Ron Jaworski Golf: Knowing Your X’s and O’s

Ron Jaworski is known to most of us as the ever present quarterback pundit on ESPN football shows….the guy who breaks down tape every week to explain why some quarterbacks have QB Ratings in the 70’s and 80’s and and why others spent too much of their Sunday prone on the stadium turf.

Broadcasting gig included being the color guy on MNF from 2007-2011

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We might also remember he got his broadcasting gig based on a very successful 17-year NFL career where he once held the NFL record for consecutive starts by a quarterback at 116. He has since been surpassed in this regard by a bunch of no name NFL players that include Brett Farve, Peyton and Eli Manning, and Phillip Rivers.

9 years with the Eagles included a Super Bowl XV appearance in January 1981

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Bottom line is that Ron Jaworski has always been an over-achiever in anything he has pursued and this is because he focuses on the basics and outworks his adversaries.

Little known to most of us one of those pursuits has been the very successful enterprise of owning and managing golf courses under the moniker of Ron Jaworski Golf. In this current iteration he has five courses in his stables in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.

Ron Jaworski Golf LogoIn this article for Sports Illustrated by Dan Greene you can read about his chain of profitable Jaworski Golf Courses.

This is not a high end “Donald” collection of posh golf courses but, rather like Jaws, a amalgamation of efficiently run modest golf facilities that put an emphasis on playability, affordability, atmosphere, and quick pace of play. These are not courses done by pedigree golf architects aimed at business executives and wealthy individuals. Rather they cater to average Joe and Jill who are interested in good golf value not golf hype.

As Jaws proudly points out in the article and accompanying video in an era when golf courses are going out of business at an alarming rate his courses pull in annual six-figure profits. He does this by employing economies of scale to his business in the bulk purchase of everything from fertilizer to food. His course maintenance staff often works across a number of facilities allowing him to operate at much lower overheads than single operator owners. He emphasizes his marketing of the courses to the masses, including women and children who are often ignored by higher end facilities.

An ad on his website for “Girls Golf Outings”

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The Jaworski Golf Card gets you a $10 greens fee at all of his courses

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You see Ron is a man with a plan. If you go to the Ron Jaworski Golf website you will find this document called “Driving Business-Ron Jaworski Golf”. It is a detailed business plan for running this successful golf operation. The attention to detail….the X’s and O’s…..pours off of every page. There is a reason this man’s golf operation is successful and growing and this and his other business exploits have attracted the investment interest of a slew sports and entertainment celebs and Wall Street investors.

His annual Celebrity Golf Challenge in AC attracts all kinds of stars

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In a time where golf has been characterized by some as an atrophying industry because a five hour time commitment and exorbitant greens fees can put it out of reach of most people we should be reminded that the greatest percentage of the 27 million people who played golf in the United States last year did not do it at a snobby private country club or posh resort facility.

Ron Jaworski understands that and he has employed a golf business plan providing these players a well presented, no frills golf experience at an affordable price with a tasty meal waiting for them in his bustling 19th hole sports bar after the round . Success is in minding all in the details just like it has been in his playing and broadcasting careers.

Dan Greene

Sports Illustrated
September 2015

Throwing Caution To The Wind

In case you missed it on Friday Rory McIlroy, the current #1 in the World Golf Rankings, let his temper get the best of him on the 8th at Doral after hitting his 3-iron approach into the drink and flung the disobedient implement a good 75 yards into the water next to him.

Rory wasn’t entirely enamored with his play on Friday at Doral

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To his own admission, it wasn’t his proudest moment, but it felt good at the time. Henrik Stenson, his playing pard and a man known to display a personal anger tempest from time-to-time said, “Well, if you can’t get on ‘SportsCenter with your play, at least you can do it with something else”.

As far as being a bad role model with this show of temper, let the record show it did not take very long. Marcel Siem, a fellow European Tour stand out, replicated the act on Saturday after stuffing his long iron in a green side bunker on the same hole. Rory may have to anchor a public relations campaign against helicoptering long irons to tamp down a brush fire among young Rory-ites..

Take a look at Bob Harig’s ESPN.com article on the affair which includes full video of the fling as well as Rory’s version of contrition in his post game press conference on Friday.

BTW, as Bobby Knight, a man who knows from where this comes, said in his interview with David Feherty a while back when asked about the proper form for flinging metal objects, it is all about getting to your left side on the follow through. You will note that the true athlete in Rory came through in his fling form, there is not a hint of a duck hook in the flight of the iron.

