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Weekend golfer whose goal is to always break 80.

Top Golf is Pretty Fun

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Recently I have had to travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for work.  The last couple of times there one of our customers has taken us out to Top Golf one evening during my visit.

Top Golf is basically a fancy driving range where you pay by the hour. The targets are greens at different distances. It’s best to go after dark as the range and targets are all lit up. What you do is, when it is your turn, you get a ball from the dispenser, and that ball is linked to your profile.  You hit the ball and once it hits a target you get a score. The scoring is all done automatically, and it shows where you hit the target, as well as the distance the ball traveled.

The key is to make sure your profile is selected before you retrieve your ball from the dispenser.  If you forget, then you hit and someone else will get your score and they will lose one of their shots.  My coworker had a initially kept getting balls from the dispenser without changing it to be his shot, so he was taking the a shot that should have belonged the previous hitter.

There are a bunch of different games.  The one we played was called “Top Golf” where hitting the target gives you a score, the farther the target and the closer to the pin the better the score. It seemed like it was somewhere between 2 and 20 points.  Each player gets 20 balls to hit and the high score at the end is the winner.  If you hit your target consecutively you get more points, kind of like rolling consecutive strikes in bowling. And I think certain “rounds” are worth double points.

The closest target is about 75 yards, and the furthest one is 185 yards.  The end of the range is 215 yards, I think.  If you hit it off the end of the range, but between the lights at the end of the range (i.e. in the fairway) you get points. The closer to the middle light (center of the fairway) the more points you get.

Each stall has either a high table with chairs, or a living room style sectional sofa and chairs.  And you have waiters coming by to take orders for drinks and food.  The food was pretty good. There is also a TV for each stall and you can choose what channel you want to watch. We seemed to always be tuned to a baseball game.

Each stall also has a half set of both men’s and women’s clubs.  Each had a drive and 3-wood and 3 hybrid.  And then either 3, 5, 7, 9 irons or 4, 6, 8, and PW irons. The shafts on the men’s set were all either regular or uniflex, as I found them to be a bit weak, especially the drivers.

Here is our host and customer. He started golfing later in life and is now extremely avid, he tells me hit plays or practices every day.

There were plenty of people there even on Wednesday nights when we were there, some who could really hit it, and some who looked like they had never hit a ball before that night.  Everyone seemed to have fun, even the beginners who could score points by at least rolling it into the targets.

There were three levels to the range. We hit off of the top level. The middle level, which is where you entered the facility, also had a gift shop, and the inside of the lower level had pool tables, ping pong table, and foosball. So there was lots to do for even the non golfers.

Here is my coworker. He is just starting to get into golf and is very inconsistent but can hit it a mile when he catches it.

 

The Best Mini Golf Course I’ve Played

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If you ever go to Grand Bend, you have to play the mini golf course.  There are currently two mini golf courses in Grand Bend Ontario, and they are side by side on the main drag (I have no idea what the name of the street is, I have always known it as the main drag).  My family has been going to Grand Bend every summer for my whole life, and for as long as I can remember we have played at this mini golf course.

It has some holes, with small bumps, large bumps, a couple have ramps to jump over rocks or a pond, and there are a number of water hazards. And there are a few where you have to bank your putts around corners (or two corners) or put it into one hole which will take you to another hole.  And there is also the classic swinging log.

Everyone should be able to make a hole-in-one somewhere in the game (everyone gets one on the last hole).

If you take your scorecard to the ice cream stand next door, the Diary Dip, they will give you a deal on an ice cream cone.

The course has changed a bit over the years, but most of the holes are the exact same as they were since I first played there over 40 years ago.  These days I usually play against my dad and my nephews. Sometimes my nieces play too.

These pictures are from a couple of years ago, but the course still looks the same (my nephew is now much bigger).

We used to always play a game of real golf, but I think from now on we will have to have a full family tournament.

 

Adult Swim Golf Classic is a True Classic

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I was searching for something to watch on TV the other day and saw the Adult Swim channel showing the “Adult Swim Golf Classic” and I had to watch. What I found was a throwback to the old Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf matches of the 1960s and 70s.

This match pitted Adam Scott (the actor) portraying Adam Scott (the golfer) against Jon Daly (the actor) portraying John Daly (the golfer). Somehow the match is set in 1966.

It is a nine-hole match and it is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, especially the antics of Daly really getting into the role of Daly. The commentary from Golf Channel’s Gary Williams elevates the antics to a whole new level.

I had missed the start of the match but was able to find it on Youtube.

I Didn’t Win 2020 Masters Ticket Lottery

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On July 11th I received the sad news from Masters.com:

2020 Masters Tickets Selection

We have completed the selection process for 2020 Practice Rounds and Daily Tournament tickets and regret your application was not selected for tickets.

Be sure to visit masters.com in mid-May for details regarding the ticket application process for the 2021 Masters.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Masters.

Sincerely,

Credentials Committee
Masters Tournament

 

What Players are Struggling the Most?

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Our Power Rankings show who the top performing players are for the PGA, European, and LPGA Tours. But who are the players who are struggling the most?

The Power Rankings doesn’t just track the top players, but it tracks them all. To qualify for this list, the players will have had to play at least one round in the last two years on the PGA Tour, European Tour, or LPGA Tour. They get points based on how the perform, and then those points are used to generate the Power Index.

Below you will see the players who are all tied for the ranking of last in the Power Rankings. As you will see, there are a number of major champions from both the men and the women who are tied for the rank of 2479, or last. Please note that Erik Compton is on this list, however he did manage to win an event on one of the junior tours today.

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Gary Woodland Wins 2019 U.S. Open

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Gary Woodland capped off a stellar week to hold off Brooks Koepka and win the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Both Woodland and Koepka shot all four rounds in the 60s.

There was a Canadian connection in this one, as Woodland’s caddy is Brennan Little of St. Thomas Ontario. Little was also the longtime caddy for Mike Weir and was on Weir’s bag at the 2003 Masters, making this his second major championship.

Here are some final round highlights from the USGA’s YouTube page:

I think the star of this tournament was Pebble Beach as the golf course just looked incredible, and for the first time in awhile the USGA didn’t have any noticeable screwups.

Brooke Henderson Wins Meijer LPGA to Become Winningest Canadian Pro Golfer of All Time

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Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic by a shot over Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh, Lexi Thompson, and Brittany Altomare.

With this as her ninth win, Henderson becomes the winningest Canadian professional golfer in history, over Sandra Post, Mike Weir, and George Knudson. And she is only 20 years old.

Here are the highlights of the final round from the LPGA’s YouTube page: