May 2014

What Goes Around Comes Around

The Titleist rep dropped off a custom 714 AP2 iron set that a PGA pro had ordered and maybe hit three or four irons. The set had KBS Tour X-stiff shafts, which few golfers can hit, so we put them on eBay. I listed them twice - lots of viewers but no bidders.

When the 2nd listing ended I got an email from an eBay buyer who wanted to know if he could trade in a new set of AP2 irons, same model, for the ones we had with the KBS shafts. Charlie took over from there and the two of them agreed on a trade plus $100.

The buyer was at one time an assistant pro at a country club but decided to become a preacher. The set of AP2 irons he ordered was sent back to Titleist TWICE: once for lie/loft corrections and a second time because the chrome was peeling off some of the irons. The guy decided the set wasn't right for him or for his son, a junior high student whose coach said the kid needed x-stiff shafts.

Now, how many 13 or 14 year old boys do you know who should be hitting KBS Tour X-Stiff shafts?

Keeping Greens Green

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune (Brutal Chicago winter taking toll on golf courses - by Teddy Greenstein) talks about how poorly many country club greens fared during the harsh winter that is barely over. A local country club whose greens were the envy of much bigger & richer clubs may have to rebuild most of theirs.

Whether or not this damage could have been mitigated with the use of special covers or mulching is a moot point. What is clear that using bluegrass (poa annua) instead of bentgrass is asking for trouble.

I have been a prairie steward for the past seven years and have seen first hand the difference between the way indigenous plants, trees and shrubs and nonnative/exotics tolerate extreme heat and cold. The non-natives, specifically the ornamental varieties, don't do well.

When the goal is to rid a natural area of non-native species you want them to die. But when they make up your garden or golf course, their demise is both painful and expensive.