Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
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CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ HAS RECEIVED EVERY GIFT GOLF HAS TO OFFER, BUT NO MATTER HOW MUCH HE'S BEEN GIVEN, CHI CHI HAS GIVEN BACK EVEN MORE, TO THE GAME, TO CHARITY AND TO YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO NEED A PLACE TO PLAY.
MEET CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

THERE HAVE BEEN A HANDFUL OF PLAYERS WHO COULD ENTERTAIN US WITH THEIR GOLF AND WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEIR ABILITY TO SCORE, MAKE US LAUGH, THROUGH THE SHEER FORCE OF THEIR PERSONALITY. WALTER HAGAN WON 11 MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, WHILE NEVER FORGETTING THAT HE WAS AN ENTERTAINER WHO WANTED EVERY FAN TO GO HOME SATISFIED AND LAUGHING.

BABE ZAHARIAS HELPED TO JUMPSTART THE LPGA INTO EXISTENCE. HER BIG TEE SHOTS, DELICATE TOUCH, AND WORLD CLASS SENSE OF HUMOR. THERE WAS NO SITUATION WHERE SHE REFUSED TO LAUGH AT HER SELF, IN AN EFFORT TO SHOW US THAT GOLF AND LIFE WERE MEANT TO AND COULD BE FUN.

ARNOLD PALMER COMBINED HIS ONE OF A KIND SWING AND GAME. THE CONSTANT FLOW OF EMOTIONS THAT HE SHAMELESSLY DISPLAYED FOR ALL TO SEE. HE WANTED EVERY FAN TO SHARE A PERSONAL MOMENT OF CONTACT AND HE NEVER LEAVES THE GROUNDS UNTIL EVERY AUTOGRAPH SOUGHT HAS BEEN GIVEN. CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN THAT GOLF WAS HIS ENTREE TO THE WORLD AND HE SPENDS EVERYDAY SAYING THANK YOU BY SHARING HIS LOVE OF GOLF AND LIFE BY CONDUCTING CLINICS FOR THE UNDER PRIVILEGED. BY HIS TRICK SHOT DEMONSTRATIONS, BY WINNING TOURNAMENTS, BY TRAVELING THE WORLD TO SPREAD GOLF'S MESSAGE, TO THOSE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE NEVER BE EXPOSED TO THE WONDERS OF THE GREAT GAME.

FROM HIS FIRST STEP IN THE MORNING UNTIL THE CAR DOOR CLOSES AT DUSK, THERE HE IS SHOWING A YOUNGSTER HOW TO GRIP IT. SHOWING ALL OF US HOW TO SWING, DEMONSTRATING HOW TO HIT BREATHTAKING IMPOSSIBLY FLIGHTED SHOTS, BY MAKING US LAUGH AT HIM AND OURSELVES, BY REINFORCING THE NOTION THAT GOLF AND LIFE ARE FUN, UNPREDICTABLE AND ALWAYS DESERVING OF A SMILE AND OUR VERY BEST EFFORTS.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK TO OUR SHOW, JUAN CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ. YOU SAID TO ME, IF I NEEDED YOU TO CALL NINE JUAN JUAN AND I DID AND YOU SHOWED UP. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NICE TO SEE YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PETER KESSLER
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT YOU'RE 65. HAVE YOU SHOT YOUR AGE YET?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NO, BUT I CAN TAKE THE SOCIAL SECURITY.

(PETER AND CHI CHI LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU GOING TO STILL LIVE TO BE 120?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I'M GOING TO, AT LEAST THAT, BUT IF I'M 5 YEARS OFF ONE WAY OR THE OTHER I'M, I'M NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT THE UNCLE WHO LIVED TO BE 106 WHO HAD THE 29 WIVES AND THE 79 CHILDREN.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL THAT WAS UNCLE ALOYHU

