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Thankfully we dodged the storm. The course is great and we hope to see you this weekend. 

Book a tee time for 2 or more people and pay just $30 per player. 

Tuesday afternoon junior clinics start in 2 weeks. 

Ladies clinics are up and running – $40

Lesson and lunch on Tuesday at 11:00 

Coaching and cocktails on Thursday at 5:00

Click here to sign up
See you at the course!

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Once again…. ONLY at the Ryder Cup…… It’s Saturday afternoon, the skies are blue, the balls are rolling nicely and the shots are anything but ordinary!  Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot a little left, unfortunately toward the people at the ropes. One gentleman  turns to avoid being hit by the ball. The ball takes a hop and lands in the top of his backpack! SERIOUSLY! I’ve never seen THIS shot before….what do ya say to the guy…”Just keep your head down and TRUST Me! This won’t hurt!”   Talk about a Bad Lie!!!  Turns out the gentleman is his opponents Dad, Jaak Pieters.  

The Ryder Cup is known for incredible shots. Chip-ins, eagles, holes-in-one, monster putts, booming drives. We’ve seen it all over the years – but not quite like this one.

During the early stages of the Saturday afternoon fourballs tie of Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters versus Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, the match arrived on the driveable par four fifth, where something extraordinary unfolded.
Not only did Koepka’s tee shot land in a spectator’s backpack – that certain spectator only turned out to be no other than his opponent Pieters’ father Jaak, who was following his son around on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Hazeltine. 

“I was walking towards the green and my son had already hit his shot and was on the putting surface and then all of a sudden there were shouts that Brooks Koepka’s drive was coming my way,” Pieters’ father Jaak told us afterwards. “So I turned my back and the ball bounced once on the ground and onto the top of my backpack.

“They told me to just stay calm and stand still and don’t move so I just stood there and couldn’t do anything until they arrived at the green. So Brooks took the ball from my backpack and had to drop it right there. It was pretty crazy – and then to top it off, Thomas made his putt for eagle!”
Making his debut in the biennial clash in Minnesota, Pieters has two wins from as many matches so far and was on course for a third success midway through Saturday afternoon as the 24 year old bids to retain his 100 per cent record alongside former World Number One McIlroy.
His father is clearly a very proud man right now.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am, it’s hard to describe,” he continued. “It’s unbelievable. Walking around with him, hearing all the crowd shouting – good and bad! – but he is playing so well, it’s amazing to be here and to experience it all.”

SOURCE:  Will Pearson
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With the 2016 Ryder Cup quickly approaching, let’s reflect on the impact “the King” had on the game as well as past Ryder Cups.

Many of the incredible tributes paid to Arnold Palmer this week have focused on his physical skills and aggressive style on the course, attributes that would suggest one-dimensional thinking. But this week’s Ryder Cup marks 53 years since the last playing captain for either side, and that man happened to be Arnold Palmer, showing that he had depth of thinking and strategy beyond his famous go-for-broke style.
The 1963 Ryder Cup was played Oct. 11-13 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the location for last weekend’s Tour Championship. East Lake legend Bobby Jones was the event’s honorary chairman and was applauded everywhere he went to watch action from a golf cart. 
The United States beat the then Great Britain team, 23-9, for its 12th win of 15 events and by one of the largest margins of victory. Palmer had played in just one previous Ryder Cup in 1961, so his captaincy wasn’t due to experience but rather because he was the top player in the world. This was the first Ryder Cup on a three-day playing schedule, with a day of four-ball matches added and eight more points to play for (for a total of 32) compared to 1961.
Arnold Palmer, playing captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, welcomes members of the British team to Atlanta prior to the start of the 1963 competition at East Lake G.C.
One major area to view Palmer’s strategy was with his four rookies: Johnny Pott, Tony Lema, Billy Maxwell and Dave Ragan, all fine players but not as stout as the rest of his 10-man squad: Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Dow Finsterwald, Bob Goalby and Gene Littler.           

