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walk don't ride
It doesn't pay to ride a cart when a golf course requires you to stay on the cart path at all times. The Country Club at the Hamptons is one of these courses where you cannot drive the cart on the fairways. This means you have to walk across the fairway to hit your shot then return to your cart like Tom did in the picture above.
Other courses like Strathmore Golf Club prevents carts to be driven into the rough. The cart shuts off and beeps at you. The only way to restart the cart is to put the cart on reverse and back out of the rough.
do you have a nemesis hole?
Every golfer has a nemesis hole where it seems the golf gods seem to play havoc on the swing or the ball. Do you have a nemesis hole? I do at almost every golf course I play at. There always seem to be a hole that does not lie well with you. It may be a hazard off the tee or a watery grave by the golf green. Whatever it is, swings go haywire, balls get lost and you storm off with a snowman (or an 8).
photo bomb your golf outings
Be sure to take lots of pictures of your buddies or have them take pictures of you when you are teeing it up or take random shots of your swing when you are out on the golf course. If you downloaded the chatbooks app and hooked it up to your facebook account then every time you post a photo, chatbooks will automatically add the photo to a photo book. When you have compiled 60 photos, you can get a 60-page photo book made for just $8 + free shipping.
show me the money
You may think it's your lucky day when you come up to a tee box with a sign that reads $10,000.00 for a hole-in-one. Before you get all excited, look around the golf green and see if you see a spotter. A spotter is someone assigned by the golf course (or tournament host) to stand around the green to witness the hole-in-one. If you don't see a spotter then ignore the potential prize because it doesn't apply to you. (Sorry!) But if you do get the ace, be sure to go to our Hole-in-One section and get registered with the National Hole Registry or you may get something golf related free.
love or hate golf
There's a golf course north of Calgary in the small town of Airdrie that is causing quite a buzz. Golfers who played there, either loves it or hates it. Loretta Apthorp, the tournament coordinator cannot figure it out. Tony Li who organized a tournament there in 2014 knows too well why golfers hate the course so much. "At his tournament, a player lost 10 balls on one hole trying to hit over a creek. If that does not frustrate you, how about losing your tee shot when it rolls into the environmental area?". Before you play there, read our guide first: How to Play Apple Creek GC
when drinking is not allowed
The quickest way to get ejected from a golf course is to bring your own cooler filled with alcoholic beverages. The reason golf courses object to golfers bringing their own drinks is because of their legal obligation. According to the Strathmore Golf Club, they said "their liquor licence does not allow consumption of alcohol not purchased directly from the club and that they cannot check each individual cooler for outside alcohol". There you have it folks. Most golf courses including Strathmore Golf Club provides coolers on their carts for you to keep purchased drinks on ice for anytime drinking while golfing.
get free lodging, lunch and golf
Now that summer is coming to an end, it may be time to book a 2 or 3 day golf school to work on your game. From now to the end of the year, book a 2 or 3 day golf school with Marriott Golf Academy and get free lodging. Lunch and free rounds of golf are also included on school days. Villas are spacious and have bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, patio and equipped with washer/ dryer. For more information, visit the Marriott link https://www.marriottgolfacademy.com/promotions1.html.
kp, closest to pin?
Golf Tournament organizers may not know how to spell because they refer to Closest to Pin with 'KP' instead of 'CP'. Learn how to host a golf tournament in our weekly page.
how to play elevated tees
This month under our How-to section, we will give you the "skinny" on how to play par 3's with elevated tee boxes.
When it comes to hole-in-ones, some people have one, two or a few while others are still waiting for their first one. Read about how a lucky golfer in Calgary got 2 in the same week.
great day of golf
Tournaments can be a lot of fun. Especially ones that raise funds towards a charity or to a good cause. It's a day filled with challenges, drinks, prizes and good company. If you're interested, be sure to check our city pages for a tournament near you. Or if you are hosting a tournament, be sure to check our new section: How to host a Golf Tournament.
playing in the mornings
There are advantages playing early in the morning. Clean air, spectacular sunrises and freshly mowed fairways to name a few. Golf courses encourage early-risers to play at a faster pace and for this reason, morning tee times are not for everyone. If you like a quick round, perhaps before going into work, try booking a round when the course opens. The air is crisp and not polluted. The course is not as busy and there are fewer footprints on the greens.
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How to get a Selfie and Autograph at a Golf Tournament
The #1 way to get a selfie and autograph of a PGA or LPGA player is to attend a practice round or Pro-Am. These days are usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday and are prior to the opening round. Cameras and cellphones are allowed but no video cameras.
Best Places to Wait for an Autograph
At a practice round or Pro-Am event, it is best to bring a Sharpie or permanent marker and something to write on. Here are the best places to stand and wait for your favourite player.
How to Begin Playing Golf
If you are starting out with golf, be sure to check out our feature page on 'How to Buy Beginner Clubs'. We break it down and tell you how to save money from the start.