Santa Claran Hotel – click to zoom
Quick quiz: What is the best hotel between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado?
You guessed it, the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino in Espanola, New Mexico. And if you take my advice, you WILL be staying at the Santa Claran.
Why mention this place and where the heck is Espanola? When you travel to New Mexico to play one of the best courses on this planet and possibly my all time favorite, Black Mesa Golf Club, you’ll need a place to stay. There you have it.
Santa Claran Overview
The Santa Claran is a new hotel and casino, recently built by the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe. The location is in the town of Espanola, about 30 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Perhaps the greatest putter I ever had was my trusty old PING Zing. I was deadly with that thing. Unfortunately it was stolen right out of my bag a few years ago. I think some of my regular golf opponents put out a contract on it. So I’ve always had a soft place in my bag for PING putters…
PING Scottsdale Senita Putter
The Scottsdale Senita putter is what I’d call a descendent of the PING Craz-e putter. It is a mallet with some very funky designs behind the blade.
PING Scottsdale Senita Putter - click to magnify
Those funky designs don’t just give the putter a high tech look. They serve crucial purposes like providing proper weighting, moment of inertia and giving the player visual alignment help. (more…)
Bugle Tee - click for more
I’m in a tee’d off mood this week, with my 2nd golf tee review in a row! Today I’m talking about the Bugle Long Life Tee.
Bugle Tee is a two piece tee which has a hard plastic tip on the ground end, and a soft, flexible rubber top. The shape of the flexible rubber is obviously where the Bugle Tee gets its name.
The first advantage, and perhaps most valuable to me, is the ability to tee the ball at a consistent height. This is achieved via a circular stopper at the ground level of the tee.
A 2nd advantage is how solidly the ball stays on the tee. This one would be great for extremely windy conditions when it is hard to keep it on the tee. The width of the tee’s top is excellent for those who may have a bit of a shake in their hand and find it hard to get a ball on the tee.
Drive Tee - click to zoom
The Drive Tee is a golf tee engineered by Mike Cutino. His idea was to create a tee which allows the player to achieve a more consistent ball height. If the player can more consistently tee the ball at the same height, he or she can groove the bottom of the swing and make more solid and consistent contact.
Drive Tees come in a retail set which includes seven total tees of three varying heights. There are three separate heights to accommodate the different clubs one might tee off with, drivers, hybrids/fairways and irons. The shortest tee height puts the ball about 5/16ths of an inch above the ground. The middle tee height puts the ball about 1.25 inches off the ground and the longest 1.75 inches.
On The Course
Unless I’m trying to help ride a tail wind with my driver by hitting it really high, I don’t use the longest tee. I find that the mid length is great for me. So typically I have the two shorter tees in my pocket. I use the short one for everything but driver. And as advertised, it is nice to consistently tee them up the same height.
Finally I’ve found reading material that is down to my level. For the first time in my entire life I’ve read a book which is longer than three pages, from start to finish in one sitting. I guess it takes fart jokes and golf potty humor for me to sustain a high attention level.
David Feherty's book, An Idiot For All Seasons
While on a plane this past weekend from Dallas to Puerto Rico, I cracked open David Feherty’s book An Idiot For All Seasons. Thanks to my buddy Shanego for the birthday gift by the way. I started the read during taxi and didn’t put the book down until I’d read all 276 pages some 3+ hours later.
To me this book is basically a blog in print format. The
blog posts chapters are entered in four categories, the four seasons. Within each season are posts relevant to that time frame. Topics covered include Feherty’s experiences working for CBS’s PGA Tour coverage team, his playing career, marrying Tiger Woods, hunting and many other random subjects. At the end of each chapter is an excerpt from Golf Magazine–a question from a reader which he typically answers in a random style which may or may not directly answer the reader’s question.
Keep in mind that this book is not terribly new. It was published back to 2005 so there won’t be anything on the Tiger Woods scandal.
It is interesting to read Feherty’s take on his golf playing career, which seems to be of great interest to his
idiots fans who wonder why he doesn’t still play competitively. I particularly like the references to winning the Dunhill Cup as captain of the Irish team at The Old Course in St. Andrews. Having made my first (and not last) pilgrimage to the Home of Golf this past summer, I love hearing stories like that.
“It is a moment that no one will ever be able to take away from me, largely because even I don’t know where I put it.”
Feherty’s twisted self deprecating golf potty humor is brilliantly delivered and quite entertaining. Though not the newest book on the shelf, it is still a very fun read.