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Hi all,

Sorry I couldn’t get a post up yesterday.  I came down with something Sunday night and am trying to fight that off.  Coupled with a big work deadline at the end of this week it was simply too much to get a post out.  No excuses though!  I’ll be back at it Monday, so stay tuned.  Thank you all for reading!

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Eco-Friendly Golf Courses

I recently got an email espousing eco-friendly golf courses.  I am all for some environment preservation and keeping the earth as healthy as we can.  I’m sure the world would be a better place if more people took this view.  Anyway, personal beliefs aside the list was interesting.  You can check it out here. Continue reading “Eco-Friendly Golf Courses”

Why I Play The Courses I Play

I wanted to get something out there to explain some of my reasons for playing certain courses.  This is prompted because I get a lot of recommendations for courses to play when I travel.  I want those to keep coming, so please don’t misunderstand what is to follow. Continue reading “Why I Play The Courses I Play”

Playing Alone

Playing golf alone can be one of the most gratifying experiences in the game.  Don’t get me wrong I love to tee it up with others most of the time, but there is something about getting out early by yourself and flying around the course.  Because let’s be honest, it’s no fun playing by yourself if you’re stuck behind a bunch of foursomes. Continue reading “Playing Alone”

Blog Recognition

Well it happened again!  I am truly honored to be mentioned in the Top 50 Golf Blogs by Golf Assessor.  There is some good company in there with some of my WordPress friends such as Golf is Mental, The Grateful Golfer, and 36ADay.  In addition to that there are some great blogs and writers from outside the WordPress family that I have been lucky enough to read and even play golf with.

So once again, thank you readers!  You are the reason this recognition is possible.  Your support is one of the main reasons I keep writing and sharing content.  I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.

You can check out the Golf Assessor list here.

The First Time I Broke 80

It’s been some time since the golf blogging world lost a dear friend in Ryan from Front9Back9.  I feel worst for his family and friends who are experiencing true loss.  I would just hope that they can keep their head up and celebrate his life.  While I didn’t personally know him, I felt like I got a sense of his personality from our interactions on #GolfChat.  That is the beauty of that Twitter conversation and I am glad we have it.

One of Ryan’s frequent topics on Twitter was his quest to break 80.  In honor of that I wanted to share my story of that accomplishment.  I hope he is up in the sky and breaking 70 by now.

I was 14 when I first broke 80.  I don’t remember much about breaking 100 or 90.  I think I had come close to the 70’s a few times, but hadn’t really done it.  On the day I was playing with my grandfather and his two friends.  This was during the summer when I would spend time in New Hampshire so I was playing at Candia Woods where he worked.  I even remember the horrendous late 90’s golf shirt I was wearing.

I am not going to go into the hole by hole specifics mainly because I don’t remember them, but I played the front nine in even par 35!  I knew where my score was because I am one of those people that always knows how he stands more or less.  I have gotten better at that, but still usually know if we are putting everything out.  After that start I knew a number in the 70’s was well within my reach.  Over the back nine I didn’t play as well, but still managed a three over 39.  My playing partners were not quite as aware of what was going on as I was.  When we totaled up the score I exclaimed 74!  I had shattered the scoring barrier and I was really happy about it.

Beating that number is a liberating feeling.  It allows you the confidence to know you can shoot in the 70’s.  It also leaves you expecting to do so, but that is just fine!  I have since broken 70 a couple times, but none since I got out of college and had to get a real job!  Something about working that is not conducive to practice.

How have your scoring milestones come about?  I would love to hear about them.  Sound off in the comments section or shoot me an email.  Have fun out there.