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Golf Card International is proud to announce the new Handicap System is finally in place. When you login to your account, you will notice some changes. You can still access your old handicap card, but moving forward you will have to input your scores into our new system. It is much easier to use and all courses have been loaded with their slope/rating/par. You only have to select the course (with auto-fill as you type), then enter the date, tee played and score.
We are also proud to announce that if you have a twosome membership, both players now have the ability to create a handicap. If a course is not in our system, simply click the "Course not listed?" link and let us know the course name, city and state and we will input their data within 24 hours.
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The new courses link on the menu bar has also been updated with some exciting new courses that are affiliates of Golf Card International. Check out this page for new and exciting courses being added daily.
Over the years, we have annually touted our strong contingent of Golf Card courses in the Myrtle Beach area. We have generally focused on the well-known and popular courses like King's North, Long Bay, Litchfield, Aberdeen, Wachesaw, Willbrook and The West Course at Myrtle Beach National. They are still great courses that you can play at fantastic Golf Card rates.
But South Carolina is also home to many other high-quality Golf Card courses at some incredibly attractive fees. Don't let their relative obscurity fool you -- these courses are very playable, enjoyable and well-maintained layouts that are worth a look.
Santee-Cooper Country Club (803) 854-2467 www.santeecoopergolf.com The sister course to Lake Marion, Santee-Cooper Country Club offers perhaps the most scenic round of golf in the area. Set amid majestic pines and native foliage, this well-conditioned layout will test every shot in your bag with its series of beautiful dogleg holes, strategic bunkering and challenging par 3's. You are certain to enjoy the magnificently designed risk-reward par 5's and the course's elevation changes. Santee-Cooper Country Club offers the best closing hole in Santee with a panoramic view of Lake Marion's sparkling waters. Golf Card fee: 25% off green fee (cart rental mandatory).
Golden Bear Golf Course (843) 689-2200 www.goldenbear-indigorun.com The Golden Bear Golf Club is a premier semi-private Hilton Head golf club that boasts 18 holes of world-class championship golf. Exclusively designed by Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear golf course features a top-rated layout, and has quickly garnered a reputation of being one of the most beautiful and challenging courses on an island full of top-flight designs. Ever-present water and sand keep play interesting, but never penalizing. Golf Card Member Fee: $89 = 45% discount
Black Bear Golf Course (843) 756-0550 www.classicgolfgroup.com Black Bear Golf Club is a classic parkland course completely engulfed by nature. The Beast, having recently sharpened its claws, may look intimidating with it’s 23 finger lakes, but the wide fairways and smooth Champion greens make it golf as it was meant to be… peaceful, beautiful and playable. Black Bear’s friendly staff eagerly awaits your visit. Come Tame the Beast !!! Golf Card Member Fee: Nov-Feb & May-Sep $46, Mar-Apr & Oct $50
Arcadian Shores Golf Course (843) 449-5217 www.arcadianshores.com Arcadian Shores combines the best of Mother Nature with the best elements of a modern golf layout. Arcadian offers enticing lakes, deviously placed bunkers, tree-lined Bermuda fairways and the distinctive contouring presents the ultimate golf challenges of man and nature. Lush Tifton Bermuda greens with 64 creatively-placed sand bunkers and natural lakes woven in and out of the fairways, make this Myrtle Beach golf course a challenge you will long remember. Golf Card Member Fee: 50% off green fee.
Pine Lake Country Club (864) 296-9960 www.pinelakes.com The Grandaddy is a throwback course. Its bunkers are not oddly-shaped amoebas. They have recognizable configurations and sizes. You see much more grass than sand as you play the course. The greens on the day that I played were magnificently tended and playing at the proper speed. They were quick, but not punitive. Pine Lakes does not apologize for its flat piece of terrain, nor does it attempt to move earth around to create a faux landscape. It offers solid golf with room to err, albeit less so as you approach the greens. Pine Lakes has many memorable holes, beginning with 2 and 3 and ending with the 14th, 17th and 18th. I did not eat in the grill, so I gave it a perfect rating. Golf Card Member Fee: Wkdys $22, wknds & hol $26.
