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Golf

  • ChampionsGate a great golf venue

    As we travel around the country, it’s fun to try new places, new golf courses and new accommodations. We were in Florida for three weeks this winter, visiting old friends and playing golf in several guest days.

    That is the best part of golf, because it’s not just a sport. Golf is also a social event and can morph into several days of fun, food and camaraderie.

  • On the golf course, be aware, be considerate

    Every year or so, I write a column about slow play, praying that it will help move folks around the golf course faster. Everyone hates slow play and even the PGA and the USGA have come out with various campaigns and slogans recently. Most memorable are the “while we’re young” videos that have appeared during various televised golf tournaments.    
    Slow play is a persistent problem and we need to change our way of thinking about it.  Perhaps we need to ask ourselves if we are a problem.  

  • Course raters: A new perspective on golf

    Golf is a unique sport with an infinite number of variables.  
    Unlike other sports, golf is played on 5 miles of earth, over hills and valleys, across ponds and creeks. There are trees and bunkers and various grassy surfaces on the tee box, the fairway, the rough and the green.    

  • Grab your best partner and come to The Golf Ball

    Men, dust off your tuxedo or your best sport jacket and bow tie.   
    Ladies, get on your dancing shoes and your silk dress. Find your feather boa or your fur.  
    Valentine’s Day is coming and it’s time for The Golf Ball. This is a totally awesome dinner dance (black tie optional) and a perfect place to take your spouse or significant other for a romantic evening of fine food, music, dancing, camaraderie and candlelight.  
    It’s all for a good cause: The First Tee of Brunswick County scholarship fund.

  • Ashley Sloup: Good things ahead
  • Two Carolinas PGA events coming to Leland

    This year will be exciting for Brunswick County golfers. Two Carolinas PGA events are coming to Cape Fear National.  
    On July 28-29, the Carolinas PGA Senior professionals will tee it up. Thais prestigious tournament is for members of the Carolinas PGA who are 50 or older. The major sponsor for this event is Mercedes-Benz.   
    On Sept. 28-29, the Carolinas PGA will play its annual Pro-Am. Each PGA pro will play with three amateurs. The major sponsor is National Car Rental.  

  • Get fit for golf: Keep moving during the winter season

    We’re at the start of winter now. What a perfect time to follow up on those wistful resolutions we make every year about joining a gym, walking every day, buying an exercise bike, getting a set of weights.
    In short, we want to get fit. We know if we start an exercise program and stay the course, we’ll reap benefits. Our blood pressure will come down, our joints will ache less and our clothes will fit better. Our golf game will improve because we’ll be stronger, more flexible and more balanced in our swing.

  • St. James Plantation community: Bigger and better than ever

    Continuing my series of highlighting various golf communities in Brunswick County, I visited St. James Plantation earlier this month and spoke with Alan Deck, the general manager.
    The always-congenial Deck met me in his office and we had a great, far-ranging discussion of St. James: history, present-day activities and trends for the future.
    St. James started with a vast amount of property and one course, The Gauntlet. I remember playing it and thinking it was a good name for a course with tree- and marsh-lined fairways, deep bunkers and elevated greens.

  • The 211 Ryder Cup

    Golf on the Carolina coast, particularly in Brunswick County, is all about having fun in the true spirit of the game: Playing matches and tournaments, knowing the Rules of Golf, competing in various formats, playing serious golf, yet still having a great time.
    That’s exactly what the 211 Ryder Cup is all about.
    To learn more about this wonderful event that is held annually between St. James and Carolina National, I met with the co-chairmen last week at Carolina National.

  • Bionic golfers abound in Brunswick County

    It’s absolutely amazing. A huge percentage of golfers in Brunswick County are playing the game with artificial hips, knees and shoulders.  
    Think about it. Fifty years ago, these folks would be disabled, in constant pain, doomed to spend their days sitting in a chair (or wheelchair), reading books, watching television and playing canasta with their wives.
    No golf, gardening, walking the beach.