Nov 24, 2014

Can McIlroy Finally Land The Masters?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/24/2014 08:44:00 PM   No comments
At just twenty five years of age, Rory McIlroy has almost done it all in the world of golf. Nine wins on both the PGA and European Tours, including four Major championships already make McIlroy one of the greatest golfers of all time, and he likely hasn't even quite peaked as yet. One tournament that has alluded the world number one to this point is The Masters and that is something that the Irishman will be keen to put right come 2015. Rory's best finish to date at Augusta was his T8 this year and although he has been in winning positions at the first Major of the season, he has been unable to convert these opportunities into a green jacket. Augusta is a course that requires a massive amount of patience and course management, and the winner of the Masters is often a player who has a decent amount of prior experience of the event. Having now competed in six Masters, Rory McIlroy may now have the necessary experience under his belt to go on and win arguably the most prestigious of the four Majors. So will 2015 be the year when Rory McIlroy finally becomes the recipient of a green jacket? He can currently be backed at odds of 4/1 with Betfair to do just that. View The Masters latest betting odds here: https://www.betfair.com/sport/golf



Since turning professional back in 2007, Rory McIlroy has made a rapid rise to greatness and could well dominate the sports for many years to come. From humble beginnings in Northern Ireland, it has taken long for McIlroy to amass his twenty one golf tournament victories, as well as a multi million pound fortune. The top player in the world is now also one of the most marketable brands, and has a number of endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and Titleist. With Tiger Woods going through a number of personal and professional difficulties in recent years, there was definitely a gap in the market for some new blood, and Rory McIlroy has definitely grasped that opportunity firmly with both hands. McIlory has shown that he is able to cope and recover from adversity himself, following both his collapse at the 2011 Masters and his very indifferent spell of form during the 2013 campaign. Golf pundits questioned his ability to come back as the same player following both of these episodes, but this young man has actually improved off the back of the set backs.

Having ended his 2014 campaign by taking the Race to Dubai title, Rory McIlroy should go into the 2015 campaign full of confidence. The fact that the Masters is the first Major of the season could well be a positive for Rory, and I can envisage him showing more composure and patience at Augusta this time around. The Masters isn't a tournament you can win on the first day, as McIlroy himself showed four years ago and while it will be of great importance to him to add the Masters to his resume, I don't see Rory being the type that will let the pursuit completely consume him. With three top twenty finishes at Augusta already behind him, as well as a career best top ten this year, Rory McIlroy should be primed to win the 2015 renewal of the Masters. Four steady rounds are what is likely to win the event, scattered with a few pieces of magic along the way. The competition will no doubt be fierce, with the likes of Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose in the field to name but a few, but I do feel that Rory McIlroy can come out on top and collect a first of what is likely to be a collection of green jackets next year.

Nov 11, 2014

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Love Golf Design to Renovate Ocean Course

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/11/2014 08:54:00 PM   No comments
The Sea Pines Resort announced on Monday that Love Golf Design will perform and oversee a total renovation of its historic Ocean Course. Here's the press release:



The Sea Pines Resort Announces Love Golf Design to Renovate Ocean Course

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort announces Love Golf Design, the course architecture firm founded and headed by PGA TOUR star Davis Love III and his brother Mark, will redesign its historic Ocean Course.

Based on Georgia’s St. Simons Island, Love Golf Design has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island (Sea Island, Ga.), Laurel Island Golf Club (Kingsland, Ga.), and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). Love is a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage held on lauded Harbour Town Golf Links.

The Ocean Course is steeped in Hilton Head golf history as the first course built on the famed island in 1962 by prolific architect George Cobb. Mark McCumber, a 10-time PGA TOUR winner, remodeled the original design in 1995. Love Golf Design will perform and oversee a total renovation of the entire layout. The course will close for play next Oct. and reopen in Sept., 2016.

“Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play so we’re excited to redesign the Ocean Course to be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point,” says Love. “It’s an honor for us to work with one of the world’s premier golf destinations.”

The project follows completed enhancements by Pete Dye to his Heron Point design, which reopened for play on Sept. 22. Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and added ornamental landscape beds throughout the layout. The putting surfaces were transitioned to Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass.

