Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

You’ve played the course. We all have. The course begging for a tweak here or flip there. We’re all experts as golfers, especially when our ball ends up in a particularly unplayable spot. It’s not our fault… it’s the architect’s, the manager’s, the superintendent’s. “This hole could be so much better if…” and “Who in their right mind puts a tree there?”

Otter Creek Golf Course – Iowa’s Can’t Miss Course

Every summer for a decade I’ve driven back and forth, from the Twin Cities to Des Moines for business, and every year I almost drive off the road when I pass through Ankeny.

Briggs Woods Golf Course – North Central Is ALL Right

HAMILTON COUNTY, IOWA:  If you’re unfamiliar with the beauty of North Central Iowa, but interested in exploring it, I can think of few better origin points for your expedition than the Boone River Valley of Hamilton County.

Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Everyone is setting records. “2020 was the best (golf) year ever,” they say. “And 2021 was even better.” “Not necessarily,” Stephen Kahler of Kahler Golf Management tells me, noting the game itself was responsible for THIS boom (not just one individual – Tiger).

More Playable Is Better

The other day while in a local Pro Shop… the staff was talking about the courses on Hilton Head with a local player. Everyone was playing the game of, “who’s played at the coolest place.”

The End Is Neigh

This past January 25th, the PGA Merchandise Show kicked off what was meant to be a return to normal. The annual expedition, which started back in 1954 as a trade show, hoped to regain the glory days as the largest and most important golf industry gathering.

Fix Your Slice Forever – Part 1

My mentor and friend, Hank Haney (golf coach to well over 100 tour players including Tiger Woods during his career) always says that “the road to good golf has no right turns”.  By right turns Hank is saying good golf has no slices! 

Pro Golf In Saudi Arabia

Over the past 40+ years the Psychic has loved watching the white-knuckle tension as the biggest names in professional golf competed for a variety of championships at famed Pebble Beach Golf Club.

Open To The Links At Northfork

Open To The Links At Northfork

Did the breezes, bunkers, and rolling hills of this year’s British Open at Royal St. George’s inspire you to play a wee bit of links golf? If that’s the case, there is no better place than The Links at Northfork in Ramsey.

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Golden Gopher Hills

Golden Gopher Hills

My first Gopher Hills experience was a mind-and-eye opener – entirely in the most positive way. I’m not proud of this, but I was a bit reluctant to go.

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Enjoy Golf In The Capitol City

Enjoy Golf In The Capitol City

Golf is alive and well in St. Paul these days, with three unique and challenging courses, golfers have options to challenge them all summer long. In this issue, we look at two of the courses that are run by Foursome Golf Management – Como and Phalen Park.

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Dutch Cragun’s Latest Coup As Lehman Returns!

Dutch Cragun’s Latest Coup As Lehman Returns!

From The Classic to Deacon’s Lodge to The Pines and Preserve to Golden Eagle, and ultimately The Legacy Courses at Cragun’s, one could argue the strengths and weaknesses of the of each resort’s “signature course” to see who would be crowned BEST of the BEST in the Brainerd Lakes area. 

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More Playable Is Better

More Playable Is Better

The other day while in a local Pro Shop… the staff was talking about the courses on Hilton Head with a local player. Everyone was playing the game of, “who’s played at the coolest place.”

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The End Is Neigh

The End Is Neigh

This past January 25th, the PGA Merchandise Show kicked off what was meant to be a return to normal. The annual expedition, which started back in 1954 as a trade show, hoped to regain the glory days as the largest and most important golf industry gathering.

read more
Minnesota PGA Announces 2021 Award Winners

Minnesota PGA Announces 2021 Award Winners

The Minnesota PGA announced the award winners for the 2021 season. We would like to congratulate these PGA Professionals for their commitment, leadership and excellence in promoting golf at their facilities and in their communities.

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Pro Golf In Saudi Arabia

Pro Golf In Saudi Arabia

Over the past 40+ years the Psychic has loved watching the white-knuckle tension as the biggest names in professional golf competed for a variety of championships at famed Pebble Beach Golf Club.

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Treasure Island and Mount Frontenac Golf Course Minnesota Mountain Highs

Treasure Island and Mount Frontenac Golf Course Minnesota Mountain Highs

Residents of the Twin Cities have it good – we’re lucky. We can head north, south or east along the river for crazy beautiful Fall views, and the golfers among us can fawn over fun rounds surrounded by that beauty… bringing us to a course that emphatically fits the “Minnesota Mountain High” bill – Mount Frontenac Golf Course.

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The Casino Wildcard – Stay, Play And Play Again

The Casino Wildcard – Stay, Play And Play Again

Casinos have been offering golf as part of the total entertainment package for many years. During the golden years of the Vegas Strip ‘The Rat Pack’ and their entourage peppered the Hollywood magazine racks with photos of ultra-tanned, golf club wielding smiles and if you looked closely there was usually a casino billboard or tower somewhere in the background.

