An interesting story I mentioned on the HOG Twitter a few days ago is making the rounds with the bigger news outlets like Reuters and Fox. Years ago a flood washed a bunch of 8-10 foot “man eating” bull sharks into a lake at the 14th hole of Carbrook Golf club in Brisbane, Australia. The water receded, leaving the sharks stranded in the lake. With plenty of fish in the lake to feed on, the sharks have thrived and even reproduced.
Golfers can see the fins of the sharks sticking up out of the water as they pass by and some even throw meat into the water to entice the sharks to the surface.
So the question is, would you reach into this lake to retrieve that expensive ProV1 golf ball?
Video Below – courtesy Fox News
HOG World Tour update! Had a fantastic day today at Moab Golf Club in Moab, Utah. Yes there’s more to do here than just hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, ATV-ing, going to several nearby national parks or shopping in this quaint tourist town. There’s a very fun golf course here.
Moab Golf Club - click to see more
I was quite blown away at the elevation changes and course layout, starting on #2. Very, very fun track. (more…)
This week on the European Tour is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews. The tournament is played on three St. Andrews area courses, the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Having played two of the three (Old Course and Kingsbarns) it is very enjoyable to watch the play and reminisce about my rounds there.
The ocean side holes at Kingsbarns are fabulous! Click to see more
I strongly recommend watching the final round if you can. The Old Course is the track for round four and unfortunately if you missed the previous rounds, you won’t see Carnoustie or Kingsbarns. Kingsbarns (pictured above) is one hell of a track that could give Pebble or any ocean side links a run for its money.
Next time I visit, Carnoustie will be on the play list.
Time for a serious rant about a golf course here I played today. Davis Park Golf Course, north of Salt Lake City up in Davis County, is normally a fantastic course with a great layout and conditions. The greens are usually excellent. So my Thursday group of four guys decided to take the hour long drive up there and play it our one time per year that we usually do. I was responsible for booking the time, called the Davis pro shop TUESDAY and booked a 10:30am tee time for today, Thursday.
When my approach shot on #1 hit the green I saw sand splash up. I looked at my buddy and we knew what that meant. The greens had been punched and sanded. Now I understand that course maintenance and punching may be necessary, but there was no warning on the phone, no sign at the pro shop, no mention by the people behind the counter. These greens are AWFUL. They’re so slow and bumpy that trying to make even a two foot putt is not even a 50/50 chance. My first putt of 10 feet, came up 5 feet short. The greens at this course were running at probably less than a 5 on the stimpmeter.
This is NOT fun golf and it is total chicken sh*t that this course didn’t disclose the conditions. Had our group known, we would have gone somewhere else. Of all the aspects of golf, I enjoy the putting component the most. This is where I’m the best and where my advantage is over my opponents. I couldn’t enjoy the round and couldn’t take advantage of my strength. We would have left to play somewhere else, but one player had a time commitment which prevented us from doing that.
Customer Non Service
I mentioned to the youngster in the pro shop that it would have been great if they disclosed the punching of the greens when I called and talked to them. He said “sometimes people in the pro shop don’t know.” Really? Turn around and look at the freaking 9th and 18th greens. They’re 20 feet from your window. I mentioned that they should post a sign or warning that the greens were punched, and he said that wasn’t regular policy. That is a poor non policy if you ask me.
How It SHOULD Be Done
My home course River Oaks is GREAT with these situations. They actually post a sign on the clubhouse and range shop entrances several weeks prior to punching, warning the clients. The week or so after the punch, the course posts signs to let the patrons know about the punched greens and offers a very deeply discounted rate. That is how it should be done.
Sea Pines has announced that their enhancements to Harbour Town Golf Links by Pete Dye have been completed.
Harbour Town, home The Heritage on the PGA Tour
The layout was lengthened by 150 yards, a handful of trees were removed to improve sight lines and a select number of bunkers were reshaped or extended to bring hazards back into play. Both TOUR players and resort guests will savor the challenge as the iconic 18 continues to evolve as the epitome of strategic design.
The press release from Sea Pines is here: Sea Pines Announces Pete Dye Harbour Town Enhancements Complete