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June 21, 2017

Putters… What’s Right for You?

When do you need a new putter? If you average more than 2 putts per green in a round, it’s time for something new.  But… Which putter is the right one? Should you get a blade or a mallet? What length should you get? What is the best grip for you? Who should you go to for the answers to these questions? Do you watch Golf on television? The tour players have putting all figured out, right.  Well, not necessarily, […]
June 14, 2017

3 Myths on What Tees to Play

Have you ever played a course for first time and wondered, “What tees should I play from?”   Did you ask the starter/pro shop for advice?   Did you and your group just decide on a tees based on what other groups were playing?   Here are 3 Tee Selection Myths debunked: Myth #1 – Certain tees are for certain genders That’s right, all tees are for all genders.  In fact, the reason certain tees are called ‘Ladies Tees’ are […]
June 7, 2017

The Inaugural PGA Junior Match

This past Saturday, June 3rd, The Oaks Golf Links hosted its inaugural PGA Junior League Match. As the Captain of the team I couldn’t be prouder of our kids and current Junior Golf program. Thanks to our generous Junior Golf sponsors and supportive owners here at The Oaks Golf Links we are taking huge strides towards putting Junior golf on the map here in Somersworth, NH. Meet our u13 players! Team Fowler: Mason – Barrington NH Maeve – Madbury NH […]
May 31, 2017

A Tale From Behind The Bar

Written by: Sarah Cote When working in a golf course bar, we get to know our members very well and a community is created. We share stories, we hear about families and vacations, and we certainly learn what each person likes to drink. This is one of the greatest parts about working at the Candia Woods Clearing. I value the relationships and the people that I have met at the course and that I know will be there week after […]
May 24, 2017

Green Speeds… What To Know

I have been wanting to address this issue for a long time since I receive many comments about green speeds from our customers as our spring greens aeration is behind us for the time being and much anticipated improved weather is ahead of us ensuring peak golfing conditions. There have been past days when golfers would have asked me if I thought the green speed number posted outside the golf shop was accurate. Some has said the greens were faster […]
May 18, 2017

Excel Chefs into the Future

It’s a new era for chefs… Calculators and pads of paper are a thing of the past. In today’s commercial kitchen a chef must be computer savvy. Integrating food math into excel programs have made our lives as chefs a little easier.  Inventories, food costing , order guides, prep lists, cleaning schedules, employee schedules and even seating charts are all worked into an excel format. Some are simple; others more complex.  Basic sheets with formulas for costing, robust workbooks to […]
May 10, 2017

First Tee… Growing in NH

Part 4 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Chris Sargent, Program Director of The First Tee of New Hampshire. The First Tee of NH coaches life skills and core values that are inherent in golf, to children of all ages. However, on another level: The First Tee of NH nurtures the space by providing the place for its participants to self-discover their own swing, their authentic swing, their authentic way of Being in the world. […]
May 3, 2017

Are Golfers About to Become Surfers?

Golfers could soon be, in the words of Mike Love and the Beach Boys, “loading up their woody with their boards inside and headin’ out singing their song”? No. It’s not that golfers are about to give up their game to become surfers; instead, it’s a new concept being introduced to golf that may link these two sporting passions together. Named the Best New Product at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, a device called the GolfBoard is starting to appear […]
April 26, 2017

Advantages vs Disadvantages of Club Fitting

First of all there are no disadvantages to club fitting…only advantages! Club manufactures are spending millions of dollars annually to make golf clubs easier to hit, the resulting shots go higher, straighter and longer. A startling article I read quoted “90% of U.S. golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs”! Another article stated that “golfers who completed a club fitting almost always saw an immediate improvement in their driving distance and scores”! If you have never had a club […]
June 14, 2017

3 Myths on What Tees to Play

Have you ever played a course for first time and wondered, “What tees should I play from?”   Did you ask the starter/pro shop for advice?   Did you and your group just decide on a tees based on what other groups were playing?   Here are 3 Tee Selection Myths debunked: Myth #1 – Certain tees are for certain genders That’s right, all tees are for all genders.  In fact, the reason certain tees are called ‘Ladies Tees’ are […]
March 29, 2017

Mobile Golf Bag – New App to Add!

After what has been a long winter, it is time for you to dust off your Mobile Golf Bag!  For those who don’t have one, CLICK HERE to view my post about 5 Free Apps For Your Mobile Golf Bag (MGB).  As we prepare for the 2017 golf season in New England, I have a new app to put into your MGB.  The app is gottaGolf and it has loads of cool features but the one in particular I was […]
November 29, 2016

Golf Goals… Do You Have Them?

Do you set any golf goals?  Have you ever wanted to improve some aspect of your golf game?  If you have ever wanted to improve some part of your game, you need to have a plan. Not all goals are created equally.  These goals do not have to be all about scores.  Before you set your goals, you should set SMART goals, for a higher success rate.  SMART goals are defined:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely goals. For example: […]
October 18, 2016

5 Tips to Improve Your Pace of Play

Following the theme of my previous post [Click Here to read Pace-of-Play Myths], I will continue to tackle the pace-of-play elephant on the course. There is an abundance of resources but I found some tips on USGA.org and wanted to add some comments.  “Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from the back tees. In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you – one where you are more […]
August 9, 2016

Pace-Of-Play Myths

This is the first part of a series in discussing pace-of-play   Have you ever asked a staff member at the course, “How’s the pace today?”  An answer to that question can set the tone for the round. You typically see golf courses’ pace-of-play policy being 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes.  There are many factors that create pace-of-play issues, but I am here to debunk a few myths. Pace of Play Discrimination Slow play does not care […]
June 21, 2016

Are You Tracking Your Golf Stats?

After a round do you ever say to yourself:  “I played OK but I could have scored better”.  Maybe it was the putt(s) that lipped out, or the errant shot that found a pond.  Either way, you feel that your score should have been better. Well… How do you improve that score?  Practicing seems to be the obvious answer; that, or taking a lesson.  But, before you take the step to lowering your scores, I suggest you first determine which […]
March 29, 2016

5 Free Apps to Have In Your “Mobile Golf Bag”

Technology is finding its way into almost every facet of life.  With the ease of accessibility, you can put numerous tools at your fingertips.  Golf is no exception.  With so many applications available, which ones do you install into your “Mobile Golf Bag”? Being a tech nerd, I am always looking for the latest and greatest apps to improve in my golf game.  Some may say there are not enough apps available to take on such a task, but I […]