A New Golf iPhone App called GolfLinkd

Posted by Golf Local On June - 5 - 2014

The Best App for Connecting Golfers who Love the Game

Traveling to a new city and eager to play a new course? Moving to a new area and looking to link up with other golfers? Difficulty coordinating schedules with all your busy friends? Have a last minute league cancellation? These are all issues that every golfer deals with on a consistent basis.

GolfLinkd solves those problems by making it simple to connect, chat, and play.

> Visit GolfLinkd.com for more information

We know how difficult it can be to find time to play golf these days. Nothing is more frustrating than when you make the time to play, but can’t find anyone to golf with. The GolfLinkd app makes it easy to connect with other golfers in your local area or at your private club.

  • Find other golfers with ease
  • View their golf profiles
  • Create your own golf network
  • Form a group and play!

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Cheshire~Milgate Golf Classic!

Posted by Golf Local On April - 7 - 2014


Hello Friend’s:

I’m excited to announce that I’ve again partnered with Justin Cheshire of Cheshire to bring you one of the best golf tournaments in Monroe County…the Cheshire~Milgate Golf Classic! This event will be held on Monday, July 28th at Deerfield Golf Course and Country Club in Brockport, NY.

As in prior tournaments, proceeds will benefit the music therapy program within the Kirch Center at Golisano Children’s Hospital in addition we are dedicating our special, an invaluable community resource specializing in movement disorders in children, along with a donation to the Wilmot Cancer Center.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to golf to help make a difference! You can become a Superhero in other ways. We need, door prizes,business sponsorships as well as golfers. There is a way we can all make a difference.

If you’re thinking of becoming a tournament sponsor, you’ll have the opportunity to reach as many as 250 attendees, many of whom are business people that would be receptive to your company’s message and interested in learning more about your business. It’s a great way to mix business, fun and philanthropy!

I Thank YOU for your past and continued support! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s tournament!
Debbie Milgate – Moyer
Co. Tournament Director

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Oak Hill: Rochester’s Legendary Connection to World Class Golf

Posted by Golf Local On July - 30 - 2013

Oak Hill Country ClubBy Kirsten Mortensen – Feature Writer

As a golfer and a Rochesterian, you’ve probably found yourself—at least once—on Chapin Way.
Close your eyes and you can probably picture it. You pass between the brick pillars at the Kilbourn Road entrance to the club, and suddenly you’re no longer in suburban Pittsford. You’re in a different world. Hundred-year-old trees arch their branches overhead. You turn your head to the left and there it is: the pristine fairways and greens of the fabled East Course. And then, a moment later, the road starts to climb and the clubhouse comes into view: a 70,000 square foot English Tudor-style structure that counts as one of the most gracious and recognizable buildings in the Rochester area.

It’s a place where history’s been made—and what a history it’s been. Oak Hill is the only club in the world to have hosted all six of the men’s golf championships: The Ryder Cup, The PGA Championship, The Senior PGA Championship, The US Open Championship, The US Amateur Championship, and The US Senior Open Championship. All the greats have played here, from Hogan to Trevino to Nicklaus to Woods.
And in 2013, history will write a new chapter when Oak Hill again hosts the PGA Championship (see sidebar).

Tradition—And Change
Oak Hill’s history is inseparable from the history of Rochester itself. The club was originally located on the site of the present day University of Rochester River Campus, one of Rochester’s other storied institutions. Then, in 1924, the club’s original members agreed to move Oak Hill to give the University space to grow—growth funded, in part, by the patronage of George Eastman. In 1942, one the club’s earliest pro tournaments featured a $5,000 purse posted by the Rochester Times-Union. Oak Hill’s rise in prestige paralleled Rochester’s 20th Century flowering as a global center of industry and innovation, as first Kodak and then Xerox became household words.

The writing of history, of course, also suggests change, and Oak Hill—like golf itself—serves to remind us that there is a constant tension between tradition and progress. This was true for Oak Hill from the beginning. It wasn’t an easy decision to move Oak Hill from its original home: at the time, the Pittsford site was tired, treeless farmland; it took vision to imagine those barren fields as the picturesque haven Oak Hill is today.