Good news is a diver was back in the pond yesterday to retrieve the club and it seems to have survived the swim with it’s dignity in tact. Only question is whether this 3-iron now shows up on EBay or in a glass case at Doral for the sake of recollection.

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(Click to read Bob Harig’s article about Rory’s Frustrated Fling)

March, 2015

Does Tiger Have The Yips?

I don’t think so. Nor do a number of other folks with serious golf smarts including Tour Putting Guru Marius Filmalter.

Of late these short pitches have spawned more frowns than smiles

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Check out Marius’s recent article on golf.com where he clearly believe’s Tiger’s short game problems are not neurological but a matter of proper technique confidently applied. He should know since his client list includes a who’s who of top global players from the PGA, European, L.P.G.A and Champion’s tours.

I for one think Marius has it right. In spite of his pathetic short game performances at the Hero’s Challenge In December and the Waste Management and Farmer’s more recently there is really nothing in his short game that resembles the yips to me. Tiger has simply lost his way on short swing technique. But the question is why?

For me the answer lies in Tiger’s unrealistic quest for golf perfection. He not only wants be the best player the game has ever seen but he wants to have the perfect golf swing as well. Throughout the early part of his career he repeatedly said he wanted to “own his swing” in a Hogan-like sense. For a guy who pretty much had the perfect swing back in 2000 under the tutelage of B.H. he has repeatedly wandered from expert to expert in search of something more perfect. The bad news is that the more he has tried to refine his swing the further from the truth he has found himself.

I buy the fact that as he says, his current short game performance problems are because he cannot synchronize his new little swing pattern to bottom out properly. But the question is why try? It may be inherent that a player’s big swing and little swing tend to look alike but it does not have to be that way.

As Phil said in comments about Tiger’s pitching woes, “There’s only one way to chip effectively. So regardless of how you swing the club, regardless of how you putt, there’s only one way to chip, because the leading edge on a 60-degree wedge is coming into the ball first. And everything you do chipping is to get, keep the leading edge down. So there’s three or four fundamentals on chipping that everybody has to do to chip well. No matter who you are. And it has nothing to do with your swing.”

He needs to forget about synchronizing methods of his long and short swings and focus on the fundamentals of quality short game shots that are the same for all players, regardless of swing principles.

Tiger’s never ending quest to reinvent his big swing to meet his latest sense of perfection has leaked into what was the best short game on tour and wreaked havoc. Marius is correct when he says Tiger needs to get back to fundamental sound technique around the greens and harmonize it with the self awareness that he is doing it properly.

It is time for Tiger to stop soliciting the advice of any tour player within earshot and listen to the familiar voice of a short game expert he knows. If he brings this short game to Augusta, the most demanding tight lie short game shot course in the world, he will not break 80.

(Click to read the Marius Filmalter article “Tiger Woods Does Not Have The Yips”)

February, 2015

Putter Walk

Putter Walk LogoGolf inebriates are always looking for a new game to spice up the competition on Saturday with the regular buds. Kaptain Keith conjured up a this one this past summer and, given the bonus from the Golfing Gods of a 59-degree day in December, it seemed like as good of an opportunity as any to give it a test drive.

It is an old adage of the game that the sweetest walk in golf is the last 175 yards of a Par 4 with your putter under your arm. So the Putter Walk competition gets it’s name.

Best played as a two-man match with player’s of similar ability the rules are relatively simple-it is the total Putter Walk Yardage for a player over the 18 holes. On each hole a player’s Putter Walk Yardage is the distance of his shot to the flag if his approach stays on the putting surface. Any hole where the approach play is under 75 yards yields no Putter Walk Yardage.

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Two additional wrinkles provide some drama:

The Daily Double: If a player hits a qualifying approach and makes the one-putt his
Putter Walk Yardage is doubled for that hole. Alex Trebek would approve.

The TPR (Three-Putt Reduction): If a player hits a qualifying approach and
three-putts his Putter Walk Yardage is cut in half for that hole. Kind of a Putter Walk
validation.

A running total of each guy’s Putter Walk Yardage must be kept to keep the focus of the players keen. A quality yardage gun or cart GPS and a portable calculator or a guy who had at least 650 on his Math SAT will make this a much more intelligible experience.

