Happy Fourth of July from everyone at Mainlands! We hope you have a fun and safe holiday.

Don’t forget about what we’ve got going on this month!

50% OFF GREEN FEES IN JULY 

For the entire month of July, we’re offering 50% OFF GREEN FEES to all Active Duty, Veterans, Retired Military, Police, Fire Fighters, Emergency Responders, and Postal Service Employees. It’s our way of saying “Thank You!” Discount will be taken at the counter when you show your occupational ID.

July’s $25,000 Hole-in-One Challenge!

  • There is no cost to enter this weekly drawing
  • Any Veteran/Active Military, Police, Fire Fighter, EMS, Postal Service
  • Person who golfs in July is automatically entered. The more you golf the more times your name is entered in to the drawing!
  • Each Week we will pull one lucky golfers name at random to participate in a special chance to come out and Tee off on No.16 for a one-shot attempt to make an Ace for a prize of $25,000.
  • There will be 4 drawings for four people to have four attempts to make an Ace for $25,000.
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July 4th Merchandise Sale

Come on in to the Pro Shop from now until July 8 for our Merchandise Sale. We’ve got the latest and greatest goods on sale!

  • MGC tee shirts are 50% OFF!
  • Any hat in stock, name brand or logo, is only $15 with your paid 18 hole riding round golf!
  • Buy Wilson Grip Gloves get a FREE Wilson Duo two ball pack.
  • Any shirt on our discount shirt rack is only $10 with a paid 18 hole riding round of golf!

Hello My Fellow Mainlandian Golfers the Scramble Results are in!

This past weekend was a wet one.  I am sorry to say the Saturday Scramble was called after only a few holes played.  If you paid to golf you get a raincheck for next week.

The Sunday Scramble was another impressive roster of 14 teams.  It was hot and muggy but there was no rain in our way.  We played a regular best ball scramble format.  The closest to the pin was on no. 10.  Funny thing about the closest to the pin.  It went out and I personally staked it on no.10 green.  It has not come back.  We are concerned about the whereabouts of the sign marker.  If we don’t find it in the next several days keep an eye out on your cartons of milk, you may see a recent photo of the sign asking for information on last whereabouts.

As for the scoring the first place team was:

Frank Schmidt and Carl Nicks at -3

2nd Place: Rick May and Allen Pryde -1

3rd Place: Steve Bevins and Stuart Hoff

I think Sunday felt like the longest round of my life.  Not so much because of slow play.  I was just horrible.  By the last two holes I was just glad I wasn’t shanking my putts, that much.  Cheers to Mike for carrying me through one of my semi-regular atrocious rounds of golf.  At least by my calculations I am due for a good round my next time out.  I have to be after all of the recent sacrifices to those golf gods.

Next week we are asking everybody who wants to play to please show up by 4:45pm so that we can start promptly at 5pm.

Next week start time is 5pm.  Starting Sunday 7.15.18 we will move the start time back to 4pm so we have ample time to finish before dark.

Finally This month is Half Price Greens Fees for all Active Military, Veterans, Police, Fire, First Responders, heck even Postal workers.  That is all month of July, Half Price Greens Fees.  A small thank you for those of you that help make us safer in this uncertain world.

Phil Mickelson made an appearance in Chicago on Monday at a charity event in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Though the gathering was to focus on the tournament that begins Thursday at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, all focus remained on Mickelson and his curious decision to swat a moving ball at the U.S. Open.

Speaking to media, the 48-year-old continued to express regret for his actions that resonated well outside the Shinnecock confines.

“It took me a few days to kind of let my anger and frustration of the whole thing subside to where I could see clearer that it wasn’t the greatest moment,” Mickelson told reporters. “And since I apologized, the best thing I can do now is help promote the game in a positive way, which is why I’m here today.”

Mickelson, who is sponsored by KPMG, hosted a clinic for kids at Monday’s event while also tossing football with Bears quarterback Chase Daniel and shooting free throws with Bulls guard Kris Dunn and Sky guard Diamond DeShields. Mickelson later made an appearance with Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, where he again apologized for the commotion.

“It wasn’t the right decision,” Mickelson told the Golf Channel. “It wasn’t the smart decision.”

When asked if he expected his legacy to take a hit, Mickelson acknowledged he hadn’t considered the ramifications, but sounded ready for the blowback.

“I certainly wasn’t thinking of that at the time, but I have pretty thick skin,” Mickelson said. “I will probably hear about this for some time.