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
AND HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING. HE WAS THE HAPPIEST GUY ON EARTH, AND HE DIED AT 108 YEARS OLD. MY UNCLE JESUS, HE DIED AT 106. MY GRANDPARENTS ON MY FATHER'S SIDE DIED AT 114 EACH, AND THEY NEVER WORE GLASSES. I GOT 20-20 AND I'M 65 YEARS OLD AND ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE, BOTH OF THEM LIVED TO BE OVER A HUNDRED TOO, SO YOU ALWAYS TAKE YOUR GENES OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU STILL TAKING THOSE LAMB CELL INJECTIONS I'VE BEEN READING ABOUT OVER THE YEARS AND WHAT IS THAT EXACTLY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL THAT'S UH, THE GERMANS INVENTED THAT, YOU KNOW, ACTUALLY
IT WAS INVENTED IN SWITZERLAND BY SOME DOCTOR BUT THAT DR. CLOSEMARTIN IN GERMANY AND THIS IS SUBSIDIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THEY, THEY, THEY TAKE THE EMBRYO OF THE LAMB. SEE LAMB IS THE ONLY ANIMALS ON EARTH. IN THE WATER, THE SHARK DOES NOT GET CANCER. LAMB GETS NO CANCER. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THAT OR NOT.

PETER KESSLER
I DID NOT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
BUT IF YOU EAT A LOT OF LAMB, YOU'LL NEVER GET CANCER. SO THEY TAKE THE EMBRYO OUT, THEY TAKE THE CELL, BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET OLDER, IT'S A NATURAL PROCESS THAT YOUR, YOUR CELLS DIE IN YOUR BODY. SO THEY REPLACE THOSE CELLS THAT DIE, WHEN YOU, WITH, WITH LIVE CELLS AND YOU COME OUT OF THERE, IF YOU'RE SIXTY. SAY THAT YOU'RE 60 YEARS OLD, YOU COME OUT LIKE YOU'RE 40. YOU, YOU REVERSE YOUR LIFE PASSING BY ONE THIRD.

PETER KESSLER
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK AND HAD A FAIRLY SERIOUS OPERATION. HOW WELL ARE YOU NOW?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL MY DOCTOR IN FLORIDA, HE TOLD ME TO DO EVERYTHING I USED TO DO, PETER, BEFORE MY HEART ATTACK. HE SAYS MY HEART, LAST TIME HE EXAMINED ME, HE SAYS YOUR HEART IS SO STRONG THAT YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND DO WHAT YOU WANT, SO I'M, I'M DOING OVER 50 PERSONAL APPEARANCES A YEAR AGAIN AND THIS YEAR, I ONLY PLAYED ABOUT 19 TOURNAMENTS BUT I THINK NEXT YEAR I'M GOING TO PLAY TO ABOUT, PLAY ABOUT 25.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PAIN IN YOUR LITTLE FINGER ANY MORE?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NO, MY LITTLE FINGER HERE, YOU SEE THEY, THEY UH THEY FUSED IT BECAUSE I HAD ARTHRITIS REAL BAD SO THEY TOOK THE ARTHRITIS OUT OF THERE. THEY SCRAPED IT ON BOTH SIDES AND THEY MADE IT LIKE THAT BECAUSE, IF I WAS A MUSICIAN, THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLY PUT IT STRAIGHT, OR AN ARTIST, BUT I'M, I MAKE MY LIVING PLAYING GOLF SO THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I COULD GRIP THE CLUB, SO I, I CAN GRIP THE CLUB NOW WITH NO PAIN. SO THAT'S ANOTHER THING THAT NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO REALLY HELP ME OUT.