Putter Walk Scorecard-we started on #10 in this gripping match

Putter Walk Scorecard-we started on #10 in this gripping match

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In today’s test drive match between Kaptain Keith and The Kommish the gauntlet was thrown down early by Kaptain Keith whose hybrid approach on the first hole was worth 197. But this is a volatile game and The Kommish turned the tables quickly with a 164 yard approach on the second to 20 feet and made the putt for The Daily Double! A little parry on the third and then the match hit a speed bump with only one Putter Walk Yardage between them over the next six holes. At the turn it stood 563 to 362 in favor of The Kommish.

More bobbin’ and weavin’ over the first three holes on the inward nine until Kaptain Keith landed a decisive blow hittting the green on the 13th hole of the day and burying a 20-footer for the Daily Double and 240 points. The game was on again.

Another speed bump run for the Kommish over the next four holes and standing on the final tee Kaptain Keith had a 36 yard advantage. His GIR from 134 on the last closed out the match with a final score of 1119 to 949 in favor of the Kaptain. It only seemed appropriate that the man who invented the game should be the first walk off
Putter Walk winner.

As you can imagine, this is a ball striker’s game, short game saves mean nothing.
We found that GIRs on the par threes are critical and proper lay-ups on the five pars can put low hanging fruit within reach. Making a long putt after an approach that counts is a game changer.

This has to be played under the auspices of, as David Owen would say, “your usual game”. No gaming the system will be tolerated. Hitting five iron on a Par 4 to set up a 175 yard hybrid approach is considered inappropriate Putter Walk behavior.

The Putter Walk is a perfect adjunct to your regular four-man game on Saturday. It is relatively easy to track on a separate card, adds a few more bucks to the kitty, and can provide separate bragging rights to the conversation over lunch.

Once this goes viral I am sure GolfNow.com (a.k.a. The Golf Channel in Sheep’s Clothing) will add it as a feature to their smart phone mobile app. Remember you heard it here first so……….Go Play!

December, 2014

Geoff Ogilvy Knows His Golf

Among sports journalists, analysts, and pundits the most overused term today is a guy’s sport’s IQ. It refers to a player’s innate ability to make the right decision time-after-time in the heat of action. The guy with a high sports IQ sees the game circumstance developing in front of him in slow motion and somehow synthesizes the information intuitively to make the right athletic move leading to a score.

This is often used to explain why certain players, like Manu Ginobili in the NBA or Drew Brees in the NFL, without the obvious physical gifts of other superstars seem to consistently make critical plays that help their teams win championships.

In golf we have examples of high sports IQs in overachievers like Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, and young Jordan Spieth. These guys play the game with an in-game intellect that helps them perform at a level we would never expect looking at their physical size or the purity of their golf swing.

But the nature of the game we love, the inherent richness of it’s historical lore, the cerebral aspect to the creation of it’s playing fields, and slower pace of play which encourages comaraderie and social interaction of it’s participants provide a unique opportunity to develop a Golf IQ. High Golf IQ requires a perceptive individual to collect, ponder, and catalog a cache of golf knowledge and experience.  Time then intercedes to allow them to develop the proper humility and an articulate voice to share it with others.

Geoff Ogilvy has a Golf IQ much higher than the average bear

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Geoff Ogilvy, born in Australia, learned his love for the game playing the bouncy fairways and slick putting surfaces on classic Sandbelt courses like Metropolitan, Kingston Heath, and Royal Melbourne.  He has won a U.S. Open, three World Golf Championships, and another nine professional tournaments over his 16-year folf career. As good as Geoff is to watch plying his trade with a 3-iron he is actually much more interesting to experience with microphone in his hand or keyboard in front of him.

Distilled Ogilvyisms:

He categorizes himself as a History Guy “always talking about old players, old courses, the history of majors….knows not only about architects, but when and where they were born”.

Seve Ballesteros had “the right look over the ball…when he settled in and waggled that immediately conveyed perfection to the human eye….but if you examined Seve for too long all kinds of unconventional things would emerge and the perfection would go away”.

Seve’s lyric style of playing golf shots often did not abide convention

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Good golf is not meant to be played on long and narrow fairways or  lush, perfectly manicured greens. “The best courses (like The Old Course, Royal Melbourne, and Cypress Point) are playable for golfers of all standards. There’s width to the fairways…..the real challenges are around the greens”. For good golf, courses should have large greens “incorporating interesting undulations….nothing too silly though…they will be firm…..golf is infinitely more interesting when the ball bounces and rolls after it lands on the ground”.

