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What Women Think of Men On The Golf Course

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

By Katharine Dyson

Women golfers represent one of the only growing groups of golfers over the last few years. With Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie (Is she a good golf fashion designer?) playing in men’s PGA Tour events, and a new generation of athletic, stylish, long-bombing women winning on the LPGA Tour, the game has never before been so influenced by women players. One would think that courses would welcome women players with open arms.

The fact is that often neither course management nor male golfers seem particularly thrilled to share the links with women. And, to be honest, women are often not thrilled to be paired up with men, either.

In the first of a two-part She Said/He Said series examining the way men and women co-exist – or fail to – on the links, Senior Writer Rebecca Larsen appears to have uncovered the major gripe among women about men: Machismo.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with two women riding from the ninth to the 10th holes at one of Scottsdale’s priciest courses. This is a course, the marketing director told me, where 90 percent of the players are men, 10 percent are women.

I asked what the women thought about playing with men, in hopes of getting some answers that would help explain why golf seems to be a sport that draws more men than women, and also why golf might just be the most frequent cause for divorce after money problems and adultery.

Neither of the women wanted to be named because both of them work at the course. But the older one, in her 40s, said, “I always have to play faster when I play with men. I have to rush to keep up the pace of play because men are so slow.”

Her companion, a 20-something beverage cart girl, agreed: “You have to stay totally silent while they take all those practice swings, and then they have to go out there and hunt for every ball they lose.”

That’s right guys. We know what you think of us. You think we can only bloop our balls out there 100 yards or so and that we are inclined to keep you waiting to putt while we chat about our neighbors, our kids and the color of our hair.

But when we talk about you behind your back, we chuckle about all the balls you slice and hook OB. It might be a 300-yard drive, but it’s out there on the freeway. And frankly, I’ve never seen a woman take a cell call on the course, but men do it all the time.

Of the women I talked to who would go on the record about what it was like to play with men, their pet peeves usually centered around the fact that men often underestimate women’s skills on the fairways and overestimate their own.

“I think the problem for me is the guys who think they’re better than they are,” said Elizabeth Phimister, 28, a Woodland, Calif., resident who carries a handicap of about 18 and can beat her husband, Andrew. “I’m not always better than they are, but sometimes I am, and I’m just about always as good.”

Mary Long, 50, executive director of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association and a 13 handicap, likes to play with men. “I play better golf when I play with men,” she said. “I’m very competitive and I like to show off for men. I’m inspired by men instead of women.” But she does note that “a lot of men make the assumption that women can’t play golf, and that’s annoying.”

Also irritating for her, she says, is when a group of men on a green will wave up a foursome behind them and then proceed to putt while the woman in the back foursome is still hitting.

Are those guys assuming that the woman can’t reach the green?

Well, we don’t want to be underestimated. And although Mary Long wouldn’t say it, I will: We’re happy to hit you if you keep getting in our way.

Speaking of being underestimated, Debbie Waitkus, a Phoenix resident and owner of golf-event consulting firm Golf for Cause, tells the story of a charity event she recently participated in at Troon Golf and Country Club. At the last minute she was booked into a foursome as the only woman. “You should have seen their faces,” she said. “I know they were thinking, ‘Oh my God, she’sgoing to be slow and drag us down.’ One of them actually said to me, ‘You can be a help to us on the par-3s.”

Then Waitkus, an 11 handicap, hit her drive. “I wish you could have seen their eyes then,” she said. “It’s all about expectations. Women can participate, and they’re not slow.”

It’s basically ditto, ditto, ditto from Tiffany Nelson, 31, an executive at the Westin Kierland Hotel in Phoenix, who is also one of the co-hosts of a Saturday morning golf-talk show in the Valley of the Sun. Her pet peeve, she said, is “when a guy is on the course playing the tips or even the blues, when everyone else knows he should be playing from the whites.”

“The biggest difference between men’s and women’s games is that women are aware of the pace of play and keeping up with the group in front,” she said. “Men on the other hand, never pay attention to that and think they own the course, so everyone should wait for them.”

“And what about men who make their tee shots, forget that women have to hit, too, and drive right by the forward tees?” adds Cori Kenicer, a Scottsdale golf writer.

OK, so we could go on and on about what we don’t like about what men do. So now you’re probably wondering (if you’re a man) why we play golf in the first place. Actually, it’s for the same reasons that you do.

“What do I enjoy most about golf? It would have to be being outside and in the fresh air,” said Nelson. “Also being with a group of friends who have the same passion for the game as I do.”

Kenicer enjoys “the feeling of mastery when I hit a good shot; being outdoors in beautiful surroundings and the camaraderie.”

