I’ve played some form of golf for the last three days here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Golf on December 12, 13 & 14 (9, 18, 18). Those may be the last rounds of the year though. Yesterday the course was green and today it is covered in snow.
Left: Yesterday - Right: Today
Last year the final round was 12/6. The next time I played a round of golf was the day after the 2010 PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, two months later.
It is nice to play golf this time of year, barring freezing to death. Those few rounds will help come spring, when the swing has gone “x” weeks in hibernation. I’m fairly satisfied with the scores from the three rounds, 37, 77, 77. When I have 40 layers of clothing which restrict swing flexibility, and my hands are freezing, shooting any score in the 70’s is good in my book.
Next tournament, 2010 Christmas Classic
Last year I won my first Christmas Classic tournament championship. I’ve been happily carrying around the trophy for a year and I’m looking forward to becoming the first ever player to successfully defend this championship.
Yet another classic case of the tough golf writing gig I have. Today’s tough test is to evaluate Vino Solo, a “wine on the go” concept recently launch by KDM Global Partners.
What is Vino Solo?
Vino Solo is a small (187ml) bottle of wine, which comes with its own drinking flute (drinking glass). For reference, a standard wine bottle is 750ml. The bottle, cap and flute come as one very light and conveniently sized package which is great for 1-2 servings of wine on the go.
Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club is the 2nd of my two golf course reviews from my recent HOG World Tour stop in Los Cabos, Mexico.
I had a terrific time in the warm and sunny conditions of Los Cabos, knowing my golf pals back home where staring out their windows praying for the snow to melt.
Puerto Los Cabos Overview
Puerto Los Cabos (PLC) is currently an 18 hole course, located a short drive from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I said “currently an 18 hole course” because the plan is to expand to 36 holes. The current nines are each one half of their respective future 18 hole tracks, and play as an 18 hole course.
Mission and Marina Nines
The front nine is called the Mission Course and is a Greg Norman signature course. The back nine is called the Marina Course and is a Jack Nicklaus signature course. I’ll be referring to them as the Norman and Nicklaus nines.
The two nines are definitely different, as different as the games which their famous architects had in their prime. I’ll try to spell out the differences in the “tee, fairway, approach, green” sections below. And who wins? Can Norman top Nicklaus?
In calendar year 2009 the last round I played was December 6. The next time I’d tee it up after that would be the Sunday after the PGA Show at the end of January.
After returning from my media trip to Los Cabos, I was pleasantly surprised to see that about 75% of the snow had melted, and that 80% of my home course was green.
Today I took out some gear to review, and managed to team up with my regular group at River Oaks to play 18 holes. The course was in surprisingly good condition and I made some long putts with two white putters I was evaluating. One putt was 60 feet (and worth several skins).
The temps this coming week will be above freezing, and even one day is supposed to hit 49. In December around here 49 is a heat wave. I hope to get a few more rounds in before Christmas. Good thing too, because I have a lot of gear in my review queue to get to.
I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, and this time won’t be the last. There isn’t a better gig out there than running this golf blog. As a result I have the pleasure of reviewing some of the best golf courses and golf travel destinations in the world. Los Cabos, Mexico is home to many of those courses and is certainly in the top tier of resort destinations. My tough duty today is posting a review of the splendid time I had at the Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos.
Palmilla Arroyo Course, #7 Tee – Beautiful view of the fairway and the Sea of Cortez – Click for more images
Palmilla Golf Club Overview
Palmilla is a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27 hole facility comprised of the Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean nines. The track meanders through the hilly desert terrain of Los Cabos, taking advantage of the local scenery, cacti and views of the Sea of Cortez. A large percentage of the holes have ocean views. There’s something very cool and relaxing about the contrast of the green fairways and having that cool blue background of the ocean. Contrast that with the perfectly manicured and colorful local vegetation, numerous types of cacti, and you get 27 holes of photo opps. As a result, I shot about 120 photos during my round.
I played 18 of the 27 holes, so my review and image gallery features the Mountain and Arroyo nines. I’ll have to return soon to review the Ocean nine. Hint, hint.