Columns

Everyone benefits - including yourself - when you play the rules and respect the game.

By the (rule) book

Playing fairly shows a respect for others and the overall game
JAMIE MULLIGAN, PGA
Southland Golf editor Al Petersen managed to keep his GolfBoard upright during a recent trip around Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

Riding the wave

A GolfBoard official sees our area as product's perfect testing ground
AL PETERSEN
Kevin Costner and Rene Russo arrive for the premiere of 'Tin Cup' at a Hollywood screening in 1996.

Fun and games

Behind-the-scenes look at making of 'Tin Cup' is quite entertaining
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Eric Tracy is known for his Loudmouth outfits and booming voice. A cancer diagnosis has silenced him for now, however, but he's eager to rejoin the fun at his charity golf events later this year.

Healthy attitude

Mulligan Man is eager to beat cancer and get back in the game
AL PETERSEN

Equipment

Mizuno's JPX 900 Tour irons are forged, with advanced weighting techniques built in to the lineup.

Mettle winners

Mizuno's JPX family now has irons for you designed for the pros
JONATHAN MCGINTY
The Gunboat putter is one of several models in PXG's new line.

Rolling along

PXG adds to its club momentum with new putter models
LEELA BRENNAN
Callaway's MD3 milled wedges come in 50-, 52- and 64-degree options.

Control peeks

Callaway touts accuracy in its new short game and iron offerings
JEFF NEWTON
The popularity of Callaway's soccer-patterned golf ball has been successful - and surprising - for the company.

What a kick

Callaway pleasantly surprised by soccer-patterned ball success
CORE ROSS

Travel

A recent renovation project at San Diego's Kona Kai have made the tucked-away spot even more inviting.

Aah-inspiring

The seclusion of Kona Kai provides a great escape from gridlock
COREY ROSS
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is one of two outstanding layouts available at the Indiana location.

Crossover appeal

A small Indiana town known for a basketball icon has great golf as well
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Views of the St. Lawrence River are part of the allure when teeing it up at Club de Golf Manoir Richelieu, which is on property owned by the nearby Fairmont.

North pull

Culture, serenity and seasonal options about in a section of Quebec
AL PETERSEN
Playing the ninth hole at Whitehawk Ranch in Clio is one of several exhilarating experiences while teeing it up in the High Sierras.

High and mighty

A mountainous landscape makes for uplifting golf in the Tahoe area
RANDY YOUNGMAN

Courses

The golf course at Rancho Bernardo Inn has enough gentle slopes, twists and turns to keep play interesting for all levels of golfers.

Staying the course

Rancho Bernardo Inn's course work maintains its old-school vibe
AL PETERSEN
Environmental groups and Los Angeles County officials are lauding the turf reduction project at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.

Saving the way

Turf reduction work at Los Robles Greens means less water usage
KAREN MORAGHAN
The fifth hole on the Babe course is one of several good tests of golf on the two layouts at Industry Hills.

Twice as nice

Two tracks and an accessible spot work for SCPGA at Industry Hills
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Audubon International has lauded Maderas Golf Club in Poway for its conservation practices.

Natural beauty

Audubon International lauds conservation work at Maderas
COREY ROSS

Instruction

Placing three tees inside the cup will give you a good visual aid for how line and speed on certain putts.

Target practice

Placing tees in a practice hole will help you with line, speed and focus
JORDAN KING THOMAS, PGA
Use two alignment sticks as rails will help with your setup and swing on short shots around the green.

Chipping in

Getting touch shots closer to the hole takes a different kind of setup
BRYAN LEBEDEVITCH, PGA
Beginning players should get proficient at half backswings with good arm extension before continuing to a lengthier swing.

Work in progress

Get comfortable with shorter backswings before stretching out
JENNIFER PARKER
Finish tall when hitting wedges to ensure crisp contact and gain more confidence.

Short and sweet

Keep it simple with your wedges for the proper posture and swing
JASON PUTERBAUGH, PGA

People

Pinnacle Design president Ken Alperstein pulls into the parking lots of a lot of golf courses these days to help operators craft a plan for using less water.

Drying force

President of Pinnacle Design is helping golf courses use less water
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Jane Rosenberg uses technology in her time on the range at the Colbert-Ballard Golf Academy in Yorba Linda but never lets her students lose sight of the basics.

Basic training

Instructor's old-school methods include life lessons for juniors
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH
Nick Raffaele is embracing the dual job of enhancing the CareerBuilder Challenge and working with the Coachella Valley charities it benefits.

Up for the job

The new CareerBuilder Challenge leader is eager to get to work
RANDY YOUNGMAN
Dave Schultz has an idea called RealiTEE that he hopes attracts all golfers, including newcomers and those who want just want a social gathering spot.

The great indoors

Anaheim man hopes his golf center vision becomes a big attraction
MICHAEL LEDNOVICH

Apparel

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
Quick-dry and moisture-wicking slacks from Orvis are a good example of versatile clothing that will help you reduce your load while packing for a trip.

Leader of the pack

Clothing versatility and security are keys when preparing for a trip
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
The Mio Alpha2 a customizable display and configurable heart rate zones to suit your needs and activity levels.

Fitting in

Ways to stylishly monitor your health or golf are now common
RANDY O. WILLIAMS
Team Golf USA has several ways for you to display pride in your favorite NHL team, such as these Ducks-logoed head covers.

Cooling trend

Hockey apparel and golf items are chill ways to show team pride
RANDY WILLIAMS