San Marcos Golf Course

August 10, 2015

In 1913, Dr. A.J. Chandler opened the San Marcos Hotel, the first building with electricity in the city that would eventually bear his name, and the nine-hole San Marcos Golf Course on 100 acres of land on the east side of Arizona Avenue straddling what is now Chandler Boulevard. A year later, nine more holes were added, and the original course which consisted of oiled sand and cottonseed meal greens was planted with rye grass, giving…

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dbg on Golf

As good as he’s been, Jim Furyk is now 0 for his last 11 when leading or tied for the lead after 54 holes.

August 9, 2015
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Golf Academy Open House

August 8, 2015

One weekend each semester, the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix invites current and prospective students to bring their friends and families out to campus to show them around and to tell them what they can expect when they arrive for the upcoming semester. Today’s turnout was better than average. I counted 30 people in attendance, while the average showing is usually somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6! I was one of…

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Golf Performance Enhancement: Warming Up

August 7, 2015

Confidence comes from building a routine. When you’re getting ready to play in a tournament of any significance or importance – one that really matters – you should try to give yourself the best possible chance to succeed. That’s the point PGA Professional Gary Balliet was trying to get across by moving Golf Performance Enhancement (GPE) out of the classroom and onto Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. Gary was and still is…

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Arizona Biltmore Golf Club: Links Course

August 6, 2015

The second of Arizona Biltmore Golf Club’s two courses is the Links Course, designed by Bill Johnson. It opened in 1979, and while the Adobe Course is more of a parkland-style course, the Links Course is exactly what it says – a true links-style course in the heart of Phoenix. And it’s right in the middle of the city. On the front nine, the course weaves its way through office buildings…

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Environmentally-Sensitive Areas (ESAs)

August 6, 2015

In the 16 years or so I’ve been playing golf, I’ve never run into an environmentally-sensitive area or ESA out on the golf course. But they are out there. PGA Professional Ed Ekis was telling us a story recently about the ESA that runs along holes 2-5 at McDowell Mountain Golf Club (formerly Sanctuary Golf Course) in Scottsdale. He told us there were days when the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality…

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Phil Mickelson’s Secrets of the Short Game

August 5, 2015

I think Phil Mickelson has the best short game I’ve ever seen, and over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been watching Mickelson’s Secrets of the Short Game in Advanced Elements of the Short Game. We’ll watch a segment or two before pausing the DVD to hear whether or not PGA Professional Jay Friedman agrees with Mickelson’s philosophies. It’s tough to argue with a man who’s won five major championships and…

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Golf Club Assembly: How to Build a Wedge

August 4, 2015

The final step in our evolution as amateur club builders is building a wedge. So far, we’ve built a 3-wood, a putter, a full set of irons, and a junior set, but a quality wedge set is arguably the most important series of clubs in your bag. You need your wedges to help you score. There’s just one problem – wedges are the hardest clubs to hit straight. The increased loft makes…

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