Friday, January 25, 2008

Experience Torrey Pines Golf Course like the Pros on Your San Diego Golf Vacation

Want to play this week's PGA Tour venue exactly the way the world's best players will experience it on Sunday? If so, plan your next San Diego golf vacation so you're at Torrey Pines Golf Course on the Monday following its annual Buick Invitational.

Few people outside of San Diego know that, immediately after the conclusion of the tournament, Torrey Pines Golf Course holds a lottery for the next day's tee times. The lucky golfers selected not only get to play the South Course under championship conditions, they can play from the Championship tees and with Sunday pin placements. If there was ever a way to truly know the challenging set-ups that tour players contend with, this is it. continued

By Craig Better of

Monday, January 21, 2008

Golf Zoo's New Website Design!

We have officially launched our new website design on and have added site search! Please take it for a test drive and be sure to let us now what you think about it in the comments below.

We've given the site a fresh new look for 2008 while also adding site search, which will help you navigate the site that much easier - you can find the new search box at the top of every page at We have also made it easier for you to join our email list to receive out Hot Deals directly to your inbox (we typically send our hot deals out once or twice a month so don't worry about getting bombarded with unwanted email - we also do NOT sell our lists - we respect your privacy!).

We certainly hope we have made your visit to Golf Zoo a more pleasant experience with our new menu and new pages, but as always, we welcome any feedback. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your stay!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Golf Zoo - San Diego Union Tribune Golf Package Prize

Golf Zoo has provided a golf package to both its readers of the San Diego Union-Tribune and online visitors to offer a fabulous golf package, courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort and Miramonte Resort and Spa. The lucky winner will receive a 2 night, 2 room stay at the luxurious Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, a gorgeous Mediterranean themed hotel and spa with superb dining and warm hospitality. Courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, the same lucky foursome will be playing three days of golf at Desert Willow, the '#1 Rated Public Access Course in all of Palm Springs' at their exceptional 36 hole facility feauring the Firecliff and Mountain View courses. Contestants may enter online at or at the San Diego Union-Tribune kiosk at the PGA TOUR's Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines this week.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Arizona Golf Events During the Month of January

Some of the best golf is being played in Arizona during this time of the year. Here are some events that are taking place during the month of January. Enjoy these spectator events and the Arizona weather during these winter months.
Entries are being accepted for the FBR Open Charity Classic to be played February 4th at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium course. The cost is $5000 per foursome with all proceeds benefiting Desert Voices Oral Learning Center and the Foundation for Blind Children. To register, contact Chris Paty at 602.224.0598 or

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Most Dramatic Golf Course to Play in Mesquite, Nevada

Have you ever seen Loyal H. Chapman’s famous paintings of ultra-extreme golf holes, ones where a tiny green dangles hundreds of feet in the air on the edge of vertical cliff wall or across an unfathomable chasm amid the crashing water of a massive waterfall?

Well, if you want to see the closest, real-life representation of Chapman's outlandish work, make a point of playing the Wolf Creek golf course on your next Las Vegas golf vacation. It's located in Mesquite, Nevada, about 90 minutes northeast of Las Vegas near the Arizona border, but you could easily mistake it for Mars...

By: Craig Better of

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Rough Recovery

Here are a few tips from Tim Rafferty, Head Golf Pro at Troon Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona.

* When the ball lies deep in the rough, the biggest problem often is overcoming the amount of grass that gets between the ball and the clubface. The key to executing this shot is to minimize the amount of grass and make the allowances for its effect.

* A steeper angle of approach will reduce the tendency to catch the grass too early in the forward swing. A large amount of grass cushions the blow. It also reduces clubhead speed and takes backspin off the ball.

* Aiming the body left, opening the clubface and playing the ball a bit forward in the stance will help create the loft and steeper approach angle needed to escape the grass.
Finally, if there is a great deal of rough or other trouble to carry before reaching the target, it might be wise to just play out into the fairway and avoid possibly having to hit the ball out of the rough again.

Keep these tips in mind and hopefully your next trip to the rough will go a little smoother.