We’ve had record high temperatures this past week or two. While Boston is getting hammered with snow, ski town Utah is hitting 69 degrees and breaking February temp records by not just a degree or two, but seven! Last year my home course was closed from December 24th to March 1st. This year it is shorts and short sleeve polos on February 8th! That can mean only one thing…
Played with my local director of golf and a couple of other pals yesterday. It was my 2nd round in 2015 and 3rd round since November. It was sure to be a mess of a round with all the rust, right? Guess not. Shot a 70 somehow.
Fresh off the editing room floor is the video of the recently contested 2014 Christmas Classic golf tournament. The annual Christmas Classic is held every Christmas day at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy, Utah, snow permitting. If the course is open, the tournament is off. The tournament has been going for at least 10 years.
In this tournament a par-3 hole is picked. The hole can be a regular par-3, or like this year, one we make up. Each player brings 12 golf balls, custom marked so they can be easily identified in the snow. The closest ball to the pin is the winner.
This year we had a new competitor, Robert Lund. It was nice to have a new participant, and fantastic that Robert put his musical genius to work and quickly made up the new theme music, “The 12 Balls of Christmas.”
Yesterday, Christmas day, was a blast. Once again a few buddies and I continued on the annual “Christmas Classic” golf tournament, where we hit the 12 Balls of Christmas. The winner is the player whose ball is closest to the pin. Usually we pick a par-3 hole, or as was the case yesterday, we make one up.
The competitors left to right: Robert, Kevin, Dan, Tony (me) – Click to see more photos…
Yesterday’s hole for the championship featured the teeing area of the par-3 3rd hole. From there we hit back over the bridge to the par-4 2nd hole green. The shot was about 147 yards, with a light snow flurry blowing from left to right (a north wind of course).
The competition was fun and when we arrived at the green to see who the champion golfer of the year would be, my friend and really good guy Dan was the winner. He knocked a shot to about two feet!
2014 Christmas Classic Champion Dan! Well Played! Click to see more photos…
Congratulations to Dan, the champion golfer of the year. That’s a fine shot, old chap.
You’ve procrastinated just about long enough, now you’re not sure what to do for the golfer on your Christmas list! Here are a few quick ideas for you, most of which you should be able to pick up just about anywhere golf equipment and accessories are sold, or at your local golf course.
Fill your golfer’s stocking up with golf tees. Seriously. We golfers can never have too many.
If your golfer wears a glove, pick up one or two. Golf glove wearers can never have enough. If you’re not sure what size or brand to get, sneak a peek inside your golfer’s bag and check out one of his/her gloves in there.
Just like golf tees, we golfers can NEVER have enough golf balls! Not sure what brand your golfer likes? Just like the glove gig above, take a peek in his/her bag and see what balls are in there. If it’s a mixture or you’re still not sure, I’d go with a Bridgestone Golf ball.
I built up quite a large amount of prize money at my city course, a large chunk due to my best finish in the Salt Lake Amateur (2nd).
My first world problem was having to spend about $1,400 in the pro shop before the season ends. That may seem like an easy task for an average golfer. I’m not an average golfer. Because of my golf websites and connections, I have every golf club, golf apparel item, golf accessory, and golf product known to man. I can’t go to the bathroom at 3 a.m. without tripping over some kind of swing training device. That last thing in the world I want to do is spend $1,400 on golf stuff.
So the task was to find a way of spending $1,400 without buying anything golf related. Tough to do when the only place you can shop is the pro shop at the local city course. Once I realized the course was an Ecco dealer, I asked the pro if the shop could get Ecco street shoes, not golf shoes. He had never ordered them before, but checked with the rep and sure enough he could order any Ecco shoe which was available.
I ordered SEVEN pairs of Eccos. Some are standard street shoes. Some skate shoes. I even got some unbelievable hiking boots. The lovely lady even benefited by receiving a pair of lady lightweight shoes and a set of amazing hiking boots.
If the 7 pairs of shoes fit, wear them
I’m going to be set in the street shoe department for a while.
The good news? I don’t have the exact number, but I think I’ll still have $300-$400 left to spend. I wonder if they deal in Kentwool socks…