These sites can help you tee off in style

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 5/23/02
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

"Golf is a good walk spoiled" - Mark Twain

This quote may no longer be pertinent as many golf courses are now requiring that players rent golf carts. As you may have guessed, I'm not a big fan of the game of golf, preferring a less sedentary activity like tennis. However, I'll do my best to present useful Web sites for those practitioners of a game, to quote Winston Churchill", ".... whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose". During the next several weeks I will be listing Web sites that are related to various summer outdoor activities - sailing, biking, hiking, fishing, birding, and tennis. Weather Before you go to play golf you'll need to check the weather. Weather Underground is one of the better weather sites. Going to Myrtle Beach for golf? Check this week's weather. Find the weather for any city in the world. The official site of the United States Golf Association - members' program, handicapping, rules of the game, Golf Journal online, and more.

The official site of the Massachusetts Golf Association - member services, list of events, handicap information, junior golf and related Web links, and more. You can find member clubs by city, club type, region or name. Rating, slope, par, yardage, names of club pro, manager, and superintendent, and driving (auto) directions are given for each club.

MGA Links
A list of useful golf related Web links provided by the Massachusetts Golf Association.

PGA of America
The official site of the Professional Golfers' Association of America - lead stories, tournaments, Ryder Cup matches, and more.

PGA Tour
The official site of the PGA Tour - players' biographies, stats, results, scorecards, and Web sites, events, and tournament schedules.
Find a golf course. From Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. Over 20,000 courses are listed worldwide. You can search by course name, city, or state. Rating, slope, par, yardage, fees, other course characteristics, and driving (auto) directions are given.

From Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. Tours, equipment, courses and travel, rules of the game, instruction, golf history, previous Golfonline columns, online management of your game, and more.

Golf for Dummies
From USA Today. Golf phrases, terms and slang. Think a "bisque" is a rich, creamy soup made from meat, fish, or shellfish? Guess again. In golf, a bisque is a handicap stroke given by one player to another. Amaze your friends with your knowledge of the arcana of golf terminology even if you're a duffer and shank all your tee shots into the rough.

The Golf Channel
All you want to know about golf and more.

If you've checked the weather and it's not a golf day, don't despair. Play miniature golf online.

Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist. E-mail: