U.S. Open Week: The History of Chambers Bay

June 17, 2015

I feel extremely fortunate to have played several of the courses on this year’s PGA Tour schedule: Augusta National (GA), Harbour Town (SC), TPC Sawgrass (FL), Quail Hollow (NC), Colonial (TX), Chambers Bay (WA), Grand National (AL), and Sedgefield Country Club (NC). By my count, that’s eight courses. Before I graduate from the Golf Academy, I’d also like to play TPC Scottsdale and Torrey Pines in San Diego. Chambers Bay, site of…

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Scoring With Pitching

June 16, 2015

The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay starts on Thursday, but at the Golf Academy, there’s plenty to talk about. In Advanced Elements of the Short Game, we talking about who we thought would win the tournament. PGA Professional Jay Friedman, who’s a little old school, said he thought anyone could win it because of the course set-up. He called it “silly golf” and said he thinks that the winning score…

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U.S. Open Week: What Makes Chambers Bay Unique

June 16, 2015

The 115th U.S. Open Championship is upon us! I actually got to play Chambers Bay back in May of 2013 while outside the Tacoma area visiting my brother. I still play all of my rounds using a Chambers Bay U.S. Open 2015 commemorative ball marker. I don’t remember much about the round that day or even what I shot, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. I…

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Now I know why the greens at Chambers Bay were so spotty when I played there a couple of years ago. Fescue grass!

June 16, 2015
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Q: What’s a LAS VEGAS?

A: A fun team tournament format that rewards birdies and can soften the blow of a weaker player’s score at the same time. Teams consist of an A and a B player, and the players’ scores are paired rather than combined to determine a team score. For example, if one teammate scores a six on a hole and the other teammate scores a four, the team score is a 46…

June 15, 2015
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Fabian Gomez may have won the St. Jude Classic, but Phil Mickelson looks poised to make another U.S. Open run.

June 14, 2015
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Encanterra Country Club

June 14, 2015

Encanterra Country Club is a Tom Lehman Design that opened in January of 2008 in San Tan Valley. Like Southern Dunes, it too feels like it’s out in the middle of nowhere, but Queen Creek and the surrounding areas are really starting to grow up around it. In another ten years, it won’t feel so remote. According to their web site, “Encanterra is what is called a ‘core’ design, meaning…

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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club

June 13, 2015

I first stumbled upon Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club a little more than two years ago while on my way to Yuma for work. To get there, you take the Queen Creek Road exit off I-10 to Maricopa, and then you turn right onto Arizona Highway 238 West – more famously known as Dead Cow Road. Because there’s really nothing of any significance to look at on the way to Yuma,…

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Imagine the impossible, and then figure out how to make it happen. -Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott/Every Shot Must Have a Purpose

June 13, 2015
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The Post-Round Tale of Annika’s 59

June 13, 2015

The textbook we’re using in Golf Performance Enhancement isn’t a textbook at all. It’s Every Shot Must Have a Purpose by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott. In this week’s class, we discussed what it means to “send your mind on vacation.” Annika Sorenstam’s worked with both women to strengthen her mental game, and it was one of the main reasons she was able to shoot an LPGA record 59 at…

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