RJ Smiley

Rabbits At Trilogy

As the snow flies, we think of golf in warmer climates. Trilogy at Powder Ranch is a great place to play and watch the many many rabbits.

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Golf Towel For TP

On the third hole at the beautiful Ocean Course at the Omni Resort on famous Hilton Head Island, Kelly whispers to his long time golf

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Cowboy Became A Golfer

My relative, Jim, is the cowboy in this story. He told me the story about his problem with his new golf clubs. A few weeks later he and his wife were in Golf Galaxy and he picked up a copy of TeeTimes. He was leafing through the magazine when he came across this cowboy story – about him. He was halfway through reading it before he realized that it was about him!

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Shocker Beer Can Putting

Shocker, the putting green conman, proved that putting with one hand worked to perfection. He never had to set his, always present, Bud can down while he took your money.

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Howard’s Golf Cap

When I see that the forecast calls for rain I plan my golf outfit thinking of Howard’s hat and raincoat. Read and enjoy his story about my friend Howard.

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Buddy T’s Scorecard

As the golf season draws to a close the annual season ending tournaments draw near. The story of my friend Buddy T and his scorecard will make you smile.

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Deer At Starr Pass

As the days shorten and the leaves turn yellow gold, we golfers begin dreaming of winter getaways. Starr Pass in Tucson is among the finest.

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Porcupine Hazard

When playing golf up-north on Minnesota’s resort courses animal sightings are not unusual. But having a round of golf halted by a porcupine is rare.

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In And Out

During the 3-hour drive up north to our annual men’s golf getaway the volume on the bragging rights had increased continually. Over cocktails on the deck of the on-course condo, we hashed and re-hashed handicaps as the number of strokes were finally established. By 11 PM, an hour after our regular bedtime, we dreaming of great golf shots.

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Bracket’s Crossing – Owner Tom Smith

Brackett’s Crossings is back in the news. The golf course has been totally re-grassed. It is now in the best shape ever. This story was written in 2009 but tells the story of Tom Smith and his golf course. Tom Smith continues to show that he is committed to giving members and guests the best possible turf conditions.

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Paula Creamer – More Than A USGA Women’s Open Champion!!

In the summer of 2008 historic Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Mn hosted the USGA Women’s Open Championship. Most Minnesota golf fans were pulling for two players, Paula Creamer and Hillary Lunke. Paula Creamer, AKA β€œThe Pink Panther,” was seeking her first win at the US Open. The other fan favorite was Hillary Lunke, the 2008 US Open winner at Pumpkin Ridge, playing golf in her home town. Hillary Lunke did not make the cut. Paula came up a little short down the stretch at Interlachen – BUT SHE FINISHED (the event) WITH STYLE.

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Monarch Of The Plains

For two years members of our golf team shared the time-lapse transformation from a raw block of yellow rock to a perfect replica of the American Bison, The Monarch Of The Plains. The process is indelibly etched into our brains as our friend, Fritz, magically converted the immense block of stone into an incredible work of art.

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The Belligerent Bulldog

The beautiful late spring day was perfect for golf. It was also a perfect day for Mother Nature’s critters to enjoy gnawing on a bone or a chew toy in the shade of a tree.

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Bumble Bee Gets A GoPro Look

In these days of skin-tight golf slacks, most readers of GolfTales will not remember those loose fitting double pleated golf slacks from yesteryear. Those slacks left room for a bumble bee fly up the leg.

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Celebrate Golfers! We Are Healthier Than Non-Golfers

Sept 21, 2020 is the annual MGA Sr Tour Finals. Thanks MGA for the picture of 2019 champions. The Psychic got the inspiration for his story from the Global Action Plan For Physical Activity 2018 – 2030: GLOBAL CONSENSUS FOR GOLF IS IN THE RACE TO TACKLE PHYSICAL INACTIVITY.

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ONLY 19 PUTTS

As August comes to a close my mind is planning my return to my winter home in Florida. Looking forward to playing golf with Joe Knight. On a blustery Saturday morning along the Joe, age 68, has won the Club Championship for the 8th time since turning 55.

