Steve Pace



As most of you know, the excessive summer heat has done incalculable damage to our area golf courses. No one was exempt. However, I am going to give Patricia Island Golf Course (Grove, OK) Superintendent, Chris Buck and his staff credit for “A Job Well Done”.

Shangri-La Country Club and Golf Course continues to make their fabulous changes and additions. They are “full steam ahead” and their membership numbers continue to grow. Jason Sheffield and his staff are really making a difference.



Sept 17: GROVE ROTARY TOURNAMENT -Grove Rotary Golf Tournament date has been changed. There are still some openings. For more information, call Richard Lippitt at 918.801.3085. They also are seeking more sponsors. The date and time is Friday September 17, 11:30 lunch and shotgun start tee time at 1 pm. Lots and lots of prizes.

Sept. 18: Bordertown Casino Golf Tournament - September 18 at Patricia Island. HUGE AMATEUR PUBLIC TOURNAMENT

Sept 20: WYANDOTTE CASINO TOURNAMENT 9:30AM, September 20th

October 3:  (Sept 27 entry deadline) -The GRAND LAKE CASINO AND PATRICIA ISLAND GOLF CLUB are having their BIG golf tournament again. The tournament benefits GEFFE, Grand Lake Family YMCA and Turkey Ford School; over $100,000 in prize opportunities. The public is invited to participate. Entry is only $125 per player and includes Green Fee (Entry), Cart, Lunch, Blackjack Tourney fee. The date is October 3 with a shotgun start at 10 am. The Card part of the tournament begins one hour after the last golf team finishes at the Grand Lake Casino. Please note that the ENTRY DEADLINE is Friday, September 27 by 5 pm.


I have shared this putting tip before but it is well worth repeating. Take three balls and get about three to four feet from the cup. Set up to putt as straight in to the cup as you can. Then adjust however you need to in order to miss on purpose to the left but as close to the cup as possible. Then with the second ball set up again to the cup then adjust to where you miss on purpose to the right but again as close to the cup as possible. With the thirrd ball feel confident in setting up to miss left, then set up to miss right and then set up to go straight in and make the putt. If you will do this drill you will learn to have confidence in where your putt is going.



If so, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL is now the official “Fitter” for in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60% of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the clubface square back to the ball naturally or by force. Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50. If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call Steve at 918-257-4967.





Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it. 

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. 

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. 

If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there. 

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. 

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. 

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. 

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck. 

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty-foot putt… for a 10. 

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts. 

It’s not a gimme if you’re still away.  

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. 

There are two kinds of bounces; unfair bounces and bounces just the way you meant to play it. 

You can hit a two-acre fairway 10% of the time and a two-inch branch 90% of the time. 

If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. 

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.   

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. 

There are two things you can learn by stopping your back swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. 

Hazards attract; fairways repel. 

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. 

A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are…that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends. 

That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work. 

Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week.  

A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there. 

It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. 

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).  

You probably wouldn’t look good in a green jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine. 

It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don’t get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing brain surgery.

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. Share your golf news with Steve at 918-257-4967 or at