Maintaining a Golf Course

February 9, 2014 by steve

Of the many sports today, golf is definitely one of the most promising. It has a laid-back type of game play, which allures many into trying out the sport. The green pastures on its course certainly contribute to the sport’s popularity. Among all the other sports, the said sport offers a very wide and huge “court” with nature inclined to its offerings.


Golfers tend to feel a sense of relaxation due to the calmness of the whole play and its surroundings. A course appears as good as it is due to proper maintenance which must be meticulously observed dealing with the greeneries.


A golf course superintendent (GCS) is primarily responsible for professionally managing all the resources on hand in order to provide care and maintenance to the turfgrass and scenery grounds on the course.


As associated with their job, they are sometimes referred to as “greenkeepers” or turf managers. GCSs cautiously deal with the weather, environment and all other factors which might influence the landscapes. Some may compare their jobs in gardening, but what they do is way more complicated than that or a simple gardener.


There is a science-based method behind the turfgrass and it requires complex steps and pass right through the whole year to maintain its appeal. These greenkeepers must have much knowledge of environmental science, chemistry, plant pathology and entomology.


The GCSAA officially certifies turf managers. In order to qualify for the certification program, factors related to education and others are considered. Once their application is deemed eligible, he or she must provide a collection of job examples, case studies and ability statements which must all be approved by two obtainable CGCS.


A thorough closed book exam must then be submitted along with the portfolio. Lastly, the superintendent’s current facility is checked and must be approved by two Certified Superintendents. Once certified, supervisors are required to attend courses and service activities related to their future tasks in course protection. They must be well-prepared for their tasks ahead.


A fairway maintains its tranquil ambience due to appropriate handling. The whole process of maintaining that much space and greeneries is considered a craft. Maintenance of the pastures is more than just watering the grass. It entails a lot of study and efforts to make sure the grounds are perfect for golfing. Little do people know about GCS, but without them, a game of golf is nearly impossible. They study their tasks specifically and look for the most efficient ways to preserve the health of the pasture. It would be safe to say that these superintendents are much like environmental stewards as they help maintain nature with their skills.


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How to Play Golf the Pro Way

January 19, 2014 by steve

It is said that the fastest way to learn is to learn from the experts. In every sport, profession, hobby or way of life, people go through what is called a “Learning Curve”. This Curve is often a stage of trial and error, of learning what works and what doesn’t. If one does not have the patience or has the tenacity to continue, one can give up all too easily. One must be coached, mentored and guided.


Are you itching to amp up your game and skills? This article serves to be a guide to help people take their game of Golf to the next step.


Here are 7 steps to improve the quality of one’s skills from fair-to-middling to almost playing like a pro Golf player.


1. Consistency is key in pre-shots


    • Expert and Professional Golfers have the ability to focus on one goal: making a hole in one. That means that they block all distractions that would deter them from their goal. One of the ways that they do that is that they develop a pre-shot routine that works like clockwork so that they wouldn’t be bothered with small things that don’t need much focus and attention.


2. Purposeful Practice


  • Don’t just swing and club the ball. Have a purpose in mind and don’t just “play around” when playing the game: it could be mastering a technique or trimming shots from your scorecard. A great pedagogue once said, “Practice makes permanent not perfect” Be intentional with everything being done in practice to observe every movement that could contribute to a better shot

3. Know the distances of different clubs


  • Confidence comes from endless practices in the driving range. Test each club and see how it responds to the level of your skill, strength and capability. Test it until you can familiarize it to memory so that one’s mind can work on different creative solutions to solve problematic situations in the game itself.

4. Post impact consistency


  • Maintain the club in front of the chest at post impact to switch the weight of the body from the front side to the left. This keeps the consistency of the stroke.

5. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want


  • Golf is also a training ground for one’s mindset. Never think of Worst Case Scenarios because it would only set a person up for potential disaster. Never think, “I might drive the ball to the hazard.” Instead, be still and confident and expect on the focused goal that is desired.

