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Thursday, February 16, 2017


Eagle # 4, Club West # 3, Par 5

Club West with Mr Science. #3 Par 5, the most "normal" of the par 5s at Club West, rather short . . . card said 450 yds . . . . mr science said tees-were-up . . . 

all i can tell you is for my second shot was from 150 . . . mangled it entirely, yet it wound up pin high the short pin , maybe 25 ft away . . . 

this isn't a picture of it today, but that's where it was . . . i just putted with a 7 iron, the ball bounced 2 or 3 times in the grass before it hit the putting surface, and rolled inexorably, excruciatingly slow at the last, into the cup.

this is my 4th Eagle, compared to Mr Science's 9, he says.
1) Lady Bird Johnson #7 Par 4
2) Sanctuary #11 Par 4
3) Ahwatukee CC #18, Par 5
4) Club West #3, Par 5

had a birdie on #11, too, extremely well played, tho the putt made a 360 around the cup . . . 8^) . . . 
totally blew my round on # 16 & 17 . . . 8^( . . . Oh well . . . 


Winter Golf

New Yorker: Winter Golf

Monday, February 13, 2017


Western Skies, Gilbert, AZ

mostly flat & wide open
only a couple of holes generate any luke-warm interest
very good condition, though the waste areas are very bare, un-landscaped
water hardly comes into play
good exercise for Mr Science's new irons.

see previous entry on Mr Science's Latest Eagle





No pix of the ninth nor tenth holes . . . both short par 4s remarkably similar to what pix i do have.


(shot from the back of 13th tee . . .)






Mr Science Eagles

At the Western Skies Golf Course in Gilbert, AZ this last weekend, there was an occasion of note:

Mr Science had his 9th eagle, by his count from 90yds out on the par5 #3 , and then there was a scientific experiment that demonstrates just why Mr Science is called Mr Science, instead of Jackalope John.

that's my incipient birdie putt in the background . . . 

Mr Science has been reluctant to provide a list of his eagles. I have been witness now to 4 of them, here in Arizona. Mr Science is a slow, not to say leisurely, player, studious and deliberate . . . it is impossible to object, however, since he so frequently has made long putts and chip-in birdies, over-and-above the eagles, so I seethe in silence. A cursory google search of the blog shows:
·         http://www.grayhawkgolf.com/frys_electronics_open/  reference to one eagle at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale
·         http://www.lascolinasgolfclub.com/ an eagle at Las Colinas
dang, there ought to be more references – I blame the inadequate technology of Google Search
 . . . 8^D . . .

So he wound up with a 33-42=75 (we both did worse on the back 9, tho’ that was his best 9 on the front, ever) – I had 42-47=89, just totally unable to make any putt, or any up-and-down . . . I call those 3 putts, too, so I had 5 or 6 of those on the back 9, plus 1 blow-up hole on a par 5 against the wind, where, frustrated with my three wood, I kong-sliced it into what Mr Science called the Most Unplayable Lie he’d ever seen.

So: on the hole where he got his eagle, I had a birdie putt, but went 6 feet past. The comebacker hung on the lip, so I was waiting for it to fall in, or not . . . our playing companion bent down to give it to me, but I shouted, “No, don’t touch it” and mr Science said, “Cover it with your shadow!”

“Huh?” we others both expostulated.

Mr Science strode purposely towards the hole till his shadow covered my ball, and while we was all 3 watching, the ball jumped into the hole like a Mexican jumping bean.


“The photons from the Sun,” Mr Science explained, ”were holding it up out of the hole, even with the wind.”

My ball was on the windward side of the hole, but on the side of the hole opposite the sun, and according to Mr Science, the solar waves of photons were holding my ball up, even against the 3-club wind we were fighting all day . . . 8^0 . . . I don’t know what to think, but I know what I saw.

I can't believe i didn't video it, but it happened so fast and belief and understanding were in short supply, even tho' I had my camera out already for the photos . . . 8^/ . . . 


*1 Mr Science’s ace is at Continental Golf Club, a par 60, 3700 yd executive course . . . which has made it my sad duty to inform Mr Science that the USGA has ruled cannot host an official Hole-In-One.

*9 I think Mr Science’s real eagle total is now 10, not 9 . . .  on the blog, in the entry concerning one of my eagles (at Sanctuary) there was conversation THEN that eagle meant I was 8 behind, which would have been 1 and 9 at that time.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Excerpts from Tommy's Honor


Saturday, December 10, 2016


How to Flush Your Fairway Woods

Contrary to my experience
which is that golf tips in magazines 
do more to hurt my game than help it
i found this 2 page illustration 
in the most recent Golf Magazine
"How to Flush Your Fairway Woods"
and particularly pertinent to my own issues

my fairway woods had abandoned me 
gradually over the last two years
but they had become inconsistent further back than that, even
to the degree that even my driver lost its power & trajectory . . . 
the driver came back slowly, 
but the fairway woods still seemed mysterious 
not only off the deck, but off a tee, too . . . 
so i finally in desperation went to the range to work it out
Tuesday, hit a large bucket, 
maybe 1-in-20 was not shameful
even so i had not given up
had settled in for the long-haul 
re-discovering the fairway wood
(one is just not going to reach many par 5s in 2 without a fairway wood)
when the title of the article caught my eye
as i was scanning the issue
and all three points resonated with me,
but the idea of moving the ball up in my stance 
especially . . . 
in my baseball stance, 
with my baseball grip
and my baseball swing
i tend to address the ball more centrally than most
and i guess it had gotten toooo central . . .

as soon as i moved back of the ball
i started hammerin' 7-woods over the 200 yd marker at the range . . . 
i started playing imaginary par 5s at ahwatukee,
playing driver-3w, driver-5w, driver-7w
and couldn't hit a ball wrong
until i went all-the-way-gorilla 
and brought the pull hook back into play  . . . 
easy fix for that, just don't swing so hard . . . 8^) . . .

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


array # 23825 - the Opposite of Cut

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Penati Heritage Golf Course, Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer
Penati (SK) Heritage by Jonathan Davison
6230m, Par 72, Slope 147, by Jonathan Davison
5687m, Par 72, Slope 143 (Yellow Tees)


Penati Legend by Nicklaus Associates

Bohemian Duffer
6313m, Par 72, Slope 145, by Nicklaus Associates
5523m, Par 72, Slope 138 (Yellow Tees)


Panorama Golf Course in Senica, CZ

Bohemian Duffer

www.panoramagolf.cz in Kacov, CZ

Expectations are that it will “peg-out” the slope factor meter . . . at the max 155 . . . 8^0 . . .
Each hole has 6 tees, ranging from Kids to Championship . . .
3 Nines: Meadow, River & Forest.
Elevation change from the lowest point on the River 9 to the highest point on the Meadow 9, is ~120 meters.
Tomas Malec, Sport & Marketing Manager, told us that when the rating committee evaluated the course,
They said they usually spend about 10 minutes per hole,
But at Panorama they spent 45 minutes per hole . . . I can imagine, after a short tour.

Friday, July 15, 2016



2016 British Open -- Royal Troon -- Postage Stamp Hole


Golf Digest's 2016 Armchair Architect Entry - Sand Valley #14

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