Review: Classic Golf Omaha Brings Hickory Golf Back to Life

The Store Front of Classic Golf in Omaha and its Signature Truck.

The Store Front of Classic Golf in Omaha and its Signature Truck.

 

 

Hickory Golf has started to make its way back onto the scene and into the 21st century. The sport of yesteryear has played a major role in the growth of golf today.

 

Well, Classic Golf, a shop in Omaha sells some of the most unique, original and beautiful hickories and persimmons you’ll ever see. I was fortunate enough to check out a few of their classic hickory irons.

 

I always understand the importance of a great grip and these hickories have some of the most unique grips around. They feel great too might I add.

 

They much longer grips then you’d see on today’s clubs and makes the club look a lot shorter than it is. It’s a unique leather grip that reminds us exactly what the legends used back in the day.

 

It’s a very skinny grip too because it’s “shaft tight” or like a girl who wears tight pants, “skin tight”. This gives you the unique opportunity to improve the way you grip a golf club.

 

I say this because I believe working with a skinny, tight grip can improve the way you grip today’s slightly wider grips. These grips are excellent too, feels really good in the hands.

 

This also gives the chance to either take a swing with the popular Vardon style of grip or take a shot with the grip the legends used for years with this clubs, the ten finger baseball grip. Yup, the same way you’d probably grip any other stick.

 

That’s one of the fun things if you’re a typical Vardon gripper. You can try something different which was a primary for these clubs.

 

Now let’s get to the shafts, where the roots of these clubs come to life. One thing I heard, is that hitting a hickory is one of the best feelings in the world.

 

Well, they were right. And the shafts are beautiful.

 

All you feel is nothing but pure wood after you hit a solid shot and slide the club down your hand. It’s such an awesome feeling and the sound is great when the ball comes off the hickory’s sweet medal club face.

 

The clubs are fragile however but to me, this adds to the strategic style that the hickory game brings. You know the ball won’t go as far and you know you can’t swing as fast as you normally would (No 100+ mph swings for you Mr/Ms!) so it makes you think more on each shot.

 

It adds to what makes the sport of golf so beautiful. The strategic aspect is a work of art in motion.

 

Now, if you hit some softer golf balls then you might be able to swing the club a little harder. But with hickories, it’s best to focus more on pure control and accuracy rather than power and speed.

 

That’s what these clubs are perfect for is the control players out there. The ones who want to make to smart play and lay up in the fairway and shoot for the flag stick on the approach shot.

 

These beauties will make you view a golf course differently. They’ll make you a better golfer in my opinion because we always focus so much on “going for it” instead of making the proper strategic play to outsmart the layout and/or your opponent.

 

Sure, it may not be as “cool” or “heroic” as shooting for the green on a short par-4 but sometimes, laying up and making the smart play tells yourself that you still have a working brain. That’s what these clubs make you do.

 

Speaking of golf course strategy with the hickories, the guys at Classic Golf will also be building a golf course that’s designed specifically for hickories. The proposed golf course based in Omaha will feature a shop with all old school golf gear as well as other neat things such as a caddy program.

 

It will be an 18 hole design and should really apply the strategic elements that make hickory golf so wonderful. I had a chance to view the drawn out layout of the course and it looks spectacular.

 

So I highly recommend that you visit ClassicGolfMidtown.com and shoot them an email or give them a call if you want some classic hickories for either play or display. If you live in Omaha then you can just stop on in and once the course is completed, you can test your hickory skills and strategic abilities on the awesome new layout.

 

You’re going to definitely travel back in time with these clubs so you can really see how golf’s roots came about! Throw on some knickers, heighten your socks and get ready to tee off!

 

Next thing ya know, you’ll be looking like my man, Chicago golf legend, Chick Evans!

 

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Review: Nomo Poster Creates Artsy Pine Valley Layout

 

Armchair Course Architects, rejoice!

Armchair Golf Course Architects, Rejoice!

 

Nomo Design is a company that creates different styles of art, whether it’s graphics on a shirt or poster prints. Well, they came out with golf course poster prints and they are beautiful.