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THE GOLDEN THAT WOULD NOT FETCH

Eli loves golf! He was a good college player who is still competitive in state golf association tournaments. But with a new family and a good sales job that kept him of the road four days a week, it was hard for him to find time to play.

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Minnesota Golfers Will Share Record For Ever

The US Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes well into match play elimination rounds. Read the story of two great Minnesota golfers who waited all night to play one hole, the famed par-3 17th at Pebble Beach. The dream of winning the US Amateur Championship ended before 8 AM. Understand the hart ache of every player in the championship except the ultimate winner.

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GOLFER, RICK AULIE, SETS SPEED RECORD

There are all kinds of records. Course records. Basketball rebound records. Track records for every race and jump. But Rick Aulie’s record for record time for an 18 hole round of golf may be one of the best records of all.

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Fuzzy Loves Bucket Mouth Bass

With the 3-M Open just around the corner, I thought that readers would like to look back to 2010 3-M Championship. Fuzzy Zoeller spent more time fishing and talking about catching bass than playing golf.

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Mike Cleland

8 shots in 3 holes! 4 under par! But there is more! I have known Mike Cleland for over 40 year. He has always been a really good golfer. But Mike, like fine wine, just gets better with age.

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Goats As Caddies

Change has been the only constant since Scottish shepherds started whacking round stones with their shepherd’s crooks. Clubs, balls, courses, rules and yes, even caddies continue to change over time.

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Fast Eddie Manderville

β€œIn all my years playing competitive golf, I have never had a race problem. When you have a strong game and a smile on your face, people forget about race.” Eddie Manderville is living proof that the great game of golf is colorblind. Eddie is a great golfer. He is a true competitor. He is a true gentleman!

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Frog On The Ball

Imagine a golf ball hanging in the tall fescue – with a frog sitting on top. This story gives the details of what happened to the Mail-Carrier playing before the home town crowd. Comment if you like.

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Shark Attack At Bodega Harbor

Playing golf for 65 years has produced many memories. But nothing will surpass the surreal experience of playing golf at Bodega Harbor. The cold wind off the Pacific Ocean and kaleidoscope of rain, fog and brilliant sunshine on a spectacular golf course were amazing. I did not see the Great White – But the waitress told us about it. Comment if you wish.

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Ducklings Down The Drain

In the springtime duckings seem to be everywhere. Two things that don’t mix are baby ducks and floodwater drains. This story contains both buy has a nice ending. Enjoy! Make a comment after you have read the story.

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Salmon Fishing At Racine Country Club

This was my first trip around Racine Country Club. The terrified fish, using every ounce of its strength, did a tail-standing leap, spit the fly and disappeared into the foaming water. An elbow from my playing partner brought me back to the present and we proceeded toward the green.

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The “Buffalo Waller” – A Natural Hazard

Lee Trevino would have loved β€œThe Waller.” Taking a page from the origin of golf on the seaside links land, “Natural Hazards” need no red or yellow stakes. On the western Kansas prairie Buffalo created “The Waller” a truly natural hazard. Your comments are appreciated.

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Snake on the Daisy

On a road trip to see our new grand daughter, we traveled across western Nebraska. We witnessed a beautiful seen from Mother Nature. I also had a flashback to the Wild West days when cattle rustlers were hung on the spot.

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Roadrunner And The Snake

Golf in the desert has created hundreds of oasis where wildlife flourishes and β€œsnow birds” enjoy perfect golf conditions.  The variety of critters that make

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Wile E Coyote

The manmade oasis where we play golf provide perfect habitat for Mother Nature’s critters. These animals provide an additional element of entertainment for golfers.

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My Round With Tom Lehman

At the grand opening of The Links At Northfork Tom Lehman proved just how good he is. In a wind that would have made the Open Champion ship committee proud Tom made the game look easy. His only bogey – when I gave him bad advice. Lehman is a great player, but a better person.

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