There are times when we all make this game too complicated. That’s why I started this article with a simple thought: Send it, then hole it. I’m not saying golf is easy, but I find that if you simplify your keys to executing all the main shots, you’ll stop playing golf swing and start playing golf. The goal is to advance the ball and drop it in the cup in as few strokes as possible. That’s really hard to do if you’re bogged down with swing mechanics. Instead, have a clear plan for what you want to do on the next shot, get your alignment right, and then make a swing or putting stroke that’s smooth and balanced. I guarantee if you keep it that simple, you’ll give yourself a better chance of playing good golf. On this page, I’m going to give you some keys to hitting all the main shots. Easy stuff to remember so you can put more focus on your round and not your swing. Like my coach, Col Swatton, says, “Understanding that the golf course is where you should play, and the range is where you practice, is your first step to lowering your scores.” — With Ron Kaspriske

With a driver, I’m thinking only about hitting the ball as hard as I can in the center of the clubface. If you want to do the same, remember these keys before you take the club back: 1.) Get in a good setup. Start with a wide stance, a slight knee bend, your weight equally distributed on both feet and not in the toes or heels, and let your arms hang naturally as you tilt toward the ball from the hips. 2.) Always check ball position. If it’s too far back in your stance, it will kill your chance of the club coming into it square and on the correct path. The same is true if it’s too far forward. I like the ball lined up just inside my left heel. 3.) Think, slow takeaway. A lot of amateurs take the club back too fast, and that causes them to decelerate on the downswing. Do the opposite. By keeping my tempo smooth and taking it back slower, I can be aggressive through the ball without my timing being off.

No matter what iron I’m swinging, my process stays the same. Here are my keys: 1.) Set up neutral. I want to hit the ball high, low, left and right, so I try to be as neutral as possible with my setup and grip. If you set up to hit only one type of shot, that’s fine, but you might struggle if the situation calls for something other than your stock ball flight. 2.) Shorten your swing. Good iron play is about hitting down on the ball with the center of the face. I find that’s easiest to do if you go with a three-quarter shot instead of a full swing. Put the ball an inch back in your stance, cut your backswing down, and focus on solid contact—not hitting it as hard as you can. The ball will go five to 10 yards shorter than with a full swing, so remember to club up. 3.) Finish like a statue. To improve your tempo and rhythm, make a swing that lets you get into a balanced, wraparound position.


Whether it’s a fringe chip or a pitch in tall grass, my three short-game keys don’t change. 1.) Focus on a spot in front of the ball. To avoid hitting it fat, you want the low point of the swing to be after it strikes the ball. This technique will help you get a nice, clean strike. 2.) Minimize wrist action. My chipping and pitching swings don’t have a lot of hinge. In fact, there’s very little elbow or wrist bend all the way through the shot. That makes it easier to make good contact and keep the clubface square with the target. 3.) Use the big muscles. It’s tempting to hit these shots using mostly your hands and arms, but your consistency will improve if you put some body into the shot. My shoulders rotate toward the target on the downswing, and my sternum is in front of the ball by the time the club strikes it.

My process on the greens has helped me become one of the best putters in the game. This is one area where the right type of practice will allow you to focus on line and speed when you play.

My keys: 1.) At address, get your eyes directly over the ball, and make sure your hands aren’t leaning the shaft too much forward, back, in or out. Your eye-and-hand positions greatly affect accuracy. 2.) Focus on path and face. A smooth-and-controlled stroke will help make sure the face is square with your putting line at impact. If you can’t roll it on the right line, nothing else matters. 3.) Overestimate. Amateurs often fail to give their putts enough break or speed to reach the hole. Varying your putting scenarios in your warm-up will help get a better feel for line and speed that day. But when in doubt, overestimate both. Give every putt a chance to go in, and you can bet some of them will.


Six days into 2019 and there’s already a new World No. 1 in men’s golf. Brooks Koepka needed to finish in a two-way tie for eighth or better at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to hold on to the top spot that he had occupied for the past six weeks. But an opening-round 76 at the Plantation Course at Kapalua made that highly unlikely. Subsequent rounds of 70-73-69 left Koepka in 24th place.

Replacing Koepka is Justin Rose, who moves to No. 1 for the fourth time since he first ascended to the spot last September after the BWM Championship. That week, Rose earned the No. 1 ranking despite losing in a playoff to Keegan Bradley at Aronimink Golf Club. This week’s rise comes despite the fact that Rose skipped playing at Kapalua.

Had Rose competed in Hawaii, Koepka potentially could have held on to the top spot. But with Rose staying home, Koepka was in charge of the two men’s fate.

It’s the 10th time in the last 35 weeks that the No. 1 ranking has changed hands, the most volatile period since the OWGR’s inception in 1986.

