Reasons to Visit Diamante Golf Course and Country Club

Cabo is an ideal location for anyone who is planning to go on a holiday. Aside from being one of the oldest and continuously inhabited parts of the world, it is also considered as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.

Aside from the white sandy beaches, there are also a lot of golf courses in the area. Diamante Golf Course and Country Club is one of them. Whether you’re beginner or a professional golfer, we highly recommend that you check it out. Here, you’ll enjoy great weather, beautiful scenery and some golf too.

If you need any more reasons to head to Diamante Golf Course and Country Club in Cabo other than those mentioned above, keep reading. In this blog post, we’ll give you 3 great reasons why you should make a trip and book a tee at this stunning golf course.

The practice range itself is stunning

The practice range at Diamante provides a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s so beautiful that you can spend an entire day on the practice range. Did we mention that there’s a bar located right next to it? No kidding!

The Dunes Course

Every hole on the course has creative elements and character, but the Dunes Course is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The said course was designed by Davis Love III. It provides a stunning view of the neighboring Pacific Ocean and flows seamlessly through natural sand dunes. It is everything a golfer travels to the end of the Earth to find. The course is undeniably beautiful; it ranked #38 in Golf Magazine’s list of Top 100 Courses in the World.

El Cardonal

This Tiger Woods design course was inspired by the old style courses of Southern California where he grew up in. Featuring native dunes, mature vegetation, natural arroyos, dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, plus, some unique challenges, it’s going to provide an amazing golf experience. It will be one of those rounds where you’ll remember every shot you hit.

Golfers of all skill levels will be able to enjoy a round at this course. It will provide options for this with higher handicaps, but will also challenge expert players.

Tips for Finding the Best Golf Coach

When looking for an instructor, most golfers would start their search in golf courses that are nearest to them. In most cases, they would take lessons from any of the pros at the golf course where they spend most of their time in. While there is nothing wrong in seeking help from instructors near your area, there is no guarantee that these instructors would help you take your game to the next level.

If improving your game is important to you, then you need to choose your golf instructor carefully. Here are some tips for finding the best golf coach.

Consider your needs

Most golfers take golf lessons without even considering what they want to get out of it. In order to get the most out of your golf lessons, it is important that you ask yourself why you need golf lessons in the first place.

Do you want to reach a certain level of handicap? Do you have a specific goal? Do you want to increase driver stance? Do you have a slice, hook or short game problem? Take these things into consideration when choosing a golf instructor. This way, it would be easier for you to search for the right instructor who can help you reach your goals.

PGA or LPGA accreditation

When seeking a golf professional to help you with your game, make sure that person has the experience and education to take your game to the next level. In this case, we strongly suggest that you choose an instructor who is a member of the LPGA or PGA. You cannot get any better instruction than from someone with an active accreditation with the LPGA or PGA. They have a good deal of expertise in the game and have the ability to teach the basics in an understandable way. They have already given lots of golf lessons and are continuously being exposed to up-to-date golf teaching practices.

Compatibility

Before taking lessons, you want to make sure that you connect with the instructor. Of course, there is no way to tell whether or not you’ll have a good relationship unless you spend time with that person. Call the instructor and ask if they can talk to you about your game and improvement goals. Here, you’d be able to gauge if you’ll get along. Look for someone who you enjoy spending time with. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time together.

Trooping The Colours: When Orange and White might be the new Green of The Masters

Trooping The Colours: When Orange and White might be the new Green of The Masters

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 26: Rickie Fowler of the United States celebrates winning on the 18th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on February 26, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Rickie Fowler’s heart was never in the final day of the Shell Houston Open.  It was as if his double bogey on the eighteenth hole on the third day had sounded his death knell.  We didn’t know it or hear it, or want to hear it, and our expectation was that he would come out, fighting fit, on the final day to make a comeback that saw him drop to three behind the leader at the end of the third day of play.  It never happened and Rickie’s final “Orange” day was one that left his followers somewhat blue.

That final day was a struggle – with a wild drive on the second that resulted in a double bogey and finding water on the fourth to drop yet another shot – before he found a modicum of form with a few late birdies that saw him close with a seventy to tie for third place with Luke List.

Rickie will tell us it was an alignment problem at the beginning of the final day that caused his bad start and he now believes that he has it sorted and under his control with that late run of birdies as proof.

Which is just as well – for round the corner from that Shell Houston Open experience, we have Augusta, The Masters, and the first major of the season.

