WATCH: Justin Thomas hits massive 461-yard drive at CJ Cup

Does anything Justin Thomas does surprise you anymore? Well, the major champion just added another title to his resume after winning the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, but it was what he did on Saturday that raised some eyebrows.

On the par-5 12th at Nine Bridges Golf Club, Thomas blasted a drive 461 yards. However, the ball landed on the cart path which is why it went so far.

Nonetheless, his power helped the ball get that extra push, as the ball looked as if it were going to roll forever before finally stopping. Sure, the ball bounced off the cart path, but if it wasn’t hit as hard, it likely wouldn’t roll on the fairway the way it did.

Thomas once again proved why he’s arguably the best all-around player in the game right now. Despite his solid ball-striking and clutch putting, we can always recognize JT for his brute power, and it was on display once again as he captured yet another PGA Tour title.

Yeah, he’s pretty good, don’t you think?

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Courses: A look into The Glen Club, one of America’s best layouts

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The state of Illinois is one of the greatest golfing destinations in the world. Sure, that might be me being slightly biased since I live here, but it’s true. A perfect blend of great private and public courses, Illinois isn’t short of greatness, and The Glen Club is an example of that greatness.

The Glen Club is a track in Glenview, Illinois and is always highly ranked as one of the best public courses in America. With an interesting layout designed by Tom Fazio, and glimpses of the Chicago skyline in the background, it makes for an epic round.

At over 7,000 yards, The Glen Club is a course that will test every club in the bag. What will strike you immediately about the design, is that there are enough bunkers to catch errant tee and approach shots but it’s not overdone.

This helps eliminate the intimidation factor while also presenting a fun challenge for club-wielding warriors. The routing is interesting as you start with a nice blend of holes. Your round starts with a par-5 followed by two par-4s, a par-3 and another par-5.

The par-3 fourth hole is the beginning of the one of the best collection of par-3s in the state of Illinois. One of the many pretty holes on the course, the fourth has medium sized green and two bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot if you arent’ careful. Enjoy the view as you place your ball on the elevated tee.

Snap a pic. One of the most picturesque holes on the course, the par-3 fourth.

 

The most fun courses present unique challenges and changes throughout a round. The Glen Club’s front nine does a great job of keeping things exciting.

Speaking of fun, the ninth, tenth and eleventh holes are about as good as you can get and it’s all about accuracy. The ninth hole is a par-3 with a large green to aim for but you have to watch out for the pesky bunker that’s relaxing in front of it.

The tenth is the shortest par-4 on the course at 333 yards from the back tees. Short par-4’s are among the most exciting holes in golf, as they make you think heavily about your tee shot.

Are you going to try and hit a mammoth tee shot that’ll leave you with a short iron to the green? Or will you go with a 3-wood off the tee and leave yourself with a mid-iron second shot? That’s the fun that short par-4s present at the tenth at The Glen Club is plenty fun, with a bunker hiding on the fairway and two small ones around the green.

Arguably the toughest hole on the course, the par-3 11th is an epic way to continue your back nine adventure. You are forced to hit over some water if you want a good crack at birdie.

However, you can aim for the short fairway, and pitch yourself onto the green as well, but you’d have to hope that the pitch ends up near the pin. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a bogey. But, aiming for the flag from the jump is much more rewarding if you execute well.

 

The beautiful but challenging par-3 11th

 

One of the most fascinating holes is the par-3 17th, which rounds out The Glen Club’s rich collection of short holes. The 17th is almost a clone of the 11th, so in a way, it’s like getting a second date with destiny.

It’s shorter than the 11th and also only has one bunker so it’s less intimidating. However, you have no room to the right off the tee, so you can’t play it safe so it’s “spray and pray” in hopes that your ball finds green and not blue.

The 18th hole, a par-5, is one of the best finishing holes in the state, and being designed by a legend like Fazio, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The most exciting hole on the course, you’ll have an opportunity to flex your muscles off the tee, and if executed to perfection, you’ll have a shot to reach the green in two.

