Archive for November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Back Nine Homes

November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I wanted to take a few moments of your time to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the past year and appreciate the positives and negatives that happened throughout the year. It is easy to be thankful for the wonderful experiences you have had, but more difficult to appreciate the failures of the year. We all have failed in one way or another throughout the year. Personally, I did not come close to my weight loss goals for the year. This is a failure for me. However, I need to appreciate this downfall and learn from it. One thing I have learned in reflecting on this lack of success is that if I want to be successful, my weight control efforts must be a daily and even an hourly attempt. Too often this past year, I had a successful week only to fall backwards the following by giving myself a weekend off. This does not work and I need to be vigilant daily.

I am sure there are areas in your life where you were not as successful as you would have liked this year. These are the keys to personal and professional growth. If we were successful in everything we attempted, we would never learn how to improve ourselves. And let’s face it, nobody is perfect and we all have short-comings. Learn from these and prepare yourself for success in the future.

I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. We all need to take the time to appreciate the blessings in our lives that God has given us. In reality, we should be thankful every day of our lives, but at the bare minimum, we need to use this day to reflect and be thankful. By the way, we should not keep our thankfulness to ourselves. Life is too short, we need to let those in our lives who enhance our lives know that we are thankful for them and appreciate them. This is the day we really need to let them know.

I hope you enjoy your holiday feast and remember that not everyone will have the same feast. Take a moment to give back to the less fortunate in our society. We are in this world together and nothing makes you feel better than giving. Just think about Christmas…we often are more excited to see someone open our gifts than we are to open our own. This is because nothing makes you feel good about yourself than sharing and helping others. Help someone this week.

In closing, I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day. If your wish is to have your own home for Christmas, it is not too late. We can still get you into a home before Christmas. Call or email me today to get that home.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Latest Golf Courses I played!

November 2, 2011

Swing into Golf this Fall!

I was fortunate that I was able to play two courses last week, none so far this week. The two that I played were Wildwood Green and Wil-Mar. Each of these courses has its benefits and negatives, but they are both challenging and fair courses. I wanted to give you a brief update as to the condition of these courses in the event you are planning on playing one or both of these courses soon.

Wildwood Green, which I played a week ago Sunday was in amazing condition. The greens were very hard and very fast. Speaking to one of the club professionals after my round, he informed me that they were keeping the greens fast for the Pro-Am that was being played the following day. I imagine they have adjusted the speed of the greens to make them more fair for the amateur golfer since then. With the fast greens, it was a challenge to play these greens, until I was able to get the feel of the greens. The front nine, I actually had 19 putts, which is high for me. I finally got the feel of the greens on the back and had only 14 putts. For the first time in years, I four putted the first hole, but then again, I hadn’t realized the speed of the greens at that point.

The fairways and tee boxes at Wildwood was also in pristine condition. I did not see any instance of muddy fairways throughout my round. Lately, the fairways have been playing very well for this course. Of course, I am sure they will be doing work throughout the fall and winter months to maintain the conditions and get it ready for Spring. I would highly recommend this course and if you are not a member, please contact me and I will get you on the course to check it out. Membership at Wildwood is very modest and not very expensive. They recently had a minor increase in dues, but it is still affordable, especially considering the improving conditions of this course.

Wil-Mar is a semi-private course that is more public than private. It is located near Knightdale and is a great course to work on some aspects of your game. When I played it last week, the course was in very good condition. The tee boxes needed some work, but the fairways and greens were solid. The greens were not very fast, but faster than they have been in the past. It had been at least 3 months since I played this course, and the greens were much slower at that point. Recently, they re-seeded many of the greens there and they have bounced back better than ever.

Wil-Mar is very reasonable in price and the last I saw, they had a program that if you purchase one round of golf, you can play all day. This makes it very appealing. Wil-Mar offers memberships at very reasonable rates, great if you live in the area. Wil-Mar has a very unique setup as it has 6 Par 3s and 5 Par 5s. You do not see this much, but the additional short holes allows you an opportunity to work on your short game. A couple of the Par 5s are reachable in two if you get off the tee well. I would recommend this course as it is a great, inexpensive place to play a round of golf while working on many areas of your game.