Black Bear Ridge is ranked 66th in this years ScoreGolf.com's Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada.







 From the opening hole Black Bear doesn't overwhelm you it guides you tactfully around this lovely piece of property purchased by owner and designer Brian Magee, who I had the pleasure of speaking to for a few minutes before my round. A knowledgeable and humble man he should be proud of what he created here on this Muskoka-like land outside of Belleville.





The course was in great shape tee to green.



Bunkers were plentiful and well kept.





The many rock outcroppings were used naturally and without be overdone.



 Elevated tee shots never get old.


Make sure you play from the appropriate tee box like most courses it will more enjoyable.


The design is not convoluted and good scores can be had just play smart and don't bite off more then you can chew.




The par 3s at Black Bear Ridge will have you thinking about what club to hit especially what type of weather you're playing in or time of year.



A sense of humour from the owner I'm sure.



16 through 18 are spectacular holes.


 17 and 18 make you pause a little and give thanks for a beautiful walk around Black Bear.



One of the few that probably has walked the course, I can now see why ScoreGolf.com has ranked Black Bear Ridge #66 on their Top 100 Golf Courses in Canada. Great design, well maintained nothing over the top but playable to all levels of golfers. One course that everyone should play.



Sep 10, 2018

Golf Apparel Review - Milo Golf Shirt - VENTIL8 PLUS Line

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  9/10/2018 09:19:00 PM   No comments
Not all golf shirts are created equal and once again Galvin Green comes up big with it's Milo Golf Shirt part of it's VENTIL8™ PLUS range.





The major selling point of the short sleeve Milo shirt is it's the perfect golf shirt when it gets hot. This picture was taken during the heat of the summer here in Ottawa. Practicing at Rideau View Golf Club with my son, Gus. The VENTIL8™PLUS fabric that the Milo shirt is made of takes breathability to another level plus it has a UV factor 20+ protection.

Ventil8 Plus Technology


The VENTIL8™ PLUS range makes use of carefully selected materials with unique properties. A VENTIL8™ PLUS shirt transports moisture and excess heat away twice as quickly as a conventional polyester golf shirt. This is made possible by an advanced technology whereby the textile fibres are designed to disperse perspiration and moisture over a larger area, allowing moisture to evaporate considerably more rapidly.




The Black/Red/Snow Milo Golf Shirt from Galvin Green.


I love the style of the Milo polo which includes the three button placket. A graphic print design across the middle of the chest and contrast tipping on the cuff is still stylish yet subtle at the same time.



The blend of 97% Polyester / 3% Elastane not only makes an extremely breathability shirt but
excellent wicking properties as well. The feel of the shirt is great for full or half golf swings like the above picture shows.


Great shirt for the heat of the summer made true due to Ventil8 technology which helps transfer sweat away from the body.


The Milo shirt will run you about $120 USD not cheap but worth the price for the quality and technology put into this golf shirt. Best place to look for the Galvin Green VENTIL8 PLUS Range is right here.











Aug 26, 2018

CP Women's Open - Brooke Makes History - Oh! Canada

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/26/2018 09:10:00 PM   No comments
Whether you were there at Wascana Country Club watching Brooke Henderson make history or maybe following along on the Golf Channel. Heck even if you were just following along on social media today was a bit of a big deal for Canadian Golf as Brooke Henderson was the first time since 1973, a Canadian has won our country’s national golf championship.

In front of hordes of fans screaming her name and singing O Canada, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round 65 and earned a decisive four-stroke win over Angel Yin at Regina’s Wascana Country Club.

Lifted all week by the adoring Canadian fans, Henderson carded birdies at five of her closing eight holes. While the win was at hand, Henderson didn’t feel it was truly hers until she put her approach at No. 18 to just 3 feet, ultimately sealing the victory.

IN HER WORDS – HENDERSON ON WHAT IT MEANS TO WIN IN CANADA


“I definitely feel like it was meant to be this week. I knew it wasn't over until basically 18, but I just had that good feeling. It's just amazing and a dream come true.”