 

The golf course prints started out as just a Kickstarter campaign and proved successful as they surpassed their goal in funds to release these beauties. Right now, there are eight course posters to choose from.

 

Those being, Augusta National, Pine Valley, Merion, TPC Sawgrass, Interlachen, Oak Hill, Muirfield and Pebble Beach. I decided to go with Pine Valley because who doesn’t want the layout of the world’s number one golf course?

 

My first impression when I saw the print is that I felt like I was stepping into the brilliant mind of George Crump. George was the course’s designer who put practically his whole life into Pine Valley.

 

Laying the poster out and looking down at it, I felt like I was about to redesign the world’s number one course. That’s how terrific the poster is.

 

We all love golf courses. It’s the heart and soul of the game we love so dearly. These posters show you each hole, all laid out for you to study its strategic design.

 

The poster is fairly large at 24 X 24 and is the perfect size for hanging up on your wall at home. All you need to do is get it framed or laminated and you’re all set.

 

It has a rich, blueprint kind of look to it to bring you that much closer to the courses you love. They give you a great perspective of what the designers thought would make golfers make interesting decisions on the course.

 

The way the routing of the holes look on the poster look sick and the color of it makes it very unique. What makes the color so unique is that you can see that the fairways are in a whitish color while the rest of the land is in a darker, shady color.

 

This is one of the most unique course layout pictures I’ve seen based on the style and color. It also just pops out at you as well so it’ll definitely stand out in your living room, bedroom or sports den.

 

It has the look of something you would see in an art gallery. It reminds us that some of the finest art in the world are golf courses and the artists are the course designers.

 

Overall, I just love this poster. The style, the color, the excellent layout is what makes these posters from Nomo Design so special. It’s also a great chance to own a piece of a historic course as well because it’s pretty rare to get a hold of a great Pine Valley or Augusta item and these posters are perfect for any golf fan.

 

So, if you’re a fan of golf course architecture and design, then I highly recommend these posters. Maybe you want to use the poster as inspiration to draw out your own course designs?

 

Well, you probably already been there and done that I’m sure, haven’t we all? That’s why we’re “armchair architects” and yes, you should probably see if they have anymore posters before there’s “Nomo”.

 

Check out Nomo’s other beautiful golf course layout posters at NomoDesign.com 

 

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This is the longest golf hole in the world

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OK, now this is golf course design at it’s wildest yet funnest! A golf course in South Korea called Gunsan Country Club features a hole that is 1,100 yards. Yup! You heard me right! 1,100 yards.

What’s the par you ask? Try a par 7! This is definitely like something you’d see in a video game! Oh, and guess what? There’s a par 6 on the course as well.

A par 7 AND a par 6 on the same course? That sounds like something I’d design just to be an evil genius!

It’s only a 9 hole course however (Am I allowed to say “only” in this instance?) so it’s not as long as you think. But with a par 6 and par 7, I’m sure there was no way to build a full 18 holes.

Not only are there two long holes on the course but there’s also water hazards all over the course so if you were to play this track, make sure your mind is on its A game or else you won’t have a very good time! I believe accuracy is major on this course. May have to lay up a few times too.

Oh, and there are two nice little bunkers for you on the right and left side of your possible second shot. Have fun!

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The Legend of Long Drivers Island

It’s that time of year where candy, haunted houses and costumes come together for one day. That’s right, it’s Halloween yet again and you can bet the kids will be having a blast and filling up on candy.

It’s also fall where it’s that last opportunity (Depending on what state you live in) to get your golf fix in before the winter hits. So why not combine golf and Halloween for a crazy, creepy and silly story about a golf writer/course designer and his insane golf course.

This story is based off of a course I created in the video game, The Golf Club. What originally was just meant to simply be a course description, turned into a story. I definitely wrote more than I thought!

So I thought it was only right to share it with you today. Please enjoy the story and don’t get frightened off the golf course during your next outing because well….your friends will think you’re nuts!

 

KEEP IN MIND: This story is completely fictional from the island, to the characters, to the architecture and the media outlets.

