I love to hunt from a backcountry camp, but I’ve never enjoyed setting up and breaking camp. Last year, a couple of friends and I decided to hunt Colorado’s first rifle season for elk. We chose a camping spot near the end of a marginal Forest Service trail (it took 45 minutes to drive one mile). We had no neighbors on this stretch of steep, heavily forested public land, and our hopes were high for finding wapiti. It took a good two hours after arriving in late evening to erect our cabin tent and set up camp.
SCOTTSDALE ARIZ – With its top-notch public courses and warm winter weather, Scottsdale has long been a haven for golfers looking for some classic desert golf.
Now they have even more choices with the opening of some new desert courses along with a brand-new Four Seasons Hotel in this upscale Phoenix suburb.
SunRidge Canyon was designed by Keith Foster, who has done several courses in Texas, and is one of the newer courses in the area known by locals as the Valley of the Sun. As the name would suggest, the par 71 course sits in a canyon, but Foster did a brilliant job of incorporating the desert landscape in this public golf layout.
Every good professional golfer, from an aggressive swinger like Sergio Garcia to a controlled technician like Annika Sorenstam, reduces the loft on his or her middle and short irons just before impact. That’s called “covering the ball.” If you took the club out of my hands at impact, you’d see that my right palm faces the target and is angled slightly toward the ground. I’m swinging down and through the ball. The shaft of the club is staying vertical long after the clubhead passes my left toe, and my right hand won’t turn over until it gets to my left pocket.
On the course: Tee shots
The most important way to break 90 consistently is to make good decisions on the course. The average 90-shooter loses more strokes due to poor club and shot selection than to a bad swing or missed shot. I’m convinced of that. I could caddie for the average 25-handicapper and take 10 shots off his or her score instantly–not by overhauling the swing, but by helping with on-course decision-making.
I spent my career on the PGA Tour doing whatever I could to put myself in the best position to make the best score. For a brief period in the 1970s, I could do that better than anyone in the game. During my career as a broadcaster for NBC, I’ve studied the course-management skills of the greatest players on the PGA, Senior and LPGA tours. And since I play in more corporate outings and pro-ams these days, I have witnessed the mood swings and struggles the average player can experience in the course of a round. My advice will not only help you hit better shots, it will help put you in the best position on each hole. And when you find yourself in some of those not-so-great positions, it will help you get out with more confidence and less damage to your score.
Garland Dempsey was as good as dead. Caddieing for John Maginnes during the third round of the Motorola Western Open in July, Dempsey had just walked off the 15th tee of Cog Hill Golf and Country Club when his heart stopped, suddenly and without warning.
Without a pulsing heart to pump blood and oxygen, Dempsey was seconds from becoming another data point in a chilling statistic: Each year in the U.S., 250,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Every 29 seconds, someone in America suffers a coronary event, and every minute, someone dies from one. Indeed, heart disease is the nation’s leading killer.
Teaching defined Dr. DeDe Owens, an instructor at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, near Chicago, for more than 20 years. Owens served as a Golf Digest Professional Advisor from 1974 to 1997, contributing numerous instruction articles and lending freely her expertise.
DeDe competed on the LPGA Tour in the early ’70s until she was sidelined by Hodgkin’s disease. After 27 radiation treatments, her health restored, she secured a Ph.D. and devoted herself to education. She taught golf 12 hours a day, seven days a week, while writing eight books and serving as president of the LPGA Teaching Division.
At the tip of Scotland’s Fife Peninsula, where the old, gray town meets the sea, a narrow, verdant sweep of sandy turf called links forms one of the most famous and, for the devout, sacred playing grounds in the world. It’s the Old Course at St. Andrews and the game is golf, That slender fragment of hallowed, links-land has brought glory and treasure to the ancient university town for 200 years.
That a golf course, albeit a fabled one, can nourish the economy and enhance the quality of life for an entire community, however far from the great centers of commerce, was very likely a circumstance not lost on developers of the California’s Monterey Peninsula and Palm Springs, North Carolina’s Pinehurst, South Carolina’s Hilton Head and several other colonies dotting the country where the word “Golf” is spelled with a capital G.