Category: Golf

Hole Names at Lookout Mountain Golf Club

Last weekend I wanted to play some golf. I started looking for tee times online, and found a good deal for Lookout Mountain Golf Club over at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. I have actually stayed there, but had never played the course. I was also excited to learn that Troon had taken over management, as every experience I have had at a Troon facility has been world class. I grabbed some buddies and booked a tee time.

When I arrived at the golf course, I didn’t really know where to go. I was looking around, and ended up parking in the wrong parking lot. When I realized that I was in the wrong place, I called the resort to ask for directions. They were eager to help, advised me where to park, and I was ready to warm up. I headed to the clubhouse, and was handed my scorecard. I was also handed a layout of the golf course. Not a lot of courses offer this, and I ended up using it several times throughout my round. Listed were hole distances, yardages from certain areas to the front, middle, and back of the green, and an overview of the hole. What impressed me most were the hole names. I LOVE it when a golf courses names the holes. I was so excited about this, I wanted to share the hole names with you here. They are listed below:

  1. Roadrunner
  2. Thunderbird
  3. Branding Iron
  4. Unforgiven
  5. Quail’s Run
  6. Six Shooter
  7. Lookout Mountain
  8. Coyote Canyon
  9. Rabbit’s Nest
  10. Picturesque Pointe
  11. Snake Pit
  12. Double Cross
  13. Horseshoe
  14. Gunslinger
  15. Oasis
  16. Pointe In Thyme
  17. Sundowner
  18. Tapatio Cliffs

Like I said, every Troon course that I have played provided an unforgettable experience. From the complimentary range balls to the Troon branded golf carts and golf tees, they never miss a step. I had a lot of fun playing the golf course, and there are a few holes that I will never forget. Especially the ones I birdied! If you are in the Valley and looking for a fun layout, check out Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

The PGA TOUR & Discount Tee Times on Google+

The PGA TOUR has been doing a great job utilizing social media over the years. They are active on Facebook, Twitter, and are always sharing videos on YouTube. As of this morning, they have posted 4,732 videos for a total of over 54 million views! They also have over 63,000 subscribers to their channel. As I write this, the PGA TOUR is doing a live Google+ Hangout featuring Thorbjorn Olesen discussing the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Speaking of Google+, which is another social media solution that the TOUR is using and is using well. They host weekly Google+ Hangouts featuring some of the biggest naes in the game. I have actually been featured in a couple of them having met Lee Westwood and some of the developers at EA Sports.

Hangout with Lee Westwood from WGC-Accenture Match Play

Hangout with the EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Game Designers

When the TOUR schedules one of these Hangouts, they promote it on all of their social media sites and the videos stream live to their website, to their YouTube channel, and on Google+. It is just fun to see all of the engagement that the TOUR is getting from these efforts.

Discount Tee Times Coming to Google+

With all of the success the PGA TOUR has been having, we here at Discount Tee Times plan to start using social media more frequently. Especially this summer, as some of our courses lower rates and start trying to encourage play during the hot summer months. Our very own David Bates has already created a page, and will soon be creating a business page for the website. From there we will continue to share information about all of our courses, course conditions, and more. What content do YOU want to see on our social media sites?

Another part of Google+ that we are excited about are the communities. There is a golf community that has over 6,000 members that we are excited to get involved with. We will be getting in there, sharing ideas, and working with the community moderator to increase our brand awareness. This is only the beginning of Discount Tee Times online!

Make sure you watch some of these Google+ Hangouts the TOUR is doing. They are at every TOUR stop, and are keeping us educated and entertained. Let us know what content you want to see from us online. That goes for the blog and all of our social media channels. We will see YOU on the golf course!

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Legends Tee It Up in Savannah, GA

Two legends of the game are teeing it up this week in Savannah, Georgia. Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will be playing in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. I told you they were legends! Think about this stat for a second… Jack made 584 starts on the PGA TOUR and some 84 starts on the Champions Tour. In all of those starts, he has never played in Savannah, Georgia.