 

Here it is: The Legend of Long Drivers Island

 

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Back in the 1890’s, golf author and golf course designer James Dicken McBootycheeks was a very successful writer who wrote the notable golf books “The Long Iron” and “This little Hole of Mine” as well as his all-time best seller “Narrow Fairways” which chronicled his life. He was known to help popularize the game in those years despite not playing.

His writing reached millions. He was always fascinated about how golfers drove the ball down the fairway with power and accuracy (Back in those days, a 250 yard drive was relativity far). Ever since he was a wee little lad, James always loved watching the likes of Young Tom Morris and Old Tom Morris play golf.

It was a thing of beauty when they teed off. He also became a big fan of the bright star at the time who was none other than the great Harry Vardon. As a golf course designer, he was known for his slightly elevated tees, to help golfers get more distance and he was also known for his challenging, yet forgiving narrow fairways.

Although people played and enjoyed his courses, his work was never really recognized as it was overshadowed by his writing career which made him a ton of money. Due to his passion of driving off the tee, he wanted to design something that was out of this world.

Something that would turn heads for years to come…… He was in his office drawing several different designs but none of them satisfied him. While at a coffee shop, a young man, no older than 8 or 9 years old, came up to him and asked if he was Mr. McBootycheeks.

James with a smile told the young man who it was him and the young man asked for his autograph. 

The young man then asked “Do you ever wish a golf course could be made anywhere in the world?”. James responded “Why yes son, of course”. The young man then asked “Do you think it’s ever possible?…” James responded with a “Not sure” as the boy walked away. James was left thinking….thinking very hard….

back in his office still thinking about what the boy said, he began coming up with more course designs. James was getting swamped with all the work as he was already in the middle of writing a highly anticipated novel.

He didn’t want to design a traditional course, he wanted something that was completely out of the ordinary. To get away from all of the stress, he decided to go on fishing trip with a couple of friends, John and Phillip who had helped with James’ other course designs.

The men rarely talked about course designing but just talked about golf and fished. James’ wife Beth, who is an avid a very good golfer told her husband that a course will come together in his head soon.

He remembered what she said which helped him enjoy the time with his friends. The boat they were in seemed to sail out more into the ocean than expected to the point where they started to realize that they weren’t nowhere near home.

Fortunately, they packed a ton of food and water to help them get by. With all the money James had, he also was one of the few people in the world to have a radio (This, years before radios reached homes) with him.

While at sail, not sure where they are, within all the mist, they see an eerie yet beautiful looking island with an unusually shaped mountain. They approach the island with both fascination and fear as they do not know what to expect.

They get off the boat and explore the mysterious island. As they do, John and Phillip were still in awe and fear looking around the entire island but James on the other hand, just kept staring at the top of the flat-topped mountain. As they left the island, James’ decided to take note of where the island was. His golf course design idea started to take shape….

Eventually finding their way home, James kept on thinking about how he would be able to reach the top of the mountain (Since there weren’t aircrafts powerful enough to fly long distances yet). He then decided to design his course idea.

It was one of the most insane designs known to man. Beth saw his drawn out design and her eyes widened with shock. It wasn’t just the crazy looking design, it was the island…..

Many years prior, a young Beth and her father Christopher went on a boat trip, similar to that of James’. They came across the same exact island that James’ and his friends saw.

They approached the island, and ironically it was just as dark and misty that day as it was with James’. They began hearing strange noises and voices but there was nobody around.

Despite their fear, they continued to explore the island. Beth’s father Christopher would soon have the scare of his life…..

As they approached the flat-topped mountain, they decided to walk behind it. Christopher went ahead of Beth and what he saw next would send shivers down his spine….

He saw an odd, creepy looking man whose head looked unusually tilted. He just stared at Christopher from a short distance away with wide eyes and almost no expression. Beth was terrified.

Christopher looked like he was frozen. He turned around for a few seconds while Beth closed her eyes. Christopher turned his head back again and Beth opened her eyes, then the creepy looking man was standing right in front of Christopher’s face.