The perennial big question bubbling on everyone’s lips is who will be the winner and, to make matters as coherently prognostic as the eventual outcome of Brexit or the reign of President Trump, everyone is coherently united on their lack of common agreement on the nature of the course, the type of play, the skills set required for the win and what player possesses those exact skills at this precise moment in time.  In other words, blindfold yourself, spin round three times, and stick a pin in the list of names that form the official field.  You will have the same modicum of success as the top pundits with all their rhyme and reason.  It will also keep you busy while waiting for the Thursday tee-off.

As Augusta throws open its doors to the great unclean of the everyday world for its annual golf-fest Masters season, the professional players of the golfing world are casting their shadows – like giants on stilts – over the coveted jacket.  While nobody rates Danny Willett’s ability to defend his title after an abysmal year that has seen him more weighed down by his win than uplifted, Rory remains hungry and a green jacket short of a grand slam.  With the jury still out on Dustin’s ability to finish four rounds and not choke in a major, the nearest thing to agreement from all interested parties seems to be in the form of Jordan Speith, a former Master and expected winner of last year’s title too – until Augusta’s most iconic hole decided to re-assert its trickery and pound out a new chapter in tournament history by scuppering Speith’s chance at a consecutive green jacket.  The recent sad events that have unfolded in Jason Day’s private life perhaps preclude him from the win (Jason: big shout out for your mum’s continued recovery and a return to bountiful health.), while Japan holds its breath in wondrous anticipation of their own Matsuyama.

Opinion and banter in the lead up to The Masters is all part of the fun and everyone approaches their choices through hardcore statistics, well-rounded debate and reasoned perspective.  I love it but I have never seen much by way of solidly consistent predictions because the mighty course of Augusta takes no prisoners nor respects any pundit’s forecast so, respectfully bowing to the might of the eighteen holes at Magnolia Lane, I am staking my claim to the predictions board and pinning my hopes on little mentioned but ninth ranked golfer on the Official World Golf Ranking list, Rickie Fowler, for the jacket.

I have a thousand reasons to do so but most of all he has my support for all that he brings to golf.

First off the tee then…

He’s hot-to-trot number one in the world of golf fashion stakes.  His cleated high-tops, six-pocketed jogger-style “bicycle clip” pants and continuously daring-dazzle outfits have given him an instantly recognisable silhouette, endeared him to the younger generations and sent the die-hard traditionalists into a yellow funk.  He puts the fun back into the image of golf apparel and I applaud his efforts, especially when I hear the middle-aged spreaders choking on their words and struggling to commentate on his style.

Driving it down the fairway…

Even if you are not a style icon or have not a thread of interest in the “fashionista” stakes, there is a fistful of facts that form the building blocks to Rickie’s character and make him a positive role model.  Although fiercely competitive, he brings the elements of friendship and fun to every tournament.  He loves his family and has a strong bond with his grandpa who taught him to play golf and to treat people with respect.  Rickie emulates his grandfather’s attitude to life and love of people.  He has a Christian faith that is important to him and, for all of Fowler’s “flash” image, he remains old school and grounded.  Those who know him first-hand will testify that he was brought up in a humble home where he was never put on a pedestal.  Before golf came knocking on his door as a career choice, he was already great at Motocross and it was only a triple fracture that ended that career.  Those attributes are the colour of gold.

Crafting the approach shot…

On the threshold of The Masters, Rickie is playing some great golf.  February saw him tie for fourth at the Phoenix Open and then win the Honda Classic.  In March, he posted a couple of top-16 finishes at the WGC Mexico and the Arnold Palmer Invitational and last week, he finished with a tie for third place at the Shell Houston Open, which augurs well for his form.  However, his appearances at previous Masters range from plain cold through medium hot to cool.  He failed to make the top twenty-five from 2011 – 2013 but scored a fifth place tie in 2014 in tough scoring conditions.  2015 saw him tie for twelfth place but his last year’s entry failed to make the cut. That first drive looked more like the Flight of The Bumblebee through the Georgia pines and, by the time he’d come up for air, his first round had carded up a massive eighty and he fared not a lot better with a second round of seventy-three. A resoundingly grey start could only sent his 2016 game into oblivion.

Chipping it in for the pin…

There are a number of right-to-left doglegs at Augusta National and that necessitates being able to hit a draw.  Rickie drives it straight but his flat swing and shallow connection with the ball allow him to do just that when the need arises.  Putting in fluctuating green speeds will also be a key factor and reigning in any overly aggressive tendencies on medium length putts, especially when the greens are running fast, will be an issue that Rickie will have to take control of but, if stats are what floats your boat, Rickie’s tee-to-green game is fourth on the PGA Tour and his putter is at ninth in strokes gained putting.  He is in the pink with these current stats.