Next May, after the 2015 RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links will close for the summer as its fairways will be changed to cutting-edge Celebration Bermuda grass. Harbour Town’s greens will additionally be reseeded with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same grass on the putting surfaces since 2001, and the irrigation system will be replaced.

“We’re thrilled to have a great champion like Davis Love III and his exceptional design team working on the Ocean Course,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Our continual goal at The Sea Pines Resort is to offer world-class golf.”

Earlier this year, the legendary Lowcountry destination opened its new Plantation Golf Club clubhouse and golf learning center serving Heron Point and the Ocean Course. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information on golf at The Sea Pines Resort: www.seapinesgolf.com, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. Its new Plantation Golf Club and world-class golf learning center are recent additions to its superlative golf amenities.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

Nov 10, 2014

Canadian Nick Taylor Wins 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/10/2014 03:40:00 PM   No comments
For a guy who's Twitter handle is "Top 5 Mario Kart N64 Players in the world". He can now add "PGA Tour Winner" as Canadian Nick Taylor fired a 6-under 66  in the final round of the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson, to win by two strokes over Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.

What's more impressive is this was Taylor's 13th PGA Tour event in which he rallied from four shots down to become the third first-time winner on TOUR this year.  

Taylor has some pedigree, a top amateur in university, Taylor turned professional in 2010 but only qualified full-time for the PGA Tour this year.

"It's been a whirlwind of a summer; six months ago I was struggling." 

"I'm shocked but I'm happy about it.’  

No kidding and the $720,00 cheque will help as well.

In the second round of the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship, Nick Taylor hits his approach shot close, nearly carding an eagle on the short par-4 15th hole.



GolfWRX has some great WITB photos of Nick Taylor's winning clubs, be sure and check them out.
Nick Taylor’s Winning WITB



Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Gold 65X
3 Wood: TaylorMade JetSpeed (15 degrees)
Shaft: Oban Kiyoshi Gold 75X

Hybrid: TaylorMade Rescue FCT (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore F3 Hybrid 95X
Irons: TaylorMade RocketBladez Tour (3-5), TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB (6-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue
Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (47-09, 54-11, 60-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue
Putter: Taylormade Daytona 12 Ghost Tour
Ball: TaylorMade Tour Preferred X


Buying a lesson that can really pay off

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/10/2014 02:48:00 PM   No comments


There is a reason why golf watchers are amongst the most knowledgeable and respectful of crowds. From a spectator perspective the professional game is one of those rare things where just about everyone watching will have a deeply personal understanding of the game. Most audiences for televised sport are made up of people who rarely, if ever, have played their ‘chosen’ sport competitively. A football fan may be able to talk strategy or technique, but talking the talk is not the same as understanding what it means to address a ball at the bottom of a bottom of a bunker, or to be standing over a crunch four foot putt.

Golfers know what ‘pressure’ means in personal and practical terms; what are so often empty clichés in other sports describe an experience that golfers know as a matter of visceral, warm-blooded knowledge. Cliché or not - words like ‘pressure’ are anything but ‘empty’ to a golfing audience.

Many like to buy into the pressure felt by the pros in competition. We all have our favourites and our swing models - Ernie Eels anyone? - but putting some money on them makes for an even more engaged spectating experience. It might even be the cheapest golf lesson you ever take.


With TV coverage often rattling through a succession of shots in such a way that it is hard to focus in on anything other than ‘the coverage’, putting your money down at somewhere like bet365 or William Hill makes you watch in a very different way. It guarantees that you take every single glimpse of your chosen pick that little bit more seriously. It’s like playing skins - the same activity can take on a whole new meaning once there are a few bucks to play for.


It means you start to really examine the nuances of your pick’s swing or putting stroke in a way that otherwise you might easily overlook. And here’s another thing. That level of forced analysis is good for you. It means you’ll start to watch like a pro. You won’t just be passively taking on board whatever the broadcaster chooses to pump out. Instead, you’ll start to forensically examine every last nuance of what is going on.

In the process you’ll start to see what it is that the pros are trying to do. Little shifts in set-up or swing plane will start to emerge. If you can see how Adam Scott or Billy Horschel might shape up for a high fade as opposed to a  running draw you’ll see things that you can begin to incorporate into your own game- although it’s probably best not to watch Bubba Watson too closely!