The venerable golf course architect Donald Ross contributed, needless to say, building two 18-hole layouts that not only afforded an unforgettable golf experience but also conformed to the existing terrain. (Ross’ quote, “God created golf holes. It’s the duty of the architect to discover them,” suggests a connection with the earth that today’s environmentalist can appreciate.)
Less well-known is the work of Dr. John R. Williams. Dr. Williams’ professional accomplishments included pioneering the use of insulin to treat diabetes. As a member of Oak Hill, he also became a self-taught arborist who personally planted tens of thousands of trees. The courses would not be what they are today without him.

But although Oak Hill remains very much a Donald Ross design, its members decided some time ago that the club should not be treated as a museum piece. “Some people may not realize it today,” notes Fred W. Beltz, Oak Hill’s historian, “but the East Course has been through a series of fairly significant renovations.”

These changes were themselves a response to change. Trees grow or die and must be removed. When Dutch Elm disease swept through the Great Lakes region in the 1950s, the club lost hundreds of mature trees in the space of a few years—which left the East Course a bit easier to play. Over time, of course, erosion altered slopes and the contours of water hazards. The club also saw countless changes in equipment and training. One result for Oak Hill: bunkers that were formidable hazards for scratch players in the 30s and 40s were, twenty years later, no longer in play.

So rather than let golf pass Oak Hill by, its members have—albeit with great care—taken steps to ensure the East Course remains one of the sport’s most challenging pro venues. Before the 1956 U.S. Open, the club hired Robert Trent Jones to add some length and change the course bunkering. Then, after Lee Trevino broke par in all four rounds of the 1968 U.S. Open, Oak Hill brought in George Fazio and his son Tom, who completely eliminated one hole, built another brand new one, and made significant changes to three others. At one time, Oak Hill played 6,538 yards. Today it’s at 7,145.

A Collaboration That Works
There’s no question that these modifications are one reason Oak Hill has been so successful in attracting pro tournaments. As former club president Bill Reeves said in 2000, without the renovations made in the 1970s, “we would not have had the 1980 PGA and the other major events that followed,” including the 1995 Ryder Cup.

Nor should it surprise anyone that the club has made a few more modest changes in recent years. In perhaps the most noticeable modification, to prepare for the 2013 PGA Oak Hill completely rebuilt the East Course’s 15th green. The rebuilt green gives the PGA a few more pin placement options while ensuring green speeds consistent with other holes on the course.
Mind you, none of the recent changes was required by the PGA. “These are club-led initiatives,” notes Ryan T. Cannon, the PGA of America Championship Director who is part of the on-site advance guard prepping for next year’s tournament. “After all, the PGA Championship will be here for a week, but the club members play here, weather permitting, every day.”

In fact, it’s a kind of collaboration—between Oak Hill and the PGA, between Oak Hill and the USGA, and yes, between Oak Hill and Nature and Time. But it’s a collaboration that works. Today, Cannon not only calls Oak Hill “one of the most challenging golf courses in the world;” he also cites the Oak Hill club as “arguably one of the best clubs in the world at readying a course for a major.”

And it’s right here in Rochester.

Our championship golf treasure.

Because when he built Oak Hill, Donald Ross set out to “make each hole present a different problem,” to ensure that “every stroke must be made with full concentration and attention necessary to good golf.”

And nearly 100 years later, Oak Hill continues to do just that.
Many thanks to Oak Hill and PGA of America for their support and assistance in the development of this article.

[Sources for this article include: Oak Hill Centennial 1901-2000 by Sal Maiorana, and Evolution of a Legacy by Donald M. Kladstrup. Both published by Oak Hill Country Club.]

SIDEBAR: Gearing Up For Champions
Some 18 months before the 2013 PGA Championship, Championship Director Ryan T. Cannon had already moved his family to Pittsford—and his office into a building near the Oak Hill clubhouse.

Because, it turns out, it takes a lot of advance work to get a course ready for a major golf tournament.