Phimister said she enjoys “doing well and beating myself.”

Not all women are playing for fresh air, though. In fact, Debbie Waitkus contends that many women have taken up golf as a way to be more competitive in business. A 2002 Starwood Hotels survey, for example, found that 63 percent of women executives who golf said that some of their biggest business and sales deals were made on a golf course.

Not every woman we talked to had giant gripes about the guys. Pat Kassul, a Scottsdale retiree, who plays almost every week, often twice a week, said she’d never had any bad experiences playing with men. “I know I can never hit the ball as far as they do, and they’re always very supportive.”

But she did acknowledge, “The male marshals always assume that women are holding things up, but a lot of the guys we’re paired up with hit the ball all over the place.”

So watch out, men. Next time, you get in the tee box, limit yourself to one mulligan, please.

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Par 3 Golf Course – Fun For the Whole Family

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Now it’s time to head to the golf course. You can’t wait to try out that golf swing of yours. Try going to one of your local public golf courses. There are many very nice public golf courses that are also very challenging. These courses are much cheaper than a lot of your fancy country club type golf courses.

Check out what types of golf courses are in your area. There are a couple of golf courses by me that are only 9 holes. One of them is a par 3 golf course. This is an excellent type of course to bring your kids when you are just introducing them to golf. The course is smaller so they can hit any club they want. Also with the golf course being so short it is easier for them to walk it. Another advantage of a par 3 golf course is it gives you plenty of practice with your irons. You will always be using an iron off the tee so you will know exactly how far the green is and how far you hit your club. One other great advantage of a par 3 golf course is it’s not expensive. In fact it is cheaper for me to take my family there as it is to go to the driving range.

You should also see if they have a nice driving range, putting green and even a chipping green. These all come in handy to loosen you up before your round starts.

Don’t forget to check the clubhouse. See if they have a golf pro that runs the pro shop. If they do see if they offer lessons and how much they cost. This is a good way to learn the game and also become friends with the person who runs the show at the golf course.

So check around, find what is right for you and get out there and have some fun.

Ron Johnson researches golf basics and writes articles on his findings. You can find more ideas by visiting his website at: or visit and add your experiences at his blog at:

Life at the Golf Course

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Have you ever thought you would like to live at the golf course? What would life really be like on the 14th hole?

Residential golf communities are an increasingly popular option for homeowners, as families search for peaceful communities to live in. Even the pricey yearly homeowner’s fees don’t dissuade people from buying into, what the developers are calling, not just a lifestyle but a way of life.

Golf communities have been compared by some to Mayberry-like neighborhoods, where neighbors know each other, and parents feel good about letting their children play in the street with other kids. In fact, these communities are drawing lots of young families with children. And now younger families are able to afford a golf course home.

A home in a golfing community has become much more affordable in recent years. Although million dollar homes are certainly still available for purchase, so are homes that start in the mid $400,000’s or town homes that are half that cost.

But all good things come at a price so don’t expect a home with individuality and character for that price.

Cookie cutter houses are what you get at almost all residential golf communities with maybe two or three plans to choose from.

At the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC you can choose one of the plans to have built and then can add a few customized features to make your house feel less standard. However, the wooded lots and spacious floor plans go a long way in making your home feel less average and more individual.

An unusual trend that golf communities are seeing is that plenty of homeowners in these areas don’t even own a single golf training aid!

In fact, some residential golf community managers estimate that as many as 65% of their residents don’t play the game much less invest in golf equipment. This just serves to prove that you don’t have to love the game to love the lifestyle.

There are many more things that make these kinds of communities attractive. Homeowners love that property values in these types of communities are steadily rising all over the country.

Having someone else manicuring your backyard is also a plus. And the camaraderie of living around likeminded people can be a comfort.

Living on a golf course is definitely expensive, even with the less expensive home models. If you choose to live in this type of community you have to view it as an investment, but for a growing number of people -it’s worth it.

David Stargel publishes several golf related websites in addition to writing about all sorts of golf related topics.
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Backyard Mini Golf Course – Excellent Way To Practice Putting At Home

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

No doubt it is entertaining for everyone involved when you take the family on a visit to the golf course. But did you know you could turn your own back yard into a mini golf course? Kids enjoy making obstacles in your mini course by rummaging around the attic for odds and ends that could go there. Some obstacles could be made out of cardboard as well, and you could use old cardboard boxes as material for these. Of course we donâ??t mean to compare this mini golf course to the real thing, but as far as kids are concerned they would have a lot of fun with inexpensive clubs, maybe the plastic variety available in toy stores.

