Things You Learn While Playing Golf


They say the game of golf mirrors the game of life, don’t we all agree, many if not most of the lessons you learn while playing golf are lessons than can be applied to just about anything! Here are 5 we thought were the most important!

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1. Luck doesn’t exist. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Prepare yourself to be the best, and then the opportunity will arise. It doesn’t work the other way around.

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2. SLOW DOWN. Rediscover your joy. When you feel a deep sense of relaxation throughout your whole body, you’re reminded of why you love what you’re doing, an unlimited abundance of great shots lie ahead.

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3. You control what you think. Don’t get stuck in your head. In the event of a bad shot, you can say things like: “Interesting… It’s unlike me to shoot that way.” By not reacting to any “failure,” you’ll keep your center in check and avoid sabotaging the shots you have ahead.

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4. Let go. There is always another shot waiting for you. Your score is directly related to your ability to forget past bad shots and let them go.

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5. Talent is a myth. Be consistent. Being consistent with your actions is how you maintain the endurance and the strength to carry yourself where you’re going. Consistency will always reap benefits. Sure, talent can help. But it is not enough. Practice makes you a master. At everything.

First Ryder Cup Win in 8 Years for USA

After three straight losses, the United States defeated Europe to win the 2016 Ryder Cup with a final score of 17-11 on Sunday.

The PGA Tour’s official Twitter account showcased the excitement from the home team at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota:


The United States held a 9.5-6.5 lead after two days in the competition. The Americans got off to a 4-0 start in the Friday morning foursomes, and the Saturday afternoon four-ball pairings earned a 3-1 advantage for the home team.

Still, the competition always comes down to singles play, and this year was no different.

Patrick Reed won a showdown with Rory McIlroy in the first match of the session and Rickie Fowler used a late comeback to down Justin Rose at the 18th hole.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia combined for 19 birdies in their match, but they only halved.

Mickelson’s halved match and wins by Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka set up Ryan Moore to clinch the win on the 18th hole.

Moore tapped in for par on the 18th green to win his match over Lee Westwood and secure the Ryder Cup for the United States.

Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson rounded out the day with wins in two of the final three remaining matches to hand the United States a six-point victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club.


Arnold Palmer, a three-time USGA champion and seven-time major champion whose charismatic and charming personality helped popularize golf in the late 1950s and early 1960s, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh, Pa., at the age of 87.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Palmer died at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been undergoing heart tests since last Thursday.

“Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word,” said Mike Davis, executive director/CEO of the USGA. “He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport. Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum, but also our own personal golf memories. The game is indeed better because of him, and in so many ways, will never be the same.”

Some golfers collected more wins and major championships, but few could rival Palmer’s popularity among the masses. His go-for-broke style of play appealed to fans and his ability to engage with people inspired legions of followers that dubbed themselves “Arnie’s Army.”

Palmer was the first iconic superstar of sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s, and he connected with people like no other golfer before him. Because of Palmer, who came from humble beginnings in Latrobe, Pa., the game transitioned from an upper-class pastime to a sport accessible to the middle and working classes.

USGA President Diana Murphy:

“With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Arnold and recognize his life and legacy, remembering his great championship moments and his incredible humility. We are grateful for his contributions to the USGA as a champion for the game, our member program and our museum, which is named after him.  He always had a twinkle in his eye, and a smile of encouragement for all of us. His history is our history, and  his impact on the game transcends generations.”




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The Sport of Business


The idea that many of biggest business deals are done on the golf course may be a cliché, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still true. Yes, even in 2016. Not many sports can bring you all the benefits that golf does, from physical activity to making friends, and even career building.

The advantage of making business on the golf course is not only getting the deal you wanted but also getting to know, like, and trust somebody in a way you couldn’t in any other setting. Research has show that there is a higher chance of connecting with someone on the course than at a conference or an organized happy hour. Being in that vulnerable space and learning what other people’s fears are, and then also going and trying something new, causes you to become more innovative. You open up and are able to connect. Ultimately, the value is being able to spend time building a relationship with your client in a relaxing, non-conventional business setting.

Playing with the big boss

The best thing about playing with your boss is that you’re on an even playing field. It’s not about making sure you don’t make a fool of yourself, it’s about getting to know your boss more authentically. You’re on the course together and one of you shanks a drive and you both start laughing – now you have an inside joke or a funny memory that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s about getting to know them on a deeper level. They’re going to start to vouch for you more, sponsor you and mentor you. Those are the things that happen when you know, like, and trust somebody. With that being said, it’s always important to try and follow the etiquette of the game.


