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Monday, April 10, 2017


People illegally shooting near Verrado golf course (Phoenix, AZ)

A group of golfers in Buckeye recently had to take cover — not from flying golf balls, but stray bullets — and police said it’s becoming a common problem.

The Buckeye Police Department has received several calls regarding shooting toward the new Victory at Verrado Golf Course, north of Indian School Road between Verrado Way and Tuthill Road, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

During a recent incident, several golfers had to take shelter behind a bathroom to avoid being shot.

Four people found shooting toward the golf course face endangerment and weapon-related charges, and their guns were seized.

Police have received several reports of people shooting in the desert area along Tuthill between Missouri and Maryland avenues into a 20-foot berm facing the golf course, the post states.

Tuthill Road and the fifth hole at the golf course are less than 400 feet apart, and signs are posted in the area stating no trespassing, no shooting and no hunting is allowed.


Masters Update

What the heck was Justin Rose doing 
on the 1st replay hole looking at his putt?
holding one finger up at the putt?
hindu chant?

i am so happy for SER-GI-O!

mr science explains . . . 

I didn't see it, but the new green-reading technique is called
aimpoint.  http://www.aimpointgolf.com/  The idea is that no matter
where you are around the hole, there is a single point on the green at
which you need to aim the putt (where it would go if it were straight).
So, if that point is a foot north of 12 oçlock, then from 3:00 or 9:00
you play 1 foot of break, from 3 feet above the hole you hit it 2 feet,
and from 3 feet below the hole you hit it 4 feet.  Finding that point is
complex, but in aimpoint express you guess the slope of the green in
degrees, and if it's 1 degree you hold up 1 finger so that the hole is
on one side of your finger, and you hit the ball at a point on the other
side.  If you think it's 2 degrees, you hold up 2 fingers, etc. On fast
greens you can't have more than about 2 degrees of slope at the pin, or
the ball won't stop.


Monday, March 20, 2017


Trauma # 23888, Cantos Palinsestos VII. Cum Paganica

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Women's Locker Room Talk . . . heh, heh

i just think it's funny . . . 
i picture a bunch of gals in the lockerroom joking around
"yeah, just grab the guy by the pecker
and he'll let you do anything you want. . . "
oh wait . . . 
what ?!?!?!?

Sunday, March 05, 2017


Kinesthesia & Proprioception

Kinesthesia is a key component in muscle memory and hand-eye coordination, and training can improve this sense (see blind contour drawing). The ability to swing a golf club or to catch a ball requires a finely tuned sense of the position of the joints. This sense needs to become automatic through training to enable a person to concentrate on other aspects of performance, such as maintaining motivation or seeing where other people are.



Example: Ahwatukee

America's Courses Are Burning

The dark clouds rolled in over Phoenix’s Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in 2013, when its owner declared that the costs of keeping it open had outstripped what he was collecting in green fees.
Wilson Gee, a California businessman, shuttered the golf course, erected barbed-wire fences, and began looking for a buyer, telling reporters the land would never be a working golf course again. Homeowners, complaining he was turning the course into an eyesore in order to win approval to redevelop it into single-family homes, sued to reopen it. Gee shanked his first attempt to sell it in 2014, when one homebuilder walked away from a deal, but last year found a buyer in a Denver-based developer.   
Then one night in February, the dark clouds turned to smoke, and a fire caved in the clubhouse roof.


800 Golf Courses closed in the last decade

800 golf courses have closed in the last decade

Over 800 golf courses have shuttered across the US in the past decade, and data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association has shown that millenials between the ages of 18 to 30 have a lack of interest in playing the game. From Las Vegas, Nevada to Mahwah, New Jersey, many courses are being replaced with housing developments.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017


Grand Canyon University Course (nee' Maryvale)

More than 50 years ago, former City of Phoenix Mayor Samuel Mardian, Jr. hit the ceremonial first tee shot at Maryvale Golf Course. It was a momentous occasion and marked the beginning of championship golf in West Phoenix.
The course had come to life thanks to the vision of John F. Long and William “Billy” Bell. Long spent his life developing a community on farmland in western Phoenix in the 1950s, which is the Maryvale neighborhood known today.
Bell, a southern California-based golf course architect, was the visionary behind the original Maryvale Golf Course built in 1961 and also designed the U.S. Open Championship course at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
During its 60-year history, Maryvale Golf Course has evolved as a proving ground for local and well-known professional golfers and established PGA professionals competing in amateur and professional tournaments.
  • Mike Swartz, who qualified for the PGA Tour in the mid-1990s and appeared in four Phoenix Opens, holds the Maryvale Golf Course record. Swartz shot a spectacular round of 60 while playing merely in his tennis shoes.
  • Two of the most prominent PGA professionals at Maryvale Golf Course include Bill Farkas and John Martin. Farkas was a PGA professional at the course from 1961 to 1984. Farkas spent the majority of his career promoting junior golf in the Valley of the Sun and founded the Bill Farkas Swing School.
  • Martin, who worked with Farkas for several years before succeeding him, served as the PGA professional from 1984-2006 and continued Farkas’ legacy of teaching junior golfers.
  • Lauri Merten who is the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open Champion attended the Bill Farkas Swing School and also called the golf course home.
Maryvale Golf Course, now established as Grand Canyon University Golf Course, is the second golf course owned and operated by the City of Phoenix. This beloved course and its rich heritage has earned its place in the Valley of the Sun, representing Phoenix’s transformation from a small city to an ever-growing metropolis.
In a new partnership with the city of Phoenix, GCU revitalizes the 1960s-era city-owned golf course as part of the university’s ongoing initiative to help reinvigorate the economy and quality of life in West Phoenix.


phoenix leaders weighing future city golf courses

phoenix leaders weighing future city golf courses

Nearly four years after approving a $17 million plan to keep city-owned golf courses open, Phoenix leaders could once again debate whether to stay in the golf business. The Parks and Recreation Department says more rounds are being played, but program remains in the red.


cave creek


maryvale now called Grand Canyon University Course


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 . . . 

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