However, you’ll have to be cautious of the pond on the right and the bunkers that are near and around the green on the left. If you’re accurate, you’ll have an excellent chance at birdie, and you’ll finish your round at one of the country’s best public courses with a smile on your face.

So there you have it! A little look at The Glen Club, a Chicago golfing gem that continues to be appreciated by many golf enthusiasts who live here, and those who visit. The fact that’s a public track makes it that much sweeter of a golfing destination.

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LOOK: This may be the most beautiful golf hole in the world

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What makes golf so awesome is where it takes us. It takes us to places we’d otherwise wouldn’t even dream of. I’d like to present to you, the “Cliffhanger” sixth hole at Greywolf Golf Course in Canada, the most beautiful hole in the world.

 

There’s a ton of gorgeous holes in golf from the 12th at Augusta and the seventh at Pebble, to the ninth at Turnberry and the 14th at Pine Valley, there is an insane level of gorgeous in this sport. But, the par-3 sixth at Greywolf designed by Doug Carrick may take the cake as the most magical place to hit a tee shot.

 

It’s unique in that, you must carry your shot over the forest to land on the green. This is while the tee box and green are perched high above giving you incredible views of the mountains and forest.

 

 

 

This hole incorporates the wilderness into your game so much, that it feels like you’re either, playing a round of golf in a dream, or you’re on a golfing adventure of a lifetime. This may sound like I’m going over the top, but in terms of pure beauty, it’s hard to top this hole.

 

On top of that, it’s an excellent, dramatic hole design. You feel like you’re about to duel with the designer, Carrick who easily created one of the greatest par-3’s in the world.

 

It’s more than just a hole that’s easy on the eyes, it’s a design that requires the right strategy. Not only do you have to carry the small portion of the forest, but you have to make sure the ball doesn’t balloon over the medium-sized green. Oh, and there are two sneaky bunkers chilling out in front the green so take care.

 

All in all, golf course design is a form of art, which is why it’s so easy for us to cling to it. The Greywolf Golf Club is one of the most breathtaking and well-designed courses in the world, and it may just feature the world’s most beautiful golf hole at number six. Oh, one last thing; Greywolf is a public golf course, so anyone can tackle this amazing track and its awesome par-3 sixth.

 

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WATCH: Tiger Woods swings driver, shows progress

The Tiger Woods recovery watch is in “full swing” and he is showing it with another clip of him working on his game. This time, he pulled out the big stick, hitting driver in what looks like a promising start to a return.

The interesting thing is that it seems like his backswing is a little bit shorter than usual. Maybe it’s just me since we haven’t seen Woods play in a while, let alone see him hit driver.

This video is his most important yet, and that’s because the driver is arguably the toughest club to hit in the bag. On top of that, power is arguably his best skill. So for him to be out there hitting the big stick is a good look for Tiger fans.

If he keeps doing what he’s doing then it wouldn’t shock me if he was ready to go by the time The Masters starts in April. It’s clear that he can swing, but can he hit putts?

I’m sure this is something he will show in another video. Since he’s had a slew of clips, there’s no doubt one for putting may be next.

It is putting that is the game changer in golf. Being able to hit big putts late in rounds is huge, and Woods is one of cluthest putters of all-time.

Obviously, putting is extremely unpredictable, because each course presents different challenges on the greens. That’s just the beauty of golf course design.

Overall though, it’s been interesting seeing Woods’ Twitter clips, as it’s giving us a quick look at how he’s progressing. As the PGA Tour season starts to heat up again in January, it’ll be interesting to see where he’s at. Who knows, maybe a surprise return is in the works.

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Horse Course at The Prairie Club is one of golf’s best short tracks

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The Prairie Club has become one of the very best public golf courses in the country. Located in Nebraska, it has joined legendary courses such as Sand Hills and Wild Horse as tops in the state.

