Through Fresh Eyes and a Couple Gear Notes

Often when we see something spectacular over and over again we lose the sense of how it made us feel that very first time we were exposed to it. That is true when it comes to golf courses as well.

I had the opportunity yesterday to tour media colleague Rick Young of Score Golf Magazine around the Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course near Gananoque, Ontario. Watching Rick see the stunning property for the first time reminded me of the excitement I had when I first made a visit. The course has quickly grown to a favorite in the region having won the 2009 Flagstick Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Public Golf Course with a green fee over $40. Observing Rick’s face as we moved from hole to hole reaffirmed why it is so worthy of the award.

Hopefully Rick, as the current President of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, will share his delight and help make more people aware of how many great golf experiences are available in Eastern Ontario.

On an equipment note major golf shaft manufacturer True Temper has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection according to wire reports. Just over a year ago an insider in the golf shaft industry pointed me towards True Temper’s financial statements and their mounting debts. The possibility of this filing has been looming for quite some time and it looks like a huge decline in sales has prompted it. We’ll see how and if they are able to restructure and the impact it might have on supply for the golf industry. Will it be a boon to other shaft manufacturers looking for stability in their supply chain? Only time will tell.

And for TaylorMade fans out there you just might see another new driver on it’s way to add to the R9 family. I was privy to some images the other day of a R9 460 driver with Flight Control Technology AND 2 weight posts – an advancement of the current R9 460 model. I expect official confirmation of this club will come sooner rather than later.