Free Up The Green As Soon As Possible

wente-2We’ve been covering some of the basics of golf etiquette as of late.  Proper etiquette will insure more enjoyment of the game for you, your group, and the groups around you.  One area many amateurs fail in the etiquette and pace of play department is “freeing up the green.”  Let’s discuss.

What is freeing up the green?  In simple terms it is getting out of the way so the group behind can play up.  How does one not properly clear the green?  Here are a few of the ways, which can be quite irritating and frustrating for the group who is waiting to hit their shots.

  • Hang around the green and practice putting or chipping
  • Stay at the green and talk to other players
  • Stand by the green or stay sitting in the golf cart marking your scorecard
  • Forgetting clubs or head covers by the green
  • Talking or texting with a mobile device

Common Sense

It’s simple, yet there always seem to be players or groups who have no clue that there are people behind them waiting.  Pay attention.  Be considerate of those behind you.

See you on the course.

Killer Course: Pumpkin Ridge

The northwest has gotten some great golf exposure in recent years with Bandon Dunes becoming perhaps the USA’s #1 golf destination, and Chambers Bay hosting the U.S. Open.  Another great option for golf in the northwest is Pumpkin Ridge, home of two golf courses.

Both Pumpkin Ridge courses have hosted USGA Championships, including the 1996 U.S. Amatuer.  The champion that year is a golfer you may have heard of: Tiger Woods.

Location

Pumpkin Ridge is located roughly 30 minutes northwest of Portland, Oregon.

Ghost Creek

The par-71, 6,839-yard Ghost Creek layout was designed by Bob Cupp in a traditional style which preserved the local wetlands and kept the area natural. Holes on the Ghost Creek layout are framed by lush trees.

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Portland wetlands and water features come into play on numerous holes with mountain backdrops off in the distance.

Ghost Creek is a public course.

Witch Hollow

Another Bob Cupp design, Witch Hollow is a par-72, 7,017-yard course which is the location of Tiger Woods’s 3rd consecutive U.S. Amateur Championships. The course winds through natural surroundings with the Cascade Mountains providing a backdrop.

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Numerous wetlands, ponds, streams and many trees accent the holes of the Witch Hollow Course.

Witch Hollow is a private course.

Amenities

Each course has its own clubhouse and pro shop. World class practice facilities are available for fine tuning one’s game or just warming up before a round.

Multiple restaurants and lounges attend to players’ food and beverage needs.

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Contact

12930 NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Rd
North Plains, Oregon
(503) 647-9977
http://www.pumpkinridge.com/

Happy Birthday USA!

 

On this 4th of July we at Frogger would like to wish our home country, the great United States of America, a very happy birthday.

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We hope you enjoy your barbeques, fireworks, vacations, and hopefully some 4th of July golf while celebrating our nation’s birthday.

We would also like to wish all of our Frogger friends, clients, business associates and social network followers a safe and happy holiday.

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Weekend Preview

Brandt SnedekerPGA Tour
The Greenbrier
July 2-July 5, 2015
Old White TPC
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Ah it is a great week on the PGA Tour with one of the most liked resorts and venues on tap, Old White TPC.  Old White TPC is one of four courses on the property at “America’s Resort.”  The other three would be the Meadows, Greenbrier, and Oakhurst Links.  The Greenbrier resort is host to many activites other than golf, such as tennis, gaming, spa, fine dining, and of course luxury relaxation on the finely manicured grounds.

Defending champion for this weeks event is “El Gato,” Angel Cabrera, also 2009 Masters champion.

The field this week at The Greenbrier is stellar, including Tiger Woods who is coming off missing the cut at the U.S. Open.  Many wonder if Tiger can find his game again and we will see if Woods has made any progress in his game in the two weeks since the Open at Chambers Bay.

Other notables in the field: Keegan Bradley, John Daly, J.B. Holmes, Davis Love III, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson.

