Saturday, December 27, 2014

Book Review: Church of Golf

A lot of us wish to have 2nd chances. Some are simple mulligans that we take on the golf course, but most mulligans don't come in life. So is the story revealed by the author of a very enlightened book: Church of Golf.

The main character resembles a close friend of his that got caught in the addiction spiral, and did not make it out at the other end.
The story is about a guy that had fame, lost it, then had an opportunity for a mulligan from an Aunt... if he lives on a religious communal village for 3 years...oh, that happens to be on a golf Hawai'i...and after the 3 years he is bequeathed $3 million dollars.


Well, I'll leave you to find out what happens in this very engaging book that is light, yet allows you to think about the main character Donald, and take sides with him on deciding whether the grass is really greener over there

The real mulligan happens in the Postscript when the author reveals how he lost his friend, and decided to write this story, and model character Donald after him.
In doing so, the author Spencer Stephens got his mulligan in being able to think of his real friend Donald in a better place than where he ended.

That is a very cool story.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review

I recently read How to Become a Scratch Golfer written by humorist Patrick Campbell. Written in the 60's, this Irish columnist for the London Times has a biting wit that takes the stuffinest out of golf.

This tongue-and-cheek look at what one needs to do to become a "Scratchman" is a very funny read, that suggests that golf for amateurs across the pond has the same satirical wit as it does in the States.

Chapter 6 is alone worth the read as it describes of how one must fake-it-to-make-it-mentality in golf...and realizing that not much has changed in today's terms.

You can find this book and other great classics at many of the best classic golf books—13 books by Bernard Darwin, books by Herbert Warren Wind, Bobby Jones, Hagen—and a new selection of architecture books—including MacKenzie’s Golf Architecture.

 All holiday orders get 25% off by using the order checkout code of ‘ darwin ’.

 Keep it in the short-grass,


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Plug for crowdfunding for golfers

My name is Justin Bryant and my company just launched yesterday evening. We are a crowdfunding platform that specifically caters to funding the careers of aspiring professional golfers. Currently, we have 3 professionals with campaigns: Charlie Harrison, Christian Heavens, and Natalie Sheary. Harrison and Heavens are both current contestants on the Big Break Myrtle Beach and Sheary is an LPGA Tour Rookie, who was the ACC Individual Champion and ACC Player of the Year in 2009. 

All the players are offering exciting rewards in return for sponsor contributions including golf lessons, space for logos on their apparel and golf bags and Sheary is offering a sponsor a chance for 2 people to spend the day on the course with Natalie Sheary and Karren Stupples, Women's British Open Champion and Golf Channel Analyst.

*Next week we are launching a player's campaign who is offering the chance for 2 sponsors to spend the day with Webb Simpson!!

Thanks for your time

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Book review

It hits me on page 118, when The Golf Book sums-up my reading experience. In writing about Augusta National, author Chris Millard offers-up MacKenzie's Thirteen Principals of Golf Course Architecture.

As I review these principles, I will anyone fortunate enough to own this book, that The Golf Book is  parallel to MacKenzie's beliefs...transitioning from golf course to book.

The Golf Book is a time-capsule of the last 20 years of golf, as documented by The Golf Channel...a crazy idea born out of an unbending belief that a singular channel of 24/7 golf-on-the-tube, had a chance in the fertile, early days of cable.

The book grazes through events that sparked heavy interest in the viewing audience, and thus defined the legacy of what is today the 100-pound gorilla of golf-viewing.

The gem of this me, is the pages dedicated to golf courses, and the architects who sculpted these masterpieces of today...and tomorrow. Page-turning scenes of the most beautiful courses come alive and spur an inner desire to place each nugget in my bucket list.

Treat yourself to a walk down memory lane, and relive what has been a memorable 20 years of Golf Channel coverage.

As I read #12 of the Principles list: "There should be sufficient number of heroic carries"...I realize this book is filled with hero's that were carried by a heroic network.

