Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baywood Greens: A Gem In Delaware

Delaware’s Baywood Greens offers some of the most attractive scenery and challenging golf on the Eastern Seaboard. Just minutes from the seaside resort communities of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Baywood Greens is a top rated eighteen hole championship public golf course. It features an elegant Clubhouse with exceptional amenities and acres of spectacular woods, gardens, and lakes.

Baywood Greens has received considerable acclaim in recent years including being ranked number ten (best) in America by Golf Link (2008). It has received 4 1/2 stars from Golf Digest (2008). Pros n' Hackers named it Most Memorable Golf Experience and Number One Best Golf Course Conditions (both in 2008). Finally, the Zagat Survey, the food people, has named Baywood Greens, Best in Delaware (2007-2008).

The gardens at Baywood Greens are a prime destination for garden enthusiasts. The landscape designer’s mission was to create a visually dramatic landscape that provides inspiration to visitors and promotes and conserve of the natural beauty of the coastal plain. Achieving dramatic and harmonious color is one of the guiding principle at the gardens.

More than thirty acres of gardens are maintained on the 500 acre property and include naturalized wetlands and ponds, woodland parks, mixed borders, and extensive seasonal displays. The most intensive plantings are concentrated near the clubhouse with an English garden, a wedding garden, a tropical and texture garden and a tiered waterfall and pond. Natural beauty dominates in the fall and the year ends with a sparkling holiday display illuminating the gardens with over 100,000 lights.

The exquisite floral gardens near the clubhouse are free and open to the public. Baywood Greens is an ideal setting for weddings, banquets, other special occasions, and corporate events. The clubhouse verandah is the perfect vantage point to enjoy a light lunch and watch the golfers on the 18th green. Needless to say the food and serve at Baywood Greens is first rate.

An "Exclusively Public" 18-Hole championship course, Baywood Greens offers golfers the most scenic and spectacular golf on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Baywood Greens website has a detailed map of every hole on the golf course. It provides the yardage from various tee locations, suggests possible club selection, and describes the challenges each hole presents. Your Blackberry or iPhone can be of great help here.

An "Exclusively Public" 18-hole championship course, Baywood Greens offers golfers the most scenic and spectacular golf on the Delmarva Peninsula. An additional nine hole course will open here in 2011.

Sometimes described as the “Augusta of the North”, Baywood Greens offers golfers the meticulously manicured Woodside and Waterside nines featuring eight timbered bridges, 27 acres of man-made ponds, two tunnels and more than 200,000 flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. It’s a golfer’s paradise.

Story and Photos by:
James Weaver

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Monday, June 22, 2009

2009 U.S.Open Storylines

The final round of the 2009 U.S. Open begins in a about an hour from now and there are a several compelling storylines:

1. Can the co-leader Ricky Barnes hold on and make the U.S. Open his frist career win? or will the Major Championship pressure takes it toll on him?

2. Can co-leader Lucas Glover continue his steady play and capture the 2009 U.S. Open?

3. Can crowd Favorite,3-time Major Champions and World # 2 Phil Mickelson charge up the leaderboard and steal this major?

4. Can David Duval find a way to win the 2009 U.S. Open and make a statement that he is back.? After becoming the #1 player in the World and Winning The British Open in 2001 Duval all but disappeared and now he is on the first page of the leaderboard. Can he get it done?

5. Let not forget about Tiger Woods. Despite the fact he is 7 shots back with 11 holes to go, can Tiger make a run and somehow win this championship?

6. Will the winner be someone who we haven't spoken about? If so who?

Just a few of my thoughts. What do you think?


Ed Wanambwa

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The 2009 U.S. Open Glover Wins at Bethpage

The 2009 U.S. Open started with numerous compelling storylines that captured the attention of fans and media alike. However, those storylines were all but washed away by the pouring rain that deluged Long Island, NY. Mother nature reared her ugly head and caused the USGA to scramble, postpone and reshuffle tee times so that the 109th U.S. Open Championship could take place.

