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SCGA Fore Magazine: Rickie’s Rise

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Editor’s note: This post is a link to my piece in the summer issue of the SCGA’s Fore magazine. The story captures Cobra Puma golf on the day of Rickie Fowler’s win at The Players. It relates the business side of a win six years in the making. Timing couldn’t have been any better with this one and my thanks for CEO Bob Philion for sharing the story of the biggest day in company history.

When the mother of all victories for Rickie Fowler and Cobra Puma Golf started to unfold on Mother’s Day, Cobra Puma Golf President and CEO Bob Philion was riding bikes with his wife and two kids near La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. When his phone let him know this was about to become a working Sunday – Rickie was making a run at The Players Championship – Philion was nowhere near a TV.

With Fowler climbing the leaderboard on the other side of the country, from the seat of his bike in San Diego, Philion made an executive decision.

“I decided it was time to break for lunch,” he says.

Follow the link to the rest of the story: editiondigital.net/publication/?i=266401 (Page 56)

Southland: SoCal Golf and the Drought

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For the worst-case scenario, look up 1977, a year when drought conditions resulted in courses on the Monterrey Peninsula having water usage cut in half or more, causing many to struggle for survival.

Mike Huck, a California water management and recycled water expert with Irrigation & Turfgrass Services in San Juan Capistrano, remembers photos of Pebble Beach from that period.

“It looked like this carpet,” Huck said, pointing to the brownish-yellow material beneath his feet at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. “Except for the greens and tees.”

Follow the link to the rest of my cover story in the June issue.



Maderas: You Can Vote For Us In The SCGA’s Par 3 Contest

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The right pin position on No. 4

The Southern California Golf Association is polling golfers about their favorite par 3s in Southern California. You can vote here: www.scga.org/news/view/best-par-3-hole-in-southern-california

Maderas Golf Club would appreciate your support if there’s a par 3 at our course you especially enjoy. To assist your voting, here’s a quick overview of our four par 3s.

Par 3 1

No. 4164 yards (m), 164 (b), 150 (w)

Overview: This mid-length par 3 plays like two different holes depending on the pin location. A left or middle pin is the most direct route and spares you from much of the hazard. The far right pin location is touch to reach from the tee and sets up some long and devilish putts (Speaking from recent experience, I just lagged one to 30 feet and was only too happy to make par.)

par 3 2

No. 7 – 190 (m), 190 (b), 181 (w)

Overview: This seemingly narrow par 3 is roomier than it looks. There’s especially room to miss left, but a miss right makes you susceptible to the cart path and a possible ball OB. Basically, there’s room to recovery, but this green is large and scoreable. You’re looking for par or better here.

par 3 3

No. 15 – 240 (m), 240 (b), 220 (w)

Overview: This long, downhill par 3 comes in the middle of a three-hole stretch that’s as demanding as any in the county. The green slopes back to front, so it’s receptive, but a long putt to a front pin is a tricky proposition here.

Chris Mayson gives you a few tips below for how to handle Maderas’ toughest par 3

par 3 4

No. 17 – 165 (m), 165 (b), 142 (w)

Overview: This hole features a downhill tee shot and thus plays shorter than its yardage. No. 17 provides a chance to get a stroke back if you’ve lost a few during the previous stretch. A front pin here is especially a prime birdie candidate.

Again, you vote in the SCGA’s contest at www.scga.org/news/view/best-par-3-hole-in-southern-california. We appreciate any support you can give and look forward to seeing you on the first tee soon.