One of coolest things about TPC is that it features an awesome short course called “The Horse Course”. The 10-hole par-3 track was designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford and has been an instant hit since it opened.

The fascinating thing about the course is that there are no tee boxes. This is because you can play the game of “H-O-R-S-E” hence the name of the course. Without any tee boxes, you and a friend can flip a coin, play rock, paper, scissors, etc to decide where to tee off.

This implements fun into golf in a whole new way. Not only that, being a par-3 course, you get to experience an exciting layout that affordable and less time-consuming.

Even if you’re playing solo, having no tee boxes gives you the chance to tackle each hole from numerous spots. It’s golf without limits so you can tee it up from anywhere and aim for any hole.

 

 

The contouring of the greens are outstanding and the bunkers beautifully placed. On top of that, the course can be enjoyed while taking in the lovely classic Nebraska scenery.

What makes The Horse Course a game changer in golf is that it takes the simple principles that make a sport like basketball so beloved, and they are implemented in the course. Basketball and soccer are so wildly popular because they are extremely accessible and affordable to play.




The Horse Course scratches off all of the boxes like most par-3 courses, except you can get ridiculously creative with how you play. It’s a testament to golf’s incredible versatility, and Hanse and Shackelford nailed it with this design.

The Horse Course is not only one of the best short courses in the United States, but one of the best in the world. It’s a course that can have a lasting impact on the sport forever. Grab your irons and wedges, it’s time to play.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods takes full iron swing in new video

“Tiger Tiger Woods Y’all!”. Yup, Mr. Woods is at it again, and this time, he’s taking full swings out on the golf course.

Yup, so if you’re anxious for the return of the 14-time major champ, this will likely make your day. In his first Twitter clip, we saw him hitting a chip shot rocking a sleeveless shirt and some Oakland Raiders shorts.

This one is the whole enchilada. So now, we saw his short game and his iron game. It looks like a return to the game is looking brighter so if you’re a Tiger fan, you should be pleased.

How will he play if he returns? Who knows, certainly the aftermath of injuries can still haunt him. Now, he has to go against the golf club wielding samurais known as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

This doesn’t include the aging, but still very good Dustin Johnson, as well as the deadly Hideki Matsuyama among others. And now, we have yet another star on the rise in Xander Schaufele.

In short, it will be an uphill battle, but it just adds to the fun seeing a legend out there.

We still have current greats out there such as Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Justin Rose. Adding Tiger to the mix would make for a tasty blend of young stars and legends of the game.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it? It’ll be interesting to see how Woods progresses.

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WATCH: Greatest press conference ever takes place at President’s Cup

The U.S. team defeated the International team in dominating fashion at the President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Club. In the end, they celebrated one of the most lopsided victories in sports history.

This included Charley Hoffman smoking a cigar like a boss, Dustin Johnson dancing, and an epic press conference. This press conference may be the greatest in the history of golf.



This isn’t just a golf writer overreacting, this presser was genuinely hilarious. You can watch the full conference above, but here are some of the awesome highlights.

Players were singing some of their favorite songs chanted by fans. Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson had fun with a “track” that was created for Si Woo Kim.

Si Woo didn’t “shake that thang” but he did do the “Patrick Reed Shush” on Sunday. Despite being down by a lot, I still thought he did it better. Kim I felt did it with a little mor swagger than Reed, but hey, that’s jsut me.

Back to the “press conference”, Dustin Johnson is recorded doing the “Si Woo dance”.

And let’s finish things off with probably my favorite; Matt Kuchar teasing Phil Mickelson.

So there you have it! A dominating performance by the American team ends with one of the best press conferences you’ll ever see.

As we sunset the President’s Cup, let’s look forward to the Ryder Cup at Le National Golf Club in 2018. There’s nothing like team golf, and we already know the Ryder Cup will be super dope.

