Dec 13, 2014

'Draw in the Dunes' by Neil Sagebiel - Book Review - 2014 Gift Guide

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/13/2014 10:44:00 PM   No comments
Before I read Neil Sagebiel sophomore novel on the epic Ryder Cup matches of 1969 I had no idea of the climate of golf at the time of the matches as well as the extent of the "concession" by Jack Nicklaus.

Neil does a great job in bringing us to the pinnacle of the matches. Stringing interviews, various press clippings and pretty much everything available on those 1969 matches. What could be better than two teams tied with two of the best players in the world squaring off in the final decisive Ryder Cup match.

Both teams are square headed into the final singles match. The 18th hole, with the teams scores tied at 15½ apiece, Jack Nicklaus with a birdie from five feet out to draw or win. The Golden Bear drains the putt. Tony Jacklin needs a two foot putt to halve the point and force the tie. 

Jack picks up Tony's ball marker to concede the putt. 


 "I don't believe you'd have missed that putt, but I would never give you the opportunity in these circumstances." Jack's spontaneous gesture, which shocked several teammates, quickly became "The Concession." The 1969 Ryder Cup I don't think we'll see another like it!



Neil Sagebiel was nice enough to answer a few questions I had after reading the book.

1. What made yo decide to write about the 69 Ryder Cup for your 2nd book?
I was looking for a followup to "The Longest Shot" and I saw a clip of the famous Jack Nicklaus concession to Tony Jacklin on the final green in the final match of the 1969 Ryder. It's widely acknowledged as one of the greatest moments in the Ryder Cup, as well as golf, and I wondered why it mattered so much and what the full story was. 
 
2. Who was the best interview and why for your book?
There were several great ones, but it was a big thrill for me to meet and interview Jack Nicklaus because of his stature in the game. It was very exciting to visit with him. 
 
3. Anyone you would of liked to have interviewed but didn't?
I would have liked to interview Lee Trevino, but, through his agent, Trevino declined. I did interview nearly all of the surviving members of both the U.S. and Great Britain teams, including Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin, Raymond Floyd, Billy Casper, Peter Alliss, Bernard Gallacher, Frank Beard, Tommy Aaron, Brian Huggett, Neil Coles, Ken Still, Gene Littler, Peter Townsend, Brian Barnes.
 
4.Pulling your story from so many resources was it hard to compile everything into such a concise read?
It helped that I had put together a similar narrative in "The Longest Shot," in which I attempted to put the reader at the event. I had good material available to me for the second book, so it was all about carefully stitching it together and making it a cohesive read. 
 
5. Do you think something like what happened in the final match back in 69 could happen in today's Ryder Cup age?
I think it is unlikely. It would take a strong figure in the game, someone with a sense of history and a true sportsman. And also someone who could take the heat he invariably would get for conceding a missable putt with the Ryder Cup in the balance.
 
 
6. Do any of today's modern day PGA pros remind you of any of the players involved in the 69 Ryder Cup?
Players like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson do to some extent. They are not as guarded as others about revealing themselves, their personalities, on and off the course, which is similar to players of olden days when there was less scrutiny and attention paid to the sport.
 
 'Draw in the Dunes' by Neil Sagebiel is a book worthy of being on this years "gift guide". For that golfer that has everything  'Draw in the Dunes' is a must read for the "golf" fan.

Dec 2, 2014

Top Greenskeepers to Follow On Instagram

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  12/02/2014 10:35:00 PM   No comments
So when I'm not golfing here in the Ottawa area, I'm dreaming about the next game/ golf destination and what better way than to follow some topnotch greenskeepers and turf guys to get my golf fix. Here's a list of a few of my favorites. Who do you follow?

d_iwasaki
d_i
Husband, Father, turf guy, two rapidly growing two kids and one wife. Golf Course Turfgrass Management. Live in Osaka,Japan. iPhone5S,GoPro



greenskingchris
Chris Calvin
Greenkeeper at Royal Portrush golf club for 20+ years and a die hard Coleraine fc fan

british_greenkeeper
Danny Sayers
Greenkeeper Bramley Golf Club Like like like Follow for follow 400 450 Nothing turns me on more than the smell of freshly cut grass!!
http://www.bramleygolfclub.co.uk

nationalgolfclub
NGC
Alper Ateş.Headgreenkeeper of National Golf Club in Antalya Turkey.All photographs are taken by me.
http://www.nationalturkey.com

greenkeepingireland
Greenkeeping ireland
Learn from each other Share what you see Develop the Greenkeeping industry send pictures to greenkeepingireland@gmail.com
https://twitter.com/greenkeepingire


surf_n_turf10
Jim Moyer
Greenskeeper Virginia Beach Virginia

rafalmuzyk
Rafal Muzyk
Head Greenkeeper at Ierne Sports Club
http://www.iernesocialandsportsclub.com

rwatson_golfsuper
robwatson.gcs
Golf course superintendent at Storey Creek Golf Club which is located in Campbell River BC, the Salmon capital of the world.

jaypeakgolfmaintenance
jpgm
#1 public course in Vermont 5yrs in a row,opened in 2006, Designed by Graham Cooke, 18 holes,located in beautiful northern VT,














Nov 30, 2014

The Perfect Winter Getaway - Cobble Beach ‘Discovery Weekend’ Packages

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/30/2014 09:23:00 PM   No comments
Don't get me wrong I love living in Canada but when you can't golf 5+ months of the year, it really weighs on a guy who loves to play the game. Regardless of the amount of snow or the amount of days with bone chilling windchill, the winter seems so damn long. Thanks to places like Cobble Beach you can get away and pamper yourself with luxury accommodations, state-of-the-art HD golf simulator, relaxing spa treatments and an extensive wine selection. Makes the winter seem bearable plus you can get a few swings in before the season begins in April.



