The Time I Saw a Goose Die from a Golf Ball to the Neck

BirdGolfNot the actual place this tragedy happened.

After looking around online, geese getting hit with golf balls is apparently not that rare.  This short story, however, I think is pretty unique in how it went down.  I was playing with a friend and a guy we didn’t know was added to our group at the 1st tee.  Nice guy.  So, we’re playing, and we’re moving pretty quickly and we bump up against a guy giving a woman a lesson.  They are moving really slowly and they offer to let us play through.  Great.  So, my friend and I hit and everything’s fine.  The guy comes up and, maybe he had those play-through nerves with an audience, or was rushing, but whatever it was, he hits this skull/hook thing that takes off right into this group of geese about 50 yards in front of the tee box, in this swampy depression area.  His ball makes very solid contact in the middle of a goose neck and completely shatters it.  Now, it had been raining, so this depression has about 3-4 inches of water in it, like a giant puddle.  The goose’s neck is under the water while it’s flapping around, but obviously not having a ton of success, because, well, it’s neck is broken.  The woman is watching this in horror, and it’s a bit embarrassing, so we are trying to skedaddle to the next hole, but my friend is running towards this goose, to maybe, I don’t know, save it?  I tell him he’s an idiot and ask him if he’s going to give it CPR or something and GET IN THE CART and he finally does and we get the hell out of there.  The goose drowns in 3 inches of water and we are semi-famous with the cart girl for an afternoon.  The end.

The Time I Saw a Goose Die from a Golf Ball to the Neck

Average Golfer Report: TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course

Unforgiving hole 2 on TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course.

 

I played this course in mid-March and, unsurprisingly, found it to be one of the most difficult I’ve played on.   Fair warning, I have a 13 handicap, don’t normally play courses this difficult, drive it around 260 and approach shots beyond 150 yards are probably the worst part of my game.  So please keep in mind that this is from a mediocre golfer’s perspective.  I ended up with a 92.

The par 4s in particular were difficult due to their length and bunker placement.  The course is set up perfectly to be very difficult for 13-handicappers like myself: I’m not long enough to get over the first wave of fairway bunkers and the course is narrow enough to really punish wayward drives and approaches.  The fairway bunkers have lips that are several feet high, essentially a one-stroke penalty unless your ball stops in the middle.  My ball did not stop in the middle.  So, you take your medicine and hit an 8 through wedge out and try and make it up on the approach.  I did not often make it up on the approach because the greens are pretty unforgiving, as well.  It had also torrentially rained the day before, but I’m not making excuses.  I’m just not that good.

Because I kind of suck, I actually hit the clubhouse patio on the 9th hole.  It’s a shortish par 5, and I popped my 3 wood into the bunker that keeps golfers like me from rolling their second shot into the drink.  There is another bunker that is between the fountain and the green.  So, I’m about 30 yards out.  With water in between me and the green, I did not want to be short so got a little too much out of the trap and flew the ball on the cart path where it bounced a million feet in the air, slowly but inevitably hopping into the plate glass of the restaurant.  A man kindly came out and threw me the ball while telling someone on his cellphone that some jackass had just hit a two-iron from 30 yards out.  Defeated, I picked up and went to 10 and wondered, for a moment, why I had actually spent money to experience this.

I actually did not love playing this course as much as some others in Arizona, and not just because I didn’t play that well.  It’s situated right next to a private airport and is directly in the flight path for landings.  It was extremely loud and not the peaceful desert sanctuary you get at the hundreds of other courses in the area.

All in all, it’s nice to be able to say I’ve played it but I actually enjoyed the more remote courses like Vista Verde or the Rio Verde complex more than TPC.  By no means am I saying I regret having this chance to hit the clubhouse on 9, hit about eight 9 irons out of near-pot bunkers that are  200 yards out, or search for my ball underneath flooded Madrona trees, but I’ll need to drop that handicap a few strokes before we meet again.

 

Average Golfer Report: TPC Scottsdale – Champions Course

13th Hole on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West

One of our employees was fortunate enough to play on one of the Nicklaus courses at PGA West in La Quinta, CA and sent us this picture.  He said that, while beautiful, this was the end result of an impressively bad hook that was lucky not to have involved a call to the insurance company.  The preferred landing zone would be to the right and out of frame.

Nicklaus

Have fun out there, and always carry your insurance agent’s card on the golf course.  I prefer to just leave it in my bag.

Cheers!

13th Hole on the Nicklaus Course at PGA West

#winRavenna!