“Other big sporting events are held at venues designed to hold them,” Cannon notes. “Stadium designers spend years figuring out where people are going to sit, where they’ll park, how to accommodate the media.

“We have all those same logistics, but we’re holding an event at a venue that wasn’t necessarily designed to have 40,000 people come through every day to watch the best golfers in the world.”
So Cannon’s job is to build, from scratch, an on-site organization to tackle everything from permitting to corporate hospitality to ticket sales. Over time, he’ll be joined by additional PGA of America staff members (up to eight or nine by January 2013) as well as several thousand volunteers. Many of the latter will be Oak Hill members; the club has formed some 50 committees to coordinate with Cannon’s team.

And while some decisions the PGA and Oak make will build on the successes of past tournaments—including, most recently, the 2008 Senior PGA—Cannon and Marty Glavin, Oak Hill’s PGA Championship Director, have already worked with the club to plan some enticing new amenities. The club will move its course maintenance staff to another location to free up additional space for corporate sponsors, for instance—space that will give the tournament’s corporate supporters fantastic views of some of the East Course’s best holes, like the par 3 No. 6. “All corporate hospitality will be onsite,” Cannon notes.

Cannon is also coordinating with local and state-level tourism and business development organizations. This is another high priority activity, considering the tournament’s potential economic impact. “The 2013 PGA Championship will be the single largest sporting event in New York State between now and the 2018 USGA Open,” notes Glavin. (The 2018 USGA will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.) In fact, considering that the 2003 PGA Championship generated around $40 million in economic activity, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the economic impact of next year’s tournament on Greater Rochester could reach $60 million or more.

The 2013 PGA Championship will also boost the area’s charitable fundraising by several hundred thousand dollars.

And then there’s the international exposure the Championship will bring to Greater Rochester. “There will be 27 hours of high definition television coverage,” Cannon says. “The PGA Championship is one of the most widely televised sporting events out there. What better way to introduce Rochester and New York State to the world?”

There is no doubt in Cannon’s mind that when that coverage starts, Oak Hill—and Rochester—will shine. “This community loves the game of golf,” he says. “Our past experiences at Oak Hill have been tremendously positive. There is such a sense of pride in the communities of Pittsford and Rochester, and among the Oak Hill membership.”

“When you look back on past tournaments, ’08 and ’03 and 1995, you remember exactly what those weeks were like,” adds Glavin. “They were second to none—some of the best experiences Rochester has ever offered.

“There is no doubt we will see another incredible week in August of 2013.”

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Spectacular Scenery & Sensational Golf

Posted by Golf Local On July - 27 - 2013

bh_post_headerBristol Harbour Resort, recognized by Golf Digest and The American Golfers Guide as one of the top public facilities in the state is a premier, full service destination golf facility. This Robert Trent Jones design, is just as well known for its championship layout, as it is for the amazing views of Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding hillsides. The well maintained course offers a sharp contrast between the front and back nine. While the front nine consists of open views of the lake, the back nine is cut through the woods and offers beautiful scenery of the rolling Bristol hills. The best part about the course is that although it is challenging, it is designed to be playable for all skill levels.

Bristol Harbour also offers a full-service pro shop and staff that can accommodate the needs of every visitor, from the individual golfer, to corporate outings and charity events. Planning your next golf event is made easy by using their assigned personal event coordinator to assist in all aspects of your event from the pre-planning stages through the post tournament wrap-up.

The practice facility, complete with grass and artificial tees, putting green, chipping area and bunkers, opens one hour prior to the first tee time so getting loose prior to your round is never an issue. In addition to their top-notch practice facility, Bristol Harbour Resort offers golf schools taught by PGA Professional Greg Mulhern. Clinics and golf schools are designed to teach both adults and juniors and are designed to improve your long and short game. All schools and clinics are available throughout the summer.

Home of the “Rain Guarantee” Bristol Harbour will give you a rain check equal to the value of 2 tiers (a $15 value) if during your roundthere is 1/8th inch of rain or more. You will get the rain check even when you complete your round and it is valid for 9 months.