On Day 1, with four morning and four afternoon foursomes, Arnie got his rookies out fast rather than hide the nervous bunch from the arena. In the a.m., he paired Pott with himself, Ragan with Casper and Lema with Boros. In the first afternoon pairing, Maxwell went with Goalby. Amazingly, it was Palmer-Pott that was the only one of the four twosomes to lose; out of four potential points, the U.S. got 2½.
Palmer continued to run the rookies out there, even putting Lema and Pott together once (they won), so that on the third-day singles, the more relaxed first-timers went 3-1.
Dealing with some shoulder pain that he thought was bursitis but was a tendon issue, Palmer penciled himself in for all six sessions (in 1963 there were two Sunday singles sessions), going 4-2. While obviously thinking hard about how to help the rookies, Arnie also showed that pairing strategy is best done when it’s not over-done. In grouping his four twosomes for the afternoon on Day 1, he sat Pott and Ragan, put in Maxwell and went with more experience. His comment about the process showed that simplicity works: “I looked over the morning results at lunch, saw that a number of the teams were at par or close and couldn’t find any room for improvement.” He paired himself with Casper and they won, 5 and 4, with Casper playing well tee to green and on green.
Palmer made a pre-match statement—“This team would beat the rest of the world combined”—that was the kind of remark that got Davis Love III in hot water this week. But the Americans backed it up, and Golf World summarized Palmer’s performance: “Arnold Palmer proved an able playing captain. Pride in his selection as captain, in his game and his country rubbed off as did a pep talk on his players.”
The King captained again, in 1975, and won again in a rout, 21-11. But both sides had long since stopped using playing captains (Dai Rees in 1961 was Great Britain/Europe’s last), feeling the three-day event was too difficult for one person to plan and play in at the same time. 
Source: Cliff Schrock


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What are the chances you heckle a PGA TOUR player at the Ryder Cup, get called out on the green to putt the ball 15 ft.  and MAKE IT???  The chances were pretty good for a young man from North Dakota!


There was tension between the Americans and Europeans at the Ryder Cup thanks to Danny Willett’s brother, but one American heckler in the crowd may have smoothed things over during today’s practice at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Team Europe’s Henrik Stenson heard the jeers of David Johnson, a fan from North Dakota, and pulled him out of the crowd to make a putt. Justin Rose sweetened the deal with $100, right next to the ball. Rory McIlroy hugged Johnson after he made it:

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press caught up with Johnson afterwards, who sounded like he was still trying to process what had just happened. “I closed my eyes, swallowed my puke, and hit the putt that happened to go in, so that was cool,” he said.
The man did it in jeans. Anything is possible.

Source:  Deadspin/Samar Kalaf



“Best putt by an American at the Ryder Cup in 20 years.”

“He only made the putt because someone in the crowd told the ball to “get in”!

“Of course it was Stenson who invited the guy under the ropes. He’s been nothing but a class act when interacting with fans at Hazeltine. He spent a good 25-30 minutes signing autographs and taking selfies with fans near one of the practice greens, laughing and joking with several spectators. The Euro players are the ONLY ones interacting with the fans during the practice rounds. The rumor around the course is that Davis Love III prohibited any interaction with any fans throughout the practice rounds. They’re basically coming off as insufferable pricks. Something tells me the loose, relaxed attitude is going to benefit the European team throughout the weekend.”

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Josh McCumber and Mark Puls are going to be hosting fall golf clinics on Tuesday at 11:00 and Thursday at 5:00

Tuesday October 4th will be our 1st Lesson and Lunch clinic. $30 for golf instruction plus lunch.

Thursday October 6th will be our 1st Coaching and Cocktails clinic. $30 for golf instruction plus cocktails and appetizers in Rudy’s.

Each the 9 week program we will be covering a different aspect of the game.

Click here for dates, details, flyers and sign up.  Please share these flyers with anyone you think that would be interested in learning or playing better golf.

See you at the course

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And on a lighter note …. Arnold Palmer is noted for many things, for sure!  But one of my favorite things ( beside his putting way back in the day and his aggressive style of play),  is his Signature Drink…… the “Arnold Palmer”!  Like iced tea?  Like lemonade? You’re gonna LOVE an “Arnold Palmer”!  Give it a try sometime.  And maybe, just maybe, raise your glass and toast the “the King”!

Arnold Palmer could take a bow for many things, including his beverage of choice. (Hans Deryk/File Photo/Reuters)
Leave it to Arnold Palmer to be self-deprecating about the drink that carries his name.

