Spotlight: Family friendly golf venues

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 6, 2011, 7:02 pm

Bayside Resort Golf Club, Delaware

Spokesperson: Laura Scrivner, general manager, Bayside Resort Golf Club

Introducing the game through family pitch and putt

-- Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island, Del., transforms their driving range into a nine-hole, par-3 course on Sundays during holiday weekends for complimentary family golf.

-- Holes are between 30 and 93 yards in distance, so golfers walk and carry a few clubs and a putter.

-- Families of two to as many as eight come out for about an hour of fun golf. 

-- Kids, teens, seniors and beginners are introduced to the game in a relaxed environment and golf professionals are on-site to give tips and of course encouragement.

-- The cost is free for members and accompanied guests.

Lake of Isles, Connecticut

Spokesperson: Derek Hooper, PGA, director of instruction, Hank Haney Golf Academy at Lake of Isles

Junior Scholarship Program

-- Each April, juniors submit a written application, complete a skills test and interview.

-- Eight juniors, boys and girls ages 11-17 are selected for the program. 

-- Scholarship holders receive weekly instruction with director of instruction Derek Hooper. 

-- Scholarship holders also receive complimentary access to the North Course, Lake of Isles practice facilities, a golf bag, polo shirt, jacket, cap and a dozen balls. 

-- Program runs May-September. 

-- Program started in 2006. 

-- To date, 55 juniors have participated in the program and six have earned college golf scholarships.

Lansdowne Resort - The Golf Club at Lansdowne, Virginia

Spokesperson: Ryan Wilson, club manager, The Golf Club at Lansdowne

Sharkbite Course

-- The Golf Club at Lansdowne transitioned to a private club in 2005 with the addition of an 18-hole course designed by Greg Norman and a family friendly nine-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman called the Sharkbite Course.

-- The par-32 course is longer and more challenging than most traditional nine-hole offerings, measuring 2,319 yards from the back tees, featuring five par 4s and four par 3s.

-- There are five sets of tees on Sharkbite with the shortest yardage playing just under 900 yards. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is $65 for adults, free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult. Sharkbite is an all day fee so you can play nine holes or unlimited golf if you choose.

Troon North Golf Club, Arizona

Spokesperson: Lon Grundy, general manager, Troon North Golf Club

Monument Express

-- Troon North Golf Club created an executive nine-hole golf course called Monument Express in 2010. 

-- It’s a ‘course within a course’ on the front nine of the highly acclaimed Monument Course at Troon North Golf Club. 

-- The course measures to more than 1,500 yards long and offers two different par options based on the skill level of the player. 

-- The course can be played quickly due to its length and it’s perfect for beginners, juniors and families.

-- The cost is only $20 for adults and free for kids 15 and under, with a paying adult.

-- The Monument Express is available every day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.

Troon Family Golf

Spokesperson: Tim Greenwell, senior vice president, global sales & marketing, Troon Golf

-- Juniors (15 and under) golf for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult. 

-- Juniors enjoy complimentary Callaway Rental Clubs all day. 

-- This program is available every day, all year long, at more than 70 Troon Golf-managed facilities worldwide.

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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry