Are the Boomers actually Growing-Up?

Greetings Golfers, As Bob Dylan said so many years ago: “The times they are a’changing”. I hope so. Went to the MWGCOA Conference a few days ago … a golf course owners conference with speakers, and vendors set-up in another room. It was actually really good....

Christmas Sale – December 7th

Greetings Golfers, Maybe it’s the format of the emails….but, whatever the reason may be, I’m getting a lot of questions about the Holiday Passes and our Annual Christmas Sale.So, this should clear-up things:  The Sale is Saturday, December 7th...

The Impossible Dream

Greetings Golfers, Last weekend was fun to be a Minnesota sports fan. Of course, Saturday’s Gopher game was the biggie. But, the Viking’s win on Sunday night was also a big deal. As usual, I was expecting the worse on the final drives of both games. That...

Old School Golf – with new tools

Greetings Golfers, Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been the Administrator for a site called Old School Golf. I used to read it pretty frequently and post on it fairly regularly. So, when the former Admin left, he chose me to take over. Also, he knew that I...

Why You Should Be A Sweeper

Greetings Golfers, I played twice last weekend – Saturday and Sunday. Not exactly great weather … especially on Sunday … but, it was maybe the last golf weather until Spring. Played a really old course on Saturday with my sons. Hadn’t played there in 40...

Thanksgiving in October

Greetings Golfers, Many years ago on Monday Night Football, “Dandy” Don Meredith would sing “The Party’s Over”. He wasn’t much of a singer, but he was pretty entertaining and Monday Night Football was a big deal.  Now there’s even Sunday Night Football. Well,...

My Dad

Greetings Golfers, I wasn’t sure if I should do this. Too much of what should be private has become public. However, my dad was the kind of guy that we don’t hear enough about. James Francis Abts was born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota. Though he and my mom moved...

Nervous Energy is a Good Thing

Greetings Golfers, Well, the Twins are toast. All the other division series went to 5 games. It seemed to me that the Twins were just happy to be there … and that they tried really hard to be “loose”. Think how goofy that sounds “Tried hard to be loose”. Remember...

The Nuances Make Things Interesting

Greetings Golfers, Later today, the Minnesota Twins play the NY Yankees in the first game of the ALDS. I’m actually fairly optimistic that the Twins can win this series. They aren’t afraid of the Yankees. They set the league record for home-runs in a season –...

Your True Golf Score

Greetings Golfers, There’s an old Greek proverb that says, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.” Well, I’m getting to be an old man, so I take these sayings seriously. We all get it … “Leave the world a better place than...

Less is More

Greetings Golfers, What do people mean by the saying “Less is More”? According to PHRASE FINDER, it means: “The notion that simplicity and clarity leads to good design”. Obviously it’s referring to architecture, but I think it relates to everything. Simplicity and...

Forgotten Veterans

Greetings Golfers, In the last week-and-a-half, we’ve hosted two golf events honoring Veterans. And, Wednesday was 9-11. One of the greatest American Veteran golfers – certainly the best who served in Vietnam – is Larry Nelson. Nelson – you say … who...

The Waggle, Instinct, and Intuition

Greetings Golfers, The great Ben Hogan said: “ The bridge between address and the start of the swing is the waggle. Don’t groove your waggle. It takes INSTINCT to plan and play a golf shot, and your preparations for each shot must be instinctive.” That’s coming from...

You Control the Golf Club

Greetings Golfers, While standing on the edge of a green … could you with an underhand toss, roll the ball close to the pin? Probably. But it’s not automatic. You have to judge correctly and then throw it how you planned. And if it didn’t turn out ok … you’d know if...

Intentions

Greetings Golfers, We all know the saying: “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” It can mean a lot of different things. Someone intends to do the right thing, and does nothing, but feels that’s enough. Or, they did something that turned out to be a...

The Musical Key to Good Golf

Greetings Golfers, Do you ever get a song stuck in your head? While playing golf? Jack Nicklaus has said that the song “Georgy Girl” won a million dollars for him because it kept him in the right rhythm when playing golf. Hmmm. Golf instructors used to recommend...

Playing Scared is Not Good

Greetings Golfers, How excited are you about the FedEx Cup? If you’re a Tour player, it’s probably pretty exciting … because of the opportunity to win a lot of money. I don’t know about you, but that’s not why I watch golf. In fact, that kind of hype makes me not want...

Who’s the Bad Guy?

Greetings Golfers, The other day on PGA radio, two college golf coaches were talking about the Open. They focused on Brooks Koepka looking at his watch while JB Holmes was taking forever to hit his shot. They both agreed that Brooks was the bad guy for showing his...

Left-Hand Hook and Right-Hand Slice

Greetings Golfers, We all know that golf is frustrating. But I think what is most frustrating is not knowing where the ball is going and not knowing why or how to fix it. No matter how you swing, the shot is a combination of club face and swing-path. Sure, the...

Rory and the Open

Greetings Golfers, I love the Open. Not sure I love it as much as the Masters … but maybe. It’s old-school golf – a game of angles … not raw power. If you think you can just bomb it, find it and then wedge it on the green … you’re in for a long day. Ironically,...