July 23, 2018

“Don’t turn a thick-grass lie into a one-shot penalty”

When you’re done cycling through the typical phases of a golfer’s mental state after hitting one in deeper rough—from disappointment to anger to anguish to finally, resignation—give yourself a healthy slap in the face (glove hand, preferred) and cue the internal “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme song. You’ve got this.

Not only are you going to put the ball back in play, you’re going to give yourself a decent chance of hitting the green. It helps to have the right attitude, but what really matters are the adjustments you make to your club selection, setup and swing. They’re not that complicated, and remembering to do even a few of them can help keep you from playing your next shot a couple of steps in front of where you are now. So take heed.

First, club selection. If the green is too far away for a short iron—which is always the smartest option from the rough—go with a hybrid or higher-lofted fairway wood instead of a longer iron when the lie isn’t that bad. It’s a judgment call, but I wouldn’t use anything more than a short iron for the scary lie you see here. But why a hybrid instead of a long iron? The wider sole gets through the grass more easily, so you don’t have to throw your back out to reach a green.

Second, address. Make sure the ball is no farther forward than center in your stance, grip down a touch on the club, and put a little more pressure on your front foot. This will make it easier to get the clubhead back to the ball with as little interference from the grass as possible. Also keep in mind that the blades tend to tangle around the club, which can twist the face shut. That makes it a lot harder to get the ball up and out. To counteract this, set the clubface a touch open and hold on to the grip a little tighter.

Third, the swing. Adopt a takeaway where the hands hinge the clubhead abruptly upward, certainly more than they would for a fairway lie. This sets up that sharper angle down into the ball you want for decent contact.

I realize that sounds like a lot to remember, and many of you are looking for that “one thing” to hit this shot. Fair enough. Here’s your swing thought: up and oomph. Up means a steeper takeaway to help avoid the grass, and oomph means swinging down with an aggressive attitude. Feel like you’re going to power through whatever dares to stand in your way, and your clubhead will reach the ball with plenty of energy.

The superintendent might think his rough is tough, but we know better. — With Ron Kaspriske

Jeff Ritter is director of instruction at the Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Ore.


Source: Golf Digest

We’ve got deals on golf all month long!

Twilight Teachers Special

July, Mon.- Fri. after 5 pm 

$25 All-you-can-play for teachers

*Must show school ID


July is Family Golf Month

July, Mon.- Fri. after 5 pm

$100 Book a 4-some for your family

Book a tee time through our website, then redeem your discount at check-in!

Pump House Party

Thursday, July 19th

7 PM


Sponsored by Fairways of Woodside & Sloppy Joe’s Bar & Grill


Fairways of Woodside cordially invites you and your friends to attend our 1st ever Pump House Party.  Enjoy a night filled with live music, dinner & drinks! 

When you arrive, a Club Car will be waiting to escort you to the Pump House.  Follow the Tiki Torches to our well kept secret!


•  Dinner will be served at 8 PM. •

•  Guests will also have the a chance to play our Closest to the Pin on Hole 12 for $2.  All proceeds will be going to the Milwaukee Fallen Police Officer Foundation •

• Join us for the after-party in our clubhouse at approx. 10 PM.  Snacks will be provided. •

• RSVP online, by phone/email, or in the Clubhouse •


Call 262-246-7042 or email Janet@FairwaysOfWoodside.com

Fairways of Woodside presents Skip Kendall Golf Clinic
July 26th- 27th

Champions tour player Skip Kendall returns to Milwaukee for a youth golf clinic.   Kendall, a short game ninja and Brian Mogg, a top 100 teacher, will work with 20 players at Fairways of Woodside on the 26th & 27th of July.

   Both are current players on the Champions tour.   Wisconsin is full of talent and we are excited to help players improve their game with high level teachers and amazing golf tour professionals in our own backyard!


This camp is limited to 20 Jr. players (junior high, high school, and collegiate).  Players will participate in an intimate 2 days of instruction and will play on the course with the pros. They will receive 12 Titleist golf balls of their choice, lunch, & a special evening dinner on the 26th.


Call the Golf Shop to register & for more info.


We’re celebrating America’s birthday with some great specials!

July 1-7 (Su.- Sa.)

$40 ALL YOU CAN PLAY after 3 pm for everyone!


July 2-6 (Mon.- Fri.)

All veterans play  18 holes w/cart for  $35

*Must show Military ID or proof of service at check in.

