All posts by Wayne Allyn

Playing as a Single: Golf at its Best!

I like playing golf  by myself.  Prefer it actually. 

Of course I golf with other people. I have a regular partner I play with all the time, but he can’t play ALL the time, and if it’s busy at the course, I’m ready and willing to join up with someone. I can get along with anyone, high handicapper, or scratch. I am courteous. I don’t cuss. I know golf etiquette. I can even handle the braggart, the two-ball mulligan hitter, and the not-count-the-strokes guy when he hits out of bounds. I can even handle the guy that should write down a ten, but picks up the ball and takes a seven because that’s all he can post. I don’t care. It’s their score, their game. I’m not competing with them. I’m focused on my score. I don’t cheat. I take all the penalty strokes I incur. I don’t bump the ball. I’m a purist when it comes to my score, and I post everything, because I want to know what my true handicap is. I want to see how my scores ebb and flow throughout the year. The other day I shot a 76. Today I shot a 92 (never try to duplicate a good score–just won’t happen–well, not right away, unless you’re Bernhard Langer). Yes, I do post my score when I play alone. I’m that trustworthy.

When I play by myself, I can whip around the course in two hours and ten minutes. Two hours when I don’t take the flag out (I don’t post those scores).

When I’m out on the course, I get in a zone. A semi-euphoric, robotic state. I talk to myself. I rejoice when I hit a miraculous shot. I don’t need anyone to tell me it was a good one. I don’t need the recognition. Good shots feel good, like a drug. Bad shots bother me, but I’ve been doing golf for so long, I just see what I can do on the next shot to make up for the bad one.

Sometimes I do a play by play as if I am an announcer on TV. I do shot by shot announcing like Jim Nance, and color commentary. I’m a cross between Gary Koch and David Feherty. “Looks like he’s going to use a 7-iron Jim, and he’ll need all of it to make it to the front of the green. Ohhh, just slipped by the hole. Good shot, though. He’s still got a tester of about three feet. It’s no gimmee, but it’s  below the hole, so he’ll most likely have no trouble making par.”

Stuff like that. You know what I mean.

There’s a lot to be said for playing golf alone. I’d rather go alone than hit balls on the driving range. It’s better practice. Just you and the course.

I like to go out early. Sometimes I’m the first guy out. The greens mower and I dance around the course. We know each other’s moves, habits. We even have hand signals to communicate how many holes behind the next group is, so he can plan his route to accommodate me and stay ahead of them. Alternatively, I go out about three hours before dark. Most everybody is pretty much done by then. At my home course, everybody knows me. I wear a floppy hat all the time. When they DSCF6094_cropsee me coming they just wave me on through. They know I won’t hold them up. They know they can go ahead and hit before I’m out of the way.  I watch for them. No sweat.

Golfing alone started when I wasn’t able to find a partner. I’d just go to the course and join up with anyone. I’ve met a lot of good friends that way. My current partner included. Sometimes there wasn’t a sole on the course. That’s when I discovered  the joy of playing the game solo. Mmmm, perfection.

 

 

The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Book Puts You THERE

You saw it on T.V. Now you can relive the experience of the Pebble Beach Pro- Am virtually first-hand through Joann Dost’s beautiful collection of pictures, essays and hole by hole descriptions of Pebble Beach.

The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links-An Illustrated Guide to America’s Majestic Dream Course, by Joann Dost is a must for anyone who has played, or dreams of playing, the iconic golf course on the Monterey peninsula. The handsome, hard bound, 146-page 10.5″ x 10″ full-color volume featuring breathtaking hole-by-hole imagery and state-of-the-art graphics, historical anecdotes for each hole, and essays by golf industry notables is a treasure for anyone who plays golf.

It is the next best thing to being there. According to Jim Nantz, CBS Sportscaster and Pebble Beach resident, “This book brings you as close to actually playing this classic seaside links course as only Joann can.”

It is a comprehensive historical compilation. Literary components of the book offer an historical review of the course from its inception to fruition by visionary businessman and developer, Samuel Finley Brown Morse, and famous events and players that have created the magic and mystique of Pebble Beach, along with a duo of narrative essays by Robert Trent Jones Jr. about the development of Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay.  All serving to enhance the extraordinary and compelling photographs and computer graphics provided by Dost.

3 - Pg. 20-61 Playing the Course-Front Nine UR.inddIt is the ultimate yardage book. Chapters One and Three, titled “Playing the Ultimate Round,” offer a visual framework of the front and back nine holes complete with yardages, a “Player’s Tip” and “Memorable Match Play” narratives for each hole. As you cruise through the pages, you will actually feel like you are on the course via the stunning photos of each hole, recalling images of professional golfers on the course during rounds you’ve watched on television. I have already figured out what clubs I will use on each hole and how I will think my way around the course when I take in the Pebble Beach experience (Bucket List #1).

It is the ultimate in pictorial presentation. The chapter “A Gallery of Golf” offers a collection of Dost photographs and personal notes about the holes showcasing her artistic abilities as a photographer and subtle insights that only a local like Dost can provide. “Joann’s fresh approach in showing the magic of Pebble Beach Golf Links with her new, dramatic photography, detailed graphics, personal insights and brief narratives, is a perfect blend,” says Neal Hotelling, award-winning author and authority on the history of the iconic golf venue. “Her book illustrates why Pebble Beach is a ‘must play course’ for every golfer.”
Joann Dost with book

“This project represents the pinnacle of my career,” says Dost. “At last, my company and I have produced a publication on Pebble Beach Golf Links that is definitive, attractive, and practical. We are proud to provide it for all golf enthusiasts worldwide.”

Joann Dost’s The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links is the perfect gift for any golf enthusiast, suitable for any coffee table, and the ultimate player’s guide to Pebble Beach.

The book is available through Joann Dost’s website http://www.joanndost.com/
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Enjoy!

Toughest Golf Hole in America? Manele’s 12th Hole

LocalGolfer.com adds Manele Golf Course’s 12th to their “Toughest Holes In America” collection.

Is Manele Golf Course’s 12th hole at the Four Seasons Resort in Lāna´i, Hawaii, one of America’s toughest golf holes?

Certainly, its ALL CARRY, from tee to green across the rocky cliffs of the shoreline, was a convincing factor in LocalGolfer.com’s decision to add it to their “Toughest Golf Holes in America” collection.

It may look like there's ground to save you, but those edges are straight down, folks!
It may look like there’s ground to save you, but those edges are straight down, folks! Go ahead, just try to hit out of those lava rocks on the right! Photo Google Maps.

 

At 202 yards from the back tee box, this Par 3 requires you to know your club distances to avoid landing in the pounding surf 150 feet below. Par is easily a cause for celebration on the signature hole of the Jack Nicklaus design championship course at Manele Bay.

As much as it is intimidating, it is arguably one of the most beautiful Par 3s in America as well. The oceanic “fairway” of blue, mixed with the white spray mist of the crashing waves, makes one pause and reflect on the visual stimulation as well as the adrenaline rush of a hopeful tee shot.

When asked about the 12th hole’s personality as a tough hole, one guest at the resort replied with a grin, “If you got the [golf] balls, take the shot.” We suggest you take a little extra club; long is definitely better than short on this one.

Editor’s Note:  Do you have a toughest hole in America candidate?  Send your suggestions to info@localgolfer.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Top photo courtesy Four Seasons Resort