During my week-long trip to China, one of my visits was to a new golf course outside Tianjin, called The 27 Club.
This golf club is part of Pacific Links International, the global membership service founded by Chinese businessman Mr. Du Shaw. What makes this facility special is not only its modern Western style and feel, but the fact that each hole is designed by a Major Championship winner. There are 26 male golfers – names like Paul Azinger, Nick Price, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Fred Couples, to mention a few — along with me. I am very honored to be part of this exclusive group, and was excited to be the first contributor to play the course.
There are three nine-hole loops at The 27 Club: The North, The South and The West. The ANNIKA hole is No. 6 on The North. It’s a mid-range par 3 that ranges in distance from 189 to 125 yards depending on which tee box is played.
The prevailing wind is slightly into the player and from left to right. The undulating green is surrounded by deep bunkers on both sides, which can make it a little intimidating for the average player. However, there is a small opening in the front, so a low running shot can work for higher handicaps. Read more →
Shish kebab is a popular meat dish in the Middle East, but it is also the perfect dish to grill this time of year. It pares beautifully with a glass of Annika Syrah.
Mix together wine, oil, onions, tomato paste and salt, pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the lamb, turning in marinade until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
Preheat the grill
Put 4 lamb pieces on each skewer and discard the marinade.
Grill the kebabs over medium hot heat, turning often until evenly browned. (5-7 min) or medium rare.
Serve with rice or tasty potatoes.
Originally Published at SCOREGolf.com
Article by Rick Young
When she walked away from her Hall of Fame playing career in 2008 Annika Sorenstam never believed that her life would slow down; that she would not remain the same focused individual, the same fiery competitor she was while amassing 89 worldwide victories, including 10 LPGA major championships, during 15 years on tour. What really happened, as she points out, is quite simple: her priorities changed.
Granted, the changes Sorenstam made were of a sweeping nature. Take a look at how she describes herself on Facebook these days: “After a successful career on the LPGA Tour I’m living life to the fullest as a mother, wife and entrepreneur.” In that order too.
The inside-the-ropes goals that once defined her have become subsequently altered outside the ropes. That being said if you want to “share Annika Sorenstam’s passion” you better get in line. You should expect to fall on the docket somewhere behind her two most important life accomplishments, daughter Ava and son Will; then husband and ANNIKA brand business manager Mike McGee, followed by an impressive list of global clients, endorsers and business partners whose long-term relationships with Sorenstam, while forged on business interests, appear nurtured more through mutual respect and admiration. Her close personal ties with Callaway Golf provide no better example. Despite ownership re-tooling and CEO changes since Ely Callaway’s passing in 2001, Sorenstam has remained a constant. Even six years removed from her playing days she is still the longest serving member of the Carlsbad, Calif., OEM’s tour staff.
“I’m lucky. I stepped away all those years ago and I still have some of the same partners as when I was playing,” Sorenstam explained in a recent interview. “They don’t necessarily ask me to go play or do outings all the time. They know my role and what I want to do. What’s great is how engaged they all are with my initiatives. They support the junior girls’ things we have going on, they also support the things I have going on in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and now there are college tournaments. I mean we’re literally involved with kids from six years old up to college seniors when they’re 21.”
Here is a recipe for someone with a sweet tooth — that includes me!!
Preheat oven to 450°
Mix topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Place raspberries in 9×9 baking pan; spread topping mixture over the berries. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Shish kebab is a popular meat dish in the Middle East, but it is also the perfect dish to grill this time of year. It pares beautifully with a glass of Annika Syrah. 2 lbs boneless leg of lamb, clean & cut into inch size cubes. ½ cup dry red wine ½ corn or vegetable […]