Randolph North Golf Course

August 30, 2015

Of Tucson’s five municipal golf courses, Randolph North is the longest and the best. It opened in 1925 with sand fairways and cottonseed greens at Randolph Park, an oasis left to the city by American railroad tycoon Epes Randolph in the early 1900s on land he stipulated must be used for parks and recreation. The greens were sprayed with oil to keep them from blowing away, and they had to be raked after each group…

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Todd Sones: Knock Down Shots

August 28, 2015

Chicago is the Windy City. Todd Sones would know. He works at White Deer Run Golf Club in Vernon Hills, Illinois, about an hour outside Chicago. Todd is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He currently serves on the Golf Academy’s National Advisory Board. We don’t get a whole lot of wind in Arizona, but…

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The Gallery Golf Club: South Course

August 27, 2015

Set deep in the narrow canyons of the Tortolita Mountains in north Marana is The Gallery Golf Club, a 36-hole desert golf paradise. The North Course was designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought and opened in 1998. The more famous South Course was also designed by Fought but opened four years later. It’s more famous because it hosted the PGA Tour’s Accenture Match Play Championships in 2007 and again in 2008. If you remember,…

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The No. 1 Putting Training Aid on Tour

August 26, 2015

Over the years, I have purchased several EyeLine Golf training aids: the Sweet Spot 360 (for putting), the Speed Trap (for swing plane and chipping), and most recently, the Putting Alignment Mirror. Since its inception in 2002, the company based out of Greeley, Colorado, has come up with some of the industry’s most ground-breaking training aids. EyeLine Golf is the No. 1 training aid company in professional golf, and in 2013 alone, over 230…

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Todd Sones: Play Under Your Body

August 19, 2015

In the golf industry, posture is a popular topic. Todd Sones is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He currently serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and says when it comes to playing posture, it’s easier to play golf under your body than around your body. Todd says golf is a side-on game,…

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Final Exam Season: Advanced Elements of the Short Game

August 18, 2015

It’s finals week at the Golf Academy, so we’re reviewing all the things we’ve learned throughout the semester. The two most technical classes we’ve taken have been Advanced Elements of the Short Game with PGA Professional Jay Friedman and Golf Club Assembly & Repair with PGA Professional Gary Balliet. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned in Advanced Elements of the Short Game: * Scoring statistics indicate…

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