“Fortunately, I can take it and hopefully at some point we will be able to laugh about it.”

Source: Golf Digest

Hey HEY Mainlands Golfers!

The Saturday scramble went off in the regular fashion at the regular time of 7:30am.

1st Place – John, Matt, Brian, Anthony -12

2nd Place – Rex, Carl, Frank, Bob, & Stuart -10

 

3rd Place – Jim, Kevin, Chuck, Steve, Stuart -7

Closest to the Pin Winner was Matt on team #7!

It was a hot and muggy day in Florida but the golf was played and everyone finished.

Unlike Sunday.

The Sunday Two-Person Scramble gave it their best shot.  Crashing Lightning and Booming Thunder brought the golf to a  dead stop just half way through the round.  As such there are no losers.  Everyone is a winner.  Anyone who played on Sunday that comes back to play this Sunday next will get a half price rate as a raincheck.  On top of that the pot will carry over.  So needless to say there is BIG MONEY on the line.  This next round will be the classic scramble golf.  With the stakes being this large I am taking requests on certain pin placements.

 

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – In an ironic twist Sunday, the last man to win consecutive U.S. Opens was tasked with chronicling Brooks Koepka’s final round at Shinnecock Hills.

Carrying a microphone for Fox Sports, Curtis Strange kept his composure as the on-course reporter. He didn’t cough in Koepka’s downswing. Didn’t step on his ball in the fescue. Didn’t talk too loudly while Koepka lined up a putt.

Instead, Strange stood off to the side, clipboard covering his mouth, and watched in awe as Koepka stamped himself as the best U.S. Open player of this next generation.

And so after Koepka became the first player in 29 years to take consecutive Opens, Strange found himself fourth in the greeting line near the 18th green. He was behind Koepka’s playing competitor, Dustin Johnson. And he was behind Koepka’s father, Bob. And he was behind Koepka’s caddie, Ricky Elliott.

But there Strange was, standing on a sandy path leading to the clubhouse, ready to formally welcome Koepka into one of the most exclusive clubs in golf.

“Hell of a job, bud,” Strange barked in his ear, above the din. “Incredible.”

That Koepka prevailed on two wildly different layouts, and in totally different conditions, was even more satisfying.

Erin Hills, in Middle of Nowhere, Wis., was unlike any U.S. Open venue in recent memory. The wide-open fairways were lined with thick, deep fescue, but heavy rain early in the week and the absence of any significant wind turned golf’s toughest test into the Greater Milwaukee Open. Koepka bashed his way to a record-tying score (16 under par) and over the past year has never felt fully appreciated, in large part because of the weirdness of the USGA setup.

Source: Golf Channel

Good Day my fellow golfers.  I trust everyone enjoyed the weather this Father’s Day weekend.  I had a blast grilling ribs, fish, corn, potatoes and anything else I could find in my fridge.  There is nothing that takes me back to fond childhood memories more than the smell of burning charcoal.  But I digress because now I am getting hungry.

The Saturday Scramble had 7 groups go off at 7:30am this week.  The top three teams are:

1st Place – Chuck, Jim, Kevin, & Steve, AJ -11

2nd Place – Carlo, Frank, Bob, Dick, & Stuart -11

3rd Place – Jess, Angie, Kenzie, Paul, & BAMA -9

Closest to the Pin was MORT on  No. 8

 

Father’s Day at 5pm we had 14 teams show up and play classic scramble format golf.

Mike and I might have placed first place if it weren’t for three holes were we both lipped out par puts.  If only.  The fish was THIS big.  Wish in one hand and something in another.  Golf certainly gives one ample opportunity for stories that start similar to this.  First place was handily won by none other than local legends and pillars of the Mainlands Community:

1st Place – Stuart Hoff and Steve Bevins -4  ($19.50 each winnings.  Stu is buying a round for everyone next week lol.)

2nd Place – Rita O’neil and Steve Hensley +1  ($11.70 each winnings.)

3rd Place – Ken Thompson and Donna Dorsey +2  ($7.80 each winnings)

Closest to the Pin was  on No. 12 –  Rita O’neil  Way to go Rita!!  There are golf balls behind the counter with your name on them.

Mike and I had the pleasure of playing with Dave and Rob.  I just have to say that I haven’t laughed during a round that much since the last time I played with Dave Wall.

This was my tee shot into the drainage ditch on #15.  Remember it is “lift, clean, and place” during all scrambles.  You don’t have to play it as it lies, and many golfers do.