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REVIEW: Infinite Minigolf is a great golf experience with rich customization

 

 

 

Minigolf games are among the most fun to play in the world of video games. Zen Studios nailed the experience with Infinite Minigolf, a fun, and addicting experience with the putter.

 

Zen Studios is more noted for their pinball games, but they’ve also created quite a minigolf game with Planet Minigolf which was available on previous generation consoles. Now, the sequel/spinoff for the game is out, titled Infinite Minigolf, and it has a familiar gameplay style to that, of Planet Minigolf.

Immediately, you’ll notice a simplified main menu which gives you the option to play solo, play online, and customize your character (which we’ll get to). If you choose Solo Play, then you’ll have your choice of three locations: Giant Home, Nightmare Mansion, and Santa’s Factory.

This is where you can choose what to do. If you pick Quick Play, you’ll be dropped onto the tee of a hole at your selected location.

Here’s the awesome part though, in Infinite Minigolf, you can design your own holes. So when you choose Quick Play, you’re automatically playing on a random hole created by another user.

This is an awesome way to enjoy a quick play mode in a sports game. No two holes are alike, so you’ll never know what awaits you on the next tee.

Best of all, you can continue to play as long as you want. There’s no limit of nine or 18 holes.

Want to play three holes? Go ahead. Want to get all PGA Tourish and go 72? Knock yourself out.

Also, you won’t be running out of holes to play anytime soon, as there are over 11,000 holes built as this piece is being written. No doubt that this number will continue to grow.

With this many holes, the replay value is very high.

The gameplay is very smooth with a very solid putting stroke animation, as well as its ability to test your timing and power judgment. The ball physics are excellent, as the ball rolls as smooth as you’d see in real life.

Power-ups return in the game, bringing the extra fun and strategy to each round you play. And playing on so many different hole designs, the imagination can run wild.

As you play, you can unlock cards based on how you played. These cards are the game’s currency and your ticket to new gear.

In most packs, you receive two cards. Each card will show a silhouette of the item you can get.

If it’s the silhouette of a shirt, and there’s a number “2” below it, this means you’ve earned two cards you can use towards the purchase of shirts for your golfer. Birdies, eagles, and aces can help you net cards on the course.

Off the course, you can buy packs with gold coins that you can earn on the course by completing challenges. That can be reaching a certain score by the end of a hole or using a certain power-up during a round.

Even purchasing a new item can you earn you some coins. You receive 100 coins each time you complete a challenge.

Once you’ve got enough coin, you can choose between three packs in the store. One pack being 500 coins, while the others are 1,000 and 2,000 respectively.

The most expensive pack guarantees you an avatar item that can be worn or used immediately. This one top of four cards, you get as well.

You can also play in tournaments, which serves as the career mode for Infinite Minigolf. You play nine-hole rounds in the three locations.

There are four bosses for each location. However, you do not play against them, you are tackling the courses they built, as you battle against three other CPU avatars.

Each boss has three courses, starting off on “casual”. In order to unlock normal and hard difficulties, you must complete the casual tourneys.

It’s a fun and simple career mode that can really help you rack in some coins and cards. The tournaments also play as sort of a metaphor for traditional golf in that, you’re dancing with the courses, which means you are in a boss battle with the designers.

That’s the case in Infinite Minigolf as well.

Customization is the juice of the game and is what makes it so fun. You can choose between a male or female character and change their looks any way you like, from shirts and hats to hairstyles and shades, you can really style your golfer out.

You can also change your putter and golf ball as well. One of the cool things that I liked is that most of the putters that you can use are replicas of traditional golf putters.

So if you want a little pro golf flare, you can use one of the dope PGA Tour style sticks. If you want to change things up, you can unlock some specially themed putters. These can be a classic, pixelated putter, a cane, or even a hockey stick.

With a ton of fun customization options, it makes you eager to earn some more cards to unlock everything. This will also require you to level up, which you can do as you continue to play the game.

