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anonymous asked:

The Rock claims to have smashed a golf ball 490 yards with a driver. That is further than even the longest PGA professionals can hit it. Do u think he's on the gas?

The rock is on so much steroids it is a wonder he is still alive. He lost his hair early as a result of them.

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Earlier last week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

American politicians have had an affinity with golf dating back at least as far as William Howard Taft, the first-known president to hit the links. Since then, Democrats and Republicans alike have enjoyed game. But as hyperpartisan politics have become more commonplace in Washington, bipartisan golf outings have disappeared like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

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TPC Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Courses at PGA WEST Become New Sites for the CareerBuilder Challenge, the Annual PGA TOUR Event in La Quinta, CA

Standout courses will join fabled La Quinta Country Club
as sites for first event on the 2016 PGA TOUR West Coast Swing

The TPC Stadium Course, annually recognized as one of the top golf courses in the United States, and its PGA WEST sister course – the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course – will serve as two of the three courses for the  CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event in 2016. The announcement was made today by Desert Classic Charities (DCC), the host organization that has managed the tournament (formerly the Bob Hope Classic and Humana Challenge) since its inception in 1960.

The two PGA WEST courses will join long-time tournament mainstay La Quinta Country Club beginning with the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, continuing the event’s recent tradition of being played solely within the city of La Quinta. The 2016 tournament, the first with CareerBuilder as title sponsor, will be held during the week of Jan. 18 with official rounds scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.

“This will be the 56th year Desert Classic Charities has hosted a PGA TOUR event and throughout those years it has been played on some of the Coachella Valley’s most dynamic courses,” DCC President John Foster said. “This latest move reflects that perfectly. We take great pride in our history of challenging, interesting and diverse courses and we look forward to this latest chapter in our rich history, especially with our new title sponsor on board.”

The TPC Stadium Course, which will serve as the host course and site of the tournament’s final round, has a rich history all its own. The Pete Dye-designed course was built in 1986 and immediately vaulted into the ranks of the nation’s most unique and exciting courses. The TPC Stadium Course became not only a popular destination course, but a mainstay for professional golf events almost from its inception, including having been a part of this event in 1987 (when it was known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic).

The TPC Stadium Course has played host to the Skins Game (1986-1991), the PGA Club Professional Championship (1990), the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (1995-96) and along with the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course next door, the finals of PGA TOUR Qualifying School (1986, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006 and 2008).

Its most famous and iconic moment came in 1987 on its signature hole – the par-3 17th. The short hole, named “Alcatraz” because of its island green that nearly mimics the same hole on the Dye-designed TPC Sawgrass – home of THE PLAYERS Championship, has bedeviled golfers much like its Florida counterpart. But it didn’t unnerve Lee Trevino, who aced the hole to win a $175,000 skin during the 1987 Skins Game.

The TPC Stadium Course is currently ranked No. 40 on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses.” Its 17th hole is ranked No. 2 and the par-4 16th hole is ranked 12th among The Desert Sun’s “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.” The Nicklaus Tournament Course is a highly regarded and beautiful course in its own right. It played host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and 1993; its tricky par-5 15th hole is ranked 84th on the “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.”

“Having the iconic and fan-pleasing TPC Stadium Course as our host course lets us offer a number of exciting new hospitality venues and spectator areas,” Foster said. “The three closing holes are just spectacular, especially with the island green 17th shaping up as an incredible place to watch the greatest players in the world take their best shots. Earlier this month, we saw the excitement the 17th island green of the TPC Sawgrass course generated for fans at THE PLAYERS Championship. We can’t wait to showcase our own island green in January.”

Special early commitment opportunities for the hospitality offerings, including the exciting new Club 17 venue overlooking the island green, are available to businesses and individuals for a limited time. To learn more, contact Bob Marra at bob@DesertClassicCharities.com or 760-861-4242.

“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Desert Classic Charities and the PGA TOUR,” said Paul Cherrett, Managing Director of La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST.  “The TPC Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA WEST have a rich history hosting great tournaments. We welcome the tournament back to these world-class courses; courses that the public will be able to play as they walk in the footsteps of the pros.”

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PGA Professional tips on playing No. 16 at Firestone Country Club

Success at Golf

By ED TRAVIS

For the best players in the world golf is not easy which is odd since the concept is so simple—start here and hit a ball into a hole over there. But as even casual golfers know that’s really hard to do. 

