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Today’s the Day!

Today is the day I have been waiting for this day since the fall golf season— it’s the day we Spring Ahead!! Somehow, magically, in the middle of the night, the time will change – and tomorrow, the sun gets up later and goes to bed later! Well, for everyone on the East Coast—there are a few exceptions: Hawaii, some of Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 2011, we Spring ahead on March 13th, and Fall back on November 6th.

The idea for daylight savings originated with Benjamin Franklin in —for you history buffs! During World War I the time change was introduced as a way to conserve energy, but then at the end of the war, it was repealed. Again, during World War II, daylight savings came into effect. In 1966, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act which gave the individual states the option of choosing daylight savings time or not- though the dates are not optional. The 2 AM time is just simply for convenience sake. There is no real ‘scientific’ reason for that specific time, other than it is less disruptive since people are sleeping – and people who work on Sundays are generally scheduled around that time.

 The original thinking was that daylight savings time would help to conserve energy- though the more recent studies have shown the savings is small—hardly anything. But, it is a great feeling that the sun will be up longer, which will give us more time in the evenings for a round of golf!

Enjoy your weekend– it’s sunny and nice out today! Get out and hit a bucket of balls or play a round of golf!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



The 3 Best Golf Websites

Today, there is just so much information out there—we are bombarded with information ALL the time! How can you tell which are the best sources for that information?? Well, it takes time. Today, I have put together a list of websites for golf that are the best of the best. I have looked them over, and offered my thoughts on some I think are well worth the time to read through them.

In my opinion, these are 3 of the best web sites on the internet for golf. One thing I like about these sites is that all 4 are FREE, and require no registration to view the content. When I visit an informational site, I want to be able to browse through the content without having to stop to register, even if it is for free. The magazine type sites often have too many advertisements, where these 4 keep ads to a minimum or place them in ways that make it easier to deal with. The sites with ads floating all over the screen are annoying to me, so I immediately took them out of the ring.

I hope you enjoy them—if you know of any others that you think are particularly helpful, well done, or interesting, please let me know. I am always looking for ways to stay in touch with the world of golf! I’d love to see a couple great sites specifically for Par 3 golf. I think that it might be great for beginner golfers, to bring them into the game! Just my humble opinion!

Thanks

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

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Here are my 3 Favorite Sites for Golf:

 

 

Golf from CBS.com

http://www.cbssports.com/golf/

This site offers latest news in golf, tips and product reviews, and commentary. The website has a great presentation and easy to navigate.

Yahoo! Sports

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf

This site is filled with great information, including all the news, statistics, blogs and buzz about golf. What I really like is the photo album, and the lack of big, overwhelming ads typical of a lot of other sites.

 USGA Official Site

http://www.usga.org/default.aspx

This sits offers golfers of all levels usable and interesting information about golf. A Rule of the Day box is a great contribution, as well as a This Day in Golf. There is also news and announcements. Great for golfers of all levels, including people who just love watching it!



Ask The Golf Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

FACEBOOK for Cape May Par 3 near Wildwood NJ New JerseyPlease post any questions you might have about all aspects of the game at rick@capemaypar3.com and I will have James get back to you!

Thanks.
Rick Jones
Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

This was a question we received: I’m a 16 year old wishing to pursue a golfing career. What do I do?
James Quinn, the teaching Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range has this to say:

It depends what kind of career you’re looking to pursue. If you’re looking to be a Touring Professional, then at the age of 16 you need to be around a scratch or 2-3 Handicap. Ask your golf coach about playing in some junior tournaments and see how you rank among the best. Practice 3-4 times a week with at least 1-2 practice rounds per week. You need to spend a lot of time at the short game area. Anyone can hit the ball far. But –can you score? is the most important question. Good luck to you in your career.

