Golfing Lake Powell Is No Bluff

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Golfing Lake Powell Is No Bluff

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If touringrepparttar American Southwest bring your sticks, open your golfer's guide to Page, not just any page, but Page, Arizona. Snuggled amongstrepparttar 139368 colorful sandstone cliffs of beautiful Lake Powell is a must-play public course, aptly named,repparttar 139369 Lake Powell National.

Designed by William Phillips, built and managed by First Golf Corporation and opened for business in 1995, this gem is positioned on a mountainside overlookingrepparttar 139370 massive Glen Canyon Dam. The course, with it's optional four tee boxes, is designed to challengerepparttar 139371 most skilled golfer, but it can also be adjusted to accomodate any level of play. The tips are laid out at over 7000 yards whilerepparttar 139372 blues are set at around 6400 andrepparttar 139373 whites at 5800 yards. Now laddies, don't think for a minute that you are in for an easy time of it because even at 5100 yardsrepparttar 139374 reds are more than enough of a challenge for any game.

Combine changing weather patterns with vistas only found inrepparttar 139375 canyonlands ofrepparttar 139376 Great Southwest and it's almost too much visual beauty, making concentration on your game difficult. I found myself gazing onrepparttar 139377 Lake Powell horizon. On most golf courses are your typical hazards, such as grass and sand bunkers, water, trees, rolling fairways andrepparttar 139378 course boundaries. In my numerous years of playing golf, I was never reminded that it was my turn to hit. I would have even given up honors to sneak a peak atrepparttar 139379 burnt orange cliffs and towering monuments. Of course this didn't help when it came time to markmy partner's drive offrepparttar 139380 tee - he should have been inrepparttar 139381 fairway anyway, right?

Now somewhere downrepparttar 139382 road of golf there must be an unwritten rule that states, "If you play a course that's new to you, take along a local, or let your playing partners hit first." Fortunately, for my group, we had a local guide to assist with shot strategies. For those withoutrepparttar 139383 aid of a local hustler,repparttar 139384 Lake Powell National does provide an excellently designed pocket guide torepparttar 139385 entire course. It lays out each hole, recommends shot location, and provides beautiful color diagrams from most landing locations, their hazards, and all ofrepparttar 139386 distances. A picture in a little pocket book is not going to make this round a snap - but wait until you meetrepparttar 139387 real National.

La Jolla California Golf Jewel Torrey Pines Golf Course

Written by Janice Wilson


La Jolla California Golf Jewel Torrey Pines Golf Course

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What can I say? Golf is certainly not a "Game of Perfection" butrepparttar Torrey Pines North and South Golf Courses, in La Jolla, California arerepparttar 139367 closest to golfing perfection that I've experienced.

Every now and then extraordinary things happen to ordinary people, for me it was teeing off at Torrey Pines on one ofrepparttar 139368 finest Spring days Southern California has ever experienced.

The day was crystal-clear and a light sea breeze keptrepparttar 139369 temperature at a refreshing 71 degrees. The grass was still lightly misted at 7:20 a.m. when they called our names to takerepparttar 139370 number one tee. An anticipatory thrill of excitement made my heart beat a little faster, knowing that I was about to hit fromrepparttar 139371 same tee box that produced some of golf's most admired champions, including Tom Weiskopf (1968), Jack Nicklaus (1969), and more recently, Tiger Woods (1999), and Phil Mickelson (2000, 2001).

Not many people think that a state-of-mind is a matter of choice, but I can guarantee you that when you playrepparttar 139372 Torrey Pines Golf Courses, designed by William Bell Sr. and completed by William Bell Jr. in 1957, your consciousness will be forever changed. Rees Jones was recently responsible for redesigning and changingrepparttar 139373 championship course in 2001. By using his personal touch torepparttar 139374 already challenging play, he allowedrepparttar 139375 landscape and legacy of Torrey Pines to take on a new life. The rolling bent grass greens, sweeping ocean views, and overall boundless beauty of these courses are unsurpassed.

The first hole onrepparttar 139376 South Course is a tough opening hole because of its length fromrepparttar 139377 white tees it's 432 yards and is straight intorepparttar 139378 wind. They say you don't want to miss right offrepparttar 139379 tee becauserepparttar 139380 trees passrepparttar 139381 bunker are thicker than onrepparttar 139382 left side. Although my tee shot was a respectable 150 yards, I missedrepparttar 139383 fairway and landed inrepparttar 139384 rough onrepparttar 139385 left side. The only painful part of playing this course is landing inrepparttar 139386 rough because they are U.S. Open grade roughs. It was a good thing my state-of-mind was enamored withrepparttar 139387 beauty and perfection of this world renowned "golfer's paradise," becauserepparttar 139388 rough was so thick that it always cost me a stroke or two just to try and get out of it.

The second hole par 3 allowed me to play a club offrepparttar 139389 tee that left me withrepparttar 139390 yardage to play my favorite approach iron torepparttar 139391 green. I had to allow for some roll towardsrepparttar 139392 ocean when my approach shot landed. The greens were tricky becauserepparttar 139393 uphill putts are slower than they appeared and always died towardsrepparttar 139394 ocean.

Torrey Pines has long been recognized as one ofrepparttar 139395 nation's foremost municipal golf facilities. Because it's a public course you can walk and carry your clubs, take a golf cart or pull cart. Because it's bounded by mountains torepparttar 139396 north andrepparttar 139397 Pacific Ocean torepparttar 139398 west,repparttar 139399 seaside courses are often swept by fog, rain and chilling winds. Thank goodness I only had to deal withrepparttar 139400 U.S. Open roughs. The weather was almost as perfect as my approach shot onrepparttar 139401 10th hole.

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