We are kicking this Friday off with our latest and greatest contest … #winRavenna!

Have a piece of patio furniture, grill, heater or cooler you need covered? Show us/tell us and we’ll be the judge.AnimatedRavenna_3

We’re giving away 2 Ravenna covers every month!

Email us, tweet us, or post on our Facebook wall.
We can’t wait to see your entry!

Photo creds: Linda Lane {Wonderlane Photography}, Tom Feary, and Steve Burt

#winRavenna!

Just because

Here at Classic Accessories we like to do themed days. Why? Just because it gives us a reason to sit down all together after a busy week and enjoy some homemade lunch and weekend plans. {breathe in, breathe out … breathe in … laugh it out!}

What does your team do to de-stress at work? Or maybe you have some amazing pork recipes? Please share them!

Here’s some eye-candy for your PFF – Pork Frenzy Friday!

PFF

Just because

#derby style – know how to pick ’em!

What’s your #derby style?
Whether it be the Kentucky Derby or your local fishing derby, know how to pick ’em.

Classic Accessories knows how to outfit your trip on the water.
Check out our Central Region Sales Manager Bill enjoying our Tioga pontoon boat while hooking small mouth bass.

Bill_SmallMouthBass_Tioga

No matter what your chant is this weekend … “Go Baby Go!” …. or “Fish On!” …. we wish you good luck!

#derby style – know how to pick ’em!

Veranda Patio Furniture Collection

Classic Accessories has really nailed it with their Veranda Collection of patio furniture covers. With over 55 SKU’s, we almost certainly have a cover for any outdoor furniture piece you might have. From the newest offset umbrella cover to the venerable table and chair covers, these covers have proven that they offer a compelling blend of features and durability at an excellent value.

Check out the video and you’ll see all the different sizes available along with the impressive features like a drawstring hem, buckled clips, covered air vents, handles and more. The thoughtfulness that goes into designing these covers is extensive. We listen to feedback from our customers and our retailers, expanding the sizes available and considering new features to add onto each iteration.

Patio furniture covers are about durability, looks and convenience.

To ensure a durable cover, we use high-grade polyester with a polyurethane backing that protects the cover, and what it’s protecting, from rain and uv damage. Our seams are all double-stitched with more stitching per inch than our competitors. If you ever find yourself in posession of two covers, compare our stitching to theirs. You will see a difference.

A stylish, good-looking cover is a frequently-used cover. We know that a cover should make your deck look better, not be an eyesore. We focus on handsome two-tone styling with neutral colors that go well with any deck color or material. We continually upgrade and tweak our dying process to ensure that fading is minimal, and, when it does inevitably occur, it happens uniformly to avoid unsightly blotching. The darker splashguard isn’t just for looks; it minimizes the appearance of wet spots and stains where the cover is closest to the ground and most likely to get dirt and moisture on it.

With so much going on in all of our lives, convenience is not an indulgence. It is a necessity. It is literally time itself. No one wants to use a cover that takes any more than the minimum amount of time to put on or take off. After all, covering your patio furniture is supposed to save you from having to drag your furniture out from under cover every time you want to use it. Which is why we use drawstrings rather than simply an elasticized hem, so you can keep it loose when you put it on and tighten it. It’s why we use buckled straps rather than loops, so you don’t have to lift up your furniture or grill and guide it through, you simply click it closed and you’re done. It’s also why our handles are large and padded, for an easy grip when removing the cover.

Check out our collection. We think you’ll like what you see.

Veranda Patio Furniture Collection

Summer Means Air Conditioning, Except Where We Live

precipitation in the western US
Weird how it’s cold up to the left

Up here in the lush, verdant and cold Northwest, we have natural air conditioning.  It’s called rain.  And not being hot.  For the rest of the country, however, this is a time for air conditioners running full blast.  While this map shows precipitation levels in a sad effort to get sympathy as a Seattleite, you can see that the rest of the Western US is really dry and presumably hot, it being July and all.

With AC units humming, now is not the time to have them covered up, but I invite you to think ahead to the fall, when you retire that freon-powered pleasure blaster and think about kickoff times rather than tee times.  Our Veranda line has some fantastic options to protect your AC unit from the elements and collecting debris.  A handsome two-tone with splash guard, drawstring and convenient handles, this cover has it all.

Round and Square Veranda AC Covers
For the offseason

Precipitation image courtesy of Cliff Mass’ blog.

 

Summer Means Air Conditioning, Except Where We Live