If you’re looking to become a Teaching Professional, the best way is to watch your local Golf Pro teach or your golf coach and see how he connects with his students. If you play on the High School team, when you become a junior or senior, start helping your other teammates. See if you like teaching and if you do you should follow the next steps. While in high school, look into colleges that offer the PGM program. From there you’re well on your way to becoming a PGA Pro. If you do not go to college, you can complete the PGA program at home. This is a good option, but I would recommend the college route. Good luck in your career!

Cape May Par 3 Driving Range Golf Camps Ladies Clinics and Private Golf Lessons

James Quinn is the full time Golf Teaching Professional at Cape May Par 3

James graduated from The Golf Academy of America and is certified in golf course management, instruction, and club repair. He also has his player credential. James has a range of teaching experiences. He served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Meadow Oaks Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida; and taught at Ballyneal in Colorado. More recently, James taught at Twisted Dunes Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. Now, James serves as the Pro at Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range.

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range
29 Fulling Mill Road
Rio Grande, NJ 08242



What is the best thing you have done?

Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing

Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing

Over my life, I have done so many great things. I have been many places and accomplished a lot. I am a parent of 2 boys, who mean the world to me. The thing I have been so proud of is originating the Make A Wish Weekend in Cape May County. This event has been a great experience, one that I will always be so proud of—over the past 7 years, we have donated about $375,000 to the Make A Wish Foundation of NJ. It doesn’t get much better that that! This 2 day event includes the Cape May Par 3 Golf Outing.

I believe a Par 3 outing is the way to go! It is time to start planning your first par 3 golf outing! There are some things you will need to think about to get started. Remember, par 3 golf outings are successful because everyone can participate to help the cause and the possibility for growth is huge.

Partnerships—You will be much more successful if you partner with the right individuals and organizations. Some things to keep in mind…you will need a several key things. This can be costly, and obviously free is better. So, best case is to find a company willing to give it for free or extremely reduced cost, or find a sponsor. Things you might need are:

Publicity, including radio and print ads

Greens Fees

Tent, tables and chairs

Food & Drinks

Shirts, Logo Balls, and Bags

Banners/signage

Prizes for Pin prizes, raffles, and give aways

Various office supplies, such as envelopes and postage

At the Cape May Par 3 Make-A-Wish Golf Outing ( http://www.wishweekend.com ), we have been fortunate to receive a great in-kind support from community businesses. All the publicity, greens fees, tent, tables and chairs, shirts, and prizes have been donated. Food and bags have been given at cost. Cape May County is a tight knit community and it is a children’s charity. All the proceeds have remained in the county, which has been the most important reason people have given. That, and we involved a huge number of businesses and individuals. No donation is too small! The first year, we had 200 golfers, since we play 5 person teams, and accept 20 teams and 2 shot gun starts. Sold out golf outings are not common. But, with a par 3 outing, it is possible! Our first year, we raised over $24,000 (for a net of $19,400). Pretty neat! Wouldn’t you like to give your charity that donation?!

So, get out there today and get busy…set goals, and work toward them! If you need help, please email Cindy at cindydietrich@comcast.net. She is my go to person, and she will be glad to help you with more details.

Good luck!
Rick Jones
http://www.capemaypar3.com
http://www.doverpar3.com



Host a Par 3 Golf Outing!

Well, spring is very nearly upon us! Yippee!! So many exciting things around the corner! With spring on its way, I am looking forward to the new days and the renewed chance to do something remarkable.

Over the past 7 years, each spring, I spend a lot of time preparing for my favorite annual event, Make A Wish Weekend in Cape May County. It is a 2 day event with a bartender’s night @ Menz Restaurant in Rio Grande, NJ followed by our par 3 golf outing at my course, Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range. We raise money for children who are living with a life threatening medical condition– so they can receive a WISH! If you are ever thinking about hosting a golf outing for your favorite cause or charity, I would highly recommend hosting a Par 3 Golf Outing at your local Par 3!

