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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!


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

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

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:


SkyDroid (

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 (

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 (

Works with most spartphones, including iPhones, iPods, and

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 


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 (

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

Cons: None.



Beat the Heat with These 6 Tips!

As the weather heats up, it is important to be more mindful and prepared to play golf. We encourage you to read this list and make any changes that might help you enjoy your time on the golf course even more—as if that’s possible! We ALL wait all winter to be able to get out and hit balls and play a round of golf. Don’t let the heat discourage you from playing golf this summer!! Remember, a hot day on the golf course is still better than a nice day anywhere else! Here are some suggestions we have for ways to beat the heat or be prepared to handle the heat.

Hydrate. Hydration takes place for several days prior to your round of golf. If you golf often, it is important that you make hydration part of your every day routine. While some studies have shown that all drinks hydrate, obviously some are better than others. Water is the best way to get hydrated. Other healthy ways to hydrate yourself are by drinking milk, vegetable and fruit juice. Sports drinks are a good alternative to water if you plan on playing/walking 18 holes.

Wear appropriate clothing. When you are planning what to wear to play golf, make sure to wear light weight, breathable clothing. You will also want to wear light colored clothing, which will not absorb as much heat as darker colored clothes. Oddly enough, it is better to wear an undershirt, which will help wick away sweat and keep you cooler. When possible, wear a visor and not hat. Hats trap heat in and can cause you to be hotter. Stay in the shade and use sunscreen on your scalp when wearing a visor!

Plan your day accordingly. Plan to spend the time outside during the morning and/or evening. Avoid spending time on the course during the middle of the day. You will have a lot more fun, when you are not struggling with the sun and heat. If you can only fit your time on the links in during the middle of the day, be sure to wear a hat that offers coverage, as well as sunscreen!

Stand in the shade.  At Cape May Par 3, there are plenty spots with lots of shade. If you get too hot, have a seat on a bench in the shade. It will make you feel better, and able to finish your round of golf. Make it a great time to think about your mental golf game, or spend time with your golf mates shooting the breeze.

Eat sensibly. Eat smaller meals and not as much protein. Protein increases metabolic rate, which makes staying cool more difficult. So, eat lighter meals, and include fruit and vegetables (which also help to hydrate you) and whole grain foods. You might also find that reducing the amount of dairy you consume, directly before you play golf or hit balls, might help you feel better.

It is important to recognize when you are overheated. Some of the signs of being overheated are: sweating profusely, increased heart rate, dizziness, headache, and vomiting.  If you experience any or many of these signs, it is important that you rest in a cool, shaded area, drink cool liquids, such as water or sports drinks, apply cool compresses, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean it isn’t golf weather! Make these small changes and you will be ready to play, even in the heat. Be sure to pay attention to your body. If you need help, please ask. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s to another great summer at Cape May Par 3 & Dover Par 3!!

See you out on the course,

Rick Jones

Oh Balls!!

We all think about clubs as we play golf– but what about the balls?? Every year, golf ball manufacturers research and develop all different kinds of golf balls to improve the game. When you are spending your hard earned $$s on golf balls, you want to make sure you buy golf balls that meet your needs. How do you pick out golf balls? Well, there is a general approach I’d like to share with you. Think back on the last few rounds of golf you have played. How did you do? Maybe you noticed your ball moves too far to one side. Your shots might lack distance or fly too low or too high. Or maybe you’re short on the greens.

 If you need more distance:

Choose a golf ball made out of two pieces. Golf balls with two piece construction have a cover and one piece on the inside. if you are looking for more distance and less movement on the ball, this is the right kind of ball. If you read the packaging, it will say: “extra distance” and “low spin” , which tells you that it is a two-piece ball. New golfers often use two-piece balls with very little spin.

 If you need a ball that curves more:

Look for a three-piece ball if you want the ball to curve more and stop faster on the greens. High spin balls also often fly higher in the air. Many three- and four-piece balls are designed to spin less when hit with a driver and spin more when hit with higher lofted clubs around the green. Pretty cool!

My best suggestion is to buy a sleeve of balls of various golf balls. Buy some that are two piece balls and some that are three or four piece construction. Play several rounds of golf using one brand and style of golf ball for each round. Pay attention to how the ball responds to your game. If you find one that works particularly well, you will be set!

Rick Jones

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

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


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 ( ), 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 She is my go to person, and she will be glad to help you with more details.

Good luck!
Rick Jones

Best Mini Golf Shot EVER!!

There is snow on the ground today– sooo tired of it! Looking forward to some great spring weather so we can all get in a round and some range time! Feeling sort of BLAH with the weather, and found this mini golf video on YouTube. It is so silly, I couldn’t help but laugh– lower your volume!! It gets a little loud. Perked me up– here’s to hoping it does the same for you! Feel free to share this on your Facebook page!

Take care,
Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range
Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

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

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!


Rick Jones