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Golf

  • Brierwood schedules grand opening for Charlie’s Grill

     Last week I drove to Brierwood Golf Club and met with Chris Sprow, director of sales, marketing and real estate. Blum Investments purchased the venerable old course in July 2014.

    The clubhouse has been under renovation for more than six months and the result is fabulous. New tables and chairs, large-screen televisions and new big windows overlooking the lake.

  • Spring tune-up with Cheryl Brankel

     Fellow golfers, it’s time for your spring tune-up. In a few short weeks, the warm weather will be here and you’ll want your swing ready so you can go out and conquer the course.

    To find out what makes a good tune-up, I drove up to Carolina National and spoke with Cheryl Brankel, of the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy. Brankel is a lady PGA golf professional, certified in teaching and she loves what she does.

    Brankel was at Wild Dunes in Charleston, S.C, before coming to Carolina National nine years ago.

  • Golf getaway to the Crystal Coast

     For the past few years, I’ve gone on a gal’s golf trip to the Crystal Coast and we’ve had a blast. ­There’s wonderful golf, beautiful beaches, old coastal towns to explore, historic sites and fabulous seafood.

    Where is the Crystal Coast?

    It begins just north of Wilmington and runs up to the Outer Banks; 85 miles of unspoiled coastline between the Outer Banks and our own beloved Brunswick Islands. It’s a fabulous getaway if you don’t want to fly or drive long distances.

  • Eric Morgan new golf pro at Lockwood Folly

     On Jan. 1, Eric Morgan became the new head golf professional at Lockwood Folly.  

    Lockwood Folly is a Willard Byrd design built in 1988 on the site of an old hunting preserve. The course sits on the Lockwood Folly River and runs through old live oaks and tall pines with ponds and a lot of wildlife. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

  • SWATCA: Fostering women’s golf

     I’d been hearing about something called the Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship Association for several years. This is an organization to sponsors women’s team championships among several states that include the Carolinas.

    Each state sends a team of 10 players (eight scores count) and a non-playing team captain. Competition is over three days with scoring based on four-ball match play, modified foursome match play and singles match play. The team that amasses the most points wins. 

  • Walk your way to better scores

     I love this time of year. We can discard the old ways, make new resolutions, begin all over again and do what we really want to do. We can create a healthier lifestyle.

    So, let’s begin by walking. Walk the dog, walk the neighborhood, walk the mall. Best of all, walk the golf course.

    Walking regularly is a terrific way to become healthier and happier in the New Year. The American Heart Association tells us that walking:

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

     Many of us who live in Brunswick County are from the north. We’re from New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, even Minnesota.

    Years ago, Gene and I came down on a family vacation and we fell in love with the beaches, the golf, the fishing, restaurants —  and the weather.

    Historically, the average temperature in this area in January is a high of 55 and a low of 34. Chicago, on the other hand, has an average daily temperature of 31 (January) and New York has an average daily temperature of 39 for the same month.

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

     

    Many of us who live in Brunswick County are from the north. We’re from New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, even Minnesota.

    Years ago, Gene and I came down on a family vacation and we fell in love with the beaches, the golf, the fishing, restaurants —  and the weather.

    Historically, the average temperature in this area in January is a high of 55 and a low of 34. Chicago, on the other hand, has an average daily temperature of 31 (January) and New York has an average daily temperature of 39 for the same month.

  • The Superintendent: A golf course’s most valuable player

     

    Last month I attended the annual Conference & Trade Show of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent’s Association. The event at the big convention center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., had three days of meetings, seminars, keynote speakers, networking and fun for the 1,800 members of the CGCSA.

  • Pro profile: Brett Thomaswick of Sandpiper Bay

     Brett Thomaswick has been the head golf professional at Sandpiper Bay for six months and he loves his job.

    A giant of a man at 6 feet, 6 inches, Brett grew up in Ford City, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. He played basketball and baseball in high school. When he was 17, his father (an avid golfer) took him to an exhibition match at La Trobe Country Club. Brett was standing on a slight knoll behind one of the greens when Arnold Palmer hit a shot that flew the green and rolled right to him.