How Golf becomes difficult around the Bermuda Grass?

How Golf becomes difficult around the Bermuda Grass?

Whenever you visit a golf course the first thing you notice is the grass and every golf course comes with diverse types of grasses used for greens, tee boxes, rough, fringe and the last fairways.
 
Bermuda Grass is considered to be one of the most difficult grass in golf and it grows in hot climate of Southern America and golfers always try to avoid courses which offer Bermuda Grass and usually a golf course consists of many challenges like water trap, sand bunkers, uneven or hilly fairways, rough areas, and many more things and golf courses who have Bermuda Grass in it can becomes an added challenge to the players and below are some of the reasons on why Bermuda Grass is difficult for players:

1. Structure:
First thing first, the shape of the Bermuda Grass is medium and it has sharp edges so, ball gets caught very easily.
 
2. Tough Recovery Shots:
Recovery shots from a Bermuda Grass rough are very hard because if you try to hit the ball from the lie then the club will most likely get snagged and you will lose one stroke.
 
3. Grains and Bermuda Grass Greens:
This is one of the major factors making Bermuda Grass unique from other grasses. Bermuda Grass have grains or small particles which affect the shot making process and it can be seen in putting greens and when you are putting from distance it might look that the ball is going straight into the cup but as soon as you putt, the ball mises the cup because grains come in between the path of the ball.
 
So, try to play more and more golf in Bermuda Grass golf courses to improve your overall game.

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By Dhruv Trivedi

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January 30, 2021 in Golf

Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf

Mini golf or Miniature golf is a very-old sport and its history starts from 1867 in Scotland, when women were not allowed to play golf as it was considered inappropriate for women to have a backswing but these ladies were golf obsessives so, first they made a mini-golf course of grass then, for playing they used a putter because a putter doesn’t require a full backswing and they formed the first mini golf club in the world and named it Ladies Putting Club. Soon men also started playing mini-golf in their free time.
 
Mini Golf Coming to the USA:
Slowly the game was spreading in entire Europe but still, Americans were unaware of the sport then, in 1915 James Barber designed a golf course in North Carolina, it soon became an overnight success as people started learning about the game and a whole community was forming in North Carolina.

Great Depression and Mini Golf:


(Photo Credit: Golfer.com)

Now, as we know golf is rich men’s game so, playing golf in 1929 was near to impossible as people couldn't afford to play in golf clubs, still some people played golf near their home or their locality as they used old tires, cans, gutters, boxes as their target which was mini golf and one man made most of the trend as Garnet Carter started designing crazy golf courses named Tom Thumb Golf Course which featured windmills, light lamps as obstructions and his mini-golf courses were a hit as he started expanding his business by setting up mini golf courses around the US and here, he did a very important thing as he patented every course he made and by the end of 1929, Carter controlled 25% of the mini-golf business and 10 years later, 4 million people in America were playing the sport.
 
Opposing Mini Golf:
Mini Golf is a great recreational sport with a variety of forms originally made for fun but Don Clayton was against it and he wanted mini-golf to be a serious sport so, in 1953 Clayton started his own company named Putt-Putt golf and it was similar to mini-golf but without any gimmick obstruction like windmills, statues and Putt-Putt golf courses had bumps, borders for deflecting the ball and many more.
 
Downfall:
Today, the no. (4 million) has fallen a lot to just 5000 mini-golf courses in the USA.
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COVER PHOTO CREDIT: 365 CINCINNATI]
 

Sources: New York Times, USA Today, Mini Golf Creations, Tacki-mac Grips, Mental Floss, Putt Putt Mermaid Beach, Days Of The Year, Holey Moley Golf Club.

By Dhruv Trivedi

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January 09, 2021 in Golf

Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Pro-Am Golf Tournament

A Pro-Am or Professional-Amateur Golf tournament is an event where professionals and Amateurs compete together as a team for a common objective.
 
Pro-Am tournament usually takes place a day before the main tournament begins which is Wednesday and in a Pro-Am tournament, normal people get the opportunity to play with a professional golfer in a well-maintained golf course and normally it is a team event where three players are amateur and the fourth one is a pro and some events like A&T Pebble Beach Open Pro-Am have Pro-Am in pairs so, you and the pro that’s all but hang on don’t get excited as these type of tournaments are extremely expensive with a $28,000 fee. But not all Pro-Am’s require fees to play as large no. of clubs offer an invitation to play in their event and if you are too good in your area then, you might get an invitation to play a Pro-Am for a specific tournament example: BMW Championship.
 
There are two types of Pro-Am Golf tournaments:

1. Corporate Pro-Am:
In a Corporate Pro-Am, special tournaments are organized for top corporates and they get the opportunity to play golf with their colleagues and a pro or special packages for business people where the event organizer books Pro-Am rounds for their employees.
 
2. Destination Pro-Am:
This is a very a unique type of Pro-Am where the event is placed in a remote location like the Caribbean Islands and this type of event people not only get a chance to play golf but that too in a fantastic location by travelling after they get an invitation to play a Pro-Am in that event.
 
Pro-Am - A once in a lifetime experience:


A&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Photo Credit: Getty Images).

Now, for golf fanatics, Pro-Am is in their Bucket List because it’s not limited to playing golf but it has many other benefits like:
 
Party:
In Pro-Am events, golf is secondary and party are first and these parties are organized one day before the Pro-Am event and in it, all amateurs are called for the party and it consists of dance, music and draws – the main reason behind parties are draws because, from the draws, groups are announced so, you can know who are the other three players in your group for next day’s Pro-Am event.
 
Exclusivity:
People who are invited to play in Pro-Am get a chance to be VIP for one day as they get access to play inside the ropes on a world-class golf course and with one of the best players in the world.
 
Return Gifts:
There are many plus points of playing a Pro-Am, one of it is the gifts that you get for playing in big or small Pro-Am event and the gifts can be golf balls, special event t-shirts, belts, clubs and a few lucky invites gets full four-day tournament tickets for the main event which starts on Thursday, once the Pro-Am ends.
 
Free Dinner:
Not all but large amount organizers serve free dinner for amateurs after the Pro-Am ends.
 
Monday Pro-Am:
Now, a Pro-Am is celebrated on two separate days, the most common day is a Wednesday Pro-Am whose prices are medium and there is also a Monday Pro-Am which is very expensive to play and its parties too where you will see celebrities and top corporates participating.

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES]
 

Sources: Golf Week, Golf News Net, Golf Link, Golf Advisor, Wisegeek, Golf Media Network and The A Position.

By Dhruv Trivedi

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December 03, 2020 in Golf

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