Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

We have reached the dog days of summer! Do not give up playing golf just because it is hot. I have a few tips that can help you play your best golf even in the hottest of conditions. First of all, you know it’s going to be hot so you have got to start preparing your body to hold up for 18 holes of golf in 90+ degree temperatures. If you are going to play a round make sure to spend the day before and the night before your round drinking as much water as possible. At least 2 16 oz cups of water before bed should get your hydration started. When you wake up you want to immediately start drinking water, another 2 16 oz cups should help you get hydrated before your round. Do not stop there. You ought to drink constantly when you are on the course. Your body is 60% H2O so you need to keep fueling your body when on the course. You will be sweating out a lot of fluids so you need to replenish them while you play and perform or else you will run out of steam on the back 9 and lose a good round. PGA tour players drink 16-24 oz of water every 3-4 holes! That’s 4 large glasses of water during a round of 18 holes. Most courses have place to fill up about every 6 holes. When you stop at a water cooler/fountain fill up you cup and drink some while you are there. If you are properly hydrated it will help keep you cooler on the course and your brain/body will function better. Also, drink plenty of water when you finish you don’t want to get dehydrated after the round either. A few other tips that can help get your body and mind ready for a 4 hour round in the heat are; to make sure you are eating healthy foods. Try to avoid processed foods and fried foods. Fruits and veges are always a plus. Make sure you are eating while on the course. Carry some nuts/dried fruit in your golf bag and munch on something in between holes. Lastly, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. The average adult needs to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep. To get the most out of your game when the conditions get tough it requires more than just hitting balls on the range. IF you would like some tips on getting yourself in shape to play your best golf of your life please let me know. 

Keep Your Cool!

Keep Your Cool!

A lot of times I see people playing golf and the game can get the best of you sometimes. I see people getting frustrated and not having a good time because they may be struggling a lot that day. Well I have news for you. More often than not you are going to have to dig deep and grind it out. Golf is not made to be easy. If it were easy I would not even have a job as a PGA Professional.  No one would need to take lessons and I would probably have a desk job somewhere. A good friend of mine once told me that your golf score is not a reflection of who you are as a person. At the end of the day if I shoot my worst score ever I’m still Justin and people are probably not going to unfriend me on Facebook because of how bad I hit the ball that day. So just relax and play the game. Try to have fun with it. Unless you are hitting 1000 golf balls a day than you have no reason to get upset with hitting a poor shot. Most of us do not play golf for a living and usually the only thing that a bad shot will cost you is your golf ball. You do not want to be known as the guy/girl that is a loose cannon or the one who nobody wants to play with because you always blow a gasket. If you would like some tips on how to keep your cool on the course than come find me. I can promise you that I’ve hit all of the bad shots that all of you have and I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with it.

Don't Be Afraid. Golf Won't Bite!

Don't Be Afraid. Golf Won't Bite!

April is here and that means that a lot of people who want to play golf may give it a try. I would like to give a word of encouragement to those that may be on the fence about taking up the game. First off, don’t be intimidated. I often times have to put myself in the shoes of a beginner. When we first start playing the game it can be pretty intimidating if you aren’t one of the “regulars.” Just remember that everyone had to start playing golf at some point in their lives and that we were all once in your shoes. I can remember a day when I first started playing golf and I went to the driving range after a few weeks without practicing and I couldn’t even hit the ball! I had gotten worse by not practicing like I should have and I whiffed every single shot. I finally hit a few towards the end of my bucket of balls and I felt great about coming back the next day and trying to get better than I was that day. I was so embarrassed though! I felt as if everybody was watching me inside the golf shop just laughing their behinds off at my misery. Well, I have news for you…they weren’t laughing at me. The truth is they probably weren’t even paying attention at all. Other golfers aren’t worried about your game at all because they are too worried about their own game to pay any attention to yours. Even after all of that embarrassment and all of those bad shots I hit I was able to shake it off and it’s truly amazing how much the game of golf has given me. So, I urge you all to be patient and relax. This game will test your patients but I can promise you that it is worth it.  To all of you avid golfers make sure to put yourselves in the shoes of a beginner and think back to when you started. If you see someone who is struggling maybe suggests a lesson with the pro or if they look lost and don’t know a rule/etiquette help them out as it will help grow the great game we all love. To all of the people on the fence about whether to take up the game or not please call me if you have questions or if you need help. I will show you around the golf shop and help you out with the process of getting started in the game. I will help suggest times that are better for you to try and play a round or practice that may help you avoid the busy high traffic days. I hope that all of you will take me up on my offer to help but I do wish everyone the best of luck this golf season!