The course creator is full of great ways to put your armchair architect skills to the test. You can get creative in so many ways, because, you can do more than place your routing and add power-ups to the mix.

You can even add certain transportation methods to help you get to the hole after a perfectly hit shot. You can even place a drone to send balls to different locations on the hole when hitting to the drone’s starting spot.

Having played several holes, there are definitely some incredible holes designed by the community. It’s this creativity that helps give a game great longevity, and Infinite Minigolf does a great job in this department.

Online play features several modes. You can either play for fun or play competitively like in most games.

You can play in online tournaments both for fun or for competition, which takes four to eight players to play. If you just want a good ol’ fashion duel, you play one vs. one or you can have a classic foursome as well as Hole or Nothing which also requires four players.

If you want a date with madness, you do a “Crazy” round which is eight players in a non-tournament setting. Overall, the online has a fairly solid amount of options for every type of golfer.

The one flaw, the game does have is the lack of locations. Certainly, the 11,000 plus holes help keep the game fresh, but seeing the same scenery between three locations can get a little tiresome after a while.

That said, most smaller titles do an excellent job of staying fresh with new content. So, I’m confident that we’ll see more locations in the near future, to add to the experience.

As a whole, Infinite Minigolf does a great job of receiving the torch that was passed down by Planet Minigolf which was a ton of fun to play. The new game is more personalized with better golfer customization options and even more wacky course design features.

All of this while still keeping the quality gameplay that PM had. From fun cartoonish graphics to solid animations to great ball physics, Infinite Minigolf is a winner for next-generation mini golf games.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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Tiger Woods says there’s a chance he may never play competitive golf again

 

It’s an exciting time for golf as the President’s Cup is here again. However, some alarming news may have overshadowed the colorful team event as it relates to Tiger Woods, who is an assistant captain for team USA.

On Wednesday, when asked if he could visualize a scenario where he may never play competitive golf again, Woods gave a quick but surprising answer.

 

“Yeah, definitely,” Woods said according to Golf Digest. “I don’t know what my future holds for me”.

 

However, before the answer, Woods did mention some positive things. He mentioned that he was “feeling great” and “hitting the ball really straight” according to the Golf Digest.




So there are positives for Woods fans to come away with. However, his “yeah, definitely” response may make some fans gulp hard in fear.

If the end is truly near, then there’s plenty of reason to still be excited about Woods’ future. He has been quickly making a name for himself as a golf course designer so although he may not be dazzling fans with amazing putts anymore, he can delight fans with some artistic course designs.

My only hope is that he makes most of his courses public throughout his career. There are far too many private clubs and to have a couple of quality public courses designed by one of golf’s greatest “course readers” would be a treat for all.

Not only this, but Woods can become a great captain in future team events for the American team. He’s a “player’s player” so his team would rally behind him easily.

So, it’s not all doom and gloom Tiger fans. Besides, he still could return to play anyway. Just know it could be some time before he makes that return.

In the meantime, it’s cool to see him out there as an assistant captain at the President’s Cup. Lead captain Steve Stricker looks to help carry the American squad to their 11th President’s Cup title.

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WATCH: Wesley Bryan plays ridiculously fast round of golf

Wesley Bryan is a man known for his amazing trick shot abilities as one-half of the Bryan Bros duo. He’s also a winner on the PGA Tour winning the RBC Heritage but now, his tricky skills have come back into the spotlight.

During the final round of the BMW Championship, Bryan blazed through Conway Farms, completing his 18-hole round in one hour and 29 minutes (!!). He can be seen jogging around the course and his caddie would just toss him clubs to swing instead of Bryan going through the bag himself.



He was playing solo too, which is a reason why he was able to accomplish this. Probably the most amazing thing is, he shot a 69 even after going that fast.

An average 18 hole round would normally take four to five hours. Bryan just sliced that number up with a double-edged sword.

There is an actual variation of the sport, called “Speed Golf”. Maybe it’s time to sign Bryan up for a speed golf tournament?

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