It doesnâ??t take much to convert a yard into a miniature golf course. Miniature golf is usually played on level ground, and your back yard is probably already leveled. On the other hand, a slight hillock wouldnâ??t hurt, so if you have one already in your yard do leave it as it is. Every little kid loves to play in the dirt, and your children may be amazed that you are actually asking them to dig holes in the ground, but thatâ??s exactly what our next step would be. Dig in some small flower pots up to the brim, right into the ground. These would serve as the holes, so make sure they arenâ??t too big. Once these are in place, you need to make the flags. Use a little creativity by making flags out of felt cloth or even plastic sheets; just use whatever is easy to get your hands on. You could attach the flags to sticks to make them stand in the ground.

Next comes the challenge of making hurdles in your golf course. You could make the game as easy as you wish, and maybe as hard as youâ??d like as well. An old pipe would do just fine for a tunnel, while wood could serve as a bridge. Maybe you could make a sand trap â?? just get a bag of sand and empty an ample amount for the sand trap. Saw dust would work equally well, but tends to disappear rather quickly. You could create water areas simply by digging in water containers or buckets into the ground, just as you have already dug in the flower pots as holes. Make sure you use containers that do not leak. The list is endless â?? you could use anything lying around the house to make your golf course really challenging and interesting.

To make it seem more real, you could print out a few score sheets on a PC, and you are ready to go. Kids enjoy these miniature golf courses any time.

Abhishek is an avid Golfing enthusiast and he has got some great Golfing Secrets up his sleeves! Download his FREE 63 Pages Ebook, “Understanding And Enjoying Golf” from his website . Only limited Free Copies available.

How to Get Golf on the School Curriculum Without Going to the Golf Course

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Children are exposed to a variety of sports from a young age at school, at after-school clubs and at school-holiday activity breaks. Trying a range of sports enables them to discover where their talents and passions lie.

But the range of sports being offered is hardly comprehensive and children arenâ??t really getting the chance to try everything â?? including one of the most important games that is even being considered for the next Olympics â?? golf.

The problem is that it is completely impractical to take kids en mass to a golf course, which means that golf is one sport kids all seem to miss out on as part of their physical education.

The solution then is to provide something that offers an indoor golf coaching system; something that feels real and that gives the children the opportunity to properly swing a club and take a shot, and then see how theyâ??ve done.

An indoor golf training aid that gives instant feedback would enable schools and sports clubs to introduce students to golf without even stepping outside the sports hall. It would need a scoring system to provide the opportunity to make the coaching competitive â?? very important where children are concerned because adding an element of competition always increases concentration and dedication.

Whatever golf coaching aid is chosen, it must be possible to use it safely in a confined space such as a sports hall. It must have a scoring system and give instant feedback so that it is ideal for schools and activity centres wishing to add golf tutoring to their curriculum. It will eliminate the need for trips to the golf course, and make the sport accessible to everyone at school, at the sports centre, at the gym or even at home.

Maybe the next leading lights in golf are in your class or members of your sports club? How will you ever know if you donâ??t give them the opportunity to try the game? Get kids playing golf â?? indoors in your sports hall â?? as part of the sports curriculum. Our future sports personalities may depend on it!

Paul Thornley is a PGA Professional, golf coach and director of Targetline Limited. Targetline is an indoor golf system which offers the ultimate indoor golf coaching solution for schools, sports clubs and activity centres. It is widely used by golf industry pros and amateurs worldwide as an indoor practice and training aid. It can be set up in minutes, used safely in any confined space, and is compact for storage. For more information visit:

Cali Colombia Golf Course and Country Club with many Lakes

Monday, June 14th, 2010 Enjoy fine dinning in restaurant overlooking lakes and golf course. Beautiful flowers blooming everywhere. Many golfers walk the 18 hole golf course. Nice Swimming Pool.

Children’s Golf Course

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The Children’s Course is located in Gladstone, Oregon and is a non-profit, public course aimed at teaching life skills to disadvantaged children through the game of golf.

Golf Course- Goodwood

Friday, June 11th, 2010

One of the country’s most famous sporting venues Goodwood will become The PGA’s newest place. Before we viewed many famous golf courses and there are the articlesï¼? such asGolf Course Viewï¼?Romantic Golf Restore–Cape Cod and so on.

The 12,000 acre estate of the Earl and Countess of March is world famous as the host of the ‘Glorious Goodwood’ and the Festival of Speed, A spokesman for the Goodwood estate said: “A new jewel has been added to Goodwood’s sporting crown. When you take taylormade r9 driver everybody can see you,that’s very wonderful.