Royal Melbourne has width off the tee and challenge around the greens

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Short courses: His experience playing the 12-hole par 3 course at Turnberry with his buddies the week before the Open Championship reminded him how much fun the game can be. “Golf needs more pitch-and-putt courses….they require a wedge and a putter, it’s free, and you can play in jeans and a T-shirt….they are magnets for interest.”

On how the American game has been hijacked by scoring with an obsession of medal over match play “In my experience everyone is much happier when they play match play…..stroke play is a necessary evil for professionals, but for amateurs it should be the exception not the rule. Adding up scores isn’t often fun”.

The unique character of the Old Course casts long shadows over all others

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His perfect course “a welcoming and friendly environment……no cart girls….a halfway house where sausage sandwiches will be available…a small range where you can hit a few 5-irons before you wander to the 1st tee carrying your own bag. At the end of the round you will be able to get your own car…..and walk around with your dog on a leash if you wish….no wasted manpower, no wasted energy, and no wasted money”.

I share with you links to three samples of his golf voice that support the notion that Geoff may just be the most interesting man in the world…… when it comes to golf.

Click to read the Golf Digest article “Geoff Ogilvy- The Thinker

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Click to read the GolfAustralia.com posting “Geoff Ogilvy-My Perfect Golf Course”

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Click to go to the listing of State of the Game Podcasts on iTunes.

If you have the time pick Episode 25 to download a wonderful 80-minute long conversation with Geoff Ogilvy.  This is “The Golf World According Geoff Ogilvy” providing his unique perspective about preparing for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, what interests him in golf,  and so much more.

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Geoff Ogilvy
December, 2014

Two Sets of Rules

When the USGA and R & A acted on the anchored putting issue most of us scratched our heads wondering why did they pick this issue since it really did not address any of the truly significant technological advances in the last 30 years that have changed the game of golf.

Phil Blackmar, who had three wins during a fifteen-year PGA Tour career and has one on the Champions Tour as well, wrote an eloquent piece on his PBlackmar’s Blog that should be required reading for all members of the governing bodies of the game. He addresses the notion of how creating two sets of rules, one for the Tour Players/Top Line Amateurs and one for the rest of us would serve both constituencies well and help preserve interest in the game for a much longer stretch of time and provide renewed vitality for the sport played at it’s highest levels.

I will leave it to you to read and digest his well thought out point of view. Make sure to read the comment barrage at the end because in this case it does what a blog should do, allowing for a meaningful point-by-point discussion of the topics therein without the hostility and venom we so often see in responses to these posting.

Forget the Ryder Cup captain selection, this is what a task force should be discussing.

Click here to read Phil Blackmar’s fine piece on the anchoring ban

November, 2014

The Realm of Rory

PGA Championship LogoAll questions about the next dominating figure in world golf were answered with the torrid back nine of Rory McIllroy to win the PGA Championship, his fourth major at just 25 years and change.

Unlike the previous three which looked like a walk the park, this one required grit and resolve to overcome a lifeless front nine and three of the top players in the world playing their worldly best. In dwindling sunlight from a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to a wicked Sunday pin position chosen by the committee of fans Rory threw a lawn dart at the flag followed by a perfect roll from 10 feet for birdie to put both hands firmly on his second Wanamaker Trophy.

One for the Gipper from the sand at 17…

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It was somewhat reminiscent of Tiger’s 216-yard fairway bunker 6-iron that sealed a semi-major victory at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in 2000. If you saw the look in Rory’s eyes as he scampered out of the bunker to follow his shot there is little doubt about the competitive drive in this champion.

Read the vivid details of his Sunday triumph in David Kindred’s account for GolfDigest.com. This was the stuff of lore.

As Bill Macatee said, Rory had one last save for the Wanamaker trophy

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As gratifying was his golf, Rory’s statesmanship in the post round ceremonies and interviews would suggest that the game is in good hands with Rory. He took time in his acceptance speech to acknowledge the good sportsmanship of Phil and Ricky in allowing him to play up the 18th with them to insure completion of the championship in the fading sunlight. When asked about how he feels about being the figure of affection of a whole new school of young Rorys all over the world he graciously embraced this role and what comes with it.

There will be more masterpieces like this from David Cannon in year’s to come…

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This next chapter in the global golf story will be fascinating to watch unfold. Unlike in the Tiger iteration the competition is not paralyzed by Rory’s ability but seems ready to play up to the challenge on Sunday afternoons. The Realm of Rory will provide great theater for the fans and a proliferation of young kids strutting up the final holes in the fading light of dusk imagining their own glorious finishes in majors further down the road.