“I have no history of playing in Savannah, and I have no expectations,” Nicklaus said during Masters week, prior to joining Player and Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial opening tee shot.

Last year, Gary Player was paired with Bob Charles, another legend of the game. Unfortunately Charles was unable to make it, and Player asked Simon Hobday to play. Jack took offense, and said, “I wish you’d asked me. I would love to play with you.” This year, his wish will come true. Player and Nickalus teed off at 11:10 AM EST today.

The event is a team event, and Mike Hill and Lee Trevino will be joining Gary and Jack today. There are also a lot of other big names in the field including Jim Dent, Butch Baird, Jack Fleck, Bob Toiski, Doug Ford, and many more.

“I’m very happy to play with Jack,” Player said. “Obviously we’ve gone up together and have a lot of respect for each other, but I’m not doing it for fun. I want to win.”

Adam Scott: Tiger WILL Break Jack’s Record

Will Tiger break Jack’s record? Adam Scott seems to think so. “I absolutely believe he will,” Scott said. “I have learned in my career, and I have played through his prime the whole time, which has been hard because he was so dominant, but I never doubt what he is capable of on a golf course. He’s just proven us all wrong so many times if you doubt him, and he’ll find a way to do it, for sure. I believe that.”

Scott won the 2013 Masters Tournament while Tiger was scrambling to climb the leaderboard late Sunday afternoon. Tiger suffered a two-stroke penalty on Friday after taking an illegal drop and signing an incorrect scorecard. Some people think Tiger should have been disqualified, and when he wasn’t, most people said he would withdrawal. He didn’t, and would end up finishing in the top 10.

The illegal drop has been creating quite a buzz, and everyone seems to have an opinion on the issue. Even Tiger’s former caddie Steve Williams had something to say about it.

“From what I can gather, he took an illegal drop, signed a scorecard and left the course,” Williams said. “Under most circumstances, that would result in disqualification. If the Rules of Golf are upheld, I believe he should have been disqualified.”

Seems like the politically correct way to address the situation. Steve now caddies for Adam Scott, and has said some pretty nasty things about Tiger over the years. Scott does a good job staying out of the way, and this is another instance where the two might not see eye-to-eye.

I personally believe that the rules committee made the right decision. I also agree with Adam Scott that Tiger will break Jack’s record. There are a lot of things to talk about and to consider here. This season just got more interesting!

2013 Masters Preview

The 2013 Masters are mere days away, and the past year has just flown by. The remarkable start to the 2013 PGA Tour season with weather delays, Tiger returning to form and Rory battling to gain form, compels us all to see this first major of the 2013 play out.

Although it’s been 5 years since Tiger won a major, back in 2008 at Torrey Pines, he’s looking better than ever so far this year. He is a 5/1 favorite with Ladbrokes to win, putting him at far better odds than most previous years.  Thanks to Steve Strickers his putting is making it clear that he’s made some fantastic improvements which may be exactly what this year’s Major comes down to, in the end.

It is easy to see that Rory MCIlroy is not the same Rory we’ve seen in past year’s even though we’ve only had the pleasure of witnessing him tee up a handful of times. Last year he got off to a dominant start, earning his ranking as the world’s No. 1 player. He continued to dominate throughout 2012 winning the PGA Championship at Kiawah by a merely 8 strokes. We’re all waiting to see if he dominates at Augusta.

It was amazing to see Bubba Watson win in such a dramatic fashion last year, and I’m sure he’s planning quite a meal for this year’s Masters Dinner. For a  defending champion, Bubba has been quiet so far this season, but will certainly be strongly defending his title.

Let’s hope that Augusta puts an end to the bad weather streak that has stricken the tour so far this year. Georgia’s beautiful weather this time of year should put it to a stop. We’ll just have to wait and see!