Where They're From

leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day...Members Posts: 969 ✭✭
Interesting article from The Fried Egg on where the top 100 pros come from.



Year round golf (warm weather climates) seems to be the catalyst to developing top players. The article doesn't touch on it but it would be interesting to hear about families that uproot and move to the hotbeds of golf like San Diego or Jacksonville. I know Anthony Kim's parents moved him from LA to a country club in Palm Springs so he could play more often.



The Fried Egg - Where They're From Article

There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

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  • hangontighthangontight Members Posts: 538 ✭✭
    edited Jun 22, 2018 #2
    Has anyone here moved to a different place where better golf has played a big part in that decision? It could be for a better opportunity for your junior or maybe just a different lifestyle for you or your family? I’ve considered it often (not moving cities, but moving to a golf neighborhood in same town we live), I am a golf nut and with young kids having immediate access to nice pool and everything else sounds great. My YOUNG sons taking to golf has only strengthened the consideration- but knowing that he could turn in a few years and not like golf gives me pause. Even if that happens , I think it could still be a good move for us as a whole. There are some serious downsides like a longer commute, moving further from grandparents, etc. curious to hear thoughts of those who have made a move (locally or actually to a “better” climate) for better golf.
  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter Members Posts: 3,018 ✭✭
    Has anyone here moved to a different place where better golf has played a big part in that decision? It could be for a better opportunity for your junior or maybe just a different lifestyle for you or your family? I’ve considered it often (not moving cities, but moving to a golf neighborhood in same town we live), I am a golf nut and with young kids having immediate access to nice pool and everything else sounds great. My YOUNG sons taking to golf has only strengthened the consideration- but knowing that he could turn in a few years and not like golf gives me pause. Even if that happens , I think it could still be a good move for us as a whole. There are some serious downsides like a longer commute, moving further from grandparents, etc. curious to hear thoughts of those who have made a move (locally or actually to a “better” climate) for better golf.




    We moved to a golf community in our town. It allowed my daughter to prosper on the course. No limitations and allowed my daughter to go to course every day after school and practice.



    She has friends that moved from the North to Florida to play.
  • iteachgolfiteachgolf Members Posts: 16,600 ✭✭
    Have had a number move here for better opportunities and year round golf from the north. Cost of living being lower is another benefit. Having a lot of great players in one area absolutely tends to raise all their games in an effort to keep up
  • CTgolfCTgolf Posts: 407 ✭✭
    Great article



    Surprising that there aren’t any (except 1 NJ) from the Mid-Atlantic region; is North Carolina considered the northern boundary for year-round play?
  • BertGABertGA Posts: 270 ✭✭
    ...holding my breath for the follow-up article discussing junior golf success for the top 100. image/drinks.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':drinks:' />
  • BrianMcGBrianMcG Members Posts: 2,233 ✭✭
    All the best cross country skiers are from Norway and Sweden.
    Walter: Tell me Bobby, why do you play this game?
    Bobby: I play because I love it.
    Walter: Well I play for the money. I have to win. That is why every time we face each other I will always beat you.
  • leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day... Members Posts: 969 ✭✭
    BrianMcG wrote:


    All the best cross country skiers are from Norway and Sweden.




    I get what you're insinuating but the question I asked was about parents that have uprooted from where they are to more of a golf 'hotbed'.

    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • CTgolfCTgolf Posts: 407 ✭✭
    Is it fair to assume the distribution is the same for D1 golfers as well?



    I’m also surprised TX < GA in number of pros (7 vs 8) despite almost 3x the population
  • leezer99leezer99 I swear I am quitting this site every day... Members Posts: 969 ✭✭
    CTgolf wrote:


    Is it fair to assume the distribution is the same for D1 golfers as well?



    I'm also surprised TX < GA in number of pros (7 vs 8) despite almost 3x the population




    Can't say for sure but I would assume that football participation is a huge factor.

    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • kcapkcap Members Posts: 154 ✭✭
    I think this breakdown will change going forward. While you can't replicate the level of competition etc, golf simulators technology has become really good and quite affordable. (mevo, trackman, skytrak ) which has golf a 12 month sport in the Northeast for most juniors . That was not the case 10, 15, or even 5 yrs ago.



    Being from the NE with a Jr golfer could make this wishful thinking but we shall see.
  • iteachgolfiteachgolf Members Posts: 16,600 ✭✭
    kcap wrote:


    I think this breakdown will change going forward. While you can't replicate the level of competition etc, golf simulators technology has become really good and quite affordable. (mevo, trackman, skytrak ) which has golf a 12 month sport in the Northeast for most juniors . That was not the case 10, 15, or even 5 yrs ago.



    Being from the NE with a Jr golfer could make this wishful thinking but we shall see.




    I think it’s more about the volume of good juniors and how it pushes all of them to get better. The best players in many states wouldn’t sniff top 10 in FL. And that drives them to continuously improve
  • tiger1873tiger1873 Members Posts: 1,017 ✭✭
    edited Jun 22, 2018 #13
    leezer99 wrote:

    CTgolf wrote:


    Is it fair to assume the distribution is the same for D1 golfers as well?



    I'm also surprised TX < GA in number of pros (7 vs 8) despite almost 3x the population




    Can't say for sure but I would assume that football participation is a huge factor.




    I am not surprised I think it has to do with the type of courses you see in Texas vs elsewhere. It’s a very different type of game in Texas since the ground is so hard on a lot courses and and lots of courses run in between creeks. On the better courses you learn to be cautious or else your going to punished.



    Other Areas like Florida your not dealing with hard tight lies in the fairway or rock hard greens that your ball bounces off like it hit a cart path.
  • yellowlover519yellowlover519 Posts: 280 ✭✭
    kcap wrote:


    I think this breakdown will change going forward. While you can't replicate the level of competition etc, golf simulators technology has become really good and quite affordable. (mevo, trackman, skytrak ) which has golf a 12 month sport in the Northeast for most juniors . That was not the case 10, 15, or even 5 yrs ago.



    Being from the NE with a Jr golfer could make this wishful thinking but we shall see.




    Not sure if this is reliable data. What about all the European pros that came from the UK and other parts of Europe. Their climate is similar to the northeast. It’s all about access and resources to practice and competition. It’s not like you can practice in the summers in Arizona.
  • BertGABertGA Posts: 270 ✭✭
    tiger1873 wrote:




    I am not surprised I think it has to do with the type of courses you see in Texas vs elsewhere. It’s a very different type of game in Texas since the ground is so hard on a lot courses and and lots of courses run in between creeks. On the better courses you learn to be cautious or else your going to punished.



    Other Areas like Florida your not dealing with hard tight lies in the fairway or rock hard greens that your ball bounces off like it hit a cart path.




    I dunno. I grew up in TX, now I’m in GA. The courses I play here, between the changes in elevation or neighborhoods that run through them, are much more punishing than the courses I played in Dallas.



    I’m not sure what the reason is, but I can tell you within a few weeks of moving to GA I realized I needed to pick up either tennis or golf. Pretty much everyone plays one or both.
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