Playing Engineers CC is like taking a walk through time and the course provokes such a historical response emotionally that few courses can compete. The original Herbert Strong design that was updated by renown architect, Devereux Emmet has hosted both the 1919 PGA Championship and 1920 U.S. Amateur. In the 1920 U.S. Amateur, Chick Evans defeated the legendary Francis Ouimet. Over the past ten years, Tripp Davis has been responsible for returning Engineers CC back to its past glory and this week we talked about restoring a golf course of such historical importance.
This week, co-owner of Pete's Golf Shop, Woody Lashen and I take a look behind the curtain of corporate sponsorship on the PGA TOUR in our interview with Dick Kearns. Dick is a Senior Advisor at Zurich Insurance and is also responsible for player relationships for Zurich's PGA TOUR Ambassador Program. When Dick is not supporting the great game of golf, he's busy as the owner of one of Long Island's premier restaurants--La Marmite (http://www.lamarmiterestaurant.com/).
Kirk Oguri is the Equipment Specialist at Pete's Golf and Asst. PGA Professional at the Greens of Half Hollow. Oguri is a wealth of knowledge on the equipment side of the game as well as when it comes to the golf swing itself. In this episode Kirk and I talk about the state of the game, the benefits and misconceptions of instruction and the latest technology to help you with your game. Follow Kirk on Twitter: @KIRKOGURI.
This morning, author and A.W. Tillinghast historian, Phil Young called into Sirius XM’s Teed Off with Brian Katrek. They discussed the recent news that Long Island’s pride and joy–Bethpage Black, will play host to the 2019 PGA Championship as well as the 2024 Ryder Cup.
In this episode, master teaching professional, Michael Hebron discusses his new book: "Modernizing Approaches to Learning."
The easternmost tip of Long Island, Montauk, has long been a favorite summer destination for those of us who call this peninsula home. “The End,” as it has come to be known, has grown tremendously in popularity in the last decade as a vacation spot for many including a huge population descending from Manhattan and most recently New Jersey, in the wake of Sandy. In fact, its season has extended well beyond Memorial Day to Labor Day to include the better part of six months. In addition to its beaches, restaurants, parks and boating opportunities, Montauk is home to one of the best public golf courses on Long Island–Montauk Downs. “The Downs” is both a beauty and a beast. Perhaps not the beast of a Bethpage Black, but from the tips and in high winds, it will no doubt eat your lunch.
Teaching isn’t easy. It takes a tremendous amount of passion and patience to effectively communicate something as challenging as the golf swing. Now throw in children with their short attention spans and typical hijinks and now you’re taking things to another level. Golf maybe challenging, but there is no reason why it can’t be fun to learn and few people teach children better than Kate Tempesta. At locations ranging from NYC to Montauk, “fun” is the bedrock of Kate’s teaching philosophy
If you’re one of those people who obsesses over your lawn, take a minute to think about how Luke Knutson feels as Superintendent of the Rockville Links Club. The next time you cut, edge, weed-whack and labor over weeds and insects on your half acre plot, think about what it would take to maintain another 115 acres. Needless to say, you’re going to need more than a green thumb to do this job.