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Lee Bladen's Turf Talk: Enough is Enough
December 12, 2013

OK! Enough is Enough, I surrender By Lee Bladen Old Palm Golf Course Superintendent       I have been a Superintendent in the golf maintenance business for 40 years, and I never remember a summer or fall like we just went through. The amount of rain that we have had over the last 7 months is astounding. The total amount of 57 inches of rain in the last 7 months and the 8 inches we had last week has made things difficult to maintain. Last week after the 8 inches of rain, it took over 400 man hours to fix the bunkers that washed in. That does not include the hours it took to shovel the coquina tee walkups, or waste bunker repairs. We haven't even started fixing the 5 trap faces that have fallen in or the numerous washouts on some of the lake banks. So you say that is just…

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Follow Old Palm’s pro golfers on Twitter
December 02, 2013

TV is a great medium to watch Old Palm residents and pro golfers Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, but theyâre not always on TV. To get a fuller picture of their careers and personal thoughts, try the online microblogging service Twitter. Messages may be short (with a 140 character limit), but they can be enlightening The players often tweet daily, even many times a day, during which they reveal aspects of their lives that arenât available elsewhere. You might read about Westwood watching the HBO series âGame of Thronesâ on his flight to Shanghai to play in the BMW Masters. Or you could get Oosthuizenâs thoughts regarding his return to golf after being sidelined for a bit with injuries. Schwartzel also tweets frequently about things like being at the Notah Begay Charity event and his photo shoot with Westwood at Old Palm Golf Club.…

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Golf fitness can reduce injuries and scores
October 30, 2013

Professional golfers like Old Palm residents Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen aren’t the only ones who play better when they’re in shape. Golfers of all abilities—men and women—can benefit from being fit, which is why the Titleist Performance Institute-certified exercise class at Old Palm has become so popular “The class focuses on training our members to improve the efficiency of their golf swing by improving range of motion, lower-body stability, core strength and motor control as it relates to the golf swing,” explains Ken MacDonald, Golf Fitness Specialist at Old Palm During the one-hour class (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.), MacDonald teaches members how to make their bodies more resistant to injury by practicing movements that are characteristic of a good golf swing. He breaks the swing into distinct parts, allowing members to more easily focus on essentials like properly hinging from the hips…

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Schwartzel wins the Nanshan China Masters
October 23, 2013
Old Palm resident and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel captured the Nanshan China Masters on Sunday, shooting a clutch four-under-par 68 in the final round. Starting the day six strokes back, Schwartzel caught fire on the back nine to edge fellow Old Palm member Darren Clarke and defending champion Liang Wenchong by one shot âItâs always satisfying to win,â said Schwartzel. âIâve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of traveling in the past few months and it felt like Iâve been playing really good golf with no results, so itâs nice to have something finally go your way.â Although Schwartzel claimed he hadnât struck the ball well all week, his game came together when it counted the most. As inspiration, he drew on memories of his come-from-behind victory in the 2011 Masters, when he started the day four back.…
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Golf Channel films Lee Westwood episode at Old Palm
October 21, 2013

The Golf Channel came to Old Palm recently to shoot an episode of âPlaying Lessons with the Prosâ with Lee Westwood, who now lives full time in the Custom Estates neighborhood. Hosted by Holly Sonders, the episode will air this spring A sneak preview was broadcast on the Golf Channelâs âMorning Drive,â during which Sonders related the benefits of Westwoodâs move from England to Old Palm. He loves the weather, is far less jet-lagged when he plays on the PGA Tour, and his short game has improved dramatically because he has time to practice at Old Palmâs spectacular Golf Studio During the episode, Westwood demonstrated one of the more difficult shots in golfâhitting a somewhat lengthy shot from a greenside bunker. With a 60-degree lob wedge in hand, Westwood explained, âI open the clubface, take a nice wide stance and dig in [with…

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