• Grab your best partner and come to The Golf Ball

    Men, dust off your tuxedo or your best sport jacket and bow tie.   
    Ladies, get on your dancing shoes and your silk dress. Find your feather boa or your fur.  
    Valentine’s Day is coming and it’s time for The Golf Ball. This is a totally awesome dinner dance (black tie optional) and a perfect place to take your spouse or significant other for a romantic evening of fine food, music, dancing, camaraderie and candlelight.  
    It’s all for a good cause: The First Tee of Brunswick County scholarship fund.

  • Ashley Sloup: Good things ahead
  • Two Carolinas PGA events coming to Leland

    This year will be exciting for Brunswick County golfers. Two Carolinas PGA events are coming to Cape Fear National.  
    On July 28-29, the Carolinas PGA Senior professionals will tee it up. Thais prestigious tournament is for members of the Carolinas PGA who are 50 or older. The major sponsor for this event is Mercedes-Benz.   
    On Sept. 28-29, the Carolinas PGA will play its annual Pro-Am. Each PGA pro will play with three amateurs. The major sponsor is National Car Rental.  

  • Get fit for golf: Keep moving during the winter season

    We’re at the start of winter now. What a perfect time to follow up on those wistful resolutions we make every year about joining a gym, walking every day, buying an exercise bike, getting a set of weights.
    In short, we want to get fit. We know if we start an exercise program and stay the course, we’ll reap benefits. Our blood pressure will come down, our joints will ache less and our clothes will fit better. Our golf game will improve because we’ll be stronger, more flexible and more balanced in our swing.

  • 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: