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We’re officially “In” the club!
We’ve been wanting to join Scotty Cameron‘s Club Cameron for years now. Always being too late to the party and sold out were the main issues. With this year’s camo themed pack, we decided to “pull the trigger” if you will. We made sure we wouldn’t miss out by signing up for the email alert. Below is a quick video on what we got, followed by an in depth description of all of the products it came with.
What is Club Cameron?
For those that don’t know, Scotty Cameron created Club Cameron as a special membership platform that allowed users to buy in for $99 to get a kit plus exclusive content for being a member. The kit changes every year, but has the same premise.
This years kit came equipped with: Scotty Cameron Member headcover, embroidered duffle bag, pivot tool,bag tag, custom golf tees and a lapel pin You also receive exclusive content and advance purchase opportunities in the Studio Store! Check out the contents and descriptions below!
Scotty Cameron Member Headcover
The tactical camo headcover looks bad ass all around. It has a spot to hold tees on the top, a pin on the side and the pivot tool on the other. I kept it in the bag as I am unsure if I am going to keep this as a collectors item or put it in use. I have a Cameron & Crown edition putter coming so I may keep this out of the bag for now.
Camo Duffle Bag
All kinds of jacked up about this camo bag! I feel like I am going to war and all dialed in when I throw it on the shoulder. Really helps create a good mindset when getting ready for your round. This will definitely be put to use asap as my “club bag”. Can load it up with after round essentials like shower stuff, clean drawers, a few cigars and whatever else tickles your fancy to prepare yourself for a beautiful day at the course. Comes with a shoe pocket which is so clutch! Great brand name bag with Peter Millar. Couldn’t be more excited about this. It was actually one of the main reasons I bought into the membership.
This thing just looks mean. It’s heavy duty and ready to repair your GIR damage! Can honestly never have too many repair tools kicking around the bag. There is ALWAYS one guy in your foursome asking to borrow one. I wouldn’t be handing this one out as I am unsure you’d get it back…
Camo Bag Tag
Club Cameron refers to it as a “headcover leash”, but I am going to use it as a bag tag. As a matter of fact, its already on my bag next to my name plate! The purpose of the headcover leash is to connect to your headcover and then place the tag in your back pocket to keep secure to your body so you don’t lose it. That’s too much for me. Ill have it on my bag as a Scotty supporter and that’s enough for me. This was the one item I forgot to photograph myself as you can tell below…
Not much to explain here. Some commemorative tees for joining the club. They look sick stocked in the top of the cover. I will not end up using these and keep them as a collectors item most likely. Nice touch and attention to detail in the kit though.
This bad boy looks like you became a general in the armed forces when put on. A cool commemorative piece for sure, but I’m not a pin guy. This will stay in the bag as a collector’s item. Hopefully I can get $5 for it from Chumlee on Pawnstars in 40 years when I think everything I held on to is worth something… Just kidding, this pin is sweat and makes you look like a highly decorated military commander. According to the video, it actually serves as a golve holder by pinning to the side of the putter cover. Pretty cool and unique if you ask me.
That’s all that comes in the Club Cameron 2017 membership kit. If you want to join, head over to the site at http://www.scottycameron.com/membership-options/ We are excited about the gear this year and look forward to using it on the course!
As always, if you haven’t downloaded our app yet, links to both app stores are below. Be ready to play a TON of golf this year and keep some money in your pocket by playing with Go Golf U.S.!
Meet the Pro with Go Golf U.S.
Seeing as this is our FIRST edition of the “Meet the Pro” section of our blog, we’ll take a few minutes to explain it. As a goal of Go Golf U.S. is to build a personal connection in the game of golf again, we want to help players get to know the courses, golf shop staff and pros. When we see familiar faces and can add a gracious smile and hello it makes a better experience for all. To gather content for these blogs, I (Alan Liwush) put the pros on the hot seat in an interview to dig down into WHY they got started in the golf business, what they are passionate about, some tips/tricks for readers on the course and some fun questions to get to know their personalities. Stay tuned as we will be featuring your courses pro at some point!
