Living life as a bachelor provides an abundance of freedoms. The Married Man’s Guide to Golf, a new eBook by Kevin Sylvester, will be available Sept. 18 at www.kevinsylvester.com. Photo courtesy Kristen Rice
Alright, so that was a good summer of golf, right? I can tell you from a personal standpoint, that I hacked, slashed, whiffed and cursed my way around some of the finest tracks in Western New York, leaving nothing but my dignity and (mostly) repaired divots in my wake. One of these tracks (courses) I'm referring to is none other than Elkdale Country Club, located just over the hill from Ellicottville on Route 353 in Salamanca, NY. Elkdale could be described as a “classic course” in the area, with front nine construction occurring way back in 1927.
Cardinal Hills Golf Course in Randolph, NY will host their annual JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Golf Scramble on Saturday, July, 14 with a shotgun start at 11am. Eric Brown, General Manager of Cardinal Hills expressed that the JDRF tournament is one of their biggest events of the year there. “We usually have close to 120 players,” he said.
Western New York has an assorted selection of golf courses. With the combination of its plush, green rolling hills and its wide-open landscapes, this area offers a magnitude of golfing opportunities that can challenge even the most seasoned of golfers. But what if you’re in the mood for something a little easier in the golfing stratosphere … maybe something that would make for a good date night … or that the entire family can enjoy? Well, then you are probably talking about miniature golf and in that case your options are limited.
To help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have partnered to support “Tee It Forward,” a new national initiative proposed for golf facilities nationwide from July 5-17.
Golf season at the Double Black Diamond Golf Course at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY is in full swing, with local leagues and tournaments underway. Most recently the course played host to the Italian American Charity Golf Tournament, noted as the biggest tournament of the season at the resort. Up next however, is the annual Ellicottville Memorial Library Pro-Am Tournament, taking place Monday, July 2 with a shotgun start of 11am.
Alright, so here we are. It’s finally July, and for the most part we’ve had a solid month of decent weather to attempt brushing the rust off of our golf swings. No matter how corrosive your chop swing may be, the thought that passes through all of our minds eventually is ‘what club should I grab next’ when looking to upgrade your gear. I stopped into Rick’s Golf World over in Olean, NY to pick their brains on this very question.
By Rachel E. Northrup
By Pat Morgan
So here we are. The start of the 2012 golf season in Western New York. It’s time to go through the annual ‘not this sport again’ / retrieve my gear from the garage checklist. Glove? Certainly wadded up somewhere in my bag. Balls? Far fewer than I seem to remember, with many caked in a suspicious amount of dried dirt/sand. And last but not least, the ‘weapons’ (clubs), smugly nestled in my bag, the bane of my summer existence. Let’s not even get into my swing mechanics: those are nowhere to be found this time of year.
By Spencer Timkey
If you’ve ever golfed at a public course, you know it can be hit or miss. Sometimes it’s like playing at a no-jeans-allowed country club. Other times it’s like witnessing a scene straight out of Caddyshack (gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir. And I never slice.)