Jul 30, 2015

Cobble Beach Announces Packages for Perfect Summer Getaways

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/30/2015 10:13:00 PM   No comments
 A course I'm aiming to play this summer,  Doug Carrick's designed Cobble Beach located just outside of Owen Sound. I'll keep you posted.




Lauded Doug Carrick-Designed 18, Luxurious Spa, Comfortable Inn or Cottage Accommodations

(KEMBLE, Ontario) – Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – announces two unique packages for relaxing getaways to savor the long days of summer.

Perfect for couples, the Inn Stay-and-Play Package starts at $135 (per person, double occupancy) and features one round on Cobble Beach’s outstanding Doug Carrick-designed 18 or a luxurious spa treatment, comfortable accommodations in the Nantucket-style Inn, and “Grab and Go” breakfast for two.

Ideal for “golf buddy” groups and families, the Cottage Package starts at $144 (per person, based on quad occupancy). It features one round of golf, one night of accommodation in a private cottage as well as a “Grab and Go” breakfast, golf cart, bottled water and use of the topnotch practice facilities.

The Cottage Package may be expanded to two rounds with one night accommodation starting at $219. Two rounds and two nights’ lodging begins at $284. Use of the resort’s first-class amenities – Jacuzzi, steam room, 14km of trails, beach club, and more – is included in both packages.

“Our distinctive package offers are just the ticket to enjoy summertime in one of the most beautiful spots in Ontario,” says Rob McLeese, President of Cobble Beach. “Whether visiting as a resort guest or residing in our community as one of our home owners, the Cobble Beach lifestyle is all about living stress free and savoring the good life.”

Hailed as one of Carrick’s greatest layouts, Cobble Beach Golf Links features 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.

Enhancing a Cobble Beach stay is the 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.com, 888.278.8112.

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.

Jul 27, 2015

SeeMore Giant FGP - Initial Impressions - Review

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/27/2015 09:59:00 PM   No comments
So anyone that plays golf with me knows that my most consistent club in my bag is my putter. With my SeeMore M1 I have confidence I`m going to make putts. Over the last few weeks I`ve been playing a few of 9 hole rounds in the evening when it`s cool and testing out Seemore`s new Giant FGP. Here`s my initial impressions review of this putter.


First impression when I took the headcover off was wow this putter is large. After actually playing with the Giant FGP I don`t find it near as large.

On short 5 feet and in this putter is money. The large stable head and weighting is perfect for short putts. I`m still dialing in the putter on longer 20+  foot putts.


The black finish frames the ball beautifully.




I loved putting from the fringe of the green with the Giant FGP. With the weight and size of the putter your stroke and putt will stay on line through the longer grass.


Great SeeMore Orange Groovy FGP headcover.

When a proper stroke is applied with the SeeMore`s Giant FGP the ball rolls off the putter head beautifully. Stay tuned for my full review.

Jul 20, 2015

Zach Johnson Wins The Open Championship - Presentation (2015)

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/20/2015 09:35:00 PM   No comments
Zach Johnson's short game prowess shines in winning the Open Championship and hoisting the Claret Jug.












Jul 16, 2015

The Open Championship: Five of the Best

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/16/2015 08:52:00 PM   No comments
As the world famous St Andrews Links welcomes more than 200,000 avid golf fans for the 144th Open Championship, another chapter in golf history is being written.

For nearly a century-and-a-half, The Open has been delivering moments of brilliance, triumph, and despair that have left indelible memories with the global golfing community.

While the likes of Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth do battle in Scotland for the claret jug in 2015, and golf betting sites like Bet365 hint at who the next champion might be, we take a look back at some of the Open Championship moments that had viewers around the world glued to their TV screens.

1977: The battle of Nicklaus and Watson



Arguably the greatest moment in Open Championship history, the tussle between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in 1977 pitted two previous champions against each other in glorious sunshine at Turnberry.

It took the pair until the third day of the Championship to displace the likes of John Schroeder and move into the lead, both hitting 65s and setting up a dramatic shoot-out on the fourth and final day.

Golf fans around the world could not take their eyes off the action as Nicklaus and Watson traded birdies and the lead switched from one to the other, with no one in any position to choose between two players at the very top of their respective games.

The tables looked to have swung in Watson’s favour when Nicklaus missed a four-foot putt at the 71st hole, and Watson sunk his to take a one-shot lead.

But there was more drama to come, when Nicklaus somehow drove through a gorse bush at the final hole to sink a crucial birdie, but Watson held his nerve and sunk a two-foot winner to give him a round of 65 and the title – by just one solitary shot.



