New USGA Rules Hammer “Old-Timers”

November 28, 2016

The United States Golf Association (USGA) did not have a great summer, to say the least. As I wrote a few months ago back in July, after-the-fact rulings nearly derailed two really exciting major championships in the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open Championships. While I think the USGA means well, I also think that sometimes it just can’t get out of its own way. As CBS golf commentator Dottie Pepper wrote,…

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Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson says he wants to run for mayor of Pensacola (FL) when he retires from golf.

November 28, 2016
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31st Annual Dove Hunt

November 20, 2016

By far, La Paloma Country Club’s most important event of the year is its annual men’s member/guest tournament, the Dove Hunt. La Paloma is Spanish for Dove, and the story goes that when the club was looking for new members back in the day, someone said, “Let’s go hunting for doves!” and the name stuck. Just because we were already nearly at capacity (450 members) and didn’t necessarily need to generate…

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Postcards From Arizona

November 18, 2016

By far, the most confusing aspect of the game of golf is the Rules. Thank goodness for Dr. Robin Farran. Dr. Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials. He helps write and edit the actual rule book. Dr. Farran is also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, and he’s kind enough to email out a…

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Todd Sones: Practice Like You Play

November 17, 2016

Practice like you play. It’s an expression you’ve likely already heard, several times, and from the likes of some of the game’s greatest instructors. Todd Sones is no exception. Todd is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor, a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach, and he also serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board. Todd says you want to practice the way you want…

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A Callaway golf bag, size 11 Nike Air golf shoes, and a Scotty Cameron ‘Big Sur’ putter once belonging to former President George H.W. Bush recently sold at auction for $30,000.

November 13, 2016
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La Paloma Junior Golf Team

November 10, 2016

One of the coolest things we’ve done since I started working at La Paloma back in May is also one of the accomplishments for which I am the most proud. This fall, we started a junior golf team! The idea came about over the summer when Aaron Quiroga, another one of our Assistant Golf Professionals, and I were discussing ways to improve the junior golf experience at the club, specifically, the after school junior golf…

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Book Review: Bobby Jones on Golf

November 8, 2016

Bobby Jones is probably best-known for co-founding The Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. But what he should probably be most known for is the Grand Slam he won in 1930, something no one had equaled before and no one has accomplished since. That year, Jones won the open and amateur championships of both Great Britain and the United States. Interesting was not the word one would have used to…

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Fall Demo Day

November 6, 2016

At La Paloma, we have two demo days during the year: one in the fall and another one in the spring. It’s a chance for members and guests to get acquainted with the newest equipment, talk to manufacturer sales reps, and if they’re so inclined, refresh their golf bags at a bit of a discount. The lower driving range, which has been closed for the last six weeks because of…

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