Posted Mar 29 2012, 11:37 AM by Cathy Erickson
Spring came early to Minnesota this year. There are dozens of golf courses open in the Minneapolis area and even some up in my neck of the woods. Granted, the grass is still brown, and some mornings are still in the 30's, but we've seen record highs multiple times in the last few months and all of the snow has been melted for a few weeks now. You can sense the spring fever everywhere!
Usually, my first real spring golf fix is parking myself in front of the TV for the Masters. I can't wait for the azaleas and chirping birds, along with Jim Nantz's welcome. But the weather changed things...courses were open and it sure seemed like it made sense to be out there. So a friend and I planned to head south until we found decent weather and a tee time last Saturday.
An update on my happy place...
Posted May 20 2011, 07:08 AM by Cathy Erickson
For some reason, Spring is still taking it's sweet time showing up in Minnesota...cool temperatures, wind, and scattered storms (not to be confused with Sam's scatter shooting!) have not made our transition to golf season (which is what I call summer) very smooth. Trees are finally starting to see some leaf buds and green grass is starting to replace the brown dead patches that seem to be bigger than ever this year. I think I may have reported awhile back that I was a little worried about how our golf course would winter after having some serious issues in 2010. The news we got was a mix of a little good but mostly bad as the snow melted away and we saw what we had to work with.
Posted Apr 06 2011, 11:08 AM by Cathy Erickson
It's finally here...Masters Week. Are you already anticipating a memorable Sunday final round like I am? Now there's a lot to take in before we get to Sunday, pre-tournament interviews, expert picks, the par-3 contest, live streaming coverage on http://www.masters.com/, early round coverage on ESPN, along with probably a zillion tweets, countless blogs, and some you tube videos. I hope I can keep up!
I'm terribly jealous of the fact that a few of my golf pals headed to Augusta for the practice rounds this week. I tried to be happy for them, really, I did, but jealousy is a powerful emotion! I hope they got some great photos!!
Posted Mar 17 2011, 08:36 AM by Cathy Erickson
Oh, I'm there...and now my brain has burned into it the beautiful views from Augusta National since I visited http://www.masters.com/ and saw a nice flyover of part of the course. Can you smell the azaleas? I can.
As I say every year, Masters week is my favorite week of the year. I'm usually busy with our last curling event of the season and hopefully watching our final snow melting, but I can already guarantee you that I will be home on the couch for the duration of the final round and will not be answering my phone. Last year I had the TV on and my lap top streaming Augusta's live coverage just to make sure I didn't miss a thing.
There are already 98 players who have qualified to play this year (April 7-10, 2011), with 17 of them being first time Masters participants. There are 19 different categories in which player can qualify to play. Major winners, top money earners, PGA Tour winners, and top 16 finishers in last year's Masters are just some of the ways a player can get their invite. Tiger Woods still leads the pack by qualifying in 7 of the 19 categories. Zach Johnson is right behind him with 6 qualifying categories, followed by a small group, including Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker, meeting 5 of the qualifiers.
I love the Masters.
Posted Apr 07 2010, 08:36 AM by Cathy Erickson
We're just a few short hours from getting our first live golf action from the 2010 Masters...the Par-3 contest. I don't know about you, but I'm almost giddy with anticipation. Five days of golf heaven for me - the beauty, the tradition, the drama, and the reverence for the game.
Once again, though, life is getting in the way of my happy place. If you remember last year, I had my refrigerator catastrophe elbowing into my Masters time. I was not happy! This year, it's a curling event on Saturday that requires more attention than I had hoped to give. But I promise you, I will be on my sofa on Sunday afternoon for arguably the best 5 hours of golf of the year.
Visions of Golf Season
Posted Mar 24 2010, 02:31 PM by Cathy Erickson
I took a walk on our golf course yesterday afternoon. While visions of dull yellow dormant grass and creamy colored straw covering the greens catch my eye first, when I took a moment to look closer I could see a few blades of fresh green grass popping through the mix of soil and clay.
