It’s Thanksgiving morning and I’m enjoying a coffee while my little guy (4) plays with his train on the kitchen floor. What a great morning.
I’ve just arrived home from a tremendous HOG World Tour trip to Morocco. After 34 hours I arrived at 12:30am Thanksgiving morning. On the flight back I was thinking about how thankful I am for opportunities like this which come up because of this blog. Opportunities like this don’t just happen because you have a blog per se. They happen as a return for the hard work I’ve put in for the last 11+ years. Still, I’m thankful. Who would have imagined that I’d be visiting an incredible mosque in Morocco because of a golf blog?
I was also thinking about all the great people I’ve met through having a popular golf blog. Some are simply business associates in the golf industry, and many have developed into very good friendships which will last a lifetime. I’m extremely thankful for the connections I’ve established in the golf world. I’ve met so many interesting, smart, creative, and great people. You have enriched my world and for that I thank you.
I’ve played different versions of “Vegas Golf,” the game where you have casino chips representing different good and bad situations that happen on the golf course. Recently I put the Vegas Golf VIP version into play with my group. $42 later I think it worked out quite well. Let’s take a look.
Vegas Golf VIP Edition
This is a golf game played between 2-4 golfers. It wouldn’t be possible to play more than four due to the players being in different groups. The game comes with 19 casino-style chips. Each chip represents an event that can occur on the course, like making a birdie or 3-putting. Some events are positive, like the eagle, birdie, 3-pars-in-a-row chips. Some events are not good, like the water hazard, 3-putt, anger, lost ball chips.
During play the “chip keeper” will hand out chips to players as the events occur. In my round yesterday for instance, I hit a tree on the first tee shot. Yes, I captured the tree chip. If another golfer hit a tree after that, he/she would get the chip. There are certain chips that are very active, like the 1-putt chip.
The group decides on a bet value per chip. In the case of my group, we decided on $1.00 per chip. So if a player ended up with say the birdie chip at the end of 18 holes, he would collect $1.00 from each of the other players in the group. If a player ended up with one of the bad chips, like the 3-putt chip, he would pay each of the other players in the group $1.00.
During the round it is quite fun to razz your opponents and hand them the tree chip or the lost ball chip. It’s great to get rid of that one. It’s also great to capture the birdie chip, and hope to be able to keep it for the whole round.
This version of the game comes with a nice accessory bag to store the chips in. It clasps onto the golf bag for easy use and access.
Vegas Golf VIP is quite fun. My group had a blast playing it, except for the guy who ended up with the tree chip, worm burner chip, and water hazard chip. I don’t think he was too thrilled. But I digress.
Man it is November already. This year has flown by. I already saw a Christmas tree erected downtown here near a shopping mall. With the holiday season approaching I will be posting my annual golf gift guides. Call them Christmas golf gift guides or holiday golf gift guides. Whatever your politically correct leanings are.
BIG MAX Autofold FF Push Cart/Trolley
If you have a product you would like to see featured in said gift guides please read on. Because I cover so many product submissions and spend so much time reviewing products, my gift guides feature only products I’ve reviewed in the past year. That way the reader can see the full review and I can help regenerate some traffic to those reviews. If I’ve already reviewed your product this year, there’s not much else to do other than send me a note. If you want to have a product featured which I have not reviewed or received, theres still time, but not much.
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It’s that time of year. The courses in northern Utah are slowly winding down. Snow will be flying soon. Many of the courses have a deadline for players to cash in their tournament winnings. “Use it or lose it.” Because of some good results for me in the gross match play, and the city amateur, I had some money that had to be spent by today. Here’s the take from Bonneville:
Since I have one of the world’s longest running and most popular golf blogs, the last thing I need to do is buy myself is golf stuff. I seriously trip over training aids in the dark at 3 a.m. on the way to the bathroom. So the pro Steve at Bonneville for the second year in a row has let me order street shoes from Ecco, since they’re an Ecco dealer.
Throw in a couple of Utah Utes items, one for the bride, and good to go.