Arizona Golfer Makes Two Holes-in-One

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

In May, Arizona golfer Wes Bolyard accomplished the impossible – two holes-in-one in the same round. According to Arizona Golfer, the odds of this occurring are 67 million to one. Bolyard was golfing at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa when he aced hole three (129 yards), a difficult enough feat. Then he repeated the ace on hole eleven (115 yards).

According to Bolyard, the same club was used for both shots – a PING i15 Gap Wedge. Holes-in-one are not a unique experience for the golfer, who already has five holes-in-one to his credit.

Longbow is one of the top courses in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area. This hidden jewel is located 15 miles east of the Chicago Cub’s spring training facility at HoHoKam Park. Find out more about Longbow Golf Club on the official course website.

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Arizona Golf Central Magazine Celebrates Heavy Metal Golfer Alice Cooper

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Alice Cooper is one of Arizona’s most famous rockers, originator of a theatrical brand of horror-theme heavy metal that was designed to shock.  He’s a long-time Phoenix resident and owner of Cooper’s Town Bar and Grill.  Not everyone knows that he’s also an avid golfer with a 4 handicap.   Cooper credits golf with helping him overcome problems with alcohol, joking that he’s replaced one addiction with another. (he plays six days a week). He even titled his 2007 autobiography Alice Cooper, Golf Monster.

An image of Alice Cooper, complete with ghoulish makeup, is featured on the March cover of Arizona Central Golf Magazine.  The portrait is the work of artist Paul Skellett.

If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, check out this vintage video of Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare.

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Lockdown at the Rock at Marana Disc Golf Course

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The Lockdown at the Rock took place the weekend of March 24-25 at the Marana Disc Golf Course, located north of Tucson, Arizona in Marana. This PDGA sanctioned event drew 92 disc golfers. Paul Ulibarri of Phoenix came out on top in the men’s division with a winning score of 30-under par. Catrina Allen of Phoenix, the 2011 Female Rookie of the Year, was the winner of in the women’s division with a final score of 7-under par.

Arizona is home to 37 disc golf courses, including an 18-hole course in Show Low. Read more about disc golf in this earlier post.

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Riverview Golf Course Makes Way for New Cubs Complex

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Construction of the new Chicago Cubs training complex will soon get underway  in Mesa, Arizona.  The $99 million dollar facility will bring an end to the beloved Riverview Golf Course.  Many Mesa golfers will be sad to see the end of Riverview, which will close in April. Construction of the Cubs complex will begin in June.  Crews will temporarily remove about 300 trees from the course; they will be re-planted at the new facility and stand as reminders of the old Riverview course.

The Riverview Golf Course, which opened in 1987, is the area’s only 9-hole golf course. It’s estimated that the course has hosted about 1.6 million rounds over the past quarter century. The number of rounds played has dropped in recent years due to the growing number of courses in the Mesa Valley.

Read more about the new Cubs complex in the Desert News.

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Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club

Wednesday, March 07th, 2012

Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club is nestled at the foot of the Majestic Superstition Mountains just outside of Phoenix. The club features two Nicklaus-designed courses: Prospector and Lost Gold, a spectacular clubhouse and fully equipped sports club and spa.

Memberships for Superstition Mountain Golf and Country club are now available and for the first time non-members can experience these award-winning courses on a daily fee basis. Find out more about Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club on the official club website.

You may also want to read this earlier post about Gold Canyon Golf Resort, another club located at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

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Optishot Infrared Golf Simulator

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

If you’ve got a personal computer and nine feet of free space,  you can practice your golf wing with the Optishot Infrared Golf Simulator.  The Optishot provides accurate swing analysis, including club head speed, swing pat and distance travelled, as well as a full-function simulator that depicts your ball’s path with stunning realistic graphics.  Up to 4 players can compete in a full round of golf.  An expanding library of golf courses provides a realistic golfing experience.

Unlike full-blown simulators that cost tens of thousands of dollars, the Optishot is a portable and affordable home simulator that costs less than $400.  See a demo of the Optishot Golf Simulator in this YouTube video.  You can also find out about other golf gadgets to improve your game on CNN.

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Arizona National Golf Club

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The Arizona National Golf Club is the home course of the University of Arizona Wildcats men’s and women’s golf teams.  Located in Tucson, the course was designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1995, the 6785-yard course includes shady arroyos lined with mesquites and craggy rock outcroppings.  The course is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Coronado National Forest.    

A Wall of Fame has been erected near the 18th hole to honor University of Arizona top golfers and championship teams.  Find out more about the Arizona National Golf Club and its Wildcat golf affiliation on the official website.

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McCormick Ranch Golf Club

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Two spectacular golf courses that appeal to every caliber of player can be found at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.  The Palm and the Pine are open to the public every day.  Each course was designed by renowned golf course architect Desmond Muirhead and opened in 1972.  Both courses have been recently renovated to include new greens and additional sand traps and bridges.  The Palm course’s ninth hole has been chosen by Golf Illustrated as one of the top water holes in the USA.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club features one of the largest putting greens in the Southwest in addition to a large driving range and a bunkered chipping green.

Visit the McCormick Ranch Golf Club website to find out more about the Palm and Pine courses.

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Arizona Wildcats Win Intercollegiate Tourney by 1 Shot

Thursday, February 02nd, 2012

The University of Arizona’s Wildcat men’s golf team has won their first Intercollegiate Golf championship since 2004, edging out California by 1 shot.   The event took place in late January at Arizona National Golf Club.  Despite not having a single senior in its five-player lineup, Arizona finished 17 under par in the 54-hole tournament.   This was a reversal of 2010’s tournament, where California beat Arizona by 1 shot.

Next, the Wildcats will be heading to Honolulu, Hawaii in February to participate in the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. Read more about the team on the official Arizona Wildcats website.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Often referred to as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is the PGA Tour’s best attended events, drawing more  than 500,000 golf enthusiasts each year.  It’s schedule for February 2 through February 5 this year and will be one of the first events on the 2012 PGA Tour calendar.

One of the most famous aspects of the WM Open is the 16th hole, which features an enclosed stadium for up to 15,000 fans (see photo above).  The tournament benefits Thunderbird Charities, an organization that donates millions of dollars to Arizona charities.  Find out more about the Waste Management Open on the official event website.

See the crowds at the hole 16 and a Jarrod Lyle’s hole-in-one from the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open in this YouTube Video.

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