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May 28, 2009

The Muni Is Baaaaack!

Amazing how the uncertain economy encourages golfers to give municipal golf courses, munis, a second look. The good news is they offer good golf at good prices.

Oh yeah, forget about the muni stereotype of rickety pull carts and pock-marked fairways. Today's top munis are exceptional tracks. Here are eight, but also reconsider those in your area:

Bethpage State Park-Black (Farmingdale, NY)—Will host U.S. Open in 2009. $100-$120 (N.Y. residents 50% off).

Chambers Bay Golf Club (University Place, WA)—Walking only, links-style. Will host 2015 U.S. Open. $89-$169.

Pinon Hills (Farmington, NM)—A desert course, one of the nation's finest public golf experiences. $41-$47.

Brown Deer Park (Milwaukee, WI)—Where Tiger Woods played his first event as a professional. $79-$86.

Harding Park Golf Club (San Francisco, CA)—Site of the 2009 Presidents Cup matches. $135-$155.

Crandon Golf Club (Key Biscayne, FL)—Set on a barrier island minutes from downtown Miami. $58.50-$103.50.

Fossil Trace (Golden, CO) (see photo)—Dinosaur footprints and other prehistoric fossils are next to the 12th green. $58-$62.

Brackenridge Park (San Antonio, TX)—The oldest 18-hole public golf course in Texas, "Old Brack" was designed in 1915. $60-$70.

May 26, 2009

4.5-Pound Bag That Divides And Conquers

Product: The new Four 5 golf bag, by Sun Mountain.

Color combinations: black, black/red, black/dark green, black/yellow, black/cadet blue and black/titanium.

Overview: Divide and conquer? Sun Mountain thinks so. The company says its new Four 5 golf bag combines an individual club-divider system (14 full-length dividers) with a lightweight (4.5 pounds) stand bag. The benefit of the 14-way top, according to Sun Mountain, is eliminating club handles getting tangled in the bottom of the bag.


  • Sun Mountain's E-Z Fit dual-strap system
  • A roller-bottom stand mechanism the company says adds stability and provides quick leg action
  • A lift-assist strap to aid in getting it in and out of a car trunk
  • Sun Mountain's top collar handle for easy on and off
  • Eight pockets

The Four 5 stand bag completes Sun Mountain's line-up of bags featuring individual club dividers that include the C-130, LCB, S1, H2NO Cart Bag, SCB Deluxe, MPB and the women's Diva. is the source for all of the latest innovative golf products & golf equipment.

May 20, 2009

Courses Where Caddies AreComing Back!
They weren't quite dinosaurs, but caddies were disappearing faster than persimmon drivers.

Until recently.

Once on the verge of extinction, caddies are making a comeback at resorts striving to make the golf experience more enjoyable. In fact, because of the scarcity of caddies in recent years, many golfers have never played with one.

Quite simply, if you love the game of golf, playing with a caddie should definitely be on your "Bucket List."

Here are some important tips for first-timers:

  • High-handicappers should take their own caddie. Better players can make do with one caddie carrying double.
  • If there is a flat fee for the caddie, a smaller tip, $20-$30 per bag is appropriate. If not, $40-$50 is normal.
  • A caddie who guides you to an ace, eagle or career round will expect a little something extra.

Major resorts that offer caddie programs include:

May 13, 2009

Avoid the Back-9 Blues:
Buy Light Shoes

Product: Nike Golf's Air Zoom Vapor golf shoe

Shoe weight: 13.8 oz.

Been there, done that, huh? You start singing the Back-9 Blues at about the 14th hole. The wheels come off your game because, in part, your dogs are weighed down with your cement-like shoes. And what promised to be a round to write home about leaves you limping home with another lousy card.

Time to lighten up. Nike Golf's Air Zoom Vapor golf shoe weighs only 13.8 oz. and, according to the company, is in the same lineage as Nike's Mercurial Vapor soccer boot that was introduced in 1998. The Air Zoom Vapor, Nike Golf says, is made with a one-piece microfiber upper that is lightweight, strong, waterproof and breathable.

The high-performance upper plus a full-length chassis provide stability and comfort. The synthetic upper material, says Nike Golf, is more durable than leather, more form-fitting to the foot and will not stretch over time.

Heavy hitter and light afoot. The Nike Air Zoom Vapor is built on Nike's Power Platform Ultra that, the company says, provides weight transfer and balance control for maximum power conversion to a golfer's swing. To make the shoe more lightweight, Nike Golf says the middle section of the sole is taken out for added comfort without jeopardizing stability.

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May 11, 2009

How to Play a Pro-Am—and Be Pleased
Playing in a pro-am can be a peak experience, especially when it dawns on you that this event is unique in all of sports.

"Think about the treat of playing with a pro," advises Randy Watkins, Viking Classic Tournament Director. "You can't do that elsewhere; you can't play with Peyton Manning before a Colts game or Roger Federer the day before Wimbledon. So enjoy getting to know the pro, asking questions, taking in tips. It's pretty cool."

Two other tips from Watkins:

  • Network. An amateur pays $3,000 to play in the Viking Classic pro-am, and the fee is usually covered by corporations, Watkins says. You are mixing with other business people, so make use of the networking possibilities.
  • Keep up. "The pro [who plays for a pension credit], your teammates, the gallery—they all want you to have a good time," says Watkins. "Just keep in mind the pace of play; abide by that. Don't hold back the group, so pick up if you have to. And if you are out of your comfort zone on a hole, don't tee off. Walk and talk with the pro. Enjoy and take it all in."

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