6. The rule of thirds


  • A good tip is to strategize your strokes by dividing the green into three parts. Starting from the 1st third just around the hole all the way to the furthest part of the green one can determine whether a chip, pitch or putt should be used.

7. Problems can be broken down into simple bits


  • If a person has trouble focusing on a problem. The first step is to be clear about what the problem really is and know the small unit one can work on to remedy the problem.


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Where Golf Started

January 2, 2014 by steve

In the contemporary world, there are a number of sports to choose from, especially if one is considering a new hobby or simply just trying a sport. With the name itself, sometimes, sports reflect that an individual interested in playing such must be physically fit.


Conversely, the sport, Golf, is one of the most followed sports these days. One does not necessarily need to be extremely fit to play the sport; almost anyone could actually play the game. It has been popular for centuries as it has made quite an impact on the sports industry. Some undergo golfing due to its simplicity in terms of game play. However, amidst all the fuss about golfing, little do the masses know about where the sport originated. The entire history of the sport is currently being debated by different scholars and countries with regards to its origins. Many countries present different documents illustrating that golf has begun in their own respective countries.


On the 26th of February in 1297, a comparable game took place in a town in the Netherlands named Loenen aan de Vecht. A Dutch player made use of a stick and a leather ball and whoever strikes the ball with the smallest amount of strokes into a hole yards away was acknowledged the winner. However, some scholars and reports from continental Europe argue that they have already played such game predating the one which took place in Loenen aan de Vecht.


On April 2005, the birth of the sport has once again been questioned. Professor Ling Hongling from Lanzhou University argued that a similar game took place in China, 500 years prior than the game which took place in Scotland. Documents from the Song Dynasty, a game called chuíwán with inclusions of drawings of the said game. Players supposedly used 10 clubs with some of them similar to a driver.


Amidst all the arguments about the origins of the game, it is generally accepted as a Scottish discovery. The initial documented citing of it in Scotland was stated in a 1457 Act of the Scottish Parliament, a proclamation issued by King James II of Scotland which forbids the playing of golf and football as they were considered as a diversion from archery exercise of military functions. Similar bans have again been present in the Acts of 1471 and 1491. Some records suggest that King James IV of Scotland played the sport at Musselburgh Links on the 2nd of March 1672, despite his ban of the sport. The Old Links, Musselburgh is considered as the earliest golf course in the world.


It is of no surprise that numerous countries are taking credit of the sport’s origin considering it is a very popular sport. Despite the numerous disagreements on where the famous sport originated, the privilege of playing it is continuously being enjoyed today. Many are fascinated with the plainness of the game and how anyone could venture into the sport. Gain possession of the sport’s club, ball and a hole and one has got himself a game to take pleasure in.

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Good Golf Club Selection—The Basics

December 2, 2013 by steve

A highly crafted mountain axe is as good as the woodcutter who uses it. Place it in the hands of an amateur and it would take 3 hours to cut a Pine. Give it to a more experienced man, and he would cut it in less than 10 minutes. With that example in mind, a good club would only be as good as the golfer.


If one is just beginning to play the sport but has enough interest and maybe even the money to invest on some good equipment, it is wiser to buy better quality clubs rather than starting with something substandard—it would both save time and money. This article will serve as a basic guide for beginning good club selection and guide people towards a more rewarding and fulfilling game.

Here are 8 steps to give a head start.
1. Know and be clear about your Goals

First one has to know if Golf is something being seriously considered pursuing. If one’s ambition is to only play with his cousin twice a year, there is no need for allocating a budget big enough to spend. However if one’s ambition is high, than they should consider on investing a good starting set of clubs.

2. Assess the Interest and Dedication level

Don’t waste money on expensive clubs if it’s only going to be stacked up back at the garage. Assess your level of interest. Does one see himself pursuing the sport with more time and effort?

3. New or 2nd hand?

If a person is still unsure with his commitment and dedication with the sport then using 2nd hand clubs is a better option. Also, it is easily replaceable and can be very much cheaper.