Sincerely,

Justin Sigmon, PGA
Head Professional

Stone Creek Golf Club

The Short Game & How to Score!

The Short Game & How to Score!

I have recently started doing a lot of video lessons. By video lessons I mean I am in front of the camera giving instructional tips. I was challenged to do this by several top instructors who I seek for information when trying to better my craft. So, if you are seeking help outside of my monthly blogs/articles please check out my YouTube channel at Justin Sigmon, PGA for more help. I can also pencil you in for a lesson whenever you are ready for hands on instruction. With that being said I challenge you to take the time to work on your golf game and find ways to get better even if you have a busy schedule and say, “Justin I have no time to practice!” I want to see you all get better and I would love to help in any way I can.

March is a great month for golf. The Masters is right around the corner and if you have a chance to go do not pass it up. I am very fortunate to get to go for free each year. You may be saying to yourself, “How do you get to do that?” Well my friends as a PGA Professional it is one of the many great perks that Augusta National allows us to attend each year. For this perk I am extremely thankful and I feel very privileged to get to do so. I will take as many pictures as I can and share with all of those who would like to see a little of what it is like. However, if you have ever been or watched the Master’s on TV you know that to play well at Augusta you have to be a great putter and have insanely good touch around the greens. At Augusta each April the greens are probably the hardest to putt that the PGA Tour players have to play each year. It poses a huge challenge for anyone who is struggling with their putting. So, in order to prepare for the Master’s you can see the players practicing hard on their short games leading up to the year’s first Major. What can we all learn from this? Yes, they work on their long game too but in order to vault themselves to the top of the leader board by the back 9 on Sunday at Augusta, they had better spent ample amount of time grooving in their short game! As you prepare for this year’s golf season try spending more time working on your short game than you do on your long game and your scores will drop guaranteed. Test your skills by going out on the golf course and playing 9 holes from 25 yards out and seeing what you shoot. Every hole is a par 2 and to shoot even par you have to shoot 18 on 9 holes. How did you do? Let me know! If you are in the 20-30 scoring range on 9 holes from 25 yards out that should tell you something. Maybe your driver isn’t the club holding you back, maybe it is your wedge. Let me know if you would like for me to help you develop a plan to become a short game master.

Thank You,

Justin Sigmon, PGA

Head Professional

Stone Creek Golf Club

What golf is really about!

What golf is really about!

I am very fortunate to get to work with a lot of junior players in the area. It is a lot of fun to see them start the game and eventually grow up to become real players! It makes getting older a little easier… I really love trying to help mold and grow a young golfer to where they can really understand the game and how it is supposed to be played to reach a high level. However, it is somewhat of a slow process to reach the elite level (ask me about my program). I would love to tell students and parents that I can make your kid break 70 in a week but golf is just not that easy. The game has so many intricacies that it takes a lifetime to really understand the game. That is what makes the game truly great! You can play for a lifetime and still learn something new each time you tee it up. I have two stories that show how great golf truly is and what the real joy of playing golf is all about. I have news for you golfers out there and it’s that there really isn’t as much joy in the score as you may think. Sure it’s fun to shoot 65 but that exhilaration doesn’t last that long. The day ends fast and all you are left with is a good memory and a scorecard. So what will last a lifetime? Mr. Bill Houck was a member here at Stone Creek who passed away this year in his nineties. We dearly miss Mr. Bill as he was a pleasure to be around. Mr. Bill was a great example of how you can enjoy the game of golf for a lifetime. Mr. Bill would come out and practice and really work hard at his game even in his 90’s. He took lessons from me and he would always say, “Justin one of these days I’m going to figure this game out.” Well I believe Mr. Bill already had it figured out. He was able to work on his game and play up until his last days with us. That is what golf is all about being able to enjoy the game for a lifetime. I will give you one more example; Clay Luke and his son John Klay Luke are members here at Stone Creek. I have been fortunate enough to get to help JK with his golf game and help Clay out a little along the way. They both sort of started playing golf together and they both enjoy coming out and playing whenever they have spare time. JK takes a lot of lessons with me and he aspires to be a really good golfer one day. By the way JK has already competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt events and has already tested his game out at a higher level. I am very proud of him for that but the game is much bigger than all of that. The beauty of this game is that JK and his dad will be able to play golf one day when they are much older, just like me my dad do, and just like Mr. Bill. We all need to take a step back and truly enjoy the game for what it is. It’s fellowship with the ones you love, a game you can play forever, a game that is hard to master, and a game that is very rewarding when you feel like you have mastered it. If you would like help learning how to play or would like to get your family involved in the game I would love to be able to help get you started.