This left the two running in absolute terror as Beth was screaming to the top of her lungs. Chris turned around and noticed the creepy man was close behind him and he wasn’t even running (Sorta like Slender). Chris and Beth went on the boat and escaped.

Chris took one last look around at the island and the man vanished. Making their way back home, Chris started to have horrible nightmares about the island and this caused him deep depression.

Remarkably, he overcame it all and was still alive yet his mind will never forget the island and what was on it…..

Beth still in shock by James’ design walked away and thought about it for a while. As James returned home, Beth brought up the design and said that it looked interesting.

She never told him about her story of the island and kept it a secret but she wanted to scream at him that it was cursed although she couldn’t clarify that was indeed the island since it was only a drawing but the similarities are remarkable.

So James’ told Beth that he’s trying to figure out a way to get a hold of an aircraft or some climbing tools to get to the top of the mountain. He considered a hot air balloon, but most of the work on his design would be from the ground so there’s really no need for one.

So he grabbed some tools for climbing, grabbed John and Phillip and decided to go back to the island. Beth was quite fearful. As the men were on the island in the middle of designing their course, the men started to hear noises, the same ones Beth and her father Chris heard several years prior.

They didn’t pay no mind and kept sculpting, digging and building. James’ then decided that it was a good idea to have some built-in stairs within the mountain.

So they looked for a certain part of the mountain to start chipping away at the rock and next thing they knew, after just a couple of weeks of being on the island and designing, the course, along with the helpful stares that lead to the top of the mountain were completed. Each tee box was lined up on top of the mountain with each fairway and green on the ground.

On a day where the sun was setting, James went to the top of the mountain, looked out to the ocean’s horizon and hit the very first tee shot on the course he dubbed “Long Drivers Island”.

The clubhouse was built and used as a house as well for guests or his family if they wanted to stay for a week or so. There’s also two lighthouses with one right behind the clubhouse and another one stationed on top of one of the other mountains which is arguably the most iconic part of the course in which he named “Beth’s Lighthouse” (Pictured above).

Word of mouth got out about this very strange and incredible golf course and people from all over visited the island to play a round. Instead of going up and down the mountain to finish out a hole, most people just teed off on each hole first and then went down to hit each of their second shots at the same time instead of “tee, green, tee, green”, it was “tee, tee, tee, tee, green/fairway, green/fairway”.

People had a blast with the course as they were able to have a true feel of hitting the golf ball a long long way. Some also had fear of heights too but still took some swings.

Boats were surrounding the island and golf balls were flying. James’ was very proud of what was accomplished. Some people even staid over night. They either slept on their boats or booked a room in the clubhouse.

One night, Beth, who was there at the time although she didn’t like being there but was happy for her husband’s success, decided to take a dip in the ocean to relax. When she came back out, she noticed the noises again….

She looked to her left and there he was…

The creepy head tilted man and then she let out a loud scream waking up almost everyone. James’ came down and ran to Beth but didn’t know what she was screaming at since there was nothing there. She stopped screaming and started crying.

They went back up to the clubhouse. James’ tried to ask her what she saw but she was too hysterical to control. Eventually, she calmed down and went to sleep. James’ couldn’t sleep that night.

The next day, a few golfers decided to have a long driving contest, one man hit the ball so far that it was near the edge of the island. The people watching went nuts. As James looked on, he decided to set up a tournament.

James himself and Beth would take part and almost everyone on the island signed up. It was an amazing battle throughout the whole tournament as the same man who hit the ball a very long way and Beth went down to the wire.

Beth sunk an unbelievable putt on the 9th hole to win it in stunning fashion but little did the men know before then how great a golfer Beth was. That night there was a big party at the clubhouse in celebration of the completion of the course’s first tournament.

Little did they know that it would be their last tourney as the infamous mist came in, the terrifying noises erupted, next thing they know, on the mountain with them was the tilted head man and a ton of people went scrambling while some men tried to shoot it but no dice which sent them scrambling as well. James took Beth and ran also.

They all went to their boats as the eerie noises started getting louder. The tilted man with no expression was at the end of the island looking on as everyone escaped. Nobody would return to the island.