 

 

Sunday Two Person Scramble

Come out to beat the Mike/Tyson Team!

Sundays at 5 PM |  $15 per person

Price includes:

  • $3 that goes back for prizes
  • Top three teams get gift certificates.
  • The pot is split 50%, 30%, 20%  for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Come in to the pro shop or call to sign up – (727) 577-4847 

 We are going to have different formats each week :
  • June 17 – Standard Scramble
  • June 24 – Alternate Shot
  • July 1 – Standard Scramble
  • July 8 – Stableford
  • July 15 – Standard Scramble
  • July 22 – Better/Best Ball
  • July 29 – Standard Scramble (4 club)
  • August 5 – Shamble
  • August 12 – Standard Scramble
  • August 19 – Alternate Shot
  • August 26 – Standard Scramble
  • September 2 – Four Ball
  • September 9 – Standard Scramble (3 club)

All majors are noteworthy, but it sure feels like this year’s are especially monumental. Part of that is surely due to the return of Tiger Woods (more on this shortly) and the level at which golf is being played across the board right now. The top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings is an embarrassment of riches that includes, by my count, 13 golfers who are either already locks for the hall of fame or on the trajectory towards it. That’s insane.

It also leads to an abundance of storylines for the second major of the season. U.S. Opens are often known for their courses, but the prevailing theory this time around is that the course (which you can read about here) is going to play a secondary role to the players. Hopefully that’s the case after three straight years of consternation. Here are nine storylines to keep an eye on ahead of this year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock.

1. Lefty’s slam: The first two storylines are also the most obvious. Here’s my take on Phil Mickelson: I think he has two more real chances to touch off the Grand Slam. He turns 48 on Saturday and will be 49 next year at Pebble Beach. After that, it’s Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, The Country Club and Los Angeles Country Club. Could Mickelson win a U.S. Open on one of those courses at age 50 or beyond? Sure, he could, but I think his last best chances are this year and next. That’s not exactly a hot take, but it’s worth noting, especially given the fact that his last two appearances at Shinnecock have both been top-five finishes.

2. Tiger’s last decade: This is my sixth year covering golf but just my third U.S. Open with Tiger Woods playing. He has been in the field just three times since 2010 and doesn’t have a top 20 finish. Still, he’s been splendid so far in his most recent comeback. He’s top 10 in strokes gained tee to green (within the range of players I expect to win this event) and obviously knows how to win U.S. Opens, which he last did 10 years ago. How much money could you have won by betting against Woods winning a major in the 10 years following that splendid one at Torrey Pines? For Tiger to get his first victory in five years at this place, in this tournament, might be too much to ask. Even for him.

3. Fowler’s first? I wanted to pick Rickie Fowler this week. I really did. I picked him for the Masters, and he almost made good on it. I couldn’t pull the trigger because Dustin Johnson might be playing chess to Fowler’s (and everyone else’s) checkers, but his quest as one of the handful of big time players without a major is fascinating.

The good news for Fowler is that this is a course that rewards patience and level-headedness, and maybe nobody on the PGA Tour is more patient and level-headed (at this talent level). He lacked the giddy-up he needed last year at Erin Hills after a crazy good first round. If he repeats those first round heroics in 2018, he can defend his way to major No. 1, and what a place to get it. Also, he has the best average finish (5.7) of any golfer over the last five U.S. Opens with at least three cuts made.

4. Spieth’s (so-called) struggles: Everything is relative, especially when you get into the range of top five players in the world. Jordan Spieth is No. 4 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained from tee to green. This is good. It’s in the class of players who could win this golf tournament. But he’s also not finished in the top 20 in any of his five events since the Masters and currently ranks No. 190 (!) in strokes gained putting. Cause for concern? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s certainly a massive talking point heading into the second major of the year. On the flip side, there’s this.

5. J.T. was the quietest No. 1: Justin Thomas was poised to enter this event as the seventh No. 1-ranked player in the world in the last seven years. Then Johnson torched the FedEx St. Jude Classic field for win No. 18 and took it back from him. Still, it feels like Thomas is flying in a little bit under the radar. I don’t know if he’s going to win this week, but it would definitely concern me if I’m in this field that one of the top two players in the world (who has somehow followed his elite 2017 year with one that’s nearly as impressive — if not more so — in 2018) isn’t really being talked about.