What NOT to do when playing golf with clients and colleagues 

Speed of play is huge.Par to Pick Up is a great rule to have when playing with clients or colleagues, whatever par is—3, 4 or 5—after you hit that many shots in the fairway, you pick up your ball, walk to the green, hand wedge the ball onto the green, and then you get two putts. The way it works out, any hole you play, the max score you can get is a double bogey. So you have a double bogey, you’re having fun and you’re seeing the whole course. However make sure to bring this up with the other players so they understand what you are doing, chances are they probably will want to do the same thing! The max amount of time any round should take is four and a half hours. On the business side of things, the rule of thumb is to never close a deal on the course. Don’t talk about business until the fourth hole, and not after the 12th hole. The reason is that from holes one through four, you’re getting comfortable with the game, trying to find your groove and your swing. Use that time to ask more personal questions as opposed to the business questions. Then on the reverse, you shouldn’t talk about business after the 12th hole because everyone is exhausted. You’re hungry, you’re tired, and you may be frustrated with your game at that point. After the round, in the clubhouse bar, is when I typically make the ask. What are the next steps? How do we make this deal happen? Should we set up a meeting? What information do I need to send you? That’s the best time get into the nitty-gritty.

Whether you’re looking to explore the game of golf to further your professional career or simply pick up a new hobby, there are several avenues to begin the process. Step outside your comfort zone and discover the limitless resources available to introduce you to our beloved sport.

Golf Friends VS. Golf Coach

If you are new to the game of golf you will soon find (if you have not already)  how many people who want to come to your aid with golf advice from A to Z. It can be confusing to chose who to listen to and what to do. Many times, existing golfers serve as the entry point to the game for new golfers. Often though, those existing golfers are still looking for their golf game, but have no problem providing you with advice.

For the purposes of this article, I’m assuming your entry to the game isn’t accompanied by a large golf group . And that’s okay! One of golf’s greatest benefits is that you encounter many new friends in this sport as you tackle learning a rewarding game that takes mental patience to master. But be sure to draw a distinction—there’s your golf friends and then your golf coach.

The best way to learn this game is through a Golf Professional. Most of the golf courses in your area should have at least one employed, if not more. Work to find a teaching professional you can be comfortable working with. This golf coach will help you build your swing, teach you to take your game to the course, provide you with good practice habits and offer you the best advice on purchasing your initial golf equipment.

In other words, find an all-around coach you can trust because their training and expertise will set the foundation for your golf game. Most golfers you encounter along this journey will be very nice people. They will truly want you to learn to play well and enjoy the game they love. Many however, think they know enough to put you on the right track. Your golf friends may provide great fun and camaraderie, but be wary when they provide advice that could turn into poor swing habits for years to come.

When it comes to learning to play the game, find a  Professional in your area. Plan a schedule with them that can put you on the track to all of the great fun and experiences this game has to offer you.

Lydia Ko already one of LPGA’s all-time greats


You didn’t notice it over the weekend, in all likelihood, because you were watching a riveting British Open. But Lydia Ko won on the LPGA Tour again.

That’s 14 wins for Ko, who is just 19 years old. This win came in the Marathon Classic in Toledo, Ohio, where Ko had to survive a four-hole playoff for the victory. The win adds to the legend that Ko is already becoming.

Ko is becoming so successful at such a young age that you have to start looking at her in terms of the all-time greats of the game, even though Ko has yet to see her 20th birthday. A realistic question is whether Ko can qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame by reaching the required 27 points before she turns 21.

Consider that Ko has 14 wins, two of which are majors. That 16 points on the way to 27, and Ko also gets a point for being the LPGA Player of the Year in 2015. So at 19 years old, Ko already has 17 points.

The New Zealand player is also leading in the Player of the Year and the Vare Scoring race this year, and if she can hold on, that would be two more points. And that’s not counting any more wins she might get this year.

Comparisons to the careers of other players are always a little unfair, but let’s think about where Ko compares to one of women’s golf’s best players, Annika Sorenstam. Where the comparisons are unfair start right at the top, since Sorenstam didn’t win her first tournament on the LPGA until she was 24, after two years at the University of Arizona, one year on the Ladies European Tour and a 1994 season on the LPGA Tour that produced a rookie of the year award but no wins.

For Sorenstam, third all time on the LPGA career wins list with 72, the 14th win didn’t come until 1998, when she was 27 years old. Oddly, both Sorenstam and Ko had two major victories in their first 14 victories.

And Sorenstam would pick up steam in the years after she was 27. In the year she turned 31, Sorenstam won eight times, and in the year she turned 32 she won 11 LPGA events. So that’s 19 events in just two years, more than the young Ko has in her entire career so far.

Still, Ko is clearly on her way to the Hall of Fame and a large number of victories in her career, even if she retires at 30 as she has hinted. She may never catch Sorenstam’s 72 career wins, but she is sure to join Sorenstam in the Hall of Fame, perhaps sooner than later.



Article by: Larry Bohannan, Desert Sun

2016 U.S. Women’s Open

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The 2016 U.S. Women’s Open has been a thrilling and dramatic week befitting our national championship. Congratulations to American Brittany Lang for capturing her first U.S. Women’s Open trophy after besting Anna Nordqvist of Sweden in a three-hole aggregate playoff–only the second playoff in the U.S. Women’s Open 71-year history!