So accepting the difficulty of the pastime we call golf (they were going to call it something else but all the other four-letter words were being used), recognize we only add to the frustration by playing courses set up so we have no chance of success. That doesn’t mean everyone but pros and scratch handicaps should play putt-putt layouts but suppose we define golfing success as having an enjoyable time with friends and a reasonable opportunity to make a few pars during a round? How about an occasional birdie on the card? 

You get my point. The game is a lot less fun and certainly we feel a lot less successful if, on a par-4, after hitting our best drive and a pretty darn good second shot we still must hit a mid-iron (or more) to reach the green. Sound familiar? It’s the idea behind the PGA’s program “Tee It Forward” which encourages golfers to play from a tee set ahead of where they usually play. Less distance, a chance to reach most if not all of the par-4s in two and maybe even have something less than a wood for the third shot on the par-5s.

It’s more fun too. Certainly a win-win for golfers and golf because if it’s more fun people will play more often and bring their friends. 

But what if you’re already playing the most forward set of tees and still can’t reach any of the par-4s in less than three or four shots? Or that you must hit driver on every par-3 (and are still short of the green)? And forget about the par-5s which are more like par-7s or par-9s. Players in this category have slower swing speeds and are effectively playing courses approaching 8,000-yards based on the relative distance they can hit the ball.

PGA Tour professionals don’t even play courses that long so we are asking these shorter hitting usually less skilled players to sacrifice fun, enjoyment and the thrill of making a birdie for someone else’s idea of golf. 

By and large these players are women, who along with juniors are the segments of the population where golf can find new players…its chance for growth. 

This notion shorter hitting women should tee it up on a course that for them is a 1,000-yards longer than the guys on Tour play is not a great way to keep anyone playing golf much less make it attractive to take it up. Then there’s the issue of holes with long forced carries or cross hazards in front of greens or bunkers placed so there’s no way to run a ball on to the green and one of my favorites—putting surfaces management has decided should emulate the contours and speeds of Augusta National during the Masters.

Boy, talk about a formula to back up play and drive all but the most fervent out of the game…you couldn’t plan it any better, even if you tried.

Put another way, our game has intellectual and emotional rewards that attract and keep people playing. It is also endlessly frustrating and a test of character like almost no other. So if we want to push people out—particularly ladies with the capability to hit their drives maybe 150-yards—making courses long and difficult is a sure to accomplish the goal. Plus playing from tees that are too long is a primary cause of slow play so the proper course set up goes a long way to solving the “I don’t have the time, it takes too long” reason why people don’t play or play less. Put everyone on a set of tees commensurate with how far they hit the ball and play is much faster.

What brought this all into focus for me was a booklet done by the PGA of America for its members entitled, “Setting Up Golf Courses For Success-A Critical Factor in Attracting More Women to Golf.” 

It’s filled with interesting solutions targeted at making courses more enjoyable for women. There’s some obvious concepts (though the vast majority of courses still don’t get it) such as a set of tees so women can hit short and middle irons into par-4s just like men rather than a fairway wood. Or how about setting up the course figuring out the correct set up to leave approach shots over cross hazards that can be hit with a lofted club so there’s some chance it will stay on the green rather than run over as it probably would if a fairway wood had to be used.

My favorite section though is “Tee Nomenclature” which tackles the traditional black, blue, white and red tee names, holdovers from a bygone era when gender and age somehow were the determinants of where you could play. How about dropping these preconceptions and naming tee sets after local landmarks, people or even just different colors than the “sacred” four. We need to change the negative connotation some men seem to have from playing “the ladies tees” or the inane testosterone-dripping “taking it back to the tips” or whatever else gets in the way of everyone playing the set of tees most suited for their skill level. 

Presuming of course there are a set of tees meeting criterion.

Which brings us back to “Setting Up Golf Courses for Success” and the basic idea if women can’t hit the ball over 150-yards there should be tees they can play to get the satisfaction and enjoyment inherent in the game. 

Images courtesy of the PGA of America

“Setting Up Golf Courses for Success” by Arthur D. Little, senior trustee of the Royal Little Family Foundation with support from golf industry organizations is available online at PGA.com