Eye on the Prize




My screensaver for the next while





All pictures courtesy of:

Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018


Brooke Henderson
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
FINAL Round 
 
-Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Aug 22, 2018

2018 CP Women's Open - Brooke Ready To Break 45-Year Spell

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/22/2018 09:52:00 PM   No comments
Couldn't make it there this year after Ottawa Hunt Club hosted it beautifully last year but the CP Women’s Open arrives in Regina at Wascana Country Club where the ladies will tee it up starting tomorrow.

Nice to hear the title sponsor Canadian Pacific has extended its commitment to Canada's event through 2023 and that Magna GC in Aurora, Ont., will be the host of the 2019 CPWO.

Brooke Henderson has got to be the favourite at ending the 45 year drought of a Canadian winning this Championship. She drives it long(7th) and she has no problems making birdies (3rd). If she just can improve her driving accuracy and get her putter hot there's no doubt she be close come Sunday.

She comes into the week after a Sunday 63 in Indianapolis garnered her a T7. Last years T12 in Ottawa was her best showing thus far in the National Women’s Open Championship.


Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018

Brooke Henderson
  
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Tuesday- Practice Rounds
 
-Tuesday, August 21th, 2018



Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018

Brooke Henderson, group
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Wednesday day- Pro Am and Walk with the pro 
 
-Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018





Hamilton native Alena Sharp is using a bag adorned with the Humboldt Broncos logo this week at the CP Women's Open to pay tribute to the 16 lives lost in the April bus crash a few hours north of Regina.


Photo Bernard Brault , GOLF CANADA ©2018


Clinic Driving Range
Alena Sharp, 
PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, GOLF CANADA
Regina, Saskatchewan:
CP WOMEN'S OPEN
Wascana Country Club
Monday- CANADA DAY ALL-STAR PRO-AM








Shenendoah Golf Club At Turning Stone - Golf Course Review

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  8/22/2018 08:50:00 PM   No comments
The first golf course Gus and I got to play was Shenendoah Golf Club on the Friday of our arrival at Turning Stone Resort. Designed by Rick Smith, Shenendoah just recently reopened after an almost year-long redesign that resulted in seven new holes. Gus and I were excited.

Shenendoah offers 18 holes of PGA-level golf in a spectacular natural setting. The course was built and is maintained to comply with stringent Audubon International standards for environmental protection and preservation. Designer Rick Smith used the natural landscape to create wooded parkland holes, open pastures that capture the links feel, and beautifully simple low country-style holes. Designed, constructed and maintained to TOUR standards at more than 7,000 yards, the course offers conditions normally reserved for TOUR professionals. In 2006, Turning Stone Resort’s Shenendoah Golf Club was host of the PGA National Club Professional Championship.





Gus wasn't a big fan of the some of the long carries over the fescue at Shenendoah including #4 the long Par 5 -  Fox Den

The course was in immaculate condition tee to greens. You can tell the maintenance staff takes pride in this special golf course located just east of Syracuse.



Smiles all around at Shenendoah Golf Club


The staff was very helpful at the bag drop and answering any and all questions Gus and I had.



Gus loved the fact some fairways like the one at  #8 - Deer Crossing were big and wide.




Gus and I thought the par 3s at Shenendoah were just awesome even though challenging they were all a blast to play including the #14 - Snapping Turtles Passage (Above)  and #12 - Pond View (Below)






Wildlife abounds at Shenendoah Golf Course. Gus and I had the privilege of seeing a white tailed deer on #17 aptly named Whitetail Deer. 



Gus trying to sneak up on white-tailed deer. 



 Sun sets on our round




If you're in the area of Turning Stone Resort Shenendoah is one of the 3 Championship courses you should play. About 2 1/2 hours from the Ottawa area you won't be disappointed. The course was in great shape and the staff were amazing from the cart girl to the restaurant staff. Gus and I played from the red tees which was perfect for a Father/Son Duel. Prices will vary and will be less if your a guest at the resort which I highly recommend. 

I'm glad I finally got to play 3 of the golf courses at Turning Stone, especially with my son. I can finally cross them off the bucket list. 



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