Columns

It was a mixed bag for Tiger Woods regarding his return to golf in December. Woods will be making appearances in the Southland soon at Torrey Pines and Riviera.

Return engagement

Woods is hit and miss in his long-awaited trip back to competition
RANDY YOUNGMAN
A renovated North Course at Torrey Pines will make its national debut this year when the pros tee it up for a round there at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Home, sweet home

The Southland will again be in the spotlight when pros visit the region
AL PETERSEN
When you're confident and swinging freely, your game and outlook will be open and clear.

Swing away

The best golf motions you can make happen when all systems are on go
JAMIE MULLIGAN, PGA
You don't want to make me angry.

Teeing off

There are several things that annoy me about golf. Thanks for asking
RANDY YOUNGMAN

Equipment

TaylorMade's M2 irons for 2017 utilize a variety of technologies the company found useful in other products.

Moving forward

TaylorMade upgrades its M2 irons by combining previous technologies
JORY MENDES
Inserts in the TaylorMade Berwick, Soto, Mullen and Juno putters are designed to give better feel and more confidence.

Rolling along

TaylorMade's TP Collection putters have an insert made for better feel
JORY MENDES
PXG's 0311XF iron collection continues the company's bold foray into the golf equipment industry.

Cutting edge

PXG's new blade irons are designed to hit crisper shots from the fairway
LEELA BRENNAN
The Mizuno JPX900 drivers, fairway woods and hybrids are being touted as the company's best yet.

Ready for launch

Mizuno's new driver, woods and hybrids line primed for power
JOHNATHAN MCGINTY

Travel

There are 27 holes for members and guests to play at Whistling Rock, where the scenery can be enchanting.

A smooth move

A former Southland resident enjoys the culture and golf options in Korea
TOM MACKIN
Rams Hill Golf Club is starting to gain notoriety as being a great course with fantastic long views.

A serene scene

Borrego Springs is a calming place, no matter where you stay or play
JUDD SPICER
The 17th hole at Danzante Bay Golf Club is a thing of beauty and one that architect Rees Jones says is one of his favorites in the world.

Nature takes its course

The landscape at Danzante Bay Golf Club is an environmental beauty
AL PETERSEN
The casitas at Boulders Resort & Spa have a livelier look since the recent renovation at the Scottsdale site.

On the rocks

Boulders Resort & Spa undergoes a refreshing renovation at its site
AL PETERSEN

Courses

The par-3 15th hole at Torrey Pines North used to be No. 6 but was changed because of the nines being flipped during a renovation by Tom Weiskopf.

The right direction

Torrey Pines North renovation means South is no longer lone star
RANDY YOUNGMAN
The 18th hole on the South Course at Pelican Hill is a great way to finish a round, and entice you back to tee it up there or at the equally beautiful North Course.

Orange County

No matter your style of play, there's something here for all tastes
RANDY YOUNGMAN
The 17th hole on the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow shows the beauty at the Palm Desert facility that has two layouts.

IE/Coachella Valley

A broad landscape of diversity provides plenty of quality choices
JUDD SPICER
The 14th hole at Maderas in Poway ends with an uphill approach over a rustic ravine.

San Diego County

With so many great options available, the choices are endless
COREY ROSS

Instruction

Whether you're in soft or hard sand will be a determining factor in what type of bounce to use while playing green-side bunker shots.

Bunker mentality

Knowing the type of sand and correct bounce to have is key for good shots
DEVAN BONEBRAKE
After standing with your heels touching, move your back foot to the right in order to be in optimal launch mode.

Power source

Proper ball position is crucial for launching long and straight tee shots
JOHN RAY LEARY, PGA
Putting a paper target between two alignment sticks will give you a good trajectory target to hit in order to hit penetrating shots with your irons.

Target practice

To hit shots with good trajectory, this fun drill will get you on track
BY O'NEILL COWAN, PGA
A drill where you roll balls from varying distances will help you make more when the pressure is on.

Going the distance

Practice putts from varying lengths to make more when it counts
JORDAN KING THOMAS, PGA

People

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher plays as much golf as possible these days, whether at home in Chicago or Scottsdale or at charity or celebrity events.

A Bear's necessity

Former Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher can't play enough golf
AL PETERSEN
Len Kennet was inducted into the SCGA Hall of Fame in late October.

Child's play

Len Kennet's years of dedication to youth golf is lauded by the SCGA
JULIA PINE
A photo of Jerry Barber was on display during his induction ceremony into the SCGA Hall of Fame.

Work in progress

Jerry Barber's legacy lives on through golfing family members
MIKE JAMES
To say that Tiffany Joh enjoys her job as a golfer and the lifestyle and platform it gives her would be an understatement.

Laughing matters

Tiffany Joh uses social media to have fun and make connections
GARRETT JOHNSTON

Apparel

Duluth briefcases are made from premium grade cowhide leather with a main compartment that includes a document sleeve, various pockets and room for laptops up to 15 inches across.

Little pleasures

Good things really do come in small packages with these gift items
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
A dual-caster garment bag from Victorinox Swiss Army has several compartments and pockets to keep items safe and crisp.

Weather patterns

Apparel that works in a variety of ways is nice to have on your trip
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
JH Design Group's wool jackets and wool leather varsity jackets have a classic look, two inner and two outer pockets and a silk lining.

Back in the game

The Rams' return to L.A. brings excitement ... and more options.
RANDY WILLIAMS
The Bolle Flak 2.0 Prizm Golf sunglasses are designed for optimum viewing potential while on the course.

Clear the air

Technology in sunglasses puts the focus on clarity and performance
RANDY O. WILLIAMS