He may not have been the first person to combine iced tea and lemonade, but without Arnold Palmer, how would people have ordered it? Now, on the day after his death at the age of 87, Palmer is being remembered for a legendary golfing career and personality that popularized and commercialized the game. That illustrious career coincided, happily, with a time when TV was taking hold and among the many, many things Palmer is being lauded for, one of the coolest is the beverage that carries his name.
He got the idea, he said in an “ESPN 30 for 30″ short, one day when his late wife, Winnie, made iced tea and inspiration struck like a thunderbolt.
“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey, babe, I’ve got an idea. You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works.’ We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ ”
It was addictive and, one day in the 1960s, it became “the Arnold Palmer.”
According to his website, Palmer requested the drink after a hot day of golf in Palm Springs. This being Arnold Palmer, he merely ordered the drink by description. He wasn’t about to say, “I’ll have a me.” A woman seated nearby thought that sounded refreshing and drew everyone’s attention when she requested “an Arnold Palmer.”
“I was embarrassed to ask for an Arnold Palmer,” the golfer said. “I’d always say, ‘Can I have an iced tea and put about a third of it in lemonade. They said, ‘Oh, you want an Arnold Palmer!’
“I won’t fight the battle anymore. I’ll just ask for an Arnold Palmer [and] think maybe they won’t know who I am.”
Fat chance of that.
Arnold Palmer Enterprises and the AriZona Beverage Company have been selling the drink in cans that feature his name and face since 2001. They use a “half and half” approach, which seems a little off from his description of two parts iced tea to one part lemonade, but it’s a recipe. That means you can alter it to taste, but Palmer was adamant that “iced tea has the dominant side.” And if it doesn’t? “It isn’t really right.” His preference ran from one-fourth to one-third lemonade.
If yours runs to alcohol, Bon Appetit offers an “Arnie’s Gimlet Slush” concoction that gets rave reviews from The Post’s blog pod mixologist: Combine six ounces vodka, five ounces simple syrup, four ounces chilled brewed black tea and three ounces fresh lime juice with two cups ice. Throw into a blender, mix and drink. Drink again, probably.
By 2013, Palmer saw the humor in his little recipe for success. At the Masters, a waitress told that “he leaned over and said, ‘I’ll have a Mr. Palmer.’ Then he winked.” 
Source: Cindy Boren 

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Last night when I heard the news announced about the passing of Arnold Palmer, I paused. The most beloved golfer of all time who impacted the game more than any one man had taken his last breath. He was 87 but his passing seemed surreal. His presence was such that I didn’t think he would ever leave us. The stories I’ve heard today from people coming into the shop to watching Golf Channel and hearing PGA TOUR players and famous athletes are quite inspiring. His influence on Phil Mickelson is quite impressive. Phil is known to give everyone his autograph and look them in the eye. Arnold Palmer had a knack of knowing the importance of the fans. He made them feel special. He looked them in the eye and with a twinkle in his smiled and fans felt it. 

We will miss a truly great golf legend who transcended the game. You can walk into almost any restaurant in the world and they know how to make an Arnold Palmer. 

My uncle Mark McCumber had a few good stories about Arnie and one of the last ones was hitting the first tee shot at the West Palm Beach Golf Course after our company had restored the classic Dick Wilson design. Arnold had flown down to be a part of the opening as that was the venue of his first victory as a professional. 

RIP “The King”

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We are offering a $30 golf special before 2:00 the rest of the September when you book 2 or more players.  Normally priced golf is $40 plus tax on the weekend and $35 plus tax Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Mention “Twosome Special” when booking tee time or at check-in.

Book a lesson with Josh McCumber in our Full Swing indoor golf simulator just $125/hour. Mention JMC for special.

Book Lesson with Josh – password “JMC”

We would like to welcome Mark Puls to the team at Hollywood Beach Golf Resort.


Collegiate golfer, The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Class A PGA Professional for 18 years

Head Instructor for the John Jacobs Golf Schools 1994-2002

Head Instructor, Nike Junior Golf Camps

Director of Instruction, Opryland USA 1996-2001

Coordinator and Head Instructor, PGA Bellsouth Senior Classic / First Tee Golf Clinic

Instructor at Turnberry Isle Resort 2002-2006

Head Instructor, Executive Women’s Golf Clinic, Doral Resort & Spa

Head Golf Professional / Head Instructor at The Country Club at Mirasol 2006-2016

PGA Presidents Council on Growing the Game

Email: | Phone: (954) 665-6644Book lesson with Mark

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Longer clubs, larger club heads…. Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum, Titanium, Graphite or Ceramic.  Is this all we need for a better score and golf game?  Try checking your stance and posture to shave strokes off your game!

There’s a story about a young Florida golf lothario trying to impress a pretty young lady golfer. On the tee of the eighteenth hole, he boasts, “The other golfers are afraid to play with me. What do you think my handicap is?” The sly young lady answers coyly, “Where do you want me to start?”

