Thoughts about Golf in 2019

Refine your game and sharpen your swing in the New Year.

By Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

The New Year is the perfect time to get serious about improving your golf game.

2    Two reasons to play golf are fun and activity. Golf is a leisure sport that requires very little effort and provides physical and mental benefits to people of all ages. Invite a friend to join you in this adventure for a lifetime. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s important to remember that golf is a game that couples can play together. Double your pleasure. Today is the day to get started!

0    Zero is the starting point in counting. Every new activity starts at zero. If you have no experience or equipment, that is okay. This is where you start. Zero is also the point on a scale or instrument from which a positive or a negative quantity is reckoned. Let the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Professionals get you into the positive patterns of enjoyable golf.  

1    One is the first step. Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon and said, “That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Now the USA has landed a spacecraft on Mars over 97 million miles away. My friend and Islander Leo Luken started golf at age 41 and played his last round at age 95. He never imagined he would interact with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, all of whom have designed courses on Hilton Head, much less win first place in a tournament with three golf legends in it. When will you get started?

9    Nine holes is a goal. Keep it simple and ask for help to get started with reachable goals. The coaches can help any beginner start correctly, help the 30 handicapper get to 20, help the 20 play at 10 and help the 10 play at 5. It’s a cinch by the inch and a trial by the mile.

“When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near.”

Let’s dream about golf in 2019. I hope to see you out on the green!

A former PGA Tour pro and member of the local golf Hall of Fame, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?,” a free clinic and demonstration, every Monday at 4 p.m. (843) 785-1138, (800) 827-3006 or