Rose had the chance to knock off Koepka twice in the last month but fell one stroke short of passing him at the Hero World Challenge and the Indonesian Masters.

Neither Koepka or Rose are in the field next week at the Sony Open in Hawaii.


The end of the year is a time to look back and evaluate all that transpired in the previous 12 months, and though the internet is littered with “best of” lists, let’s be honest: a decent share of our assessments are based in regret—things that could have happened, that nearly happened, but in the end did not. Or, worse, terrible things that completely go against our greatest hopes. A year gone by is a graveyard. But the year ahead? That’s a sown field! Anything could happen, anything could grow, and it is far more fun to look forward with optimism than to look back in judgment.

So now that the calendar has flipped, let’s put an end to our sad reconciliations with 2018, and let our imaginations run wild. What follows are the 10 greatest things that could happen in golf in the coming year. Will they all transpire? Will any of them? The answer is, you can’t prove that they won’t.

1. There will be at least one incredible final round duel at a major
Like it or not, golf is the most anticlimactic spectator sport, and the major finishes we got in 2018 were typical. Rory McIlroy blowing up at Augusta and brief salvos from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler fizzing out; Brooks Koepka snuffing out the field at the U.S. Open; Spieth laying a Sunday egg and nobody rising to Francesco Molinari’s challenge at the Open; Koepka snuffing out the field at the PGA. Real drama, good drama, is a rare commodity. The last really good two-man duel we had was probably Henrik Stenson vs. Phil Mickelson, but this year, let’s hope for even more. Let’s hope for something Arnie and Jack never quite gave us, and ditto for Tiger and Phil. Let’s hope the two best players in the world, whoever they are, face off in a Sunday showdown that lives up to and exceeds the hype.

2. Bryson DeChambeau will win a major championship
It’s time to face reality: Aside from Tiger Woods—who holds the title in perpetuity—Bryson DeChambeau is the most exciting person in golf right now. With Rory smack in the middle of his “pick-your-favorite-polite-synonym-for-choking” phase, and Spieth still mired in his technical woes, DeChambeau is the man who could rescue us from the Koepka doldrums. What sets him apart is that he has the game and the personality—he’s part brilliant scientist, part egotist, part snake-oil salesman, and all showman. He loves the stage, and judging by the polarizing reactions he provokes, the stage loves him back. It would be terrific for golf if he broke through at a major in 2019.

3. Tiger Woods will win a major championship
Well, yeah.

4. One of the new “Big Four” will win another major
A lot of major talk, I know! But majors really tend to overshadow everything else, especially in a non-Ryder Cup year, so you’ll have to deal with it. Earlier this year, I calculated that there are four young(ish) players with a faint-yet-not-entirely-unrealistic hope of reaching the vaunted 10 major mark: Koepka, Spieth, McIlroy and Justin Thomas. If you believe as I do that golf is better when familiar faces are winning majors, and better yet when at least one or two is chasing some kind of historical mark, than you should want one of these guys to take home another trophy.

5. The USGA will somehow top themselves in the “infuriate everyone” department
Watching professional golfers rage against the USGA for the most petty grievances imaginable is one of my favorite annual pastimes, and Phil Mickelson’s performance-art piece on the 13th green on Saturday last June at Shinnecock Hills (Title: “The Funniest Way For a Rich Guy to Pout”) was a highlight not just of that year, but any year. It will be incredibly disappointing if the USGA doesn’t up the ante. And frankly, driving a handful of whiners to say “they’ve lost the course” in their most solemn tones isn’t good enough. I want disappearing holes, or six-foot greens, or birds that are trained to pick up errant balls and fly them back to the tee. I want Mike Davis in a jester’s cap, dancing a jig on a raised platform every time a four-foot putt runs 15 feet past. Embrace your identity, USGA!

6. The International Team will win the Presidents Cup
The obvious reasoning behind this is that the Presidents Cup is a bore, it’s not going to be fun until the U.S. stops dominating. Unfortunately, that seems surpassingly unlikely since language barriers on the International side make a mockery of any “team” concept for the “rest of the world”. But I have another selfish reason I’d like to see the Americans stumble: the U.S. needs to hit rock bottom before it can start winning Ryder Cups, and in hindsight, after the Paris debacle, Gleneagles 2014 looks more and more like a false rock bottom. Everything that happened since has been band-aids on a massive festering wound, and until the wound itself is addressed (hint: it’s going to involve a ton of soul-searching and revolves around how we, as a country, conceive of team events in golf), history is just going to repeat itself. Which makes me an accelerationist, I guess, but my motive is genuine: let’s make the reality of team play unbearable until somebody has to fix the problem.

