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November 28, 2014 |  Category: Deals
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November 27, 2014 |  Category: Deals
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Turkeys On The Course

A pair of turkeys

Spotted at the Coyote Preserve golf course in Fenton, Michigan.

Photo taken with a Canon Rebel Xsi, 270mm, iso 100, 1/80, f 6.3

November 27, 2014 |  Category: Photography
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Wild Turkeys At Michigan’s Treetops Tradition Course

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A rafter of wild turkeys strolled across the fairway while I was playing Treetops’ Tradition. There were at least a dozen in the group. Treetops is in Gaylord, Michigan.

November 27, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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GolfBuddy WT4 Golf Watch Review

GolfBuddy WT-4 Golf GPS Watch

On Amazon: GolfBuddy GB9-WT4 Golf GPS Watch

Grade: A
Teachers’ Comments: The lightest GPS watch I’ve tested. Very handy.

GolfBuddy shipped me one of their WT-4 Golf GPS watches for testing just as the snow started to fall in Michigan, so I was worried that I wouldn’t have a chance to test it until the spring. Fortunately, the white stuff melted in a brief thaw and my local course reopened, so I braved thirty degree temperatures the day before Thanksgiving to give it a whirl. That’s the kind of dedication, dear readers, that you get from The Original Golfblogger.

Of the several golf gps watches I’ve tried, the GolfBuddy WT-4 is by far the comfortable. It is in fact not much bigger than my Pebble Smartwatch. That’s significant, because size and weight were my major concerns with the two earlier units I’ve tested. I got used to the feel of the larger units, but was not sure that everyone would feel the same.
The GolfBuddy WT-4 is slim and light enough to alleviate those concerns.

GolfBuddy has packed a lot of features into the unit. It’s got the usual yardage to the center of the green, but also incorporates measurements to the front and back of greens.


A push of a button brings up a screen that shows distances to course features such as dogleg corners, water, fairway bunkers and treelines.



As with many golf gps units, the GolfBuddy WT-4 measures the distances of your shots. I find this feature to be nearly as useful as the distance to green measurements. Since I started using GPS units on the course and accurately measuring my club distances, I’ve become a much smarter player. Not only do I have baselines, but I’m also able to tell—within a couple of holes—whether I’m hitting the ball further or shorter than usual, and make appropriate club adjustments. On my pre-Thanksgiving round, after a couple of holes, the GolfBuddy WT-4 had given me enough information to prompt me to add another club for the remainder of the round. That worked out perfectly.


Given the weather and time constraints, I tested the GolfBuddy golf gps watch on just one course. I found that its numbers very closely aligned to the two other GPS units I carried that day for comparison. The GolfBuddy very smoothly transitioned between holes and quickly updated information as I walked.

According to the product literature, the watch is pre-loaded with information for some 37,000 worldwide courses. After switching the GolfBuddy WT-4 to golf mode, the watch found the GPS satellites and my course very quickly.

There are no annual fees for the watch, and it can be updated via your computer.

A really nice feature—which I don’t have on my handheld GPS units—is a walking fitness mode. While in golf play mode, it automatically tracks the number of miles you’ve walked as well as elapsed time and walking pace. As a dedicated walking golfer, I appreciate this. The feature also can be used off the course as a walking/running tracker.


With the caveat that my testing has been very limited, I think that the GolfBuddy WT-4 is the best golf gps watch I’ve yet tried.


November 27, 2014 |  Category: Gadgets
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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I think this is worth reading:

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;—for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our sasety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;—and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;—to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

November 27, 2014 |  Category: History
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The Meadows Golf Course Review

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The Meadows Golf Course
Dubuque, Iowa

Grade: B
Teacher’s Comments: An enjoyable course with (for me) surprising amounts of elevation change.

I took detour on a road trip this past summer just so I could add Iowa to the list of states in which I have played golf. With no particular destination in mind, and no guidance but my GPS, I ended up at a course in Dubuque named the Meadows. It turned out to be a worthwhile stop.

I had no idea what to expect from Iowa golf. I had never been to Iowa and my primary mental image was of flat, featureless expanses of corn. As it turns out, that particular section of Iowa is quite hilly, which made The Meadows more interesting than I anticipated.

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As the name suggests, The Meadows is an open layout, with few obstacles to hinder a bombs-away strategy. The holes are generally straight, and the fairways generous. The occasional stands of trees are never a real threat. The strategy in the course comes mostly from negotiating the surprisingly hilly terrain.

From the back tees, the Meadows plays to a 72.9/129 and stretches to 6,675 yards. The blue tees measure 6,256 and play 70.2/125. The whites are 5,540 and play 66.2/117.

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My favorite hole was par five 15th (above two photos). Measuring 525 yard (from the back tees), the hole begins on one hilltop and ends on another. The tee shot plays steeply downhill to a landing area bottlenecked by two stands of trees. From there, two more solid shots are required to get back uphill. The green is guarded by two bunkers in front and framed by two small stands of trees.

Not much strategy there, but it was a lot of fun. Hit it as hard as you can, and then hit it again.

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Another fun one was the par four 16th (above). My two playing partners—both of whom were regulars, including one who lived in a beautiful home just off the seventeenth fairway—said that it was known as the Dolly Parton Hole. That’s because the sides of the fairway are defined by two large conical mounds. A good tee shots splits the twins, which leaves a second, sharply downhill shot to a green located on a precipice above a creek.Good distance management is everything here. Drive the ball too far, and you’ve got a tricky downhill lie. Club selection on the second shot also needs to be well managed.

Conditions on the day I played were decent, although it was not what you could describe as lush. There were some damaged areas in the fairways and the grass was struggling. The rough areas in particular were brown and in some spots, bare. As with many courses I play, I wonder why the groundskeepers don’t just let the rough grow out some more. During the dog days of summer, we let the grass grow longer in my yard so that we don’t stress it out. Longer grass also would likely hold the moisture on the course better and probably help the adjacent fairways.

The greens, on the other hand were in great shape. In general, the entire place was tidy.

In all, I had a good time at the Meadows and thought it a good ambassador of Iowa golf.

More photos follow


November 27, 2014 |  Category: Golf Course Reviews
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