Scott Chambers of Webster Golf Course
Many of you have probably been into Webster Golf Club before and seen an 80 pound blue pit sitting on a bar stool with his head on the bar waiting for a pet on the head (This is not a figment of your imagination or because you had that 5th beer on the front 9). This beauty of a dog is “Vegas” (Scott”s only son and fur baby). The fun loving personality of Scott’s dog comes directly from him. For those who don’t know Scott and his story, it’s a real treat and we will dig in below. Side note, before we get started, be sure to give Vegas a pet when you see him. He is harmless and a big baby! (Vegas shown below)
Scott got into golf like many of us, with a love for the game derived from a passion of his father. Not getting into golf “early” in life, Scott focused much of his younger years on other sports which in turn helped his athletic abilities for golf. Growing up in Webster, NY (Where life is worth living), the course was a big part of his early career in golf. Just after 9th grade, Scott decided to join the golf team and WGC would be his home course. Soon after that, Scott began working at WGC in ’98 as a dishwasher in his Sophomore year of high school and would spend COUNTLESS Spring/Summer/Fall days at the course between practice and work.
After high school, Scott continued his golf journey at Clemson University in the PGA Golf Management school. (GO TIGERS). With Golf Management as a major, he decided to minor in business. His favorite part about the school and the PGA program was in fact not golf at all, but the football games. I have to say I agree with him, it doesn’t get much better than ACC football! During his time at Clemson, he took a Summer internship at the Country Club of Rochester and then at Wade Hampton Golf Club (sister club of Augusta National) in Cashiers, NC in 2003/2004 respectfully. After returning home and continuing to work at WGC, Scott had the opportunity to become head pro/director of golf in 2007. Talk about a true come up story from the bottom to the top, Scott has now been at the course for 17 years to be in the position he is today from starting as a dishwasher.
One question you will hear in many of these interviews moving forward is, “Why golf”?. Scott’s response to this question was, “I love the individualistic aspect, discipline and life skills that come along with it. I grew up playing team sports and loved the comradery, but I liked having no one else to blame but myself with golf. The part I love about the game the most is that it is different EVERY time you step on the course. You can play the same course two days in a row and never hit the same exact shot and mother nature’s conditions will always be different. Finally, I love the self policing aspect of the game, not many other sports does the other player get to be the judge and player.”
PHOTO ABOVE IS OF SCOTT WITH MEMBERS AT PINEHURST.
Rapid Fire Questions and Answers
Q: What’s one thing you offer in your golf shop that you think EVERY golfer needs – has to be $99 and under.
A: “Every golfer needs everything in my golf shop.” This of course was a joke as many of you know that the pros run the golf shop merchandise business. His real answer was simple, “A divot repair tool, ANY divot repair tool.” The reason why, because “NO ONE fixes there ball marks on the green.” He then informed us that not only do they need the tool, but the knowledge on how to properly fix the ball mark is crucial as well. After hearing that, I decided to add this video for better instruction below. This video is SUPER old and you may be seeing an updated one soon by Go Golf U.S.
Scott’s concern was that, “Most people don’t know when on they are on the green as in if they actually hit a green in regulation and leave a ball mark, which many don’t. But when you do, you don’t go to your ball first, you go to where your ball hit and fix the mark. It’s not just an epidemic at public courses, I have been to plenty private courses that are bad and it’s just out of laziness and it effects EVERYONE.” Issues listed when people do repair them, are they get too aggressive and they get in and pull up and pull up dirt, the whole goal is to leave it as the ball hit before. (see the video above for more details on proper form.
Q: Name 3 things you need in the golf bag – CANNOT be a club.
A: 1. Koozie – “Because golf isn’t golf without a cold beer and laughs” Scott’s recommendation is the Yeti Vacuum Insulated Rambler Colster shown below. “Keeps beers super cold. Have to have a can on the course. Glass is a sin unless in the club house.”
2. Torch Lighter – “Always have to be prepared for a cigar, especially when playing with Mike Maynard” Scott’s recommendation is the Bugatti Windproof Double Flame Lighter (shown below), as it is a “good lasting brand and holds up well against the wind.”
3. Speaker – “Not to be used in every round, but it’s nice to have when you are having a relaxing match with the boys.” Scott’s Recommendation is Beats Pill by Beats for the “great sound quality and long lasting battery.’
