Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Welcome to my Golf Course Photo Tours

Thank you for taking the time to check out my golf course blog. The main focus of this blog is for you to preview golf courses I have photographed since 2006.  I don't think you will find another website with more photographs of golf courses than this one. You will notice that initially I was snapping only a couple photos of a few holes at each course. It has now evolved into more than 125 pictures starting out with the club house facilities, historical photo's, and practice area. Next, I try to obtain a yardage guide and start out each hole with a photo of it followed by several shots of the hole from various angles. By clicking the SLIDESHOWS icon above and then clicking on a particular golf course you will hopefully get a nice feel for individual courses. The average slide show will last about 6 minutes, so there are many hours of viewing available if you have the time.I sometimes select one or more of the top holes from the courses and will highlight them on the FAVORITE/ FEATURED icon above.

As of the end of 2018, I have entered 433 courses (foreign courses will be followed by asterisks*) and over 68,000 photos taken since I bought that first digital camera in 2006.  I am currently on my 5th camera and am using a Sony DSC-RX100M3, 20 Megapixels, with Carl Zeiss lens.

Any new courses I photograph I will post ASAP. Check back often for new posts, recent courses photographed, and the bi-monthly Golf Quote/Jokes. If you look under the CHRONOLOGICAL icon above you will see when I first played a course and how I rated it in my six color system (red=poor to black=excellent). Under the STATE/REGION, I have ranked the courses from the best on down in each area. Hopefully, if you are undecided about a course to play this will give you a better idea about the quality of that particular course.

The SCORECARD icon will explain how the color coded rating system works and a numerical breakdown. TRUE LINKS will take you to all the True Links Golf Courses, as determined by George Pepper's book, I have played in the world. I hope you enjoy the photo tours and my progress towards 1000 courses played.

The ACTIVE SLIDESHOW running above are some of the better photos of courses I have played the past few years.

You can also follow Inpursuitof1000golfer on INSTAGRAM and  TWITTER @inpursuitof1000 Check Twitter to see which new course I have just played, when new articles are posted, and for recent course photos. I always look forward to and enjoy playing with the local members. Tweet me if you see I am in your area.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Masters 2019- The Comeback of Tiger Woods

I must admit, I was a doubter who thought it was impossible for Tiger to ever win another Major and challenge Jack's record. It happened and I congratulate him on his comeback after a drought of 11 years without any major wins. Can it be 15 years since his last Masters win? I don't think Jack will loose any sleep worrying about Woods beating his 18 majors until he shows he can win another. Below is the update of the top players in Majors (Amateur and Pro) victories.
Nicklaus-20
Woods-18
Jones-13
Hagen-11
Hogan-9
Player-9
Ball-9
Palmer-8

How many of you know all the holes at ANGC by name? Memorize the list below and impress all your golf buddies. 
      F9                                                                             B9
Tea Olive                                                                 Camellia
Pink Dogwood                                                         White Dogwood
Flowering Peach                                                      Golden Bell
Flowering Crabapple                                               Azalea
Magnolia                                                                 Chinese Fir
Juniper                                                                     Firethorn
Pampas                                                                    Redbud
Yellow Jasmine                                                        Nandina
Carolina Cherry                                                       Holly

Friday, January 18, 2019

Dupuytren's Disease a NON surgical option- XIAFLEX

Originally posted 3/7/12
Some of you may have noticed my playing of new courses have slowed over the past few months. In 1978, I severely lacerated my left hand causing some contraction of the ring and middle finger. For 30 years every time a new doctor saw my hand they would tell me I had Dupuytren's Disease and I would respond that it has been that way for years and never changed since the time of my accident. Four years ago, my hands and right foot did start to change and indeed I now had developed Dupuytren's.

What is Dupuytren's? A contracture of the fascia in the palm of the hand which eventually prevents you from straightening out your fingers. It affects mostly men over the age of 50 and women over 60. Doctors don't exactly know what causes it, but it tends to run in families. It is more common in individuals whose ancestors are from Northern Europe. I fit the profile perfectly when it hit me, 58 years old and from the northern British Isles. There is no cure for Dupuytren's Disease and even after treatment it may reoccur. Until recently the only option was some type of surgery that may include splinting for 3-6 months along with rehabilitative hand therapy for a couple of months. A couple of things that may accelerate the contraction is Diabetes and the use of Glucosomine/Chondroitin.

In July of 2009, the contraction had gotten to the point that it was starting to affect some of my daily functions but I could still hold a golf club and play to my 2 handicap. I decided it was time to see a hand specialist before it started to screw up my golf game. The doctor I saw luckily was involved in a clinical trial for a new drug, Xiaflex, and told me I was a good candidate for its use. The new procedure involved injecting this drug into the palm (cord) and then a day later under anesthesia manipulating the hand. Unfortunately, the FDA had not approved it yet and there was no indication when they would.

Inpatient waiting for the FDA, I got a second opinion five months later from a doctor at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic. The hand specialist there after examining my hand for all of 15 seconds, in between taking four non-medical related cell phone calls, told me that I needed surgery and possible skin grafts that would cost about $18,000 and at least 3 months of rehab. He said my case was too advanced for injection therapy and charged me $780 for the 10 minutes, I sat listening to him talking on his cell. The old saying, "If a man only has a hammer everything looks like a nail" certainly applied to this guy. The contraction of my ring finger was about 30 degrees at that time.

Fortunately, the approval from the FDA of Xiaflex came in early 2010 but my state BC/BS health insurance kept on saying it was an experimental procedure and wouldn't cover it. After 46 other states and Medicare made it part of their coverage, Michigan finally approved it in January of 2012. Over the past 6 months the contraction had accelerated to about 90 degrees where it had become difficult to even put on my Bionic golf glove, but I could still play golf but my handicap was now up to a 5. Because I didn't want to spend time in snowy Michigan I got a referral to a specialist, closer to my winter home, at the University of Florida Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute to perform the procedure.

On Feb. 16th the major contracted cord in the palm of my hand was injected and the next day manipulated (snapped). I have had about a 75 degree improvement in the range of motion and on the 14th day was swinging a golf club. Today on Day 19, I was comfortably hitting full shots. Embedded below is a pictorial timeline of my progress. For a more extensive explanation of the procedure just Google XIAFLEX.
https://picasaweb.google.com/InPursuitof1000/Hand?authuser=0&feat=directlink

The drug cost for one injection was $4,000 and the Doctors fee less than $1,000. I had the major cord injected and two minor ones are also involved which I may need treated in the future if I want more range of motion. Currently the FDA only allows injecting one cord at a time. I am back to where my fingers were 4 years ago and satisfied with the current result. I have been wearing a splint at night and will continue it's use for about 6 months or if I notice any relapse. Only time will tell how this new procedure works and if there is any relapse.

This is not an uncommon problem among older men and hopefully I have made you aware of an alternative treatment that is less expensive and gets you back on the golf course much quicker than the traditional surgical procedure. I hope to start experiencing new golf courses very soon.

UPDATE 1/18/19

Seven years later my left hand is still stable and functional but three years ago my right ring finger started to contract, just like my left hand had done. In December 2018, I returned to UF Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute in Gainesville for a consultation with Dr Dell. Since my last correction, the FDA now allows XIAFLEX to be injected in two cords and I was told that Medicare will cover the procedure. Dr Dell told me my hand had contracted enough to have the procedure done so I set it up for the 8th and 9th of January. Dr Dell carefully injected the ring finger four times and I was told to return in 24 hr to have my hand anesthetized and manipulated. The morning of my return, as I was stretching my finger, surprisingly it snapped and I did not need anymore done when I arrived at the clinic.

I am happy to report that nine days later I was again playing golf and feeling no discomfort. What an alternative to the 3-6 months of healing that the traditional surgical treatment would have kept me off the links.Thank you Dr Dell and Staff at UF Shands!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Play more Golf!

"The greatest challenge in life is to be our person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simply life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited."-Kilroy J. Oldster

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Alzheimer's

I peek into your pale-blue windows
See you wondering around inside
I say your name, I want to shout
"It's me your daughter, come on out!"

When I was two and at the fair
You threw me "way up to the sky"
Then caught me in your loving arms
You laughed until you cried

It must be very lonely
When cherished memories fade
Everyone you loved seems gone
You're the only one who stayed

I gaze into your pale-blue eyes
One memory I can still see
You threw me "way up to the sky"
And you said my name to me

Libby Moore

Friday, August 24, 2018

Senior Sex Survey

The frequency of sexual activity of senior males between 60 and 80 years of age depends on where they were born. Statistics were just released from the United Nations Board of Health.

They revealed that: North American men will on average have sex two to three times per week, whereas Japanese men in exactly the same age group will have sex only once or twice per year.

This has come as very upsetting news to most of my buddies at the golf club, as none of us had any idea that we were JAPANESE!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Do old golf balls lose performance?

I just read an interesting article on Flog about performance of new vs old golf balls. New Pro V1's were compared to three levels of wear of older ProV1 balls, which had been bought from an online retailer. More than likely some/most of the old balls had come out of the water.

They tested wedge and driver shots for spin, launch, carry and total distance. The results of the wedge shots surprisingly didn't show much difference except that the more beat up the balls are, the more spin they produced. The worst conditioned balls spun only 90 rpm's more. Launch was 0.4 degree higher for new balls. Driver tests showed a slight progression of spin and decrease in launch for the older balls. 215 more spin and 1.1 degree less launch. Carry and total distance were almost identical in all categories. Maybe extra spin compensated for the loss of launch.

Personally, I don't notice much difference in old balls vs new balls or New Pro V1x vs Top Flight Yellow Gamers. The last big Senior event I played in, I was the only player of the 180 golfers playing a Topflight. I finished 12th and I out drove everyone I was paired with by at least 20 yds!

So don't be so quick to replace that gnarly looking ball, it will perform just as good as a new one. Last year I played 16 straight rounds with the same Gamer until I hit it fat into a pond. It was looking pretty bad by the time I buried it at sea but still flying like a newer one.