Thank you for your service!

Book online & claim your discount at check-in!


Our summer golf clinic will teach junior golfers of any skill how to be a future pro.

Starts June 28th
Thursdays from 1:30- 2:30 pm. 6 weeks long.
Ages 5-15,  $100/person

Our clinic fundamentals:

  • Grip
  • Alignment
  • Stance
  • Long & short game shots
  • Chipping
  • Putting
  • Etiquette 
  • Course rules

Juniors ages 10-15 will have the option to play holes on the golf course from 2:30  til 4:30 every other week starting July 5th.

Range balls are included.

Private jr. golf lessons are also available at $35/hr.

Sign up today by using the form below, or email andy@fairwaysofwoodside.com!

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We’d like to wish everyone a happy Father’s Day from all of us here at Fairways of Woodside!

We hope you have a happy day with your loved ones.

We want to help you plan the perfect Father’s Day! To help, we’ve got some awesome deals in our online store.

Buy 3 rounds of golf for $150, get 1 FREE! No restrictions; Cart fee included.

We also have $100 Gift Cards on sale for only $80!

Don’t forget to book a tee time online so Dad can spend his special day here at Fairways of Woodside!

We hope to see you here this Father’s Day!

The Claret Jug

The Claret Jug, or to use its proper name, the Golf Champion Trophy, is presented to each year’s winner of The Open. Yet it is not the original prize. When the Championship began at Prestwick in 1860, the winner was presented with the Challenge Belt, made of rich Moroccan leather, embellished with a silver buckle and emblems.

The Challenge Belt

The impetus to provide the Challenge Belt had come from the Earl of Eglinton and derived from his keen interest in medieval pageantry. He was pre-eminent in encouraging sport throughout the social spectrum and was a leading light in setting up The Open Championship. The Earl donated many trophies for competition, including a gold belt for competition among the Irvine Archers. The original Challenge Belt was purchased by the members of Prestwick Golf Club.

According to the first rule of the new golf competition: “The party winning the belt shall always leave the belt with the treasurer of the club until he produces a guarantee to the satisfaction of the above committee that the belt shall be safely kept and laid on the table at the next meeting to compete for it until it becomes the property of the winner by being won three times in succession.

A Brief History

1860 – The first Open takes place at Prestwick Golf Club.  Winner presented with the Challenge Belt.

1872 – Three clubs to host The Open contribute £10 each towards a new trophy – a silver claret jug. The 1872 winner received a medal.

1873 – The Golf Champion Trophy is made by Mackay Cunningham & Company. Tom Kidd was the first Champion to receive the new Claret Jug but the 1872 winner, Tom Morris Junior, was the first name engraved on it.

1927 – Agreement to retain the original Claret Jug and present future Champions with a replica.

The search for a new trophy – the Silver Claret Jug

In 1870, just 10 years after The Open Championship began, Tom Morris Junior won for the third consecutive time and became the owner of the belt. The future direction of the Championship was discussed at Prestwick Golf Club’s Spring Meeting in April 1871, during which a key proposal was put forward by Gilbert Mitchell Innes: “In contemplation of St Andrews, Musselburgh and other clubs joining in the purchase of a Belt to be played for over four or more greens it is not expedient for the club to provide a Belt to be played for solely at Prestwick.”

The motion was passed, but no final decisions were reached about venues or the involvement of other clubs, with the result that The Open Championship was not played in 1871. Moves to revive the competition resumed the following year. The minutes of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, dated May 1, state that the green committee had been “empowered to enter into communication with other clubs with a view to effecting a revival of the Championship Belt, and they were authorised to contribute a sum not exceeding £15 from the funds of the club”.

Agreement was finally reached on September 11, 1872 between the three clubs that were to host The Open — Prestwick, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. They decided that the winner would receive a medal and that each of the three clubs would contribute £10 towards the cost of a new trophy, which was to be a silver claret jug, instead of another belt. Its proper name was to be The Golf Champion Trophy. These decisions were taken too late for the trophy to be presented to the 1872 Open Champion, who was once again Tom Morris Junior. Instead, he was awarded with a medal inscribed ‘The Golf Champion Trophy’.

The Golf Champion Trophy

The Golf Champion Trophy, now commonly referred to as the Claret Jug, was made by Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh and was hallmarked 1873. The first Open Champion to receive the new trophy was the 1873 winner, Tom Kidd, but Tom Morris Junior’s name was the first to be engraved on it as the 1872 winner.