As a member of the Finger Lakes Golf Trail you can play Bristol Harbour, Greystone, Mill Creek and Ravenwood for one low price. The card never expires and is valid anytime Monday – Thursday, Friday before 11AM, and Saturday – Sunday after noon. You can purchase your Fabulous 4 Pak at www.fingerlakesgolftrail.com.

With several improvements to enhance the course’s natural challenges and increase its playability, Bristol Harbour Resort not only offers a sensational layout but is one of Rochester’s most beautiful courses as well.


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Custom Golf Storage from Local Company

Posted by Golf Local On August - 14 - 2012

You have spent a lot of money on your set of golf clubs, so why not provide them the best care by installing a storage solution that works to fit your clubs and golf gear while adding a touch of class and style to your closet space. Carver Creek offers Quality Sport Storage in a variety of styles, colors and price ranges. From basic, low cost, maintenance free utility to beautiful, custom built-ins with exquisite details, Carver Creek Woodworks will work hard to meet your needs, dreams, and budget.

The Quality Sport Storage is customizable and the team at Carver Creek will design and create your perfect storage unit. From adding in a custom cabinet for your cigars or a wet bar for a drink before you hit the links, you will not see golf storage like this anywhere else. Make your friends jealous and keep those golf clubs sittin’ pretty.

Carver Creek Woodworks is a small local woodworking company in Rochester, NY that has provided their customers with years of service and satisfaction while always maintaining integrity.

Contact Information for Carver Creek Woodworks:

Wade Dalton
office – (585) 657-7511 
cell – (585) 690-1404


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The Rover’s Morning Glory 18 Hole Invitational

Posted by Golf Local On August - 13 - 2012

The popular radio star here in Rochester, NY came out from Cleveland to play his 18 Hole Invitational. Everyone had a blast at Braemar Country Club. For more photos please visit and “like” the Rochester Facebook Page.

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Tiger Woods vs. Girl at Concert

Posted by Golf Local On July - 30 - 2012

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Photo Contest – Win Free Golf

Posted by Golf Local On July - 26 - 2012

To Enter and Win a Free 4some to Bristol Harbour, Your Five Seasons Resort

1. Photo(s) must be of Bristol Harbour Golf Course or Resort. They can include friends, family or just scenery.

2. Email your photo(s) to apitti@bristolharbour.com or upload it to the Bristol Harbour Facebook page – www.facebook.com/BristolHarbourResort

2. Photos will be published on the Facebook page and the new Bristol Harbour website.

3. GolfLocal.com and Bristol Harbour will pick the winning entry. The winner will receive a 4some to Bristol Harbour, Your Five Seasons Resort good Monday – Thursday. Note: It does not include cart. Entries must be in before August 11th at 4:00PM EST. Winner will be contacted through email or by Facebook.

For more information make sure you like the Rochester Golf Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RochesterGolf

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Will Thomson of Pittsford, NY has been named to the International Junior Golf Tour’s Team USA for the 2012 North America Cup versus the Canadian Junior Golf Association.

The event will be held July 1-4 at Oldfield Golf Club (Okatie, SC) and includes two four ball matches, singles matches and a skills competition in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under 14 and Girls Under 19.

As a member of the IJGT, Will has played in eight events during the 2011-2012 IJGT season (August to May) and recorded one win and six top-10s. The IJGT offers over 60 two-and three-day events throughout the U.S. annually and is the only junior golf tour with events every weekend during the September-to-May school year. IJGT members represent 45 U.S. states and 43 countries and alumni include Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.  Click here to view Will’s stats on the IJGT.

Will was also selected for Team USA to compete in the Euro Junior Cup.  The International Junior Golf Tour will compete against the Canadian Junior Golf Association and the FIFE Team Scotland.  The format will be a 54 hole Triangular Match Play.  Matches will be played at St. Andrews, Leven G.C., Scotscraig G.C. and Drumoig G.C. July 20th -28th.  The divisions will consist of Boys under 14, Boys 15 -19 and Girls under 19.  Click here to learn more about this event.

