• Platinum Series: Fun-filled pro-ams

    Brunswick County has a myriad of golfing opportunities year round. Each course has weekly play days and leagues. On a larger scale there are interclub matches, member-guest tournaments, gross and net championships and team events.

    One of the most enjoyable tournaments ever designed is the pro-am. In this format a pro plays with an amateur as a team. Sometimes, it’s a pro and three amateurs in a foursome against a field of similar teams.

  • Tourney Feb. 27 for injured motorcyclist

    A golf tournament for Tom Palka will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and golf at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Valley at Eastport. The fee is $75 per golfer.

    Palka was struck on his motorcycle on Nov. 6, 2015, by an underinsured motorist who failed to yield the right of way.

  • Lockwood Folly expanding, polishing

    Last summer, Lockwood Folly broke ground on its new clubhouse, a beautiful multi-function building. It is more than16,000 square feet and overlooks the Lockwood Folly River with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Holden Beach in the distance. The new clubhouse has a large banquet room, sports bar and restaurant, pro shop, fitness center, library, offices, meeting rooms and two kitchens.

    Recently I learned Lockwood is installing new greens and renovating the course this summer.  

  • Super Bowl golf: Something to try

    We tend to think golf competitions are terribly serious affairs. We either look forward to or dread club championships, member-guest days and interclub matches. We take a deep breath, tee it up and try our best to shoot the lowest round of our career, thereby ensuring a good time.

    What if we could have a great time, even if we didn’t come close to our average score?

    It can be done, and with every participant having a ripsnorting good time.

  • Cart-path-only: Aggravation

    This past year has been one of the wettest in the history of Brunswick County. Many courses have been cart-path-only for weeks and weeks. This slows play because golfers must leave their carts on the path, walk to their ball (which may be on the far side of the fairway) and then hit.

    A good tip is to take three clubs to the ball. The club you think you need, plus one longer and one shorter. Then you won’t have to walk back and forth if the distance is too long or short for what you thought

  • World Golf Hall of Fame: Lots of fun and facts

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    On a recent trip to Florida, my husband, Gene, and I took an extra day and visited the World Golf Hall of Fame, part of the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla.

  • CGA has many roles for golfers

    The Carolinas Golf Association has many facets and functions. It serves North and South Carolina golfers and is the largest of its kind in the United States.

    The CGA headquarters is in Southern Pines. With a handful of employees and a vast number of volunteers, they perform the prodigious task of centralizing golf services and information for the two states.

    These are the main tasks the CGA performs:

    1. Agronomy: Providing the services of a full-time agronomist to member clubs.

  • Resolved: No more slow play

    I love golf and everything that goes with it: the outdoors, beautiful scenery, the camaraderie, the 19th hole — and best of all, a chance to play a sport my whole life. 

    Can you imagine playing football at the age of 60? Baseball at 80? Hockey at 75? Even tennis becomes dicey as we age, but golf goes on and on. Check out the numbers of Brunswick County golfers who shoot their age regularly. It’s huge.

    One thing that hurts the game of golf everywhere today is slow play

  • Golf gadgets for the new year

    Golf is a sport that has lots of stuff associated with it.

    First of all, there’s the course: 5 miles of hills and valleys, greens and fairways and bunkers — and in Brunswick County, creeks, lakes and salt marshes.

    Then there are the clubs and the specialized clothing (most courses require collared shirts), gloves, balls and tees; windbreakers and rainsuits for inclement weather and we all need to have a golf umbrella unless we live in the desert; shoes, golf socks.

  • Carolina Shores: Rejuvenating a great old course

    Carolina Shores is one of the oldest golf courses in Brunswick County. Designed by Tom Jackson, it opened in 1974. A prolific designer, Jackson also did Aberdeen and Black Bear in Longs, S.C., River Hills in Little River, S.C., and Magnolia Greens in Leland.