|SUMMERTIME GOLF, LAST WEEK AT RICHTER PARK|
All of a sudden... we're half way through summer.
For those of us in "continental" climate zones this is the heart of golf's high season... and here in the northeastern United States, the season's been pretty sublime so far; lots of warm, sunny days with uncharacteristically low humidity.
I suspect I'm not alone in feeling a tinge of regret for not having played more these past few weeks... that sentiment seems to be a yearly ritual among the recreational golfers I know. Now comes the yearly commitment to get out there much more often during summer's second half. Well, I'm on it! Despite the ill-timed heat wave due to descend upon us this weekend.
|OK, CALL ME CRAZY - MY GROWING COLLECTION OF VINTAGE GOLF SHOES|
In addition to playing lots more golf, I intend to get back to writing about it... with regularity. You see, `I've been on a bit of a blogging break while attending to family matters and focusing on creative projects in the non-golf world. The thing is though, my enthusiasm for golf... particularly its fun, flirty, fashionable side... hasn't waned one bit and happily, that side of the game finally seems to be coming into its own.
A tsunami of innovative technology is allowing players and fans to engage with golf on a whole new level, across multiple platforms. Meanwhile draconian dress codes have all but vanished, yielding fairways and greens to more casual, fun and fashionable styles. A diverse crop of young players has added flair to the professional tours while new formats and updated attitudes are aiming to make golf more accessible and family-friendly for recreational players.
So instead of lamenting the lost opportunities of the past couple of months this seemed like the perfect time to focus on golf again with a renewed sense of what makes the game so great. To that end, I hope to be playing watching and writing about it tons in the months to come. Here's just a bit of what I'm working on:
|THE FINAL MAJOR - WE'LL BE AT BALTUSROL FOR THE 2016 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP|
The PGA Championship! I'll be there next week with plans to focus on the fan experience, including a close up of Baltusrol... the course and the club house... as well as an inside look at the championship shops, and their vast selection of merchandise. Meanwhile, across the ocean the Ricoh Women's British Open will be taking place at Woburn Golf Club where the outspoken Peter Gorse of Golf Refugees will be our honorary correspondent, providing us with exclusive stories and unique visuals from this great event. I'll also be sharing a fun story about my rapidly growing collection of... vintage golf shoes.
And that's just next week. Beyond that there's the Travelers Championship, here in CT at TPC River Highlands, and later in August I'll be sharing my experiences at an unusual annual tournament that fully embraces the concept of family friendly golf... often with unexpected results. Oh, and there's the innovative new putter I've been playing with of late. It's a totally unique design... approved by the USGA... that's really working for me.
So, check in regularly. There's still a lot of summer left, let's make the most of it.