Spring Training

This past week I was on my annual Spring Training trip down South. This year I was joined by my best friend John Porzio. We flew into Atlanta, surprised my 2 nephews, had dinner with them, my brother and his wife then started our drive back home. First stop was Tanglewood in North Carolina(home of the 1974 PGA championship). Upon arriving there, we were greeted with about an inch of snow that delayed opening until 12pm. On the fly we decided to skip Tanglewood as we were on a tight schedule the next couple of days. Next stop was Primland resort in Meadows of Dan Virginia. This resort is ranked #21 in golf digest public course list and is now home to a Tavistock Cup team and consists of a lodge and a  very large hunting ground. After driving on a country road for about 20 mins you arrive at a gate and must buzz in. Once through the gate you have a 8 mile drive up the mountain on a very windy road that takes about 30 minutes; its worth it. The lodge,pic below, is stunning and has neverending views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Next stop was the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech. This course runs along side of the New River, which is the oldest river in the country and the second oldest river in the world behind the Nile. Don’t ask me how they age rivers but I guess they do. The river is wide and runs fast, and I am sure is home to tons of wildlife in the Summer. We saw a mink on the course; first time I ever seen one of those. As far as the course goes, the holes feel repetitive and the greens are as small and tough as they come. Its a flat links style course and is one of the best college courses in the country.

The final stop on this short trip was Spring Creek in Gordonsville VA. Spring Creek is #58 on golf digest’s list and is deserving of that. They are in the middle of finishing a beautiful club house that will make this a top class country club. The pro there, Kevin Haney, no relation to Hank, was very accommodating and the members there are lucky to have him. The never flat fairways here make this course very tough .

Overall the trip was great but too short. I am thinking about doing another one this year; maybe Williamsburg or Ocean City. Stay tuned.

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Gear up at Golf Galaxy

As many of you, like myself, are heading South for spring training, make sure you stop into Golf Galaxy before you go. This chain superstore has EVERYTHING you need, including clubs, balls, shoes, clothes and now carrying the TW clothing line. All of this years clubs are now in store so stop in and take advantage of the best deals in the state. If you are looking for used clubs, they have plenty of those as well so stop in periodically to see the ever changing inventory. With that said make sure you bring your old clubs to trade in as well.

If you are shopping for new clubs have Mark Ashby or Ed “shaftman” Tayag  fit you for the perfect set.  They will have you hit many diff settings in one of the 2 simulators there. Cody’s sense of style will get you looking like a parking lot pro, and  Bill, Chris, Gary, and  Mary  will be happy to help with anything in the store.  GM Pat has done a great job with the store and keeping the above mentioned all in line ha.

If your thinking about lessons before your trip schedule a couple with PGA pro Mike Gramelis. His “classroom” is in the store so you will stay warm while he fine tunes your swing on the slowmo screen. He will give you tips to improve your game and work on during your trip.

I recommend  joining their advantage club as its free and provides great specials and earns in store credit. 10$ for every 300 you spend

  • Address: 1355 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460
    Phone:(203) 783-3028
    Overall the store gets a 10. Many golfers think they are on the tour and above chain stores. Golf Galaxy Milford has the expertise of a seasoned boutique with the supply and price of a box store.  Be sure to stop in soon!
    • layout-10
    • condition-10
    • food-  I wish
    • staff- 10

Canada

With hockey season underway,  we tend to think of our neighbors to the North to be good for 2 things(hockey and cheap strip clubs in Montreal ha).  Although there are only a few Canadiens on the PGA tour(Weir,Ames,etc), golf in Canada is very popular.  I saw this pic that Matt Ginella tweeted and wanted to share it.  It is  Silvertip golf resort in Alberta CA 18th hole…..foreeeeeee eh.

Reviews start tomorrow. Weekends will be out of state reviews,trips,random stuff like this.

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Collection

Forgot to mention I collected a pencil from every course. Shennecossett had blank pencils, BUT I told my story to the guys I was playing with and at the crossover to the water holes one of the guys said he was gonna run into his beautiful home on the 17th green to grab beers.  When he returned he sure enough had a 12 pack  AND a Shennecossett engraved rocks glass. THANKS MARTY!!

 

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