2017 Major Championship Predictions

Time for the 4th annual ‘Josh Embarrasses Himself By Trying to Predict Major Winners for the Season’ post. With Masters Week a couple weeks away, I am getting fired up for major championship season and I know you are too.

I proudly predicted 0 out of 4 winners in last year’s predictions, so I am due for a big year this year…

Review: The Springs Country Club

The Springs Country Club Palm Springs

The Springs Country Club is a private golf course located in Rancho Mirage, where we were invited to play by our friend, Sharon, who hangs out there for the winter months. Playing The Springs was one of the highlights of our trip and it was great to be able to play another one of the beautiful golf courses in the area…

Owning Your Mental Game

The vintage club

After I published my Goals for the 2017 Golf Season, I had several followers ask me to “reveal my hand” and expand on my mental game routine referenced in that post.

I am not an expert in human psychology, but I do take a keen interest in it. Even in the most common social encounters I like to observe behaviours and body language (including my own) because I find it fascinating how our minds work and react.

When it comes to golf I find it even more fascinating and I always take inventory of my thoughts in an effort to correlate them with performance. A few of my own observations:

Review: The Vintage Club (Mountain Course)

Vintage Club Mountain Course

There’s something about exclusive golf courses that can’t help but intrigue you. It probably stems from our human urge to do what we’re told not to and go where we’re not supposed to. When the opportunity presented itself for my father-in-law, Gary, and I to play at The Vintage Club, these primal urges got their backs scratched a bit…

Road to Scratch Update: Setting Goals for the 2017 Golf Season

goal setting for golfers

Seems like each year I start setting my golf goals for the upcoming season earlier and earlier. Although our golf season here in Alberta doesn’t typically start until around April, there are plenty of things that can be done during the winter to get yourself in a position to have a stellar golf season.

The daunting part about a commitment to improve your golf game is that there are no straightforward formulas to do it. You can’t just Google a “couch to scratch” training program…

Review: The Ocean Course at Hokuala

ocean course at hokuala

For our fifth round in Kauai with local friend and blogger, Wayne Halm, we visited the Ocean Course at Hokuala. The course is formerly known as Kauai Lagoons, but was renamed after Timbers Resorts took it over from the Marriott.

The front nine starts out with a very open feel to it over the first several holes, but don’t be fooled, Jack always has a few tricks up his sleeve, and doesn’t let you feel calm for very long. The 76.2 course rating and 142 slope from the back tees back up that claim fairly well…

Top 10 Golf Courses of 2016

Top 10 golf courses of 2016

Our Top 10 Courses of 2015 set the bar extremely high, but 2016 was no slouch. We started and ended the year in Hawaii by visiting Maui in January and Kauai in December. Both islands have spectacular golf and are strongly represented on this list.

Despite what some major publications want you to think, ranking golf courses is always subjective (and sometimes political). After much contemplation, here are my top 10 golf courses played in 2016:

Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club

After 2015 exceeded my expectations in both life and blogging, I had wondered at times if 2016 would be a let down. Would I have anything to write about that could possibly compare to our 2015 adventures?

Turns out I found a few things to write about in 2016 and even though blog traffic in 2015 started to blow away my expectations, traffic in 2016 somehow exceeded that by 65%. So what managed to catch the most attention from you, the reader?

Here are our most popular posts published in 2016:

Review: Poipu Bay Golf Course

Poipu Bay Golf Course 16th hole

Poipu Bay Golf Course is located along Kauai’s famous sunny south shore, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Resort. It was our 4th round of golf on Kauai with local golf blogger, Wayne Halm. Conveniently for us, Poipu Bay was only a short 5 minute drive along the south shore from our accommodations at Koloa Landing Resort.

If you’re wondering why the name Poipu Bay is ringing a bell, this might be why: