Flint Hills National Golf Club

Flint Hills National Golf Club – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #72
  • Location: 1 Flint Hills National Drive, Andover, Kansas
  • Year: 1997
  • Architect: Tom Fazio
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Tournament: 7,080 yards, Par 71, 75.4 Rating/144 Slope
  • Combo: 6,654 yards, Par 71, 72.9 Rating/141 Slope
  • National: 6,425 yards, Par 71, 71.8 Rating/135 Slope
  • Combo: 6,133 yards, Par 71, 70.7 Rating/133 Slope
  • Member: 5,855 yards, Par 71, 70.2 Rating/131 Slope

The second course on our short jaunt to Okalhoma and Kansas was Flint Hills National Golf Club.  This club is located just outside of Wichita and was about just under a four hour drive from Tulsa.

The club was started by Tom Devlin, who built his wealth with the company Rent-A-Center.  He eventually built a clubhouse entirely of logs that came from Yellowstone.  The wood was charred in a fire from the 1980’s and I am glad they were able to put to use.  The club has hosted numerous large events and has received plenty of accolades for its 18 holes.  The popularity of the club was evident the day I played as a titan of industry was playing with an LPGA player in the group behind us.  This was my first time encountering a security detail on a golf course so that was interesting.

Below are a few photos around and of the clubhouse. Continue reading “Flint Hills National Golf Club”

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Southern Hills Country Club (Championship)

Southern Hills Country Club (Championship) – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #30, Golf Magazine #35
  • Location: 2636 East 61st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Year: 1936
  • Architect: Perry Maxwell
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Blue: 7,218 yards, Par 71, 76.8 Rating/146 Slope
  • White: 6,609 yards, Par 71, 73.7 Rating/144 Slope
  • Maxwell: 6,319 yards, Par 71, 72.7 Rating/142 Slope
  • Gold: 6,113 yards, Par 71, 71.2 Rating/138 Slope (Men’s), 78.3 Rating/141 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,756 yards, Par 74, 69.4 Rating/132 Slope (Men’s), 75.6 Rating/135 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,443 yards, Par 74, 73.8 Rating/134 Slope

It’s always a great feeling to get an invitation to high-end private clubs.  It was no different when my friend contacted me about playing Southern Hills.  I jumped at the chance especially since the timing worked out to be just after a really busy time at work.  By now you probably know I drive everywhere I can.  Tulsa was just within range for me with the wife helping on the drive.  As usual, she was a huge help on the trip and we got there in time to catch a few hours of sleep before the tee time.

I arrived at the club for lunch with my friend and our member host.  Our host was awesome and showed us all around the clubhouse.  There is memorabilia throughout and you can feel the history oozing out of the walls.  Our host also explained the extensive renovations the clubhouse has undergone since the club’s inception.  The layout has changed drastically, but you would never know.  Everything fits inside the building and has a great feel. Continue reading “Southern Hills Country Club (Championship)”

Proper Congrats to Sergio

It’s been a few weeks now since Sergio Garcia won The Masters and I am out of the depths of tax season.  With that, I wanted to give his win the proper treatment.

Sergio has had a long and interesting career.  I remember watching him run around at the 1999 PGA battling Tiger Woods until the end.  I was pulling for TW of course, but I really enjoyed Sergio as well.

Fast forward a little bit from that and his career took some turns.  For whatever reason you want to use, it happened nonetheless.  He complained about the weather situation at Bethpage in ’02 and at British Opens.  A common refrain was that the powers that be would have stopped play had Tiger been on the course.  This always came off as whiny.  Additionally there were his very unfortunate comments regarding Tiger at the European Tour Awards in 2012.

All of these actions were plenty to lose him a lot of fans.  I stayed neutral.  I didn’t like the comments, but I realized people make mistakes and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Sergio continued to come off as very negative.  He lamented the golf gods being against him, expressed his disdain for Augusta National, and stated he didn’t have it in him to win a major.

C’mon man!  Don’t give me the sob story.  This act became tiresome, but recently Sergio has seemed to be in a better place.  You could attribute it to the balance he has found in life with his soon-to-be wife, Angela.  Whatever it is, he has mellowed.

The 2017 Masters was a culmination of his change.  He raced out to a lead and then faltered.  The old Sergio would have let this get to him and probably would have faded from the moment.  Not this time.  He hit solid shots and holed just enough putts.  Justin Rose gave him a fight, but Sergio was able to pull it off.  He won at a course he has never seemed to like.

They beat it to death on the broadcast, but he did win on Seve’s birthday.  I thought that was a cool coincidence and a fitting time for him to join his countrymen Seve and Jose Maria Olazabal.  So congrats to Sergio!  You’re off that dreaded list of best player to never win a major and your career has come almost full circle.  Enjoy the jacket.

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

The Cliffs at Keowee Falls – Played September 2016

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 770 S. Cherry Laurel Way, Salem, South Carolina
  • Year: 2007
  • Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,171 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • Blue: 6,686 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/137 Slope
  • White: 6,354 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/134 Slope
  • Gold: 5,884 yards, Par 72, 68.9 Rating/130 Slope (Men’s), 73.9 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • Red: 5,182 yards, Par 72, 69.9 Rating/124 Slope

I had played this course about eight years ago, which was not too long after it opened.  I didn’t remember much of it, so this was like getting to play a new course.  Even better than that was that this was a tournament related to work.  There’s nothing like getting out of the office yet still feeling like you accomplished something.  I also got to bond with some of my colleagues on the links. Continue reading “The Cliffs at Keowee Falls”

Gaining Exposure

What is the point of any website?  For mine, the main objective is to share all my thoughts about golf and my travels with all of you.

How can I do that better?  Exposure!!!  I watch the stats on my site and they are consistent.  Not great, but consistent.  I’m doing my best to increase the visibility of the site as much as possible.

I am doing this through Twitter and Facebook sure, but I find I am getting the most traction on Instagram.  I am seeing a lot of positive feedback on the 18 days series I am doing.  So far I have done Merion (East), Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore), and Boston Golf Club. If you haven’t followed me yet I hope you will consider it (check out the links on the right).

So if you have a website or blog, what are you doing to get eyeballs to your site?  What have you seen that works?  Sound off in the comments.

DJ, C’mon Man!

I cannot believe Dustin Johnson fell down the stairs yesterday.  I hope he ends up being able to compete today.

Sometimes you catch bad luck.  He had been on quite a streak, but Augusta just doesn’t really fit him in my opinion.  The putting demands are too high.  He certainly has plenty of career left to prove me wrong.

Happy viewing!