7. The U.S. will not suffer another Ryder Cup defeat
I need at least one thing on this list to come true, OK. This is not cheating, this is preparing for success.

8. The new PGA Tour schedule is going to work out amazingly for everyone
Seriously, I really think it will! The only real problem for the majors was that the PGA Championship lacked a bit of prestige, and from decent slogans like “glory’s last shot” to achingly desperate ones like “this is major!”, nothing really caught on. However, the PGA’s move to May is genius—nobody’s burned out on golf, you can ride those sweet Masters tailwinds, and your stock inevitably goes up … right? No other big tournament suffers for it, either, and in fact the Players benefits from getting to go first. At a time when professional sports leagues seem to be in a constant state of foot-in-mouth, it’s weirdly thrilling to see PGA Tour absolutely nail it, and I hope it’s as good in reality as it looks in conception.

9. Someone extremely cool will emerge
Maybe it’s Cam Champ? I don’t know, but I’m longing for a dynamic figure to throw down the gauntlet this year. Some combination of Tiger and Miguel Angel Jimenez, but young. Someone like we momentarily thought Brooks Koepka might be, until he turned out be either boring or resentful, depending on the day. Someone like Sergio, but without the debilitating neuroses. Someone like Phil, but with an ounce of impulse control. You get the point.

10. The “ball goes too far” brigade will be slightly less tiresome
Look, I’m not saying they don’t have a point. But it’s a little like complaining about how the Internet has destroyed society in 2019—you’re absolutely right, but you’re also years and years too late. Nothing’s changing now, amigos! You’re the proverbial old man yells at cloud meme! Enjoy the bombs!


Check out this map for routing information during the construction of the new HWY 87 overpass!  Should be an amazing process to watch and should not impact golf availability at all!


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Tuesday Night League is going to be amazing.  We need you to sign up!

We know that the weather has not been kind to the beginning of our re formatted league.  But it is time to get this thing going. The weather for this Tuesday looks a little iffy so we will wait to play our first warmup/score setting night for 4-17.  We have sign up sheets for your team in the golf shop.

Need the details?  Here you go:

Players per team: 5

Format: Stroke Play, Chicago Modified Stableford Floating Quota Scoring (kind of, see below), team counts best 4 of 5 for weekly and season long cumulative prizes against the field.

Scoring is as follows:

Double Bogey or More: 0 Points

Bogey: 1 Point

Par: 2 Points

Birdie: 4 Points

Eagle: 8 Points

Double Eagle: 16 Points

Floating Quota: each players Quota is based on previous score(s). Number of points above or below quota is players positive or negative score.  Players quota is adjusted for the next week by half of the pos/neg number.  The maximum adjustment for one round will be +2 and -1. A substitute player or new league player’s first score will be 0 in order to further establish a future quota.  Again, we will use the best four team score against the field for weekly, half season and full season prizes. For example, if Team scores of +3, +1, 0, -1 and -4 are scored the team score is +3 for the week!  The ball is to be played down in the rough, native grass (no mow) and in any hazards.  The ball may be moved up to 6” in the fairway.  This rule will help keep the system fair for all players.  Please enforce within your group!!

Tees: Because this system is essentially a weekly handicapping system, you may choose to play any tee you like at the start.  But, you must continue to play this tee for the entire season. Please identify the tee that you choose on your first scorecard.

Team Fee: $125

  1. $10 to mid season individual pot
  2. $15 to year end individual pot
  3. $20 to mid season team pot
  4. $30 to year end team pot
  5. $50 year end fiesta

Weekly Fee: $7

  1. $1 Pin Prize
  2. $1 High Individual
  3. $1 High Team
  4. $2 Skins Game
  5. $2 Year End Fiesta


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The weather on Thursday looks pretty good!! Our man (pictured below with an inhabitant of our irrigation pond) Jonah Brown will have the course open on Thanksgiving from 9am until 4pm! Golf is perfect with family before or after turkey!! FEEL FREE TO BRING THE POOR KID SOME THANKSGIVING FOOD!

Plot twist: Jonah catches the Whale!!!

Friday’s weather looks amazing!! Highs near 70 and sun! Get your tee times now!

Off Season Rates Are Now Available!







Meet your new course pup M!

Help us in welcoming our newest staff member!
Her name is “M” and she is ready to make friends with humans. Her enemies include: waterfowl, varmint, bogeys and slow play!                                         Please feel free to love on her when you see her!


Update #2 as promised:

Equipment that we use a couple of times a year is giving us grief, but we are back up and running!  The back 9 will be closed Monday, Sept 11th!  We are hoping to have it all aerified, overseeded, top dressed and ready to go by late afternoon!!!  Also, we have a Boonville Girls Meet on the front beginning at 3:30pm!!!  GO PIRATES!!!!




