Golfers Delight: March 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Relocating Golfers Delight

After having some problems with blogger.com (Details here), I decided to move this blog. As I already owned the domains http://www.golfersdelight.de/ and http://www.golfers-delight.de/, I decided to use them, set up Wordpress and move everything over there. Luckily, Wordpress has a very good import function for blogger-accounts, so you find all the old posts over there as well.


So, come on over! And please update your RSS-feed!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

10 Questions for Michelle Wie

A couple of weeks ago, I met the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and I thought she was really amazing. I look up to her because she's a really strong woman. I can't believe I played nine holes with her. She was kind of a beginner, but she was pretty athletic. She actually hit her driver really well. She liked hitting her driver. Anyway, I don't really remember everything. It was such a blur, and I was like, "Oh my God, it's the Secretary of State." They put me in charge of driving her around [in the golf cart]. I was like, If I crash, the Secretary of State goes down with me.

Read the full story here. And what is the big deal with the Rush Limbaugh story anyway?

Monday, March 27, 2006

Red Bull Final 5 Tournament Dates

As promised, here are the dates for the Red Bull Final 5 Tournaments.

In these tournaments only the score on the final five holes counts. So you better be sharp and focused when you step up to the 14th tee box. As for the next two months, I'll have the choice to play the following tournaments in and around Berlin:

14.04.2006 G&LC Semlin am See
16.04.2006 GC Stolper Heide
23.04.2006 GC Kallin
01.05.2006 GC Prenden
14.05.2006 GC Mahlow

Maybe I'll play all of them. Isn't Red Bull all about stamina???

Golf TV weekly

Damn, this was good fun watching the big guys take on a short par 3 with an island green and see them show emotions.

But what happened on the final day? Vijay Singh shoots five over, Sergio Garcia six over, Mike Weir seven over. In fact, only Ames, Goosen and American Brad Faxon (69) scored in the 60s over a windy and lightning-fast Stadium Course, where the final-day average card was 75.4. Bernhard Langer made a good impression on the first day with a 67, but then dropped down the leaderboard with following rounds of 75, 79, and 76 to finish T58.

See it all on TV this week:

Monday, 27. March
22.30 CNN, Living Golf

Wednesday, 29. March
20.50 Eurosport, Wednesday Selection
22.00 Eurosport, US PGA Tour "The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (USA)"
21.15 Eurosport, European Tour "Madeira Island Open in Santo da Serra (POR)"

Saturday, 01. April
18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Sunday, 02. April
18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Golf & Advertising

Besides playing golf I work in advertising. So I just returned from the Art Directors Club exhibition and found some exhibits that feature golf. Not all helluva creative ideas, but see for yourself:

United Nations-Campaign for the year of sport


Promotion for Scottish Tourist Board for the website http://welcometothehomeofgolf.com/, the tees we're left at tee boxes on golf courses


green golf balls promoting an optician


"Gone Golfing! Play Golf stating at 2 Euro", ad for the berlin driving range Golfzentrum Berlin

Golfsport


With todays issue of Welt am Sonntag you also get the first issue of 'golfsport' with part one of our test results from Mallorca.


You'll get to read everything about the hybrids and fairwaywoods we tested. So go out and buy it!

Friday, March 24, 2006

How golf was invented



In the version of Robin Williams, hilarious!

Golf Architecture

Now here's another golf blog with a specific subject: golf architecture. Kyle Harris a.k.a Sir Putts-a-lot from Warminster, PA (hey, I used to live around the corner in Warrington) takes down his thoughts about course designs an others.

May I suggest another category about golf clubhouse architecture? Start with this one for example!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

TPC at Sawgrass: Live@17

Now heres a cool service: the live@17-cam from the TPC at sawgrass, showing live coverage from hole #17 only.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Tiger Woods and the tees

On a golf tour in Ireland, Tiger Woods drives his BMW into a petrol station in a remote part of the Irish countryside. The pump attendant, obviously knows nothing about golf, greets him in a typical Irish manner completely unaware of who the golfing pro is. "Top of the mornin' to yer, sir," says the attendant. Tiger nods a quick "hello" and bends forward to pick up the nozzle. As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the ground. "What are those?," asks the attendant. "They're called tees," replies Tiger. "Well, what on the God's earth are dey for?" inquires the Irishman. "They're for resting my balls on when I'm driving," says Tiger. "Fookin' Jaysus," says the Irishman, "BMW thinks of everything!"
(via cybergolf)

Reporting from Augusta

JM and Dan are two lucky guys. They got Tickets to the 2006 US Masters. Luckily, for all us bloggers who can only follow from a distance, they share their experiences and insights on their "Live from Augusta" blog. They will be updating the daily blogs from Augusta beginning on Wednesday Night, April 5th. So stay tuned.

By the way, I'll play my first tournament of the year April 9th. So after playing 18 holes I can kick back in the clubhouse and watch the tournament coverage. Let's just hope they have Premiere there!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tournament week

I kind of missed out on the coverage of the last events, but here I am back with a preview of this weeks tournaments:

The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass (satellite view) takes place at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. One of the strongest fields this year will battle it out for a total purse of $8 million.