In 1920 all responsibility for The Open Championship was handed over to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Following the 1927 Open, which was won at St Andrews by Bobby Jones, the club’s Championship Committee took the decision to retain the Claret Jug in future years and to present the winner with a replica. In 1928, Walter Hagen won the third of his four Open titles and accepted the replica Claret Jug, having already been presented with the original in 1922 and 1924. During the half-century in which the original Claret Jug was used, twenty-eight different players held it aloft, including Harry Vardon on a record six occasions.

Open Medals

The first time a medal was given to the winner was in 1872, when no trophy was available. Unlike the Claret Jug, which must be returned in time for the next Championship, the Gold Medal is kept by the winner. The early Gold Medals, which in fact were silver gilt, were large ovals with a central design of a shield and crossed clubs. Around the edge was the inscription ‘Golf Champion Trophy’. During the late 1880s and early 1890s, the design of the medal underwent several changes. The circular medal was first introduced in 1893 and the basic size and shape has not changed since then.

That same year, the medal was assigned a value of £10 and this was deducted from the advertised purse for the winner. In 1920, the value of the winner’s medal was increased to £25 and again deducted from his share of the prize fund. This practice stopped after the 1929 Open Championship and from 1930 onwards, the winner no longer had to ‘pay’ for his medal.

The Leading Amateur

It had been suggested as early as 1922 that some recognition should be given to the leading amateur in The Open, but it was not until 1949 that a silver medal of the same size and design as the winner’s medal, was presented. It bore the inscription ‘Golf Champion Trophy’, with the addition of the words ‘First Amateur’. Frank Stranahan of the United States was the first to receive the silver medal and he went on to win it again in 1950, 1951 and 1953.

From 1972 all amateurs, other than the leading amateur, who have played on the final day of The Open Championship, have received a bronze medal.

We lost one of the greats this week with the passing of “The King” Arnold Palmer, truly a sad time for all golf fans.

Arnold Palmer points to his name on the press ten scoreboard showing his four under par total for 72 holes for the National Open tournament in Denver, Colo., June 19, 1960.  Palmer won the tournament with a score of 280.  (AP Photo)Arnold Palmer points to his name on the press ten scoreboard showing his four under par total for 72 holes for the National Open tournament in Denver, Colo., June 19, 1960. Palmer won the tournament with a score of 280. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)

By Adam Schupak

Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday in Pittsburgh from heart complications. He was 87.

Palmer, a native of Latrobe, Pa., had been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was scheduled to have heart surgery Monday, according to thePittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Reaction poured in from “Arnie’s Army” of admirers in the world of golf.

“We loved him with a mythic American joy,” said Palmer biographer James Dodson. “He represented everything that is great about golf. The friendship, the fellowship, the laughter, the impossibility of golf, the sudden rapture moment that brings you back, a moment that you never forget, that’s Arnold Palmer in spades. He’s the defining figure in golf.”

No one did more to popularize the sport than Palmer. His dashing presence singlehandedly took golf out of the country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool.

“I used to hear cheers go up from the crowd around Palmer,” Lee Trevino said. “And I never knew whether he’d made a birdie or just hitched up his pants.”

Golfweek subscriber Bob Conn of Guilford, Conn., in a letter to the editor, captured the loyalty and devotion that the public felt for Palmer.

“If Arnold Palmer sent me a personal letter asking me to join the cleanup crew at Bay Hill, I would buy a green jumpsuit, stick a nail in a broom handle, grab some Hefty garbage bags and shake his hand when I arrived.”

It wasn’t just the fans. His fellow competitors revered him, and the next generation and the generation after that worshipped him. When reporters at the 1954 U.S. Amateur asked Gene Littler to identify the golfer as slender as wire and as strong as cable cracking balls on the practice tee, Littler said: “That’s Arnold Palmer. He’s going to be a great player some day. When he hits the ball, the earth shakes.”

Palmer attended Wake Forest on a golf scholarship. At age 24, he was selling paint and living in Cleveland, just seven months removed from a three-year stint in the Coast Guard, when he entered the national sporting consciousness by winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit.

“That victory was the turning point in my life,” he said. “It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game.”