4. Allocate you Budget

A good option for beginners is to buy an inexpensive starter set. Clubs could be very expensive some ranging from $2,000 to even $10,000 and one has to choose wisely if he doesn’t have any real intention with following through.

5. Knowing the Shaft

Two kinds of shafts used for clubs are the shaft composition (steel and graphite) and shaft-flex (flexible shafts). Understanding both would give better awareness with what type of clubs to choose.

6. Get Club-fitted

It is highly encouraged to get club-fitted as a person gets his first set of clubs. Depending on the height, a standard all-size-fits-all set of clubs fits for a 5”10 male. If one is either shorter or taller than that, get club-fitted.

7. Training Wheel Clubs

Or mostly called “game improvement clubs”. These clubs have higher moments of physical inertia and lower centers of gravity. These are designed to improve a person’s golf swing up until they could handle more stiff-shafted and less forgiving clubs.

8. Asking for Directions never hurts

Shop and ask around at a local Golf shop for different advices, and tips on what they’d recommend. According to the type of level of experience, skill and expertise that a person has they would also be able to best assess what’s best for a newbie golfer—it’s a great way to get ideas.

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3 Ways To Make Golfing More Fun

November 11, 2013 by steve

When it comes to playing a few rounds of the gentlemen game you might get bored. If you want to spice things up and make the game fun for a change, you’ll want to do a few things that will change things up. Now, it’s important to understand that you don’t keep score on fun games because you may not get too far under par, but it will help you have a little more fun alone or with friends. Remember, this can help you maintain a sense of fun and joy when things start to seem mundane.


The first thing that you can do is rush through the different holes. Play a round or two with speed and you’ll find that you can really have a bit of fun on the green. Don’t take your time lining up, simply set your tee down and hit as hard as you can and try to get to the end of the course fast. The winner here will be the one that finishes first not the one with the lowest handicap. This will shake things up and really make things pop on boring days.


When in doubt, always go with this fan favorite and that’s the miniature style game. You’ll find wacky courses, windmills, and strategic shots that will require you to use only your putter and play. This might seem like a mundane thing, but take it as a learning experience and apply some of your knowledge of the grown up game to the small time. Remember, this is about having some fun instead of being so serious, so enjoy the time you have with your favorite putter and see what you can do when the stakes are a little lower.


You want a challenge? Fore go your own set of clubs and rent a whole set and see who amongst the crew can really play the game. You’ll find that this will not only test your skills it will test your focus because you’ll need to pay close attention to your swing. This might take you some time to get used to, but it will produce a very interesting afternoon. Remember, this is mean for fun so don’t let things get too heated, and enjoy the challenge of a day off from the serious game that can envelope your time.


The above tips for having a little fun aren’t meant to be taken too seriously. Don’t put any pressure on yourself to compete here and if you have friends, present the ideas as a way to shake things up a little bit. No one wants routine, and these things can actually help you to relieve a little stress. Rushing, playing with rented clubs, or simply going to play some miniature golf can really help with so much more than your swing. The next time you feel like you’re in the doldrums with your game, try something new, and refreshing. Test the waters here and then try other games that could make the game a lot more fun for a change.

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2nd Annual Golf Marathon Fundraiser for Whitefield Academy

January 24, 2010 by hal

Students at Whitfield Academy

Whitefield Academy chose the ProFund Golf Marathon again for their golf tournament fundraiser. Some veteran golf marathon fundraisers, and some new faces, raised over $32,000 dollars for the Olathe Kansas Christian School. Great enthusiasm, and the willingness to share their educational needs, proved to be a successful game plan for all who participated this year. Whitefield Academy knows that new fundraisers bring new donors. And with new donors, the base of support is expanded and strengthened. Good things happen when volunteers give their time and talent. Real fundraising is always one person asking another to freely give to a meet a need. Our congratulations go out to the Whitefield Academy team! ProFund looks forward to 2010 and your third successful golf marathon fundraiser.

