Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Number of Holes: 18
Yardage:  6,400 yards (from blue tees)
Par: 72
Open to the public: Yes
Green Fees: From $37 - $105
Call for tee times: 858.487.9224
Driving range: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Website: www.clubcmr.com

Located just 25 minutes from downtown San Diego, Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club is one of the premier semi-private golf clubs in the greater San Diego area. Guests will enjoy our impeccably conditioned golf course, elegant clubhouse and personalized service for all of their golfing needs. The 6,400 yard course meanders through an upscale residential community, presenting the golfer with panoramic mountain views. Since no two holes adjoin each other, golfers feel they have the course to themselves. Carmel Mountain Ranch is a true shotmaker's course with elevation changes, strategic choices and fast undulating greens. Designed by Ron Fream, the course has hosted U.S. Open qualifying, the San Diego Open qualifying and many local events. The club offers practice facilities, teaching professionals, club rentals, a complete golf shop, restaurant and bar, and banquet facilities.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brandt Snedeker Co-Hosts Morning Drive

2012 FedExCup Champion Brandt Snedeker made his Morning Drive co-host debut this morning alongside Gary Williams and Damon Hack, discussing a variety of topics during the course of the show, including his thoughts on the anchored putter debate and slow play on the PGA TOUR. He also discussed his FedExCup win and his experience being a part of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

Read about some of the highlights below or watch the entire episode here...

Thoughts on the anchored putters (anchored putter discussion begins 9:30 into the video):
Snedeker: “When it comes to Tour golf, you know, I’m obviously really good at putting with the short putter. I’m against the belly putter and the long putter. I feel like, when it comes down to having a five-footer to win a golf tournament, I know how I feel. I know my hands are shaking. I know I am very, very nervous. I don’t think it is the same feeling if you have that thing stuck in your belly. I’ve got no problem with longer putters if you want to make sure they are not anchored. I just have a problem with anchoring…I feel like they should be banned.”

Thoughts on Slow Play (slow play discussion begins 16:32 into the video)
“They (PGA TOUR) want to make sure the product they get out on TV is good. They don’t want to see guys taking five-and-a-half hours to play a round because it doesn’t look good for us as leaders of the game. The policy they have is very inept at dealing with that.”

Snedeker: “I think if you start giving guys penalty shots – if they say, “If you get on the clock and you get a bad time, we are going to penalize you a shot” – then all of a sudden, those guys realize, ‘Well if I lose a shot on Sunday, that can be $500,000. Guys will start speeding up really quickly.”

Snedeker: “I feel like sometimes the guys get a little bit of a hall pass because they say, “I am working on it.” Well, you are not working on it very hard. Because if you are literally working on it and if you are still the slowest guy on the PGA TOUR, then it says something about their work ethic, because it hasn’t changed. It is a tough situation because guys get very sensitive about it, when actually it is just being honest with them.”

On what he has bought with the $10 million as a result of winning the FedExCup:
Snedeker: “Haven’t bought anything yet. Nothing yet. Kind of saving it for a rainy day and hoping that never happens.”

On how winning the FedExCup boosted his confidence:
“It’s a big confidence boost to know that my best is good enough. I’m just starting to scratch the surface of what I can really accomplish. And it’s not anything physical it’s all mental.”

On what the months of July and August like being just outside of the Ryder Cup bubble:
“That was tough. The one goal I had at the beginning of this year was making the Ryder Cup. Being on U.S. soil with Davis Love as captain is like the perfect storm for me. And to have a guy like Davis who has meant so much to U.S. golf and to golf in general, and to be on his team was just something I really wanted to do. July and August were tough because I knew I was on the outside looking in and I needed to play really well coming down the stretch in late July and August and I didn’t do it.”

