A New World

Greetings Golfers, We’re always learning (hopefully) … and usually we learn more when life is hard, rather than when things are easier. Probably, because when things are good, we take it for granted … and when things are tough, we step back and try to figure out...

A Good Grip

Greetings Golfers, One of the prettiest sights in golf is a good grip. And, unfortunately, it’s a rare occurrence. If you ever give golf lessons to beginners, you’ll see one of two swings. The first one is the caveman swing. The club is gripped in the palms, squeezed...

It’s a Golf “Swing”

Greetings Golfers, Some players golf games get better as they older … some get worse. I was one of those “worse” guys. I started noticing trouble in my 50s … then around 60, it was pretty obvious that things had changed. Not only had I lost distance and swing speed …...

Don’t Worry About The Rain

Greetings Golfers, You know that saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, I think for Minnesota it should be “May showers bring June flowers”. We’re about a month north of most of the country. But, a little rain shouldn’t stop your golf plans. Monday and...

Rights, Tolerance and Making Putts

Greetings Golfers, So, we’re almost 2 weeks into playing golf in Minnesota.  Thought you might like to hear some of my observations. First – people are shooting great scores. Why? It’s very simple – the protruding cup is a much easier target than the cup...

Golf Stories and Gladys Kravitz

Greetings Golfers, It’s fun writing a weekly blog. People always ask if I’m worried about running out of things to write about … no I’m not. I have a lot of leeway … sure, it’s a golf blog, but that’s not very limiting. And, I don’t have an editor assigning me stories...

Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot

Greetings Golfers, Yesterday, golf courses in Wisconsin got the green-light from their governor to open-up … according to safety regulations. Obviously, we golf course operators in Minnesota hope the green-light flashes our way … soon. When the weather is nice, we...

Better – not Perfect

Greetings Golfers, The other day I was talking to a local PGA teaching pro. He’s a smart guy and I always enjoy his stories and insights. He gets it. Doesn’t get caught up in the frills – he has a real sense for the bottom line. And what really makes him a good...

Chi Chi and the Tiger King

Greetings Golfers, Yesterday, my wife asked me what I was going to write about … I said “Chi Chi Rodriguez”. I have no idea why I said that. Haven’t heard his name lately … he hasn’t been in the news … no reason to say that … and I didn’t hesitate – just jumped...

Getting Your Golf Fix Without Golf

Greetings Golfers, If you’re in Minnesota … you aren’t playing golf. At least not on a golf course. Besides playing, there are other ways to get your golf fix if you’re cooped-up indoors: movies and books. Here’s a pretty standard list of good golf movies. Just...

Hope, Fresh-air, and Alister MacKenzie

Greetings Golfers, What a week! Obviously, everyone and every business has to be careful and smart. Golf courses are open in some states … and closed in others. Not to be self-serving, but I could see golf clubs close their clubhouses, yet keep their courses open. It...

Spin, Weight-gain, and Ping-Pong

Greetings Golfers, Bryson DeChambeau gained a bunch of weight over the Winter and is driving the ball 18 yards farther than last year. I also gained a bunch of weight over the Winter and am driving it 1/2 a yard farther than last year. I guess Bryson was also lifting...

Good as it Gets – Weather and Stoics

Greetings Golfers, How good is this weather? 64 on Sunday? Here in Minnesota? Well, we deserve it. The past few years were brutal. We normally have our annual Ranger-Starter meeting the last Saturday in March. Looks like we’ll have to move it up … because … we’re...

Golf Doesn’t Have to be Painful or Stuffy

Greetings Golfers, As you’re reading this, I’m probably driving through the state of Georgia. I love driving – that’s not a problem – but I threw my back out – that is a problem. The other day, I was trying some new moves with my golf swing. You’re...

(Most) Golf Pros are Funny

Greetings Golfers, Last Sunday, standing on the 10th tee at Riviera CC, Harold Varner III was tied for the lead of the Genesis Open. Usually, televised golf tournaments cover the leaders – especially their important shots. Well, Harold cold-topped his drive off...

Lumpy’s 50!

Greetings Golfers, Lumpy practicing his 7 iron This morning, Tim Herron will be teeing-it-up on the Champions Tour – the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida. Tim turned 50 last week, so he’s now a senior player. This can’t be true. I still think of him as a little...

Putting Takes Courage When You’re Not Confident

Greetings Golfers, During a round last week, I putted poorly on the front nine. So, I decided to finish the round by putting with whatever club I used hitting into the green. So I mostly putted using my hybrid, 7 iron, and wedge. After the round, I told my brother...

Strategy

Greetings Golfers, Sunday is the Super Bowl. I actually remember Super Bowl I. And I especially remember Super IV … when the Vikings lost to the Chiefs. I won’t even talk about the Vikings’ other Super Bowls. Back to the Chiefs. I like their Head Coach Andy Reid a lot...

Old School and Lifestyle

Greetings Golfers, Today is the last day of the 2020 PGA Golf Show in Orlando. Because we send out this blog every Friday at 9:00am CST … this one is usually my toughest one of the year. I’m actually writing this at 5am … and I blame any poor writing on the PGA Pros...

Seeing Things From the Other Side

Greetings Golfers, I spend most of my days trying to figure how to make Deer Run GC work. Not just make it work … but make it good. But, I’m seeing it from the operational side. When I’m down here in South Carolina, I see golf operations from the customer side. And...