OMM Soccer Scores Big in Golf Event!

December 5, 2009 by hal

Who says soccer is NOT a high scoring sport? These 28 fundraising golfers in New York scored big with $82,011 dollars raised in their ProFund Golf Marathon. 485 sponsors made contributions to the event. Almost half of the participants exceeded their personal goals of  raising at least $2500 dollars. Our hats are off to celebrate the efforts of these volunteers.

Oregon Golf Fundraiser A Success

December 3, 2009 by hal

St. Joseph's Logo

On October 16th 2009, St. Joseph Shelter in Mt. Angel Oregon, raised $29,629 in their 1st ProFund Golf Marathon. In a town with a population of less than 4000, the volunteer fundraisers in the event exceeded their fundraising expectations in their first outing! Using a nine hole course, they played 100 holes of golf in about 8 hours. The participants were tired, but excited by the significant success. Just wait ’til next year…

Golf Marathon fundraisers

Another Successful Campaign for FCA

November 28, 2009 by hal

Fellowship of Christian Athletes logoFellowship of Christian Athletes- Oklahoma chose ProFund to bridge the gap expected in their annual fundraising revenues this year. With 20 particpants, FCA raised $60,000 in 5 weeks in their golf marathon. And, 18 of their fundraisers had never volunteered to raise funds for the ministry before this event.

ProFund Story

November 25, 2009 by steve

Golf Marathon Players at fundraiser

Here are the criteria we used to select our fundraising format. We wanted: a campaign with a small leadership team of volunteers that required little or no staff supervision; a campaign that can be accomplished in 90 days or less; a campaign with the capacity to earn over $50,000! Our criteria eliminated most of the traditional event formats. They required too many people, took too much time, or did not meet our funding goals. We decided to implement the “-athon” type of pledge campaign. We chose golf because it is easier to recruit networked people to take a day off to play golf than to walk, jog, bowl or bike. In addition, the other “-athons” relied heavily on Moms and kids and we wanted Dad in the mix. And, when we started the Golf Marathon no one else had thought of it.

Mike worked for Josh until 1992. Josh’s ministry had grown to a point where he no longer needed to use events for a source of funding. Mike shared with Josh his vision to use the golf marathon to help ministries and charities across the country reach and exceed their funding goals. Josh recommended Mike to other Campus Crusade ministries and ProFund was born. We have to date, directed over 4000 events which have produced over $135,000,000 dollars. The Classic 100 Golf Marathon is the best campaign fund-raiser in existence today.

Our goal for every campaign is $100,000. A typical first year campaign raises $35,000 to $70,000 dollars and nets 70% or more of the proceeds. In addition, it develops 600 to 1000 new donors. And, 80% of the funds raised, will be from people who have never given to the organization before. The greatest asset an organization has is the people who are committed to it. The Classic 100 Golf Marathon is a good steward of their time and talent and will give participants the feeling of a real accomplishment at the conclusion.

ProFund becomes your out-source development team for the duration of the campaign. The Campaign Administrator locates three volunteers to fill the leadership positions in our format. We create a Campaign Website for you, and direct your effort with a completely scripted campaign. We allow your organization to focus on one aspect – who are the most networked people you know? You need people committed to your organization, who will ask for pledges to help meet and exceed your funding requirements.

ProFund trains your leadership team, and with them, implements a strategy for the campaign based on your mission for the funds, the resources, and the time available. The Campaign Administrator (Executive Director, Principal, Athletic Director, Administrator), provides top down motivation and encouragement; helps recruit participants for the event; and continues to meet the day to day challenges of the organization. ProFund reports to the Campaign Administrator and, as we build a rapport with your volunteers, the leadership and participants will learn to contact us with their questions and requirements.

Years of successful campaigns, are the legacy that awaits your decision. Trust ProFund with your fund development needs. We look forward to serving you.

Hal Clifford, CEO

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