Press Release

Cobble Beach Announces ‘Discovery Weekend’ Packages

Waterfront Golf Resort Community Offers Luxurious Accommodations, Tours and Winter Activities


(KEMBLE, Ontario) – Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – announces an exclusive series of “Discovery Weekend” packages available late January through March, 2015.

Designed to showcase one of Canada’s most sought-after residential enclaves, rates start at $390 per person (tax and gratuity not included) based on double occupancy and feature an incredible array of amenities and activities including:

Two nights accommodations at the award-winning Inn at Cobble Beach, including continental breakfast and lunch Saturday
Welcome cocktail, dinner, and curated wine tasting drawing from Cobble Beach’s extensive collection
Cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing on more than 18 kilometers of groomed trails
Play on the new state-of-the-art, high definition golf simulator featuring 28 courses including Carnoustie, Congressional, Royal Troon, Turnberry, Innisbrook and Quail Hollow
Choice of manicure or pedicure at The Spa at Cobble beach and use of the fitness center

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the developers, as well as participate in an interactive community tour and overview. The McLeese family founded Cobble Beach in 2007 and is deeply engaged in its exciting evolution.

“Cobble Beach is a four season destination and we are excited to roll out the red carpet for guests to learn more about the resort lifestyle we offer,” says Rob McLeese, President of Cobble Beach. “The Inn is the perfect escape from the stresses of urban living, and omnipresent views of Georgian Bay from around the property are both breathtaking and cathartic.”

Cobble Beach recently introduced the Blue Bay Villas and The Grove by Reid’s Heritage Homes, true lock-and-leave, attached residences. Walkout water views, full basements, and turnkey landscaping and maintenance are a few highlights of easy living. Those seeking custom, detached product for year-round or seasonal ownership have myriad design and location options from three best-in-class builders, or they can commission their own.

For more information about Cobble Beach real estate, visit www.livecobblebeach.com. To inquire about or book the Discovery Weekend Package, call 877.781.0149. Offer not valid with other packages, promotions or specials and is subject to availability.

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.

Nov 27, 2014

Devereux Offers Special Deals For Black Friday

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/27/2014 10:25:00 PM   No comments
With all the Black Friday deals going on I though this was a pretty interesting one from Devereux. An apparel company I hope to review in the new year.



Press Release
Los Angeles, CA - Devereux would like to graciously thank all of our customers and
followers over this very successful year by providing an exclusive Black Friday offering on our www.dvrxgolf.com website featuring 30% off your entire purchase with Free Shipping on all orders over $75. In addition, the First 100 customers to order on Black Friday, November 28th will receive a free Crème Lindley Pique Shirt ($80.00 value).

"Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on how blessed we truly have been over this past year working with some of the very best people in the industry and developing excellent customer relationships. We hope Black Friday is an opportunity for more people to be able to experience our Proper Threads brand and we look forward to having more to be thankful for next year." states Brian Lohman, Director of Sales.

About Devereux

Founded in 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif., Devereux is a premium, contemporary line of men's golfwear. Offering men "Proper Threads", Devereux provides style and comfort on and off the course. The Devereux collection can be found at better clubs, resorts & specialty retailers abroad. To view the collection, visit dvrxgolf.com.

Nov 26, 2014

Hideki Matsuyama Wins With Srixon Z 745 Driver

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/26/2014 09:51:00 PM   No comments
Not a driver you see much on Tour but obviously a winning combination for Hideki Matsuyama this past week at The Dunlop Phoenix Open. I first remember seeing the Srixon Z 745 Driver on GolfWRX.com back in October. Simple and elegant come to mind.

Srixon Z745 Driver -- $399 (Lofts 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 degrees)
  • 430cc
  • Lower spinning and lower MOI than the Z545
  • Swing weight: D5
  • Head weight: 205 grams
  • Adjustable loft/face angle/lie angle and swing weight

A stunning driver, one that I will hopefully be able to test out in the off season.

Nov 25, 2014

Sunice Announces Its 2015 Spring/Summer Collections

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  11/25/2014 08:55:00 PM   No comments
Sunice continues to put out amazing golf apparel and it looks like 2015 will continue with that trend. Sunice, top notch golf apparel on and off the golf course.



