The Winter Park 9: A Unique Game-Changing Golf Facility

One of the main players in the resurrection of Winter Park was designer Keith Rhebb. I recently caught up with Keith to chat about the work he did at Winter Park in 2016 as well as get his thoughts on the importance of courses like the Winter Park 9.

Do your Research When Searching for a Coach…

Depending on where you may live, and how big of a market it may be, there could potentially be dozens upon dozens of options that exist for private and group sports coaching for your child in any given sport. The specific sport, and its popularity in your area, will have an influence on how many potential coaches there may be available for you to choose from. In areas where there are only a few options for coaching services, for any given sport, the process of selection may be a little bit easier, but make no mistake, going through that selection and vetting process should not be something taken lightly. It is of the upmost importance to be very selective on who you choose.

Learning from the 2022 Girls Junior PGA Champion: Kaitlyn Schroeder

After an interview prior to the event, I reconnected with the 2022 Girls Junior PGA Champion, Kaitlyn Schroeder, after her Major Victory. In this follow up we discuss her experience at Cog Hill, reflections on her summer of golf, her long-term goals and more.

Ashleigh Buhai Highlights the Keys to Putting in Windy Conditions

During a blustery third round at the AIG Women’s Open, Ashleigh Buhai shot a 5-under 31 on her opening nine, which included a stretch of 4 birdies in a row, and finished with a remarkable 7-under 64. External factors, such as wind, can influence the ball on the putting green. Not only do you need to consider the effect the wind will have on the direction of the ball as you putt, but also the effect on speed when you putt. Downwind putts will see the ball roll out faster off the face, and when putting into the wind, they will roll slower on their journey to the hole.

Kaitlyn Schroeder Ready to Compete at the Junior PGA Championship

This week, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Palos Park, Illinois will host the Junior PGA Championship. I had the opportunity to chat with one of this year’s players to watch , Kaitlyn Schroeder, from Jacksonville, Florida. Kaitlyn is currently ranked 7th in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. In June, Kaitlyn won the Rolex Girls Junior Championship, and earlier this month, she tied for 17th at the 73rd U.S. Girls' Junior.

Summer Swing: The Best of Public Golf in Michigan

There are many great spots across the country to tee it up in the summer. With average morning lows in the lower 60’s and daytime highs in the low to mid 80’s, Michigan may be one of the better places to play with summer in full swing. You also have plenty of time to play in with daylight lasting in Michigan anywhere between 14-15 hours a day. The Great Lake State boasts over 650 public access golf courses. Included are some of the best courses in the country.

Moving Day at the Amundi Evian Championship: Keep Trusting in the Good

Golf is a game of streaks, both good and bad. Anyone that has played the game, for any length of time, understands this to be true. Sometimes, after a streak of really good play, golfers start to look for the other shoe to drop and the good to come to a screeching halt. It’s in our nature as humans to almost feel as though good things can’t last forever, and with that pattern of thinking, we almost conjure up the bad to sneak in.

The Impact of PGA HOPE

PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of PGA REACH. The charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA REACH, has a mission to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections, and the game of golf. The mission of PGA HOPE is to introduce golf to Veterans and Active Duty Military in order to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

A Lifelong Journey in the Game: Brendon Elliott, PGA

I have been blessed to have made a career in the game, and to have reached my goal of becoming a PGA Member many years ago. To be able to pass this on to others, that may have an interest in doing the same, has not only been fulfilling but something that I feel obligated to do… both for those that may want to pursue it, and for the industry itself as well.

Catching Up With the KPMG Women’s PGA Champion

In the lead up to the next women’s Major Championship of 2022, the Amuni Evian Championship, I had the opportunity to catch up with the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Champion In Gee Chun following her victory at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

A Look at America’s Oldest Golf Courses

The more you research the topic “oldest golf courses” in America, the more you’ll find several claims of who holds the crown as oldest course where golf is still being played today. Rather than give you a list, in an order that eventually crowns one course as the “oldest” in America, that you can still play today, here’s a glimpse, in no particular order, of America’s oldest courses where golf is still played today…

How The Old Course Influenced American Golf in Foxburg, PA.

