Most accessible TPC course

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 1, 2011, 12:22 am

Of the 32 facilities in the TPC network, 13 are open to the public. In this edition of Travel Punch Shots, travel editor Erik Peterson and TravelGolf.com senior writer Mike Bailey make their case for the most accessible TPC golf course.

By ERIK PETERSON

When it comes to golf courses, the three elements of accessibility are price, location and busyness. And though all these barriers are important, the most significant is price, which is the main reason why TPC Louisiana should be considered the most accessible of the 13 public facilities in the TPC network.

For most of the year the rate at TPC Louisiana is $110, which certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s easier to digest considering it’s a Pete Dye-design that hosts the PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Although TPC Myrtle Beach and TPC Tampa Bay are similarly priced, TPC Louisiana has better deals for local, junior, twilight and replay rounds.

As for location, TPC Louisiana is situated 20 minutes south of New Orleans in Annondale. While it’s not exactly the epicenter of golf in America, it’s a short distance from the Louis Armstrong Airport. Not bad.

In terms of how busy it is, TPC Louisiana is easy on the traveling golfer due to its location in a city that’s better known for food-and-drink tourism than golf tourism. Granted, utilizing the earlier part of the course’s 30-day booking window is suggested, but you won’t experience the same hustle and bustle as you'll find at such TPCs as Scottsdale, Blue Monster and Sawgrass.

My final argument for TPC Louisiana’s accessibility is the fact that it’s a stand-alone property, so you don't have to stay in a hotel to get the best rate. Just park your car, walk inside, slap your money on the counter and off you go.

TPC Louisiana isn't my favorite TPC, but there’s no question it’s the most accessible.

By MIKE BAILEY

Among the TPC network, no facility is more golf-centric than TPC Scottsdale. It's right in the middle of golf Mecca, surrounded by at least 100 other golf courses in the immediate vicinity, and nearly 200 in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

Along with that comes an endless array of accommodation options, including the TPC's lodging partner, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, as well as the Xona Resort Suites next door. The Fairmont offers golf packages, but you don't have to stay there to play the course. In fact, you can book the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale 90 days out.

And while it costs $300 to play this Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf-design course in season, if you're willing to brave the heat, you can get on for a third of that price (or perhaps even less) during the summer months.

Let's face it: It's not cheap to play golf at any of the TPC courses that host PGA Tour events, so nobody should get sticker shock when they plop down $200 or $300 in the golf shop for a round. For most golfers, playing a TPC course is a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime treat, an opportunity to say you walked the same fairways that Phil Mickelson missed, and a chance to be treated like a pro for a day.

TPC Scottsdale is a great example of the above experience, and not only does it have the Stadium Course, but it also has an additional 18 holes, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed Champions Course, which some players find just as enjoyable.

In fact, you can play the Champions Course in season for around $136, much less after June. Put the two of them together, and you have quite the enjoyable 1-2 punch, no matter what time of year you play.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: