Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Fox Hopyard, Connecticut
Mr Science reports:
I played a course in CT yesterday, forgot my camera. http://golfthefox.com/fox-hopyard/course/
Tree-lined fairways, lots of uphill and downhill, but only one dramatic hole, a par-3 with a 90-foot drop. Beautiful views, fall colors. Harder than its course rating and slope would indicate. Well-maintained, with fast, smooth greens. Some had too much slope for their speed, and it sometimes wasn't possible to stop a downhill put within 10 feet past the hole. Or else it was "greenskeeper's revenge" day for pin placements.
Almost every hole had a water hazard, "environmentally sensitive areas". A few were forced carries from the tee, one of them almost 200 yards. It's amazing that the non-sensitive areas on this piece of land were in the exact shape of a golf course!
Not walker-friendly, lots of long treks from green to tee, or around the ESAs. That par 3 was a 155-yard shot, and about a 400-yard walk down the hill.
Monday, December 03, 2012
Truth & Rumors: Greg Norman says 'lots of guys' used beta blockers in his day
According to a report by The New York Times, Greg Norman said he remembers a time when "lots of guys were on beta blockers" on the PGA Tour:
“It wasn’t openly acknowledged, but it was obvious to the rest of us. A guy’s personality would change. In practice rounds or friendly matches, we’d see the real guy under stress. Then in competition, he was like a different, calmer person. Those guys were trying to take the nerves out of the game. But nerves are very much a part of the game.”
In 2008, when the PGA and LPGA Tours adopted anti-doping policies, beta blockers were included on the banned substance list.
Charlie Beljan's panic attack and win at the Children's Miracle Network Classic did more than just secure his place on the PGA Tour next year. It has also brought up the discussion of beta blockers once again.
According to the Times report, Beljan will meet with his doctors near his