The Stadium Course's signature hole #17 is subject of discussion over at ESPN's alternate shot. Follow the tournament coverage over at ESPN or on the PGA tour website.
Update: here are the pairings and tee times for thursday and friday!

The European Tour heads home from their asian trip and plays the Madeira Island Open at Santo da Serra Golf Club. The Madeira Island Open has prize money of Euros 600.000, don't you feel a little bit sad for the european tour players, when you compare that to the purse mentioned above?
I just discovered that FAZ.net features a live-ticker (in german). Let's check that for a change.

Golf Photoblogs

I don't know about you, but most of my golf rounds I carry a camera with me to capture great or funny moments or just the beauty of nature and the course itself.


picture courtesy of Patrick Micheletti, onedayoneshot.com

Of course my humble efforts are more on the amateur level, but surely it's a passion. When you are in the hunt for great golf pictures, you might want to check one of the following:

  • One Day One Shot, the name says it all,
  • Eatgolf's Photoblog,
  • Hooked on Golf Blogs extensive gallery,
  • Golf pics on flickr.

  • Monday, March 20, 2006

    Pit Green League on TV

    Last saturday, the kickoff event of the Pit Green League took place in Frankfurt. For those who could not take part, the TV channel HR3 will report on the event's highlights TONITE at 6 p.m. in "Maintower". Footage will soon also be available through the website www.microgolf.de.

    Golf TV weekly

    Last weeks tournament action on the European Tour saw a new face winning a tournament: Sweden's Johan Edfors claimed his first European Tour title with victory in the TCL Classic in China as England's David Howell imploded on a windy final day. Edfors had just regained his tour card via the Q School last november, his previous best performance on the European Tour was a tie for ninth at the Madrid Open in 2004, now he has a two-year exemption.

    I haven't seen any coverage of the Bay Hill Invitational, but it wasn't the most thrilling golf that had been played there (see also mulligans comments over at The Golf Blog). Maybe the words of winner Rod Pampling desdribe it best:
    It's sad to see but it's golf
    World number one Tiger Woods, a distant 10 strokes off the lead overnight, completed a frustrating week with a level-par 72 and a share of 20th. Woods has won a record four titles at Bay Hill and triumphed in three of his five starts this year before this tournament.
    But see for yourself on this weeks golf coverage:

    Monday, 20. March
    22.30 CNN, Living Golf

    Wednesday, 22. March
    20.05 Eurosport, Wednesday Selection
    22.00 Eurosport, US PGA Tour "Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, FL (USA)"
    21.15 Eurosport, European Tour ""TCL Classic on Hainan (CHN) "

    Saturday, 25. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Sunday, 26. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Bandon Dunes Golf

    I just finished reading the latest edition of "golfaffairs", that is the golf supplement of Handelsblatt.

    There I found this article about the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and I was immediately fascinated just by looking at the pictures. This looks like the one true golf course of at least my dreams: a links course with a view of the pacific ocean off the oregon course, harmonic layout, perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature. Golf as it was meant to be. Not neatly manicured with dyed ponds (as fascinating as Augusta may be) but with an attitude of scottish roughness.

    Looking for more pictures of this fantastic course I bumped into Jareds photographs on flickr:


    Damn, I have never been to this place but it is worth dreaming about. Or just go there and play as Jared did:
    I am not a writer and many amazing things have been said about the place. Once you take that first trip to Bandon all you want to do is get back there again and again.
    Maybe I really should take a half year off and travel the Pacific Coast just playing golf and having a good time.

    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Loudmouth Golf Pants


    You surely can argue about taste and the design of Loudmouth Golf Pants, but these guys surely wear it with great attitude!!

    Golf TV weekly

    Being away on CeBIT almost all of last week I missed out on everything golf. So I gotta brush up on the latest tournament news watching the following:

    Monday, 13. March
    22.30 CNN, Living Golf

    Wednesday, 15. March
    21.15 Eurosport, Wednesday Selection
    22.00 Eurosport, US PGA Tour "Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL (USA)"
    21.15 Eurosport, European Tour "Singapore Masters"

    Saturday, 18. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Sunday, 19. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Golf de Andratx

    After all the fuzz of club testing, I still owe you the report on the golf course of Golf de Andratx (see it on Google Earth).

    The course has a very diversified character as it wraps itself around the surrounding hills of Camp de Mar. This wouldn't be exactly your preferred location to build a golf course as the normal vegetation is very meager. On the course you can see that the crew around golf director Stefan Blöcher has to work hard to keep the course in shape. On the shadowy parts of the course like the green of hole no. 7, grass normally doesn't grow, so they use replanted pieces of lawn to keep it in good shape. Some tee boxes are laid out with artificial turf for the same reason.

    The course makes it hard to get into a proper rhythm, you start with a narrowing par 4 uphill, then a very narrow par 3 with no fairway but the tarmac of the cart path.
    This reminds you of the rule no.1 for a decent score on this course: no errant driving.

    The first and the last three holes are being played surrounding the Dorint hotel or the residential area of Camp de Mar. Especially on the 16th and 17th you can virtually knock the cups off the coffee tables of the residents if you pull your drive a little to the left. I'd rather prefer a natural surrounding and that's why my favorite part of the course are the holes 4 through 9. It's a par 3-5-5-4-4-3 stretch that demands precise and long play to prevail.


