Bubbas’ don’t do Paris well!

Bubba Watson accepted $200,000 “appearance” fees to play in the French Open last week, then missed the cut and seemed to offend most people involved with the European event.  Of course he is entitled to his opinions, but once again he proved Bubba is fitting name for him, since Boo was already taken.

While I’m showing my age (and complaining) I wonder why Golf Channel’s ticker tape has been showing the July 7th Women’s US Open tee times for the past week?  Very confusing for we senior viewers.  In the Global Golf weekly “news”letter, out this morning. Lorne rementions Mike Weir’s course designing future.  I can’t see anything holding that up, other than the already excess number of golf properties.  A national program of 9-hole courses like France has proposed might be a good idea to get more people started playing here in Canada.

One last complaint.  Larry Olmstead is a very successful US golf  writer (Just ask him).  He also blogs for some large publications, I first read his USA TODAY pieces, and thought they were often topical, and informative.  Last week his blog for FORBES Magazine was about the ONE AND ONLY Resort in Nassau the Bahamas.   I worked there as Director of Golf late last century when it was part of Atlantis and before the Dick Wilson course was redone by Tom Weiskopf.  The owner, Sol Kersner, had asked Nicklaus and Gary Player to build the new course, both to their credit had recommended renovating  the brilliant Dick Wilson course.  Anyway, Olmstead really panned the resort and the operation of the golf course.  I forwarded his blog to some folk in the Bahamas who very quickly found out Olmstead had indeed stayed there, TEN YEARS AGO.  He wrote the blog last week and failed to say that his info was ten years old and that he had visited when the OCEAN CLUB was being converted to the One and Only Club, and Troon Golf was operating the new course.   Anyway,  I don’t think it’s appropriate that such a nasty piece of reporting should occcur as if it is based on something current.  The Bahamas doesn’t need bad press, and neither does golf “journalism”.  

And on a good note, on Friday I visited the ATB Financial Classic Canadian Tour event here in Calgary at Bear’s Paw Country Club.   The fine course (Wib Lamb is the Pro, left Summit to come here in 1979, which makes him “almost” a local) is an equity private club just on the NW edge of Calgary.   A seemingly very well run event, 155 pros and one proette, Izzy Beisiegel, from Broken Arrow Oklahoma.  The winner was from the hot bed of golf, Chile.  It was good to see so many Canadian companies supporting Canadian golf at the professional level, too bad there weren’t more spectators (they were probably playing golf as this was the first great weather of the season).   Speaking of the Canadian Tour, whatever happened to the Ontario Open?   Am I the last generation who aspired to playing in their provincial open championship?  I’m ancient.

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Gary Slatter

Venerable Canadian golf pro Gary Slatter discusses his opinions on the state of golf, golf course design and construction, teaching and more, based on a lifetime in the business.

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