Posted on 17 August 2011
This week I would like to offer up some tips and comments on different aspects of the game that should be of help to most of you fellow golfers. Stay down no Peeking! I was on the range the other day warming up for my round when this gentleman, who was hitting balls beside me was pounding out these big slices. I couldn’t help but notice that he was coming up and out of his shot way too early….”peeking” as I call it. The other often used term for it is “keep your head down”. Everyone does it, from tour [...]
Posted on 10 August 2011
CHESTERMERE– There’s usually a sportsman-like hush on the golf course, but Lakeside Greens will likely be echoing with laughter and music when Andrew Johns hits the stage later this month. Johns, an entertainer whose act blends comedy and music, will be performing at Bogey’s Restaurant in the golf course’s clubhouse on Aug. 19 and 20.
”He’s just fantastic,” said Lloyd McBean, golf director at Lakeside Greens. “It’s one of those types of performances where you sit there and you’re absolutely at a loss for words.
”Normally people will see some entertainment and still be carrying on their own conversation, but [...]
Posted on 26 July 2011
This week I would like to feature one of our better local golfers in Chestermere and long time member at Lakeside Greens, Brian Sandberg. Brian and I met several years ago on the golf course and hit it off immediately what with both of us sharing the same nick name “Sandy”. Besides golf, we also share a love for food and cooking with Brian’s two signature dishes being a BBQ’d rib eye or his halibut filet crusted with salt and vinegar chips. Brian has always talked about his steak spice developed in a Saskatchewan restaurant that he says can be [...]
Posted on 13 July 2011
With all the wind we have had lately I thought I would pass along some tips to help you out the next time you tee it up and it’s blowing. Do you know what shots are affected by the wind? All of them! Wind is the second most difficult playing condition in golf; right behind rain which we have also had a lot of but that’s another column. Wind can make a three foot putt as difficult as a tee shot. During a recent round of golf, thirty to forty kmph winds tested my skills to the limit. I discovered [...]
Posted on 29 June 2011
Wow… what a start to the golf season and summer! Hopefully you have been able to get in a few games so far, despite the weather. I know my goal to play more this year hasn’t happened but I am going to make a real effort to play more now that summer has finally arrived. And if you are like me, you’re really looking forward to playing a lot more golf in the second half of the season. At least we can’t complain about the condition of the golf courses thanks to all the rain. If you do keep track [...]
Posted on 10 June 2011
In honour of Luke Donald, the Englishman, becoming the new world’s number one ranked player I thought it would only be fitting to do a little feature on him. Luke attained the world’s number one position when he beat fellow Englishman, Lee Westwood in a playoff at the European BMW Championship a couple of weeks ago. So what makes Luke so good? I believe his success can be summed up in a quote from the great American football coach and motivational speaker Lou Holtz. Lou first states: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing” Luke Donald has one of the [...]
Posted on 19 May 2011
This week I would like to feature a friend and colleague of mine, Ian Macdonald, who by coincidence just happens to share the same last name as mine. The fact that we are both amateur chefs, love wine, play squash and share a Scottish heritage made friendship come easy. We both had a laugh over the fact we also share short arms…a common trait among many Scots which can be a distinct advantage in developing a compact golf swing and building a savings account!
Ian is new to Calgary having moved here from Kelowna where he was instrumental in [...]
Posted on 11 May 2011
This past Sunday, on Mother’s day, while having dinner with friends, two young musicians I know, Joel and Ricky, got ourselves rapped up in a golf discussion. We were talking about the slow start to the season, my column and what readers might want to here to help them get off to a good start. They were unanimous in deciding I should pass on a few simple tips… nothing too complicated… just simple stuff to inspire and create a point for focus to kick the year off. So, here’s five tips to get you going! Tempo and Timing My first [...]