TV Times

Thursday, July 2 Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. (ET) Live First Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:30 – 10:30 P.M. (ET) First Round Replay
Golf Channel 10:30 P.M. – 1:30 A.M. (ET) First Round Replay

Friday, July 3 Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. (ET) Live Second Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:30 – 10:30 P.M. (ET) Second Round Replay
Golf Channel 10:30 P.M. – 1:30 A.M. (ET) Second Round Replay

Saturday, July 4 Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. (ET) Live Bonus Coverage
CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. (ET) Live Third Round Coverage
Golf Channel 6:30 – 11:30 P.M. (ET) Third Round Replay

Sunday, July 5 Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. (ET) Live Bonus Coverage
CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. (ET) Live Final Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:00 – 11:30 P.M. (ET) Final Round Replay

Graeme McDowell - photo credit www.tourprogolfclubs.com

Graeme McDowell – photo credit www.tourprogolfclubs.com

European Tour
Alstom Open de France
Le Golf National
Paris, France
July 2-5, 2015

This week’s European Tour event is hosted at Le Golf National, a course which will be hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup. “Albatros” was built in 1990 by Hubert Chesneau who intended the course to be tough but fair, and host large international events.

Last year’s champion of the Alstom Open de France is Graeme McDowell, who has won the event two consecutive years and bids to become only the second player in the history of the event to win it three consecutive times.

In the field: Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Francesco Molinari, Darren Clarke, Robert Karlsson, Y.E. Yang, Alex Noren, Alexander Levy, Brendan Steele.

TV Times TBA

LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is off this week.  Next week they contest the U.S. Women’s Open.

Playing Through

Presidio2Golf etiquette seems to be a lost art these days.  If more players exercised good etiquette, we would all enjoy the game more and play faster!

One of the worst cases or lacks in golf etiquette is waving the group behind through.  Not enough do it, or even know about it.  Let’s discuss, shall we?

When to Wave a Group Through

If your group is falling behind the group in front of you while the group behind is constantly waiting for you, you’re likely playing a little slow.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of in this case.  It can happen and there are procedures and etiquette for dealing with the situation.

First and foremost try to pick up the pace, and catch up with the group in front.  If the group behind is still riding you and waiting too much, it’s time to give them the best wave in golf, asking them to play through and forge ahead.

Waving a group through is simple.  First you must catch their attention.  They’re likely looking closely, anxiously and possibly irritatedly waiting to hit.  When you have their attention, wave your arms in a “come on” fashion, indicating it is time for them to go through.  If they’re within shouting distance, give them a little shout too with something like “would you like to play through?”

The group behind should see this and wave back, and if they hear your call will yell back a thank you.

At that point it is time to move out of the way into a safe place and let them play through your group.  When the group behind is going by, a smile and a “have fun” will go a long way.  They should in turn say thanks.  In the event they’re too irritated, don’t sweat it.  You’re doing the right thing and they know it.

Conclusion

Remember, it is not embarrassing or shameful that you have to let a group play through.  It IS embarrassing and shameful to not let a group play through if you are playing too slow!

Killer Course: Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon has been voted the best public golf value in America by many golf media outlets. The course is not long by modern standards, but packs a bite like a ferocious poodle.

Location

Rustic Canyon is located a little more than an hour northwest of Los Angeles, California in a hilly and rugged area, specifically Moorpark. The course is about 40 minutes west of Oxnard.
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Design

Rio Olympic golf course architect Gil Hanse is the designer of Rustic Canyon. Hanse employed many interesting challenges and course design theories in the design of Rustic Canyon. The rugged terrain proves to be a fun and challenging walk.
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Most par-4’s are of a challenging length except the driveable (big hitters) 12th. Despite being shorter in length, many shots are forced carries to targets over California desert washes.

The greens at Rustic are very fun to putt, challenging with many intricate breaks, slopes, and contours. Fair but tough if a player is in the incorrect location upon approach.

Amenities

Rustic Canyon offers full service club sales, club fitting, and PGA lessons.

The practice areas are complete with full range and practice putting and short game areas.

The Rustic Grill serves many favorites for hungry golfers. Be sure to check out the BBQ or the famous “Rustic Burger.”
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Conclusion

Rustic Canyon is a fun challenge that will not completely beat up the golfer.  Just keep the ball in play and you’ll be okay.  Rustic is a manageable yardage, challenging, fun, and very scenic. Worth putting on the do-play list.