Keep it in the short-grass,


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guest Post

Why You Should Golf in Ohio
Ohio is a state known for many things – the very first professional baseball team in the Cincinnati Reds, producing eight US presidents (more than any other state), and having a university that dominates in many collegiate sports. It is also known for its temperate weather and its golf; with 44,828 square miles of land, there’s plenty of golf courses in Ohio on which to tee off.
Golf is a highly popular pastime in the Buckeye State. This can often be seen in the many Ohio golf tournaments that take place as well as the variety of the local courses. Ohio offers both upscale options for the seasoned pro as well as laidback possibilities for the golfing novice. Muirfield Village, for instance, is a signature Jack Nicklaus course that is mirrored after Muirfield, Scotland. This is one of the golf courses in Ohio that caters to those highly serious about their game. Maplecrest Golf Course, on the other hand, offers a more casual atmosphere.  And, of course, there are golf clubs that offer something for players of all levels and attitudes.
Longaberger Golf Club is one of these clubs: it is the ultimate of all golf courses in Ohio. Not only does it offer the best golf in Ohio, but it also offers a bucketful of amenities. From the restaurant (The Overlook) to the clubhouse, the practice facility to the staff’s willingness to help coordinate overnight accommodations, this is one of the few golf courses in Ohio that offers the complete package. Longaberger is also known for its special events – it’s home to many of the golf tournaments in Ohio that occur each year and offers members of the public the opportunity to have their wedding at a golf course – that scenery makes for amazing photographs. As a golf course, Longaberger offers a unique experience in fact, the course has many accolades to back up this claim: it was rated the number one public course in Ohio by Golfweek magazine and rated number fifty-one on Golf Digest’s 2014 list of one hundred greatest public courses in America. Longaberger golf, Ohio locals know, has offered the public upscale, quality golf since its inception in 1999.  The course was designed by the famous golf architect Arthur Hills and features a majestic mix of beautiful scenery, 340 acres of rolling terrain, and parkland-style play. Centrally located only 40 miles from downtown Columbus, Nashport is the go-to place for players who are serious about having a nine iron experience that’s truly a ten.
Thinking of coming out to golf in Ohio? Plan it out and book a tee time at The Longaberger Golf Club. 

Keep it in the short grass,

Guest Post

What To Do After Experiencing the Best Golf in Ohio?

The Longaberger Golf Club is know all around the States to have the best golf in Ohio. The course is huge, beautifully maintained and famously scenic. However, after a long day golfing, there are many other places to visit for a full experience of Nashport, Ohio. Nature preserves, walking trails, horse riding and the worlds largest basket are all waiting to be enjoyed by tired sportsmen.
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
This gorgeous nature preserve is situated a fourteen minutes drive from the Golf course entrance. The main feature is a four mile gorge cut through the famous Black Hand sandstone formation by the Licking River. The calm waters are perfect for a canoeing excursion. Don't worry if you didn't bring your own canoes, there are well priced canoes for rent close to the parking lot.
If you prefer land to water, and enjoy the lush scenery at Longaberger Golf Club, there is a biking trail that rides through the forests. The plant life is rich and the path is sheltered by families of Oaks, Hickories, Virginia Pines and Mountain Laurels. On the northern exposures grow Yellow Birch, Cherry Birch and Eastern Hemlock colonies. In the spring it becomes an excellent site for those who love wildflowers.
Licking County Equestrian Center
Just eighteen minutes from the golf course lies an equestrian center. If golf carts and other form of non pedestrian travel are your style, try a lesson in horse riding. The Licking County Equestrian Center is a small farm surrounded on all sides by flat grasslands, and beyond them lush forested hills.
Are you already an avid horseman? Then bring your own horses and stable them for a negligible fee. The Nashport roads and countryside are famously horse friendly. 
Dillon State Park
If you are looking for a place to bed down and relax, Dillon State Park is the place to stop. A sixteen-minute drive from the Longaberger Golf Club, it offers clean facilities, a camp store and a place to do your laundry. Free Internet is available around the camp store for those who need it.
Activities are offered. Great fishing, free movie nights, stargazing sights with telescopes and a giant hill which gathers snow in the winter. Down this hill on homemade sleds fly the local children. Before the winter, however, are the fall leaves which rest throughout the wooded area and even onto the beach to serene effect.
T.J. Evans Panhandle Trail
A bare seven minutes from the course, the T.J. Evans Panhandle trail begins. Starting in the woods and winding its way through Amish country, the untouched path offers the most serene route back into town. The trail begins to track the Ohio Central Railroad and finds its way back into town where you will catch a glimpse of the world’s largest basket.
It serves as the seven story headquarters for the Longaberger Basket Company and is made from the same wood as the basket sold from it, only one-hundred and sixty times larger. Walk in to learn the history of David Longaberger, the man who kick-started the area's industry and gave his name to so many attractions, up to and including the home of the best golf in Ohio.
Planning to book a tee time at Longaberger Golf Club? See what else you can do while you’re visiting Ohio.
Keep it in the short grass,

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book review

This week I finished a softback book entitled 'Who is Harry Bigballs?' It is NOT for the faint of golfer.

It's about a group of guys that have annual golf-a-pallooza of their own kind....the type of event that hundreds of males try to get hall passes for every year.

Inside the read there are mash-ups of events you would see during your fraternity days on a golf course....did I mention only guys should read this....guys that are interested in reading about others' escapades during a golf outing.

There are clever golf games to try though, with instructions on how to play....but will assuradly get forgotten if your group drinks as much as this foursome.

So,this is not your mama's book on golf....unless you wallow in the enjoyment of the extremes of bad behavior.

Thank you for the read Harry...I think.

Keep it in the short-grass,