The Golf of Maine News for February 8, 2018

Aerial view of beautiful new clubhouse at BBHCC, recently recognized by Golf Inc Magazine as one of the best designed, new clubhouses in the world

President George Herbert Walker Bush to receive ASGCA Donald Ross Award — This award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Bush in April as part of the 2018 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Houston.

Sale of Ocean Gate Resort signals confidence in Boothbay economy — Our hunch is that Paul Coulombe’s huge investment in the Boothbay Harbor Country Club provided the confidence required for Thad Paul to make the purchase.

Sunday River golf course appeals tax case to state — Newry Holdings purchased the Sunday River Country Club golf course last year, although original owner Harris Golf has contested the sale.

Golf Lessons — Seacoast United Maine is proud to now offer golf lessons throughout the year inside the Topsham Indoor Arena.

Injury forces Husson’s Mazurek to hang up baseball cleats, dust off his golf clubs — Unlike many, Mazurek had options, and quickly turned a negative into a positive, trading in his cleats and dusting off his golf bag in an attempt to resurrect his college athletic career.

Assistant Superintendent, Augusta Country Club  An 18 hole private facility with 2 Har-Tru tennis courts and a beach facility located in Manchester, Maine. This is a possible year round position for the right candidate. There is a seasonal apartment/housing available if needed from April-November. Apply at link.

Head Golf Coach (Fall Season) Southern Maine Community College — SMCC Athletics is looking for a head golf coach.  This is a part time stipend position. Apply at link.

Youth camp proposed for Livermore golf course — Sadly, we’ve removed the 9-hole Maple Lane Golf Course from our Course Directory.

The Golf Industry Show — The biggest trade show for those who make the course playable is this week. Get regular updates via posts from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Facebook page by clicking link.

Profile Ken Raynor, Former Cape Arundel Golf Pro  — Ken recently co-authored a book titled, “I Call Him ‘Mr. President’ – Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H.W. Bush.”  He teamed up with morning radio show host Michael Patrick Shiels and published the book in 2017. He said he felt like writing the book was second nature to him because of the nearly 40 years the families have known each other.

Players to mic-up during Perth’s World Super 6 — A better headline might be, Golf Attempts to Get Louder than Crickets.

The eight absolute worst things about playing golf solo — From date-crashing to having no witnesses, golf provides many reasons to avoid heading to the course by one’s self.

Man sues after claiming angry neighbor whacked him with a golf club — The perils of inner city golf…

The 10 best golf scenes in non-golf films — As we’re all still hibernating for a few more weeks, at least, we offer this diversion…

Meanwhile, we pretend the golf ball is Punxsutawney Phil’s head…

The Golf of Maine News for August 17, 2017

“We have now⛳  golfed ⛳ over 1000 km! Which is insane!”

Jack Wyman continues torrid summer play at Match Play Invitational — “I’m going home. I’m going to bed. I’m tired, man,” said Wyman, the top seed and reigning Maine Amateur champ. “It’s mental warfare. That’s all it is. It’s a completely different game than stroke play. You’re kind of playing against yourself and trying to figure out how deep you can dig.”

Aroostook County Country Club Golf Tournament Raises More Than $27,000 for Scholarships — The 12th annual TD Bank/NMCC Golf Tournament raised $27,651 for student scholarships for the Northern Maine Community College Foundation during last week’s tournament and auction. Thirty-one teams of three participated in the scramble at the Aroostook Valley Country Club in Fort Fairfield.

Annual Children’s Dyslexia Center golf scramble returns — Spring Meadows Golf Club is gearing up to host their 12th annual Teddy Bear Scramble golf tournament. The event, a fundraiser for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Portland, is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23; registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start to follow at 8:15.

Silicon Valley’s Latest Perk: A Golf Butler — Likely NOT coming to Maine anytime soon! And if it does, we’re against it…

Drexel golf aide ‘had to disqualify myself’ from U.S. Amateur — This, friends, is why golf is different from all other competitive games. “The 23-year-old Drexel graduate from Bensalem and his caddie were the only two people to know about the breach, but the thought of keeping it to himself never occurred to him.”

82 days, 1,850 km, 14,000 shots: The world’s longest hole of golf — Now THIS is our style of golf! It all started when the pair met in Kenya and Rolston, inspired after hearing of Rutland’s epic bike ride, suggested they embark on a golfing adventure. “We actually putt out on the 18th hole of Mongolia’s only golf club,” says Rolston.

Sang Moon Bae completes his military work, planning return to golf — “The 31-year-old has spent the last 21 months as a rifleman in the army, honoring the requirement for all able-bodied Korean men between the ages of 18 and 35 to undertake military service as a deterrent to North Korean aggression.” We’re awaiting word of North Korea’s response. Is there a single golfer in NK?

