Ballyneal is a private golf club located a few minutes from Holyoke Colorado. I had the pleasure of playing it before it opened, and wrote a review about it last year. The designer is my favorite, Tom Doak.
While eating some lunch and reading the September issue of Golf Magazine, I stumbled upon their Top 100 Courses in the U.S. and Top 100 in the world lists. I spotted Ballyneal at #46 in the U.S. and #82 in the world.
Me hitting a shot out of a fairway bunker at Ballyneal
Ballyneal Photo Gallery
There are over 130 photos of Ballyneal in the Hooked On Golf Blog Ballyneal Photo Gallery.
My “other” site is called The Golf Space. TGS is a free golf networking and community site. I’d say it’s everything for golfers that myspace is for strippers and teenagers, only without the porn and spam…
At TGS each member (over 2300 now) has his or her own profile, blog, matchmaker, photo galleries, golf equipment list, game overview, golf stats, golf records and a zillion more items. TGS also has monthly contests and golf prize giveaways from TGS sponsors.
Anyone, even other golf networking sites, can have a free account and network themselves or their products and services. Unlike many golf forums and sites out there, I don’t “ban” people just because they have a product or service that competes with a site sponsor and I don’t “ban” people because they are or aren’t affiliated with other golf sites who consider themselves “competitors.”
Some time while I was asleep last night the 1,000,000th visitor stopped by The Golf Space. TGS opened during Masters week 2006, so that puts the average at about 64,000 visitors per month. That’s “visitors” and not “hits.” Hits would be in the zillions…
I’m very happy to provide a free resource for golfers like TGS and I’m very happy to see the growth since it’s all from word of mouth advertising. TGS has no paid ads out there and mostly relies on new members generated by HOG and by other member referrals.
Spam free since December 2006
During the first half year or so TGS was hacked and brought down, and some spammers got in. They were posting erectile dysfunction spam, porn spam and other garbage. I implemented several countermeasures, like captcha and the “favorite pro golfer” fields to the profiles as a result. I’m happy to say those spammers haven’t gotten through since December 2006.
Visit my profile and get a flavor for TGS if you haven’t already:
My pal GolfBlogger has revamped most of his site with a new look and style. I have been so used to the old version over the last few years but I must say the new look is very sharp.
GolfBlogger is one of the original and best golf blogs so go check it out. Now if I could just get him to remove dead 2004 golf blogs from his blogroll so google doesn’t feed on them…
Oh man, before I say something like that I’d better check my blogroll… 🙂
FedEx Cup wild card round
Tiger Woods is sitting out for this week’s first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. We can just say he’s secured a first round bye. Vijay Singh missed the cut. Phil Mickelson is probably too far back to win.
I guess this first round we can look at like the wild card rounds in the NFL. With players like K.J. Choi, Hunter Mahan, Rich Beem (134th in FC points) and Woody Austin all in contention, that seems reasonable.
THE most exciting golf on TV this week is the U.S. Amateur at the Olympic Club. It’s down to two players, Colt Knost and Michael Thompson. 36 holes of pure, intense match play–my favorite kind of golf. Both players are already in The Masters and the U.S. Open.
Two measly hours of coverage?
So today’s TV coverage of the U.S. Amateur is from 4-6pm ET. Um, I think it takes longer than two measly hours to play 36 holes of match play.
It’s been a while since I’ve done the golf blog rounds. I’ve been so slammed with golf equipment reviews and golf course reviews I haven’t had a good opportunity. I’ve got well over 100 golf blogs listed in the HOG Master Links section. If you have a golf blog which isn’t in my blogroll, let me know and we’ll exchange links.
My Golf Buddy
My friend Paul runs a great golf site called My Golf Buddy. They connect golfers who are looking for buddies to play. MGB is a golf networking site yes, but very different than The Golf Space. My Golf Buddy has updated its golf blog to a new locale here. Glad to see they’ve gone more original and aren’t using blogger and the tired old blogger templates anymore. So drop by, say hello and tell them HOG sent ya.
My golf blog pals
Eat Golf: Not much activity lately since Rich is doing a lot of financial blogging.
Grouchy: Always an entertaining take on golf or life.
Bogey Lounge: Golf is one of many iLounge sites my Greek golf blog pal operates.
Golf Blogger: One of the original and best golf blogs.
Golf Chick: My favorite female golf blogger. The queen of golf blogging!
GOGRIP: The blog of HOG friend and golf club company Golf Research In Play.
Jay Flemma: Jay and I have played a bunch of golf together. Jay is never at a loss for words.
Luke Swilor: Is a pro trying to make it to the PGA Tour. Luke is a pal and we played golf last week.
Golf Babes: If I’m having a rough day, stopping here usually helps.
Golf Girl: The only thing hotter than women who golf is women who golf blog.
Scruffy: Scruffy is a new buddy. He and his pals are golf cartoon characters.
Geoff Shackelford: Golf writer and blogger. Possibly the most prolific golf writer on the web.
2200+ golf bloggers under one roof
The Golf Space, my golf networking site, has over 2200 members now. Each with his or her own golf blog. So in addition to all the golf blogs I have here, there are thousands more golf blogs which can be read here.
I can’t mention everyone. So any whining or sniveling about your blog not being mentioned here will result in a two stroke penalty…