Justin Sigmon, PGA

Head Professional

Stone Creek Golf Club

A day with Michael Breed

A day with Michael Breed

I was fortunate enough to get to spend a day with the host of Golf Channel’s The Golf Fix, Michael Breed. Breed also runs Michael Breed Golf Academy at Donald Trump’s golf course at Ferry Point. Michael Breed has a wealth of knowledge to share with a pro like me. He has been coaching golf for a long time and can provide a lot of insight for someone like me who is always striving to be better. I was fortunate enough to get to see him give a few lessons on the range and picked up some techniques that I will be able to use to make my coaching experience even better. Breed said that the most important thing in the golf swing is the club face. He said that if players have a good feel for where the club face is during their swing than they will be able to hit good shots. If you tend to hit shots to the right than chances are your club face is open somewhere during the back swing. If you are struggling with hitting it to the right or you don’t have a good feel for the club face than I would love to help you out. Please feel free to call me anytime and we can schedule a lesson to help you with this. I would be glad to share my experience with Michael Breed with all of you! 

Thanks,

Justin Sigmon, PGA

Head Professional

Stone Creek Golf Club 

Playing in Tournaments!

Playing in Tournaments!

I hear it all the time. Tournament golf is just different than a regular round with your buddies. You feel different pressure when playing in tournaments. I feel the same pressure all of my fellow golfers feel when I play in events with the pros. Whether you are trying to close out your flight at the member-guest or trying to hold off the pack to win the Masters there is huge pressure. The only way to get comfortable with playing in tournaments is to play in more tournaments. Experience is invaluable in the game of golf. The longer you play and the more reps you put in the better you will get and the more confident you will be in your game. A lot of times if the tournament pressure gets to you it means you have not put in enough reps. It is your body’s natural way of letting you know that more practice is needed. It’s saying I’m not ready for this!  I got through the same emotions that all of you feel when playing in tournaments and I can promise you Jason Day and Rory feel the same way too. They have just played in so many tournaments that they learn how to use their nerves for good and not evil. We all feel the nerves on the first tee. If you are getting into competitive golf and would like to know more about how to cope with the pressure come see me. I would love to help you build a routine that will hold up under the most intense pressure golf has to offer. Whether you are trying to beat your best friend in a match or trying to win the club championship I can help. 

Justin Sigmon, PGA 

Head Professional 

Stone Creek Golf Club 

What Thanksgiving Means to Me

What Thanksgiving Means to Me

Thanksgiving Day is not just about going shopping and finding the best deal you can find or eating so much food you have to go up a pants size. To me Thanksgiving is a time where families come together and people fellowship. Each year the world sort of stands still around the dinner table and we are able to feast and reflect back on all the things we are thankful for. I can tell you that the thing I am most thankful for is my family. I am fortunate and very blessed to get to spend time with them around the holidays. I am also thankful for my job if you can even call it that. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get up every morning and chase my dreams. I get to go to the golf course and influence people’s lives each and every day. God has really blessed me and I am truly thankful for that. November starts my favorite time of year and Thanksgiving is sort of the beginning of the holiday season. People start putting out their Christmas lights and start getting into the giving mood. Not to mention that there are always some pretty good football games on. So, this Thanksgiving instead of sitting around the table talking about the presidential election results or what Kanye West is up to, I challenge you all to talk about the things you are thankful for. Is it your family, your job, your dogs, the Cowboys being 8-1, or maybe looking forward to playing golf tomorrow? Whatever it is I challenge you to let people know especially the ones you care most about. That, my friends, is what Thanksgiving means to me! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Justin Sigmon, PGA

The Routine!

The Routine!

