Aug 21, 2015

Margaritaville at the Wyndham & An Island-Inspired Golf Escape to Win

       The Ocean Course at Wyndham Rio Mar                                                via Wyndham Rio Mar                                

At this week's Wyndham Championship, somewhere between the first hole and the club house, you'll come upon Margaritaville, that mythical place where the background music is island-inspired and ice is always in the blender.

Margaritaville at the Wyndham is a fan experience that transports golf spectators to the tropics with a huge tented boardwalk where a laid-back vibe, an ample supply of Adirondack chairs and frozen concoctions of all flavors, make for a relaxing respite from the on-course intensity. A myriad of Margaritaville merchandise will be on display and available to shoppers and there'll be live music daily as play winds down. 

If all of this has you yearning for a tropical golf vacation... and you can't make it to Greensboro this weekend... you may want to try an alternate route to paradise: the Riddles in the Sand Sweepstakes with Margaritaville Vacation Club.

Enter for a chance to win a seven day, six night stay at Wyndham Rio Mar resort in Puerto Rico (including 2 rounds of golf) plus a round trip flight to and from the San Juan airport and an $800 American Express Reward Card which can be used for the winner's choice of spa treatments, resort excursions, meals and/or... more golf!

The Sweepstakes ends October 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST and is valid only to residents of the contiguous United States (excluding Rhode Island) who are 21 and older. See Sweepstakes Details below.

Sweepstakes Details: No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your odds of winning. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Retail value of prize is approximately $8,000 USD. Sponsored by: Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC, 6900 Turkey Lake Rd., Ste 200, Orlando, FL 32821.

Aug 19, 2015

How To Bid On Remarkable Golf Antiques In A Green Jacket Auction

1920s Meriden silver plate bar pitcher                  Green Jacket Auctions

Golf has a very rich history; a history that includes many fascinating people, and singular places unique to the game. For both players and fans, golf history is often a significant part of what makes the game so appealing.

Fortunately, every now and then, an auction comes along, that presents the chance to own a piece of golf's past. Right now for example, Green Jacket Auctions is holding its Summer Golf Auction, featuring over 1000 lots of art, antiques and collectibles.  

In addition to golf clubs and equipment from various different eras, the bounty includes historic tournament guides, programs and flags, many of them signed by iconic champions of the past. You'll also find silver and gold sculptures as well as a myriad of awards and trophies from a multitude of tournaments.

Sterling Silver Match Holder featuring an Ivorine Scorekeeper        Green Jacket Auctions
Personally, I've got a number of items on my watch list, among them an extraordinary Sterling Silver Match Holder from the 1920s. What makes it particularly unique is the tiny ivory scorecard affixed to the outside of the case. I'm half in love with it already. 

I've also got my eye on an ultra-whimsical golf trophy and an acorn shaped tee box marker from Oak Hill CC, among other things.

The auction is now live, but bidding ends on August 22, so now's the time to check out the treasures. You can peruse the collection, get additional information and place bids at the Green Jacket Auctions website

If this is your first foray into the world of online auctions, you may also want to review the protocol, so as not to miss out on the item of your dreams due to a beginner's mistake. The bidding rules... as explained by Bob Zafian and Ryan Carey, the guys behind Green Jacket Auctions... can be found HERE.

Good luck with your bids!

Aug 14, 2015

The Appropriate Attire For Casual Fridays. In August. IMHO.

Option #1 - Golf Dress, Golf Cap, Sunglasses, Golf Shoes 

Option #2 - Life Vest, Visor, Sunglasses
Option #3 - Bikini, Sunglasses

Jul 10, 2015

A Couple of Notes From Our Golf Vacation in France

2015 Alstom Open de France                                                                                            Golf Girl Media

When it comes to tourism, France is the world's most popular destination. From Paris to Provence... from the sparkling shores of the French Riviera to the snow-capped slopes of the French Alps... tourists come to France from around the globe for the iconic art and architecture of its cities and the striking natural beauty of the French countryside.

Golf however, is not something travelers often associate with France. Despite its 700 golf courses... 22 of them ranked among the Worlds Top 1000 ... golf tourism in France is not yet a major thing. Spain, Portugal and the UK are far more popular with golf travelers at this point, but as France prepares to host the 2018 Ryder Cup there are myriad efforts underway to highlight the many exciting golf travel possibilities in France. Whether it's attending a professional golf tournament, playing in an amateur golf event or enjoying the pleasures of one of the country's sublime golf resorts, the possibilities are endless... and enchanting.

We're into the second week of our French vacation and enjoying every awesome minute.  The Alstom Open de France which took place during a warm, sunny week at Golf National, was stellar. We're now spending time in the French Alps and looking forward to a twilight round this afternoon at Evian Resort.  Next week we hope to play a few rounds at other courses in the area.  We'll be posting more detailed chronicles in the coming days.  Meanwhile watch for our social media dispatches. A bientot.

