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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Women golfers wanted at the Little River Inn

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Even in the fog, the Little River Inn shines.

Out on the Northern California coast, where the fog predictably rolls in late most afternoons, it is refreshing to find an unconventional golf resort looking for new ways to attract women golfers.

Yesterday the Rock and I played 18 holes at the Little River Golf Course, which meant we went around the challenging, narrow, tree-filled nine-holer twice. Assistant manager Kathy Shepley greeted us, superintendent Terry Stratton zipped by when we were on the course to say hello (and hear our compliments on the pristine greens), and manager Justin Pyorre and director of golf Wayne Salyards joined us for an impromptu conversation after the round about attracting more women players. Continue reading

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A sequel to “Confessions of a Golf Slut”

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What happens when middle-aged golfer TeedUp meets middle-aged golfer GolfWineDine for a six-day first date on the Monterey Peninsula? Here’s HER side of the HERS and HIS in the Spring 2015 issue of GottaGoGolf.

It is Sunday morning and I am agonizing over what to wear for the day’s round. Once I assemble a navy skort, white shirt with navy trim, navy sweater and navy capri tights, I realize my hands are shaking too much to apply my blue eye liner with any more skill than that of a crayon-gripping 4-year-old.

Clearly, I have bargained for more than my usual play day with the Sharp Park Business Women’s Golf Club. I am on my way to meet TeedUp, who boarded a plane into Northern California from his cold-weather state for a six-day golf date with me, also known online as GolfWineDine. We have emailed, chatted and Skyped, but never really met.

I STARTED IT ALL.

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