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Golf

  • Spotlight on Moe Clapp

    By Darren deMaille

    One of the interesting aspects of coaching golf is that every week I am lucky to meet new people who come from various backgrounds and ways of life. Recently I have been teaching a very successful barbecue truck owner, a state legislator, a retired tennis player, a high school language teacher, a police officer, and most recently a postman who has a passion for building golf clubs.  

  • Breaking barriers to playing golf

    By Darren deMaille

    For many reasons, people are intimidated to take up the game of golf. I relate it to myself as if I were to take a dance class, which is completely out of my element. I know nothing about dance. Putting myself on showcase on a dance floor in front of other people is not something that would be comfortable for me to do.

    For this reason I understand why people are intimidated to play golf or take a lesson. We have to get out of our comfort zone sometimes and put ourselves out there to experience different things and bring more enjoyment to life.

  • Help needed after storm damages First Tee complex

    By Darren deMaille

    Severe storms moved through the area last week, storms that unofficially produced a tornado that ripped through Cinghiale Creek Golf Park, a facility that is home to the First Tee of Brunswick County. 

  • Small things make a big difference in golf

    By Darren deMaille

    During every golf clinic I run, I begin the session by setting the tone for learning and motivation. I am constantly reminding my students to enjoy the moment and never take anything for granted. You never know what is around the corner, so count your blessings.

  • Some products piquing interest of golfers

    By Darren deMaille

    The PGA Merchandise Show took place last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. More than a thousand golf companies participated. All the latest of everything that is golf was there. If you wanted to see it, or be seen, it was there. Equipment, clothing, gadgets, training aids, PGA Tour pros and celebrities were around every corner.  In addition, there were countless opportunities for PGA professionals like me to educate themselves and share thoughts and philosophies with other colleagues. 

  • My voicemail this week

     

    By Darren deMaille

  • Beloved Weldon was an inspiration to many

    By Darren deMaille

  • It doesn’t rain in Sunset Beach

    By Darren deMaille

  • Making use of Christmas gifts

     

    By Darren deMaille

    If you are a golfer, chances are you were given some gifts this year related to golf, some good and maybe some not so. I am a difficult person to shop for, as I usually have everything I need related to golf; however, this year there were a few great gifts that Santa brought to me. Now, two weeks post Christmas, it has given me time to make use of these gifts. Here are my reviews. Please feel free to share your reviews with me or stop by the DD Golf Academy to show them to me.

     

  • With the new year, begin a new you

     

    I thank Elsa Bronstein for the wonderful introduction last week and her service with the Beacon for the last several years. She left big shoes to fill and I hope I can bring the same enjoyment she has given to so many people over the years. I wish her the best of luck with her new ventures and may she continue to touch people as she has done.