Speed Up Your Golf Round

It’s no secret, a round of golf takes a long time. I would like to see  everyone off the course in an acceptable amount of time, so in order to help with this please review the following and pass it along to those in your group who might need a little pre-round prod!

Here are 8 Tips to Speed up Play:

1.  Be early for your tee time. Proper pace of play begins with teeing off at the appointed time. Allow time for unloading your equipment, putting on your golf shoes, any desired practice or warm-up, purchasing any refreshments or balls and driving your cart to the first tee.

2.  “Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from the back tees. In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you – one where you are more likely to hit lofted irons into greens instead of hybrids or fairway woods. It is acceptable for players in the same group to play from different tees.

3.  Be helpful to others in your group. Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.

4.  Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while others are playing. Carry extra tees, ball markers and an extra ball in your pockets so you never have to return to your bag to find one when needed.

5.  Line up your putt when others are putting and be ready to play when it is your turn.

6.  Play ready golf; first on the tee hits, not first in the hole!

7.  Walk directly to your golf ball; don’t follow others unless assisting in search.

8.  When two players are riding in a cart, drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his choice of several clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.

Enjoy your next round and have a ball.

About David Tipton

David Tipton was raised in Tampa, FL and has been a Florida licensed real estate broker since 1986. There have been massive changes in the real estate industry during the past 30 years and Dave has those experiences under his belt, which thoroughly prepares him for what ever comes in the future. Dave has become an evangelist for the Tampa Active Adult Lifestyle and loves working with folks of the 55+ age bracket preparing to retire. With a BA degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa he is a Huge Bulls fan, but roots for all the Florida teams that aren't playing the Bulls.

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Valencia Lakes Home For Sale

Valencia Lakes Home For Sale

  • bedrooms and Office/Den
  • 2 & 1/2 baths
  • 2,800 sq ft of Living Area

5062 Stone Harbor Cir Wimauma, FL 33598

Spectacular Tivoli Model featuring Double wrought iron glass doors that welcome you in to the huge great room with breath taking views of water and beyond out the extended outdoor lanai located in Valencia Lakes, Florida’s Premier 55+ Community.

Have it all in this custom designed and decorated home, including huge great room with tiered ceiling with crown molding and a built in entertainment center including a wet bar and wine cooler.

There is hand scraped hickory hardwood on a diagonal in the great room, kitchen, dining, powder bath, & laundry room. The Kitchen has eat in space. Custom designed maple cabinets, pull outs galore, upgraded stainless appliances with double oven /microwave too! The stainless range hood accented by subway tile to the ceiling! The one level counter is perfect!

The master bedroom has 12 ft. Trey ceiling with crown molding. Two master closets have custom cabinetry. The Master spa bath has beveled framed mirrors, plantations shutter, dual sinks, tub, huge shower and linen closet.

The 2nd bedroom, another master suite with a walk in closet, plantation shutters and convenient upgraded bath with custom cabinets and stone counter tops! The den has wood too!

There are additional upgrades including comfort height commodes, large baseboards, designer fans, lighting, custom window coverings, rear speakers in great room, water softener to name a few! The large laundry room has tons of cabinets and counter space and washer a dryer! Truly a move in ready property and a life style to match!

Call Dave Tipton today for more information or to view home up close!


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Golf in the Southshore Area SE of Tampa

Finding Brand New Golf Balls is Almost as Much Fun as Playing!

Tampa Active Adults GolfingAs a kid, there was nothing more thrilling than finding a brand new, unblemished, Titleist in a bush.

In fact, when I was a 12 years old, the day’s success was less measured by the score than by how many balls I had found. Even now, many years later, finding an unblemished Pro V1 will still provoke a smile.

A few years ago in Ireland, three young boys let the group I was with play through on a long par five. When we left the green, unnoticed by my playing partners, I emptied a sleeve of Titleists into the cup. When my group was about half-way down the next fairway, I turned and looked back. When one young lad reached the hole, he yelled to his companions and they came running. All three were jumping up and down, laughing and waving, it was priceless.

Finding logoed balls from clubs around the world is always interesting. Sometimes I squirrel them away in a side pocket of the bag to add to the collection. The alternative is playing with them and quickly returning them to the witness protection program deep in the woods from whence they came.

Finding other people’s balls is fun although often not quite as much fun as finding your own wayward shots.

How joyous is the thrill of finding your ball immediately when everyone else yelled ‘adios’ as soon as you hit it sideways off the tee, or as David Feherty said on one memorable occasion when Tiger Woods drove it 100 yards off line, “Lassie couldn’t find that one wrapped in bacon.”

The southshore area of Hillsborough County, just SE of Tampa has numerous golf courses that you will find excellent for hunting golf balls.  You may even find the you enjoy the golf match as well.

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