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD. I'M GOING ON A TRAINER, TRAINING, BROUGHT MY TRAINING, TRAINER FROM PUERTO RICO, HE EVEN WORKED WITH ME IN THE AIRPLANE AND I'M GOING TO GIVE THOSE GUYS A GOOD RUN OF THEIR MONEY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WAIT A MINUTE, IF YOU'RE 65 BUT YOU'VE HAD YOUR LIFE REDUCED, YOUR, YOUR AGE BY A THIRD BY THE LAMB CELL INJECTIONS, ARE YOU STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE SENIOR TOUR?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
I SHOULDN'T BE, YOU KNOW, I UH A PUERTO RICAN, 65 YEARS OLD, IS A YOUNG MAN. (LAUGHING) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? BUT UH YEAH, I UH I FEEL LIKE UM, I FEEL BETTER RIGHT NOW THAN WHEN I WAS 20 YEARS OLD.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME HOW IMPORTANT AND HOW UNDERRATED STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE IN TERMS OF ALLOWING ONE TO PLAY THEIR BEST AND PERHAPS GREAT GOLF.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE THAT GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM AND PEACE OF MIND TO PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
STABLE PERSON?

PETER KESSLER
STABLE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS LIKE A GOOD MARRIAGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
OH, WELL. YEAH, THAT'S UH THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY THAT THIS KID PHIL MICKELSON IS SO GOOD. I SEE HIS ACTIONS ON THE GOLF COURSE AND I SEE THE WAY HE TREATS HIS WIFE AND THE KID AFTER IT'S OVER. HE'D MAKE THEM TAKE THE STAGE WITH HIM. I THINK HE'S A VERY HAPPY, HAPPY YOUNG MAN. I HOPE THAT TIGER SOMEDAY MEETS THE RIGHT WOMAN, BECAUSE IF HE MEETS THE WRONG WOMAN, IT CAN RUIN HIS GAME.

IT RUINED A LOT OF GUYS BUT UH I THINK HAP, HAPPY MARRIAGES BUT YOU TAKE BEN HOGAN, ALWAYS HAPPY MARRIED, SAM SNEAD, HAPPY MARRIED, ARNOLD PALMER, HAPPY MARRIAGE. GARY PLAYER, HAPPILY MARRIED UH NICKLAUS, HAPPY MARRIED. ALL THE GREAT GOLFERS WERE ALWAYS HAPPILY MARRIED.

SEE YOU CAN NOT TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS TO A GOLF COURSE. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS TO AN OFFICE, BUT IT'S, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A TEAM OF PEOPLE PLAYING FOR YOU, BUT, YOU CAN PROBABLY TAKE IT TO A BASEBALL GAME OR A BASKETBALL GAME IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A TEAM HELPING YOU BUT IN GOLF THERE'S NOBODY HELPING YOU.

IT'S YOU AGAINST UH AGAINST THE FIELD. THAT'S WHY GOLF IS SUCH A VERY HARD GAME, IT'S THAT IT, EVERY OTHER SPORT YOU CAN CONTROL WHAT THE OTHER PERSON IS DOING BUT IN GOLF, YOU CAN'T. YOU CAN SHOOT 63 AND IF A GUY SHOOTS 62 HE BEATS YOU AND THAT'S IT.

PETER KESSLER
AND BY THE WAY, TIGER'S GOT A GREAT GIRL FRIEND. SHE'S ONE OF THE NICEST, BRIGHTEST PEOPLE THAT YOU COULD MEET. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY
SHORT BREAK, CHI CHI, AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

(BREAK)
 
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Path down the not-so straight and narrow

By Brandel ChambleeApril 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Try as I might, I can’t remember a single one of my professors at the University of Texas asking me what we would like to be tested on. What I would have given if my freshman classical lit teacher, Miss Gross (really her name), had asked if we preferred Hemingway, the master of the short story, to the Russian novelist who apparently got paid by the word, Leo Tolstoy. The innate laziness of students, individual bias and consensus, as it turns out, runs counter to the academic goals of professors and Miss Gross had the temerity to think she knew better than her students what curriculum would be appropriate for a proper education.

She was right, of course, but “consensus” has become much more en vogue, as the world via social media bows to groupthink. This has become more evident in universities, politics and even golf, where the game has become almost unrecognizable from what it once was. 