The Power Drive

In the power game of golf, you don’t want to handicap your efforts for the long, straight drive by an improper setup and stance.
When I first started playing golf many years ago, the head of the driver was very small relative to today’s driver. In setting up for my drive, I placed the tee deep into the ground with the ball on top of it. You can’t do that with today’s large driver heads. Place your ball on a tee that sits well above the ground. If you fail to do so, you’re likely to top the ball.
The larger head and construction of the driver allows the golfer to impart a greater force on the golf ball. But this greater force doesn’t translate into a straighter and longer drive unless the golfer’s stance provides a good platform from which to initiate the drive.
When you watch Tiger Woods’ driver swing, his stance is balanced, his feet are aligned to the green, the ball is teed up high, and his swing is fluid, imparting maximum power through the ball.
To take advantage of today’s latest technology in driver design, a great deal of practice is necessary to prepare your stance for maximum drive distance.
One of the keys in your preparation should be the positioning of your hands relative to your body while addressing the ball. If your hands are too close to your body, your swing will be up and down instead of a comfortable arc during the rotation of your hips backwards. Once again, watch a video of Tiger Woods, or your favorite golf pro.
The positioning of the ball relative to your front foot is very important. If the ball is too far towards the middle of your stance, you run the risk of hitting it while the driver is still advancing downwards in its arc. This can end with a disastrous shot.
Right-handed golfers should adjust their stance by aligning the ball to the left foot, and placing it visually between the front toe and the heel. It should be in the optimum position where the ‘sweet spot’ of the driver can hit it with the greatest force as you rotate through your swing. Naturally, left-hand golfers should position the ball off the right foot.
Finally, a common problem that inhibits the golfer from getting a long drive is an exaggerated swing. This happens when you over-rotate the hips, and the driver swings well behind the back and far past the horizontal.
New driver designs and materials have been used in golf in the last two decades. The heads of the large drivers may use HST Aluminum. Stainless steel is popular in iron heads. Titanium is also used but it’s expensive. Combinations of graphite, ceramics, and various metals are used in the shafts. All of these materials and technologies don’t guarantee a great game, but they certainly assist top competitors who know how to gain an edge with sophisticated equipment.

Source:  Glenn Lindsey

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Are you a Purist of the golf game with its many rules and regulations or are you flexible enough to meet the challenges of some new ideas golf may be taking?  Like a 15 inch wide cup (4 x the current width), teeing up your ball for each shot or tossing your ball out of the sand once or twice a round.  They say it could help beginners and older golfers score better, play faster (said to take 1 hour off your game)and just plain like the game more! Which is really what we all want… right?

Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole.

These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game.

Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years.
People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too long to play, is too difficult to learn and has too many tiresome rules.

Many of golf’s leaders are so convinced the sport is in danger of following the baby boomer generation into the grave that an internal rebellion has led to alternative forms of golf with new equipment, new rules and radical changes to courses. The goal is to alter the game’s reputation in order to recruit lapsed golfers and a younger demographic.

“We’ve got to stop scaring people away from golf by telling them that there is only one way to play the game and it includes these specific guidelines,” said Ted Bishop, the president of the P.G.A. of America, who also owns a large Indiana golf complex. “We’ve got to offer more forms of golf for people to try. We have to do something to get them into the fold, and then maybe they’ll have this idea it’s supposed to be fun.”
Among the unconventional types of golf is an entry-level version in which the holes are 15 inches wide, about four times the width of a standard hole.
A 15-inch hole could help beginners and older golfers “score better, play faster and like golf more,” Sergio García said. Credit Paul Abell/Associated Press for Hack Golf
“A 15-inch hole could help junior golfers, beginning golfers and older golfers score better, play faster and like golf more,” said Mr. García, who shot a six-under-par 30 for nine holes in the exhibition.
Mr. Rose said he was planning to use an expanded hole to reintroduce the game to his 5-year-old son, who rejected the game recently after he had tired of failing at it.
“Lately, I’ve been having a hard time getting him to pick up a club,” Mr. Rose said.
Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to an oversize hole, counting their kicks. Other changes relax the rules and allow do-over shots, or mulligans, once a hole; teeing up the ball for each shot; and throwing a ball out of a sand bunker once or twice a round.
Still other advocates of change have focused on adapting to the busy schedules of parents and families. In recent years, golf courses have encouraged people to think of golf in six-hole or nine-hole increments. Soon, about 30 golf courses across the country will become test cases for a system of punch-in-punch-out time clocks that assess a fee by the minutes spent playing or practicing rather than by 18- or 9-hole rounds.
The initiatives are being driven by disparate entities within the game, including the venerable P.G.A. of America, which represents more than 27,000 golf professionals. The organization has created an eclectic, 10-person task force to foster nontraditional pathways to golf. The task force has some golf insiders, but it also includes Arlen Kantarian, who led American tennis’s successful effort to reverse a decline in participation, and the Olympic ski champion Bode Miller, whose sport was revived by better equipment and cultural changes that tempered skiing’s reputation for stodgy elitism.
“Little League baseball is an example of how to introduce someone to a game with different equipment than the sophisticated players use,” Mr. Kantarian said. “We should also be thinking about unconventional golf on school fields or backyards. That might be the best way for kids and beginners to learn anyway.”
Mr. Miller said he wanted to lift the rules governing the use of juiced golf clubs or golf balls.
“A nonconforming club or ball does not corrupt the game,” Mr. Miller said. “Not if it encourages people to try a very intimidating game. That will be beneficial to golf for 50 years.”
Golf still ranks among the nation’s top 10 recreational sports activities, and given its traditions, it is no surprise that not everyone agrees with the burgeoning alternative movement.
“I don’t want to rig the game and cheapen it,” said Cur…
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