Virtually every golf broadcaster I've heard is making a big deal about Tiger Woods' comeback and three victories this year. They have all fallen for Tiger's explanation that his new swing is finally starting to consistently perform and that Sean Foley is the new sultan of swing.
Sorry Tiger, that's a nice story, but numbers tell the real story. And that is you are winning because you are putting better -- plain and simple. It's never been a secret that Tiger Woods wins and dominates when his short game is on. Because when it's on, it's the best short game in the history of golf. Forget about everything else -- Tiger goes as Tiger putts. Here's all you need to know:
In 2013, Tiger is ranked 10th in putts per round; in 2012 he was 58th. In 2013, Tiger is No. 1 in Strokes Gained; in 2012, he was 35th. In 2013, he ranks 14th in One-Putt greens; in 2012 he was 38th. In 2013, he is No. 1 in Total Putting; in 2012, he was 28th.
Conversely, Tiger's ball-striking statistics in 2012 were far superior to what they are now: he was 6th in Total Driving, now he is 67th; he was 29th in Greens in regulation, now he's 75th; he was 55th in Driving Accuracy, now he's 142. He was 4th in Scrambling, now he's 87th. In fact, in every single non-putting category, Tiger was much better in 2012 than he is 2013.
Still he's already won three times and is projected for a year far exceeding 2012. Tiger will have you believe it's because of all the hard work he's put into transforming his swing. But that's just a self-fulfilling exercise. He is on top of the golf world once again for the same reason he ruled it throughout the late 90s and early 2000s -- he is putting better than anyone else. When his stroke is on and confidence high, Tiger Woods is the greatest putter the game has ever seen -- by far.
I'm not saying 2012 was an off year -- after all he won three times. But there were no majors, no Fed Ex Cup, no Ryder Cup -- nothing huge. And that's because he just didn't putt well enough. We can't say that's done anything monumental yet this year, but the thinking here is he will -- because of those putting statistics.
Situation: Andres Romero was penalized two strokes at The Puerto Rico Open for two separate violations involved with dropping a ball. Romero was taking a drop after hitting his tee shot into a water hazard. He correctly found a point two club lengths from where his ball entered the hazard to take his drop. That happened to be on a cart path. Again, he correctly dropped the ball on the cart path. (You must first take relief from the hazard and drop the ball on the cart path). The ball hit the path and rolled off of it no closer than the hole, within two-club lengths of where it hit the path and no longer obstructed by the path. It should have been in play. But Romero, not familiar with the Rules, picked the ball up and dropped again because he thought the first drop rolled closer to the hole and outside the two-club limit. Then, re-dropped yet again because his second (illegal drop) ended up on the cart path.
Rule: Romero was penalized first for touching a ball in play, then again for playing from the wrong place. All of Romero's troubles because he thought he was entitled to a re-drop the first time because the ball had rolled more than two club lengths from where it entered the hazard. He didn't know the rule for taking a drop from any situation states that you only re-drop if the ball rolls more than two club lengths from the point where it first hit the ground on the drop.
I watch the professionals on television and it seems there is some head movement from their address position through their backswing and into impact. I always try to keep my head perfectly still -- am I restricting myself?Hank Retter
Keeping your head perfectly still during the golf swing is not only impossible, but ineffective. It tends to restrict your shoulder turn on the backswing and your hip turn on the follow-through. All good players have some head movement in their swings, usually slightly swiveling to the right during the backswing and to the left on the follow-through. It's a natural, liberating movement that keeps the head aligned with the movement of the spine and allows the shoulders to turn. Players who concentrate on keeping their head still often develop tension in their swings and a reverse weight shift.
If you want to think about anything with your head, make sure its behind the ball at impact.
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