Contact

15100 Happy Camp Canyon Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 530-0221
http://www.rusticcanyongolfcourse.com/

Golf Fun: 19 Man Shootout

BlackMesa3Here’s a very fun tournament format for a field of 19 players.  It is a very slow format and should be only done on odd times or in situations where play for the regular golf course clientele is not slowed down.

On each hole of the 18 holes one player of the field is eliminated. The single player with the worst score on each hole is eliminated. In the event of two or more players tying on a given hole for worst score, a play-in of some type must be done to eliminate one player.  This process will take a LONG time at the beginning.

Play-In Formats

One play-in format could be a chipping contest. Players would chip from a designated spot and the player who is farthest from the hole would be the one who is eliminated.

Another play-in idea could be a putting contest. The player who putts farthest from to the hole is eliminated. If all player hole-out, a new contest begins.

Winner

The player who survives through all 18 holes without being eliminated is the winner.

Alternate Formats

The format could also be done as a team game in the event there are more than 19 competitors.  Teams of two players could play a scramble, alternate shot, or best ball format.  Adding the team aspect would make the event take even longer, so be aware.

 

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Weekend Preview

Patrick Reed in the field this week

Patrick Reed in the field this week

PGA Tour
Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands
Cromwell, Connecticut

TPC River Highlands dates back to 1928 and has been tweaked several times in it’s 90 year history, most notably by Pete Dye in 1982. The course is a parkland style course well suited for golf spectating and produces some fine golf drama.

Last year’s champion was Kevin Streelman who blistered the final nine of the championship, coming from five shots back. His final nine holes in 28 shots “made some noise” as he said, helping him to a 64 which included seven consecutive birdies.

Notables in the field: Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia.

TV Times

Thursday June 25: 3-6 p.m. ET Golf Channel
Friday June 26: 3-6 p.m. ET Golf Channel
Saturday June 27: 1-2:30 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET CBS
Sunday June 28: 1-2:30 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET CBS

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LPGA Tour
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnace Country Club
Rogers, Arkansas
June 26-28, 2015

The LPGA Tour is in Rogers Arkansas this week for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. 500 Race to the CME Globe points are in play this week.

Defending champion is Stacy Lewis who closed out last year’s event with a stellar 65 to finish at -12 for the event.

In the field: Brittany Lincicome, Mallory Blackwelder, Paula Creamer, Sandra Gal, Suzann Pettersen, Jane Park, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Yani Tseng.

TV Times – Golf Channel

Friday June 26 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Saturday June 27 3:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday June 28 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

European Tour
BMW International Open
Golfclub München Eichenried
Eichenried, Munich,Germany

The Championship course, host of this week’s European Tour event, is a hybrid combination of holes from the three courses on property at Golfclub München Eichenried.

The defending champion this week at the BMW International Open is from Paraguay. Fabrizio Zanotti’s first European Tour title came at this event in 2014, a tear inducing win for him.

Hole in one prize this week is a BMW 7-series. Will anyone win it?

In the field: Camilo Villegas, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Darren Clarke, Y.E. Yang, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Retief Goosen, Niclas Fasth, Shane Lowry.

Air times TBA.

Looking for a Golf Ball

480px-BahnhofsuhrZuerich_RZWe all end up in a golf ball search at some point in time.  That shiny new ProV1 is too expensive to let go, and so is the chance of making a good score.  How long are we golfers allowed to search for a golf ball?

Five Minutes

Golfers are allowed five minutes to search for their ball, AFTER they have arrived at the search location.  The time does not start until the player arrives at the spot and is not timed from the moment the previous shot was played.

If a ball is out of bounds, there is no five minute time as the search applies to finding a ball that is in play.  Don’t was your time and the players’ time behind your group looking for an OB ball.

If the group behind is pushing you, wave them through and allow them to play on.  This will not only make them more happy and be more polite of you, it will give you more time to search for that shiny ProV1, and maybe turn a double or triple bogey into a par.

Search Smart

When searching during the five minute period, do so in an intelligent fashion, rather than aimlessly wandering around in random directions.  Take a grid-approach and walk a straight line through the area you think the ball should be in.  Move a few feet, turn around, walk the same line back.