The mathematics of golf — In a new review, Dr. Steve Otto, Director of Research and Testing at The R&A, which along with the US Golf Association (USGA) oversees the Rules of Golf, has highlighted some of the ways that mathematics is used to understand golf and determine many of the equipment rules. The paper is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of The Royal Society A and was written as part of a Royal Society meeting, Mathematics for the Modern Economy.

Heeeellllllloooooo, Balll!”

The Golf of Maine News for June 2, 2017

The Golf of Maine News for May 30, 2017

Weekend golf results — As reported to the BDN.

Johnston among U.S. Open qualifiers in England — Another side of Beef at this year’s US Open

Why Humic Acids are Becoming a Multipurpose Tool — Back in 2013, Superintendent magazine dug into the scientific side of humic acids, explaining their complex formulations and how companies are promoting their use. This time, we asked superintendents who are using them for a real-world report on how humics are working for them.

When the Creek Rises — The story of last year’s tragic flooding of southern West Virginia and The Greenbrier and its inspirational recovery told by those who endured it.

One round of golf per week may be key to good health, study says — If this is true, then two, or even three rounds of golf per week must be even better!

The Memorial Winners and History — The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide is a restricted field event, with only the first 75 players on the previous year’s money list guaranteed invites. Nicklaus apparently has a hand in selecting the remaining players.

Tiger Woods Attributes Medication Reaction For DUI Charge In Florida — “All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry,” Woods wrote last week. “But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.” But first, a few medication cocktails.

RELATED: SportsCenter feels the need to photoshop Tiger’s mug shot.

When Bret Baier Provides Proof That the Dalai Lama is Not of This World (otherwise, he most certainly would have seen Caddyshack)

The Golf of Maine News for May 22, 2017

Gorham Country Offers Complimentary Rounds to America’s Bravest

Gorham Country Clubs Hosts “Thanking The Men & Women Who Keep Us Safe” — This Memorial Day weekend Gorham Country Club would like to thank veterans and current members of the armed forces, firefighters and police officers with a complimentary round of golf. Contact Gorham Country Club for details.

Par for the Course: Bridgton Highlands boasting new look, less trees — “If you have not played Bridgton Highlands in a number of years, you might not recognize the course. The new look is part of an overall plan of the ownership, general manager Jim Mains, the course management group of Dan Hourihan, and superintendent George Thomas. Their goal was to open the course and make it more playable.”

The New Superintendent’s Survival Guide — This article breaks down the areas of opportunity for a new superintendent and shares strategies and career tools that will help you find success in your new superintendent position whether you are a true rookie or seasoned veteran with a new address.

14 Rules of Golf Etiquette You Are Probably Breaking — These are all good practices to act on immediately, if you haven’t already observed these common courtesies. We’d advise even shorter search times on #5.

RELATED: A Quick Nine: What are your rules on gimme putts? — Situational ethics apply…

This is your turf — How green is your valley, apron, fairway and green? These basics will enhance results for both the professional Superintendent and the suburban lawn warrior.

Regions Tradition 2017: First golf experiences from the gallery — What’s your first golf gallery memory or experience? Share it in the comments. 

This week’s Poll Question regarding rakes and bunkers is currently running 63% IN to 37% OUT – If you haven’t voted yet, watch this video before you decide…

The Golf of Maine News for May 5, 2017

Midcoast Maine’s Premier Amateur Golf Championship Since every decent drive seems to plug in this wet season, I’ll plug  an event that will take place in better weather…

Husson women’s golf to join Empire 8 — “Husson University women’s golf program will be one of the eight women’s golf programs who will be joining the Empire 8 Conference as an affiliate member starting with the 2017-2018 season.

Thurlow’s view: My introduction to golf — “While I was still in high school and working at Cherry Hill Nursery, they had a landscape job at the Kennebunkport, Maine, golf course. … I got about 150 feet and down I went: 15,000 pounds of iron down for the count, sunk into the fairway and 100 miles from home.”

Why It’s Important to Work to Change Perceptions — In Town Meetings across the country, water and golf is on the agenda. In Maine, there is no shortage of water on the courses, with much more scheduled to fall in the coming days.

Rules of golf: Rakes in bunkers — It’s complicated… We enthusiastically disagree with the ‘feelings’ of the Rules of Golf on this, thinking that once in a bunker, one is already in a hazard, so a brush with a rake is incidental. Ultimately, it is a matter for the committee to decide where it wishes rakes to be placed.

Golf is hard. You gotta problem with that? — “Every spring, when we Northern golfers joyfully pick up sticks, we rediscover that this sport is hard. It is complex, unnatural, and often punitive. And that’s just the rules.”

Mowing Patterns: Aesthetic vs. Function — “Can you imagine watching a professional sporting event that’s played on grass and not seeing some type of mowing pattern visible?” We prefer patterns that lead directly toward the hole.

Friday Flashback, The 1925 Open Championship at Prestwick