When the going gets rough on the golf course don’t forget to fall back on your routine. Golf is a hard game and it is made even harder when you put too much pressure on yourself to score well. I experience this a lot playing in tournaments in the Georgia Section PGA. There is a lot of pressure to perform well and the pressure is mostly self-made! We as golfers build up the hype in our own minds sometimes to our own detriment. When this sort of thing does happen in a tournament or on the course for a casual round remember to fall back on your pre-shot routine. If you don’t know what your routine is or you don’t have one than I would love to help you discover your very own pre-shot routine. Everyone will be different but it is something that you need to have to play well. Playing golf thinking about your swing or how to putt will never work well. You need to think about your routine and where your target is! I like to use an analogy to hammer this point home. Have you ever been driving down the road with one hand on the wheel and not thinking about a whole lot? There isn’t a whole lot going through your head because you have been driving for years. Well think about the last time a cop pulled behind you. Whether you were speeding or breaking any laws I guarantee your driving habits changed. You probably got tight with your driving mechanics. You probably went from one hand to two hands and you probably started looking at your speedometer. Chances are you may even get so tight that you wind up getting a ticket. Golf is the same way in the sense that you can’t try to steer the ball. You just have to go through your routine and then let it go! Let me know if this help. 

Swing Like a Girl!

Swing Like a Girl!

Guys may think that this sounds crazy but it actually works. Men put their ego into everything just by our nature and how we are made. God made men to be more aggressive than our opposite sex. If you get a chance watch the LPGA tour ladies swing the club. They are way more graceful than the guys on the PGA Tour. They get the club in all the right spots and get the most out of their swings without exerting too much energy. Women are way more efficient golfers than us men. Us men put our egos into our swing and try to knock the cover off the ball each time we set up. Next time you play golf try to imitate a lady golfer’s rhythm and tempo.  You may just find out that you can hit the ball a lot further that way. If you think I’m crazy try coming out here to Stone Creek Golf Club and find Kelly Henderson one of our shop assistants. If you can hit it by Kelly I will buy you a coke! Kelly can hit her driver past a lot of the men I have played with in my time in the golf business. She does not do it by brute force but by being graceful and elastic in her swing. She knows how to get the club in the right spots to maximize the energy that she transfers into the ball. If you would like some help with your game feel free to let me know. I could even get Kelly to come show us all how to “swing like a girl!”

Putt like you mean it!

Putt like you mean it!

Putting is probably the most important area in the game of golf. I really wished I would have spent more time practicing putting when I was a kid. This year I played in my very first Yamaha Atlanta Open against the best PGA Professionals and Amateurs in the state of Georgia. We played at St. Ives in Atlanta which is an extremely well-manicured private club in the Johns Creek area. They had the greens rolling around 13 or 14 on the STIMP meter which is EXTREMELY FAST! I had a rough time getting a feel for that speed. I would have birdie putts and hit what I thought were good putts that would barely miss and roll 5 and 6 feet past the hole. It is no fun having 5 and 6 footers for par all day. It makes your score add up to a high number in a hurry. I am guilty of neglecting my putting practice. The best players in the state and the guys that kick my rear end are really great putters! They make the 5 and 6 footers for par. I want you all to learn from my mistakes. Get out here and practice your putting. To be a good putter you don’t have to have the best stoke or be technically perfect. You have to put in the time and the reps to be a great putter. The best putter I know here at Stone Creek is Rick Bellinger. Rick has won numerous Club Championships here and continues to be a force to be reckoned with each week. Rick is here almost every night after work practicing his putting with his best friend Dr. Greg Beale. Both Dr. Beale and Rick are really good putters because the put in the reps.  If you only have an hour to practice each day spend the majority of that hour putting and the rest hitting balls. I promise you will see a big difference in your scores if you put more time into your putting practice.

Justin Sigmon, PGA

Grip it & Rip It!

Grip it & Rip It!

Growing the game of golf is why I love my job as a PGA Professional. I am lucky to get the chance to impact people’s lives every day and that doesn’t just mean their golf swings. This is what fires me up every morning! I enjoy working with junior golfers and helping them figure out the complicated game of golf. It is a game that we can all play for life. So, this tip will be centered on junior golfers but adults can use this tip as well.  The one thing in golf that an instructor cannot teach is speed. Speed is something you either have or you don’t. I like for junior golfers to hit a lot of drivers for various reasons. I don’t just like them to hit the driver but I like them to try and hit it as far as they possibly can. “Grip it and Rip it” as John Daly would say. This does several things for your golf swing. It helps juniors to develop speed at an early age and it also helps them to have aggressive swings with their drivers. One of the biggest mistakes I see adults make with the driver is that they try to guide the balls in the fairway. The best drivers in the world don’t try to guide it out there but they really go after it. Ever seen Jason Day hit his driver in person? I can promise you he doesn’t leave much in the tank. So, for the junior golfers out there really try to smash that driver next time you play. It is a lot of fun to hit the ball really far and can help get them excited about becoming a golfer!