The 54-hole tournament, which is being played over July 22-24 on the James Braid-designed Downs Course, will immediately precede ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

It promises to have one of the strongest fields of the season with exemptions for last year’s GB&I PGA Cup team, the PGA Assistants’ champion and Senior PGA Professional champion plus the top five from each of the PGA’s seven regional Order of Merits, if they match the eligibility criteria. Goodwood is so famous as every golfer knows golf brand Callaway.

“England’s leading golfers will contest this inaugural championship in one of the most enchanting settings for tournament golf.

“Goodwood has been at the forefront of international sport for generations through its racecourse and motor racing circuit and is now fast gaining a comparable reputation for the quality of its championship golf. I think there are golf clubs for sale aroung the course.

“A massive investment has produced two outstanding golf courses on the 12,000 acre estate stretching over the breathtaking landscape of the Sussex Downs that has earned the Downs Course a coveted ranking in Golf World magazine’s Top 100.”

a joke:Kids

One day, a teacher was teaching her first grade class the story of “Chicken Little”. She came to the part where chicken little told the farmer that the sky was falling down. “Now, what do you think the farmer said?” she asked the class.

A little girl innocently raised her hand. “I think the farmer said: “Holy Sh*t a talking chicken!!!”

The teacher was unable to speak for the next 10 minutes

happy day!

Golf Course In Orlando Part 2

Monday, June 7th, 2010

What better way than to spend your vacation in Orlando than by playing golf. The area offers some fantastic courses for every level of golfer. So while the kids are enjoying the world famous attractions you van enjoy some serious golfing time. Here are a selection of courses which you can enjoy whilst on your Orlando vacation. MetroWest Golf Club : Par 72, Yardage: 7,051 Designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., MetroWest is a classic design blended with a landscape of changing elevations. The course offers wide fairways, large, undulating greens guarded by numerous grass and sand bunkers. Opened in 1987, it remains in superb condition year-round and is known for having some of the best conditioned greens in Florida. Westerly’s Restaurant is conveniently set above the golf shop and is open for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and appetizers. Located in the Bay Hill area, only minutes from Universal Studios Orlando, MetroWest has hosted the US Open Regional Qualifier and the Senior PGA Tour Regional Qualifying. Celebration Golf Club : Par: 72, Yardage: 6,792 Opened in 1996, Celebration is an upscale daily-fee resort course designed by the father and son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. The course exudes an atmosphere of beautiful tranquility and fun, challenging golf. The layout is framed by borders of native trees and natural wetlands and is home to native oak, pine and magnolia trees. Featuring strategic hazards and challenging greens, this championship course demands accurate shot making and consistent putting. Celebration boasts 18 distinctively fascinating holes and its five tee boxes make it accessible to all skill levels. Champions Gate: National Par: 72, Yardage: 7,128 Greg Norman has designed the National as a classic American style layout that rolls gently through 200 acres of southern woodlands and wetlands. The layout’s key trait is diversity with wall-to-wall fairway bunkers running up along holes 12 through 16, three double doglegs, a massive double-green shared by the 4th and 16th holes, and a sunken fairway on the seventh. Impeccably maintained, the National boasts a pristine, natural golf experience without bordering homes or developments. Superior service, including free valet parking, is a hallmark of the management of Meadowbrook Golf. Champions Gate: International Par: 72, Yardage: 7,363 This world class 36-hole facility, created by Greg Norman, opened in the fall of 2000. Although Norman designed it as an ‘Australian links,’ the International was also clearly influenced by his British Open success and features a wild, windswept appearance. The fairways are peppered with devilish pot bunkers, making it a tough challenge to safely reach the small, slick greens. At a stretch of over 7,300 yards, it has the highest course rating in the state and is one of the most unique and challenging anywhere. Awarded Honorable Mention in Golf Magazine’s Top 10 New Upscale Courses for 2001. Falcon’s Fire Golf Club : Par: 72, Yardage: 6,901 This Rees Jones signature design pays respect to the timeless traditions of the game of golf. The front side is forgiving with water on three holes, while the back wraps around two large lakes with a run of holes (12-18) that will challenge the most skilled player. Boasting tournament playing conditions 12 months a year, the course is arguably the finest maintained in Central Florida. Falcon’s Fire has often hosted such events as the Senior PGA Tour Qualifying School and the Oldsmobile Scramble National Finals. Truly a complete facility, Golf Shop Operations has rated the pro shop as one of America’s Top 100 Pro Shops. Whatever your level of skill, if you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, Orlando has a course to suit your needs.

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4 yr old Junior Golfer chipping and putting at Par 3 course. Got Golf 9?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

4 and 3/4 year old kid golfer chipping and putting at Par 3 course.