Archive for March, 2013

Golf Lessons with Mike Merchent

By: purgatorygolf on March 28th, 2013

This golf lesson with Mike Merchent is our most watched video on our YouTube channel. He will be conducting a golf instruction training session Tuesday, April 9th at 11:30 a.m. for our staff. A maximum of 20 guests will be able to attend, free of charge.

I can honestly say that Mike understands the golf swing better than any other golf instructor I have met, seen on TV, or heard speak. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the time to provide personal instruction these days, the whole running a golf course thing gets in the way. So this is a great opportunity for you to learn from him 1st hand. If you’d like to attend, please contact the proshop 317-776-4653, ext. 1.

Mike will be conducting these internal training sessions once a month, leave a comment if you’d  like to be one of the golf swings he uses in a training session.

PS. This is a change, originally he was to conduct the training next week. Due to a scheduling conflict, Jon Stutz will instead be discussing the Rules of Golf and water hazards next Tuesday at 11:30. Please call the proshop if you’d like to join us for the Rules discussion & training.

Golf Phone Photos Made Vintage

By: purgatorygolf on March 21st, 2013


This vintage appearing image was taken with my iPhone. We were at Spyglass Hills in Monterey California, part of the Pebble Beach golf resort.

I then did a 1 click edit with the app OldPhotoPro, by Deion Mobile. It’s a free app, and is also available for the Android.

You can read a brief review from Macworld on this cool free app.

Our phones contain amazing cameras, and the best part is they are almost always with us. While I still take loads of pictures with big DSLR camera, I love capturing images with my cell phone, and they are certainly easier to share.

Coffee Table Book Available for Purchase

By: purgatorygolf on March 19th, 2013

Another version of the book More Heaven than Hell is available for purchase. It is different than the iBook:

  • It is only 52 pages long, the iBook is 188 pages long (although for some reason iTunes say it is 37 pages, I’ve contacted them on the subject)
  • It has all the same images, many are just smaller
  • It does not have the flyovers
  • It doesn’t have all the descriptive text, it is mainly photographs
  • You can purchase it now
  • It’s available as a PDF that can be read on your computer, smart phone or tablet
  • It is also available as a traditional print book with a soft cover, image wrap, or dust cover


Coffee table book cover

It’s funny, writing this book reminds me of painting a room in a house. Often as I was working on it I thought to myself, “This is so much work, I’m never doing this again! What was I thinking!”

But now that it’s finished, and I get to share it, I’m thinking “That wasn’t so bad, I need to write more!”

Golf Rules Seminar for High School Students & Parents

By: purgatorygolf on March 16th, 2013

Golf Rules

Wednesday March 20th 6:00-8:00


Conducted by Ryan Lambert, Director of Junior Golf Operations, Indiana Golf Foundation


Cost: $10.00 includes pizza and drinks


Available to: High school, coaches, players and any interested golfer or parent


Please RSVP to Purgatory Golf Club proshop, 317-776-4653 ext. 1.


Karl Danneberger, Ohio State Professor has Another iBook

By: purgatorygolf on March 15th, 2013

Winter Injury book cover

Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University has done it again. This amazing man has produced 5 separate and amazing iBooks (2 in another language). Having just completed my 1st iBook, I know exactly how much work is involved. It is no simple task.

His latest work is on Winter Injury, and it is co-authored with Karolina Ruzickova Hofferova who graduated from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Horticulture.

Because I’m such a visual person, it’s his images and videos that blow me away. I look at some of the picture, like the purple footprints on a putting green, and I understand the damage he’s trying to teach us about.

To top it all off, this book is free. If you’re a golf geek like me, you can’t wait to download it so you can show all your friends over dinner what snow molds really look like. When I found out he had another book out, it was like Christmas morning, and I haven’t even told James our Superintendent yet.

New iBook is in iTunes!

By: purgatorygolf on March 14th, 2013

Our new iBook More Heaven than Hell is in the iTunes store!

Yes, I resisted the temptation to type that in all caps, and I only used one exclamation point. But if you could see me right now, I’m practically jumping up and down with excitement!

