Like it or not, we are in a new era of sports reporting. Gone are the days of scouring the baseball boxscores in the newspaper or eagerly awaiting the evening news for the final scores. No, now we need our sports news instantaneously and, preferably, with some wit.
This has brought us some alternative sports media outlets like Deadspin, Outkick the Coverage and Bleacher Report. It also has opened up opportunities for many to create their own websites and speak their minds about a variety of topics.
Such is the case with golf, where there are hundreds of blogs done by a colorful cast of reporters and fans. There are blogs about the PGA Tour, golf travel, course architecture … and yes, even cart girls.
Yet, all golf blogs are not created equal, and we would to share some of favorites in a new series: Golf Blogs We Like.
Before you head to Michigan this summer, be sure to check out this blog, which is chockfull of information about the golf scene and courses in the Wolverine State. The site has all the golf blog standards – product reviews and news – but two items make it unique. Golfers can search and make tee times through the site’s booking engine (including for courses on Hilton Head Island), and the GolfBlogger Pro Shop categorizes golf clubs for sale on eBay by manufacturer and club type.
The site recently mentioned Hilton Head Island – and this blog – in a recent post, stating:
“The GolfBlogger’s brother heads to South Carolina every chance he gets for the beaches, water, golf and other recreation. If you’re one of those South Carolina junkies, you might appreciate the Hilton Head Golf Vibe, a blog that keeps you up to date with goings on at Hilton Head.”
GolfBlogger.com’s John Retzer
I started GolfBlogger in early 2004 because I love to write. At different points in my life, I worked as a journalist, editor, public relations flack and ghost writer.
After my wife retired from the Air Force, we moved from Washington D.C. to Michigan, where I started a career as a high school teacher. I loved teaching, but missed writing. Then I heard about blogging. The phenomenon was in its infancy then, but I saw it as a means of forcing (permitting) myself to write on a daily basis.
The question was: What do I write about? At that time, political blogs dominated the nascent scene. While I had spent much of my writing career in and around D.C., in politics, I didn’t want to head down that road again. So, taking the advice of an old writing professor to “write about what you love,” I settled on golf.
Since then, I have managed what I think is a remarkable record of consistency and sheer stubbornness. I have written material for the GolfBlogger every day since its beginning. During the 12 years of GolfBlogger’s life, I’ve published more than 11,000 articles for a total of some 8 million words (some of that is code within blog posts, but I can’t figure out exactly how many). And yet, throughout that streak, it has always been a part-time job (obsession).
If GolfBlogger has a mission statement, it’s to be the blog for golf’s 99 percent – the weekend, public links player who doesn’t hit the ball 280 yards on the fly, buy new clubs every year or spend thousands on exotic trips.
It’s the blog for players who are in a not-terribly-serious-after-work league, thinks that the clubs they have are “good enough,” enjoys watching the Tour on television, and figures out places to take the family on vacation where they can also get in a little golf.
In other words, people like me.
It is my sense that the 99 percent have been left far behind by the major golf media. The equipment, courses and topics they cover are more applicable to the low-digit handicapper and well-heeled executive than the game’s real bulwarks. GolfBlogger will always be the blog for the rest of us.