Once you start to watch intelligently you will begin to appreciate the subtle mechanics that the pros are manipulating with every shot. Tempo is always a great thing to take away from the pros, but there are other lessons to absorb - but you do have to force yourself to watch incredibly closely to begin to appreciate them. Putting your money down at somewhere like bet365 is a way to open up that appreciation. And of course, it’s a way to take a golfing lesson that can pay you back off the course as well as on it. Everybody likes to win, after all!

Nov 4, 2014

Cobra Golf's - NEW - FLY Z Family

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/04/2014 07:39:00 PM   No comments
Cobra Golf raises the bar with their new FLY Z golf club line. The most intriguing feature, the adjustable weight technology re-imagined with front-to-back FlipZone. This technology provides two different flight paths in one head. Can you say "must try".







FLY: To Move Through The Air Under Control; To Be Hip or Cool; In Fashion; Desirable.
Z: Zone Technology Allows Cobra To Engineer Superior Performance For ALL Golfers.

Flip Zone Weight Technology: Front Setting: Penetrating Trajectory / Back Setting: Total Control "Flip It & Rip It"

The family will consist of 3 separate brands of metals & irons - FLY Z XL / Super Game Improvement, FLY Z / Game Improvement & FLY Z + with Flip Zone Weight Technology / Mid to Better Player. The full line up is designed to provide an advantage to all player types,




Press Release
COBRA GOLF UNVEILS THE FLY-Z DRIVER FAMILY

Adjustable weight technology reimagined with front-to-back FlipZone
Technology provides two different flight paths in one head

CARLSBAD, CA (November 4, 2014) – COBRA Golf, a leader in golf club innovation and
performance, has released the latest in adjustable weight technology with the FLY-Z+
Driver featuring the all-new FlipZone weight technology – a revolutionary, moveable weight
system engineered to provide two different flight paths in one club that enables maximum
distance for any swing and any golfer.

“I’m really excited about the new Fly-Z+ driver. In our early prototype testing I saw the
positive effects the two settings could have on ball flight. For me, the front CG setting
yielded the ball flight I want to see on the course," said Rickie Fowler, COBRA Golf athlete
and PGA Tour Pro. "The adjustable loft setting COBRA introduced last year was a huge
advantage to my game, but now adding this new Zone Weighting to fine tune ball flight is
really game-changing."

The key to increased distance is the ultra-low center of gravity (CG) embodied in COBRA’s
new FlipZone weight technology that gives golfers the ability to move the low CG to the
front or back position depending on their swing, to promote faster ball speeds, lower spin
and optimal launch angles.

“The Fly-Z+ driver features the lowest CG of any adjustable weight driver on the market,”
said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D. “The new FlipZone provides golfers with two different flight
paths in one head - allowing golfers to play what is best for their game. The result is one
unique, performance and technology driven golf club that is truly game changing.”

The FlipZone is COBRA’s first front-to-back CG adjustable technology that features a 15-
gram weight that can be set toward the front or back of the head located low on the sole of
the driver. Performance differs in the two weight settings, allowing golfers to adjust to what
is the longest and straightest for them. The front CG position provides a mid-launch angle
with ultra-low spin and a penetrating ball flight with more roll for maximum distance, while
the back CG position delivers a mid-launch angle with 400 RPM’s of additional spin, resulting
in a towering ball flight, maximum distance with more carry.

The Fly-Z+ driver also features COBRA’s New Speed Channel Technology, which is an
engineered trench around the perimeter of the face that works to minimize thickness,
resulting in increased ball speeds across the face for incredible distance and more
forgiveness. Forged E9 Zone Face technology removes weight from key areas behind the
face and hosel to increase the size and speed of the sweet zone for more distance on offcenter
hits. Advanced multi-material construction and next generation T.O.P (Thin.
Optimized. Personalized.) Technology advances with a new Titanium 6-4 body and carbon
fiber crown and sole pieces to maximize discretionary weight. The discretionary weight from
the face, hosel, crown and body is strategically positioned low in the head for maximum
distance and forgiveness. In addition to FlipZone, E9 Zone Face Weighting and Speed
Channel technology, along with multi-material construction, the Fly-Z+ Driver continues to
utilize COBRA Golf’s game-changing MyFly8 and SmartPad, allowing golfers to select from
multiple loft/trajectory settings to tune their game. Loft settings: 8.5o –11.5o.

