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Golf

  • Sunbelt Senior Tour: Going strong after 17 years

    I first met Don Barnes, president of the Sunbelt Senior Tour in 1997, when my husband, Gene, took early retirement to try his hand at serious golf. He had learned to play golf as a kid, was a solid 2-handicapper and had won several club championships – but he had always wanted to try a professional tour.            

  • Golf course communities: It’s not just about golf

    Our golf course communities are not just about golf. Dozens of widely different activities besides golf take place annually, monthly, weekly and even daily.
    Groups assemble for bridge, poker, mahjong and bingo. Many communities have fitness centers with regular exercise classes and those centers with pools often have water aerobics.

  • Taking your game to the next level

    Brunswick County is filled with golfers of all ages and many levels of experience and expertise. We have retired touring pros living here, club champions from several states and plenty of golfers with single-digit handicaps or less.
    The “less” or “plus” handicap designation always intrigues me. It means the golfer is so good his scores are usually under par. In order for him to play with lesser folk, he needs to add strokes to his score. That is amazing.

  • Learn to love those blankety-blank bunkers

    Bunkers have always been the bane of my existence as a golfer, and I know I’m not alone in my terror of traps.
    There, I said it. Trap.
    Years ago, a teaching pro told me not to refer to those wide glistening areas of pure white sand as “traps.”
    “The word trap has a negative connotation,” he explained. “It reminds the golfer of negative images like entrapment, snare and ambush. Call them bunkers, because that’s what they are.”

  • The U.S. Open, dads and golf

    Now that Father’s Day and the U.S. Open are past, let me ruminate on golf, dads and family.
    The U.S. Open was awesome this year. Merion brought the best players in the world to their knees; not one player had a four-round total below par. For once, their scores looked like our scores. Their shots looked like our shots: double bogeys, triple bogeys, three putts, shanks into the woods. Ouch!

  • Men’s interclub golf mixes camaraderie and competition

    The Intercoastal Golf Association is a collaboration of five area clubs that play interclub matches from April to September. The season concludes with a championship tournament in October. This year, the championship will take place Oct. 9 at Brick Landing.
    The clubs competing in the 2013 season are Brick Landing, Brierwood, Carolina National, St. James and Rivers Edge.  

  • Future Generations Tournament at St. James draws 500 golfers

    On Saturday, 500 golfers gathered at St. James to play in the third annual Future Generations Tournament.
    The day was warm and sunny. The golf courses were perfectly manicured. The food was delicious. There were silent and live auctions, plus a raffle.
    But what makes the Future Generations Tournament outstanding each year is the size of the event.

  • Try senior golf—You’ll have a ball

    For more than 25 years, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has been bringing senior golf to folks 55 or older. Each year, golfers within the county gather once a month to golf, experience new golf courses and make new friends.
    Handicaps are not required; the competition is medal (scratch) play in age-designated flights starting at 55 and going up in five-year increments (55-59, 60-64, 65-69, etc.).

  • Carolina National to install new greens

    It’s a hard decision for course owners, club managers and golf course superintendents.
    Installing new greens is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. The whole course (or at least nine holes) must be closed for several weeks or months. There is disruption of play and lost revenues. Dues-paying members must live with fewer tee times during the renovation process. Instead of teeing off in the morning, they sometimes must play in the afternoon.

  • Wounded Warriors to participate in The First Tee Tournament

    Four foursomes of Wounded Warriors will participate in the Future Generations Tournament -n June at St. James Plantation.
    “We will once again have the honor of hosting our Wounded Warriors in the Future Generations Tournament, the largest charity golf event in the region with about 500 participants each year,” said Wayne Moody, tournament chairman. “Eight will come from Fort Bragg and eight will come from Camp Lejeune.”