It’s good to be Dave Pelz

by Derek on May 16, 2012

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I think I would have the same backyard as Dave Pelz if I won the lottery. His backyard practice facility is just ridiculous. He’s replicated a number of famous greens including the island 17th from TPC Sawgrass. My first thought was that he must have an insane water and lawn care bill each month. But don’t worry, the greens are made of SynLawn synthetic turf and consequently don’t have to be watered or mowed, providing a perfect low-maintenance practice area year round.


Hank Haney Teaching the Teacher

As I mentioned yesterday, I was able to spend part of this past weekend at Hank Haney’s “Teaching the Teacher” conference.  Instructors from literally all over the world were in attendance sharpening their teaching skills and learning about new teaching technologies.

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Happy New Year!

by Derek on January 1, 2011

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It’s been an incredible 2010 for 72strokes.com.  In just a few short months we’ve gone from a readership that consisted of friends and family to people that check in everyday from all over the world.

And although 2010 was great, we’re not resting on our laurels.   We’ve got some great things planned for 2011.  First up is the PGA Merchandise Show in just a few weeks.  Phil and I will be there checking out all the latest equipment and letting you guys know what cool new toys you’ll be able to buy later this year.

I’ll also be heading down to a number of PGA Tour events  to provide tournament coverage and photographs from the course.  I’ve got a couple of other things planned, but I can’t talk about them just yet.  You’ll just have to keep checking back to see what’s in store.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed :-)

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Merry Christmas

by Derek on December 24, 2010

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Merry Christmas to all of our readers!  Now get off of the computer and spend some time with your friends and family :-)

If you live in Seattle, it’s a little too cold and snowy for golf this time of year. But that doesn’t mean that golf courses sit unused. The city of Seattle announced today that Jackson Park Golf Course is now open to sledding. I’ve never lived someplace where people go sledding (I’ve never actually been sledding before), but it seems like a cool way to get additional use out of a golf course during the winter.

Seattle Post Intelligencer

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ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 24: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his second shot on the 14th hole during the second round of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ernie Els won a 4-man tournament yesterday that barely anybody knew was taking place and even fewer people actually cared about.

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Goodbye Maui

by Derek on October 17, 2010

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Unfortunately I have to head back to the mainland today.  I would have really liked a few more days here, but reality beckons.  I’m flying back for most of the day on Sunday and will be back home by early Monday morning.  By then we should know the results of this weekend’s Frys.com Open and perhaps a Fall Series update will be due.

The View From My Villa

by Derek on October 12, 2010

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Not a bad view from the room this morning overlooking the bay course.  Time to get out and play!

Aloha Suckers!

by Derek on October 11, 2010

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As you’re reading this, I’m in a plane flying to Maui.  I will be spending the week at Kapalua drinking Pina Coladas and playing golf.  Oh yeah, I may also be attending a wedding at some point.  I will be posting pictures throughout the week just to make sure that everybody knows how much I’m enjoying my vacation while you guys are stuck at work.  Aloha!

Robert Garrigus is a Bassaholic

by Derek on September 30, 2010

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’nuff said.