Thursday, March 31, 2005

PGA College Curriculum Comes to Texas

The PGA of America's Professional Golf Management Program offers college students "a curriculum that provides a combination of golf and business-related subjects for aspiring members of the golf industry." Going through the program is one of the quickest and best ways for aspiring golf pros to enter the industry. The PGA/PGM is offered at 17 universities around the U.S., and now one of those universities is in Texas.

The PGA has announced that Sam Houston State University in Huntsville will begin offering the PGA/PGM program.

"The number of quality colleges and universities offering the PGA Professional Golf Management Program continues to grow, as we proceed forward with our goal to grow the game of golf," said PGA of America President Roger Warren. "Sam Houston State University will be a welcome addition to our list of universities which offer the PGM program and assists The PGA with growing the game."

The PGA of America endorses the Professional Golf Management Program's five-year college curriculum, with students serving 16 to 20 months of an on-course internship with PGA Professionals. Students at Sam Houston State University will graduate with a bachelor's degree in General Business Administration. After graduation, students are eligible for PGA membership, upon appropriate employment in the golf industry.

Horseshoe Bay Golf Riches Keep Growing

We recently stumbled across the news that the Tom Fazio course under construction at Horseshoe Bay, near Marble Falls, will be ready for opening in October. And the (golf) rich get richer.

Horseshoe Bay, of course, is already home to the Horseshoe Bay Resort, which features three awesome Robert Trent Jones designs. A fourth course at the resort, this one designed by Jack Nicklaus, has been on the drawing board for several years but is still yet to get off the ground.

The Fazio course is not part of the Horseshoe Bay Resort, but a separate club. It will be called Escondido. We saw it described as "semi-private," but that label is probably inaccurate. Escondido is a private club; however, we're guessing that guests from the recently opened Marriott hotel, and perhaps from the Horseshoe Bay Resort itself, may be granted reciprocal playing privileges.

Arlington Marshall Killed by Golf Ball

This story is old news, having happened in February. But given that Texas Golf Blog is brand new on the web, it's worth recapping because it carries an important lesson: Let's be careful out there.

A marshall on a golf course in Arlington was waiting about 200 yards down the hole for the group on the tee box to hit their drives. The marshall was taking cover amidst a copse of trees, but one of the drives headed straight for those trees. The ball caromed into the marshall's head, and he died the next day. Making the story even more tragic is that the person who hit the ball was the marshall's son. There are more details here.

As we said, there is an important moral to this story: Be careful on the golf course. Golf clubs and balls can do great damage when they connect with the human body at high speed. To review basic golf course safety, check out these terrific golf course safety tips.

San Antonio Hyatt's New 9 Almost Ready to Go

The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in San Antonio (just across the highway from Sea World) has added nine more holes to its existing 18. The resulting 27-hole track will be ready for its grand opening on May 1. It will be split into three distinct nines: The Lakes, Oaks and Creeks nines, each of which begins and ends at the clubhouse.

More info is available here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Update - TPC Courses in San Antonio

Looks like work is progressing nicely on the TPC project in San Antonio - a nice thing to hear after the years of rancor engendered by the original (and failed) PGA Village project.

The San Antonio Express-News reported from Florida, where writer Richard Oliver had been covering The Players Championship. He took the opportunity to check in with Pete Dye, who is the architect on the primary of the two courses planned at the San Antonio site:

The famed course architect, who this past week received the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, plans to accompany officials to San Antonio in mid-May to accelerate the planning for the construction of the resort complex in northern Bexar County.

The routing for the facility's 36 holes has been completed, and wind gauges have been installed at higher elevations to help in decisions on the final design.

"We've shown where the holes will go," said Dye, planner for 12 of the top 100-rated courses in the world. "Now, we'll go down there and put stakes in the ground."
The TPC resort will include two golf courses (with a third possibly being added later), a resort hotel, and a mix of upper-end housing. According to the Express-News:

The property is forecast to open by 2008, with the Valero Texas Open shifting from The Resort Course at La Cantera to the PGA Tour club as early as 2009.

The article also says that Ben Crenshaw was originally slated to be part of the PGA Village project (Dye building one course, Crenshaw the other), but will not - at least as of now - be involved in the TPC project. That's a shame, because the design team of Crenshaw & Coore (Bill Coore) is the hottest architectural team in golf right now.

The full article can be read here (registration required).

Monday, March 28, 2005

Texas Golf - Directory of Golf Organizations and Associations

This directory provides links to the websites of golf organizations, associations and groups around Texas (women's groups are listed here; junior organizations are listed here). If you know of such a group that is not listed, use the contact link on the right-hand side of this page to send us the organization's website address and it will be added. Programs must have a website to be included in this directory. Recriprocal links are not required but are appreciated.

