Rory vs. Spieth

The battle between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth hasn’t really panned out yet. Both of these golfers look like prize fighters in the first round circling each other and just feeling each other out. Make no mistake about it, this should be a fantastic rivalry in the sport for the next 10-15 years. It’s very easy to see that both Rory and Jordan are the two top golfers in the world today. There may be a pack of talent nipping at their heels, but when you look at raw talent, it’s these two and it’s not really close. When these two are on the top of their games, no one in the world comes close.

Currently, Rory is 27 and Jordan is 23. Rory had his year in 2014 in which he dominated the golf world. He ended up winning two majors, and blowing away the competition. Many thought this was the birth of the new Tiger Woods. However, Rory’s time atop the throne did not last long because just one year later Spieth came in and did the exact same thing and even flirted with golf’s grand slam all the way into Sunday at the British Open.

Rory vs. Spieth

Some may argue that Jason Day, who is only 28, belongs in the same echelon with these two. I have nothing against Day and think he is a world class player. That being said, I think he is just a touch below the level that Rory and Spieth are on. Also, I’ve never heard of a three way rivalry, however the more I think about it, the more I like that idea and possibility.

There is a problem that I have with this potential rivalry, and that’s the fact that these two guys are just too nice. I understand that this is the nature of golf and being a “gentleman” but I wish there was a little more animosity among players. And don’t get me wrong I believe that animosity exists (it’s natural), it’s just that it isn’t shown publicly. My hope would be that we see a rivalry between Jordan and Rory that resembles what happened between Matt Kuchar and Miguel Angel Jiminez. I want to see anger and hatred at Augusta on a Sunday. I want to see them battle back and forth for majors and golf’s crown. I don’t want to see Instagram posts and Tweets about how they’re happy and excited for the other guy winning. I’m not asking for Happy Gilmore level of chaos but there is definitely a middle ground waiting to be explored.

Golf needs a rivalry and it needs hatred. I’m not sure if Rory and Jordan will get there, however if they keep jostling back and forth for majors it may just happen by osmosis. Even if Jordan and Rory remain to be buddy-buddy with each other for the remainder of their careers we should still see an amazing competition between the two of them. It’s difficult to say who will end up with more majors at the end of their career but I’m going to give it to Spieth. Spieth’s putter is absolutely deadly, especially under pressure. He also seems to want it more than Rory does. Long term prediction here but I say that Spieth ends up with 12 majors at the end of his illustrious career and is able to turn the tables against the Europeans in the Ryder Cup in the process. All aboard the Spieth train, CHOO CHOOO!

Essential Items For Maintaining A Golf Course – Best Chainsaws And Ride On Mowers!

Maintaing a golf course is hard work especially a golf course that is as voluptutous as our course here at M.C.C Golf Club. Our grounds crew works hard to ensure the course is at championship standard at all times, has shade from the sun and is pleasing to the eye.

I asked our crew what items were essential for their work. I was surpised to learn that there are really just two items that they find absolutely essential…

Best Chainsaws

It may not be the first item that pops into your head when thinking about maintaining a golf course but a quality chainsaw is very important. Our crew is constantly having to maintain the copious trees on our course and they could not get by without trustworthy chainsaws that were up for constant usage. The last thing a golfer wants is for a stray branch to knock them over the head when they are playing the course!

John, the head of our crew, thinks that rather than recommending his favorite chainsaw, that you check out this page instead for all the best chainsaws as what is best for your needs will be different to his.

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Ride on Mowers

I think it’s easy to guess why the crew love ride on mowers. With such a huge space to maintain and crisp, sharp and lean grass being so important to the game of golf, a ride on mower is absolutely essential.

The crew actually have three ride on mowers – that’s how seriously we take lawn maintenance. They all work in slightly different ways with some best for speed, others best for ultra short grass and another best for steep sections of the course.

It’s not even unusual that all ride on mowers are used at once. Without this useful tool, we’d have to double the size of our grounds crew so that they could get around the entire site.

Find some ride on mower options here.

Trump Fights Mother Earth… And Scotland

What’s one way to get pageviews and clicks? Talk about Donald Trump of course. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the United States is experiencing a state of life imitating art. Unfortunately, the art that I’m referring to is the hell that is reality TV. There’s lots of drama and no one involved has two brain cells to rub together. That’s what it’s like watching Trump run for our presidency.

