Play-a-Round Blog

What Do You Do with Troublemakers?

Ten strokes!!! Augh!!! Do you have any troublemakers? I can count six of them trying to get out of two sand bunkers and another three getting out of the rough on one hole. Other than that I was having a pretty good round. This raises a couple questions. First, why did I take so many swings to get out? Second, and perhaps more importantly, why was I there in the first place?  Regarding getting out of trouble, as I'm struggling to get out of the two traps, I realized that I have ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, May 13, 2021

Beginners Welcome? Really?

You have some time between jobs on Saturday and want to get out with your youngsters to play a few holes. This is a busy time of year and taking a beginner to the course on Saturday morning can be very intimidating for them and embarrassing for you. Where do you go? The range is another alternative, but that gets boring when you both want to play the course. You might want to consider taking them indoors. Besides the obvious benefits of indoors like no bugs, no chasing after mulligans, ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, March 26, 2021

Why Golf is Essential

Ask any pediatrician or child psychologist and they'll tell you that play is essential as it helps young people understand themselves quicker and deeper than study. Play develops and/or reveals character. Golf is truly the "greatest game" we play, as it teaches us character traits like... Honesty - Did you count all your strokes? Did the ball move and come to rest in a different position? Perseverance - To see results, you must practice the following drills every day for the next ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Thursday, April 23, 2020

Is it FUN?

At Play-a-Round Golf, we want each of our guests to have fun, but helping them decide what game to play, under what conditions, and on which course can be rather daunting. So, we ask the following question to get the discussion started... "Challenging or confidence-builder?" Listening to their discussion tells me a lot about the group and why they're here. Are they here to enjoy the beer or wine they brought with them? Do they want to showoff their new driver? Have they brought a newbie ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, January 17, 2020

The New CFO!

Listening to a TED talk last week, I realized that I needed to learn more about happiness and picked up Shawn Achor's book "The Happiness Advantage." Already it's changed a lot of what I believed in regarding success. "...more than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin's success." ~ Richard Branson We've all been told to focus on success. Keep your nose to the grindstone and eventually you'll be successful and then you'll be happy. Turns out that the opposite is more true. When I ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Tuesday, January 7, 2020