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David Kindred
GolfDigest.com
August, 2014

 

A Good Bet

Gerry McIlroy and a few of his blokes plunked down a 200 pound wager ($340) when Rory was 15 with a British betting house that he would win the Open Championship and be designated Champion Golfer of the Year within 10 years. Rory waited until the last minute but finally delivered by winning the championship and the 500 to 1 odds payout of 100,000 pounds ($171,000) for his father and friends. Just one more reason to drink some champagne from that Claret Jug.

Jason Gay’s entertaining lampoon article on this in today’s Wall Street Journal is a real smile.

Little doubt that Gerry’s intuition about Rory’s potential was right. Once he won the U.S. Open at Congressional by 8 furlongs at age 21 he had to feel pretty good about it. The similar runaway win of the 2012 PGA at Kiawah Island seemed like the next natural step
in this prodigy’s progression.

Yes young man that is your name on the bottom of the Claret Jug

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His unwavering performance with the lead all week, winning this one wire-to-wire against a very strong field playing well, was reiterative of his past Major triumphs. He is the third youngest person to win three Majors by age 25 and that is behind the rare company of two of the greatest ever, Jack and Tiger. His 11 PGA and European Tour wins by age 25 has him light years ahead of the rest of the class of mid-twenty something stars-to-be.

In spite of the media’s temptation to categorize him as the next dominate player it seems unlikely that Rory will ever fill this mold. Jack and Tiger had as many second and thirds in the Majors as firsts.  Except for a couple of thirds Rory is either a winner or tied for 26th or worse in most of the Majors during his short career. But when he takes command of a Major he is just off the charts dominant, maybe the best front runner in the game today.

He also will never move the needle like Tiger has done throughout his career. Sure plenty of people love him and root for him but he is not that Tiger/Jordan phenomenon that draws the attention of the casual golf fan or even not golf fan every time he shows up for any event.

What he is though is a very competitive, driven natural talent with an endearing personality that makes him a pleasure to root for when he is in the hunt. If you heard his Saturday afternoon interview with Tom Rinaldi after his third round dusting of the field to lead by six shots you heard in his responses honesty we rarely get from a prodigy performer at the top of his game. Quite refreshing to know that you can be focused on winning the big one and not have to look down on the competition to succeed.

Mum this one is for you…….

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In his acceptance speech after he finished the job with a steady hand on the tiller on the way to a two shot win over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler he thanked the R & A, the members of Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and the fans who supported him so graciously through the week. He dedicated the win to his mother Rosie as it was the first time she could be on hand for one of his Major Championship victories.

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Class…Rory took the time to thank the competition for the day’s good game

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He found time to acknowledge the quality of the competition of Sergio and Rickie and specifically say how much he enjoyed watching young Rickie play so competitively with the pressure of being in the final group on Sunday. A bit of the Payne Stewart sage advice to a young Phil Mickelson at the 1999 U.S. Open, saying Rickie will have many more chances in the Majors and his time to win is one of these is sooner rather than later.

Rory may never be the dominant competitor that Tiger proved to be the last decade and a half but the game of golf badly needs the combination of competitive flair and approachable personality that he will bring to the sport between now and the time he is 35. Pretty sure you can bet the house on this.

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(Click to read Jason Gay’s WSJ article “Rory McIlroy’s Father Knows Best”)

Jason Gay

Wall Street Journal

July, 2014

 

Mo Magic

As you can read in Ron Sirak’s article about Mo Martin’s win in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale it was totally unexpected and it made lots of people happy.

Mo brandishes a telegenic smile…..

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The fact that she did it with a near Gene Sarazen on the final hole in a howling British Isle breeze makes it all the more intriguing. As the 99th player in the World Rankings I don’t think there were even odds for her at the British betting establishments. This outcome was the stuff of bedtime fairy tales.

Almost a shot heard round the world…at least the ladies golf world

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Like Ben Curtis winning the Open Championship at Royal St. Georges in 2003, the best player the last day won the hardware and it does not matter whether it seemed to happen under the radar or not. Mo’s even par 72 on Sunday was tie for the best round on a very difficult day when the more familiar names were hemorrhaging strokes to par from the opening hole. Major winners like Feng and Pettersen shot 75, Park shot 77, and Lewis shot 78-none of them could mount an assault on the one-under 287 score Mo posted an hour earlier.

Some kind of a pleasant surprise….

