Grand Canyon University Golf Course

April 27, 2016

The Grand Canyon University Golf Course, which is home to the Antelopes men’s and women’s golf teams, already has a rich and storied history under a different name: Maryvale Municipal Golf Course. Maryvale Municipal was designed and built in 1961 by William F. “Billy” Bell, who most famously designed both courses at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Bell’s fingerprints can be found on courses throughout the West and Southwest. Bell did the…

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Graduation Day!

April 23, 2016

We’re outta here! After 16 long months, 31 of us (from 17 different states) graduated from the Golf Academy of America – Phoenix with a degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. It’s a degree in the game of golf, the business of golf, and the technology of golf, but I like to think of it as a Master’s Degree in golf. We join the ranks of the now 12,000…

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As a way to boost participation in the sport, the R&A has announced that 30 amateur golfers will play a nine-hole event at Royal Troon on the eve of this year’s Open Championship.

April 23, 2016
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Australia’s Adam Scott, the No. 7 ranked player in the world, will not be competing in the Rio Olympics this summer because of other “personal and professional commitments.” So much for love of country huh? Golf hasn’t been played at the Olympics since 1904.

April 20, 2016
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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Score Card Incident

April 20, 2016

Argentina’s Roberto De Vicenzo was all set to battle Bob Goalby in an 18-hole playoff at the 1968 Masters when he got the news that he’d signed an incorrect score card. What’s worse, De Vicenzo, who’d won the Open Championship the year before, was celebrating his 45th birthday that Sunday at Augusta. As noted USGA Rules Official Dr. Robin Farran explains in this week’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, score…

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Finals Week…

April 18, 2016

This week marks the final few days we’ll be wandering the halls of the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix. Our 16-month journey is almost over, but for those of us who elected to take a full course load in this our 4th and final semester (and at times have regretted our decision), we have nine final exams. Like I’ve said before, this is a real school with real homework, real tests, and…

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The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch

April 16, 2016

The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch in San Tan Valley was designed by Kenny Watkins and built in 1997. Watkins is a little-known golf course architect who also designed Golf Club at Oasis in Florence (AZ) in 1999. As you might imagine, San Tan Valley is about the last place I ever expected to be teeing up my golf ball, but there’s a backstory here. My Financial Management instructor at the Golf Academy, Michael…

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Todd Sones: Controlling Your Trajectory and Spin

April 14, 2016

You have to be able to control the trajectory and spin of your golf ball in order to score effectively. The Masters last week at Augusta National was a perfect example. Those guys had to control their trajectory and spin around the greens just to get the ball to finish close to the hole. But how do you do it? Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top…

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Jason Bohn is back on the course after leaving the Honda Classic in late February via ambulance because of a heart attack.

April 13, 2016
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