Q: What are your views on technology and golf? Two meanings, equipment and mobile/electronic based.
A: In regards to equipment, Scott’s responded with “engineers are engineers. The USGA can change rules as much as they want but they are going to find a way to out develop the rules. There has been a lot of talk about going to one ball and the ball being the technology that stays the same. A lot of it has to do with merchandising, promo and marketing that companies do.”
I’m on staff with Taylormade and they say every time I pick up a new driver, I should add another 10-15 yards. If that were the case, by now I should be hitting it 450 yards, and I’m not, so I don’t get into all the hypeScott Chambers
I wanted to break the quote above out in the middle as we stopped to have a good laugh at this. It is so true and I have to say I feel the SAME way!. His response continues below.
“The new tech is certainly better, but to a point our course is 7100 yards and it doesn’t feel like it used to. Take a look at the tour courses and they are stretching them out 7500-7700 yards, which is ridiculous! But you have to because you see guys like Justin Thomas who’s hitting it 350 and he weighs 148 lbs!. Thankfully, you still have to chip and putt and that’s where the scoring happens”
In an extension of the question for technology with mobile and electronic base, Scott “Thinks its cool”. He is more of a laser guy on the course for finding ranges. Of course he doesn’t really need one at Webster anymore. One of the reasons for this is he trusts the laser range finder number more and doesn’t have to worry about have the pesky phone out all the time distracting him or others. His views on the watches and phones are “they cause more distractions and NO ONE likes the guy who’s on his phone taking a call, looking at social media, texting their wife, girlfriend or sending selfies to last night’s one night stand… Put it on silent and you can chill for a little while.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I of course take my course selfies before and after rounds as you may have seen in our marketing.
Scott’s recommended brand is the Bushnell tour V3 (shown below) with the blue case. You HAVE to have the blue case. This of course Scott can also get you in the golf shop. Call him!
Q: What are your views on golf and fitness? This has become an increasingly hot topic and will be something I will ask ALL golf pros.
A: “I think it has a large reason as to why they are hitting it so much farther. Guys are not only stronger, they are more flexible and are taking more aggressive moves at the ball. I feel as though this is why we are seeing more injuries as well. The way the pros torque themselves these days is nothing near what it used to be.” I personally love the factor of golf and fitness. Scott did shed some light on me in regards to the injuries though that I never thought about before. We then took the topic from mobility to weight lifting. His views were “Not as much injury from it, but they are lifting heavy after tiger brought it around.”
Q: What do you think golf is lacking right now on the pro level? Same question with the amateur level.
A: “Younger talent to consistently takeover and provide that “Tiger” roar to the crowd. We are starting to see it again with guys like Day, Fowler, Spieth and Rory but none of them can seem to hang on to it. I love the colorful and energetic vibes of guys like Fowler and Kaufman. They are really utilizing social media as a way to bring some fun back into the game and create a personal feel to the players.” After that comment we went on a 20 minute sidenote talking about #SBK2016 and the recent “fishing” escapade of Spieth and Kaufmann. Chambers said, “I love it, it’s actually getting people to watch! Its becoming more main stream with is. The spring break stuff is hilarious and I think they do it on a daily basis, they just don’t advertise it. People think golf is too uptight, it’s a fun sport that people need to start earlier rather than later in life. You can enjoy the game more when you know when you are doing.”
Check out the videos below that we were referring to. If you can’t have a laugh at these, go find another blog to read…
A: (same question on amateur level) – “The price points of the clubs and golf in general has increased dramatically. Obviously you have the factor of inflation, but NYS also makes it hard for businesses to run on lower costs. The courses have to relay the increased taxes and such on to the players. Golf is now $50, $60, $70 in rochester for a round, and thats a good chunk of change! Now throw in a $500 driver. The barrier to entry is high for some people as its a very expensive sport.” I have to agree with Scott here and this is one of the reasons we developed the Go Golf U.S. app. To help younger players get out and play more golf!
About Webster Golf Course From Chambers
We wanted a place for the pro’s to talk about there course, so here is Scott’s views below.