1996: Faldo punishes Norman

Few golfers in history have managed to turn a potential victory into a painful defeat in quite such a heartbreaking manner as Greg Norman did in 1996.

Somehow, a six-stroke lead going into the final round wasn’t enough to help Norman to the title. He bogeyed the ninth, the 10th, the 11th, and then double-bogeyed the 12th to drop to seven under par for the tournament.

Up stepped Nick Faldo to seal Norman’s fate with a round of 67. The Shark, meanwhile, hit successive fives from the eighth, before finding the water at the 16th.

The Australian’s capitulation was so saddening that Faldo could only offer sympathy to his opponent as he romped to his third green jacket.

2007: Garcia falls at the last hurdle

Sergio Garcia was on the brink of becoming the first player ever to win the British Amateur and the Open Championship when he faced a 7-foot par putt in the 2007 Open.

The Spaniard held a one-stroke lead over Padraig Harrington on the home hole at Carnoustie and needed only to sink the par putt to win the Open.

Dramatically, he missed, and in doing so allowed Harrington to recover from two in the stream and a double-bogey six and cruise to victory by one stroke over the extra holes.

Garcia was left crestfallen, and , saying: “I really didn’t miss a shot in the play-off. I hit unbelievable putts. They just didn’t go in.”

Jul 14, 2015

Q&A with Devereux Creative Director Robert Brunner

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/14/2015 10:24:00 PM   No comments
Got a chance to talk to the Creative Director from Devereux, Robert Brunner and ask him a few questions about his company, design and the future for this innovative golf apparel company.



What sort of path did you travel to become Creative Director for Devereux?

I first studied Fashion Design in Los Angeles and worked a few clothing jobs until I knew exactly what I wanted to do and then my brother and I created Devereux.

Where do you get your inspiration for the apparel that’s created for Devereux?

I draw my inspiration from anything that deals with travel, art, cuisine, fashion, music etc. What ever captivates me at the moment helps to inspire ideas.

How do you stay inspired?

I stay inspired by traveling, reading and taking in the arts. It’s easy to stay inspired when you are doing what you want for a living.

With so much competition in the Golf Apparel Market in North America how will the Devereux line gets its piece of the pie?

Devereux will get its piece by being a quality brand that executes in business and production at its very best. It is a very crowded market like anything else out there but hard work and proper executions will help seize the day.

I’ve seen many golf apparel companies come and go, how is Devereux going to compete in the years to come?

Devereux will compete by properly executing the brand’s vision. Business is very competitive but having the right team and funding around you will help your brand rise.

How will Devereux differentiate itself from all the other apparel companies?

We already differentiate ourselves by having a different design aesthetic then all companies out there. You can tell a Devereux design apart from any other line because other golf companies do not influence us. We have our own unique vision.

Any thought to having some Devereux Brand Ambassadors on the PGA Tour or other Tours?

We definitely have plans for having brand ambassadors on tour. We currently have a couple of guys out there on the tour.

Any plans on adding Canada to list of Countries with distribution offices?

Yes, we are working to get our product in Canada at the moment.

I love social media is Devereux actively involved in it as well? How do see Devereux’s role in social media?

Yes, we have a big social presence and look to continue engaging customers on the platform through our imagery and blog topics.

Describe Devereux with three words?

Fresh, Classic, Proper

Jul 13, 2015

With Rory McIlroy out of the Open Championship, who could take the title?

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/13/2015 10:29:00 PM   No comments
World number one Rory McIlroy has been ruled out of the upcoming Open Championship after the Northern Irishman ruptured his ankle ligaments whilst playing football with his friends. The event, which will take place over the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time since 2010, is set to get under way on 16th July but McIlroy will sit on the sidelines after making the decision to opt out of the competition. McIlroy's absence opens the door for a number of potential candidates, with Masters and US Open winner Jordan Spieth leading the way ahead of Dustin Johnson and Englishman Justin Rose.




   by  TourProGolfClubs 


Spieth has been by far the best player in golf throughout 2015 and the American will be extremely confident going into the third major of the season. Spieth was phenomenal at Augusta earlier in the year as he finished a sensational 18-under-par, which equalled Tiger Woods' record lowest score from 1997. Meanwhile, he also became the first man in 39 years to lead the Masters from start to finish and racked up 28 birdies throughout the tournament. This was also a record for Augusta.



