Golf For Women
It’s a great day when you find that brand new Titleist ProV1 or other expensive “tour” ball in the bushes. Mint condition! #winning! Just made $5.00. It’s no big deal that some other golfer hit that ball before you. It’s got plenty of great shots left in it. So why not consider that when purchasing golf balls? There are options out there to allow you to get your golf balls, premium pro lines or others, for a fraction of the original retail price. One great example is “Two Guys With Balls.”
Two Guys With Balls is a seller of pre-owned golf balls. I’ve just picked up a couple dozen myself, and I’ll be damned if I can tell the difference between most of them and a brand new one.
The ordering process is easy. Find your ball, choose the quality level, pay a very reasonable price, and the product shows up at your door a few days later.
The Two Guys With Balls website has a very friendly and easy to use interface. From the home page, pick your pellet. Once on the ball page you can select how many and what quality level you want. There are three quality levels in their grading scale: Eagle, Birdie, and Par. Eagles are the highest quality, like new. Birdie has some signs of use. Par has definite signs of use which may also affect the performance. The levels are priced accordingly.
I chose the Eagle grade for some Bridgestone B330’s. It doesn’t cost that much more to go first class (unless you’re flying, then it actually does cost a lot more). They’re sweet. They were only $23.99 per dozen, almost half the price of a new box. I’m thrilled with the quality.
One great aspect to giving Two Guys some business is that they’ll donate a portion of the profit from your purchase to the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.” We believe that children and youth should be given the opportunity to develop the tools and values that will allow them to achieve success in life.” Amen Two Guys.
I dig what Two Guys With Balls is doing and wish them the best of luck in their golf venture. They have an easy to use shopping cart, excellent product quality, and I can get some feel-goods knowing a portion of the profit is going to a good cause. That’s two good causes: my golf game and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation! Well played. #winning
I’m truly thankful for the opportunities my hard work on this blog has produced. Case in point today is a course review I’ve been hoping to be able to do for a long, long time. Teeth of the Dog is a Pete Dye design, considered by most to be his masterpiece. That means it beats out other amazing courses Pete Dye designed like TPC Sawgrass (home of THE PLAYERS Championship), Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, Dye Course at French Lick Resort, Straits Course at Whistling Straits, and Southern Hills Plantation Course. Let’s take a look.
Teeth of the Dog Par-3 5th Hole
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A masterpiece has to start with a great canvas, and boy does this one. The canvas is the southeast shores of the Dominican Republic at the Casa de Campo Resort and Villas. What a place. Casa de Campo is a tropical paradise with tremendous weather, unmatched ocean views, and stunning topography.
Getting there is fairly easy. The Punta Cana International airport is a mere 45 minute drive away. Punta Cana International is a destination most major airlines service, only a few hour flight from the east coast of the USA.
Teeth of the Dog Overview
Ranked #43 in the world and #1 in the Caribbean many times, Teeth of the Dog is 18 salivating inducing holes of great golf, with seven holes right on the water like the par-3 fifth hole pictured above. The course rating from the tips is 76.4 with a slope of 137. That rating means the course is very tough. Thus the “teeth” part. The course features six sets of men’s tees and two sets of women’s tees. Total yardage from the tips is 7,471. I didn’t play the tips. With the high humidity and sea level, that 7,471 would probably play more like 8,500 for Mr. high altitude desert golfer.
Tee shot after tee shot I found myself humbled and amazed and the scenery and course architecture. Pete doesn’t use as much deception off the tee as I thought he would. It isn’t necessary. The golfer can choose to be aggressive or take the conservative route. Executing either strategy properly produces great rewards while poor execution of either strategy comes with the proper level of punishment.
The tee shots on the first few holes aren’t tremendously difficult unless one plays particularly poor shots. Upon reaching the 5th hole that changes. On the par-3 5th there’s no bail-out. Nowhere to miss. It’s either on the green or in the bunker surrounding it and anything worse is watery Caribbean grave.
Tee shots for the next three holes run by the water. Conservative players aim well away while those who want to take a bite off can give it a shot and hope they have enough power to carry their intended line. Holes 9-14 are inland holes the golfer can play more aggressively off the tee. 15-17 require very good tee shots to avoid ocean hazards, a good example is the par-3 16th below.
Teeth of the Dog Hole 16
I found the fairways at TOD to be less sloped and narrow than I thought they would be. If one is able to find the fairway, a good lie is highly likely with very few shots blocked by trees.
Caddies wait in the fairway
The fairways are fairly wide. Missing a fairway will often mean finding the Dye-esque super-long waste bunkers, or the Caribbean.
Here I am below, happy to be on the green!
Putter? I don’t need a putter!
Having played a few of the more “extreme” Pete Dye courses like the Dye Course at French Lick, I found the greens at Teeth of the Dog to be quite manageable. Putting them was enjoyable. Breaks were as they looked like they should be. Not too extreme.
I found the green complexes to be challenging and creative. Strategic bunkering was in play on most approaches to the greens.