Sticking with the personalization golfers have come to know and love from COBRA, the Fly-
Z+ driver (SRP $449.99) is available in regular, stiff and x-stiff flex in five colors – Black,
White, Blue, Orange and Red. Available in right-handed and left-handed models, the driver
features a Graphite, authentic, after-market Matrix VLCT ST shaft (60g)and Lamkin-ACE
3GEN Crossline grip. Additionally the driver is offered in other premium shafts for no
additional charge: The Aldila Tour Green (67g), a heavier weighted Aldila Tour Blue (76g)
and the all-new, lightweight MATRIX White Tie X4 (53g). Available in store February 1,
2015.

The Fly-Z Driver (SRP $379.99) is engineered to deliver the ultimate blend of maximum
distance and increased forgiveness. The low, back CG Zone Weighting delivers low spin,
mid-high launch and fast ball speeds across the face.

“The Fly-Z Driver is positioned as one of the most forgiving drivers currently in the
marketplace, yet it doesn’t sacrifice distance,” said Olsavsky. “The 460cc Driver offers a
slightly larger address profile that enabled our engineers to create the most forgiving driver
that COBRA Golf has ever made.”

The E9 Zone Face structure and Crown Zone Weighting combine to create a large amount
of discretionary weight in an all titanium driver. The weight saved is strategically positioned
low and back in the head where the back zone weight is located. (Note: the Fly-Z driver in
its fixed, back CG position yields approximately 1 degree of increased launch angle and
approximately 300 RPM’s of additional spin than the Fly-Z+ driver in the back FlipZone
position, and is more stable on off-center hits).

MyFly8 technology allows golfers to choose from eight simple adjustable loft/trajectory
settings (9.0o-12.0o) to maximize distance and manage trajectory while SmartPad delivers a
square face at address regardless of loft setting. The Fly-Z driver is available in five colors
(Black, White, Blue, Orange and Red) in RH/LH in Lite, Regular, Stiff and X-Stiff flexes.
Featuring a 6-4 Titanium body with a Forged 6-4 Titanium face, Fly-Z driver comes with a
graphite, Matrix VLCT SP shaft and Lamkin REL 360 grip. Available in store February 1st,
2015.

The Fly-Z technology was also reconfigured for women golfers so that CG, lofts (10.5o –
13.5o) and performance is maximized for slower swing speeds. The women’s Fly-Z driver is
available in three colors Raspberry, Silver Flower Pearl and Ultramarine and features a
Graphite, Matrix VLCT SP shaft in ladies flex with a Winn Wrap grip.

The Fly-Z XL Driver is engineered to help make golf easier through higher draw-biased ball
flights which deliver easy distance. A 460cc, all-titanium head features a slightly lower
profile face combined with an offset hosel to deliver the trajectory often needed by seniors,
women and beginning golfers. The Fly-Z XL driver, being the only offset driver in the
marketplace, delivers up to 17.5 yards of draw bias. Note: Robot testing revealed that even
vs. Fly Z in its draw position, the XL Driver offers 10.5 additional yards of draw bias, making
this the perfect driver for slice correction or easy up.

Speed Channel Face with Forged E9 Face Weighting, Crown Zone technology along with an
all-titanium head, saves weight and helps deliver a back CG position that yields great
forgiveness and draw bias. A high MOI sole geometry combined with an offset design
makes the Fly-Z XL easier to hit straight by correcting slices, increasing stability and
maintaining distance. Fly-Z XL (SRP $319.99) features a Graphite, Matrix shaft and is
available in 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° in Stiff, Regular or Lite flexes in right-handed or lefthanded
models. The Driver has a Lamkin REL 360 Grip and is available in store November
14, 2014.

COBRA Engineers redesigned the XL driver for women, keeping in mind their need for
slightly higher launch conditions and softer shaft flexes. The ladies XL driver comes in
Raspberry/Silver Pearl with a graphite, Matrix VLCT Shaft and Winn Wrap grip. Also
available in store November 14.


