• Keeping it in Play

    Went To See What Could Be Seen

    The last time I played the course, formerly know as Park Mammoth, it was days away from being placed up for auction. As I walked off the 18th green, I stopped to take in, one last time, what once was a very serene landscape and reflect upon the memories created over the years, knowing things were bound to change and Park Mammoth, as I knew it, would be no more. It’s been more than 18 months since that fall day, the property is under new ownership, and according to the social media updates over the past few months, it’s obvious things have definitely changed. Although the footprint looked to remained…

  • Featured Post,  Gar's Golf Sojourn

    The Sojourn of a Course Formerly Known As

    It was the spring of 64 when I discovered the game of golf. Up until then, being totally focused on other types of round balls, I am not even sure I knew anything about the game except our school had a golf team. That same spring, 600 miles away, a course opened that in time would become ingrained in my golf DNA. Park Mammoth Golf Course was part of a Best Western resort that included tennis courts, putt-putt course, horseback riding, private cave, and a miniature train that would take you “to and from” the lodge to various points around the complex including the golf course. Imagine a collage of…

  • Keeping it in Play

    Grown Man Cry

    In the late sixties, while station in England, I had a caddie whose favorite “go to” saying was, “if you play this game long enough, it will make a grown man cry”. However, at that point in time, I did not grasped the real meaning of those words. Being fairly new to the game, my focus was on the execution of hitting the ball, thinking mastering that was all that was required to play good golf. So, I totally missed the point that its not the physical but the mental side that will bring you to tears. Now, after playing for over 50 years, you can not play this game…

  • Featured Post,  Search for a New Swing

    The Practice Manual

    If you have been playing as long as I have, you have seen a lot of thing change in the golf industry. In the past 50+ years, technology has evolved in an effort to improved the game that would have seen unimaginable in the early 1970s. However, one thing has remained constant, the golfer still has to swing the club. And, paraphrasing a Simply Red song, “time changes everything”; that includes your golf swing. What performed so well when you were in your thirties or forties, does not at seventy plus! So, at some point, if still serious about beating “old man Par”, the journey begins to find a new…

  • Featured Post,  Gar's Golf Sojourn,  Golf Memorabilia

    What’s the Yardage

    Historians have debated the origin of the game for a long time. Was it the Dutch playing a game with a stick and leather ball which the winner was whoever hit the ball with the fewest strokes into a target several hundred yards away? Or, was it the documented Scottish game gowf played since the 1400s? Whatever the case, I am willing to wager, it was only minutes after the first club was swung, the thought “How far?” followed. Knowing the distance has always been a key part of the game. Years ago, long before the GPS and laser rangefinders, the main way to know how far was stakes on…

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