-NBC Sports Group-

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jim Flick loses his battle with Pancreatic Cancer

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died Monday of pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 82.
Flick taught golf in 23 countries and directed programs such as Golf Digest's Schools and ESPN Golf Schools. He was director of instruction at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., for 20 years and wrote five books, the most recent one titled, ''Jack Nicklaus, Simply the Best.'' Nicklaus sought out Flick in 1990 to help with his game after his longtime coach, Jack Grout, had died. They co-founded the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools, which operated from 1991 to 2003.
Lehman spoke to Flick on Sunday before winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain.
A native of Bedford, Ind., Flick began playing golf at age 10. He attended Wake Forest on a basketball scholarship and roomed six months of his sophomore year with Arnold Palmer, who was a junior. Flick turned pro after he graduated in 1952 and tried tournament golf until realizing his career was in teaching.
Flick was PGA Teacher of the Year in 1988, and he was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame and the Southern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame in 2002. Golf World magazine selected him as one of the top 10 teachers of the 20th century.
In a recent interview with Golfweek magazine, Flick said he was concerned with too many golfers trying to achieve a perfect swing.
''We've let the game be taken over by science,'' he said. ''Golf is an art form. The golf swing is an athletic movement. Becoming mechanical and robotic is the worst thing you can do.''
Lehman sought him out in 1990, when he was struggling in the minor leagues of golf. He thought about Flick through the final round at Desert Mountain, where he closed with a 65 for a six-shot win to become the first player to win the Schwab Cup in consecutive years.
''The last hole, I know that he was probably watching today,'' Lehman said Sunday. ''I felt quite certain that that was probably the last driver he was ever going to see me hit and I wanted to make it a good one. And the last 7-iron he will ever see me hit, and I wanted to make that a good one. And the last putt, and I wanted to make that putt. I didn't want to make it simply because I want to win by six. I wanted to make it for him.''
Funeral arrangements were pending. Flick is survived by his wife, Geri, and five children.
via: www.yahoo.com
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Ian Poulter is Victorious at the HSBC Champions

CARLSBAD, CA (November 4th, 2012) – Ian Poulter, COBRA PUMA GOLF worldwide star, won the HSBC Champions in China today. Ian shot a 21 under par to secure the win using COBRA Golf equipment and wearing PUMA Golf footwear and belt. Ian’s win comes after four top ten finishes during the season along with a pivotal role in Europe’s win at the 2012 Ryder Cup.

Ian started the final round tied for fourth place and grinded his way to the top of the leader board with eight birdies in the final round. With seven holes left to play, Ian was tied for the lead with Phil Mickelson at an overall 20 under. On 12, Ian pulled away and another birdie on 14 put him 2 ahead of the pack.

“Ian is a worldwide golf sensation,” commented Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “Ian is a global phenomenon with wins, and fans, all over the world. His world class performance, determination and unquestionable personality have made him an ideal ambassador for COBRA PUMA GOLF.”

Ian sported the Neo Classic ProTypes, a shoe developed by PUMA Golf for Ian when he switched to PUMA Golf footwear earlier this year. The Neo Classic ProType features S2Quill® technology, giving Ian ultimate traction, comfort and style on the course.

Ian used his COBRA Golf equipment to help secure his win. Ian’s bag consists of:
  • ZL EncoreTM Driver in White, 8.5 Neutral with 45.75” Aldila RIP Phenom 50X 
  • AMP 3Wood with Project X 7B3 X 
  • Baffler Rail 2H with Matrix Radix 8X Hybrid 
  • S3 Pro Irons 4-6 CB, 7-P MB with Dynamic Golf X100 
His ZL Encore Driver features Multi Material Construction with a carbon fiber crown and sole , 6-4 Titanium body and 6-4 Titanium Face that features E9 Face TechnologyTM with dual roll and Adjustable Flight TechnologyTM. These powerful technologies provide a larger sweet zone on the face, optimized ball flight and maximizes forgiveness, combined they maximize distance and accuracy. Ian plays the ZL Encore in White with Black and Red options also available to consumers. The AMP 3 Wood features E9 Face Technology, Advanced Material PlacementTM and Adjustable Flight Technology TM for fine tuning launch and distance.