But enough about politics because that’s not what’s important here. What is important is the fact that Trump has been having his battles outside the U.S as well. What I mean specifically is his battle with the country of Scotland. Now, I could go into a tirade about how the situation is a microcosm for how his foreign policy would be but let’s not go down that rabbit hole.

Trump Fights Mother Earth… And Scotland

A quick overview for those in the dark about the situation, Donald Trump is currently fighting the country of Scotland over the building of his new golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland. There’s a lot of fights happening on different fronts in this one story however I want to focus on just one. Trump has been fighting tooth and nail against the construction of wind turbines off of the Scotland coast, that he says would ruin the view from the course. I mean this is just ridiculous. You’re fighting against wind turbines now too?!

I’m just baffled really. Every time I think this guy can’t be any more incompetent he goes ahead and surprises me further. Trump wants to fight something the Scottish government is implementing in an effort to use more renewable energy resources and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. He is fighting against it with his reason being that it would disrupt the view. That’s a dumb reason just for the fact that wind turbines are cool to see. Anyway, he is just dumb for arguing this. Furthermore he is dumb for fighting the Scottish. The Scottish are the last people you want to mess with; they invented the most frustrating sport in the world (golf) and their men wear dresses. That right there should tell you all you need to know about the Scottish people (I mean this in a good way). This is just another classic example of Trump not having any idea what he’s doing or what he is talking about. However, he continues to get away with things due to his unapologetic nature and lack of having to rely on anyone for financial assistance. Here’s to you Scotland, continue to fight the good fight against this idiot.

Essential Items For Golfing At M.C.C

So you’ve decided to head out to our beautiful course and play a game? Fantastic! We are excited to see you here.

You might be wondering what you need to bring with you. The answer is – not much! We have basically everything here to ensure you have a fun and successful game. If you are visiting from out of town and don’t have your clubs, don’t worry, you can hire them. There are a few things that are worth bringing to have a good game…

1. Golf Rangefinder

A golf rangefinder is an invaluable tool for judging distances and spaces on our championship golf course. We do not have these on site so we recommend bringing one with you. If you haven’t purchased one yet, you can find the best golf rangefinders at https://www.golfrangefinderspro.com/. It’s a useful guide to get you started.

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2. Right Clothes

We have a dress code at M.C.C Golf Club but don’t worry. It’s no doubt what you are used to.

You must wear:

  • Appropriate footwear
  • Collared or turtle neck golf shirts
  • white anklet or socks
  • Shorts, Trousers or golf skirts with fitted waist bands
  • Women’s sleeveless, collarless golf shirts worn inside or outside waist band.

It’s also important that you are neat and presentable whenever you are at the golf club.

The following are not allowed:

  • Metal spiked shoes
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Torn, ripped or dirty clothing
  • T Shirt or singlet tops of any kind
  • Board shorts

3. Hat and Sunscreen

It can get very sunny on the course so sun protection is a must. Make sure you wear neat, golf appropriate hats and 30+ sunscreen. We do sell sunscreen on site if you forget it.

4. Book Ahead

It’s important to book ahead either via our form or ring. Although we can sometimes accommodate groups that turn up at the course, things will go more smoothly and not end in disappointment if you book ahead.

5. Non Essential But Good: Clubs, Tees and Balls

You can hire clubs at our course. Likewise, you can buy tees and balls. However, if you already have these items than we recommend you bring them.

We do have a variety of clubs that you can choose from so you may enjoy hiring them just to try out a new type.

Hopefully the list above will help you play a great game at M.C.C.

Will Tiger Win Another Major?

It was a midsummer afternoon in the middle of June. The year was 2008 and Tiger Woods was working some otherworldly magic at San Diego’s Torrey Pines golf course. It was the 2008 U.S Open and on this Sunday, Tiger showed incredible grit and determination to tie Rocco Mediate and send it to a playoff. Tiger had this uncanny ability to always come through in the clutch. If it was coming down to the wire you knew Tiger would make a shot or sink an incredible putt. In 2008 he did all of that on a left knee with a destroyed ACL. It was vintage Tiger. And no one could have predicted that it just might be the last time he ever won a major.

Eight years later and we are presently in a strange world. Tiger isn’t Tiger. Announcers should think about calling him Eldrick Woods until he turns things around. But can he? That’s the looming question right now. Can Tiger be Tiger again? Each year my faith wanes and wanes like an eroding shoreline. There is nothing I want more than for Tiger to be back.

