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August 16, 2017

Do You Have Enough Bounce?

I was watching a PGA Tour event a few weeks ago when the announcers mentioned the degrees of bounce on a player’s sand wedge and I wondered if even half the people watching even knew what they meant by “bounce angle”. Contrary to some beliefs bounce is not what you put in your drier to make clothes have less static but the angle the leading edge of the golf club is recessed off the ground at address. Every iron has […]
August 2, 2017

Top Golf… Pros and Cons

Have you ever been to a Top Golf location? There are a multitude of games to play and each gives the player(s) a different experience. Top Golf In our signature game, players score points by hitting balls (assigned using our microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn. Top Scramble Beginner, and experienced golfers compete mano-a-mano on a level playing field. Players are split into teams, and the […]
July 19, 2017

2 Caddie Tips The Will Lower Your Scores

Two tips I received from tour caddies…   They might sound simple, but might well help you lower your score! Throughout my life I’ve had a passion for golf and, for many years I also had an inner drive to improve my game. I practiced, I sought out renowned teachers for lessons and I read books with subject matter covering all aspects of the game. Given all of that and, although profoundly simple, I think the two most helpful tips […]
July 12, 2017

Tom Badys’ Peculiar Diet

Written by Garrett Norris Edited by Doug Alderman Have you ever wondered how to become the Tom Brady of golf? It is not just in the training and practice that makes him great, but as well as his diet. Chances are, you don’t share the same diet as Tom and Gisele, and if you did, that also doesn’t mean that you could be the greatest golfer of all time. Tom just has the right balance of hard work, dedication, practice, […]
June 30, 2017
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Wedding Photography – Does It Get Much Better?

This post is written by Rick Bouthiette of Rick Bouthiette Photography.  You can see more of his work here. Where do we begin? The views and the beautiful backdrop of the golf course? The attentive and professional staff? The phenomenal food? Well, we’ll start with the views and the gorgeous grounds. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities around the property. The Garden’s landscaping is always meticulously manicured and makes an amazing backdrop for beautiful wedding photos. At every turn the […]
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 […]
April 5, 2017

How Do You Start?

Part 3 of our 2017 Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Brad Booth – Golf Course Architect. As a golf architect, the most common question I am asked is, “how in the world do you start”, (the design process).  The thought of looking at a very large parcel of land and then developing it into a new golf experience is indeed a daunting challenge.  My hope with this short piece is to share my starting process with […]
February 22, 2017

Three Things Golfers Should Know About Winterkill

Winterkill is an easy problem to define but difficult to understand. Winterkill simply put, is when turf dies during the winter. However, understanding the mechanism’s that cause winterkill whether it be ice, crown hydration, low temperature kill or desiccation is not that simple. Creating effective prevention strategies and formulating actual recovery tactics can be complex, time consuming and at times experimental. What causes winterkill? Winterkill is a catch all term describing winter injury to turf that can occur through a […]
December 20, 2016

Winter Covers… Good For Some Greens — Not Necessarily For All

There are two reasons for covering greens turf during the winter months in the northern climate of the U.S. 1) To protect the turf from cold, dry winter winds. 2) To help prevent the forma on of ice on the greens surface. But, not all cultivars on our northern greens are the same… some need extra protec on and some actually benefit with no protection. The most susceptible turf species to winter damage is Poa Annua (poa). Poa plants are […]
July 5, 2016

Bunker Sand

Bunker Sand A few years ago I was invited to play a golf course in Maine named Belgrade Lakes.  Located about 12 miles due north of Augusta, a bit off the beaten path, Belgrade Lakes is a lovely course. I found the layout, designed by Scotsman Clive Clark (he also did Lake Winnipesaukee Country Club), to be an enjoyable play through rolling terrain.  Beautifully conditioned greens, tees and fairways but, from the very first hole, the most striking feature of […]
June 14, 2016

A Stimp Meter In Use

The U.S Open at Oakmont — Green Speed and the Stimp Meter This week’s U.S Open championship will be contested just outside Pittsburg, PA at Oakmont Country Club.  It will be the ninth U.S. Open hosted at this famed venue. Virtually all of golf’s aficionados consider Oakmont one of the most difficult courses in America; a fantastic facility to host the nation’s most prestigious golf championship.   Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and punishing rough… but, the real challenge of Oakmont is […]
May 31, 2016

Every Golfer’s Responsibility

One of the unique aspects of golf is that it is a game of integrity.  There are no umpires or referees; quite simply… there is no on course supervision. Instead, the game relies on the integrity of the individual – the golfer – to show consideration to others, abide by the rules and to have respect for the course. Over my more than 30 years as a golf course superintendent I’ve seen virtually every imaginable type golfer behavior… some good… […]
March 1, 2016

Winter… No Time Off For a Golf Course Grounds Crew

A common question that course superintendents hear from golfers is:  “what do you guys do in the winter?” Sometimes I think they presume that there really isn’t much for a golf course grounds crew to do during the cold, snowy months of a New England winter.  The reality is actually quite the contrary. That said, like most golf course maintenance crews in our area, my assistants (Bill Nickerson and Jeremy Stafford) and I do scale back to a 40 hour […]