Modern technology has impacted golf in many ways: new materials, equipment modifications, golf GPS and scorecard apps on our smart phones, laser range finders, indoor golf simulators, and a variety of tools to provide instant feedback.
With all the sunny weather and multiple golf tournaments playing on TV over the past two weeks, I was bound to have a miss or two. And I will admit it; I should have paid more attention to the LPGA’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, which took place at Royal Birkdale July 10-13.
Recently I played 18 holes with friend and golfing competitor Kevin at Bucksport Golf Club, where I ended up getting an up close and personal lesson in something called “Slope Rating”. You see, Bucksport is a very nice, and challenging, nine-hole course, with a slope rating of 136.
Okay. I really hope I’m not the only golfer out there who feels a special affinity for one of their golf clubs. Actually, I have two clubs that I particularly trust and enjoy using. Golf equipment tends to be very personal, and people are drawn to different clubs for a variety of reasons.
Recently, I played nine holes at Hidden Meadows in Old Town with a good friend of mine, Dee Dauphinee. In addition to being a healthcare professional, Dee is an accomplished fly fisherman, published author, and a near-scratch golfer. He's also a natural teacher, and I've learned some great golf tips from him over the past few years.
In the course of a year, I usually play in two or three charity golf scrambles. They are fun events that raise money for some great causes. Believe it or not, until this year I had never participated in an open scramble, which many area courses host on a weekly basis (along with couples scrambles and senior scrambles).
In my search for all things useful as it relates to helping folks enjoy the wonderful game of golf, I thought having a professional trainer on the show, especially one who has actually worked with a golf pro, would be beneficial.
After much anticipation, I arrived at Pine Hill Golf Course on May 3 to participate in the ReMax Long Drive Local Qualifier. Jason Brooks and his wife, Katie, owners of the course, greeted me as I entered the clubhouse. Since my first goal was to not get hurt, I decided to warm up by hitting a bucket of balls on the range before competing.
As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, “Driving for Show,” this Saturday, May 3, Pine Hill Golf Course is hosting a qualifier for the ReMax Long Drive Championship. The competition is open to all as there are different categories for men and women and different ages. All you need to do to participate is show up at Pine Hill in Brewer between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., register, and compete.
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