What I Want to Write About

I’ve been struggling a bit lately in determining what course I want to take with my writing.  You can read all over the internet about strategies to grow a blog.  Be very niche, don’t write about too many different avenues, etc.

I am sure that is all great advice and I will do my best to follow it.  That being said, I am going to try to stick to writing about only what moves me in golf.  That may change depending on the day :).

For the last two majors that has strategy has led to me not doing predictions like I’ve done in the past.  Predicting golf tournaments has always been a fool’s errand for me.  I’m rarely right and I spend the event concerned if my picks don’t do well.  Some of that is on me, but I much more enjoy an event when I just let it play out.

So what moves me in golf?  I think you all know that it is golf travel, first and foremost.  So you will continue to see course tours.  I’m not the best wordsmith obviously, but the pictures help.

My goal with course tours is to give you a relatively real-time evaluation of the course through photos.  I want you to see what I see and enjoy the tour.  Maybe they will help you with trip planning.  Maybe they are inspirational.  Maybe you just like to see some golf pictures.  Whatever it may be, I’m not here to give in-depth architecture takes or explain golf strategy.  I want to point out what the photos may not show clearly and provide some context.  Hopefully that shows through.

Other than that, my direction may change here and there, but golf is still my passion.  It will continue to give me good content in the future.

 

Goodbye Grampa

I write this with a heavy heart because my grandfather passed last week.  This was both a sad affair and a blessing as he was 92 years old and had been in declining health for a while.  Thankfully, his mind was still sharp basically until the very end.

Grampa was the one who got me started in golf back at the tender age of nine.  He told me it was a way to keep me out of trouble.  While I never thought I was in danger of getting into any trouble, I am so glad that he put a club in my hands.  It sparked a love affair with the sport that burns to this day.

I will always remember our time spent at Candia Woods in the New Hampshire summers when I was learning the game.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but he was always there for guidance.  While not a great golfer, he taught me the etiquette of the game and how to handle myself on the course.  I’d like to think of my behavior when I play is a good reflection on him.

I got to spend plenty of time with him when I spent all my summers in New Hampshire until I was 17.  It was and is a place that always helps me relax.  I hate that I won’t see him there anymore, but it will always be filled with memories of him and my Grammy.

He loved his wife, Aline, more than anything.  She left us over 10 years ago.  I know Gramps is happy that he can join her again and no longer suffer.  I’m comforted by my belief that they are together again.  Goodbye, Grampa.

 

TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks

It seems like the majors are getting harder to predict with every passing event.  The fields are ultra deep and many guys are clicking.

This week is no different with DJ coming off a win in the last event.  JT and many others are in the groove as well.  You could say Spieth and Rory are not quite at 100%, but would you be surprised if either of them busted out this week and played well? Continue reading “TGT’s 2018 US Open Musings & Picks”

What Came From the 2018 Masters?

First off, congrats to Patrick Reed.  He’s not my favorite golfer by any means, but putting that aside, he played a hell of a tournament.  He was dialed in for four days and earned his spot in the history of The Masters.

The final round had some ups and downs and some definite excitement.  Some of my takeaways…

Spieth – Goodness!?!!  What a final round.  The bogey on 18 was a downer, but he put a charge into what started off as a relatively uneventful final day.  Good thing everyone thought his putting was bad?

Rickie – What a class act!  He played beautifully all day to finish within one.  And then to wait for Reed coming off the 18th was especially classy.  No one in the game does that as much as Rickie.  Some may say it is a lack of killer instinct.  I don’t believe that for a second.  The guy desperately wants to win but refuses to be anything but gracious when he doesn’t.  Believe me, I don’t think this is a requirement at all.  Tiger is my favorite and he never did, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate Rickie’s class.

Tiger – He just didn’t have it this week.  The game is coming around though.  I liked the way he drove the ball today.  The irons were off all week and the putting failed him overall.  I think Shinnecock sets up well for him if he can keep the momentum with the driver and use the stinger as much as possible.  I love having him back!

I wouldn’t say the Master is my favorite tournament (even though I may have already said it).  It is unique and has crazy thrills, but I love all the majors.  The 2018 Masters was made interesting by some stellar Sunday play.

Congrats to Reed and see everyone at Shinny!

 

TGT’s 2018 Master’s Picks

Hello friends…

The 2018 Masters “toonamint” is one of the most highly anticipated that I can remember.  So many of the top players are playing well going into the event, not to mention ole TW coming off back to back Top 5’s.

I have no idea who is going to win the tournament, but that is nothing new.  Picking winner’s in golf is basically a fool’s errand, but it’s fun despite that.  I’d love to do a big, long post and get all kinds of traffic (can you tell I’ve been reading about SEO/Google rankings) but unfortunately tax season has been wearing on me.  I just want to watch some golf and Netflix.

Alright, that being said…

Thoroughbreds

  1. Rory McIlroy – fresh off his awesome finish at the API, Rory is in good form.  This could well be the year he gets it done to complete the career Grand Slam.
  2. Jordan Spieth – he was flushing the ball at Houston this past week and despite terrible putting stats was close to the lead.  I don’t understand all the math that goes into strokes gained, but color me convinced that Jordan will be in the mix come Sunday.
  3. Dustin Johnson – He’s #1 in the world.  Come at the king you best not miss.

Sentimental Pick

  1. Tiger Woods – no result would please me more.  The fact that he is the betting favorite is ridiculous to me.  That gives more insight into Vegas than it does who will win a tournament.  If he gets into the thick of it on Sunday the roars will flow through the National.  Let it happen!

Others Receiving Votes

  1. Justin Rose – always seems to be around the lead.  If he putts well he’ll be in it.
  2. Justin Thomas – if he’s on he will be there.  It just depends on him.  I love his game, but can he tame the course?  I wouldn’t doubt it.
  3. Phil Mickelson – he’s in here, but I’m not really feeling it.  Sorry.

Debate my picks, sound off in the comments, but once the event starts on Thursday we will all be into it.  I’ll have the phone tuned to The Masters app to keep me into it.  I’ve also got a wedding on Saturday, but Sunday will be all golf after a morning of work.  Enjoy the 2018 Masters!!!!

When Will I Play Augusta?

The Masters is approaching quickly and the excitement for the tournament is at a fever pitch.  Many top players are rounding into form making the winner anyone’s guess.

The tournament is great and I love it, but that is secondary to me.  You see, my quest will require that I play the vaunted Augusta National.

When will that happen?  Your guess is as good as mine!  I hope it is sooner rather than later, but with these things, you never know.

You may know that asking to play it is basically forbidden.  So that strategy is out.  My hope is networking and continuing to play more courses and meet more golfers.

The world of golf is extremely generous, as I have said many times.  I look forward to the day I can tee it up at the National.  I will probably have a tear of joy in my eye!

Enjoy the Masters!