“It is a 36 hole facility. The West Course is a little bit shorter, but my no means an executive. It holds both par 4’s and 5’s and is a little tighter than the East Course. If you spray it, you can get in trouble. The greens are all push up, smaller and more target golf involved on the West.”
“The East Course is our championship style course complete with bunkers and water hazards. It stretches to 7150 yards and is a par of 71. You can hit it a little off track here and still be OK. Outside of the front 9, if you hit it left, your OB. The greens are a bit bigger and all slide back to front.”
I wanted to put the pro’s on the hot seat and asked them, “What is your favorite and least favorite hole on the golf course”?
In regards to Scott’s favorite, he said, “No favorite hole. We rotate the starting holes between 1 and 10 and we always play match play. So, if I have to choose, I like 9 or 18 because it’s usually tight at the end of the match and you can go double or nothing or double up on the last hole. The money holes can swing you up or down on the match. I birdie 9 or 18 more than any other holes on the course because it means a lot more. I wish every hole meant as much as those in my mind.”
His answer for his favorite hole on the course was pretty vague, but his least favorite were nailed down to two holes. His reply was, “a tie between 4 or 12. More 4 because its ridiculous. They are both like hitting down a bowling alley with no bail out. 4 has OB and 12 more water. The greens are tough and they’re both long! They are both like 440-460 from the tips. Both are consistently in the top 10 hardest holes in Rochester. Bottom line, they are very difficult and NO ONE likes them! If their is a slow up on the course, its on those two holes.”
Membership and Contact Info for WGC
Membership rates at WGC for 2017 include access to both East and West courses PLUS range. This is a 3 year deal, 1st year is a discount for walking membership at $500, year 2 and 3 is single walker is $1725 to a family riding at $3250. All rates are on the site at www.webstergolf.com Chambers says, “What we do different than other semi-private clubs is Men’s/Women’s associations, tournaments, reciprocals, sweeps, skins and anything you see at a private club but for a discounted rate.
Public rates are 18 riding week day $44 and senior $36. Weekend peak rate riding morning is $49 on the East.
You can find the club online at www.webstergolf.com , www.webstergolfweddings.com , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/webstergc/ https://www.facebook.com/WebsterGolfClub/ and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/webster_golf_weddings/
We hope you enjoyed this month’s edition of “Meet The Pro” with Scott Chambers. Tune in next month as we interview Chris Devincentis of Eagle Vale.
January Short Par 4 Rating and Review – Box #1
Last month we teamed up with Short Par 4 to bring some new cool gear to you guys. We decided to do a rating and review of EVERY box that gets shipped to us each month in a video and blog post. We committed to this for the year, so get ready! If you don’t know about the service, visit the site at this link http://bit.ly/shortpar4-gogolfus or on our site at https://gogolfus.com/short-par-4-golf-clothes/. For our selected persona, we went with the “Athletic” style as it fits who we are the best. You of course can pick your own and will receive different gear, but keep in mind ours is for “Athletic” persona.
What’s In The Box?
For those of you that like to read, here you go. I know most of you won’t make it passed play on the video?
Item #1 – Adidas Climalite Pants – Retail $80
I thankfully received the color Khaki which I needed, but its really up to the company and what they send you. I am a HUGE advocate of these pants. One, because they are super light material which makes them great for the course on a warm day and manageable to a cold. Like I said in the video, I am going to try and wear pants more while playing this year, so these will be perfect. And two, Adidas Golf Pants come with a “grippy” lining thats written in the brand name along the inner waist of the pants. I LOVE THIS feature and wish every brand did it. This is great for golf pants as the grip holds your shirts tucked in better than ones without this layer. Does it hold your shirt totally in? No, but it sure does help. (Pants shown below)
Item #2 – Chase 54 Base Layer – Retail $39.50
This Chase 54 “Base Layer” is nice to wear under a collar shirt in below average weather days. If you are from Rochester like we are, this shirt will get A LOT of use for our above average number of cold to chilly days. The color is grey which makes it good as I can wear it with pretty much anything. It is multi-faceted as I can use it in the gym as well on days I am looking to “sweat it out” a little bit. If you are unfamiliar with the brand Chase 54, they are Short Par 4‘s exclusive clothing. SP4 designed this brand to provide high quality, low price options to go along with more “well known” brands in the boxes they ship out. (shirt shown below)
I am going to start of the rating for this box with a 6 out of 10. Only because I have no other boxes to put it up against. The clothing I received was nice and logical, but I wasn’t “WOW’ed”. In terms of price, you can’t beat it. I paid $45 for $129.50 worth of gear. Ill take it!
