USGA Rules Official: Nearest Point of Relief

February 29, 2016

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy and is widely regarded as one of the top USGA Rules Officials in the country. As a testament to what he knows about the Rules (and we don’t), each week Dr. Farran sends out an email featuring different Rules scenarios. This week’s installment involves nearest point of relief: 1. Player A’s ball lies close to a course boundary wall. Player A,…

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El Conquistador Golf Resort: Conquistador Course

February 28, 2016

The second of the two golf courses at El Conquistador Golf Resort is the Conquistador Course. It was designed by Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin and opened in 1982, three years before the Canada Course. Usually this is where I write a little bit about the history of the course, but because I covered the backstory in my review of the Canada Course the other day, I think I’m just going to…

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Golf Academy Wins 2nd Straight NCCGA

February 28, 2016

The Golf Academy Club Golf Team has won its 2nd straight National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Tournament, this time at the El Conquistador Golf Resort in Oro Valley just outside Tucson. The team erased a three-stroke deficit to win the six-team Desert Regional by 18 shots. It also marks the 2nd consecutive event the GAA has trailed entering Sunday’s second and final round. The Academy trailed Grand Canyon University’s Club Team by three strokes…

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El Conquistador Golf Resort: Canada Course

February 27, 2016

This weekend, the Golf Academy Club Golf Team is down in Oro Valley just outside Tucson for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Desert Regional Tournament at El Conquistador Golf Resort. The school has participated in three NCCGA events since March of last year, and because students have to qualify for the eight-man team each time, it’s a real privilege. The GAA usually pays for hotel rooms and a nice dinner….

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dbg on Golf

PGA Tour officials say Jason Bohn suffered a mild heart attack following his second round at the Honda Classic.  

February 26, 2016
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Guest Speaker: The Theory Behind Dynamic Pricing

February 25, 2016

We had a really interesting guest speaker today in Management Study of Golf Operations. Chris Witham is a Regional Sales Manager at EZLinks Golf LLC, a PGA Tour affiliated company. Chances are, you’ve never heard of EZLinks, but you’ve probably heard of its online tee time retail service, TeeOff.com, now competing head-to-head with GolfNow. EZLinks is the industry leader in “software and services to power the operations and marketing needs of the golf industry.” Simply put,…

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Why Some Golf Instructors Are Successful

February 24, 2016

In Advanced Teaching with PGA Professional Jay Friedman, we’re always talking about the art and science of golf instruction. As this semester has unfolded, I’ve come to believe good golf instruction is more art than science, and by science, I mean technology. While K-Vest and TrackMan are great teaching tools, again, they’re simply tools, and should be treated as such. Jay follows and is one of only 400+ members of the “Old…

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Running a Golf Tournament

February 23, 2016

There’s a lot that goes in to putting on a golf tournament, and the Golf Academy has become exceptionally good at it. That’s because each year, the GAA puts on 60 tournaments for an average of 50-70 students per tournament. During your first three semesters at the Academy, Tournament Golf class is mandatory. It’s always on a Monday. If you have your sights set on passing the Playing Ability Test through the PGA of America…

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Criteria for Classic Golf Holes

February 22, 2016

There are several criteria that can be used to describe classic golf holes. We’re currently studying these criteria in Golf Course Design with PGA Professional Ed Ekis. According to Robert Muir Graves and Geoffrey S. Cornish, authors of Classic Golf Hole Design, “Golf hole are different, with each offering is own unique challenge and diversity. Yet all holes can be grouped into a few broad categories: holes are straight or…

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