James would go on to write about the terrifying events in his latest novel “Golf on the Island” and his nightmares he was having, just like Beth’s father experienced. Beth eventually told James what happened when she was a young girl on that night with her father.

Beth would go on to do the foreword of the book thanks to both, her knowledge of golf, and the events she experienced on the island. The book would receive high praise among both the sports and paranormal communities and is still read to this day.

After being abandoned for decades, a man by the name of Mike Snottsman found the island again after hearing stories about it. He decided to open the course back up and create a new clubhouse while the old one was still there, surrounded by plants, grass and spider web.

Paranormal investigators visited the island frequently and sometimes got a quick round of golf in themselves while a lot of people came just for the golf. Some people just visit the island by helicopter although the stairs are still there.

For some strange reason, out of the thousands of people who played the course, there has not been any reported sightings of the tilted man. There have been reports of hauntings, but not him specifically who sent shock waves throughout the world around the turn of the century, thanks to James McBootycheeks’ writing.

Most of the reported hauntings seem to occur in the old clubhouse that James and his partners built. There have been reported sounds, voices and laughter coming from inside the house.

Supposedly it’s the spirits of James, Beth and the several golfers who hung out there. Even one paranormal writer made an astonishing discovery in the house. In the upstairs area of the house, there was a door that was oddly cracked open (Note: all doors were closed and sealed).

The young writer/investigator, 24, went into the room and saw a man sitting at a desk with his back turned and it looked like he was writing. The investigator was trying to take a picture but as soon as he put his camera up, the man at the desk vanished (Note: The investigator was out of sight of the man for at least a second because he was trying to put his camera up).

Amazed, excited and a little scared, the investigator ran out of the clubhouse and ran to the other house where Mike Snottsman was and told him what he saw. Supposedly, it was James’ writing another golf book. It was odd however that his spirit was on the island as he lived his life away from the island after “The Events” occurred.

Some may even wonder if it’s the tilted man, manipulating himself to look kinda like James’. After curious research, the young investigator found out who the infamous tilted man was….

It was an explorer by the name of Carolina Jones who was on top of the mountain on the same island back in the early 1800’s (Between 1800 and 1810 possibly) he placed a flag by the edge of the mountain marking his territory and then he slipped….

He landed hard and ended up breaking his neck. Astonishingly, Carolina, who’s had accidents before (Not quite like this however) was alive until he and his fellow explorers reached civilization to give him some help but sadly, just minutes after getting treated, Carolina passed away.

He was beloved by many people and was considered a great man. However, the terrifying nightmares he gives people when they see him, is his way of showing what he went through.

In the end, Long Drivers Island is still going strong with many people visiting each day for vacation and it remains a fun place for people to tee it high and let it fly. The island was voted by Photojournalism magazine as the 5th most mysterious place in the world and the old clubhouse was voted as the 9th most haunted place in the world by the ParanormalStories.com.

Beth’s Lighthouse was selected as a National Historic Landmark although it isn’t American but Beth was a born American and moved the Scotland when she was 12.

The lighthouse is the most photographed part of the course and one of the most photographed architectures in the world and some may even ignore the actual course just to see the lighthouse. 

 

If you would like to play Long Drivers Island in The Golf Club then simply search “Long Drivers Island” when selecting a course and experience one of the most insane course designs ever.

WARNING: This course could make you uneasy if you get sick easily as there are long drops from the tees.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Photo: Check out this bunker that’s shaped like Snoopy

Coolest. Bunker. EVER! Charles Schultz, the creator of the legendary “Peanuts” cartoons grew up in St. Paul Minnesota where he was a caddie at Highland National Golf Course. In honor of her late husband, Jean Schultz decided to visit St.Paul and visited the course while it was in renovation. Course officials then decided to design a bunker in the shape of Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s iconic dog from the Peanuts cartoons.

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I must say, this is a work of art, and it’s always cool to honor a legend like Charles Schultz. You should probably check the course out if you’re ever in St. Paul Minnesota. I’m sure it’s a terrific course to play and the grounds are legendary!

On a side note: “Snoopy” is one of my nicknames!

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