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September 29, 2013, 7:59 PM
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2016 Here we Come!!
April 25, 2013, 1:14 AM
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A sigh of relief went up this morning in Rio de Janeiro. 

The field work for the Rio 2016 golf course has started. Paulo Goulart, executive director of Tanedo S.A., the Brazilian land-development company that owns the site and is paying for course construction, confirmed this morning that the long-delayed project is finally under way! 

Designer Gil Hanse was selected to design the golf course in an international competition that attracted 29 entrants, including many of the world’s top architects. Technical specifications for the project are being reviewed by PGA Tour Design Services and PGA Tour Construction Services. 

Hanse has secured the approvals and assembled a crew of six workers onsite. The non-native vegetation is being cleared by hand. With good weather, a disciplined work crew and no more delays from local officials, the course might be ready within a year and a half. 

Workers must first remove exotic vegetation and then clear center lines for the routing.  From there, they clear additional vegetation to allow for dirt moving, shaping, grassing, irrigation and subsequent grow-in.

The plan is to have the course ready for a professional tournament in August 2015 as a trial run before the men’s and women’s Olympic competitions – golf’s first Olympiad in more than 100 years – in 2016. Yes!

 



What Special Golf Memories Do You Have? Please share!!
May 29, 2012, 3:28 AM
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Like many of us, every once in a while I take a stroll through my life experiences…it’s always interesting to think of things and people from the past. The other night, I was reminded of a great many funny stories from my college years at University of Delaware on the Golf Team. As you can imgine, we took many fun filled road trips to play golf– chase girls– and just have a great time. Golf is one of the best games, because friends and families can get together, play a round, and just kick back. As I get older, I realize that the greatest joy in life is spending time with people we love, doing the things we love. So, with that in mind, do you have any great stories of golf you’d like to share? We would love to hear them!



What makes a golf instructor good?

The golf instructor can coach you. The golf instructor can educate you about YOUR golf swing and what research has proven to be effective. The bottom line is that the more you practice the right things to improve YOUR golf game, the better you will be. Feeling comfortable with and understanding a golf instructor is really important as you find instruction that works for you.

The following is a list of qualifications that will assist you in finding the right golf instructor:

  • Good communication skills; Good personality and attitude.
  • Patience.  A great golf instructor must be patient in working with you. This is essential and helps to create a ‘safe environment’ for you to try what you are learning. As Albert Einstein once said, “A person who has never made a mistake has obviously never tried anything new.”
  • Knows the universal basics—this is so important! Your  instructor must not only know the basics, but be able to communicate them      to you (Remember this from the top of the list?!)
  • Willing to help improve your golf game rather than your wallet. Expensive golf lessons are not always the best! Believe it or not, there is no standard price for golf lessons. The best thing is to find an instructor who can meet your golf AND budget needs.
  • An instructor who has a good golf swing is essential. Modeling technique is essential for effective teaching and learning. You need to be able to “see it to be it” and for this reason, your golf instructor must be technically sound. **
  • Great instructors provide personally relevant feedback. That is, they don’t offer ‘one size fits all’ suggestions and recommendations. They evaluate your swing—and tailor lessons to your individual needs.
  • Makes the learning process fun!! This is key to it all– no point in doing it, if it isn’t fun.

**NOTE: A great golf instructor may not be a great player. Just like, a good player may not be a good golf instructor.

SOOO, golfers of all levels can be mislead into believing that a golf instructor will make our golf game better. A golf instructor can help you…just like club fitting can help you. Great golf instruction is part of the solution. Don’t forget, it is the student who will make the golf instructor a good one!  Psst…that’s you!

I welcome questions and comments!!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Top 10 Laws of Golf

Top 10 Laws of Golf!…

Law 10 — A severe slice is a thing of awesome power and beauty.

Law 9 — Golf balls from the same “sleeve” tend to follow one another, particularly out of bounds or into the water

Law 8 — The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.

Law 7 — Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers. The shorter the hole — the greater its desire.

Law 6 – All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until the sunset of the same day

Law 5 — Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.

Law 4 – The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the one who beats you.

Law 3 – No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of your lifetime.

Law 2 — Trees eat golf balls.

Law 1– Your BEST round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

These are ALLL sooooo true! Hope you enjoyed my list…feel free to post a few of your own!

Rick

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Looking ahead…
May 9, 2012, 7:24 PM
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I realize I am biased. I have spent just about my entire life around golf. I think it is one of the best sports in the world—and certainly popular world wide. As the London Olympics is set to take center stage this summer, I can’t help but to look forward to 2016, just 4 short years away, when Golf will once again return to the summer Olympics that will be held inRio de Janeiro. It will be a 72-hole stroke play tournament for men and women, with 60 players in each field.  How exciting!!

“I think it’s fantastic, an unbelievable day for the game of golf,” Jack Nicklaus said. “The impact is going to be felt all over the world, which is what I’ve always felt about the game. The game is a mature game in many countries, but it never had the opportunity to grow in many others. People of all walks of life will be inspired to play the game of golf, and play for sports’ highest recognition. For all sports, that has been a gold medal.”

Wie talked about taking up golf when she was 4, but never being able to dream of an Olympic medal until now.  “I can dream about doing something that neither Tiger nor Ernie have ever done, and that is to make the final putt to win an Olympic gold medal,” Wie said. “If this dream comes true, somewhere in the world there will be another 4-year-old who sees me on that podium and perhaps starts her own Olympic dream.”

Walt Disney said “If you can dream it, you can do it.” In 4 years, young golfers all over the world will be inspired to pursue their dreams with the hope of one day making it all the way to the top! What a great day that will be.

Rick

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

 

 

 



Windy Weather!
December 2, 2011, 1:12 PM
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Hello!

Yesterday, the temperature was warm and the sun was shining—though the wind was blowing a bit. Because golf is played in the elements, there are guidelines that address some aspects of play in the wind. Crazy things can happen in windy weather on the course, and there has to be some way to address it. And, in October of this year, at the end of a 4 year review, the USGA, working with the R&A, updated and changed several important rules– including a rule that addresses the impact of wind.

Here is the updated rule:

Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b). A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.

Unfortunately for Nick Watney, these rule changes don’t take effect until January 1, 2012! Yesterday, he was caught in a situation where the old rule was applied and he was penalized a stroke. He addressed the ball, backed up, and watched it move—and was penalized one stroke. Under the new rule, the penalty stroke is NOT assessed if the wind moved the ball after the address. Taking it in stride, Watney remarked, “I might be the last player in history to be penalized under that rule. That could be a trivia question one day.”

Have a wonderful holiday season! I will catch you on the other side of the holidays.

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range