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Golf Guide 2013

Golf Guide 2013

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Published by Michael Huber
Times Union's annual golf guide
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SUNDAY, April 14, 2013 • TiMES UNiON • AlBANY, N.Y.
Guide to Capital Regiongolf courses
 /4-7
“30 Questions” askedof area golfers
 /15-17
Symetra Tour makesa move to June
 /19
Golf Guide
Rescue club
When the State Am needed a site,Schuyler Meadows stepped up.
 /18
 
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GOLF GUIDE
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SUnDay, aprIL 14, 2013
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–Golfweek 
 
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GOlF GuidE
 
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S
ay what you will about belly putters,titanium clubs and grooved wedges.The biggest threat to the sport of golf these days is pace of play.For all the resources golfers spend ontrying to play better, the one they can’tbuy is time. As the ve- or six-hour roundbecomes more frequent, players are going to more time-ecient ways to spend theirrecreational time.“There’s no single bigger deterrent togrowing this game than how long it takesto play golf these days,” says former PGA touring pro Brandel Chamblee, now a Golf Channel analyst.Unfortunately, today’s players don’thave great role models. We all turn to thePGA Tour to get our cues — what clubs tobuy, what balls to use.So if Ben Crane or Hunter Mahan orJim Furyk takes the equivalent of threecommercial breaks to line up a putt, some-one at the local municipal or country-clubcourse is sure to imitate it.If pace of play is ever going to improve,it must start at the top, with the playerson TV.“I was watching the guys pretty carefully about the slow play,” Johnny Miller, the lead golf analyst for NBCSports, said recently, “and I countedseveral times, guys taking four or five,six, practice swings — and that’s priorto the start of preshot routine. That’sunbelievable.”Perhaps the USGA is listening.Golf’s governing body doesn’t alwayssee things the same way as the PGA Tour— witness the bellyaching over the belly putter — but it has announced a programto study cause and eect of players at any level playing a round that approaches theeight-hour work shift.“Industry research clearly shows thatslow play and the amount of time it takesto play a round of golf detract from theoverall experience and threaten to driveplayers away from the game,” USGA president Glen Nager said. “This problemtouches every golfer, from the profes-sional to the elite amateur to the millionsof recreational golfers at both public andprivate facilities.”The USGA initiative is merely a smallstep toward addressing the issue, but atthe same time recognizes that there is aproblem.“At the U.S. Women’s Open last sum-mer, we had six-hour rounds, which isnot acceptable,” Nager said. “We willbe talking to the players about what theexpectations are before the round, during the around, and we’ll be administering penalties if we need to.“But it’s not only the players. We haveto look at how we set up our champion-ship. Last year at the Women’s Open, thesixth hole was a par 3, and a lot of pace-of-play problems in that round were from theseventh on Saturday. We have to be heldaccountable for that.”Here’s what the USGA program in-cludes: Analysis of key factors known to inu-
ence pace of play.Development of a pace-of-play model
based on quanitiable data.Improvements to the USGA pace-rating 
system.On-site assistance at golf courses to help
managers assess and improve pace of play.Creation of player-education programs.
The pace-of-play model, according toNager, “will show the specic inuencesthat course design, setup and operation,as well as the golfers themselves, have onpace of play.”In other words, if the structure is inplace to promote speedier play, the golfersshould follow suit.Nager said the PGA of America is onboard with the program, and he hopesthat the PGA Tour players will be, too.“They are a model for other players,”he said. “What we need to do is gure out,through our data analysis, how much of aneect it is. When we know what it is that’scausing slow play, we are going to go toeveryone we can and ask them to help.”It’s going to be hard to grow the gameuntil we can stunt the growth of how long it takes to play a round.
 pdougherty@timesunion.com 
518-454-5416 
@Pete_Dougherty 
PeteDougherty
it’s time to remedygolf’s biggest ill
goLF guIDe 2013
Courses and clubs
Course directory
...................4-7
Club directory
 ........................8-9
Course changes
.......................10
Destination courses
.................11
Websites
.....................................12
Club champions
.......................13
Future sites
................................14
Amateur winners
.....................14
Schedules
Local
......................................20-21
USGA, NYSGA
...........................21
Pro tours
..............................22-23
Charity
.................................24-25
Television
............................26-29
Extras
State amateur
................18
Symetra Tour
..................19
Tucker column
..............30
GOLF GUIDE CREDITS:
Edited by PeteDougherty (pdougherty@timesunion.com). Produced by Joyce Bassett.Editorial assistance by Tom Quinlan,Mike Piekarski and Mike Huber.
COVER:
Schuyler Meadows Club inLoudonville, host of the 2013 NewYork State Golf Association’s Men’sAmateur on July 23-25. (Photo byLarry Lambrecht, courtesy of SchuylerMeadows)
On the web
For the skinny on golf,in and out of the CapitalRegion, check out
http://blog.timesunion.com/golf

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