Friday, August 30, 2013

If your dream is to win a golf tournament . . . First place all by yourself . . . The place to do it is Grand Reserve Golf Club located to your left on a short drive up route one in Bunnell.

Why? Because for six years as an in and outer, I have never seen the green constantly shine in beauty like Grand Reserve does, this golf course is a pretty picture to behold and the staff takes the honor.

Truthfully, I have never figured out how this serving team does it but they do, getting it done day after day, week after week and not a flaw on a blade of grass.

The real story, however, is Mike Pullen, an original owner but now hoping the bank holder will open things up and he’ll be running the show as he does with ownership of the popular St. Augustine golf course and did for years and years at Grand Reserve. The membership had him on a roll to return. They had spread the word that Pullen was back, that the deal with the bank was over and done.

Smiles and happiness were seen everywhere. Members couldn’t wait to tell me and others that Pullen was again running the show. The happy message could be seen in the Wednesday men’s league and in every corner where golf balls were struck including the popular women’s leagues.

Sadly, it was not true. He had his shoes on the wall but the bank still had difficult decisions to make with not just the golf course but the housing surrounding the golf course and other arrangements that must be dealt with correctly.

Yes, Mike Pullen is working with the bank while hoping that both sides can come up with the numbers that will have this very popular leader back where he belongs.
The happiness on a Pullen return was displayed by player after player until they learned erroneously that Mike Pullen was back as owner of Grand Reserve Golf Club. That was enough to tell me that this Alabama grad is the right choice as the owner and the quicker the better.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don’t let life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you will live all the days of your life.
And please don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
So, keep swinging. If it’s a double bogey today, go for the one over par tomorrow. That done, go for the par itself.
Remember, the world is yours. That terrific Grand Reserve that so many love, will make it so.

Monday, August 19, 2013



Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again!

If you miss coming to Florida and playing delightful golf courses like Pine Lakes or Cypress Knoll you are going down the river with flags flying.
Remember, if your jaunt south includes a stop in Palm Coast you are on your way to playing any one of the beautiful golf courses just named.
And if you do play one of these golf courses you will enjoy some of the best golf layouts from here to New England.

It all started back in the late 90’s by ITT who did a marvelous job starting with a course titled Palm Harbor. For some strange reason, they dropped the hammer and left town after amazing successes at Palm Harbor, Pine Lakes and Cypress Knoll.  There are truckloads of us who wish they had never left – that’s how good they were at this golf course business – but the same numbers doubled and tripled and this wonderful game called golf went on a spree of enjoyment that exists to this day.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s not the test of a Pine Lakes or Cypress Knoll but players, women and men, love it.  They are joys to play.
But with Pine Lakes – more familiarly known as The Grand Club – along with a different kind of test at Cypress Knoll you have some of the best golf layouts in Florida.  And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
I’ve had golfers from Canada vacation here and play this course and that course but not Pine until they strode in a day or two before returning home.
As several told me when their game ended, “We played nearly every course here when starting our vacation.  This is our first at Pine Lakes.  It’s so much better than other courses played here when we return next year for vacation this is the golf course we will head for.”
Lastly, don’t set your goals by what other people deem important.  Only you know what is best for you.

A golfer from Portland, Maine followed that dictum and played this wonderful game until the age of 99.  When the last bullet had been fired, he tucked away his clubs and spent every day at the club’s bar.
Remember that if you will.  You will enjoy fabulous golf like at the Grand Club or or the banner of a sister course title Cypress Knoll.  Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying!

Come to Florida.  Play golf at The Grand Club, play Cypress Knoll, you’ll enjoy both to the hilt. Remember, by enjoying such as golf you will live all the ways of your life.  And please don’t give up when you still have something to give.  Play golf and you’ll find nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.