On behalf of CordeValle’s membership and staff, we wanted to thank every one of you for your support of this historic championship.

Through September 1, you can now receive special pricing to stay and play at CordeValle and its championship course. Packages start at $549 midweek and $749 on weekends. Choose from two rounds of golf with a cart included, one round of golf (with cart) and a $125 spa credit or a $250 spa credit! Don’t want to leave CordeValle yet? With any package or room booked, you may add Sunday to your stay for just $200 (room only). Call Rosewood CordeValle directly at 408.695.4562 to book your special getaway.

To every volunteer, spectator and guest, we offer our sincere appreciation for attending the 71st U.S. Women’s Open hosted at CordeValle.


It’s true! The Royal Troon Votes to Accept Women Members

If you haven’t already heard, the Royal Troon Golf Club, which is currently hosting  The Open, took a vote 10 days ago to admit the club’s first female members.

According to a club statement, the vote took place during a “special general meeting.”

“We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us,” said club captain Dr. Martin Cheyne. “Therefore, I am delighted with the decision taken by members of Royal Troon this evening and I look forward to welcoming women into our great club. It is the right decision for the club today, and for the generation of golfers that will follow.”

The vote comes after a similar measure to admit female members was narrowly defeated earlier this year by members of Muirfield Golf Club. The course was subsequently removed from the Open rota by the R&A, and earlier this month the club indicated plans to hold another vote on the matter.

“We welcome this decision by the membership at Royal Troon and recognize its significance for the club,” the organization said in a statement. “Our focus today is very much on the 145th Open in just under two weeks’ time, but we can now look forward to many more great championships at Royal Troon in years to come.”

Highest Honor Goes to Judy Bell

By Ann Guiberson

Each year the United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is one of the most anticipated and exciting weeks in golf.  The United States Golf Association’s (USGA) most prestigious trophy is presented to the low scorer typically on Sunday unless there is a Monday playoff.  Also, during U.S. Open week the USGA’s highest award for distinguished sportsmanship is presented.

Yesterday millions of viewers around the world watched and cheered on Dustin Johnson as he claimed his first major championship and possession of the iconic U.S. Open Championship trophy dating back to 1895.  Earlier in the week the golf community celebrated another exciting event.  On Tuesday evening at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Judy Bell was honored with the Bob Jones Award for lifelong service to the game.  Recipients of the Award are individuals who demonstrate the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by nine-time USGA champion – Bob Jones.

Judy Bell’s accomplishments in golf as a volunteer administrator, an ambassador for the game, and a player simply cannot be matched.  Here are some of her accomplishments.


Judy started her volunteer career with the USGA when she joined the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship Committee in 1961.  She then served 17-years on the USGA Women’s Committee from 1968 to 1984.  Judy is well-known around the world for serving as president of the USGA.  In 1996, she was the first woman to be elected president of the USGA.  Simply put, when leaders and visionaries were needed, Judy delivered.



Grassroots Program Development

One of Judy’s greatest accomplishments was a platform created for more youth and diversity programs.  Judy established the “For the Good of the Game” grants program, that dedicated more than 65 million dollars to local and national initiatives devoted to improving communities through golf.  She also created the USGA Foundation’s leadership and fellowship program.  Additionally, one can’t forget the LPGA/USGA Girls’ Golf program.  Today the LPGA/USGA Girls’ golf program is a very successful and growing program because of Judy’s early efforts promoting and supporting it.


Support of State and Regional Amateur Golf Associations

Judy has always been especially supportive of state and regional amateur golf associations.  State and regional golf associations (SRGAs) serve as the USGA’s local delivery system and are the mainstay of the USGA’s ability to administer the game.  Judy assisted in facilitating the allocation and distribution of USGA-funded grants and goods to SRGAs designed to assist associations in elevating local programs and service delivery.  Judy’s ongoing support and recognition of SRGAs provided that extra push that has raised the bar at the local level.

Clearly Judy Bell made exceptional contributions to the game.  Every time I’m with Judy I learn more and more about how her passion for the game has facilitated and pioneered its growth.  She took her love and respect for the game and made a tremendous positive impact.  I’ve learned a lot from Judy and I am grateful for the opportunity to get to work with her.  She is an inspiring leader, mentor and friend.  Her enthusiasm is contagious.  Her smile is priceless.  Congratulations Judy on this well-deserved honor along with a heartfelt “thank you”!


Meet Our Newest P.J. Boatwright Intern!


Meet Micaela Jorgenson! After serving 20 years in the Navy, she decided to attend
the Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula and after graduating from there in
December 2015, she was given the opportunity to work as a USGA P.J.
Boatwright intern in our WSCGA San Dimas office. As an intern she is learning the various phases of golf administration and preparing  for a successful future in the golf industry.
Passionate about the game of golf, she plays at every opportunity….every day if she could! Her goal is to be active in growing the game, especially in regard to women’s and
junior golf and she is very excited to be learning and experiencing all aspects of the game
both on and off the golf course!