Petco Park To Convert To 9-Hole Par-3 Course

Friday, October 16, 2015
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Looking to increase some off-season revenue, the San Diego Padres and the city will combine withe Callaway to convert the outfield to a par-3 course.

I think it’s a genius marketing move for all parties. It’s a cool venue and I’m sure casual and avid golfers will take advantage of the experience–although the price appears a bit hefty. Yet, I think many will still give it a go at least once.

The Links at Petco Park will begin on a putting green in the home dugout. Golfers will move to the ballpark’s upper deck for Nos. 2-5, where they will hit shots onto the field from various locations. The sixth will tee off on the field near the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner before golfers move to the batter’s eye in center field for No. 7. The eighth hole will be an artificial putting green in the bullpen. The final hole will be on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building.

Prices are $100 for twosomes and $200 for foursomes. Callaway will provide clubs and balls.

Wonder if the Cowboys and Rangers will grab onto the trend…


The American Lawn Needs to Die

Lawn care is just the worst.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 10 days ago

My first inkling that America’s lawn obsession might not be terribly healthy came around 1995. We’d just moved into a new house in Far North Dallas, and 10- or 11-year-old me decided that the next-door neighbor’s lawn — green and smooth and as flawless as a golf-course fairway with manicured grass to cushion falls — was the perfect spot for football. The neighbor, a hard-nosed high school track coach, promptly ran us off and upbraided my father for letting me trespass. This struck me as backward. What good was such cushiony grass if not for play?

At the time, I chalked this up to my neighbor being an uptight jerk, an assessment I stand by. But that explanation is incomplete in that it overlooks the bigger picture: Lawns are awful.

This conclusion is admittedly self-serving. Two years ago, in one of those compromises a married person with two small children and two large dogs sometimes has to make, I agreed to swap our cramped apartment just south of White Rock Lake for a three-bedroom house in Richardson, but I was decidedly unenthusiastic about once again having a yard. Since then, I’ve waged a half-intentional campaign of aggressive neglect. We haven’t watered since we’ve been there. I own a lawnmower, but it’s one of those human-powered reel contraptions and it’s no match for the shin-high bluestem that seems to spring up overnight. Sometimes I borrow a gas mower from my fall-prone, 70-something-year-old neighbor, but between work and kids, this can be infrequent. The other day, I peeked outside the window and found that 70-something neighbor had taken it upon himself to mow our front yard. It’s not something I’m proud of, but my wife and I figured it’d be best to retreat quietly from the windows. We wouldn’t want to startle him and make him fall.

But the awfulness of lawns is something close to an objective fact. Maintaining them is time-consuming and expensive. They suck up ungodly amounts of water. When it rains, their fertilizer-heavy runoff pollutes waterways. They pit neighbor against neighbor’s kids. They are decadent and unsustainable totems of middle-class prosperity.

For several centuries, lawns were the exclusive purview of very rich Europeans, people who were wealthy enough to keep large swaths of land out of productive cultivation and afford the labor required to keep the grass neatly scythed. European-style lawns began to take root in America in the mid-1800s after Andrew Jackson Downing recommended expanses of “grass mown into a softness like velvet” as part of a popular gardening treatise he published in 1841. His ideas were later incorporated into the broad lawns of New York’s Central Park and lush, pre-automobile suburbs like Riverside, Illinois, which were aped in subsequent decades by the developers of less exclusive suburbs. “No single feature of a suburban residential community contributes as much to the charm and beauty of the individual home and the locality as well-kept lawns,” declared Abraham Levitt, whose name would become synonymous with the post-war explosion of inexpensive, mass-produced suburbs. In post-war America, lawns became a standard feature of the single-family home.

The cumulative size of lawns is vast. By acreage, turf grass is the largest irrigated crop in America, according to a decade-old NASA estimate, covering three times the area devoted to corn. Clumped together, it would more than cover the state of Mississippi.

Lawns are clustered in cities and suburbs.

Since the non-native grasses that compose most lawns can’t be kept green with rainfall alone, and because water and sunlight make the plant grow, lawns require intensive intervention, sucking up a total of about 9 billion gallons of water per day in aggregate and costing  the average homeowners about 70 hours of labor per year. Lawns tend to be punishing for the environment as well. In addition to the ecological effects of runoff, which can overwhelm water bodies with excess levels of nitrogen and phosphorous, there’s the act of lawn-mowing itself. According to National Geographic, one hour running a gas mower can pollute as much as driving a car for four hours.

Lawns are particularly troublesome in arid cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas, where it’s a challenge to find enough water for people to drink, much less keep a bunch of ornamental grass verdant. The water crunch in a place like Dallas is less acute, but the principles at play are the same. There isn’t nearly enough available water to sustain the population long-term without intensive conservation efforts or massive infrastructure investment. North Texans remain attached to their lawns, though recent price hikes for water may spur many to reassess the value of a green yard.