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Importance of Properly Fitted Golf Clubs

Posted by Golf Local On June - 3 - 2012

I recently read a blog about being “thrifty” when purchasing golf equipment. Phrases like “get last years’ product” and “save a buck because it doesn’t matter what you get” and “why pay full price when you can get equipment second-hand” really motivated me to think about why people take this advice over a PGA Professionals research-based recommendations.

On the surface, it appears like sound advice – but is it really? I cannot tell you how many times students come for lessons with ill-fitted equipment and went to either a box retailer or an internet source to purchase golf equipment to get the “best deal.”  They looked at cost – not need – and are paying the price for that decision.

Golf equipment is an investment. My hope, is that I can help everyone understand that the advantages of an equipment evaluation and fitting by a professional who is qualified far outweighs disadvantages. Investment decisions should not be based solely on thrift.

I had a student who had a very fast swing speed and was very strong as well — he pull hooked his misses and hooked his solid shots. His golf swing has some flaws but the most blatant issue was his equipment. My student needed heavier shafts with less torque, and his lie angle should have been flat, not upright; his ball flight was too high and the kickpoint of the shaft in his irons was too low.

We had decisions to make regarding how we could make this situation right, this is where the aforementioned investment comes in. There were options for us – for example, take the shafts out and reinstall the proper shaft, make them standard length, and change the lie angle to flat or order new equipment based on a proper equipment evaluation/fitting and start again with the correct equipment.

I laid the cost out for him and asked him to take a few days, call me with questions and we could sit down and look at the options again. Ultimately, we got him fitted correctly and ordered the equipment. When it came in, we went back to range: He hit balls and I evaluated the ball; flight, turf contact and lie angles to make sure they were proper. I did have to bend a couple of the clubs slightly but this, again, is part of the investment. He is happy now and making shots with consistency. He also has a high level of trust in me, and I don’t take that relationship for granted. I want my students, actually all that play golf, to be their best and have fun – but to do this your equipment must fit you!

Helpful Hints

  • Fitting vs. purchasing on an internet source with a box retailer/private seller. With fitting you know/trust the fitter and he/she is accountable to you. Purchasing on an internet source you may not be getting the product you think you are. In the end you are not getting equipment that fits you; you adjust to your equipment.
  • Price.  At box retail or on the internet, many feel that they get the “best price” but are they? Wouldn’t it be best to contact the Professional and develop a relationship? You may have some negotiating leverage with a Professional you have a relationship with and you can work together at getting you into the proper equipment at a price that fits your budget.
  • Working with a Fitter.  Can the professional fitter guarantee the lie angles? For example, when the clubs are delivered you should be having a follow up evaluation where lie angles are checked for accuracy and if they are not delivered from the factory properly the fitter needs to bend to correct specifications.  Does the professional fitter have a relationship with a primary club company? Many times having a fitter that has a relationship he/she may be able to work with that company or custom club area for the benefit of the customer.
  • What a proper fitting looks like.
  1. Current equipment needs to measured and tested by the student.
  2. Assessment of your current set make up (manufacturer/lie/loft/shaft/sole/top line)
  3. Static measurement (wrist to floor/palm of hand for grip size/shaft weight/swing weight/shaft kick point/lie angle/loft)
  4. Dynamic fitting (turf contact/ball flight/too high/too low/too much spin one way or other)  A lie board may be used or no lie board it all depends on the fitters beliefs and experiences.

The Golf Business, like any, is built on repeat business and referrals. The goal with equipment evaluations and fitting should be to involve the customer, get their feedback and make recommendations based on an assessment.  Clients must feel served and that they are an integral part of the process, with an end result of improved ball flight and consistency.

Am I an expert in fitting? “Sure!” … but the customer needs to invest, they need to be comfortable with the height of the flight and the spin (curve) of the golf ball. There are times where there may be disagreements, but this is a chance to educate the client on how the ball should travel and why.

When considering an equipment change, take your time, do your research, ask questions and perceive this process as an investment.




Article written by Hank Haney Certified PGA Instructor Brian Jacobs


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