When someone says "golf pin-up" or "golf calendar model" it generally brings to mind images like like this. Or perhaps, this. In other words, you picture a shapely lady in a revealing outfit... with maybe a golf club or two in the mix.
Well, earlier today I discovered a totally different kind of "golf pin-up". One with a slightly less... libidinous... aesthetic.
TurfNet.com is a site for golf course superintendents, the often under-heralded professionals who manage the labor, time, materials and financial resources needed to care for an manage the courses we play on. In addition to tutorials, job boards and equipment listings, there are myriad blogs and articles that provide an interesting and enlightening look at the extraordinary effort required to keep even the most modest golf courses up to par. It's a fascinating glimpse into the multi-faceted world of a profession that we golfers depend on for our favorite recreational activity... but that most of us know very little about. Then there's the calendar, and this is a feature that delightfully transcends golf.
It's the TurfNet Superintendent's Best Friend Calendar. Every year since 2002, 14 fabulous golf course dogs have been selected to grace the pages of this very special calendar.
The models are real cuties. There's also a video on the site that presents a number of beguiling golf course canines in all their photogenic glory. The variety of different breeds and the diversity of the courses they inhabit is remarkable, and the way the dogs pose... and project ownership of their respective domains... enchanting.
So when you've got a bit of time to spare head over to TurfNet, and check out the awesome golf course dogs. I guarantee they'll lift your spirits.