Thanks,

 

Justin Sigmon, PGA

2016 Master's Trip

2016 Master's Trip

I wanted to wait a bit for the Master's dust to settle a bit before I wrote a blog. I didn't want to steel any of the thunder from such an awesome week of golf but where do I begin. It all started out after a 12 hour work day on a Monday before The Master's. The minutes and the hours seemed to stand still. I could not wait to hit the road and head to Augusta! I had to book a hotel room in Swainsboro, Ga to avoid paying exorbitant rates in and around Augusta due to The Masters. I stayed in a little Best Western that was not much to look at but it would do just fine considering I would only be there for a short time at night. I could barely sleep I was so excited. I woke up at 4:30 am on Tuesday morning and made the hour and fifteen minute drive from Swainsboro to Augusta. I was trying to be one of the first ones in the gate and my plan paid off. I pulled into the parking lot at The Masters at 6:15 or so and waited in line for them to let us in. I still had no badge and It was hard for me to believe that I would be able to get one for FREE! Finally, they opened the gates to Augusta National and I went and got my badge! All I had to do was flash my PGA card and I was in. This is by far the best perk I have found yet for being a PGA Member. When I walked through the gates of Augusta National I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was the most serine and beautiful place I had ever seen other than the areas around the Sea of Galilee in Israel. As soon as I walked in the gates Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson Dechambeu, and Keegan Bradley were warming up. I followed them around for 15 holes and then explored every nook and cranny of golf's Mecca that I could. I must have ate 10-12 egg salad and pimento cheese sandwiches. I also discovered that they have the best ice cream sandwiches. They are Georgia peach flavored. I also spent about $400 in the merchandise area and I even held back on a few items (like a set of $75 Masters coasters that I wanted for my office). I walked around all day and was just soaking in the experience. My day Tuesday was great but Wednesday was even better. Wednesday is the par 3 tournament and I got in really early and got a great spot on hole #6 right next to the rope. I saw everybody come through including Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in his final Masters. It was a great experience and I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to go and to keep going back for years to come. 

Georgia PGA Spring Meeting & Georgia PGA Pro-Pro Scramble

Georgia PGA Spring Meeting & Georgia PGA Pro-Pro Scramble

For those of you that don't know already, I was up for an election for an At-Large Director in the Gerogia PGA Section board of directors. I was fortunate enough to be apart of their board meeting Sunday 3/20 at the Atlanta Marriott and the PGA Spring Meeting the next day. Whenever you are elected to one of those positions you have to campaign at the PGA Meeting. I had to get up in front of everybody and answer two questions that were drafted by the board. I was so nervous Sunday night and that next morning. The meeting did not start until 1:00 Monday afternoon, so I had to sit and think about getting up and talking. I'm not usually nervous about public speaking. I did it a lot in college. One thing that I could not get out of my mind was speaking in front of 150 PGA Professionals. These are the people that I have always looked up to! I waited until about 4:00 and it was finally my turn to talk. I got up there and was really nervous at first but I calmed down after the first question and I was able to really speak about what I had prepared. I did not win but it was a good experience. I was the new guy on the block and everyone seemed to respect the fact that I put myself out there at a young age and gave it a shot. I appreciate all of the support and anyone that actually voted for me (there may have been a few)! The next day me and my good buddy and fellow pro Bob Burk played in the Georgia PGA Pro-Pro. We have not really fared well so far in our career of playing together in pro-pro tournaments so we really wanted to give this one a good run. We played the event at Ansley Settingdown Creek which is a really difficult Bob Cupp design North of Atlanta. We started on hole # 6 and played pretty steady on the first few holes. We were -1 for the day when we made the turn to hole #10 which is a pretty long par 5 with a lot of trouble surrounding it. Bob and I bot hit pretty good drives in the fairway. We decided to play my ball because I hit it a little further than Bob's. The guys we are playing with hit a great shot into the green and had a good look at eagle. Bob hit first for us and he hit a great shot from about 265. His ball hit short left of the hole and when it hit the green it rolled back to the back tier. When we pulled up to the green we had about 20 or so feet left for our eagle putt. The guys we were playing with missed both of their eagle putts. We read the putt and decided it was about a foot and a half break from right to left. I putted first and I struck the putt on the right line but it went passed the hole and I thought we had missed. However, the ball hung out to the right and went behind the hole and FELL IN!!! We made the eagle. We thought to ourselves that surely somebody would cut us in the skins game. Little did we know that when we finished we had the only skin for the day. Out of 60 teams of two pros together we were the only two guys to make a 3 on the par 5 10th hole! There was $2400 in the skin pot and we won the only skin. Bob and I made out like bandits. When they told us we had won we both just looked at each other and started dying laughing. We made more out of that skin than the winning team! It is something that I will remember forever. It's just a reminder to keep playing every hole as hard as you can because you never know what may happen. You may end up winning the entire skin pot or even winning a tournament when you thought you had no chance. After the tournament I drove to Charlotte to visit my Grandparents and my Aunt Kristi. I spent a few days with them which is always great. I always feel like I am at home when I am with them in Charlotte. Its a beautiful city and I cherish the time that I get to spend with them. Masters week is coming up and I will be on the grounds Thursday and Friday for the first time ever so stay tuned for some blogs about that. Take Care -Justin 