There really aren’t that many good reasons for lawns. Responding to a Wonkblog piece describing lawns (accurately) as a “soul-crushing time suck,” Turf magazine editor Ron Hall critiques the author for failing to mention “the economic value that nicely maintained lawns add to properties. It doesn’t hint at the good will and sense of civility lawns engender in our neighborhoods. But, the biggest omission in the piece is its failure to mention the well-documented environmental pluses lawns contribute to our communities — capturing dust, their cooling effect, reducing runoff, etc.”

But nicely maintained lawns only boost property values and engender civility because that’s what decades of increasing suburbanization has led people to expect, not because of some virtue inherent to a well-tended piece of grass. On the latter point, whatever environmental pluses are associated with the typical American lawn would be matched by yards of native plants and grasses without most of the damaging effects.

Lawns aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. They are effectively part of North Texas’ infrastructure, there for however long the house it surrounds stands. But at the very least people can water a little less, rely on native plants a little bit more. If one simply must have the perfect golf-course lawn, at least let some kids play on it. Finally, if you see a lawn that’s a bit overgrown or rough around the edges, don’t call code enforcement; congratulate the neighbor on taking a principled stand with their forward-thinking mowing and irrigation policies.



Spieth’s Caddie Greller Would’ve Finished 39th On Tour Money list

Spieth’s Caddie Greller Would’ve Finished 39th On Tour Money list

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Sometimes life shines upon you. Like, maybe you were a high school math teacher bringing in about $50,000 before a chance hookup with a promising pro golfer. And then, the pro goes crazy winning events and pocketing mountains of loot.

Michael Greller no doubt sits back at times and wonders how he won the caddie lottery. I know I would…

Anyway, outlines what Greller earned this year given the typical payouts by their bosses.

  • The Open Championship: T4, earned $460,377
  • WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: T10, earned $149,500
  • PGA Championship: 2nd, earned $1,080,000
  • The Barclays: CUT
  • Deutsche Bank Championship: CUT
  • BMW Championship: T13, earned $173,250
  • Tour Championship: 1st, earned $1,485,000 + $10 million FedEx Cup bonus

Assuming Greller earned the typical tip, he brought home $1,275,453 in just those last five events where he would be receiving a payout. Add that to his previous earnings up to the Open Championship, and he’s brought in a cool $2.14 million this year. 

That would put him 39th on the Tour money list between Russell Henley and ahead of Phil Mickelson. He definitely had a better year than either player.


50 Things You Need To Know About Artificial Grass

50 Things You Need to Know About Artificial Grass:

 The Many Shapes of Synthetic Grass Blades:

Synthetic grass can be created with so many different colors and various blade heights, however, within the extrusion process, much like the way you would squeeze out playdough with different shapes, there are several types of synthetic grass blade shapes. Each of these blade shapes serves a different purpose and creates a different affect for your lawn.

Turfs that have oval shaped fibers are commonly found in many different landscape installations. These fibers feel soft to the touch while still maintaining durability.

Synthetic turf that features a diamond de-lustered shape maintains a soft but sturdier feel. It works ideally as a landscape grass for commercial and residential areas.

Shaped like the letter ‘V,’ the Vista blade creates a more durable and strong feel and allows for the turf, as a whole, to have stronger durability.

The 3D ‘W’ fiber is a strong fiber that can withstand large amounts of pressure and helps the turf, as a whole, bounce back to its original state. The blade offers multiple support points which allows for greater durability and a “memory” effect. The turf will bounce back to its original state, despite the surface weight.

The Flattened Oval with Spine turf fiber gives turf a realistic appearance and creates a stronger blade core.

The omega blade shape can be found most often in pet turfs as well as shorter pile heights.

The Mini C-shaped blade gives the turf a natural look and helps the synthetic grass feel soft to the touch. This blade shape can be applied on any installation, however, it is most commonly found on residential and commercial property landscapes.

Shaped like the letter ‘W,’ the Mini “W” blade shape creates higher durability, as a whole. Used widely for areas with high foot traffic, the Mini W blade is ideal for any playgrounds, sports field or landscape.

The “M” shaped blade creates more durability making the turf ideal for heavy foot traffic. Used primarily for areas that experience high amounts of foot traffic, the “M” blade is great for landscapes with high amounts of foot traffic.

Spieth Responds To Reactions Of Two Straight Missed Cuts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015



Jordan Spieth
has obviously enjoyed one of the best years ever on the PGA Tour (when taking the major wins and close 2nds into account). Yet, with fame comes the counterpoints when your game suddenly goes south.

At the BMW Championship presser yesterday, Spieth confided his thoughts on how it feels to receive the inevitable immediate backlash after missing two straight cuts (transcribed).