Despite the challenges presented by the weather, a champion was eventually crowned at the 2009 U.S. Open. Lucas Glover walked away as a major championship winner and earning his second win on the PGA Tour. Glover outlasted playing partner and former U.S. Amateur Champion Ricky Barnes to prevail at Bethpage Black.

But I have to ask this question, how many people really believe the Lucas Glover will become a player to be reckoned with on the PGA Tour? Glover left Bethpage as a U.S. Open Champion who only has one other PGA Tour win on his resume at the 2005 Funai Classic. Will he be the next Steve Jones or the next Retief Goosen? I guess only time will tell.

I think the real story at the 2009 U.S. Open was the re emergence of David Duval. Up until the 2009 U.S. open Duval’s best finish was a tie for 55th at the AT&T National Pro-AM. So to seeing Duval at the top over the leaderboard was a strange sight to behold. It appeared for a moment that the number 882 ranked player in the world was going to become the 2009 U.S. Open after making a back nine run on Monday. Despite the fact that he fell short at the end, Duval scored the biggest win of the week in my opinion.

With his 2nd place finish, David Duval vaulted an amazing 740 spots to become the 142 ranked player in the world. But more importantly he showed signs that his life on the golf course as well as his life off the course are in tune with each other. It’s great to see David playing well again.

Phil Mickelson entered the 2009 U.S. Open with a lot on his heart and mind. Earlier this year Mickelson announced that his wife Amy had been diagnosed with breast cancer and after a brief leave of absence Mickelson returned to the PGA Tour with the hope of winning his 4th major championship at the 2009 U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson is always the undeniable crowd favorite at Bethpage Black and this year was no different. Loud cheers followed Mickelson around the golf course and as the beer flowed the crowds grew louder and louder.

Coming down the stretch Mickelson made a move and after an eagle on the 13th hole, he found himself tied for the lead. But Mickelson’s poor putting over his final three holes lead to a disappointing 2nd place finish and marked his 5th runner finish in the U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods was visibly disappointed at his performance in the U.S. Open. He never really got anything started in the entire championship. Tiger’s inconsistent putter proved to be his downfall and if Woods could have managed to sink a few more putts, he might have been raising his 15th Major championship trophy. In spite of Tiger not closing the deal at Bethpage, there is now doubt he will be the favorite in this seasons remaining Major Championships.

In my opinion the 2009 U.S. Open will be remembered for the rain, the interruptions, the starting and stopping and the unlikely winner. The 2009 U.S. Open never really felt like a major championship until the last nine holes on Monday. The New York fans lived up to their usual boisterous reputations and the beer flowed like the rain on the greens at Bethpage. All in all the 2009 U.S. Open provided some very championship that crowned a worthy and deserving Champion.

"keep it in the short grass"
Edward S. Wanambwa

Rain Postpones the first round of the 2009 U.S. Open

The weather was the story today at he 109th U.S. open at Bethpage state Park in New York. Play was halted and eventuall the first round was canelled. Everyone was watching Tiger Woods who got off to a shaky star with a wayward drive on the first hole. he scrambled in typical Tiger fashion and made a par on the hole.

However after 4 holes he was 2 over par. He made a late birdie to get to 1-over before play was halted. Tiger finished 6 holes and he will pickup where he left off tomorrow along with the rest of the field.

photo: courtesy of Getty Images
"keep it in the short grass"
Edward S Wanambwa

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tiger Woods is Done !

I wanted to break the news first. Tiger Woods career is official over. Based on current news reports Tiger can hang it up. His surgically repaired knee is weaker and now he has fallen back into the of realm of the also rans. In his return Tiger has had a few lackluster putting performances and his game is not quite as sharp as it once was, but SO WHAT !! I recall him winning the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg.

Give me a break ! It kills me when the mainstream golf media has nothing else to do but invent an even remotely interesting golf story. I can’t think of any other player that has even come close to the domination that Tiger has shown in the last 13 seasons. There have been many “challengers” named but how many have lasted. The proof is in the pudding as they say. 13 seasons on the PGA Tour and 14 Professional majors and 66 PGA Tour wins, that says it all.

Let's hold our horse before we count him out.

"keep it in the short grass"
Edward S. Wanambwa