The top-five players in the world (Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose) rank 128th, 126th, 108th, 127th and 100th, respectively, in driving accuracy. The top-five players in the world are pitiful at what Ben Hogan called the single most important shot in golf. Hogan looked at his target through a scope, these players use a scattergun. Yes, I know we now have something called strokes gained: off the tee, but given the current status of the game that is just a metric to tell us who the longest, straightest, most crooked players are. 

The hardest thing to do in golf is to hit the ball long AND straight. 



Hogan not only understood this, he obsessed over the idea and spent a lifetime building a golf swing that allowed him to hit the ball as far as he could and as straight as he possibly could. His only metric was the ribbon width fairway of a U.S. Open. The reason Hogan would be sick to his stomach if he walked up and down the ranges of PGA Tour events today is because many of the golf swings are built for half of this equation, to hit the ball long. In fairness this is not the player’s fault, at least not as far as they know. 

The most popular golf course architect remains Alister MacKenzie, a man who died over 80 years ago. MacKenzie’s guiding philosophy was to build courses that brought the greatest pleasure to the greatest number and his work, aesthetic gems like Cypress Point and Augusta National, built on ocean cliffs and on a former nursery farm, have gained immense and lasting fame. 

But perhaps more enduring, and I argue more damaging to the professional game, is his philosophy of design to appeal to the greatest number. 

Wanting to imitate links golf, MacKenzie favored little rough, few fairway bunkers, the imitation of nature for aesthetic appeal and rolling greens and surrounds. Testing professional golfers was never the primary objective. Understandable given that when MacKenzie was designing golf courses the game was, besides being much harder than it is now, relatively new in the United States. Making it more popular was the goal. 

Players, professional and amateur, loved the forgiving nature of his designs, and budding architects wanting to imitate MacKenzie’s work, adopted philosophies along similar lines. To this day when having a debate with a group of Tour players or golf course architect nerds, the consensus will be to have little or graduated rough off of the tee, “to allow for the recovery” they will say, followed by “to give the greatest pleasure to the greatest number.”

The year MacKenzie died, 1934, was notable: it was the year what is now called the Masters began, it was the first year the PGA Tour began recognizing the leading money winner and, far less widely known, it was the first year of a three-and-a-half decade reign for Joseph C. Dey as executive director of the USGA.

“From the moment I met him I could tell he was in charge of the game of golf,” Jack Nicklaus once said about Dey.

Dey shepherded golf in the United States and almost single-handedly instituted a uniform code of rules for the USGA and the R&A and helped start five USGA championships and four international team competitions. Beyond that, he was the man in charge of setting up the courses for the U.S. Open. 

His course setups were not built around consensus, they were driven by one simple overriding philosophy: to find the one player who was most in control of his emotions, mind and golf shots. U.S. Opens were often punishing to the best players and unforgiving, both off of the tee and around the green. There was no thought to the recovery, which is by definition bowing to the next shot. U.S. Opens were about great execution of the shot at hand, right here and now. The demands of precision were intimidating but they made the best players think. Hogan, in particular, thought longer and harder than anyone about the demands of a U.S. Open, and conquering them. 

Hogan had a Euclidean determination to build a golf swing that would withstand the greatest pressure in the game, U.S. Open pressure. What he built was an immaculate marriage of tenacity and technique, a swing that transfigured the game and remains the single most compelling example of beauty in golf. Now try to imagine what his swing would have looked like if driving the ball straight were of very little importance.

Sure Hogan gets credit for building the golf swing, but Dey should get the assist. If the executive director of the USGA had sought a consensus and conferred with the players, it’s doubtful that his setups would have been as demanding. Necessity being the mother of invention though, Hogan invented something nobody had ever seen before or since. 



Which brings me back to the state of the game today, where players flail away with impunity off of the tee, claiming to be great drivers of the ball because of something called strokes gained: off of the tee. The implications here are far reaching, far more than just being able to scatter shots all over a course and still win. 