Will Tiger Ever Win Another Major

The situation with Tiger looks dim right now for a number of reasons; for one, he’s getting old even for golf standards (he’s currently 40). What’s worse is that the talent in the PGA right now is out of this world. The young guys who grew up watching Tiger dominate the beginning of the new millennium were inspired by his greatness. Now we have a crop of young, hungry, Tiger copycats. With Rory, Jordan, Rickie, Jason Day, and everyone else, how is Tiger ever supposed to win another major?

Don’t forget he’s been injured like crazy as well. It seems that every attempted Tiger comeback has had it’s legs cut out from underneath them before he can get any real momentum going. As a fan it’s infuriating to watch. Plus you also have to look into the fact that Tiger has not been the same person mentally since the car crash incident in late 2008. That supreme confidence is gone. He has the yips now! Tiger, who had ice in his veins has seen the biggest struggle in the six inches between his ears. And any amateur golfer can sympathize with that. If your mind isn’t right on the course, your score will reflect that.

So, will Tiger come back? As a fan of comebacks and Tiger Woods I say that he will. All Tiger needs to do is just get one major win and momentum will be back in corner. If he can win just one major in the next year or two he can break Jack’s record, I know it. If I were a betting man I say Tiger can win the PGA Championship next year. If he can stay healthy and have a full year on tour he’ll get it. You heard it here first. A full healthy golf season will allow Tiger just to get back into his competitive spirits and get his feel back. He won’t be great in the beginning of the year but I believe that once we hit the middle of the season right around the US and British Opens he will start to hit that gear and it will win him the PGA. If he wins the PGA watch out for the Masters in 2018.

I think Tiger has served his punishment for what he did. I think it’s time for the universe to see a new and improved Tiger. Only time will tell if he has served his karmic punishment to it’s full extent. Whether Tiger wins another major or not I will always be rooting for that dark red Nike golf shirt down the stretch on a Sunday in a major.

Golf Course Spotlight: Torrey Pines [San Diego, CA]

Torrey Pines Golf Course located in Southern California’s beautiful city of San Diego is an incredible stretch of land that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This course is the pursuit of perfection, and if this isn’t perfect then I don’t know what is. The course hosts The Farmer’s Insurance Open every year in late January when the tour is making it’s way through the southern states and Hawaii. However, Torrey Pines was also host of the U.S Open in 2008 and if you recall that was when Tiger Woods won his last major in one of the all-time performances while injured.

The course is great for so many reasons but one of my favorite is that average Joe’s like myself are able to play there. The golf course is located in a state park and the city of San Diego has made it open to the public to play. It’s not impossible to get a tee time and it’s not incredibly expensive to play (relatively speaking). I’ve lived in San Diego for just over a year now and have been able to play 3 times already.

Golf Course Spotlight: Torrey Pines [San Diego, CA]

If you are in the San Diego area for vacation or business I highly suggest making a tee time for Torrey. This is definitely one of the best courses in the world and the opportunity to play a course that Tiger and other legends have walked is something you don’t want to pass up. Now for you twilight golfers, Torrey is the best twilight course there is. Not only does their twilight start early, the view of the sun setting over the Pacific is something so beautiful I won’t even attempt to put it into words.

If this course isn’t on your golf course bucket list then you best be sure to pencil it in right now. And if you don’t have a golf course bucket list, can you even consider yourself a golfer?

Ryder Cup Preview 2016

Well folks the 2016 Ryder Cup is right around the corner this year. I’m hoping I’m not the only one getting excited about this one. Many of you may be thinking this year’s battle may be a bore, since the Europeans have been dominating the Ryder Cup since Earth’s continents were all hanging out together in the days of Pangea. But this year feels different. As a stars and stripes, red-blooded American I am sick of seeing the European’s chemistry and winning ways. Thankfully, something feels different this year. No one is giving the boys in red, white, and blue a shot, and I think that’s exactly where they want to be. Don’t get me wrong, this European team is a powerhouse, but the American’s aren’t so bad themselves and have a lot of young talent up front. A lot of folks may make the argument that the young players are inexperienced and will thusly crack under pressure, however, after seeing veteran Phil Mickelson stink it up year in and year out in the Ryder Cup I think we will benefit from some young-blood.