Most people who attend golf outings do not realize that traditional outings do not make a huge amount of money for the cause it is benefitting. This is because so often, the expenses are prohibitive. That is, the cost of the food, drinks, rounds, goodies, shirts, etc. are so much, the donation often ends up to be small. And, when held at a regular course, the time and cost to participate are hard for some people to manage. Finally, only 20% of the population is able to participate, because only ‘golfers’ can play to support a cause.

A Par 3 Outing is the ideal way to bring golf together with charity. This works for 3 reasons:

Everyone can play! (Our event has been sold out almost every year– with 200 golfers!)
It doesn’t take all day (The Par 3 can be played in a couple hours)
It’s affordable (We charge between $40 and $60 for our outings)

So, the next time you are considering a fund raiser, think about a Par 3 Golf Outing!

Soon, I will post more information on how to kick start your event…stay tuned!

Rick Jones
Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range
http://www.capemaypar3.com



Midway Par 3 Announces Updates & New Site!
February 14, 2011, 4:33 PM
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Rehoboth Beach, DE. February 15, 2011 — Midway Par 3 & Driving Range
announces the launch of its new website www.midwaypar3golf.com !
 
This month, Midway Par 3 & Driving Range has launched the new website,
midwaypar3golf.com. The crew at Midway Par 3 is excited to better serve
their customers by making this site available.  Now more than ever,
customers are able to stay in touch with the specials and activities at
Midway Par 3.  In addition to the new website, other changes have been
made to better serve the customers. For your convenience, Major Credit
Cards (Mastercard, Visa, and Discover) are now being accepted at Midway
Par 3 & Driving Range.
 
Owned and operated by a long time local family, Midway Par 3 Golf
Course has served year round residents and vacationers, alike, for 30
years. Located just north of Midway, Delaware, this 18-Hole Par 3
course and driving range offers you “Fun for the Entire Family!” Midway
Par 3 is a year round Par 3 course with regulation size greens. Minutes
away from all the major resort stops including: Downtown Rehoboth
Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach, the Rehoboth Outlets, this is the perfect
place for golfers of all levels. Everyone loves golf at Midway Par 3!
 
The Jones’ family is excited about the future of Midway Par 3 & Driving
Range. We believe we offer our customers a great, budget friendly golf
experience. Our recent updates and changes will carry Midway Par 3 well
into the future, for the next generation of golfers.  If you have any
questions concerning Midway Par 3 & Driving Range, please email Barbara
at par3barbara@aol.com and she will get back to you. Or, stop by today.
Midway Par 3 is located at 34578 Pinnacle Rd. Lewes, Delaware 19958.

Please stop by if you can. I appreciate you taking the time.

Enjoy the day~ the sun is shining and the air is fresh!

Rick Jones

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range



Golf at Pebble Beach

Hi my Golf Friends~

The sun is shining and life is good out on the golf course!

As you may realize, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am is going on now. Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful places to play golf! The views are spectacular and, the long tradition of golf there is impressive. The course was opened in 1919. Over the years, there have been so many remarkable moments in golf history that have taken place at Pebble Beach. On of the more infamous moments in time was in 1964 when Arnold Palmer’s scored a 9 on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach in the Crosby Tournament.  

More recently, in 2000, which was the 100th US Open,  in front of the largest U.S. Open television audience in two decades, Tiger Woods turned a dominant victory into a historic feat. He combined a bogey-free round with birdies on holes 10, 12, 13 and 14. His 67 gives him a four-day total of 272, tying the record for the lowest 72-hole score ever in the national championship, and besting his nearest competitor by 15 strokes.

I am constantly reminded that technology is awesome! Pebble Beach Golf Links has developed a neat virtual tour. So cool– Very few of us will ever play or visit Pebble Beach, but it is neat to be able to catch a climpse online. The link below will take you to their site. Check out the virtual tour!

http://www.pebblebeach.com/golf/pebble-beach-golf-links/course-history/us-open

Enjoy!

Rick Jones

www.capemaypar3.com

www.doverpar3golf.com