Give the Gift of Play

Greetings Golfers, I’m getting a lot of questions regarding the Holiday Passes and our Annual Christmas Sale. Unfortunately, we will not be having our Christmas Sale.  We just can’t do it and comply with the COVID restrictions. Hopefully, we can next year. Speaking of...

Long, Straight Golf Shots not Long, Boring Blogs

Greetings Golfers, Abraham Lincoln had a lot of great quotes. One of my favorites is this: “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time”. For this week’s blog, I want to write about too many things … it would be a rambling mess if I just let...

Give the Gift of Play

Greetings Golfers, Give the Gift of Play: Rare and Exclusive Deer Run Golf Club Holiday Special Available until December 20th (click here) Festive Foursome – 4 rounds of golf with carts, no restrictions: $260 (savings of $44) Happy Eight – 8 rounds of golf...

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Greetings Golfers, For many of us, this year has seemed unreal. Of course we’ve tried to make the best of it … but, I’ll admit that I’ve felt “off” all year … until Monday night. What happened Monday night? … for me, it was “Live at the Masters” … seriously. I just...

Thomas Sean Connery

Greetings Golfers, Last week, the world lost everyone’s favorite James Bond – Sean Connery. Actually, his full name was Thomas Sean Connery. You can never have enough Toms … especially when it comes to golf: Old Tom Morris, Tommy Armour, Tom Watson, Tom...

A Passion for Golf

Greetings Golfers, Once in awhile, you meet someone who “gets it”. Well, I didn’t meet Forrest Richardson, however, I just watched a video he made about golf course architecture … and he “gets it”. Not just golf architecture … but the game of golf. Richardson is the...

Winter Golf

Greetings Golfers, A week ago I wrote that we were planning on staying open until Nov.1. Hmmm. Looks like I didn’t make a good call. My sympathies to the local weathermen. They get beat-up around here pretty often … everyone’s a Monday Morning Quarterback (just ask...

Reflections

Greetings Golfers. Fall is a time of reflection. Can’t believe it’s October 16. This has definitely been a strange year. I have to admit that I’m looking forward to putting the golf course to bed. I think it’s because more than anything … I’m relieved. Like most golf...

Two Great Quotes from Two Irishmen

Greetings Golfers, JFK was a witty guy and left us a lot of great quotes. But, this one is my favorite “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” How can you not love that? Isn’t that what golf is all about? Not needing an easy course with perfect weather...

Over Promise and Under Deliver

Greetings Golfers, The worst thing for a salesman, is to have a reputation as someone who “Over-promises and under-delivers”. As the world has gotten faster and people move around, it’s become easier for con-men to do their thing. And at the heart of a con, is to tell...

Power, Control and Logic

Greetings Golfers, “Uncontrolled power is the very devil – in golf or anywhere else.” Words of wisdom from Percy Boomer – probably the wisest golf instructor of all time. Of course I’m referring to last week’s US Open and Bryson DeChambeau’s amazing...

The US Open at Winged Foot

Greetings Golfers, This week the US Open returns to Winged Foot (I’m writing this before they play on Thursday). The rumor is that the course is playing very difficult, and that the scores will be high. I heard talk that 8 over par will win. That’s a big number for...

For the Love of the Game

Greetings Golfers, Once upon a time, sports were played for the love of the game. The best in the world were amateurs … the Olympics, the US Amateur in golf and tennis, college sports, etc. Then, businessmen saw a market … sort of a version of the Barnum & Bailey...

Tommy Armour

Greetings Golfers, Most golfers have heard of Tommy Armour. I don’t mean his grandson – Tommy Armour III – I mean the great man himself, probably the greatest golf instructor of all time. He was also a big time player. He won the US Open, the British Open,...

Slow Play

Greetings Golfers, Almost 30 years ago, when Deer Run GC was a baby, I used to give free golf clinics to get people to come out here. We were a funny little place (though charming) out in the country. Those clinics quickly grew huge (free) … and so I directed those...

Golf Discussions

Greetings Golfers, Golf is infinitely worthy of discussion. We could talk golf swing forever – the concepts, the nuances, the technical aspects, etc. Or course design – links style, parkland, risk-reward, target golf, etc. Today, I’d like to talk about the...

History Was Made Last Week

Greetings Golfers, History was made last week in Minnesota golf.  Our own Lori Money was the first woman to play in our state PGA Senior Championship. I know, I know…she doesn’t look like a senior.  And she doesn’t play golf like a senior.  However,...

Muddy Waters

Greetings Golfers, “If a puddle of water is made sufficiently muddy, most people will think it’s deep” – Nietzsche. I like things to be clear. I hate misunderstandings. And I think that’s normal … do you like to be confused? However, I constantly see and read...

Microphoned Golfers

Greetings Golfers, So, they just announced that the US Open will be played at Winged Foot GC on Sept 17-20. And, it will not have spectators in attendance. The PGA Championship – which takes place next week – will also be held without fans. I’m glad those...

A Golf Course is a Public Service

Greetings Golfers, Just read an article in a local business magazine that said restaurants in the Mpls-St.Paul area are really struggling. Not only struggling … but quite a few are closing. The big reason is that they can only operate at 50% capacity. That doesn’t...