Oct 30, 2014

Three Golfers Ace Same Hole from Same Tees on Same Day on Hilton Head Island

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/30/2014 10:06:00 PM   No comments
Having never managed a hole in one yet in my golf life. I can only imagine the lads this past week at
Palmetto Hall Golf Club (Robert Cupp Course) on Hilton Head Island were grinning ear to ear.  Having dunked 3 aces on the 8th hole from the same tees sure must of been a sweet feeling for those golfers and especially at Hilton Head Island.



Press Release

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Three Golfers Ace Same Hole from Same Tees on Same Day
at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club’s Robert Cupp Course

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island announces three golfers from different foursomes made a hole-in-one on the eighth hole from the blue tees on the same day at Palmetto Hall Plantation’s Robert Cupp Course on October 19, 2014. This is the rarest feat of its kind on record.

The odds of this remarkable occurrence are about the same as winning the Powerball. The probability of making a hole-in-one for an average player is roughly 12,500-1. The chances of two people acing the same hole on the same day from the same foursome are in the 17 million-1 range.   Add in a third person, all from different groups, hitting from the same tees and the statistics are startling.

During the Amateur Golf Tour Championship sponsored by Golfweek, Daren Green of the Raleigh-Pinehurst Tour holed out first. In the foursome immediately following Green, Jose Talamantes from the Downeast Tour stepped up to swing from the same par-three hole and also hit an ace from 130 yards. Later in the afternoon, JPGA player André Scopone also made a hole-in-one from the eighth hole.

“We generally have a hand full of hole-in-ones annually, but three in one day is unbelievable,” says Dan Moscar, General Manager of Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. “In all my years in the industry, I have never had two aces in one day, let alone three!”

A Heritage Golf Group property, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features 36 holes of pristine golf immersed in Southern elegance and natural beauty. The Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp-designed courses challenge and reward players of all skill levels. The Club proudly features a 14,000 square foot antebellum-style Clubhouse, as well as luxurious amenities for the entire family. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is recognized as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for its commitment to environmental quality by meeting required standards for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, and preserving wildlife habitats.

For more information: www.heritagegolfgroup.com or www.palmettohallgolf.com

About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills 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.”  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.

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.

For more information: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

About Heritage Golf Group

Heritage Golf Group, established in 1999, is a leading owner and operator of premier private, resort and daily fee golf properties across the United States. The Heritage portfolio represents some of the most well-known and acclaimed golf properties spanning South Carolina, Florida and Texas. The company, led by Managing Partners Bob Husband and Davis Sezna, distinguishes itself through its dedication to “Unrivaled Golf and Uncompromising Service” with over 150 years of collective experience as business professionals and golfers.

Oct 27, 2014

A Tip for Betting on the Masters

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/27/2014 03:22:00 PM   No comments
The Masters might be a few months away, but the bookies are already tipping Rory McIlroy for the title. According to experts at Unibet, McIlroy is the 9/2 favourite for the 2015 tournament, which means if you visited the site's iPad betting app with £10 and lumped it on the Irishman, you'd make a £45 profit.

Of course, just because he's the bookies favourite, it doesn't necessarily mean Mr. McIlroy will run away with the title, but he recently told the BBC that he's ready for the pressure. Noting that his prediction for two major titles in 2014 was spookily true, McIlroy said that his consistency this year has been his biggest achievement.



Augusta will be another chance for the young pro to complete the Grand Slam, but he isn't afraid of the hype. In fact, he's positively ready to "embrace" the pressure and scrutiny he'll inevitably come in for when one of the game's top events gets underway.

Looking Past Rory

Aside from McIlroy, Unibet's iPad betting app has Tiger Woods as the second favourite at 11/1 and Adam Scott a touch outside that at 14/1. Obviously, there will be a number of factors that could affect the betting before the April event gets underway, but so far the odds makers are having a hard time seeing beyond the aforementioned pros.

In fact, such has been the current form of McIlroy et al, that last year's Masters champion, Bubba Watson, is currently struggling to achieve a price better than 20/1 via Unibet's iPad betting app. Despite entering the fold as the defending champion, those with an eye on the market currently don't believe the American's form will be good enough to win him a second title in two years.

