• St. James Plantation community: Bigger and better than ever

    Continuing my series of highlighting various golf communities in Brunswick County, I visited St. James Plantation earlier this month and spoke with Alan Deck, the general manager.
    The always-congenial Deck met me in his office and we had a great, far-ranging discussion of St. James: history, present-day activities and trends for the future.
    St. James started with a vast amount of property and one course, The Gauntlet. I remember playing it and thinking it was a good name for a course with tree- and marsh-lined fairways, deep bunkers and elevated greens.

  • The 211 Ryder Cup

    Golf on the Carolina coast, particularly in Brunswick County, is all about having fun in the true spirit of the game: Playing matches and tournaments, knowing the Rules of Golf, competing in various formats, playing serious golf, yet still having a great time.
    That’s exactly what the 211 Ryder Cup is all about.
    To learn more about this wonderful event that is held annually between St. James and Carolina National, I met with the co-chairmen last week at Carolina National.

  • Bionic golfers abound in Brunswick County

    It’s absolutely amazing. A huge percentage of golfers in Brunswick County are playing the game with artificial hips, knees and shoulders.  
    Think about it. Fifty years ago, these folks would be disabled, in constant pain, doomed to spend their days sitting in a chair (or wheelchair), reading books, watching television and playing canasta with their wives.
    No golf, gardening, walking the beach.

  • New idea for golf courses: colorants

    Welcome to the world of colorants. Spraying the golf course with green pigments in the fall is the latest big deal in golf course maintenance. It’s good for the environment, it’s great for the golf course and helps keep golf affordable.   
    I went to Brunswick Plantation and spoke with Rob Vaughn, the golf course superintendent and nationally recognized guru of colorants. I watched as they “painted” the course and was amazed to see brown fairways change into a beautiful shade of green right before my eyes.

  • Ellwanger, Lucas win Tournament of Champions

    Under perfect weather conditions, the men’s and women’s golf club champions from within the county gathered Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, at Crow Creek for two days of medal play in The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions to determine the best of the best in Brunswick County.  
    Dave Lucas, a first-time champion at Brierwood, won the men’s division, shooting 146 (76-70). This was his first time participating in the Tournament of Champions.

  • Hooray for our men’s golf tournament champions

    Since it was started in 2004, the Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions has grown steadily. This year we have 18 clubs participating. The tournament is by invitation only to the men’s and ladies’ champions at golf courses in Brunswick County that have memberships.
    Several of our men are repeats from previous years but we also have a few new champions. It’s been an exciting year for the golfers of Brunswick County. Today we salute all the guys who won club championships in 2013.
    Brick Landing, George Jacob:

  • Honoring our ladies’ club champions

    This is the 10th year of the Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions and the entire golf community is excited.
    We started in 2004 with 12 clubs participating. Since then, new golf courses have opened, older ones have thrived and now we have 17 clubs with memberships large enough to support an annual women’s championship.
    This week we honor our ladies’ club champions for 2013. The men get their turn next week.

  • The First Tee Player Card keeps the program going

    I love The First Tee and all that it does for our children. I’ve seen children’s lives change as they learn to play the great game of golf and adopt the life skills and core values inherent in it.

  • Superintendent’s Revenge: A fun golf tournament

    I’ve heard about the Superintendent’s Revenge golf tournament for years, but I’ve never played in one.
    Basically, the golf course is set up to be as hard as possible with some crazy twists. The pin may be tucked behind a deep bunker or all the way back with a big pond to carry. Or worse yet, right on the ridgeline of a two-level green. The greens may be double cut to roll at a 12 on the Stimpmeter (a device that measures the quickness of a green). The higher the number, the faster the green. Twelve is very, very fast.  

  • Bring your camera: A primer on golf course photography

    Years ago, when I worked as a journalist in New Jersey, a photographer went with me on my assignments. Jean Bateman was a registered nurse by profession but photography was her real love. She had several cameras (real film, in those days), had taken many courses in photography and had won awards for her work.
    So off we went, photographing restaurants, parks, businesses, horse shows, racetracks, wineries and various craftsmen and artists for my feature articles. Because Jean loved her work, she enjoyed sharing her expertise with me.