PGA Show 2016

PGA Show 2016

Where do I begin...We started the day at the hotel with an awesome breakfast thanks to the Drury Inn and Suites. We decided to skip taking our own vehicle to the show from the hotel and take the shuttle. Well, turns out the shuttle takes you on a trip around Orlando. Not really, but it made several more stops and pickups along the way before we actually made it to the show! We finally made it to the show and met up with my good buddy from Tampa Chad Davis an. We walked in the doors and were immediately blown away. It will never cease to amaze me how big the show is and how huge the convention center that hosts it is. It is mind blowing. You can almost literally hear money being made and spent at the same time. When you walk around the show you literally run into famous people. My dad was sitting watching Bubba Watson speak at the PGA Forum and Hal Sutton walked up to him and started a conversation. My dad told Hal that we have a member at our club that still says "be the right club today," after each good shot. Hal said, "at least somebody still remembers that." How could we forget Hal? Hitting it stiff on the 18th at The Players is an unforgettable moment especially when it was to beat Tiger Woods in his prime. We had numerous meetings and appointments to attend and put in a full day at the show. I was impressed yet again with what Oakley golf will have to offer in the future. They are by far the best company in customer service. They are going to tap into the athliesure market and I think that will end up being huge in golf. Bubba and Zack are always two of the best dressed guys on tour and I think Rory dressed his best with Oakley. They have also made a big push on Prizm golf and that will be a big deal in 2016 more than it was last year. The PGA show is a cool place. It is a big event but no matter how big it feels there are reminders of how small the world really is. I ran into both pros from Valdosta  and several other people that I have had previous acquaintances with. Tomorrow we have a tee time at Streamsong at 11:44 am. Weather permitting it should be an amazing experience. Thanks to all the people that put in work to make the PGA Show a success. It makes the PGA look good. We finally made it back to the hotel after a long day, luckily. We took our first UBER. A guy named Jose picked us up from the convention center and it was an adventure. All in all a fun day at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show. 

PGA Demo Day

PGA Demo Day

The world seemed to stand still for a moment  at the PGA Demo Day 2016. My dad and I saw all that there was to see at Demo Day. We left beautiful Valdosta at 4:30 am Tuesday morning and drove our way to Orlando and Orange County National (the host site of the PGA's annual Demo Day). I was a little reluctant to leave so early but after only an hour on the road it would have been time for me to wake up and get ready to open the golf shop at 7! We arrived at the show early and found a parking spot. They parked us in the Palmer lot which sounds nice, but it was in the middle  of a dusty old field. This wouldn't have been all that bad a week or so ago, but it was a nightmare in the new Maxima. We made our way to the gates and into Demo day in time to see the opening ceremonies and the opening to the PGA's Centennial celebration. Bubba Watson was there to kick off the festivities along with golf channel's Charlie Rymer. They showcased all 41 PGA sections with representatives for each section. After the opening ceremonies my dad and I got our full fix of all things golf. We hit every club that you could imagine. We saw several big names in the world of golf. We saw Bubba, Lexi Thompson, the golf channel crew, Michael Breed, Martin Hall, Jesper Parnivick, and Greg Norman. I would have to say that the best club I hit all day was the Callaway XR Driver, wow that thing was hot! The best set of irons I hit was surprisingly the Wilson Staff blade iron. The Wilson irons were money but that was about it for them. We tried a lot of different putters and I was really impressed with the Pure Putters and the BioMech Putters. The BioMech is the putter that Tim Clark switched to this year. I was on fire with it! All in all it was a good day made even better by the free beer from Srixon/Cleveland, Wilson Staff, and TaylorMade. Thank You! We had a blast and we are looking forward to a full day at the PGA merchandise show at Orange County Convention Center tomorrow. More to come, so stay tuned!