    The 6th hole, dubbed "Green Monster", gives you 609 meters of uphill play, two big old trees left and right of the fairway lets you aim through something for the green. Standing on the 6th green you can see hole 7, fairway and green of hole 8, the beautiful halfway house and hole 9. Feels like an amphitheatre of golf, the athmosphere is really stunning.

    The 7th hole called "Los Muros" is a rather short par 4, still going uphill. The name of the hole is derived from the two stone walls protecting the green. Once you place your second shot over the 2-3m of stone wall onto the green, you have to make sure of keeping your ball on the green. Chipping your ball from the back of the green towards the hole may not be the best option unless you really have solid control of your chipping game. For all others, the putter from the semirough is the better option. Better keep your first putt short or risk of finding your ball falling down the first wall again.

    After mastering this challenge you stand on the highest point of the course on the teebox of the 8th hole. I mean, you can see the fairway from up there, but it looks like you'll need a drive carrying half a mile to get down there. In reality, 160 to 180 meters should get you there, but on first glance, you are intimidated. Luckily for me, we played a scramble the one day and my flightpartner Manni hammered a 250m drive straight down the valley and landed it safely a pitching wedge away from the green.

    The 9th hole is a very short par 3 over a lake, be sure to place your ball in the back of the green as it hangs toward the lake. The following holes still are nice to play, but as I mentioned before, they don't match the fascination of the front nine in my opinion.

    After your round you will probably bump into some VIP's at the clubhouse (we encounterd Boris Becker, Karl-Uwe Steeb and some others), but most of them are harmless and just honorary members of the club.

    Altogether, Golf de Andratx is a very nice course, but you have to have your act together to master it. A disappointment is the driving range, half of the bays flood when it's raining (and it rained almost all the time we we're there), you drive uphill and all your strokes get very short. But well, this leaves them something to improve upon in the future.

    John Daly Swimsuit Edition

    Do you ever drink and golf?
    Drinking and golf goes hand in hand for guys. If that were me, it would be a complete disaster. But take John Daly for instance. The last few shootouts we’ve done, he’s got a beer in one hand and a putter in the other.

    Do you hang with Daly often?
    John is a good friend of mine. When I showed him my swimsuit calendar and last FHM spread, he was like, “What a coincidence, I’m coming out with my swimsuit calendar next year!”

    (more here, via)

    Monday, March 06, 2006

    Longest Drive - ever

    Does anyone know Pawel Winogradow? I haven't so far, but he'll probably will be in the golf records book forever for the longest drive in golf. The russian cosmonaut will hit a golf ball off a platform of the ISS - yes, the International Space Station that is.

    Scientists figured, that the golf ball will probably circle earth for four years before it burns in the atmosphere. Before that, the golf ball will have travelled approximately 1.000.000.000 kilometers, sure a little more than the earthbound record of 0.65 kilometers. The last golf ball hit in space travelled a couple of kilometers after all.

    Winogradow will have to aim exactly, so that he doesn't hit the golf ball into the same orbit as the ISS, as the golf ball would probably collide with the ISS on the next circulation. Does anybody have a birdie book for that?

    Golf TV weekly

    Stay tuned this week for the following on golf TV:

    Monday, 06. March
    22.30 CNN, Living Golf

    Wednesday, 08. March
    20.15 Eurosport, US PGA Tour "Ford Championship at Doral in Miami, FL (USA)"
    21.15 Eurosport, European Tour "Indonesia Open in Jakarta"
    21.45 Eurosport, Hassan II Trophy 2006, Coverage of the Pro-Am-Tournament In Rabat (MAR)

    Saturday, 11. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Sunday, 12. March
    18.30 n-tv, Abschlag - Golf bei n-tv

    Premiere subscribers check the extended list on golferlink.de.

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Pit Green League start off

    As announced in December, the Pit Green League will start in 2006.

    The first event will take place in the English Theatre in Frankfurt on 18th March. From 12:00 to 20:00 the venue in the Kaiserstrasse 34 will be converted into a Microgolf arena.

    You can register yourself until via http://www.microgolf.de, the entry fee for visitors is EUR 5,00, for players EUR 10,00.

    The tournament will feature different disciplines:
    * Longest Drive
    * Highest Pitch
    * Brightest Putt
    The 16 best players in these disciplines will play the 1 hole parcours in 4 foursomes.

    For all spectators, there will be a supporting programme (Pit Green test, exhibition on the development of the Pit Green) and a sweepstakes for all participants of the pit green design competition.

    More information can be found in the program, that you can download here (PDF, 320 kB).

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    Playing Pebble Beach

    I played the front nine of Pebble Beach Golf Links (kmz-file), but only on the simulator.

    Three pars, two bogeys, not too bad for the first time. Looks like the practice of last weekend was good for something:


    By the way, I am testing this scorecard software called GolfXpress, I plan on taking down every round of this year. So far (after two rounds entered) looks pretty good to me. I'll be back with a more detailed description of this later.