In the US Open, Spieth was fortunate to claim victory outright after Johnson three-putted from 12 yards to hand the title to the youngster. He finished five-under-par on a very tricky course at Chambers Bay and became the youngest man to lift the famous event since the legendary Bobby Jones in 1923. The victory ensured that Spieth joined five other players to win the Masters and US Open in the same calendar year. Spieth will remain modest ahead of the tournament but he will be optimistic of his chances ahead of the Scottish event. At the time of writing, betfair price the American at 6/1 to win the Open Championship and a third major title of the season.


   by  zaneology


Johnson will still be bitterly disappointed about his three-putt on the final hole of the US Open but will be fully focussed on bouncing back to claim his first major success. Johnson has performed superbly during major championships over the last two years and will be hoping that luck is on his side at St Andrews. Since finishing tied for eighth in the 2013 PGA Championship, Johnson has finished in the top 12 in four of the five major events that he has entered. He only missed the cut in the 2014 Masters.



The American is renowned for his exceptionally long drives and the Open Championship course at St Andrews will certainly suit somebody with Johnson's attributes. If he is within a few shots of the leader heading into the weekend, then Johnson will fancy his chances of success at the event. However, the American must not let his mistake at the US Open play on his mind. If he remains psychologically strong, he will stand a great chance of responding in the best possible way and claiming a
maiden major title that has eluded him for such a long time


by TourProGolfClubs


Justin Rose has been in fine form throughout the opening half of 2015 and the Englishman will fancy his chances of upsetting the two Americans at St Andrews next week. Rose finished second to Spieth at the Masters with an impressive 14-under-par. That is a score that would have been good enough to win the tournament in 12 of the last 13 years. Since then, he has been in scintillating form and won the Zurich Classic with an impressive 22-under-par. Rose then finished second at the Memorial Tournament before recording a disappointing yet respectable five-over-par at the US Open to finish joint-27th.


The Englishman doesn't have a great record at the Open Championship and will be looking for a much improved performance back at St Andrews. Rose has missed the cut in three of the last five years and will be hoping for better luck this time around. The 2013 US Open champion is certainly talented and more than capable of lifting the trophy but he will have to remain fully focused on his golf rather than his past record in the competition. He is currently competing in the Scottish Open, a competition that Rose believes will
prepare him perfectly for the major event.

 
 by  Pablo Herrero 


Spieth remains the standout candidate to take the Open Championship crown as he looks to become the first golfer of all-time to win each of the sport's four major championships in the same year. The likes of Johnson and Rose will both be eager to beat the American to the title but ultimately, with McIlroy out injured, Spieth has the opportunity to make history and could even overtake the Northern Irishman as the world number one if he wins the tournament.

Jul 10, 2015

Rare Golf Memorabilia Auction For All Golf History Buffs

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  7/10/2015 10:26:00 PM   No comments
For those golf addicts that love rare golf memorabilia look no further than the upcoming auction by Lyon & Turnbul. Which will be held on July 15, 2015, at 7:30pm BST, and live online bidding will be held by Invaluable.com. The auction will feature a selection of noteworthy auction lots. The sale will feature 37 lots of rare golf memorabilia, including beautiful paintings of the Old Course at St. Andrews, a ball signed by Payne Stewart, as well as a trophy that was presented to Gene Sarazen.


Here's a few of my favorites.


Estimated Price: £20,000 - £30,000

MASTERS CLUB, AUGUSTA - A RARE FIRST PRESENTATION PIECE GIVEN TO GENE SARAZEN BY BEN HOGAN IN 1952
an rare piece presented to 1935 Masters winner, Gene Sarazen - the only player to win the Grand Slam. Tri-fold piece with picture of the club house inside the first leaf, inscribed "Gene Sarazen Member Masters Club August Georgia, next leaf inscribed "Ben Hogan Founder Clifford Roberts, Honorary Member Robert Tyre Jones Jr., Honorary Member, final leaf shows portrait of Hogan, initals "G.S." inscribed on rear, clasp and hoop intact
4cm wide



Estimated Price: £12,000 - £15,000

STEPHEN SHANKLAND (SCOTTISH BORN 1971)
THE 18TH GREEN, OLD COURSE, ST. ANDREWS
oil on board, initialled, 2009
50cm by 139cm




Estimated Price: £3,000 - £4,000

TOM MORRIS LONG NOSED PLAY CLUB
CIRCA 1880
the hickory shaft with worn leather grip, slight split above the restored bottom whipping, the beech head with brass sole insert held in place with three wooden pegs, lead weight to the rear, inscribed 'T.MORRIS'

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