Sadly, an Arthur Hills “links” style course here in Salt Lake looks to be closing at the end of this season. I could go into the politics of why this is happening, and talk about mismanagement and all that, but I’ll just say that we have a lot of new bike trails in town now.
View of Salt Lake City from Wingpointe’s 4th tee – click to see more
I played Wingpointe a few days ago and the greens were as good as ever. Unfortunately the fairways are not that great and the only good lie a player is guaranteed is on the tee. But that’s the nature of the beast when you are on soil full of salt from the Great Salt Lake.
Wingpointe Golf Course
That round a few days ago might be my last there. As much as I love the design and the greens, the whole experience is tainted by the poor fairways.
I have many great memories at Wingpointe, like the time I shot 31-41 for a very irritating 72. Won a tournament there too a couple of years ago.
Sad to see this course closing. It won’t be the last golf course closure here in Salt Lake I’m afraid.
During the last couple of practice sessions on the putting green I tried the technique Jordan Spieth sometimes uses on shorter putts. He will actually look at the hole and execute his putting stroke. He’s not looking at his golf ball or having his head/eyes down in the stroke. Conceptually it is not that odd. Think about foul-shooting in basketball. The shooter is looking at the basket, not the ball. Well maybe anyone but Shaquille O’Neal. No idea what he was ever looking at.
It was weird trying this technique. I made the first one. It felt strange and was very odd to see the hole, then have the ball appear in my field of vision, let alone being on the proper line and then going into the hole.
I’d say using this technique I was making a large percentage of the putts in short range. I was surprised to make as many as I did without even looking at the ball. I suppose that means my stroke is fairly pure and consistent, even when I’m not looking at the ball.
Will I put this in play? Nope. I make a lot of putts and I’m very confident in my putting. No need to mess with something that isn’t broken.
I’ve said many times that match play is my favorite form of golf. Despite losing a quarter final net match today I still do. Today’s match was an uphill battle all the way. The best part of my game, putting, was essentially nullified by newly punched and sanded greens.
Making putts in these conditions is not about skill. It is about luck. I’m not good at taking a full swing with my putter and feeling the ball compress. Just don’t have the right feel for it!
My opponent was a very nice chap from Colombia of all places. We chatted about Bogota and my trip there was was fun. Gross I beat him by four shots and he won the net match 2-and-1. That’s what getting five shots will do for you. I hope he does well in the next round.
I’m not mad this time around. It just wasn’t in the cards, the clubs, the sky, the grass.
Oh yeah the rock, mentioned in the title of this post. On the 7th hole I was in the left rough but in good shape since my opponent had a lost ball. I hit pitching wedge and heard a horrid thwacking sound. The ball went about 30 yards. I looked into the divot and there was about a five inch rock underneath my ball. My new Mizuno JPX-850 Forged pitching wedge broke the rock in half and took some bad battle scars. That blows.
The gear I bring to golf courses lately doesn’t seem to include golf clubs or a ball. I’ve been bringing one or more of my multi-rotor copters from my golf aerial photography/video fleet. Below is a shot I captured last weekend at Soldier Hollow, home of two great courses.
Aerial Photo: Soldier Hollow Golf Courses – click for more
In the photo above the closer holes are the “Silver” course, and the farther away holes on the side of the mountain are the “Gold” Course.
Below is a shot looking back the opposite direction, including the fantastic clubhouse on the right.
Soldier Hollow Golf Course and Clubhouse – Click for more
Unit folds into a very compact and easy to store size: 12.8″x26.4″x16.5″ folded
Weighs 16.8 lbs
Easy to push with large 10.75″ wheels
Accessory holder (car keys, phone, camera, etc)
Golf ball/tee holders
Umbrella holder (great for not only rain, but keeping you in the shade in the hot summer months)
On The Course
Before I get on course, let’s talk trunk to course. The unit is folded into a conveniently compact size at only about 13x17x26 inches. The trunk of my car is not big, but the cart fits fine along with my clubs.
After pulling the cart out of the trunk the unfolding and setup could not be easier. All that is required is to push ONE button. That’s it. That’s all folks. The unit unfolds like some kind of science fiction movie transforming robotic character. After a few seconds the unfolding is complete and you can slap your golf bag on it and be off to the first tee. I almost have more fun folding and unfolding this thing than I do playing golf. Check it out:
During the course of the round the EasyPal performs well. I have several 4-wheel push carts and it is just as easy to push as any other in my fleet (yes I have a fleet). I’ve played many rounds with this unit and still have yet to charge the battery. Obviously by the way, the battery needs to be charged before you can use it.
I’ve used the umbrella mount in rain and it does a great job. I like to use it in the hot summer with a large umbrella to keep the sun off me.
The accessory container is nice and big to hold the million things I seem to need to carry like my large cell phone, camera, golf pocket GPS, car keys, nutrition bars and so on.
When done with the round the one-button process is all that is needed to fold the unit up. One push and it folds by itself and then easily stores in the trunk of the car.
Obviously the auto folding and unfolding is a pro. The 4-wheel stability is a pro. The ease in which the unit glides over the fairways and even through some rough terrain is great. The accessory holder and scorecard holder are excellent.
This is not a motorized push cart. Just the folding is automated.
I find it funny that all these electronics, battery, charger, and extra weight are dedicated entirely to the folding and unfolding. So that the user can push this easy button, he/she then pushes around the extra weight of the battery and all the motors for 18 holes? My deal lately because of my thoughts on this has been to take the unit out, unfold it, take the battery out and leave it in the trunk while playing my round. That way I’m not hauling a battery around for miles for no reason…
The handle position is a little high on the unit and can’t be repositioned due to the folding gig. I’d like the handle to be a little lower. I’m not that tall.
Due to how narrow they are, the front wheels rub against the lower pockets in my golf bag. I have to remove the stuff from those pockets and push them down somehow to prevent the wheels from rubbing the bag.
It is important to remember to put the BRAKE on when folding or unfolding. On a hill once I started the unfolding and the cart started rolling away. I’m sure I expended more energy chasing the cart than I would have if I had to manually unfold it!
While unfolding this cart a gentleman in the parking lot at one of my local courses came over and inquired about it. He offered to buy it from me on the spot! There apparently is a demand for this type of thing! If you find your push cart to be inconvenient or too hard to fold or unfold, the GolferPal EasyPal just might be the answer for you. The awesome motorized features aside, it is a solid 4-wheel cart.