I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — everyone needs an off-season. Whether it’s measured in weeks or months, we all need that physical and mental reset. After using a productive off-season last year to start the season strong, lower back and sciatic nerve pain eventually held me back from making more progress…
After a bit of a summer hiatus, I am excited to bring back our interview series — A Casual 9– with a bang. For this episode I am pleased to introduce avid golfer, golf writer, and author, Jon Sherman. Jon is a lifelong golfer who has sniffed the highest levels of competition from college tournaments to U.S. Open qualifiers. He has learned a lot from his successes and failures on the golf course and is now cutting through the noise of game improvement tips and sharing his knowledge and wisdom through his website – Practical Golf. Please enjoy.
It’s not everyday you drive through the gates of a golf course and feel truly lucky to be there. Magna Golf Club, a private club located within the Greater Toronto Area in the town of Aurora, Ontario, turned out to be one of those places.
Entering the gates of this exclusive club on an overcast Monday morning felt almost eerie — the “too good to be true” type of eerie where you can’t believe you practically have a place like this to yourself. With only 270 full playing members, opportunities to play Magna can be few and far between.
Every so often you stumble across a place where all your worries melt away. You may not even be able to explain why, but you just know it’s special. For 30 years, Kananaskis Country Golf Course was one of those places for thousands of golfers. Kananaskis Country Golf Course originally opened for play in 1983…
Bear Mountain Resort is a 36 hole facility located on beautiful Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia. Our visit to play at Bear Mountain came on our last full day of a 5-night adventure along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, so we were a bit unsure how our bodies would hold up playing both courses in one day. After all, it was only May and we were just getting our season started back home in Alberta, even though it felt like the mid-summer on The Island.
Turns out we lived to tell the tale.
The great thing about golf is that you learn something every time you tee it up. Whether it’s something about your game, the course you’re playing, or yourself as a human, the learning opportunities are everywhere. And unfortunately, as I learned this year, adversity also offers some of the best opportunities to learn.
So, here’s the thing. Stanley Thompson is the man. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this renowned golf course architect, I highly recommend becoming familiar as soon as you can, because you will discover some of the most fun, interesting and beautiful golf courses you’ll ever play. St. George’s Golf and Country Club, a private club located near the core of Toronto, Ontario, was no exception.
The easiest thing to be in the world is a critic. I’ve been quick to criticize golf’s governing bodies in the past, whether it was in regards to the decision to not allow solo rounds as eligible handicap scores, or the rules controversy at the 2016 U.S. Open. It was pretty easy to sit back and be enraged by the things I disagreed with and vent in a blog post.
In the case of golf’s governing bodies, there are far more things to be positive about and support than there are to criticize.
The first time I visited Vancouver Island I was young enough that I don’t even remember how old I was. All I recall from the trip was going to the beach and catching miniature crabs from under rocks and putting them in a bucket.
My most recent trip to Vancouver Island was a little different.
Beth and I set out on a 5-night, 6-day excursion to see what the Vancouver Island Golf Trail (more commonly referred to as the VI Golf Trail) was all about. Although I was still fascinated by all the tiny little crabs hiding under rocks on the beach, this time it was the golf, scenery, and food that’ll have me coming back for more.