Category: General

First day of the 2014 golf season: Great Expectations

1 feedback »
Here I sit, 6:00am CDT. My tee time at Lake of the Woods Golf Course isn't until 9:30, but I'm too excited to sleep. The projected high today is 61 degrees, but there's frost on the ground right now here in Champaign Co., Illinois. At 9:30, it'll probab… more »

Last-minute Valentine's Day gift for a never-ending winter

1 feedback »
It's hard to tell which is piling up more quickly: the snow on my home course, or the clubs, balls, shoes, shirts, bags, and range finders I need to test and review. Both accumulations are depressing the hell out of me. After two straight years of be… more »

2013 Year in Review: A personal edition

Send feedback »
2013 was the best of golf times for me, and it was the worst of times. I started out 2013 with an epic trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, where I snagged a closest-to-the-pin prize at a media outing and shot a personal 9-hole best from the… more »

Stocking stuffer for goofy duffers: Muze apparel

Send feedback »
"He got all of that one!" "Cinderella story. Playing out of his own bag." "Billy, Billy, Billy." "Noonan!" "I don't think the heavy stuff is going to start for a couple hours." If you are a golfer who is not totally devoid of humor, you w… more »

Stocking stuffer for artsy duffers: Tin Cup

Send feedback »
"I'm playing a Titleist," says pretty much every dang golfer in any given foursome. "I've got a Titleist 2," says half your foursome. The out come the Sharpies for some random, arbitrary dots. If the golfer on your list wants to infuse a bit more per… more »

Stocking stuffer for boozy duffers: The Golfalyzer

Send feedback »
Sometimes my golf game has gone to hell, and I need a beer to mourn. Sometimes I'm playing lights out, and I need a beer to celebrate. Sometimes the group in front is holding us up, and I need a beer to pass the time. Sometimes I'm playing aft… more »

Hole-in-one in Tennessee earns free filet mignon

3 feedbacks »
As my loyal fan will remember (yes, that's singular on purpose), in May I was fortunate enough to to card my first ace. It was a 167-yard par 3 at King's Creek Golf Club, just south of Nashville, Tennessee. I have to admit that, at the time, I was so… more »

Solheim Cup observations

4 feedbacks »
I've had the great pleasure of covering the Solheim Cup before. So perhaps I'm a bit melancholy about not being there this year. Maybe that's why I decided to perfect my new tomato-basil vodka tonic recipe and settle down on the couch and watch this… more »

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, host of the American Century Championship, was made for TV

Send feedback »
This weekend, many golf fans will be glued to The Open Championship at Muirfield. But those of you with wandering eyes and itchy remote fingers might want to check out the American Century Championship (July 20-21, NBC). I know, I know. It's a made-… more »

Legends Tour Championship comes to The Pete Dye Course at French Lick

Send feedback »
I've written several times about French Lick, Indiana. The history and first-class amenities of the French Lick Resort and the old-world opulence of the West Baden Hotel are second to none in the Midwest, and can hold their own with resorts anywhere in… more »

"While we're young" – The curse of slow play

6 feedbacks »
I'd like to know what other people think of the USGA's new series of commercials discouraging slow play? I'm not quite sure how to interpret them. In two of them, it appears to me like the dawdler in question (Tiger Woods in one, and Clint Eastwood… more »

Golf shoes run the innovation gamut

Send feedback »
In the not-so-distant past, the only real choice in golf shoes was between black or brown saddle shoes. Then the big decision was whether or not to switch to soft spikes. But today, there seems to be a different golf shoe style for every outfit ow… more »

Rory's sharp Nike sweater on sale now!

2 feedbacks »
Watching the players finish up their first round of the U.S. Open at Merion this morning, one thing I immediately noticed was Rory McIlroy's very, very sharp Nike sweater. I found it online and, lo and behold, it's on sale! Normally $130, it's on sale f… more »

Three Father's Day gifts that will make Dad smile

3 feedbacks »
My Father's Day gift guide last year was dedicated to my own father. Although he had never played golf in his life, enjoyed reading my blogs and stories, and told me it was the best Father's Day gift he could have asked for. Dad died this past Decemb… more »

Lousy spring necessitates great rain wear

1 feedback »
Maybe 2013's lousy, rotten, no-good spring is finally done throwing snow and sleet and rain at us. The last week has been downright pleasant. I don't know, but I'm not trusting it. After a wonderful start to the season, which saw me shoot a caree… more »

Simply select where you want to play, find a tee time deal, and golf now!

Dates: April 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Play your 36 holes on any combination of the two courses. Make sure to reach out to the Lakes staff for current Stay & Play Specials and tell them you saw this package on GolfNow.com
Price range: $75