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An Insightful Fellow

An Insightful Fellow

I recently wrote about PGA TOUR player Patrick Cantlay in my weekly blog. Not about his golf game… rather about how insightful he is.

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Big Idea… But Not The Right Idea

Big Idea… But Not The Right Idea

It’s Cup Season in professional golf. The Ryder Cup is right around the corner and the Solheim Cup just finished up. Is there a more exciting time of year on the golf calendar?

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Fix Your Slice Forever – Part 1

Fix Your Slice Forever – Part 1

My mentor and friend, Hank Haney (golf coach to well over 100 tour players including Tiger Woods during his career) always says that “the road to good golf has no right turns”.  By right turns Hank is saying good golf has no slices! 

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COMMON DENOMINATORS

COMMON DENOMINATORS

This is the first of an on-going series to identify the COMMON DENOMINATORS of all successful players.  Each issue, I will make you aware of one or more of the commonalities required to eliminate all wasted practice time.  Interested?

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It’s All About Impact – Centeredness Of Contact

It’s All About Impact – Centeredness Of Contact

In striking the golf ball, impact is where the clubface gives the golf ball all its instructions on its flight. The ball’s direction, trajectory, and curve are all determined in the 1/2000 of a second that the golf ball spends on the clubface.

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Building Golf Motions Like A Snowball

Building Golf Motions Like A Snowball

This piece isn’t designed to describe the details of each golf shot, but to ask the reader to consider building their swings from small to big motions following proven motor skill research. 

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It’s All About Impact – Club Path

It’s All About Impact – Club Path

The club’s path is the direction of the swing through impact relative to the target line. The direction of clubface relative to the path at impact creates the curve of the golf ball

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Dad’s Day Bevis

Dad’s Day Bevis

As we head into the month of June, and our weather finally turns true to its season, we know we can prepare to gear up for a few things – more time for grilling outside and more libations for pairing!

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Going Green

Going Green

Everywhere you turn these days, producers from every label are touting ‘organic’. From cereal to mac n cheese, wine, and into the world of liquor. But have we really ever stopped to think about what all of this labeling really means?

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Beyond Chardonnay And Pinot Grigio

Beyond Chardonnay And Pinot Grigio

According to the country’s most recent wine industry reports, Americans really only consume approximately four grapes. Considering there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world, we have a considerable way to go before we can begin to categorize ourselves oenophiles.

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Going Green

Going Green

Everywhere you turn these days, producers from every label are touting ‘organic’. From cereal to mac n cheese, wine, and into the world of liquor. But have we really ever stopped to think about what all of this labeling really means?

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Perfectly Pairing Your ‘Reds’

Perfectly Pairing Your ‘Reds’

It should come as no surprise that the instinctive wine choice for a mouthwatering pan seared or perfectly grill marked steak hot off the grill is red, but have you ever truly analyzed the exact choice of red grape when pairing to your favorite cuts of meat? I

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Golfers And Wine – A Perfect Blend

Golfers And Wine – A Perfect Blend

As many know we are fortunate to be hosting the 2016 matches of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National and the U.S. team is captained by golf professional, Davis Love III. A gentleman that not only shares great passion for the game of golf, but of another subject that happens to be quite near and dear to my own profession and passions, wine.

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Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

You’ve played the course. We all have. The course begging for a tweak here or flip there. We’re all experts as golfers, especially when our ball ends up in a particularly unplayable spot. It’s not our fault… it’s the architect’s, the manager’s, the superintendent’s. “This hole could be so much better if…” and “Who in their right mind puts a tree there?”

read more
Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Everyone is setting records. “2020 was the best (golf) year ever,” they say. “And 2021 was even better.” “Not necessarily,” Stephen Kahler of Kahler Golf Management tells me, noting the game itself was responsible for THIS boom (not just one individual – Tiger).

read more
Voyager Village – A Sort Of Golf Resort

Voyager Village – A Sort Of Golf Resort

Voyager Village is technically located in Danbury, Wisconsin on Birch Island Lake and surrounded by several other lakes. Though they claim their 5,200-acre property to be “Northwest Wisconsin” it feels more like an extension of Minnesota.

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel – A Golf And So Much More Resort

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel – A Golf And So Much More Resort

When the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community purchased a course called Lone Pine in 2002, they didn’t do so just to own a golf course. They did it because they wanted to redesign that design into one of the best golf courses, not only in the Twin Cities, but in all of Minnesota.

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Breezy Point Resort – Top Of The List

Breezy Point Resort – Top Of The List

Everyone has their list… their list of places they love to stay… and of places they love to play. Such is the case for me with Breezy Point Resort and Deacon’s Lodge, right here in Minnesota.

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