Does this mean you should discount Watson and lump your money on McIlroy right now? Probably not. As the competition draws closer the odds are likely to change and while McIlroy might remain the overall favourite, it's likely his odds will drift slightly as the chasing pack's prices shift.

Oct 25, 2014

Smuggler's Glen Golf Course Review

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  10/25/2014 06:32:00 PM   1 comment
What better way to recharge the batteries then a little overnight golf trip to Glen House Resort to finally play Smuggler's Glen Golf Course. Located  just off the 1000 Islands Parkway near Gananoque, Ontario. Smuggler's Glen was the perfect place to get away, relax and play some golf.

We arrived later on Friday and checked in to our upper level room in the Pinewoods Lodge. Beautiful, rustic riverfront view with all the amenities(propane fireplace was a nice touch). You couldn't ask for a nicer place to stay before tackling a round a Smuggler's Glen.

 "The Gorge"



That night we ate at the Smuggler's Lounge where we were entertained by the three piece band, Black Rapids Gold. Lou the bartender/server was the perfect host at the Smuggler's Lounge where we dined on some great appetizers(calamari, bruschetta and wings). The 40 Creek BBQ wings and Triple Bogey beer were my favorites. My wife definitely love all the appetizers as well as her Mike Weir Chardonnay.



Smuggler's Glen Golf Course Review
After getting a drive up to the clubhouse I was greeted by Ben, one of the many friendly and helpful staff on hand at Smuggler's Glen. Having the first tee time of the day, I decided to hit a few balls to get warmed up. The newly expanded practice green and natural grass driving range was ideal for getting the kinks out of my swing. Smuggler's Glen has a new fleet of GPS-equipped golf cart and this was also very helpful having never played the course before.

The opening hole at Smuggler's Glen is a very scenic and intimidating par 5. Not long from the white tees at 433 yards your tee shot has to clear "The Gorge". You don't have to hit driver here off the tee but it is fun to try.

You get to take a little breathe on #2 a nice uphill par three aptly name "Upper Ridge". You don't want to be long and right on this hole. The next two holes reminded me of playing golf in the Muskoka area with some great elevation changes, exposed rock and scenery to boot.  The 4th hole being a stunner of a par 5. Playing your second shot up to the narrow fairway takes gut. Green is narrow and tough to hit when the wind swirls.

 "Settler's Field"

The greens and fairways are bent grass at Smuggler's Glen and they were in top condition even so late in the season. The day I played carts were car paths only because of all the rain that had fallen in the area. Talking to Jason Boyce, Director of Golf at Smuggler's he and his staff are continuing to work on drainage issues a battle for most golf courses.

The 6th hole just didn't fit my eye and I found it to be a tough tee shot on this longish par 4. Although there's plenty of landing area from the tee the "Wild Creek" is intimidating. Smuggler's Glen's par 5s are all scenic and solid including number 7 "Rolling Meadows" with out of bounds on the left side this par 5 will test all facets of your game. "River View" finishes off the front with a tight driving hole. Be careful on this par 4 as you don't want to go long.

 "Bio Challenge"

The back 9 at Smuggler's Glen I really enjoyed because it was a great mix of fun par 3s with drivable par 4s and stout par 5s. The downhill par 3 tenth is just a fun hole. Trying to figure out which club will get you there in the ever present wind might drive you crazy but in the end you'll enjoy. The "Gambler" is just a fun grip it and rip hole where I managed to just be short of the green on this uphill par 4. The "Rock" again hearkens me back to Muskoka with rock outcroppings and elevation to frame one of the prettiest tee shots on the course. Sixteen through eighteen does the same with "Shorty" a birdie hole to the 18th "Green Monster" a mammoth par 5 where it's a bad thing to lay up.

"Bull's-Eye"

 "The Gambler"

Smuggler's Glen was a challenging yet fair golf course. Scenery is spectacular especially in the Fall. With 5 different sets of tee boxes it will be fun for all levels of golfers. Green fees are very reasonable and vary according to time of the year you play. With a healthy membership of just under 100 golfers and thousands of resort guests playing Smuggler's Glen every year. Smuggler's will continue to excite and challenge golfers for many years to come. (2015 will be Smugglers' 10th Anniversary)

 "The Gambler"
"The Rock"








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