When golf isn’t all about you

Caryn Wilson (left), and Mina Hardin at the first tee during the quarterfinal round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Steve Gibbons)

Caryn Wilson (left) and Mina Hardin hugged before the quarterfinal U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship match that launched their friendship in 2013 at Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin, California. (Copyright USGA/Steve Gibbons)

A PAIR OF “SENIORS” is taking on the young bombers in the USGA’s first U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Amateur Championship this weekend at Bandon Dunes’ pretty Pacific Dunes course. To hear Mina Hardin and Caryn Wilson tell it, it’s one time when failing memories and middle-age maturity might serve them well. Continue reading

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Choosing a golf resort: What matters to women?

WHAT’S OUR EQUIVALENT of the buddy trip, and what makes a golf resort great for women?

That was the question that faced a panel of women golf travel experts assembled to select the Top 10 U.S. Golf Resorts for Women. You’ll see the results of their selections (with input from the Women’s Golf Alliance) in the Summer issue of GottaGoGolf Magazine.

They took the task seriously and put forth their philosophies. Among them:

  • In my opinion, the list will be more interesting if there is a diversity of geographical locations represented and price diversity, so they are not all expensive five-star resorts. 
  • As I think about the list criteria, I find myself thinking “female-friendly golf courses and experiences, nice on-site amenities — pools, spas, services,” but I also think of nightlife or nearby shopping.
  • I believe Kiawah Island should be off the lists completely; it is being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center, representing the underpaid Jamaican workers. … I would not feel right having Kiawah Island on any list at this time.
  • My choices were based on appeal, as well as the total package value for one on a fixed budget.
  • I believe strongly that at least two sets of tees must be rated for women (validating that some women are really good golfers!).

OUR PANEL GAVE STRONG CONSIDERATION TO GOLF RESORTS WITH WOMEN ON STAFF, WITH WOMEN-SPECIFIC SCHOOLS OR PROGRAMS, AND WITH A HISTORY OF HOSTING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN.

The final list is guaranteed to make you want to “Get out and GOLF,” the theme of our Summer issue. But while you’re waiting, could you tell us, what is most important to you in selecting a golf getaway? Please take the poll:

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Counting putts instead of shots – a golf god offense?

Here’s a TGIF yarn about what happened when a single-digit golfer brought his hoping-for-bogeys lady to his home course for the first time and proposed a challenge.

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Great roles for women in new golf movie ‘The Squeeze’

Image of The Squeeze movie posterCOMPLAINTS FLOW in and out of Hollywood about film roles that portray women as dumb and ditzy, mere sex objects. So thank you to the new golf movie The Squeeze, a caper flick with a male protagonist and a captivating plot, for bringing us two strong women characters in Natalie (played by Jillian Murray) and Jessie (Katherine LaNasa).

Of course they are both drop-dead gorgeous. But Jessie’s brain rivals that of her man, the wildly successful hustler Riverboat (Chris McDonald). When it comes to golf, Natalie can run with the boys, even though Jillian Murray had never played golf other than on a Wii. Oh, and maybe some miniature golf. Continue reading

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Minimum yardage for women at golf resorts?

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A first look at Wingpointe — hopefully not the last.

At GottaGoGolf, we’ve established a panel to select the top golf resorts in the U.S. for women in our June issue. We’ve set one absolute requirement: the elite selections must have forward tees measuring no more than 5,200 yards.

One of the panelists already has weighed in to say that maybe that number should be lower, and I tend to agree. But today in Salt Lake City, I played a round of golf at Wingpointe, in blustery winds, from forward tees measuring 5.228 yards. I’m a little better than the average golfer, with drives of 160-170 and an index of 18-22. And this course was a blast!

WHAT WAS SO MUCH FUN?

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Picking favorites for golf’s first major of the year

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The eyes of the Golf Channel cameras will be on Lydia Ko this week at Mission Hills.

Golf Channel routinely assembles its broadcast teams to pontificate on the upcoming PGA Tour event with the media. In a rare aberration last week, Judy Rankin, Karen Stupples and Annika Sorenstam had the opportunity to kibbitz about the LPGA and the women’s first major of the year.

Yes, of course, the analysts worried about how soon and how often the three would revert to calling this weekend’s ANA Inspiration the Kraft Nabisco. But for years the challenge was not to call the Kraft Nabisco the Dinah Shore.

Said Rankin, “There are some people who have taken bets on how many times we make that mistake. We are hoping we don’t make that mistake, but our fall back is always the Dinah.”

“Yeah, I finally got over the Dinah when it was Kraft,” Sorenstam said. “Who knows how long this will take.”

The three had plenty to say about the current state of game of the tour’s top players. It was entertaining. Check out their insights, and then tell us your favorite player to watch this week. Continue reading

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LPGA oddity: A mom prevails over the teens

Carefree teenagers have been dominating the LPGA Tour this year. How refreshing for the grownups to see someone old enough to be Lydia Ko’s mother defeat the 17-year-old and her contemporaries Sunday at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California. Here’s the LPGA report on 37-year-old mom Cristie Kerr’s 17th career victory. Continue reading

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