Speaking of good ol’ Phil, I recently read a conversation that he had regarding the Ryder Cup, and it seems that Mr. Mickelson is just as sick of getting his ass kicked as I am watching it happen. Phil was quoted as saying that he has been studying the European’s winning ways and believes that he has their winning formula worked out. Being a Mickelson hater, I say that if this is true then he should shut his big mouth up and keep things like that out of the media. However, Philip is also an American, so in times like these I am sort of forced to root for the guy. When asked further about what he meant, Phil went on to say that he sees the team chemistry and leadership playing large factors towards the European’s success. But he was timid with his projections saying that people shouldn’t expect that his plan to work immediately and was incredibly vague with the details of his”plan.” Now, it would be incredibly easy for me to tear him apart here, but like I said before, Phil is an American so I will back him up in this situation.

Ryder Cup Preview 2016

All of this reminds me of a similar setup 36 years ago in sports. The year was 1980 and it was the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. The Soviet Union boasted the greatest hockey team in the world, and at the height of the Cold War, competitions like these were incredibly important in the battle for an emotional advantage in case real war broke out.

It was one crazy college hockey coach hired by the U.S Olympic staff to take a bunch of college hockey players and mold them into a team that could beat the Soviets. Herb Brooks studied the Soviet’s winning ways and emulated his Olympic team after the Russians. Herb whipped his boys into shape and really focused on team chemistry and endurance so that they wouldn’t be tired at the end of a hockey game. The strategy of emulating the Russians paid off and it won Herb and the U.S hockey team Olympic Gold. It was accurately dubbed “The 1980 Miracle On Ice.”

My favorite thing to do in all of sports is to root for the underdog. Freud would probably tell me that I’m just projecting my ego onto the world, but who cares about that psychoanalytic mumbo jumbo, underdogs are always fun to root for. And that’s what I’m doing this year. To quote Herb’s famous speech in the movie “Miracle” with Kurt Russell, “This is our time, their time is over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great team the Europeans have. Screw em!”

You heard it here first folks, the Americans win in a thriller that will come down to some of the final matches on Sunday. Look for Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to play clutch roles for the Americans down the stretch.

The Olympics Should Never Be Compared To Winning A Major

Congrats to Justin Rose for winning the first Olympic Gold in golf for the first time in over 100 years. Let’s give credit where credit is due, to win the first Olympics in golf in over a century is a big deal. Who the hell was even playing back then other than Bobby Jones? Anyway, it was a great win for a world-class player, and to see fellow greats Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar on the podium was great as well.

Ok, enough with the lovey dovey stuff. I’ve been hearing a lot of rumblings from individuals saying that in the future we should go ahead and hold Olympic medals in the same or higher regard as major championships. Johnny Miller stated at the end of the Olympic broadcast that these were his thoughts because of the fact that Olympics happen only once every four years so your shot at winning gold in one’s career happens a lot less than the attempts at a major. I can understand where people are coming from with that point but get out of here if you think that winning a gold medal in golf compares to winning a major. It’s comparing apples and oranges. Jack Nicklaus never ate any of those metaphorical oranges. Arnold Palmer never had a chance to eat any of those oranges either but the two of them sure ate a hell of a lot of apples. How can we measure a golfer’s legacy if the legends of golf never had an opportunity to compete for the same medals?

The Olympics Should Never Be Compared To Winning A Major

The other point I want to make on this argument is that people believe the Olympic medals to be worth more because if a golfer has a 20 year career, in theory they have 5 attempts to go for gold, in contrast with 80 attempts to win a major. For some reason, they believe that this makes the Olympics more valuable than major wins. For me, I believe that the sample size is just too small to prove someone worthy of greatness. What sounds better to you; a golfer that wins 10 majors in his career or a golfer that wins 1 Olympic gold medal and no majors? If you’re basing your argument on statistics given the numbers I just gave you, you might be inclined to say that winning 1 Olympic gold in 5 attempts is better than the 10 majors because it’s a winning percentage of 20% versus 12.5%. But who in their right mind would choose winning one Olympic gold medal versus 10 majors in 80 attempts? The one Olympic medal winner and zero majors will forever be forgotten in the history books. The 10 majors winner would be heralded among the greats of golf and would be fourth in the record books behind Nicklaus, Woods, and Hagen.

Having golf back in the Olympics is an amazing thing don’t get me wrong. But let’s collectively pump the brakes on thinking this will be on major championship status. I’ll wait until a single golfer collects 4 Olympic golds to start talking about legacy’s and Olympics in the same breath.