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Scott’s Profile: A native Northern Californian with a deep love for pacific coast golf courses.  Favorites: Olympic Club, Spyglass, and Pebble Beach.  First golf memory: Introduced to golf at age 3 with a wooden shafted putter (while on a family vacation to Calgary),the putter didn’t make it home in one piece – broken after chasing a gopher down a hole.  Inspirational golf personality: as a kid captivated by many superstars of the 70s and 80s, ultimate inspiration was Arnold Palmer.  Current passion in golf: a slowed competitive ambition, and a love for learning, exploring and appreciating the finer points in golf. Favorite golf activity: traveling abroad and meeting new people, share a love for the game, and of course exploring both new and classic golf courses.  Hole-in-one count: 6. Handicap: a debatable 1.0 index.  College: USF

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Whitlatch Woos Ladies and Fairways

Saturday, 10 November 2012
Published in Golf Discussions 4

Golf for Beginners and Others, by Marshall Whitlatch in 1910

The American golf explosion took place in the period from 1898 to 1929, it was a time of golf courses construction, golf club innovation, and spendid coverage in most national magazines.  Golf was featured in stories and ads with beautiful drawing and artful displays, and naturally it was also a time when instructional golf books thrived. Instruction with photos were especially desirable as golf instructors were neither commonplace and often "un-qualified". Often golf was simply a self-taught result; some pretty strange action was followed by some pretty high scores.  So, let's enjoy the teaching of one such self-taught instructor of the era; Whitlach... he was a man of charm and personality to boot!

“I can remember how my lip curled with disdain when I saw the red coats and knickerbockers.”

Nowadays it is popular to talk about genes and heredity. So try this on for size. Charles Darwin was the genius that advanced the idea of “the origin of the species” fromold bunker at prestwick which much of our study of evolution has evolved. Then along came Bernard Darwin, the grandchild of Charles Darwin, and as good as the old man was in his field Bernard was Grandfather’s equal in his own field—writing. Especially when it came to golf.You will get a sensitive, even enchanting description of the great holes, the not so great, and the downright poor. But never maliciously described, rather cleverly balancing one with the other. He actually made you feel like you are experiencing the course as if it was revealed to you for the first time

Playing at the Goff, Written Recollections From 1868

Golf has been played in some form for hundreds of years. But records tell us little if anything of what golf was like in its infancy. Historians know that it was hotly contested on St. Andrews Links through the 1800’s. And information about the game was filtering down toward England where the game was being popularized. Joseph Strutt was a publisher who help-ed spread the word about golf and other athletic activities. The following is excerpted from his Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, published in London in.1868.It answers to a rustic pastime of the Romans which they played with a ball stuffed with feathers, called paganica, because it was used by the common people; the goff-ball is composed of the same materials to this day: I have been told it is sometimes, though rarely, stuffed with cotton.

It's no secret that there's more to golf than the golf swing. Even if you have a beautiful swing, that's no guarantee that it won't desert you at the crucial time you need it the most.

That's what happens to all those professionals at the Masters when they arrive at the shortaugusta 12th hole 12th hole in the heart of Amen Corner. There, in front of all those spectators, the mind starts to race...and race.

It's a dinky shot by ordinary standards, but the fear in their minds makes it into a demon. The creek looms large because they know the bank is so closely mowed that the ball can easily roll back in the water of Rae's Creek.


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