Statewide and Regional

National Golf Tour - Lone Star Series
Texas Golf Association
Southern Texas PGA
Northern Texas PGA
Texas Pro Golf Tour
Tight Lies Tour
West Texas Amateur Golf Club
Sun Country Amateur Golf Association (New Mexico and West Texas)
North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association
Texas Golf Course Owners Association

City and County

Austin
Austin Golf Association
Central Texas Golf Association
Austin Pan American Golf Association
University of Texas MBA Golf Association

Dallas
Dallas District Golf Association
The Hackers Tour
Dallas Pan American Golf Association
Different Strokes Golf Association (Gay & Lesbian)
Dallas Police Golf Association
American Singles Golf Association - Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
Dallas-Fort Worth Lao Golf Association
Dallas-Fort Worth Vietnamese Golf Association
Dallas Sons of Hermann Golf Association

Fort Worth
The Hackers Tour
American Singles Golf Association - Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
Dallas-Fort Worth Lao Golf Association
Dallas-Fort Worth Vietnamese Golf Association

Houston
Houston Golf Association
Houston Amateur Golf Association
Houston Vietnamese Golf Association
Houston Eagle Golf Association

Irving
Irving Pan American Golf Association

San Antonio
Golf San Antonio
San Antonio Pan American Golf Association

Victoria
Victoria Pan American Golf Association

Texas Golf - Directory of Women's Golf Organizations, Associations and Clubs

This directory provides links to the websites of women's golf organizations and clubs around Texas. If you know of such a program that is not listed, use the contact link on the right-hand side of this page to send us the organization's website address and it will be added. Programs must have a website to be included in this directory. Recriprocal links are not required but are appreciated.



Statewide and Regional

Women's Texas Golf Association



City and County

Austin

Executive Women's Golf Association - Austin Chapter


Corpus Christi

Executive Women's Golf Association - Corpus Christi Chapter


Dallas

Executive Women's Golf Association - Dallas Chapter


Fort Worth

Executive Women's Golf Association - Fort Worth Chapter


Houston

Executive Women's Golf Association - Houston Chapter


San Antonio

Executive Women's Golf Association - San Antonio Chapter

Texas Golf - Directory of Junior Golf Organizations and Programs

This directory provides links to the websites of junior golf organizations and programs around Texas. If you know of such a program that is not listed, use the contact link on the right-hand side of this page to send us the program's website address and it will be added. Programs must have a website to be included in this directory. Recriprocal links are not required but are appreciated.



Statewide and Regional

Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation

Southern Texas PGA Junior Tour

Southern Texas PGA Little Linksters

Texas Junior Golf Tour

Texas Junior Legends Tour


City and County

Austin

The First Tee of Greater Austin


Dallas

The First Tee of Dallas


Fort Worth

The First Tee of Fort Worth


Houston

The First Tee of Houston (F.M. Law Park)


Humble

The First Tee of Houston (Redstone Golf Club)


Kerrville

The First Tee of the Texas Hill Country


New Braunfels

Central Texas Junior Golf Association


San Antonio

The First Tee of San Antonio

San Antonio Junior Golf Association

San Antonio Junior Golf Foundation

Friday, March 25, 2005

Protecting Hogan, Nelson Tournaments

I'm convinced that The Players Championship will someday soon be considered a true major, for reasons well elucidated here. But if it actually happens, one of the moves that will make it happen is moving the tournament from March to May.

The Players currently comes a mere two weeks before The Masters; meanwhile, May is devoid of a major championship before the U.S. Open is played in June. Moving The Players to May as a prelude to declaring it a major would put a major championship in every month from April through August. Then the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup would follow in September.

But if The Players Championship is eventually moved to May, the PGA Tour must do right by Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan and protect the integrity of the Byron Nelson Classic and The Colonial.

Both tournaments are played in May, and having either played the week before or the week following a rescheduled Players Championship would doom that tournament to second-class status on the tour.

Here's the solution: Move the Nelson to the first week of May and The Colonial to the second week. Drop in the St. Jude Classic the following week, then play The Players Championship. Follow The Players with the Booz Allen, then play Jack Nicklaus' tournament, The Memorial. Push the U.S. Open back one week to provide a 2-week gap between The Memorial and the Open.

Voila. You've got The Players, two weeks later The Memorial, two weeks later the U.S. Open. Two weeks prior to The Players you've got the tournaments of Nelson and Hogan. All the legends are protected, and the PGA Tour schedule is chock full of majors and almost-majors.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Texas Golf Staff

These are people behind the Texas Golf blog:

Bogey McDuff: I am the founder, editor and and chief writer. My background is in journalism. I've worked as a newspaper editor, freelance writer, and Web editor and writer. I grew up in Corpus Christi and live in San Antonio, where I don't play nearly as much golf as I'd like to (what with makin' a livin' and all).

If you have questions about Texas Golf, would like to submit a news tip or press release, or inquire about advertising, you can contact me at bogeymcduff - at - yahoo - dot - com

Joe Linkster: Joe Linkster (not his real name, obviously) lives in Austin and files reports from the capital. He signs his posts "The Linkster."

Paul Klein: Paul is another San Antonio resident who plays all over the state.

Want to Write for Texas Golf?
I'm always looking for people who are passionate about golf, passionate about Texas, and passionate about Texas Golf. But not passionate about making money from their blogging, because this ain't a paid position. Do I look like I'm made of money? Well, do I?

But seriously, if you feel the urge to contribute to Texas Golf, you know how to spell and can intelligently string sentences together, then I'd love to hear from you. Drop me a line at the email address listed above and tell me why you want to post at Texas Golf, what kinds of things you'd write about, and whether you have any writing or blogging experience.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Welcome to The Texas Golf Blog

Welcome to The Texas Golf Blog, the newest source on the web for information about Texas golf. We plan to offer you, the reader, plenty of interesting information, from course reviews and condition updates, to tournament schedules, to heads-up on new equipment, to deals and steals at courses and resorts all around the state.

If you're interested in becoming a contributing blogger with The Texas Golf Blog, drop us a line.

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