Edgewater Golf Club

Edgewater Golf Club – Played February 2017

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2380 Catawba Ridge Boulevard, Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Year: 2008
  • Architect: Bruce Brodsky
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,103 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 6,571 yards, Par 72, 71.4 Rating/135 Slope
  • Navy: 6,102 yards, Par 72, 69.2 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,322 yards, Par 72, 65.3 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/126 Slope (Women’s)
  • Maroon: 4,717 yards, Par 72, 64.6 Rating/127 Slope (Men’s), 67.1 Rating/113 Slope (Women’s)

I was lucky enough to have the time during tax season to get out for a GolfMatch outing on a lovely Sunday in February.  I didn’t think I would need sunscreen in winter, but it was sunny and in the 70’s.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

I got to tee it up with my friend Melissa from the app and got to put some faces to some names I had seen while browsing GolfMatch.

The app is great for outings like this and I am glad we could put it together.  The course overall was solid.  For the green fee it was a great deal.  While not overly spectacular, the course was fun and provided plenty of challenge.  I would definitely recommend playing it if you are in the area. Continue reading “Edgewater Golf Club”

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The New Golden Child

Congrats to Justin Thomas on taking down the 2017 PGA Championship!  He is now the newest first time major winner.  With three wins already this season it was going to be a success, but this cherry on top makes it one to remember forever.

JT put together a wonderful final round that was a bit sloppy at the end, but had plenty of precision when it mattered most.  The cushion on 18 was crucial as it allowed him to play that super difficult hole a little differently.

The PGA is a great tournament for him to win with his father and grandfather being PGA professionals.  That makes this a storybook ending that the media will eat up. It was awesome to see his parents overwhelmed with joy at his victory.  Also seeing Jordan, Rickie, and some other players stick around until the end was cool.  These guys want to beat each other, but aren’t afraid to support their friends when they are in contention.

Well played, Justin!

2017 PGA Championship Picks

Three posts in a week, now we’re cooking with gas!  Don’t get to used to this though as I still have a real job :).

The last major of 2017 is upon us.  I am pretty excited about this one due to the proximity.  I won’t be able to make it up to the event, but Quail Hollow is a course I have walked around plenty.  It will be a great challenge to the pros and always seems to crown impressive winners.

Before I get into the picks, I wanted to take a moment to address the recent news that the PGA Championship is going to move to May.  I think this is a great idea for a few reasons.

First, it opens up the tournament for many more venues.  Courses in the south and west can definitely host more easily.  One thing I like about the PGA is that it tends to go to newer venues even though the US Open has been changing its tune on that front.  The new date may allow viewers to see tracks they wouldn’t otherwise.  Let’s get back to Riviera and Champions Golf Club.  Let’s see new places in California, Texas, Oklahoma, and The Carolinas.

Second, football is king in September.  NEWSFLASH!!!  I am not the first person to share this opinion, but golf should end by early September and give these guys a break.  I miss the Silly Season and Fall events that are low stress for everyone but guys fighting for their cards.  I want to see more mixed team events, more events with players mic’ed up, and more events that are just different from 72-hole stroke play.  Bonus opinion: Will this allow us to bring back the Skins Game? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Third, this sets up an action packed stretch of golf from March to August.  The Players, The Masters, and onward.  I’m all for it!  Then when the calendar hits September I can be all in on football with the exception of the Presidents/Ryder Cups.  Coincidentally those tournaments make for great tailgate viewing.

Alright, now on to who I think will take home the hardware.  I will stick with my initial pick at the beginning of the year.  Rickie Fowler kicks in the door and wins. My reasoning?  Quail is a place he has had success and I just think his time in coming.  If not now, within the next two years.

Other players that I think will be in the mix…

  1. Rory McIlroy – He should live at Quail Hollow.  He plays the course extremely well and seems to always be in contention here.  I almost wanted to pick him to win.
  2. Hideki Matsuyama – Guy is just on fire right now.
  3. Jordan Spieth – He always seems to be around the lead anyway, but I don’t think he completes the Career Slam this time.  Contrary to popular belief, it is hard.

I’m not a dark horse is going to win this tournament.  A lot of big name guys have decent form coming into the tournament.  Let’s sit back and enjoy what hopefully is a great event.

 

Bay Hill Club (Championship)

Bay Hill Club (Championship) – Played January 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #48
  • Location: 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida
  • Year: 1961, 2009 (Update)
  • Architect: Dick Wilson (Original), Arnold Palmer (Update)
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Green: 7,381 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/142 Slope
  • Blue: 6,895 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/139 Slope
  • Yellow: 6,437 yards, Par 72, 71.6 Rating/134 Slope
  • Combo: 6,201 yards, Par 72, 70.5 Rating/131 Slope
  • Red: 5,851 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 74.9 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,129 yards: Par 72: 65.7 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 70.8 Rating/125 Slope (Women’s)

This turned out to be a phenomenal trip.  Let me explain.  My wife and I decided to make Bay Hill a stop along the way to our ultimate destination of Tampa where we would watch our Clemson Tigers play in their second national championship in as many years.  Well, I think you know how that turned out.  We won the damn natty! It was an incredible experience and one I highly recommend unless you follow that team from Columbia.

So back to Bay Hill.  We saw that we could make it work on the way down and decided to book a stay.  From what I could see you must stay on the property to get a round scheduled.  We did just that and experienced the small, but quaint lodge. Continue reading “Bay Hill Club (Championship)”

The Preserve at Verdae

The Preserve at Verdae – Played December 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 650 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Year: 1990
  • Architect: Willard Byrd
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,021 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,734 yards, Par 72, 72.4 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,180 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/125 Slope
  • Gold: 5,494 yards, Par 72, 66.7 Rating/112 Slope (Men’s), 71.6 Rating/124 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,022 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/116 Slope

Once the Clemson football regular season was over a buddy and me decided to tee it up on a Saturday.  He hopped on GolfNow to get a deal and we certainly did.  We were able to get this tee time for $15 a person.

I have known the director of golf here since before I was a teenager.  I also worked here one summer as a cart boy.  I have plenty of connections to it.

That being said, I don’t play it a lot.  It’s not my favorite course because I think it has some silly holes.  It doesn’t fit my eye and I don’t usually recommend it to people. Continue reading “The Preserve at Verdae”

Spieth The Magician

That was an incredible finish from Jordan Spieth this past Sunday!  As a fan, I spent most of the final round feeling terrible that he was going to let another major slip away.

And then came The Drop.  The drive Spieth hit so far right ended up with him having to drop his ball on the driving range.  What happened on the following holes was spectacular, but what I think really won him the tournament was the bogey he made after that drive.  It kept him within shouting distance and set up the fiery stretch on the next few holes.

Another thing that stood out to me was the sportsmanship between Kuchar and Spieth.  Jordan apologized for the delay and Matt was very gracious.  It was the epitome of classiness.

Spieth now joins some rarefied air.  He’s got three legs of the career Grand Slam before his 24th birthday.  He’ll have the chance to complete it as Quail Hollow next month.  I hope to be there to see it.