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Check out this NEW GOLFER Video
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



Golf in the Cold Weather
October 28, 2011, 1:24 PM
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Well…the cold weather is here. YUK! I love the fall colors out on the course, and the slight chill in the air makes the  sounds of the leaves blowing in the trees relaxing; but I find myself longing for the warm days of May and June…already. In any case, here we are. So, I wanted to talk to you about golf in the cold weather and the small adjustments that need to be made in the cold weather.

So, a little science lesson will help you understand where I am heading with this…cold air is denser. Have you ever
noticed that the air pressure is higher in your tires during the summer than in the winter? That is because air molecules do not move as much in the cold temperatures as they do in the warmer temperatures. So, cold air is functionally heavier and it creates more resistance on the ball as it travels through the air. The problem for golfers is that many golfers, especially new players, think that simply hitting the ball harder is the answer.  Unfortunately, it leaves you open for more mistakes. Very basically, it causes you to be in the wrong position at the point of impact.

There are a few things you can do to help combat the cold temps on the course:

  • Try to keep your ball warm. Put it in your pocket until you need it.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and head when playing in cold weather. Invest in good gloves! If you are not cold, you will enjoy yourself a lot more—if that is even possible!
  • Work your swing to generate a lower trajectory, and play the ball slightly back in your stance. You will need to change your swing plane to a shallower arc.
  • Drop your right shoulder to lower than your left. From this position the right allows the left to control the takeaway. Lead with the left and follow with the right. Do not let your right shoulder to pass the ball, so that the spin on the ball will be right.

I hope these tips help. The biggest thing is that the cold weather is not the worst thing in the world…you can still get out, play 18 holes, and enjoy the game as always. You will be glad to get the fresh air—and who knows, you might come to enjoy and appreciate the renewed opportunity of  being successful on the course in even the coldest weather!

Rick Jones

par3rick@aol.com

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

www.capemaypar3.com

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

www.doverpar3golf.com



What I’ve got on Golf APPS…

Smartphones are all the rage—if you don’t have one yet (like
me), some people night think you are a dinosaur…also like me! Well, in an
effort to understand all the hubbub about smartphones (Droids or iPhones), I
asked around. I now realize that the applications that smartphones can offer
are so addicting…and helpful! I looked into the applications available for
smartphones that are valuable on the course. I have been thinking of getting a
high tech phone for a while and now…OK. SO—here are some neat Apps with great reviews:

Golf GPS APPS

SkyDroid (http://www.skydroid.net/)

Works with iPhones, iPads, & Droids with 3G Technology

Cost: $1.99

Features: GPS Distance to every green; Distances to water
hazards and bunkers

Pros: Great skycaddie for $2.

Cons: No instructions.

FreeCaddie Golf GPS (http://freecaddie.com/)

Works with most smartphones (incluing Blackberry, iPhones,
Droids, Windows).

Cost: FREE

FreeCaddie Pro Golf GPS is $9.95, and offers additional
capabilities (Not included here).

Features of FreeCaddie: Distance to the font, back, and
center of the green for 1 course. NOTE: The pro edition allows for an unlimited
number of courses.

Pros: #1 for Androids (with 700,000 downloads). There are
over 23,000 mapped courses.

Cons: Free version offers much less than the version that is
$10. Latest update isn’t working for all phones with DroidX technology.

 

Golf Score Card APP

GolfCard Pro (http://www.senygma.com/GolfCard/Home.html)

Works with most spartphones, including iPhones, iPods, and
Droids

Cost: Between $9.99 and $10.99

Features: Scoring, range finder, USGA Handicap Index,
Statistics, and more.

Pros: Great tracking and storage capability

Cons: Account required to use some features, such as adding
a course or uploading scores.

 

 

 

Other applications…

 

The Rules of Golf 

(http://www.usga.org/news/2010/January/USGA-Launches-New-Rules-Of-Golf-Application/)

Presented by the USGA

Works with iPhones, and Droids.

Cost: $3.99

Pros: Offers user the Rules of Golf, in addition to
Decisions on the Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status.

Cons: Small and hard to read.

Golf Channel Mobile (http://www.golfchannel.com/mobile/)

Presented by the Golf Channel

Works with iPhones and Droids.

Cost: FREE

Features: Tournament leaderboards, news and blogs; golf
channel show clips and instructional video; photo galleries and player
profiles; and equipment and travel reviews.

Pros: Handy way to stay on top of all the professional golf
happenings!

Cons: None.