The aerification process is under way.  Things were running smoothly, but we have had a piece of equipment go down and can not get a replacement part until Friday.

The Front 9 is done and will re open tomorrow (Thursday), meaning that all 18 holes will be available tomorrow until 3!  At 3 we will close the back 9 for a Boonville Pirates Girls Golf Meet.  On Friday both nines will be open until we get our replacement part in (10-11am).  We will then close the back nine and get it done before the weekend!

Again, we will continue to run our $20 special for golf with cart and $2 beer during this process!

Thank you all!!!!!

Hail Ridge Golf Course:

The time for aerification is never perfect.  It is a mess, it interrupts play and it just generally is no fun.  But, it is a necessity when you have the type of grass that we enjoy and has not been done in over a year.  For more information on aerification of A4 creeping bent grass please read this

This aerification will help break up the layer of organic material that A4 bentgrass is famous for creating, allowing oxygen and water to the root level.  As you may recall we did a smaller version of this a few times this summer to relieve the pressure without the massive stress during hot/humid times.  We will be harvesting the cores as well as top dressing (sand) heavily and rolling after aerification to reduce the impact to play as much as possible.  With the disease pressure that we have experienced we will also be over seeding while we do this.

The Schedule:  We are planning to aerify greens, tees, fairways and rough.  We will begin with front nine on Tuesday. The front 9 will be closed during this process.  We will then close the back nine on Wednesday in order to preform the same procedure.  We will always have one nine open and we will re open both sides on Thursday.  The entire time this is happening we will be aerifying the rough, fairways and tees.  We anticipate the aerification healing completely within 2 weeks with weather cooperation.  If we have a weather or mechanical issue that pushes this schedule back we will be sure to let you know!


We have done all that we can do to keep our green complexes alive during this difficult stretch.  Now it is time to shift gears and look to the long tearm heath and improvement of this amazing golf course!



As many of you have seen or heard we have been battling some difficult turf conditions.  The bad news is that it looks ugly.  The good news is that it is under control, healing and putts fine!

Hail Ridge sat empty for months. That was followed by a dry warm winter.  That was followed by an impaired ability to run irrigation due to construction.  We knew that there would be some issues, we just didn’t know which problems.  And the winner of the problem pool was Anthracnose!

Anthracnose is a fungus that is active in dry, warm turf that is short on fuel.  Well….. that couldn’t describe where our turf was any better.

While our circumstances for having a perfect turf year were imposable, that doesn’t mean that we got it all right.  We misdiagnosed the problem not once, but twice.  Had we diagnosed it correctly and taken the appropriate actions right away we could have cut the consequences in half.  But sometimes this is how we learn….

So, where are we now?  We have treated the disease chemically twice.  We are topdressing weekly.  We have deep tyned 5 times in the past 3 weeks (reduce dry spots). We have cut out and replaced some of the worst spots for more immediate recovery.  We have also continued to fertilize heavily while verticutting and applying a growth regulator to encourage horizontal growth. We will also be over seeding in the coming weeks as the weather allows.  We have had several experts out to ensure that our steps on the path to a speedy full recovery are the correct ones.  I am happy to let you know that we have had 20% regrowth in the last 4 days alone!

Some have speculated that we haven’t watered enough, have over watered, roll to much or didn’t aerify. The is some merit to the fact that the course wasn’t aerified this spring.  A4 bent grass does create a heavier layer of thatch that does need to be broken through more often than older or newer strains and it certainly would have been good to aerify.  However, it wasn’t going to be done last fall and with limited access to irrigation this spring and the heat it could have led to a much larger, more immediate problem.

We appreciate everyone’s continued support as we work tirelessly to remedy this issue!!!


The original plan was to take the no mow down a couple of times this season.  However, the first person that we contracted to take the no mow down was unable to fulfill this contract due to mechanical issues. So we have contracted with another larger area mower and I am happy to announce that the process has begun today!!  By next week the no mow will be down to 6 inches and we are continuing to identify places we can decrease the no mow to help you out. And in places that players are less apt to hit it we can increase native areas without harming playability.  We are also considering a reseed option that will grow lower and thinner while choking out noxious weeds!!!

I hope that this information helps you feel more confident in the direction that we are headed!  The weather is perfect so get your butts out here and play some golf!!!!!!


Josh Black

Here is an example of a full blown anthracnose break out.

This is our first crack at this so we need your help! We need YOU to get three friends, your bats, your poles, tackle boxes and join us for the Surf and Turf.  It is a nine hole, four person scramble followed by 20 min of fishing.  We will then subtract the total weight of your catches from your golf score for a total to compare against other teams!  The cost for the event is only $15 (golf rates apply).  We will begin with golf at 5:30.  Call to sign up today!