Putting it out there for the win…

But the icing on the cake that makes Rickie the perfect choice for me is all to do with the colour scheme.

First and foremost, I’m Irish and I am all for an Irish Master.  My representatives for the coveted green jacket are Lowry and McIlroy.  I am not banking on Shane for a green keepsake and, although Rory is sporting a relaxed attitude and a fresh approach after weeks of incapacity, he remains a flaky putter and will struggle with those Augusta yellow-flagged pins at some point. He is not my reliable white knight.

Secondly, I’m English – having lived a greater number of years in the UK than I’ve lived in Ireland – and there is only one player for me whose game is admirably suited to Augusta National.  His name is Justin Rose.  This is his twelfth start and he has an excellent record of finishing in the Top Ten, apart from his first ever visit which resulted in a 39th place, but short-game issues still remain and I cannot see him entering a purple patch in time to take this Masters. Besides which, I celebrated in all shades of red, white and blue last year when Danny did us proud.

So next available on the colour spectrum has to be Rickie.  Those of you who are hot on the study of vexillology will have worked out the connection by now.

Arnie wore pink, Tiger red, Player black, and orange – aggressive red made more personable by yellow – is Rickie’s chosen colour.  He usually pairs his orange top with white trousers on the final day.

As he dons the green jacket at the end of the fourth day, I, for one, will laud an American Master aesthetically dressed in the Irish tricolour.  Flag it up and troop those colours, Rickie.  It’s your time to shine and the closest I am likely to come to an “Irish” win in The Masters 2017.

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4 Ways to Improve Pace of Play

Most golfers go out to the golf course to relax and unwind. But considering how much time it takes to finish the game, a lot of golfers make the decision not to play. This is especially true for golfers who are living ridiculously busy lives. I am one of them.

Most golfers play too slow. However, nobody wants to admit that slow play is their fault. No matter how much you deny it, I’m here to tell you that everyone is guilty of it.

In the hopes of improving pace of play, we have compiled some tips and suggestions that will help speed up the game a little. Maybe you can pass them on to golfers who could really use them. Here are 4 ways to improve your pace of play.

Keep up with the group in front of you

To help keep play moving at a brisk pace, try to keep up with the group ahead of you. Get going after hitting your shot. Remember, your place on the course should be behind the group in front of you, not in front of the group behind you.

Be helpful to others in your group

If there is a lost ball, you can help your playing partner find the ball while the others are hitting their shots. But please try not to spend too much time searching for the ball. Never spend more than 5 minutes looking for a lost ball.

Keep your pre-shot routine short

We all know that pre-shot routines are essential before every shot, but it doesn’t have to take forever. If your pre-shot routine involves making practice shots, you are free to do so. But please limit your practice shot to one or two. You are free to take as many practice swings as you want while waiting for your turn.

If your pre-shot routine is quite lengthy, then you might want to shorten it a bit. If possible, try to hit your shot within 20 seconds. From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution, everything should be done within 20 seconds.

Plan your shot before you get to your ball

To prevent unnecessary frustration from the group behind you, we suggest that you use the time to get to your ball to prepare for your next shot. Also, make your club selection and determine your yardage while waiting for your turn. Small things like this can significantly improve pace of play.

Do You Really Need To Wear Golf Shoes?

When we think of golf equipment, golf clubs, balls, and bag are the first things that come to mind. After all, you can’t play golf without them. Some players even make it a point to upgrade their equipment in the hopes of improving their game. However, most golfers tend not to put much thought in selecting their footwear.

Just because some courses allow players to wear sneakers or rubber shoes, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to get golf shoes. This is fine if you’re just trying out the game. But if you’re looking to play golf on a weekly basis, then we recommend that you buy one.

Here are some of the reasons why you should invest in a good pair of golf shoes.

Comfort

A golf game usually takes about 4 to 5 hours. During the game, golfers will have to stand and walk the majority of the time. If you’ll be playing 18 holes, you’ll be walking a distance of about 5 to 6 miles. Some would even carry their golf bags while walking the course. As such, it is important to wear something you’ll be comfortable in.

Today’s golf shoes are made from lighter and suppler materials. This means they are more comfortable for the golfers. We also recommend getting golf shoes that are waterproof, so your feet stays dry even in wet conditions. If you’re not wearing a pair of comfortable shoes, your golf game will suffer. It will be difficult for you to produce good shots if all you think about is how painful your feet are.

Stability

Golfers need shoes with spikes prevent their feet from moving as they swing the club. The spikes provide stability and more traction. They help golfers get a toe hold, preventing their feet from slipping or sliding during a golf swing. Cleated shoes are especially important if you’re playing on a wet, hilly course.

