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There's a little something called supply and demand. It has churned the business world for centuries. The same thing applies to golf. Last year as the Pandemic swept across the globe, the golf world exploded! Right now, golf is more popular than it has ever been. Unless you're playing some of your "Old Favorites" (Lincoln Oaks, Deer Creek, Tuckaway, etc), fully expect to pay $50 green fees.
Back in November, I played in Arizona with the "Player's Club." 40+ golfers who love the game and gather regularly to play. They allowed me into their CTP contest, but wouldn't allow me to play/gamble in any other games. They said, "Chuck do you have a GHIN number." I didn't even know what it was.
GHIN is a service established by the USGA to provide handicaps for players at certain golf clubs and associations. It astonishes me that not a single golf organization that I've played with in Chicago uses this.
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As I travel the country and play with a variety of golfers and organizations I'm discovering some new gambling games. Over the next 5 "Random Golf Thoughts," I'll share some games I've learned about.
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Random Golf Thoughts while I ponder the friendships I’ve made because of golf.
Hearing the news of Tiger’s accident, my first thought was hoping that he’d survive. Tiger has brought so much joy and excitement to the game of golf and it’s because of him, that hundreds perhaps thousands of Blacks have been introduced to the game.
Thank God he was wearing a seatbelt! Things could have easily turned out differently. Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, this should serve as a reminder to all of us the dangers of distracted driving. Perhaps Tiger glanced down to look at his phone taking his eyes off the road, upon looking up, he was quickly approaching an obstacle, swerved to avoid it, but the tall narrow build of an SUV caused the vehicle to tumble. From this day forward, I will keep my phone in the display case on my dashboard and leave it there.
The 2021 Honors 61 Club Championship
Last year we had 83 golfers to participate in the inaugural Greater Chicagoland Club Championship. We've changed the name which will allow us to partner with the 20,000+ membership base of the Black Golfers Association. This year's event will attract golf organizations from all over the country. It's almost ready for marketing and promotions. For a quick review of basic information, click here. Save the date(s) JULY 9 - JULY 11.
Save Money on Green Fees
Tanna Farms Golf Club located in Batavia, IL is featured on Group Golfer right now. Only 37 hours left as of this post. $30 with a cart. (It's $60 w/cart on weekdays). Well worth it, Click Here to purchase now. I've purchased two of these. Looking for others who wanna go. Lets get on this one!
Dr. Bruce Sayer and Patrick Patterson
About 10 years ago, I was at Washington Park on a spring afternoon practicing. There was another guy out that day, doing the same thing. As he was wrapping up his routine, he came over and introduced himself. From that point on, Doc and I became friends. He attended parties that I’d host, and I’d visit him at his home or doctor’s office. The first time he came to a party, he called me prior and told me he was coming, I was excited when I saw Doc walk through the door. A few years later, I joined his golf organization (3 G’s) and our friendship continued to grow.
Upon joining the 3 G’s Club, I met Bruce’s best friend, Patrick. Big lefty I’d call him, boy he could hit a golf ball far. His tall frame produced amazing clubhead speed that allowed his ball to travel great distances off the tee. His friendly demeanor, and easy-going disposition made him a joy to be around.
Bruce and Pat (See attached picture) had a special bond that was bigger than golf. It was a friendship that tragically ended as these two outstanding gentlemen were taken away from us less than a month apart. My heart goes out to their families, and many friends from the 3 G’s Golf Organization.
Tiger’s near-death experience and the untimely deaths of Bruce and Pat serve as reminders of how precious life is. Next time someone invites you somewhere, go. If you’re angry with someone, talk to them about it. I’d give just about anything to tee it up with my two friends for another season.
A few days ago, I posted a Family Feud survey on facebook, the question: Name something Black people refuse to throw away. Two people said, “Grudges.” We gotta let that shit go. As Black folk, there’s no better time for us to unite than right now.
Just the other day, I was speaking to a friend about a fellow golfer who has an “issue” with me. I told my friend how I’ve called and texted this man, but haven’t gotten a reply.
My friend said to me, “Chuck, why do you try so hard?”
Bruce, Pat, and many others who are no longer with us is the reason why.
Let’s look to build our friendship by standing strong with one another, addressing our issues, and meeting our battles head on. We are much stronger as a group, than any one individual ever will be.
See ya in da short grass,
Two amazing men! Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Random thoughts while I ponder the fact that I played golf on New Year's Eve in 70 degree weather. Arizona is amazing this time of year!!
