Author: John Mooshie

Girls Have Great Opportunities To Play College Golf

When it comes to college scholarships for junior golfers: Advantage girls Several years ago, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida, ran three separate junior golf tournaments. According to Dawn Mercer, Innisbrook’s Director of Instruction, the events drew 169 boys and 49 girls aged 19 and younger or a ratio of 4:1. This ratio is typical of junior golf participation. Since there are fewer girls than boys participating in junior level golf, the girls have many more opportunities to play on college teams. There’s no doubt that golf is fast becoming one of the most competitive of...

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The Golf Club at Rainmakers-Arguably New Mexico’s Best Course

When it comes to golf courses, many of those in New Mexico are as good as what are found in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado.  New Mexico’s Black Mesa, Outlaw, Paa-Ko Ridge, Sandia, and Twin Warriors are great designs, well maintained, and highly acclaimed.  But I found The Golf Club at Rainmakers in Alto (Ruidoso), NM to be a cut above in many respects. In 2008, Robert Trent Jones II crafted Rainmakers to blend a variety of design elements to fit into the natural setting that only the unique topography and characteristics of the Sacramento Mountain foothills and southern New Mexico can deliver.  Featuring a variety of plateaus and corresponding valleys, winding arroyos, unusual rock projections, and intense elevation changes, each of Rainmaker’s features blends perfectly into and is consistent with the dramatic surroundings of the landscape. Rainmakers’ routing mirrors an extended figure eight with both nines working in a clockwise rotation.  Most of the holes rest comfortably within their own environment yet maintain a sense of individualism from previous or approaching holes.  The front nine seems to be the more difficult and requires a much greater focus to manage the highly contoured fairways, gripping elevation changes, and treacherous arroyos.  The back nine provides an opportunity to score better yet still provides thought provoking decisions and stunning views of the panoramic setting. This slideshow requires JavaScript. Front Nine Highlights Playing...

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Champions Retreat-Nines, Wines, and Memorable Times

Some of the best golf courses in the country can be found at clubs you’ve probably never heard about. Champions Retreat, a private golf retreat in Augusta, Georgia, is one such club. I had never heard of it even though I’m very much involved in golf courses, their history, their design, and their facilities. Champions Retreat is not a wonderful Retreat because it has three nine hole courses designed by three legends of the game. It’s not a great Retreat because its food and beverage operation will rival the best in the country. And it isn’t 5 stars because...

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The No Name Golf Course That Was 35 Years Ahead Of Its Time!

There’s a golf course in Georgia, tucked into the middle of a 9000 acre plantation that is one of southwest Georgia’s preeminent, privately- owned conservation areas. The plantation features extensive areas of significant conservation value, including over 3,300 acres of natural upland forest (including almost 1,000 acres of rare longleaf pine), over 650 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, nearly 40 acres of  wetlands, numerous fresh water springs, and almost 5 miles of frontage along (a major river) the Flint River. The golf course, while not an afterthought, certainly takes a back seat to its surroundings. Designed in 1982 by...

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Ike’s Hike up Cardiac Hill

The 18th Hole That Gave Him a 2nd Term There’s storied history about Glen Arven Country Club in Thomasville, Georgia. Founded in 1892, Glen Arven is one of the oldest clubs in America.  It doesn’t get the accolades that some of the older courses get but Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and many of the other great golf legends walked its fairways when the Thomasville Open was a stop on the fledgling PGA winter tour. . While it’s not known who laid out the very first nine holes, the subsequent “Old Course”, as it was originally...

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Caddying: A Tradition from the Other Side of the Bag

Caddie history  Golfer:  Do you think my game is improving? Caddie: Yes Sir, you’re missing the ball much closer now. By definition, a caddie is “one hired to serve as an attendant to a golfer, especially by carrying the golf clubs”. Caddies are also called “Loopers” since they normally work in circles. They’ll often go out on the first nine holes with the sun coming up and can return on the back nine with the sun setting to finish where they started. Caddying is not rocket science. It’s much more complex because the caddie possesses a rather unique position...

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