2016 PGA Merchandise Show

2016 PGA Merchandise Show

At the end of January each year The PGA of America hosts it's annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. It is a huge display of every kind of golf product, gadget, or gizmo you could ever imagine that has to do with golf. I went for the first time last year and was blown away by what I saw. I was only there for about 6 hours and was able to get my picture made with Holly Saunders and Michael Breed. I saw my fair share of celebrities and professional golfers among the crowds of the game/business of golf's elites. My good friend Chad Davis went with me and he was excited to find out that there would be very attractive LPGA tour players doing meet and greets and photo ops. If you ever get the chance to go to the PGA show, take it, because it is a fun and unforgettable experience.  I told myself last year that I could go every day for a whole year and probably see something new each day. That is how big it is.  This year, I am going to take my dad with me on this journey. I am excited to share the PGA experience with my best friend, my dad. My dad and I have been fortunate enough to play golf a lot together over the years. After all, that is what golf is all about. Golf is about spending time with people you like and growing/building long lasting relationships. That is what makes it so great! For the week of the show we plan to attend Demo Day on Tuesday, the show all day Wednesday and OCCC, golf Thursday at Streamsong Red, and a short day at the show Friday. It should be a fun week in the center of the golf universe. I plan to bring back plenty of new ideas and great stuff that we can use to make our facility, Stone Creek better. I will do blogs each night that I'm in Orlando and keep you all updated on how the trip is going through social media. I look forward to sharing my experiences, so stay tuned! 

Saturday Dogfight & Sunday Blitz

Saturday Dogfight & Sunday Blitz

There is never a dull moment when the weekend begins here at Stone Creek Golf Club. We open the doors to the golf shop at 7 AM sharp. We have a group of regulars that are usually waiting to tee off right when the doors open! These guys have been playing at 7 AM on Saturday since this place opened. They are dedicated to playing here and we appreciate their loyalty. Bob and I were laughing, because today the sun came up at 7:45 and the 7 AM group was already on the green at hole #3! How on earth do they see their ball? We may never know! Soon after the early guys/gals tee off we start getting our Dogfight rush (no actual dogs just hungry golfers). Its usually a group from 40-50 golfers that we send out in a shotgun start every Saturday morning at 9 AM. If you are looking for some quality entertainment that does not break the bank, come out and participate. I can assure you that it is the most fun you can have here in Valdosta for $50. If I wasn't in the golf business and I didn't have to work on Saturdays I would be looking for a game to play in just like the Dogfight. If you happen to be busy on Saturday and have to miss out on the fun, no worries because we do the exact same thing on Sundays at 1 PM. We have coined the Sunday game as The Sunday Blitz. So, come on out and join in on the fun with us here at Stone Creek!

Golf In 2016

Golf In 2016

What will golf be like in 2016? I hope that the game will thrive and that myself along with fellow golf professionals will see the business side of the game grow. The professional game is as healthy as it has ever been, minus the fact that Tiger is a big question mark going forward. Gone are the days of the "Tiger Woods effect." It seemed like in years past that every time that Tiger was near the lead or in the lead the golf course here was packed and people were buzzing about golf. Tiger had an impact on the game like nobody else. Who will step up and fill his shoes? Will it be Jordan Speith? Will it be Rory? Will anybody ever be able to bring in as much of a diverse crowd of new golfers as Tiger was able to do? Who knows? We do know a few things that should excite golfers this year. For starters, it is a Ryder Cup year, which is always exciting! We also have golf returning to the Olympics this year. This should be fun to watch because golf is a truly global game in 2016. Rory will be trying to complete "the Rory Slam," at The Masters in April while trying to hold off Speith's title defense. Another good story line will be Phil trying to win the US Open at Oakmont. It may be one of his last chances to win what would complete "the Phil Slam." All in all, it should be fun to see what happens out there this year. In the meantime, come on out to Stone Creek and play a round of golf!