I just finished up about 10-15 rounds of golf in Arizona over the past 3 months. As difficult a game as golf is to play, it is easier in Arizona, here's why...In Arizona, ryegrass fairways turn good drives into great drives. A typical 230 yard drive travels 280-290 because of the firmness and low cut grass in fairways. People like Wayne Grooms, who hits those mid-flight missiles off the tee would love it! With low grass in fairways and in the rough, chipping is really not necessary, you can easily putt from off the green. Mike Haddon would have a field-day in Arizona because he putts from anywhere and is very accurate doing it.
Because Arizona is a warm climate with only a few months of "cold" weather, Bermuda grass is primary on most courses. During colder months; this type of grass becomes dormant and let's face it; no one wants to travel to Scottsdale in the winter to play a brown dried up golf course. To avoid this terror courses will replace the existing grass with Rye for the colder season. In the fall, courses close down for two weeks; scalp the fairways and place Rye grass seed on top of the existing Bermuda so that once the Bermuda is dormant, Rye grass will have grown in its place filling the courses with its rich green color and lush texture.
This procedure is NOT done in the rough though. The rough is brown, but short grass still allows for plenty of roll on well struck shots. In fact, Arizona rough compares favorably to Chicago fairways in terms of the length of the grass. Unless your ball finds a dried out patch, you'll have a pretty good lie from the rough. You ain't gotta worry too much about trees, because very few courses have them.
The vast deserts that are a part of many Arizona courses serve as a huge advantage as well. Instead of losing a ball in fescue, bushes, weeds or a water hazard; your ball is in play with a decent lie. Consider the desert a "Waste Bunker" where you can ground your club. There are rocks scattered in the deserts however, which the unlucky golfer will find his ball nestled next to.
The Arizona greens provide an excellent defense however. Greens are lightning quick and very undulating. I didn't have too many flat putts. Additionally, it's difficult to get any "action" on approach shots. The greens are so firm that balls don't check up. I watched as many great shots landed on the front of the green only to roll all the way to the back or off the green.
The weather provides yet another advantage to low Arizona scores. There is basically no wind, big beautiful blue skies with unlimited sunshine, palm trees standing like statues, and the backdrop of mountains provide the perfect golf atmosphere. Treat yourself, make plans to travel to Arizona for some golf. You won't be disappointed.
Great Deals on Some Great Courses
The Golf Club of Illinois - I've never played it, but heard nothing but great things about this course. In fact, it was ranked as one of the top 10 courses to play in Illinois by Chicagoland Golf magazine. It is currently Group Golfer's Shot of the day: $29 for 18 holes w/cart. I need three of you to purchase this deal. I already got mine. My last day at work before summer break is May 30th. Then I'm off (June, July, and half of August). Imma play as many top tracks as I can. Gonna drift away from the Glenwoodie's, Deer Creek's and others to play some finer courses. Click Here to View/Purchase the Coupon. Expires Sunday, February 14, 2021 11am.
**Prairie Landing - 2 golfers $99 w/cart
**Hilldale - 2 golfers $59 w/cart
**Arrowhead - 2 golfers $119 w/cart
**Whittaker Woods - 2 golfers $99 w/cart
I haven't purchased any of these, but I'd love to partner with any of you to get on those courses for a weekday round of golf. Please reply or text/call me at 773-419-8840. Let's get a foursome and play some of these fine courses this season.
Black Owned Golf Merchandise
Renegade Golf - I've had people ask me about customizing their golf bag or even purchasing a new one. Renegade Golf is a Black-Owned business that makes/sells golf bags. I will be sporting a new customized bag this year y'all gonna be jealous when you see it. Click here to check out their site. I was able to play a round of golf in Atlanta back in November with the owner of this company. I really cool dude.
Bucka Fogey - An apparel company featuring hats, shirts, sweaters, etc., I especially like their logo. Click here to view their site and find out more about their products.
Black Golfer's Association (Facebook) - This is a social media group of Black golfers that is growing by the hundreds daily. The group provides great golf discussion, photos, and information. If you're a facebook user, I urge you to join this group of like-minded individuals.
Black Golfer's Digest - I've met and talked with the chief editor of this wonderful magazine. Packed with information and details about the game we all love to play, the African American Gofler's Digest will provide you with hours of time learning and being entertained with golf.
Circle of Friends an Apparel website with roots right here in Chicago. For more information, click here.
Hope you enjoyed this edition of Random Golf Thoughts, See ya in da Shortgrass,
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