Less widely known in the annals of American golf history is that of Foxburg Country Club in Foxburg, PA. This nine-hole gem stakes the claim as being the oldest golf course in continuous use in the United States. The club was established in 1887 and is still in use today, some 135 years after the first shots were struck from its first tee box.

Getting Through Rough Patches in Your Game

We all go through moments where we doubt ourselves and our game, even the pros. The week prior to the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, In Gee Chun seemed to have had some doubt about her game. As it was reported after her win, In Gee had one of those chats with her sister, that chat that many golfers often have, where the purpose of their playing came into question. It came down to asking herself what she really wanted out of her golf experience.

Maintaining Momentum in Your Game

Is there a trick to riding momentum when you are in the early stages of gaining it? Or what about a way to break out of a downwards trajectory and nerves start to creep into our game? In either case, what is happening is something that is generally outside of our norm and can happen during a single round or even a stretch of days or weeks…both for the good and the bad. I have had many students over the years go through both great runs and bad ones.

Preparing to Play a New Course

Last week at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, many of the competitors tackled Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course for the first time. What are some of the things you need to do to prepare the next time you head to a course for the very first time?

Who to Watch this Week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Excitement is in the air at Congressional. The stars of the LPGA Tour, as well as the PGA/LPGA Professionals in the field this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship are feeling the buzz for the season’s third major. Not only is there anticipation about teeing it up at storied Congressional for the very first time, but there is also the sense that it’s a wide-open field, with countless players that can win.

Devereux Emmet: American Golf Course Architect and Pioneer

Devereux Emmet is the original designer of Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course, host of this week’s KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Emmet was a pioneering American golf course architect and is credited with designing as many as 150 courses worldwide.

The Best Public Courses in Maryland

The 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship will be held this year at historic Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The state boasts some amazing golf courses and Marylanders indeed love their golf. With next week’s third LPGA major of the year teeing it up in the Free State, let’s take a peek at some of the best public access golf that Maryland has to offer.

A Sense of Pride: Ryan Peters Finds His Home in the Game

Stetson University junior, Ryan Peters recently posted a 10th place finish at the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship. Stetson University is about a driver and wedge away from me, so I thought I would try to catch up with Ryan and learn more about his journey through the game.

Transforming Lives Through Golf

“Seeing the results of what PGA HOPE, PGA Jr League, and our after-school junior program had, and the impact it made on individuals, inspired us to continue this journey in hopes to gain more local community support to help shape the lives of those most in need.”

Brooke Henderson Goes Low with Left Hand

Brooke Henderson is not alone in using the left hand, or lead-hand-low putting method as a way of improving both putting technique and overall confidence on the green. We see this method often as a way of helping countless professionals and amateur golfers alike.

Summertime is for Golf! PGA Junior Golf Camps are Growing the Game

In 2013, at the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Marc Haddad brought an idea to the PGA of America. The idea: create a national summer golf camp platform to help PGA Members grow the game across the country. And now, 9 years later, PGA Junior Golf Camps are providing a fun, educational experience that provides another reason for kids to go outside and play.

Minjee Lee: Ball Striking Genius

It surely doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that solid ball striking comes from solid fundamentals. However, as I work with my students and watch other amateur golfers practice, I see countless, recurring deficiencies with their pre-swing and in swing fundamentals. There are some basics from Minjee that you can copy and adapt to your own game.

How a Match Play Mentality Can Help You In Any Format

When discussing the mental game, and strategy in golf, and having a mindset conducive to scoring our best, experts often say you should have a “One Shot at a Time” mentality. When grinding during a match play event, that train of thought is absolutely one that is often found in a winner.