Stay tuned for next month’s SP4 Rating and Review video and blog. It will be coming soon as I got this one out a little late. If you don’t have our app yet, get ready for the golf season NOW and save on your first round of the year. Head over to the “Download” page and add it to your app list!
Valentine’s Day Special
Use Coupon Code VDAY2017 – Save $10
Valid until 2/15
Ladies (and/or Gentlemen), get your golf loving significant other what they REALLY want this Valentines Day. No, we’re not talking about flowers, chocolates, teddy bears or lingerie (ok maybe lingerie…). Get them the gift of GOLF! Up until February 15th, you can get the 2017 Rochester Go Golf U.S. eBook for only $20 and save your golfer HUNDREDS on greens fees this upcoming season. Thats less money they spend on golf and more money to spend on pampering you! This is essentially indirectly buying yourself a gift!
Click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase on our site or use coupon code “VDAY2017” in app to save $10!
Not sure what Go Golf U.S. is? “We’ve got you covered. As this is probably the first time coming to the site as your husband, boyfriend or significant other tagged you in a post on Facebook or Instagram with a female in lingerie… Don’t be alarmed. We are an incentive based mobile app designed to help golfers play more golf, for less money. All of our deals are hosted within a mobile app and the money saved on the round of golf occurs at the tee time. We consolidate our deals to keep you from scouring the internet for the best greens fee. We are currently hosting Rochester courses and looking to expand to more locations!
If you haven’t downloaded our app yet, click either of the links below to download on your respective devices operating platform.
Our 2017 Golf Related New Years Resolutions
First and foremost, Happy New Years to all golfers out there. We have stuck out another pain staking year of golf of “trying” to get better at the game we both love and hate passionately. It’s frustrating, it’s fun and you can’t live without it. That’s why we are here today writing this blog post. Fortunately enough for you reading this, half of the New Years Resolutions will come from a certified PGA Pro and the other half comes from an average Joe like yourself who is going to devote time and effort to getting better this season at golf (Your current author, Alan Liwush). We will give you the resolutions/pro tips from Scott Chambers of Webster Golf Club first and if you decide to stick around, you can get some of my resolutions as well. His will be more beneficial, but mine may give you a chuckle or two.
Scott’s New Years Resolutions
- Practice for a Purpose – I rarely hit golf balls and when I do I get bored easily, which leads to practice without purpose. This season I plan to practice aspects of my game which need improvement, most notably my driving accuracy. This includes creating a plan for my practice ahead of time. Sit down on Sunday after your round while you enjoy a beverage and think about where your game struggled that weekend. Set a day or two aside the upcoming week to work at the range on those specific things and then re-evaluate after your round the next weekend.
- Improved Course Management – Evaluate the entire hole from distance, layout and hazards. After collecting this data choose the best club. I have trouble keeping the driver in play at times but always choose to hit the driver (“Let the big dog eat” is a saying in my head that haunts me heading to the next hole). Mix it up to hit the club off the tee that gives me the best opportunity to score.
- Mental – Play the game one shot at a time. Don’t get too far ahead of myself and take shots for granted. For example: Rushing the layup shot on a par five and leaving myself in a poor position for my third shot.
- Visualization – Creating a mental picture of exactly how I intend to hit the shot. I used to do this prior to every shot and it helped immensely. Lately I’ve been more rushed and by skipping this important step I’ve hit more loose shots. Jason Day does this very well. Though his pace of play has been called “Sloth-like” he takes a moment to visualize the shot.
- Play More Tournament Golf – As a PGA Professional, we focus on running the day to day operations leaving little time for our own game. This season I plan on implementing the above steps to improve my game. After doing so I’ll be participating in more Western New York PGA events. Nothing gets you more in the zone than tournament golf.