Par-5 3rd Green Complex
Perhaps the best part of the the greens for me as that Pete Dye gives the golfer numerous options. The golfer could choose to hit a high shot with a lofted club, or like me, play a more Scottish approach with a putter or bump-and-run type shot.
Golf is best experienced with a great caddie who can support your golf game, gives valuable course management advice, helps with green reading, and provides friendship. I had a great caddie named Soni Pache, who came highly recommended by a friend.
Soni and I are ready to take on Teeth of the Dog!
Soni was fantastic. He helped me keep in in play, gave me great reads on the greens, and clubbed me very well. WHEN you play Teeth of the Dog, get Soni on your bag and give him a real big tip.
The amenities available at Teeth of the Dog and Casa de Campo are endless. The course boasts a great clubhouse, restaurant, locker room, practice facilities and more for the golfer. At about 90 degrees and 90% humidity, I was so thrilled to find showers in the locker room to clean up before going on with my day.
Once the golf is over, there are so many other fantastic ways to enjoy the Caribbean like spending time at the private Casa de Campo beach area (below), exploring the resort, boating, fishing, hiking, working out, shopping and more.
Casa de Campo Private Beach
Teeth of the Dog is a golf bucket list item without a doubt. Make it a point to get to the Dominican Republic and play this stellar golf course. I suggest turning it into a golf buddy trip or a golf getaway with the significant other. The Dominican boasts a ton of great golf courses other than Teeth of the Dog, many are Dye designs.
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Uber Wednesday (I just made that up)… Christmas is coming in about a month and it’s time to start thinking about getting the golfer on your gift list some cool gear. I’m here to help. I’ll post a few great suggestions which will be in a fairly broad price range. Each item will be a quick writeup and photo. The title and photo will be linkable to the HOG review where you can get more information. Also be sure to check out the HOG 2017 Christmas/Holiday Golf Apparel Gift Guide.
TecTecTec VPRO500S Laser Rangefinder – $179
This is a high performance laser with slope for a very inexpensive price, rivaling other lasers that can cost over $500.
Snell My Tour Ball – $31.99
The My Tour Ball equals the performance of the highest end balls, like the ProV1. It should. It was designed by the same person who designed it!
Emoji Poop Driver Head Cover – $20
For only $20 bucks you can remind the golfer on your gift list exactly what kind of game he/she has.
Indoor-Outdoor Golf Practice Balls – $14.95
Practice makes perfect. Get some reps in inside with these soft practice balls. They won’t break the china.
Stage V Clinger – $14.99
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder
Looking for a cigar gift? The Stage V Clinger is a great clip which magnetically attaches to metal, or attaches to anything else via velcro.
Tornado Tee – $15
These space age tees have a micro mesh crown which gives way during the compression of the ball at impact. This helps reduce spin and increase distance.
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder – $499
Bushnell Golf Pro X2 Laser Rangefinder
For that golfer on your holiday gift list you really, really, reeeeaallly love… get him/her the best laser rangefinder money can buy, the Bushnell Golf Pro X2.
I try to walk as often as I can, but with a sketchy back I don’t like slinging my bag. That’s why I use push carts, also known as “trolleys” for you HOG patrons in the U.K. I’m now sporting this 4-wheel trolley from Big Max Golf, the Blade Quattro:
The Blade Quattro sports “4-wheel drive,” in a folding package that flattens to a small footprint for putting in the trunk or storing in the garage:
I need to capture some video of the folding action. The wheel’s automatically fold under when the user folds the frame. Very cool.
I’m just starting my detailed review process, which of course means a lot of on-course evaluation. Stay tuned for my full review soon, lack of snow permitting here in northern Utah.
Until then, enjoy one more shot of the Blade Quattro doing its thing.
Got some press releases from Cobra Golf yesterday with a TON of images of their new 2018 lineup and it looks intriguing. I don’t post press releases here, but I do at the HOG sister site HOGWire.biz. That’s the HOG newswire. Here’s a brief overview of the new Cobra gear, and links to the galleries and press releases here at at HOGWire. If you’re just looking to salivate over hero shots of the gear, check out the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 image gallery.
King F8 and F8+ Driver
This is super intriguing! The first ever CNC milled driver face. We’ve seen CNC milling in putters for years and even irons/wedges, but this is a new world for drivers. I’m curious what the benefit is to most amateur golfers, who usually have too much spin. Personally I don’t have a lot of side-spin, so maybe it would work for me.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 driver press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8+ Fairways and Hybrids
The new 2018 Cobra Golf hybrids and fairways.
To see more F8 Hybrids and Fairways visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 hybrids and fairways press release at HOGWire.biz.
King F8 and F8 One Length Irons
First look at the F8 irons, which will be available in regular and one length versions.
To see more of this driver visit the HOG Cobra Golf 2018 gallery. To read more visit the Cobra Golf F8 irons press release at HOGWire.biz.
First Ever Smart Set of Golf Clubs
A full set Cobra Golf clubs with Arccos 360 swing/shot tracking. Intriguing.
To read more visit the Cobra Golf Arccos press release at HOGWire.biz.