To help keep up the pace of your group, help players look for their lost balls.  They should also in turn help you look for yours.

If a ball search begins, the player who lost the ball should inform the group as to the model of the ball, and if there are any unique identifying markings on it.  This will make the search go faster as players will not have to ask, “are you hitting a…” every time they find a ball.

Conclusion

Losing a ball now and then is simply part of the game.  Approach the search in a smart fashion and take no more than five minutes to look for it.

Weekend Wrap – 2015 U.S. Open

U.S. Open
Chambers Bay
University Place, Washington

What a fantastic weekend of golf entertainment we had in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The event, as usual, was full of great stories, sad stories, and course setup controversy.

Chambers Bay is a very new course, not even a decade old. The course was built in the site of an old gravel pit, with the hopes of hosting a major championship. Robert Trent Jones II moved massive amounts of earth to create the artificial dunes, slopes, and elevation changes the course presented the players. Those dunes, slopes, and elevation changes, combined with hard conditions, meant players had to be very creative and accurate with their shots. Drives which landed in the middle of the fairway would not necessarily stay there. Approach shots which hit near the flag or in the center of the green would not necessarily stay there either. Players had to pick landing target areas and play the hard ground and slopes, similar to shotmaking requirements in the British Open.

Chambers Bay - Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Chambers Bay – Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

The course played extremely long with many record breaking holes for a U.S. Open. Several par-4 holes were over 500 yards and par-5’s over 600 yards.

Lastly, the brown putting surfaces were full of Poa annua, an invasive grass which causes the putts to be bumpy. There was a ton of controversy over the greens and how poorly the rolled.

The course layout combined with the U.S. Open conditions provided hugely debated stage for the Open, but did in the end provide great drama whether you liked the setup or not.

Jordan Spieth came into the Open as one of the favorites, having impressed all golf watchers with his resounding win at the Masters a few weeks ago. Spieth was at or near the lead for much of the four days, ending up tied for the lead coming into Sunday. Despite a double bogey on the 17th hole, Spieth closed the event with an eagle opportunity on the 72nd hole. The eagle just missed but an easy birdie gave Spieth a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson in the group behind.

Johnson made a fantastic birdie on the par-3 17th to reach -4, one shot behind Spieth who had finished his round. After a massive drive in the middle of the fairway, Johnson had only a 5-iron (Spieth hit 3-wood) to reach the par-5 finishing hole in two. His 12-foot eagle putt would vault him over Spieth and give him his first major championship.

The putt was very quick and rolled by about three feet. At that point Johnson needed to make birdie to force a Monday playoff. The pressure of the Open got the best of him and he pulled the putt left of the hole, leaving a tap-in for 2nd place. What heartbreak having a putt to win and not being able to even force a playoff.

Other stories were quite intriguing in the Open this year. Tiger Woods opened with an 80 and followed that opening round with a +6 76. At one point Woods was 17 shots behind the lead. His final hole produced a horrid shot, a duffed 3-wood which ended up in the massive pot bunker “Chambers Basement,” which we mentioned last week.  At 16-over-par Woods missed the cut badly, leaving fans and media to wonder if he will ever get his game back.

Rory McIlory wasn’t much of a factor until late in the event when he heated up, but it was too little, too late for the Irishman.

Jason Day, tied for the lead a many points in the event, collapsed on Saturday on the final hole due to vertigo.  After seeking medical attention Day finished the event Sunday, but didn’t have enough in the gas tank to pull off what would have been a great story.

Branden Grace was in the second to last group with Spieth on Sunday and sat tied with him at -5, two shots ahead of the field on the 16th tee.  Pressure caused Grace to block a 3-wood right, out of bounds.  The double bogey would knock him out of contention.

Despite the quirks and issues with the golf course, Sunday’s final round was dramatic and entertaining, worthy of a major championship.  Spieth’s victory was his 2nd major win of 2015 and his career.  The “Spieth slam” is now the talk of golf.  Can he win the next major, the British Open at the Old Course in a few weeks?  Can’t wait to find out.