Monday, May 30, 2011

Famous Golf Holes

In the game of golf there are a few famous holes. They have become famous as notable holes on championship golf courses such as Augusta and St Andrews. Or alternatively, simply because of their excellent design and setting. So, here are a few the famous golf holes in the game.

Pebble Beach No 7: 106 yards

Pebble Beach is a fine golf course set alongside the Pacific Ocean. As such, there are a few notable holes on the golf course. However, one of the most famous is this short par 3 golf hole. It may be a short hole, but it is not an easy one. For this hole plays out into the Pacific, and with the prevailing winds can seem a good deal longer. It has been said that golfers sometimes use mid-irons to reach the green. In addition to this, golfers that over-hit will not find their ball! With two large bunkers on the left and right side it is important to make the green.

St Andrews Old Course No 17: 455 yards

The St Andrews Old Course is one that is steeped in history. As a championship course that has staged the UK Open, one of its more famous holes is the 17th hole, called the 'road hole'. The 17th hole at St Andrews has been a pitfall for golfers in pursuit of the Claret Jug. Overall, for length it is a long par 4 hole, and it is something of a golfing relic. The hole also has some very deep bunkers such as the road hole bunker on the left side of the fairway.

Augusta National No 12: 155 yards

This par 3 hole is perhaps one of the most notable par 3 holes of the Augusta golf course, and therefore the Master's golf championship. Located on Amen Corner, the hole has a green that is protected by Rae's Creek where a misplaced tee shot can land. The green also has numerous bunkers surrounding the green. In addition to this, the hole includes Ben Hogan's bridge which crosses over the creek.

So, these are just five famous golf holes in the sport of golf. Holes such as the 17th at the Old Course, and the 12th and 7th holes of Augusta and Pebble Beach. They are great golf holes.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Longest Golf Hole in the United States

The United States has some long golf courses, and most of the holes on these courses go up to 500-600 yards. However, as courses and holes have expanded, now par 6 holes are being included on some golf courses. These are usually reserved for holes that are seemingly too long to be par 5s.

The longest golf hole in the United States is indeed a par 6. This golf hole is the 12 hole at the Meadows Farm golf course. This hole is 841 yards in length which makes it the longest golf hole in the United States. As this hole is also included in the Guiness Book of Records as the longest American golf hole, Guiness have confirmed this as a record. As such, it is also one of the longest golf holes in the world.

At 841 yards long this hole is actually the equivalent of two 420 yard holes which is an average for par 4 holes. Given this, it seems that this hole should be more like a par 8 hole than a par 6! I doubt that many golfers would be able to par this hole. At any rate, If new golf club designs continue to make further distances possible then par 6 holes will surely become more prevalent at golf courses.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Golf Desktop Wallpaper

There are a few websites that include a variety of golf wallpaper for desktops. Here are a few sites worth browsing for golf wallpaper.

The first worth noting is that of Golf Select. The website includes a number of pages with golf course desktop wallpaper. In addition to this, it has a handy text search box if you are searching for desktop wallpaper for a specific golf course.

In addition to this, DesktopNexus is another good website which includes a few pages of golf wallpaper. This includes a range of golf wallpaper, and some famous holes such as the 7th at Pebble Beach and Rae's Creek at the 12th Augusta hole.

Finally, this sport desktop wallpaper website also has a variety of golf wallpaper. There are nine pages of golf wallpaper here including both animation and photography.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Chip shot golf video

For some further golf tips on the short game, here is a short chip shot golf tutorial. The tutorial is provided by an IMG Leadbitter Golf Academy tutor.

So, to summarize some of the key points:

7 or 9 Iron club selection
Ball inside of back foot
Grip like putter
Strike down on ball

What could also have been noted would be to put most of the weight on the left foot. In addition to this, if your ball has landed in the rough around the green then the wedges will most likely get the ball out with minimum roll on the green.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

On-line Golf games

For a bit of golfing action off the golf course there are a variety of on-line golf games at various websites. Here are a few that are certainly worth noting.

Supreme Golf:

Supreme Golf is an on-line golf game that has some good graphics & some audio effects. The game includes a full 18 hole golf course, and has a third person perspective like most golf games on the various console formats. Although the targeting options are a little limited, and the golf bag does not include a sand wedge, aside from this Supreme Golf is one of the better on-line golf games.

Stroke it Lucky:

Among some of the highlights of the BBC website is the Stroke it Lucky flash game. This golf game provides a more birds-eye view of each hole, and three opponents to select from. Although the club selection is limited to only six clubs, with a driver, 3 wood, 6 wood, 9 iron, putter, and wedge this is a reasonable range of clubs.

World Golf Tour:

Quite possibly the best on-line golf game around is that of the multi-player World Golf Tour. This golf game takes advantage of 3D photorealistic georeferencing technology, and includes text chatting options as well. In addition to this, the game is also based on a variety of real-life golf courses such as Bethpage Black, Kiawah Island Ocean Course, and St Andrews Old Course. The best bit is that World Golf Tour has free registration, and for this a password and e-mail address need to be provided.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour On-line:

This is the on-line version of the Tiger Wood golf games, and so has some of the most advanced 3D effects of any on-line alternative. No download is required, and you can sign up at the at website and select from either a monthly or yearly subscription package. Alternatively, if you choose neither you can still play a few rounds a day. Micro-transaction points can be gained, and are required to play on the variety of courses. Overall, there are a number of famous courses included such as Bethpage and the TPC at Sawgrass.

These are just a few great on-line golf games. For further details select the links provided here.