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Get Rid of Those Inspector Gadget Arms! + A "Fun Factory" in the Heart of San Francisco

Plus a Rundown of the Average Cost of a Round by State

Happy Friday- so Nelly Korda is human after all. She was on an incredible heater, winning 6 of her last 8 tournaments, but she shot 80 in the opening round of the US Women’s Open, including a 10 on the par 3 12th hole, chipping 3 balls into the water. Definitely a Tin Cup moment she’ll want to forget. Shake it off Nelly- you can finish dead last and you’ll still be the world #1 next week.

In today’s newsletter…

✅ TIPS & DRILLS: A no-equipment way to prevent over-extension at the top of your swing. No more Inspector Gadget arms!

✅ COURSES: The most fun you can have playing 9 holes. A small but mighty San Francisco course that’s “everything right with golf.”

✅ STATISTICS: How much does golf cost in each state? Find out where it costs the most and least to hit the links.

✅ TRIVIA: Which publicly-accessible course is the most expensive in the US? Answer for one last chance to win a 2014 PGA Championship Flag from Valhalla signed by Rory McIlroy!

Hit ‘em straight this weekend!

Too Much “Arms” In Your Backswing?
Here’s a fool-proof way to prevent over-extension
To Recap…

If you get near the top of your backswing and your arms continue to extend like you’re Inspector Gadget, we have a great drill for you:

-STEP 1: With the backs of your hands touching (without a club), interlock your index fingers and keep your wrists flat (on plane with no wrist hinge).
-STEP 2: Extend into your backswing keeping your lead arm straight and using your torso and hips to make a full turn (instead of collapsing your arms)
-STEP 3: Practice this motion whenever you notice that you’re over-hinging your wrists or collapsing your lead arm in order to complete your backswing. Simplification will lead to more consistency on the course.

The Most Fun You Can Have Playing 9 Holes
Fresh off a 2023 renovation and grand re-opening

Golden Gate Park Golf Course
San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1951 and renovated in 2023, the Golden Gate Park Golf Course is a 9-hole, par-3 course that has been simplified and re-imagined such that it can be run by a 2.5 man maintenance team. Even still, the early verdict on the renovation is that it’s a “veritable fun factory.” Jay Blasi oversaw the upgrade (yes, the same man who brought Chambers Bay to life), taking once boring, flat putting surfaces and turning them into undulating green complexes that offer plenty of challenge. The course re-opened in February of 2024 and is being praised for its accessibility as well as an incredible embrace of the California coastal landscape.

Set on just 20 acres of land a few miles from downtown San Francisco, the original goal of the course was to give underprivileged children access to our great sport. It has been home to the First Tee of San Francisco and will remain as such for at least the next 15 years. Speaking of accessibility, rates for local SF residents fall between $18-25. But even if you’re just passing through on a business trip, Golden Gate Park Golf Course is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of meetings in the city.

Rates: $18-$25 for locals and $40-$50 for visitors

Check out this glowing review from @benkolde

Stat of the Day: How Much Does a Round of Golf Cost By State?
presented by…

The Stat: Hawaii and California rank first and second in cost of living and first and fourth in cost per round. Similarly, Arkansas is 49th in cost of living and 47th in cost per round.

Conversely, New York, which ranks third in cost of living, has an average cost per round of $44, $4 below the US average (thank you public to the public munis). New Mexico is the 11th most expensive state for golf but ranks 45th in cost of living.

The Takeaway: With the resurgence of golf the last few years going back to the pandemic, demand for tee times is at an all-time high. And with increased demand come higher prices. Premium golf is becoming more and more exclusive. Fortunately, online tee time sites are the norm today, helping courses fill their tee sheets in exchange for discounted rates. No shame in taking advantage, but we have to wonder if the cost will ultimately curb the recent growth of the sport.

Answer to Win a 2014 PGA Championship Flag from Valhalla signed by Rory McIlroy
(1 winner chosen on 5/31/24 across all May trivia entries, 1,000 respondents minimum)

What publicly accessible course holds the top spot for the most expensive round?

Playing this course will cost you $1,250 in 2024

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