Palmer’s victory set in motion a chain of events. Instead of returning to selling paint, Palmer played the next week in the Waite Memorial in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa., where he met Winifred Walzer, who would become his wife of 45 years until her death in 1999. On Nov. 17, 1954, Palmer announced his intentions to turn pro, and golf would never be the same.

In his heyday, Palmer famously swung as if he were coming out of his shoes.

“What other people find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good drive,” Palmer said.

He unleashed his corkscrew-swing motion, which produced a piercing draw, with the ferocity of a summer squall. In his inimitable swashbuckling style, Palmer succeeded with both power and putter. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973, placing him fifth on the Tour’s all-time victory list. He collected seven major titles in a six-plus-year explosion, from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters.

Palmer didn’t lay up or leave putts short. His go-for-broke style meant he played out of the woods and ditches with equal abandon, and resulted in a string of memorable charges. At the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills near Denver, Palmer drove the first green and with his trademark knock-kneed, pigeon-toed putting stance went out and birdied six of the first seven holes en route to shooting 65 and winning the title in a furious comeback.

“Palmer on a golf course was Jack Dempsey with his man on the ropes, Henry Aaron with a three-and-two fastball, Rod Laver at set point, Joe Montana with a minute to play, A.J. Foyt with a lap to go and a car to catch,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray.

Even Palmer’s setbacks were epic. He double-bogeyed the 18th hole at Augusta in the 1961 Masters after accepting congratulations from a spectator whom he knew in the gallery. Palmer lost playoffs in three U.S. Opens, the first to Jack Nicklaus in 1962; the second to Julius Boros in 1963; and the third to Billy Casper in 1966 in heart-breaking fashion. Palmer blew a seven-stroke lead with nine holes to go in regulation at Olympic Club and lost to Casper in an 18-hole playoff the next day.

Arnold Daniel Palmer, born Sept. 10, 1929, grew up in the working-class mill town of Latrobe, in a two-story frame house off the sixth tee of Latrobe Country Club, where his father, Milfred “Deacon” Palmer, was the greenskeeper and professional.

Though for decades Palmer made his winter home in Orlando, Fla., he never lost touch with his western Pennsylvania roots in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.

“Of all the places I’ve been, there isn’t any place that I’m more comfortable than I am right here,” he told Golfweek in 2009 in Latrobe ahead of his 80th birthday.

Palmer was 3 years old when his father wrapped his hands around a cut-down women’s golf club in the classic overlapping Vardon grip, and instructed him to, “Hit it hard, boy. Go find it and hit it hard again.”

Palmer’s combination of matinee-idol looks, charisma and blue-collar background made him a superstar just as golf ushered in the television era. He became Madison Avenue’s favorite pitchman, accepting an array of endorsement deals that generated millions of dollars in income on everything from licensed sportswear to tractors to motor oil and even Japanese tearooms. Credit goes to agent Mark McCormack, who sold the Palmer personality and the values he represented rather than his status as a tournament winner. Palmer’s business empire grew to include a course-design company, a chain of dry cleaners, car dealerships, as well as ownership of Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. He even bought Latrobe Country Club, which his father helped build with his own hands and where as a youth Palmer was permitted only before the members arrived in the morning or after they had gone home in the evening. Palmer designed more than 300 golf courses in 37 states, 25 countries and five continents (all except Africa and Antarctica), including the first modern course built in China, in 1988.

Palmer led the PGA Tour money list four times, and was the first player to win more than $100,000 in a season. He played on six Ryder Cup teams, and was the winning captain twice. He is credited with conceiving the modern Grand Slam of the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship during a conversation with golf writer Bob Drum on a flight to Ireland for the 1960 Canada Cup. Palmer won the Masters four times, the British Open twice and the U.S. Open once.

It was Palmer who convinced his colleagues that they could never consider themselves champions unless they had won the Claret Jug. Nick Faldo, during Palmer’s farewell at St. Andrews in 1995, may have put it best when he said, “If Arnold hadn’t come here in 1960, we’d probably all be in a shed on the beach.” Mark O’Meara went a step further. “He made it possible for all of us to make a living in this game,” he said.

In 1974, Palmer was one of the original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. As he grew older, Palmer was let down by a shaky putter, but his popularity never waned. The nascent Senior PGA Tour hitched its star to golf’s first telegenic personality when Palmer turned 50. He relished winning again and became a regular on the senior circuit, remaining active until 2006.

Source: www.golfweek.com