Alan’s New Years Resolutions
While I wasn’t gifted with the smooth/natural swing like the guy above me, my resolutions are more practice based to perfect the small errors in my game that I believe will lead to lower scores. I plan on implementing the 80/20 rule a lot to maximize my efforts. For those of you who stuck around, enjoy.
- Putting – When you have been referred to as “King of the three putt”, this is a great place to start. The thing that gets me in trouble most of the time is leaving putts short, which leads to pressure of hitting the next putt which inevitably leads to you guessed it, a three putt. So to cope with my misery, I plan on spending an hour mid-week and a minimum of 10 mins pre-round putting, using the infamous clock, ladder and path drills. I know no matter how much love I give my putter, including nights allowing it to sleep in my bed with me (which my fiance doesn’t appreciate too much) will prevent me from “Erniing” other than more practice. (See example of “Erniing” below).
- Doing golf specific workouts and stretches – THIS IS A HOT TOPIC IN GOLF RIGHT NOW – The pros are doing it, so why aren’t we? Guys that are dominating the tour are ripped and spending time in the gym. For those of you that know me, I love the gym and workout out. Now, it’s time to start doing these balance based workouts to help gain muscular and mental strength to succeed on the course. Here are a few of my favorite routines I found that I plan on implementing weekly.
– The Golf Channel Stretching and Flexibility Routine
– Rory’s Muscle and Fitness Workout (I have done this already and its not for the below average gym goer. Watch video below.)
- Practicing better awareness on the course AKA understanding WHY I scored well/poor on a hole. – Take a moment at the end of a round to review/reflect. Look at the score card and make note of bogeys. Ask yourself what you could have done to prevent that? Was it being too aggressive on your second shot? Take that into effect in your next round and make note of it in a journal. Review the journal prior to the round and remember to select the right club to give yourself a better chance to score.
- Practicing good golf etiquette. – Get rid of the phone on the course. Is 4 hours without looking at Facebook or Instagram going to kill you? No! Unless your wife is 9 months pregnant and you could miss the birth of your child, leave the phone in the car, bag or clubhouse. In the case of a 9 month pregnant wife, I suggest not golfing for a few weeks, but I get it, we live in upstate NY with a limited golf season and if your in mid-season swing, you don’t want to lose your JuJu. More importantly, don’t lose your wife or end up like the guy in this craigslist posting (picture shown below). But I digress. I bought the apple watch for yardages while playing. I currently use an app called golf logix for my apple watch which gives yardages. Stay tuned for a future blog about my review on it. But for now, read the craigslist post below and have a laugh/cry for a fellow golfer.
- Last but not least – WALK MORE. Mix in a walking round every other round. You would be surprised how therapeutic the game can be while walking and not to mention the health benefits. See caloric burn from walking vs. riding in article HERE. I don’t recommend walking for the guy who can never find his tee shot or doesn’t pay enough attention too, but that’s a different problem for a different blog. Not to say walking always means carrying your bag. I have tested a few styles of push carts and if you are willing to make an investment, I recommend the Model 3.5+ golf push cart by Cliqgear (shown below).
All in all, be ready for the 2017 golf season, it will be here before you know it! Please comment with some of your golf related New Years Resolutions below, we would love to hear them!
As always, if you havent downloaded our app yet, do so by visiting this link www.gogolfus.com/download-gogolfus
The story behind the blog…
Al’s dream is to travel the country in a “mobile office” playing golf in new cities and spreading the idea behind Go Golf U.S. to new courses. Seeing as we built our business in a Top 10 golf city in America (Rochester NY, according to www.golf.com) as well as Scott and Alan’s home town, lest we forget we have half of the season as our Southern counter-parts of the country and have a limited amount of time to play. Which was partially the idea behind the “mobile office”. With a long off season in the North East, beautiful beaches and sunshine to the South, it would only be fitting to implement this at some point. This is a future goal, but don’t be surprised if you see this bad boy parked next to a Google imaging car or the Barstool Sports winnebago (we’ll hold off on the natty light shot gunning, unless Smylie Kaufman is around) sometime soon….
It all started with a winebago and a dream?Mr. Alan Liwush