Jun 25, 2015

The Travelers Championship - 10 Tips for Savvy Golf Spectators

Here in Connecticut we've got the perfect antidote to your yearly post-US Open hangover; it's called the Travelers Championship and it's an event we nutmeggers look forward to all year.

Our state's biggest sporting event has a colorful history and charitable tradition, with benefits that extend well beyond the yearly week of golf festivities.

Today's opening ceremonies at TPC River Highlands launch a week of activities leading up to Sunday's final round.  The field is fantastic and the forecast is fine, so if you're anywhere in the area this week, a trip to Cromwell is something you'll surely want to try for ...and to make your Travelers Championship experience all the more stellar I've got some tips for you.

Provided by the experts at TPC River Highlands... who've hosted the tournament for thirty years... these pointers will ensure that you get the most out of your spectator experience:

1.  “Watch players warm up. It’s a great way to get close and see how good the pros really are when they are hitting shot after shot exactly how they want to. ” * you'll definitely want to watch swings and short game drills at the impressive practice facility but there's also a practice green next to the club house and leaderboard where players tend to practice earlier in the day. I've observed some interesting drills... and amusing interchanges... there over the years.

2.    “Keep an eye out for property maps and pairings guide as you enter the grounds and make a plan for the players or groups you’d like to see throughout the day. Having a map of the facility will make it easier to jump to different locations.” * Check the large video boards in numerous locations throughout the course to see which pairings are approaching the green... and to keep up with a changing leaderboard.

3.   “The best holes to watch and learn are holes 15-18.  This is a great final stretch to watch the TOUR players handle the pressure and finish off a great round. You will pick up tips on how to play difficult shots and/or use proper course management.”

4.   “Check out the merchandise tent early in the week, specifically Pin Flags – they are the first to sell out. Too many people wait until Saturday and Sunday thinking they’ll restock, but the best selection is found earlier in the week.” * Last year I bought an awesome wide brim visor, I'm pretty sure those are going to be popular this year as well.

5. “The best spots to watch the most amount of golf is behind the 4th green so you can see the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th hole or between the 15th and 16th hole for some awesome action.”  • • MORE TIPS -->

Jun 22, 2015

Jordan Spieth's US Open Win Elicits Amusing Tweets From Female Fans

With yesterday's victory at Chambers Bay, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth became the youngest player ever to win both The Masters and The US Open.

It was a grueling championship, even by US Open standards, but the preternaturally mature Texan was his usual, ultra-polite, perfectly balanced self as he embraced his family, received the trophy and spoke to press.

And while his extraordinary skills on fairways and greens have many fans calling Spieth "the future of American golf", his gracious ways, quiet confidence and family closeness have the newly-minted US Open Champion is being tweeted about as... well... the outdated expression "husband material" comes to mind. 

A barrage of inquiring... and sometimes imploring... tweets began to flow the instant Spieth was declared the winner... and when his beautiful long-time girl friend, Annie Verret wasn't immediately spotted at the awards ceremony, well, lets just say the excitement was palpable.

... and...Jordan Spieth as son-in-law is also an appealing prospect:

Oh my! Well, you can follow Jordan Spieth on Twitter at @JordanSpieth .

Jun 16, 2015

Chambers Bay: A Polarizing US Open Site & A Very Cool Wedding Venue

Groomsmen at a Chambers Bay Wedding - Wallflower Photography

As a US Open Venue, Chambers Bay Golf Course is shaping up to be rather... controversial.

While some PGA Tour players are lamenting its firm, sloping fairways and barely discernible greens, others are praising the coastal track for a links-like purity they feel will encourage creativity and reward resourcefulness.

Indeed, the players are already somewhat polarized, and the split is sure to grow as the competition heats up. One thing they'll all undoubtedly agree on though,.. and this has nothing to do with pin positions or tee box length... is the multi chromatic magnificence of a Chambers Bay sunset.

With views that cross the Puget Sound to the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, it's a setting of such singular beauty that at the end of the day (literally and figuratively) Chambers Bay is likely to charm even those befuddled by its myriad idiosyncrasies.

So just imagine how sublimely romantic a Chamber's Bay wedding would be? Actually, you don't have to imagine. In addition to its status as host to the 2015 US Open, Chambers Bay Golf Course is renowned for its weddings, and Wallflower Photography, a photo studio in nearby Tacoma, features photo galleries from weddings they've shot at Chambers Bay on their website.

Chambers Bay Wedding photos often feature relics of a gravel pit past... and the Lone TreeWallflower Photography

The unembellished natural beauty of the site... along with the massive sculptural relics of the course's history as a gravel mine... provide an interesting and edgy photo backdrop.  The lone tree and the freight train are at once odd and endearing.  Perusing the galleries I clearly get the sense that the couples who chose Chambers Bay were seeking something out-of-the-ordinary, and that's what they got... in a good way.

Of course wedding celebrants don't have to worry about unexpected undulations or oddly placed pot bunkers. Such concerns will belong to the PGA Tour players as they venture out later this week.

This ultra cool photo captures an impromptu sword fight overlooking the links  -  Wallflower Photography