Lift

This is getting frustrating. The rain is relentless, but in every negative we must find the opposite—the positive. What could be positive about all of this wet turf in WNY? The answer is the great work and dedication all of the golf course superintendents are displaying keeping our courses available for play. The job of the superintendent is more than just cutting grassing and hole locations. They must manage the health of the golf course which includes trees, soil, water, and distribution lines to name a few. Believe me, they feel the pressure from club managers and pros that ultimately is coming from members and golfers that want to play. Superintendents want you to play too. It’s good for business. So, thank your super next time you see him or her and their staff for the great work they’re doing in this challenging spring.

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Tee 2 Green and its partners are giving you plenty of opportunities to win some great stuff, have some fun doing it, and give back to your community.

—Prizes:  Tee 2 Green Club members are entered to win in our giveaways each week on the show. We’ve been giving away Sr. PGA Tickets and next week, will be giving away a Leupold Range Finder from Michelob Ultra.  If you’re not a member, sign up on our home page Tee2green.golf

— The Batavia Downs Majors Contest hits it’s second leg with the PGA Championship next week. You pick the three golfers you think are going to do best and email them to bataviadownsmajorschallenge@gmail.com. If you have the best finish, You win a great prize pack form Batavia Downs. 

—Fun and Giving Back:  The fourth annual Duster Challenge is happening on Friday August 2nd at The Fox Valley Club in Lancaster. This putting tournament is unique and fun with the proceeds benefitting the WNYPGA Reach Foundation. Register at dusterchallenge.com 

And there will be more to come!

Place

I had the chance to play Hamilton Golf and Country Club the other day, site of next month’s RBC Canadian Open. The annual PGA Tour event is usually played at Glen Abbey, but real estate developers are getting closer to their wishes of building more houses and eliminated the historic track. It makes the tournament a little closer for those of us in WNY. 

The course is a gem. I hadn’t been there during previous Canadian Open’s at Hamilton, so I had no idea what to expect. That’s not entirely true. I expected it to be a pretty good track since it’ll be hosting a PGA Tour Event. It’s not pretty good, it’s great. I had no idea Hamilton was hilly. On the front nine, the tee boxes on 1, 3, 6, 7, and 9 are elevated. The elevation returns on the approach shots for 5, 7, and 9 which makes club selection crucial given the false fronts too many of the greens. The inward nine is similar with holes 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, and 18. The par 3’s are longer than most, and offer some great scenery in the woods. 

My favorite holes (it should be the first since I made birdie) are the par 4 5th and the par 3 16th. The 5th is a short par 4 with a ton of risk involved. The hole is uphill and doglegs to the right. There are bunkers and thick rough on the right side of the hole, and woods to the left. The hole location was in the back right of the green and I pushed my approach slightly right and paid the price as my ball trickled off of the green into a collection area some 20-25 feet below the green. The Tour Pros could take the hole on with driver, but long is wrong, and I can see many players laying up for an angular approach. 

The 16th is an uphill par 3 that is visually intimidating from a distances that play anywhere from 150-205. The hole is well bunkered and duned along the right side of the green, and a miss left will likely be on the side of a steep bank.  The hole played into the wind, adding another club to to my calculation for the elevation. It’s a great par 3, reminiscent of some of the par 3’s I played in Ireland. 

Overall, the course is short, but the thick rough, elevation, false fronts, and green speeds should provide a good defense of par. 

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