Because golf course setups have become far more forgiving – owing to the MacKenzie philosophy, incessant complaints and suggestions of the players and to the social media chorus that we want more birdies ­– players seek to launch shots as high as they can, with as little spin as they can, with as long of a driver as they can handle. Distance has become a means to an end so much, that many are crying for a roll back of the ball when all that needs to happen is to roll back to an era when one man had the guts and the acuity to not listen to the players, or the pervading philosophy of fairness.

Imagine if the U.S. Open and several other events returned to this demanding philosophy. Players out of necessity would choose balls that spun more, heads that were smaller so they could shape shots, shots that would start lower for more control and golf swings would evolve to find the balance of distance and accuracy. In time an athlete would come along who could solve the puzzle of how to hit the ball far and straight. 

Players are not hitting the ball so far today because that’s the way the game is going, they are doing so because the set ups of golf courses do not make them think. 

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Finau returns to action 3 weeks after Masters injury

By Ryan LavnerApril 24, 2018, 6:22 pm

AVONDALE, La. – Nearly three weeks have passed since Tony Finau suffered a gruesome high-ankle sprain while celebrating a hole-in-one at the Masters.

And to some surprise, he’s already back on the course.

Finau was on the range at TPC Louisiana on Tuesday morning, preparing to return to competition alongside fellow Utah resident Daniel Summerhays at the Zurich Classic. After a half-hour warmup session in which he was able to shift into his left side, he walked slowly but without a limp.

“The only way we’re going to know where we’re at with the mobility is to continue to do what my foot normally does – and that’s walking and playing golf,” he said. “With this golf course and the setup of the tournament” – a flat course, with two days of alternate shot – “what better way to gauge where we’re at than by playing this tournament?”

Finau said that he mostly tried to stay off his injured ankle and foot the week after the Masters. Last week was more physical therapy and strength training, to test his limits. He’s been working with the Utah Jazz trainers, as well as the physical therapists at the University of Utah Orthopedic Center, to return to the Tour as quickly as possible.

“The journey is far from over as far as dealing with the foot,” he said. “I’ve dealt with ankle injuries before, and they can linger. I don’t think it’s going to be 100 percent for a while, but I do feel like it’s ready to go and play and compete and continue to get better as I do that.”

Finau said he was shocked by the amount of support he received after his fluke injury in the Par 3 Contest – “A lot of guys who I didn’t know had my number reached out” – and that he only posted the gruesome photos of his leg after the Masters, so that fans knew what he endured to tie for 10th (including a Sunday 66) in his first start at Augusta.    

“I didn’t want anybody to think that I had excuses,” he said. “I’m there to play. I was ready to play once my tee time came around. Obviously people knew the scenario I was dealing with, but after the fact people could respect the process I had to go through throughout the week, during the round, after the round, taping it, and then seeing the condition it was in.

“Hopefully people were able to respect what I was able to do with limited action on my left side.”  

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Longtime pals Furyk, Duval the 'rustiest' Zurich team

By Ryan LavnerApril 24, 2018, 5:58 pm

AVONDALE, La. – Jim Furyk and David Duval are the winningest two-man team here at the Zurich Classic, combining for 30 PGA Tour titles during their careers.

These days, they’re also known for something else.

“We’re probably the rustiest team in the field,” Duval said with a laugh Tuesday. “Certainly the least rounds played.”

Of the 80 teams in the field at TPC Louisiana, the Furyk-Duval partnership may have raised the most eyebrows.

Furyk, 47, has scaled back his schedule over the past few years, after dealing with a variety of injuries. As the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, he also has more on his mind than choosing clubs and reading greens. Duval, 46, has made only 11 Tour starts since 2014, transitioning instead to the broadcast booth.


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And yet they’re here, together, paired for just the second time in a Tour event. Furyk found that hard to believe. Of the dozens of rounds these two aging warriors have played over the past two-plus decades, they teed it up together in only one Tour event – the 2002 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

“I know we played a lot on Mondays and Tuesdays,” Furyk said. “So playing in a tournament, that’s going back 15 years ago. I can’t remember last week who I played with, so …”

More vivid are his memories of their time together on what was then known as the Nike Tour.