During the earlier times, golfers used to wear shoes with metal spikes. Later on, courses banned the use of metal spikes as they tend to ruin the greens. Because of this, manufacturers have decided to do away with the metal spikes and replace them with soft plastic spikes. This will help preserve the condition of the greens while still providing players the stability they need.

 

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Clubs

Golf clubs are an essential part of your game. They play a huge part on how you perform on the golf course. You’ll see an improvement in your game once you become comfortable and used to swinging them. Unlike other golf accessories like gloves, shoes, and bags, there are some occasions when you need to replace them even if they’re still fully functional.

The right set of clubs will help you reach your full golfing potential. But if you try to hold on to your clubs despit

e the need to switch them out, your game will suffer immensely.

How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your golf equipment? Here are some signs.

You’re not making any progress

If you have already taken some golf lessons, applied what you have learned and spent time practicing, yet you still haven’t seen any improvements in your game, this is an indication that your clubs aren’t the right fit for you. Maybe you should settle for clubs that are more forgiving. Your clubs may be holding you back from reaching your full potential. You need to switch them out to start making progress.

Your game has changed

Another strong indicator to change your golf clubs for new ones is that you notice a change in your home. If your handicap is going down and your game is improving, then opt for clubs that offer more weight and substance. Remember, your clubs should change as your ability changes. You’re not going to have the type of game you want if you’re playing with the wrong gear.

Too much wear and tear

Over time, your golf clubs will show signs of wear and tear no matter how well you take care of them. This is especially true if you play a lot of golf. Excessively worn clubs, dents or abrasions on the face of the club, cracks on the club shafts and grooves that become smooth are signs of wear and tear. Golf clubs that are in bad condition can negatively affect your game. So you might want to start shopping for a new one if you notice any of these signs.

You’ve been using your clubs for more than 3 years

Let’s face it. Most golfers would hold on to their clubs as long as they’re still functional. After all, a set of clubs can be quite expensive. But experts recommend upgrading your clubs every 3 years. Why? Because it is likely that your game has changed over the past 3 years.

If you’re not willing to invest in new clubs, at least take your equipment to a pro shop and have them examined. A professional will tell you if you need to replace some parts. Also, they’ll determine proper size and length.

4 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the U.S.

People play golf for a variety of reasons. For some, they consider it as a form of exercise. Others, however, head to the course to relax and unwind. After all, who wouldn’t feel relaxed when you’re playing outdoors, basking in the sun, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the picturesque views of the course?

In this blog post, we have made a list of some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. These courses are incredibly refreshing and beautifully constructed; they’ll leave you in awe. Since beauty is a subjective thing, there may be courses that you think are more beautiful than those on the list.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Course location: Coos County, near Bandon, Oregon

Situated along the Oregon Coast is a multiple-course resort that will blow you away. From its imaginative putting course to its sporty par-3 track, to its quartet of 18-hole stunners, there is no denying that Bandon Dunes is one of the best courses in the country. That, combined with the magnificent Pacific Coast as your backdrop, it’s not surprising why it rose to popularity and became one of the top golf destinations in the country.

Cypress Point Club

Course location: Pebble Beach, California

The calm and peaceful atmosphere, combined with its beauty will make you want to spend more time in this place. Cypress Point enters the Del Monte forest for the first 9 holes and re-emerges on the rocky coastline for the succeeding holes. This golf course is popular for having the best golf holes in the world, with holes 15th, 16th, and 17th being played along the Pacific Ocean. Its beauty is very mesmerizing and most golfers consider this as a very lovable golf course.

Cypress Point Club was consistently rated as one of the top 3 golf courses in the world since it opened in 1928.

Pine Valley Golf Club

Course location: Pine Valley, New Jersey

This place is famous for its pine cone collection and abundant natural habitat. It also prides itself on being one of the toughest courses, providing golfers consistent level of challenge and conditioning on each hole. The variety of every aspect of the course is unparalleled. It ranked number 1 in the list of “top 100 Courses in World” by Golf Digest in 2012 and 2015.

Shinecock Hills

Course location: Southampton, Long Island, New York

Established in the early 1930s, Shinecock Hill is one of the oldest formal organized golf club in the U.S. The architecture of the 126-year old course hasn’t been altered until 2012. The beauty of this place is almost impossible to describe. Because of the beautiful distractions, you are surrounded by, it can be quite difficult to focus on your game.

Shinecock Hills has already hosted the U.S. Open 4 times. It will be hosting the U.S. Open again in 2018 and in 2026.

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