Because the game is so difficult–your game can swiftly come and go–it’s wise of him to put all this in perspective moving forward–because it’s going to happen again.

“Everyone has their opinions, and the hardest thing for me to do is to not react to that and just to say, you know what, two weeks ago everyone said, ‘you’re the best there is, you’re the best in the world, you’re awesome, man,’ not a bad thing said, and then Jason wins — Jason is the best in the world, man, he’s awesome.

“And then Rickie wins. Rickie wasn’t even what you guys were talking about. You guys were talking about me, Rory and Jason. Rickie wins, and all of a sudden people are coming out of their igloos and they’re saying, man, that’s my guy. He’s the best in the world. It’s just what can you do for me now.”

“I’m not aware of the specifics on what Joe sitting on his couch in Montana thinks about my golf game, but I am aware what people thought–it just seems like it’s interesting how it’s a what have you done for me now kind of–when the spotlight is on. I’m that way with sports teams, so why can’t people be that way with me?” 

“The more I can smile and laugh about that and the fact that people are just about — you have true fans, there’s no doubt, and I love true fans and I’m happy to take any bandwagon fans there are for me. It’s just interesting from our point of view seeing what’s published, I guess. You just have to keep your head down, stay focused, and try to be that guy that people are talking about the next week.”

He did good naturedly joke about his missed cuts though as there’s no cut for the BMW this week.

“I’m happy to be checking into my hotel, and when they ask what day I’m checking out, I can say, ‘I’m checking out on Sunday.”



Best Backyard Golf Holes – Golf Digest

How does short-game guru Dave Pelz keep his own short-game sharp? With an incredible backyard golf practice facility at his home in the Austin, Tex., area. A couple of those greens should look familiar. One is a replica of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass (top) and the other is a copy of No. 12 at Augusta National (left).

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A mansion on the market in British Columbia, Canada, has a putting green practice area with a multi-tiered green and bunker. The view isn’t bad, either.

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit three home runs in four innings during an August 2012 game against the Baltimore Orioles. But that’s not nearly as impressive as his 16,600-square-foot house in Bradbury, CA, he just sold for $17 million. And that doesn’t even include the lovely golf green practice facility seen above.

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Phil Mickelson has kept that flop shot sharp through the years with this short-game putting green setup behind his Rancho Santa Fe home. But in 2012, the five-time major champion put this luxury estate on the market. The asking price? $7.095 million.

Putting Greens Dallas Texas


Someday John Smoltz will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his ability to pitch. Until then, he can pass the time practicing his golf game in the backyard of his Ball Ground, Ga., home that features nine different tees and three greens.

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The backyard practice putting green of Matt Keller in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Spieth Misses 2nd Straight Cut For 1st Time As A Pro


Jordan Spieth was absolute money before the FedEx Cup playoffs, posting more wins than MCs. He had a ridiculous lead in money rankings and FedEx points.

However, call it exhaustion after a long stellar season. Or label it as the utter frustration that golf imparts, as when you cruise nicely on autopilot–until you don’t. That said, Spieth sounds definitely bewildered at his recent performances.

Spieth curiously changed irons before missing the first cut at the Barclays. He then switched back but it didn’t help. But his current struggles involve driver, wedges and putting greens. In fact, the widely acknowledged best putter Spieth was ranked 99th (Rory McIlroy was last) in Strokes Gained: Putting after two rounds at the Deutsche Bank.

His 73 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship gave him a 2nd straight missed cut–the first time Spieth has done so on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve done a lot of things positively this year,” Spieth said. “This is something I’ve never done that’s negative. Whatever is going on, normally my mental game is a strength of mine. And it’s something I feel like I have an advantage over other players on. These past two weeks it was a weakness for me. And I’ve just got to go back and reassess how to remain positive.”

Spieth calls it “self-talk,” and what he seems to be hearing is not what he heard during his fantastic run earlier in the year.

“Sometimes it happens over the course of five holes, sometimes it happens over nine holes,” Spieth said of the negative thoughts. “And the good news is that it can flip the other way very quickly. And that’s what I’m taking out of this.”

“I need to walk with some cockiness in my step these next two tournaments,” Spieth said. “That’s going to be a big stage. I don’t think I have to fix much in my game other than really work hard on my putting into Conway and then mentally I can control that.”

Crazy silver lining: Spieth regained his #1 World Ranking even with the two MCs. That is until Friday, when McIlroy leapfrogs his young counterpart. As always with the OWGR, go figure…


Highland Park Will Be Having None of Your Tacky Artificial Grass, Thank You

Highland Park’s city council has decided to ban fake plastic grass from the town’s front yards, a scourge which according to one city official has overtaken at least three (3) properties.

The Morning News reports that council members voted on the new ordinance on Monday. Artificial turf will still be allowed in “side yards and back yards,” though, provided that you obtain a special permit and keep the stuff out of sight.

