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:

Saturday at the 2019 Canadian Open

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I went to the 2019 Canadian Open for the Saturday.  It was being held about an hour from my house, at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.  No one around here actually calls it “Hamilton Golf and Country Club” though, it’s actually referred to as “Ancaster” for the town just outside of Hamilton in which it’s located.

Above is an area set up next to “The Rink”. The Rink is what they called the par-3 13th, and around the tee they set up barriers that look like hockey boards. I guess it’s supposed to be the Canadian version of the 16th at the Phoenix Open.  It was pretty rowdy, and there were lots of chants of “Let’s Go Raptors”.  In fact, Canadian golfer Mackenzie Hughes put on a Raptor jersey after he teed off on 13.

We walked most of the course.  When we arrived Bubba Watson was starting out on the first hole. The we walked the front nine in reverse, so we could see all of the holes and more golfers, so that we could be back by the first tee to watch Dustin Johnson, and then Brooks Koepka tee off.

We got back in time when DJ was just hitting a few putts before he went to the first tee. There was no sign of Wayne or Paulina Gretzky.

After DJ and Koepka teed off (they weren’t playing together, but were separated by a few groups) we went over by the range.  There we saw one of the strangest golf swings ever done by a pro, but very common among poorer players.  We saw Padraig Harrington, who had missed the cut, on the range practicing and hitting ball after ball keeping both his feet flat on the ground.

We also watched Brian Harman warm up, hitting driver after driver and his tee never moved.  He didn’t pick it up or re-set it, he just took the next ball and set it back on the tee.  And he hit probably a dozen in a row.

The tenth tee was next to the concession stand at the practice range, so after a quick break for lunch we watched a few groups tee off there. There was a lot of elevation changes on this course, with the majority of the holes with elevated tees.

One of the notable players who came thru was Jimmy Walker.

After walking the back nine we set up at the tee of the par-5 17th so we could watch everyone hit drivers.

Here was DJ and Furyk

And then later on was Koepka, look at the shaft bend on his downswing.

We walked the back nine backwards, and then set up at the 14th tee to wait for Rory.  You had to wait for Rory to come to you as he had the biggest crowds following him.

Rory stuck one close on the 13th and the crowd went bonkers.  He didn’t make it, but it was still pretty exciting.  Here he is on the 14th tee.

Then we made our way to the 18th tee. From there you could watch the 13th green and also the approaches and putts on the 17th. That’s also where I took the pictures of the zamboni and Mackenzie Hughes with the Raptor jersey. We waited for Rory to get through to 18 tee and then followed him up the hole on our way out. Here he is on the 18th green.

And that was it for the day.  We were there from 9am until after 5pm.  We didn’t stick around for the concert series to watch the Glorious Sons.

I’m glad I put on some sunscreen.