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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:20

Chip Shots Great summer golf adventures

When you have a passion for something, whether it's a sport or other interest, it can help inform what you do on trips or even in your own backyard. I've had a few of these experiences this summer, and they are both things I won't soon forget.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:29

When there's only time for nine

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Looking at some of the area's nine-hole golf courses

Maine golf enthusiasts are in their glory as we approach mid-summer; a nice mix of sunny and rainy days have left area courses in great condition. Since golf is a seasonal sport in this neck of the woods, it is imperative for golfers to get out on the links and swing those sticks!

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:41

Chip Shots - (06/29/2016)

Women and golf - The time is now

In doing some internet research for this column, the first things to come up were articles about International Women's Golf Day, which was held June 7. Apparently, over 400 golf courses and golf retail locations in 25 countries hosted female golfers for special gatherings to celebrate the occasion. I didn't see anything about it locally, but it indicates a subtle shift in focus, and I think that's a good (and necessary) thing for the game.

Published in Sports

Kids today have so many options when it comes to how they spend their spare time. Many of those activities are largely sedentary and somewhat isolating, like excessive video gaming. In general, sports offer children and teens the perfect antidote - physical exercise, socialization, skill development, goal setting, etc.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:45

At home on the range Chip Shots

My first column of the season highlighted the opportunities to play golf early this year, thanks to a mild winter. Since then conditions have been slow to improve, but as you read this column, local courses have opened for play; that's great news for area golf enthusiasts. I'm excited for what will hopefully be a long and fun golf season in Maine.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 12:42

Chip Shots 03-16-2016

Making the most of the warm weather

There is no question that we've had a volatile and unusual winter. While the previous winter saw some seriously cold and snowy conditions in February and March, this one has featured far less snow and many warmer than normal days.

For me, this has meant playing disc golf throughout the winter months while snowshoeing only six to seven times and not cross country skiing at all. For golfers, it has meant - for the hardier souls - a relatively short down time. A few courses stayed open until December, and now golfers have witnessed the near miraculous: playing golf in Maine in February.

Published in The Sports Edge

Disc golf is a sport whose time has come. More and more people are participating, and Maine has one of the highest rates of players per capita. In addition to a great local course in Orrington, DR Disc Golf (features an 18-hole course and a par-three nine-hole course), there are dozens of other courses located primarily in central and southern Maine.

There is even a professional men's and women's circuit run by the Professional Disc Golf Association, and the 2015 PDGA Pro Disc Golf Worlds were held recently in Pennsylvania, with live coverage offered on YouTube and thousands of fans in attendance.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:48

Chip Shots - Let's Get Scrambled!

One of the things I look forward to every golf season is playing in a few charitable golf scramble tournaments. Scrambles are held all season long and raise money for worthy causes. It's a great way to enjoy the game while supporting community initiatives, and that's why they are so popular.

And the best part is, you don't have to be a good golfer to have a ton of fun. By forming teams in groups of four, it increases the odds that at least one player on the team will hit a quality shot during every rotation, thus helping speed the pace of play. The format also plays to certain golfers' strengths. For example, some people excel at hitting tee shots, while others are better at chipping and putting. A four-person scramble gives each player a chance to shine on various shots on any given hole.

Published in Sports
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 22:01

Swinging the big sticks

Testing 2015 drivers fun, informative

Every year, most major golf club companies launch their latest and greatest equipment offerings, and the drivers are the most anticipated of the bunch. 2015 is no exception, with many fine clubs boasting technological advancements promising to help golfers like us hit the ball straighter and farther.

Published in Sports

This winter and early spring have been tough on all of us. Record breaking cold combined with massive amounts of snowfall have stretched some of us to the breaking point. We are now seeing slowly warming temperatures and feeling a bit more optimistic, but the avid golfer knows that courses still have a while to go before they are playable. Luckily, thanks to technology, there is a way to bridge the gap and get ready for outdoor play - and it's local and fun!

Indoor golf, also known as virtual golf, is a great way to swing your clubs and have fun with friends. For just a few hours, forget about the outdoor conditions and pretend to be on the tee at Pebble Beach, or maybe Torrey Pines.

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