Goodbye Grampa

I write this with a heavy heart because my grandfather passed last week.  This was both a sad affair and a blessing as he was 92 years old and had been in declining health for a while.  Thankfully, his mind was still sharp basically until the very end.

Grampa was the one who got me started in golf back at the tender age of nine.  He told me it was a way to keep me out of trouble.  While I never thought I was in danger of getting into any trouble, I am so glad that he put a club in my hands.  It sparked a love affair with the sport that burns to this day.

I will always remember our time spent at Candia Woods in the New Hampshire summers when I was learning the game.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but he was always there for guidance.  While not a great golfer, he taught me the etiquette of the game and how to handle myself on the course.  I’d like to think of my behavior when I play is a good reflection on him.

I got to spend plenty of time with him when I spent all my summers in New Hampshire until I was 17.  It was and is a place that always helps me relax.  I hate that I won’t see him there anymore, but it will always be filled with memories of him and my Grammy.

He loved his wife, Aline, more than anything.  She left us over 10 years ago.  I know Gramps is happy that he can join her again and no longer suffer.  I’m comforted by my belief that they are together again.  Goodbye, Grampa.



Most Interesting Named Courses I’ve Played

I was inspired while reading Mike from 36aday’s review of Smuggler’s Glen in Canada to compile a list of my favorite names of the courses I’ve played.  Check out Mike’s review here.

You may be asking what is the criteria?  I would respond with, get out of here with that nonsense.  That’s not to be mean, but more to say that there is no criteria.

If the name strikes my fancy I’ll list it below.  A good example of something that would not go on the list…Oak Hill.  Great golf course, superb clubhouse, tons of history, and all of the trappings, but the name doesn’t wow me.  Got it?  Good, let’s get started.

I didn’t set a number to get to, but rather went through my entire list of courses played and made eliminations until I got to these 23.  I’ve removed identifiers like “Country Club” or “Golf Club” to have the course represented by its shorter name since that is the part that interests me.

These are in no particular order.

  1. Pasatiempo
  2. Rooster Run
  3. Fossil Trace
  4. Ballyneal
  5. Cateechee
  6. Currahee
  7. Cuscowilla
  8. The Harvester
  9. Coffin
  10. Crooked Stick
  11. Purgatory
  12. Valhalla
  13. Eastward Ho!
  14. Abenaqui
  15. Cochecho
  16. Pound Ridge
  17. Dormie
  18. Tobacco Road
  19. Verdict Ridge
  20. Old MacDonald
  21. Aronimink
  22. Musgrove Mill
  23. Golden Horseshoe (Gold)

So what does this list say about me?  A few things…which I will show in ANOTHER DAMN LIST!

  1. I like Native American names.  Maybe some deep subconscious connection to my family in New England. which is filled with places with Native American names.
  2. For the most part, I like names that don’t fit into the normal nature categories.  Names with trees, land types, water types, and the like are fine, but don’t make it on this list for me.
  3. The name will not overcome a bad course.  I like all the names here, but don’t love all the courses.  DUH!

So what are some of your favorite course names?  Keep it to one’s you’ve played and sound off in the comments.

The Season Isn’t Over Until You Say It Is

Editor’s Note: Hi all, got a guest post from Matt over at  Hope you enjoy the change up.

It’s been a great Fall season. You improved several aspects of your game and you’ve been watching your scores drop steadily over the course of the past couple months. You really feel like you’ve hit your rhythm. It’s a shame the temperatures are dropping and you’ll be putting the clubs away soon.

Wait—do you really need to? Temperatures may be hitting the 50s, 40s, or even 30s, but the course is still there, just waiting to be played. Until snow covers the ground, there’s really no reason to call it quits. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily add a month or two to your season.

Lower Your Expectations

Before your first swing, understand that your game probably won’t be quite as strong as it is during the prime Summer and Fall months. The cold air makes it tougher to loosen up and relax. As a result, your swing will be a little stiff and you won’t get the usual distance. That’s OK, as long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit and focus on fun.

Layer Up

Rather than reach for the puffy jacket or parka, slip on a few strategic layers for maximum flexibility. You’ll want to start with a light, snug, synthetic base layer. A breathable, synthetic base layer pulls moisture away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric, so you stay warm and dry. Next, a light- or mid-weight synthetic layer keeps your body’s warmth from escaping. Finally a light, water-resistant shell blocks wind, rain, and snow to protect you from Mother Nature. Multiple layers allow you to remove and add for optimum temperature, and they eliminate the need for a bulky jacket that gets in the way of your swing and limits movement.

Bring Hand Warmers

Once your hands go numb, your game will go downhill fast. Gloves are great, but they’re bulky and only trap the heat from your hands. Hand warmers, on the other hand, actually produce heat. They’re also small enough to leave in your pockets for the whole round, just warming your hands between shots by putting your hands in your pockets.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are, you won’t be sweating much playing winter golf. However, your body loses moisture through your breath. You may not feel thirsty, but you can become dehydrated quickly, so you need to force yourself to drink plenty of water. Failure to do so will lead to headaches, fatigue, and a very unenjoyable round of golf.

 Club Up

In chilly weather, you won’t be hitting the ball as far. In order to stick to your normal strategy, you may need to take an extra club, rather than just accepting the fact that you’ll be short. There’s no shame in this. After all, you’re out here swinging while your buddies are at home huddling around the TV.

Some more useful cold-weather tips:

  • Use a soft-covered ball – while you’ll lose a bit of distance, you’ll get more feel
  • Use a golf simulator – once the snow falls, there’s no better way to train
  • Use yellow high-vis balls – easy to spot when there’s frost or even light snow on the ground
  • Stay away from the booze – it lowers your core temperature. Drink coffee – it stimulates the nervous system
  • Play nine at a time – leave the option open to duck out early in case it’s just too chilly


Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

Happy New Year!

You may be thinking I am taking some time off.  You’d be partially right.  I’m always doing something with the site, but over the holidays wanted to give everyone a break to enjoy the time with friends and family.

That being said, I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone.  Hopefully 2018 is a great one!

Happy Holidays!

No real post today as TGT and family are celebrating Christmas.  I do want to wish everyone out there reading though a sincere wish for happy holidays.  No matter what you are celebrating, I hope you are able to take time to be with family and friends and enjoy some relaxation.  Be good to each other!

No Post :(

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!

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”