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As the article says Mo is a breath of fresh air on the ladies tour and someone the players and the fans find it easy to root for.  Based on the celebration of her co-workers and the comments of the name pursuers involved it is obvious that this was a magical Cinderella story that the golf world will embrace with open arms.

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(Click to read Ron Sirak’s joyous article about Mo Martin’s British Open Win)

(A related piece by Jamie Diaz on Mo Martin’s engaging graciousness )

Ron Sirak and Jamie Diaz

Golf World

July, 2014

Pat Ruddy-Walking His Own Walk

My buddy Larry and I walk into a golf shop to check in for our tee time and when we announce that Larry and Moe are here for the 10:05 the response is often the standard…”So where is Curly?”. When we walked into the shop at Pat Ruddy’s European Club in Brittas Bay, south of Dublin, on a day in late June 2001 we got the same refrain.

Commemorative Larry-Curly-Moe adorns all our walls

Commemorative Larry-Curly-Moe photo op adorns all our walls

Imagine our surprise when returned after the round for a cold Guinness and some Paddys and Pat’s son at the counter says Curly will be out in a second. Next thing we know a gregarious man with a mop on his head burst out of the kitchen with his arms spread and says ”Larry……Moe?”

What ensued was an hour and a half of some of the most entertaining golf talk I have ever experienced. Ruddy once said in an interview for Golf Ireland, “When a person comes to Ireland, they become a member of the family. Friendships are formed that last for decades. We notice a visitor and we embrace them. They are not just fodder to a business, they are very welcome,”

Pat shows off his library of 6500+ golf books upstairs at the European Club

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He was true to his word with us….Ruddy treated us like long lost friends as we talked links courses, bad design, good rounds, tricky winds, knee-deep stuff on 13, and everything in between.

Some sample Ruddyisms:

We were discussing the severity of bunkers on links courses that often force you to consider the option of playing away from the hole. Pat, the king of the big fish story, related how he was playing an alternate shot event one day partnered with one of the local parish clergy. When Pat pinned him up against the face of a green side bunker with his approach he said, “Father you might consider hitting this one backward to give me a playable shot”. At which point his partner dutifully pulled a six iron from the bag and hit it 150 yards back down the fairway.  The man knew how to follow instructions.

In response to my suggestion that he consider adding a chicken sandwich to the robust menu in the cafe at the European Club he said, “Chicken…a great idea…I’ve been in touch with a Chinese chap who is faced with a crisis concerning 60,000,000 birds with throaty coughs. Maybe we can bring those sandwiches in really cheap…. if we can solve the transportation problem….leave it to me.”

In discussing the construction of the two signature par threes that play off the tallest dune on the Ballyliffen Glashedy Links, he said the locals, dead set against him disturbing this iconic dune,  failed to understand that it was already blowing away and covering the fairways of the new holes behind it with sand.  “So one February night at 11 p.m. I organized two dozer men, two excavator men, and a truck man and worked through the night in snow and sleet having them 95% built by dawn. No one came out to protest so they were too lazy or maybe they knew how determined I was.” These holes are two truly delectable links experiences or as Ruddy says, “I was giving them two helpings of that dessert”.

Quite the backdrop…the 8th green and beyond at his European Club

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As I found out from our first conversations and a number of correspondences between us over the next few years this is a funny, charming, opinionated, and charismatic guy that the golf world needs to know better.

That is dutifully served by Roland Merullo’s Golf World piece on Pat Ruddy that relates in personal detail the breadth of his influence and contributions to Irish links golf. His resume speaks for itself, original designs at Druid’s Glen, Ballyliffen Glashedy, Portsalon Golf Club, Rosapenna Golf Links, and, his personal jewel, The European Club, as well as renovations at a number of Ireland’s most famous links.

One of many European Club features that spur contemplation

One of the many European Club features that spur contemplation

Enjoy this article as well as a couple of moegolf course reviews of The European Club and Ballyliffen Glashedy Links.   Most important, make it a point to visit The European Club next time your soft spikes make land in Ireland.  It is a unique links experience not to be missed and, maybe if you are lucky, a diametrically challenged man will appear from the kitchen and regale you with a bit of Irish hospitality that you will never forget.

(Click here to read Roland Merullo’s “Pat Ruddy-Toy Story” from Golfworld Magazine)

(Click here to read moegolf reviews of The European Club and Ballyliffen Glashedy Links)

Roland Merullo

Golf World

July, 2014