Press Release

Montreal, Quebec - The Spring/Summer 2015 collection launch for Sunice Golf has never been so strong. The collection is focused on providing the golf market the best performance outerwear available - while keeping the company's promise to provide a balance of style complimenting the technical aspects of the garments. Sunice 2015 is all about comfort and function - addressing the needs of the golfer and designing and developing garments that meet their specific use to allow them to perform better while playing.

"We did not just stop at function in our design - in colour there is no other in golf that can compete,"
said Kathryn McClemens, Senior Product Manager of Sunice. "Bold brights are mixed with classic core colours to bring a new vibrant palette to the game. The true essence of the collection this year is bringing unlikely colour pairings together in harmony and unison to create a colour palette that is both striking in its appearance yet commercial enough to worn by the most discerning of golfers."

In the ladies collections the colours embrace femininity yet have undertones of bolder more unexpected twists of colours. The palette is vibrant and rich. Jeweled tones reflecting City skylines, flamboyant neon pinks complimented with classic whites and grounded to charcoal for a dynamic palette.

The men's collections also kept a similar approach to colour. The economy of recent years has influenced colour palettes to be muted and somber - black, tans and greys that seemed like basics until they become a statement of fashion. Sunice is now witnessing a resurgence of colour reflecting a newness and opportunity. Instead of the traditional manner of taking black and charcoals and popping them with colour - the company took the colour and popped with the basics. Neon greens, vibrant blues and rich yellows trimmed with colour staples of pure white, grey and blacks reinvents modern golf by adding fashion to the science of the game. The prints that were once classic patterns utilized to follow a more traditional course were then deconstructed to add the unexpected - giving it a more Sunice feel.

"The main feeling Sunce wanted to evoke in the 2015 colour palette was sportsmanship, quality, perseverance and passion - all the things we believe that Sunice as a brand is about," says Kathryn McClemens.

Sunice continues to design and develop six different categories in the Spring 2015 with an expansion in our sport collection adding down vests and jackets with stretch panels. We felt there was a need for the player to have the warmth of down but required the stretch and protection of a 3L stretch insert to allow for full range of motion. Each outerwear category - Hurricane, Tornado, Typhoon, Pro Sport and Sport - provides different levels of protection from an array of weather conditions. We are continuing to expand our highly technical apparel line, Sunice Silver using only X-Static and XT2 fabrics in our polo collection. The success of Sunice's golf platform derives from our capability to offer innovation through research and development and diversification in our products providing the ultimate Freedom to play, no matter the weather.

Hurricane Collection

Featuring GORE-TEX® and GORE-TEX® enhanced with Paclite® technology, and backed by the GORE-TEX® "Guaranteed to keep you dry™" promise, the Hurricane Collection is the Sunice Gore category.



The Ultimate Jacket is back in its seventh adaptation (V7), with a complete re-design and the reintroduction of the ever popular Albany jacket. The Sunice science is evident in these jackets with the added features, including the X-Static® stretch lining, Pro-Trim™ waist cinching system, in-pocket ball cleaner, and stretch insert back panel. The Sunice DNA is represented in detailing such as laser cut designs on the sleeves and body, laser cut and welded pocket frames, and the Sunice patented V collar design.

Tornado Collection

The standout category for 2015 is our Tornado collection featuring our exclusive Flexvent fabric - breathable, extremely lightweight and ultra-quiet stretch knit jackets
backed by a four-year waterproof guarantee.

These features are all a call out to our commitment to performance outerwear allowing the golfer to focus on their game rather than the weather - with its uniquely soft hand feels and super quiet stretch laminate; we believe this is the future in waterproofs.

Wearing our Tornado flagship jacket - the Kern feels like you are playing in a lightweight stretch layer - but you are fully protected from all weather conditions - this proprietary fabric technology was developed with the sole focus of designing a garment that is engineered to play.

Typhoon Collection

The Typhoon category - now a full-stretch, waterproof category with a three-year waterproof guarantee - encompasses all that a well-designed, lightweight rain suit should be. Introduced in 2011, Sepal™ is a quieter-performance lightweight fabric that now has the added benefit of full stretch. A complete revamp in the design of our performance jackets with more streamlined silhouettes - less cut and sew and more laser cutting - showcasing the brighter pop colours for a more modern feel - will act as the catalyst for Sunice to gain an even a greater leadership position at this level of rainwear. This category has become synonymous with value proposition for a highly technical rain suit, incorporating all the game enhancing features that Sunice is famous for and using laser cut welding detail, ergonomically designed laser cut welded pocket frames, and the Sunice patented V collar design - Designed to enhance comfort without compromising performance.



To keep in tune with this commitment to a bolder and edgier collection we have combined vivid blues and bright neon greens with saturated yellows to take us to the next level. We feel it is a perfect blend of fashion and sport. A true testimony to the Sunice Player - bold and fun but should be taken seriously.

About Sunice

Sunice is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of outerwear, apparel and accessories for Golf and Snow activities. Through advanced technologies, lightweight and quiet fabrics, advanced manufacturing methods, Sunice delivers Freedom of Movement into every product and has become the brand of choice by uncompromising professional golfers and ski enthusiasts around the world.

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.

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