Clubhouse Porch

Grab friends, family for a golf round this fall

What makes golf a unique sport for the ages? The chance to play the game with friends, perfect strangers and family. I highlight the latter when I ran into a former fellow employee this week as I...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Chill in the air, heat on golf courses

I felt the first signs of the approaching fall when the temperature dipped into the low fifties the last few days. Chile roasting is in full force, and the mums have arrived at the local...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Golf calendar red-hot with events, changes

The ol’ calendar on the wall is moving into the final third of the season for scheduled tournament play, and there are some tournaments that have moved their dates and locations in the upcoming...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Holes-in-one a family affair for Trollans

I have reported on local golf activity for more than 36 years and, if my recollection is still in tact, this is a first for my column. We know how rare a hole-in-one is, and there are some years...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

The tradition of a weekend of golf Opens

There is one word from “Fiddler on the Roof” that sums up this particular week of local and national golf action – tradition. One event is no less challenging than the other if you ask many locals...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Recovery off the course; busy time on the greens

I sit down this week at my computer trying to collect my thoughts and regain my strength. After an unexpected first-ever trip in a Flight for Life helicopter last weekend courtesy of the gall of my...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

The game you can play forever, so start young

There are all kinds of sports activities, and our skills in some diminish as we move on in age while some can stay with us as long as our abilities stay true to our dedication. I was thinking...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Elevate your game in time for tournament play

Are you ready to elevate your game? At first I thought I saw the word levitate! Silly me, even that would not help my game. But wait, think about it, we all want to play our best to the abilities...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Change comes with the 36th year of Clubhouse Porch

Someone once told me if you can not deal with change, you will be left behind. Advice well taken as changes have taken place to bring everyone up to speed in this rapid-paced media environment. ...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Farewell to The King, and this year’s Clubhouse Porch

I remember as a young boy practicing my golf swing in my grandmother’s backyard using a Wiffle golf ball so not to sail one over the tall trees and into our neighbor’s corn field. I pretended to be...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

Happy Trail to Surprise brings green pastures

This reporter took advantage of some down time and ventured south to Surprise, Arizona, last week. The last time I made a trip into the valley of the sun was nearly 28 years ago. My tattered Rand...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch

High praise for local courses as season winds down

Every once in awhile, I get in the car and take a drive and check out the conditions of our area courses. A quick glancing snapshot of some of the holes is all I need to assess the health of the...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Clubhouse Porch