My spirits rose and it didn't take long for my mind to recapture memories of sunny skies, carpets of green, and a warm breeze on my cheeks. As I slowly released the deep breath I had just taken, I felt the golf course welcoming me back for another season.
I know it's still a bit too early to get excited, but aside from a few water logged areas on a few holes (which I assume are from plugged drains), the course is as dry as I can ever remember for March. I remember a few years back we had no snow on the ground at the end of February and my face lit up just thinking that if it got just a little warmer we could be playing in March!! It was just a week later when we got a storm that dumped 2ft of snow. It was a crushing blow to my spirit, and would be another month and a half before my clubs made to the back of my car that year.
This year though, having a few streaks of unseasonably warm weather, the only snow that remains are scattered patches under the shadows of trees or along a few creek banks. As I was walking along yesterday I could hear water racing through the woods, so I made my way into the trees to catch a look. Leafless branches and brush exposed the meandering creek bed, and I found myself awed by the strong current. I hardly give this creek a second thought during the golf season, but I'm glad I did today.
As I worked my way out of the brush and back onto the course I noticed that some of the dead birch trees had been cut down. The landscape looks different, but I'm sure there was some fear that they might just fall over. I don't know much about trees, but birch seem very fragile. As I wandered along I picked up some birch debris that had made its way to the rough and tossed it back in the woods.
I was surprised to see that some of the stationary ponds are still trying to melt their coating of ice, but I wasn't surprised to see sand traps full of animal tracks. I only saw 1 deer, but the "evidence" that they are around is all over the place. I also appreciated the chirping birds and 2 squirrels I saw racing around.
As I walked a couple of holes backwards I was reminded about how different something can appear when you look at it from a different perspective. Walking back up #12, I didn't realize how downhill it was going forward...I mean I knew it was, but seeing it, and walking it, I'm really glad we don't have to play it backwards! And it was as I was walking up that last fairway I decided to renew my goal of trying to break par for 18 holes this year.
Before I got back in my car I took a few deep breaths and then took a moment to be grateful that in just a few weeks I'll be able to bring my clubs with me to the course. Yellow or green, warm or cool, the golf course is where everything is beautiful to me. I can't wait!
PS...Two weeks until the Masters...woo HOO!!
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Posted Mar 10 2010, 06:37 PM by Cathy Erickson
In last week's post, Sam Johnson talked about the 10 best golf courses in the world and in the US, and it was full of good information. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know a thing about the Pine Valley Golf Course...which has been ranked number 1 for several years. After a bit of searching I now know why...it's a private facility, has really not ever been used for professional golf events, and only guests of members can play. I googled the price and it's no where to be found.
Happy Birthday to my Blog!
Posted Mar 03 2010, 08:59 AM by Cathy Erickson
I remember it like it was yesterday...a note came in my inbox from the super cool Tees2Greens Webmaster inviting me to have my own blog right here at T2G. A spot in the internet world where I can share my love for golf to my heart's content...how could I pass up an opportunity like that??!! I'm sure he didn't know it, but that note meant more to me than I can explain.
There's a Spring in my Step
Posted Mar 03 2009, 09:34 PM by Cathy Erickson
It's March! Finally! I've had golf fever for a few months now, but March seems to be the month where I turn the corner and see a faint light at the end of the snow covered tunnel. It's been a snowy winter in Minnesota, and odds are we're going to see more, but I daydream about melting snow and green grass every day now. I know it's early, and I can't get my hopes up yet, but just like a bear awakening from hibernation, golf excitement is stirring in my soul.
When I found Tees2Greens website and forum I found a happy place. There were great people there and in 2009 they asked me if I wanted my own blog space. It was a dream come true!! The site is down now, but I was able to get all of my posts to be able to post here. I will always be grateful for all of the Tees2Greens folks!!