The Quest to Play the Top 100 Golf Courses in the United States

Mulligan Man,

What's your opinion of golf returning as a featured event at the Rio Olympics?  Does it really mean anything to win a Gold Medal if the most of the top players in the world are staying home to make regular-sized head babies?  That's like the Masters without the last 10 winners!  ... Signed Chris, Dover, MD

Hey Chris,

​Any golf is good golf and that's probably a good thing.  The reality is, most American people can't name more than two Olympic athletes participating in this year's games.  If you don't believe me, who do you know besides Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas?   Now you can add Bubba Watson, Rickey Fowler, Matt Kuchar, and Patrick Reed to your list.  And if you know anything about the LPGA tour, you can add Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Pillar. I'm sure all of them would be glad to earn a Gold Medal because we don't play each other - we play the course. .. MM

​​​​​Mr. M. Man,

I desperately need some golf advice here!  I bought some new irons and now I'm topping everything!  When I was hitting them in the store, I was puring everything!  Now, not even close!  I've tried bending my knees a little more, tried to sweep the grass, hit down on the ball, and the like and all I end up with is a bunch of 40-yard top spin induced dribblers.  It's embarrassing!  What should I do? ... Signed Lou in Tampa Bay.

Mr. T.B. Lou,

About all I can suggest for golfers topping the ball is to remove the cleats from their shoes.  ... MM


Team California celebrates winning the 2016 Golfest Cup!

(8/13/16) ... A group of 10 Golfestian's will be participating in Golfest 2016-Scottsdale on September 8-11th.  The hotbed of Arizona golf will dish up a premium desert resort that will feature 72 of its best golf holes. The venues include Camelback Golf Club, The Grayhawk (Talon) Golf Club, Troon Monument North and the famous TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course.  

     The Talking Stick Resort & Casino will be the base camp on the trip and dishes up a variety of entertainment options.

     The TPC Scottsdale course is the site of the extremely popular PGA event where 60,000 rowdy fans pack the par-3 16th hole.  Of course, the grandstands will not be up when Golfest visits.  After all, who needs that kind of pressure?    Troon North Monument is a perennial Top 100 course in Golf Digests annual rankings.

​     Up for grabs during Golfest Scottsdale will be the coveted GolfestUSA championship belt.  Mark Pickering of Yorba Linda, CA is the defending champion claiming top honors in Mesquite, Nevada in 2015.  This year's event features a slight change in the championship format.  It will utilize the modified-Stableford scoring system - with full handicaps in play.  This format tends to reward aggressive play as a birdie is worth substantially more than a bogey.  The scoring is as follows - and will be done in real time on a Golf Genius phone app.  Cool stuff!

Double Eagle:  10 points

Eagle:  5 points

Birdie:   3 points

Par:  1 points

Bogey:  -1 point

Double Bogey or Worse:  -2

It should be very entertaining!

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