“We had a span there where I think we played eight to 10 weeks in a row and we played practice rounds together,” Furyk said.

Duval mentioned the idea of teaming up at the Zurich last year, and Furyk accepted. This is just a one-off, a chance for old friends to reconnect, even if their own expectations are low.  

“When the folks out there go play golf, their idea of golf is hanging out with their buddies, right? Folks that they love playing golf with, enjoy being around,” Furyk said. “That’s what this event gives us. To get back together is really what it’s all about.”

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GOLF ADVISOR EXPANDS TRAVEL CONTENT TO BETTER SERVE THE AVID TRAVELING GOLFER

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 24, 2018, 4:30 pm

 New Golf Channel Travel Series, Golf Advisor Round Trip, and Fan Trip Experiences Highlight Additions

 Preview Clip: Golf Advisor Round Trip: Danzante Bay

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – The leading source of golf course ratings and reviews, Golf Advisor, is expanding how it super-serves the traveling golfer. The Golf Advisor portfolio now will include a new Golf Channel travel series and premium travel experiences at world-class resorts and clubs.

“Since founding Golf Advisor in 2014, the site has grown dramatically to become the number-one course rating and review platform in the game. Golfer’s opinions are complemented with a veteran staff of writers, including Matt Ginella, Bradley Klein and Brandon Tucker, that provide expert travel advice on how to maximize your experience,” said Mike Lowe, vice president and general manager, Golf Advisor. “Now, we are excited to be elevating the brand and its offerings to not only showcase some of the most exciting golf destinations in the world on Golf Channel, but also to allow the traveling golfer to come along with us.”

Premiering May 2 at 8 p.m. ET, Golf Advisor Round Trip, will be a 30-minute series taking viewers around the world to showcase amazing golfing destinations. Matt Ginella, who has traveled more than a million miles since he began reporting for Golf Channel in 2013, will serve as series host and become Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large.

“There is no better education than travel, and it’s a buyer’s market in the world of destination golf,” Ginella said. “It’s a dream come true for me, my crew and the entire Golf Advisor team to be given the chance to inform, inspire and entertain our viewers and followers, alike, and to tell the stories about the places they may venture to next.”

In addition to his role as television host, Ginella also joins an expert Golf Advisor editorial team, including award-winning golf travel, history and architecture journalist Bradley S. Klein, Senior Managing Editor Brandon Tucker and other leading voices in golf travel.

The Golf Advisor Round Trip premiere episode will visit the stunningly beautiful Danzante Bay on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and will feature its dramatically picturesque golf course that runs through beaches, cliffs and canyons, and was designed by famed architect Rees Jones. Watch a clip from the show Here.

Other destinations scheduled to be featured on Golf Advisor Round Trip in 2018 include:

  • Big Cedar Lodge, a wilderness resort experience in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.
  • Reynolds Lake Oconee, golf in the rolling lake country of northern Georgia.
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C., one of the world’s most popular golfing destinations offering more than 90 courses.
  • Ireland, one of the world’s most popular international golfing destinations and home to some of the most iconic golf courses.

Golf Advisor Getaways will provide opportunities for individuals and groups to travel with Ginella and other Golf Advisor personalities to the destinations featured on the Golf Channel series. They will serve as host and trip “captain,” responsible for organizing itineraries that not only include great golf, but also destination side-trips, entertainment and varied dining experiences. More information can be found on how to join these trips at www.GolfAdvisor.com/getaways.

Scheduled Golf Advisor Getaways in 2018 include:

  • Sept. 9-12:  Big Cedar Lodge
  • Oct. 14-17:  Reynolds Lake Oconee
  • Dec. 6-9:  Danzante Bay

As a rapidly growing digital destination for the avid golfer, Golf Advisor has achieved record growth in the last year, highlighted by all-time records across various key metrics (pages views +16%; unique visitors +32%). The site features more than 700,000 user-generated golf course reviews of more than 15,000 golf courses around the world from its active community of golfers, as well as its popular Best of Lists.

 -NBC Sports Group-