6. D.J.’s crown jewels: The No. 1 player in the world (again) is coming off a masterpiece at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Aside: You have to hole out your final shot of the tournament for a six-stroke win over Andrew Putnam to be considered a masterpiece. Now, he has a chance to win two U.S. Opens in three years and add Shinnecock to his embarrassing array of conquered courses: Riviera, Pebble Beach, Oakmont, Cog Hill, Doral, Crooked Stick.

Shinnecock’s variety is unparalleled in the United States. It requires every club and shot in a professional’s arsenal. Shinnecock is a course that won’t favor a particular style of play. It has enough width to allow the shorter player to use accuracy while not taking the driver out of the long player’s hands. The green complexes’ rolled-over edges and short grass surrounds create a razor thin margin of error.

The undulating fairways will produce a bevy of uneven lies that, coupled with ever-changing wind directions, will make it excruciating to control distances. A shot one yard from perfect can mercilessly tumble 30 yards away. The severe nature of the slopes of the greens will test a player’s touch and also command respect and thoughtful approach play. Shinnecock Hills will expose any and all flaws in a player’s game. It’s the finest major championship venue in the game because it asks the widest variety of questions to players. Shinnecock Hills will crown the week’s most well-rounded and skilled golfer.

7. Reed’s follow-up: Hey guys, remember me? The aftermath of Patrick Reed’s Masters win was about as quiet as it could have been given Reed’s age (27), nationality (American) and what could lay ahead of him (more majors). He flirted with contention last year at Erin Hills, and he could certainly do so again this year at Shinnecock. Can you imagine Reed holding a press conference at Carnoustie in a month with a pair of majors under his American flag-themed belt?

8. Ryder Cup implications: Such is the setup for Ryder Cup points that an American golfer can rise from deep in the rankings, win a major and catapult himself onto the team. These events provide so many Ryder Cup points that it would be nearly impossible for somebody like Jimmy Walker (15th), Luke List (20th) or Billy Horschel (23rd) to not make the team following a U.S. Open win. Keep that in mind when you’re staring at a third-round leaderboard that looks like our 2017 third-round leaderboard.

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9. Rory’s aggregation: Take any non-Tiger, non-Phil collection of three random golfers at the top of the world rankings, and it’s a pretty decent bet that Rory McIlroy has more majors than those three golfers combined. For example: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day (average world ranking: 12, combined majors: three). Or, say Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama (average world ranking: 4.3, combined majors: two). It’s really startling to think about the fact that, despite all the criticism he’s received and opining about gym work and putter woes, McIlroy still has four of these things. If he can add another U.S. Open, especially at a place like Shinnecock, especially before the age of 30, his status as an all-time legend will only grow.

Source: CBS Sports

Golf Scorecard

Warm beautiful weather brought many golfers out to the course this weekend.  The results are in for the WEEKEND SCRAMBLES:

Saturday 5-person scramble starts at 7:30 this time of year.  This format is a traditional scramble

1st Place  – Stuart, Rex, Frank, Dick, & Bob at -14

2nd Place  – Kenzie, Bama, Angie, & Jess   -11

3rd Place – John, Jerry, Wayne, Clem, & Whit   -9

Closest to the Pin was Team 4 :  Team 4 -Jim Dunham’s Team

Sunday 2 – Person Scramble.

Last week it was called the 2-Man scramble.  We give congratulations and gratitude for the three women who played this week thus allowing us to call it once again the 2-Person Scramble.

This week’s format was a SHAMBLE – not because of my golf swing per se.  Mike Summers found out this format and we gave it a whirl.  Everyone hit’s a their own drive.  The team picks the best drive to play.  Every team member then plays their own ball to finish the hole.  The best individual score is then chosen for that hole.  It made your strategy on the par 3’s similar to a regular scramble however the par 4’s and 5’s were more similar to playing stroke.  All in all a fun way to play.  But isn’t it always fun as long as your playing?

At least I though so until I missed that 3 foot birdie putt.

The scores:

1st Place – Rick May & Joe Jenkins at -2

2nd Place – Steve Bevins and Stu Hoff +1

3rd Place  – AJ Mangini and Phyllis Clark +5

Closest to the Pin on #17 was – Joe Jenkins – your golf balls are behind the counter with your name on them.

Everyone else’s winnings have been credited to their CLUB CREDIT accounts.

 

Don’t forget Father’s Day is right around the corner.  Everybody Rides for the Walking price all day on Father’s Day.  We also have several golf specials available at our online store,  click here  www.mainlandsgolf.com/onlinestore

Until next week fellow golfers . . .