Andrew Barr, a city council member, told the DMN after the vote that fake grass is “not in keeping with the design and quality of design we want to have in our town.” He added that the decision was made to “address this before it affects the neighbors and the general public.”

Barr also told the paper he’s concerned about increasing “non-permeable surfaces,” which could potentially impact the storm water system, he says. A five-second Google search for “permeable fake grass” turns up any number of fake turf companies that bill their faux-grass as being “100 percent permeable.” Thrillingly, we also discovered that there is an entire Association of Synthetic Grass Installers.

Highland Park development services manager Kirk Smith was quoted in the DMN article as saying there were three properties with artificial grass in town. Only three, really?

“No,” Smith told us just now, a little testily. “I said approximately three.”

Smith also objected strongly to our referring to the new ordinance as a “ban.”

“It’s not banned in the town,” he said. “There are just provisions on where it can and can’t be on the property. It can still be in the side and rear yards.”

Smith said that “inquiries have been received for the last few years” from artificial grass-installers eager to install their artificial grass throughout Highland Park. That, he said, spurred staff discussions on regulating it.

Unlike council member Barr, Smith said, “runoff wasn’t one of the considerations” city staff considered in making their recommendation. They also considered the upsides of fake grass, he said: “The proponent is irrigation water that doesn’t have to be put on the yard, so you’ve got water conservation.”

But ultimately, he added, the decision was made to limit the grass to side and backyards. Why?

“I don’t have an opinion on that,” Smith replied. “I don’t have a direct answer for that. That’s going to be our council’s decisions on where they wanted to see it and didn’t want to see it.”

Although there are approximately three fake grass-havers in town, Smith said, “I don’t know that any exists in the front yards.” If so, he said, “They’re grandfathered in. There’s no provision in the ordinance to make them remove any that’s already installed.”

Highland Park isn’t the first town to ban plastic grass. That honor seemingly belongs to Glendale, California, who outlawed turf in November of last year, citing the “plastic and chemicals” used (but like HP, they still allow it in backyards, where plastic and chemicals don’t count). City officials said they’d press criminal charges against anybody who refused to replace their plastic lawns; in late July, one stubborn holdout was reportedly “two weeks away” from having a case filed against him in L.A. County Superior Court.

Incidentally, if you’re in Highland Park looking for the other kind of fake grass, that’s still illegal too. Without asking them directly, we feel absolutely confident that Highland Park officials would advise you to just go straight for the real thing.

Is Bypassing College To Turn Tour Pro A Prudent Choice?

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The road to riches and fame is alluring but also a precarious rocky road. In golf, there are no guarantees (outside of some promised sponsor exemptions) as you have to earn your way to the Big Show via mathematical reality.

18-year-old Austin Connelly from Irving, Texas carries dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada. He was on the Golf Canada Natioanl Amateur squad and is exempt from the pre-qualifying stages for its Q-School via making two cuts this year on the PGA Tour.

Committed to the University of Arkansas, Connelly then asked several Tour players–including Jordan Spieth–about their thoughts on going pro immediately.

The result? Goodbye Arkansas. Hello, Mackenzie Tour’s PGA TOUR Canada’s Great Waterway Classic. Anyone heard of the Mackenzie Tour? I surely did not.

Oh, and he coincidentally signed with Spieth’s management company Lagardère Unlimited.

“I knew my path was not going to be by the traditional route. I felt it was time to be a full-time golfer,” Connelly explained. “I feel like my game is already good enough to be out here, it’s just a matter of taking advantage of opportunities.”

He lost in the first round of the U.S. Amateur last week, but said if he had made it to the finals, he would have stayed an amateur in order to participate in the Masters.

“That’s too good an opportunity to pass up,” he said.

“At some of the amateur events, you find yourself bored. It’s such an incredible atmosphere on TOUR and on the amateur circuit sometimes you’re not playing in front of anybody, even though you’re playing these incredible course,” Connelly said. “Once you get a taste of the TOUR, that’s where you want to be.”

There are certainly successful examples of young bucks going pro and bypassing college. The 2014 Euro Ryder Cup team had only one player attend college (Graeme McDowell). But that Tour is far chummier than its PGA Tour counterpart. The competition isn’t as stout either. Danny Lee learned over on the Asian Tour.

Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods at least attended college for a bit. Have fun. Be a kid. And if you consistently beat the other college golfers, then go pro. Which makes you wonder what Jordan suggested to Connelly.

Austin Connelly is a good kid from a great family. And sure, the lure of the Tour is strong and intoxicating. But, there’s plenty of time for him to mature a bit before swimming with the professional sharks. Ty Tryon is the leading example of why you shouldn’t rush it when he infamously attempted to (while receiving millions in endoresments) gain Tour status before burning out in quick fashion.

Hopefully, this kid made the right decision.


Written by Rick Arnett, posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015

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