THURSDAY  | DECEMBER 6, 2018
by Ted Bishop

Basic golfer responsibilities, such as repairing ball marks, raking bunkers, replacing divots and following cart-directional signs, are being neglected like never before.

A playing partner of mine summed it up best. “You may not know all of the Rules of Golf, but even the most casual golfer knows that when you are in a sand trap, it is supposed to be raked before you leave.” It sounds simple, but unfortunately it doesn’t always happen, and it’s probably a bigger problem on public golf courses than it is at private clubs.

 



Timeless lessons from father of ‘ready golf’
To combat slow play, perhaps it would be instructive for today’s golfers to consider how the great Robert T. “Bobby” Jones Jr. approached each shot. Golf writer and Jones confidant Charles Price summarized it best in his book A Golf Story:

“What did the Jones swing look like? Well, if you didn’t position yourself in the gallery soon enough to see him pluck the club from his bag that he was going to use, you might miss the swing altogether, so free was his shot-making of preliminary nonsense.

 


30

Number of years that the QBE Shootout will have been played when the 24-person field tees off Friday at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The QBE Shootout, a PGA Tour exhibition, was founded in 1989 by Greg Norman and popularized as the Shark Shootout.

 



RADIO, TV AND PODCASTS

Hawk & Rude: 2018 in review
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the year’s biggest stories and dissect the “trending” factor among the game’s top players.


Grill Room powered by Vertical Groove Golf
The Grill Room salutes the late President George H.W. Bush. Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr., plus Morning Read founder Alex Miceli, share their personal experiences with “41.” The feature interview is with Skyigolf spokesman Jeff Babineau.




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Colony West Golf Club in Tamarac, Fla., reopened its Championship Course after a four-month project to renovate the 18 greens. Putting surfaces were restored to their original sizes from the course’s 1971 design and covered in TifEagle Bermudagrass.

 

Peakvision offers a variety of sunglasses for holiday gift giving, the company announced. Peakvision’s premier style, the GX5, is a full wraparound design popular with golfers that comes in black, white and royal blue.

 

AMPD Golf Performance will open a studio at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Monday, officials announced. Chelsea Burney will lead training at the new facility.

 

Thirty-seven Troon-affiliated golf courses were featured in Golfweek’s annual “Ultimate Guide” of best courses for 2019. Kapalua’s Plantation Course on Maui, Hawaii, rated No. 16 on the Best 100 Resort Courses list to lead the Troon courses.

 


CALENDAR
December 6-9
European: South African Open

Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa

Web.com Tour Qualifying Final Stage

Whirlwind GC (Cattail and Devil's Claw), Chandler, Ariz.

December 7-9
PGA Tour exhibition: QBE Shootout

Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla.


      
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