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Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort

Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 2Playing golf is always fun but sometimes it’s even more fun when you can test your skills in a tournament with a good friend. That will be the game plan this October (17-20) at the Waikoloa Women’s Golf Challenge to be held at the spectacular Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort, one of the most lauded resorts our 50th state has to offer. The two-person best-ball handicapped event will include two rounds, with the champs determined by the lowes-net best ball over the 36 holes. Participants will be treated to special events each night as well as a luxurious Kohala Sports Club & Spa treatment on the free day between rounds.

The tournament will be contested on Waikoloa’s legendary Kings’ Course, a Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 1collaboration of Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, which contains design elements reminiscent of a Scottish links course while simultaneously offering amazing views of Big Island volcanoes, wildflowers and towering palm trees. Golfers always enjoy the Scottish-style double green shared by the third and sixth holes. On the free day, competitors can also tee it up on the sister Beach Course, which hugs the water and was literally carved from the lava flow along the picturesque Wailulua Bay. Its signature is the par-5 12th, bordering the ocean from tee to green. Perhaps the biggest challenge is not being distracted by the frolicking humpback whales.

Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort 4As diverse as its courses are the Waikoloa lodging options—which include the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and the Hilton Waikoloa Village, as well as no less than a half dozen luxurious condominium properties—all with wonderful views and comfortable furnishings. More than a few golfers have paid a first-time visit, fell in love with every aspect of this gorgeous 1,350-acre master-planned residential resort community and ended up buying a vacation home before they left.

Professional Training – Strike The Ball

Training 1Most of the short-game shots, including the chip, is to get the club-head to hit the ball first and bottom out on the target side of it. If you do that consis­tently, you’ll have excellent distance control. When playing a normal chip shot (more roll, less carry), make sure your shoulders are level at address.

(Sometimes it helps to feel as if your left shoulder is pointing toward the ground.) Amateurs often tilt their left shoulder upward, as if they were playing a full shot, which causes the club-head to bot­tom out behind the ball and hit it fat or thin. Place the ball slightly back in your stance and shift your weight to your left side. This will promote a steeper, more descending down­swing and the proper ball-turf contact for a solid shot. Read the rest of this entry »

Jane Seymour – Celebrity Golfer

janeseymourcolor1Back in June 2006, Jane Seymour, the British-born actor best known Stateside as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was invited to play in the Northern Rock All-Star Cup, a celebrity golf tournament at The Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, that pits a European team against an American one. Seymour, who grew up in Wimbledon, a London suburb, had just become a U.S. citizen, so she agreed to play for her new country. She compares playing golf to being on stage—”It’s your moment,” she says—and while she had played in corporate outings and Jane Seymour 9celebrity tournaments before, the Wales event promised to be her biggest golf stage yet. The previous year’s tournament, which featured Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones playing on opposing teams, had attracted thousands of spectators and international press cover­age. Seymour, a perfectionist, gives her all to everything she does, so in true fashion, she dedicated herself to improving her game before the August event. “I said to myself, ‘For the next two months, I will train for golf.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tactic to use a fairway wood instead of an iron

chopping ball 1I don’t always hit the fairway with my drives. But rather than muscle a 5- or 6-iron out of the rough, I prefer to use my highest-lofted wood (7-wood) and play a long punch-and-run shot, landing the ball short of the green and letting it run up.

There are several advantages to hitting a wood or hybrid from the rough. A wood is lighter, so you can generate more club- head speed—crucial to getting the ball out of the deep grass; it has a wider sole than an iron, which allows the club-head to glide through the grass more easily; and the shallow clubface and lower, deeper center of gravity make it easier to launch the ball into the air.

Try using a wood the next time you find yourself in moderate rough more than a 9-iron distance from the flag. Make sure the front of the green is open and try to land the ball about 20 yards short of the green, chasing it up toward the hole. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Oregon Golf Courses

Central Oregon 3Though its coastal courses have grabbed the headlines in recent years, Oregon’s central region continues to stand tall as one of the top golf destinations in America. Any lover of the great outdoors would consider the area to be paradise found thanks to endless blue skies, clean crisp air and the rich diversity of both landscape and activities. Rugged lava flows, sage-scented high desert, spectacular snowy peaks and sparkling alpine lakes are the perfect elixir for invigorating the senses. They are also an idyllic setting for sonar of the country’s best and most playable golf courses. Central Oregon Read the rest of this entry »

Annika Academy

annika academy 4Train like an elite athlete at the ANNIKA Academy at Ginn Reunion Resort in Orlando. The Academy’s holistic approach allows you to hone your golf skills with individual instruction from Annika’s personal swing coach, Henri Reis, and boost your fitness and nutrition programs with the help of her personal trainer, Kai Fusser. Select packages even include mental- game preparation with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott. For the ultimate learning experience, attend a group clinic with Annika or play nine holes with the legend herself. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Reader – Golf Books

THE BOGEY MAN by George Plimpton.THE BOGEY MAN

A beloved figure in the lit­erary world and a founding editor of The Paris Review, Plimpton became famous in the 1960s for trying his hand at such profes­sional sports as NFL football and major league baseball—and living writing for Hollywood. But he loved golf and wrote prolifically on the subject.

In this collection of tales about a fictional golf club, his female characters are as entertaining as the male ones. There’s the low- handicapper Jane, whose romantic musings about her fiancé, William, include the delight she takes in his nearly equal handicap. And then there’s the club champion Agnes Flack, who hits it 240 yards and never lets a touch of rain put her off her game.

In the deliciously absurd “Feet of Clay” the final round of the Women’s Singles Championship involves a thunderstorm, a Pekinese and an “expensively uphol­stered” Lulabelle Sprockett, heir to Sprockett’s Superfine Sardines. Read the rest of this entry »