You can download it from iTunes right now. This coffee table style book contains:

  • Amazing photos of every hole on the golf course, taken by yours truly,
  • Flyover videos of all 18 holes,
  • Beautiful images of the club house, from the outside, and also interior shots
  • Lovely shots of the areas surrounding the golf course, like the short game practice range, driving range, and clubhouse lake,
  • An overview of the golf course and its defining characteristics,
  • A brief description of what you will face on each hole by Purgatory insiders like, Mike Merchent, Ron Kern, Jon Stutz, Brian Pearce, and Blair Shadday,
  • One of the last chapters called Golf Course Art contains my favorite photographs  rendered as paintings or as painterly images.

You Can Help

If you like our book, you can help us by telling people about it. Please share it in any way you can, by telling people about it, tweeting, sharing it on Facebook. Here’s a link to the iTunes store page with our book

You can download a sample chapter, or buy the complete book for $4.99. It took me 2.5 minutes to download, because it’s a big book, 188 pages, although for some reason the iTunes store says it is 37 pages. It also includes video, which really adds to the size. 

I hope you love it, and please, let us know what you think.


Flyover of the 8th Hole

By: purgatorygolf on March 12th, 2013

I have a love hate relationship with the 8th hole. It is a such a challenging hole, the hardest one for me personally. But as always with golf, it is soooo rewarding when you score well on this hole. The green is deep, with bunkers left and a fescue-covered hillock to the right. It’s modeled after Alister Mackenzie’s favorite green at Crystal Downs in Michigan.

Here is what Head Professional Jon Stutz has to say about it in our upcoming iBook More Heaven than Hell:

“This par four will challenge you the most on the front side. From the red or black tees it’s almost impossible to carry the first bunker on the right side of the fairway. From the blue tees, try getting past the bunker on the right, then you can use a more lofted club into the green.

“The green is simply wicked. There’s a huge ridge that slopes to the back, so make sure you’ve looked at the pin sheet and know the placement. If the pin is in front of the ridge, make sure your shot stays above it. Likewise, if the pin is below it, make sure you get down on that side of the pin.”

The green is deep, with bunkers left and a fescue-covered hillock to the right. It’s modeled after Alister Mackenzie’s favorite green at Crystal Downs in Michigan.

Purgatory Started out as Sassafras

By: purgatorygolf on March 8th, 2013

Did you know that Purgatory Golf Club was originally named Sassafras Golf Club? This was my first golf course business card. Lovely, but it doesn’t scream challenging.

We named it Sassafras because the charming woman we met at the land auction told us about all the beautiful sassafras trees that had been on the property. Luckily we did our market research, and found out the name didn’t fly, and went with our now much loved Purgatory Golf Club, and below is my business card today.

Which one do you like better?

Flyover of the 7th Hole

By: purgatorygolf on March 7th, 2013

Today’s post is a flyover the the 7th hole. You’ll find the seventh hole to be our most challenging par three. The water comes into play on the left, and the green is bunkered on the right. The ridge in the green naturally feeds balls into the lake.

Have you ever put a ball in this lake?

Purgatory Insider Training

By: purgatorygolf on March 5th, 2013

Internal training, we’ll share with a few guests

The Golf Swing

by Mike Merchent, Director of Golf, he will select one volunteer, evaluate the swing impromptu, meaning on the spot, and make recommendations if appropriate to improve.

Rules of Golf

Head Professional, Jon Stutz, Jon will focus on rules that have been in the news when appropriate, otherwise he will take suggestions or use his best judgement as to what would be the most worth while.

Turf Care

James Brown will provide education on turf management, and where appropriate, reference the iBook Golf Course Management by Karl Danneberger, Ph.D.

Technology, photography

General Manager, Tenna Merchent will teach technology, iPhone photography, Pinterest, Blogging, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Linkedin, and writing.


Tom Smith will provide culinary education, from food safety to wine appreciation.


March 12th, Tenna Merchent, Dropbox & 1password

March 19th off

March 26th Chef Tom, Food Safety

April 2nd, Mike Merchent, impromptu golf lesson with volunteer

April 9th Jon Stutz, Rules of Golf, water hazards

April 16th James Brown, Golf Course Management

Meeting time will be at 11:30 unless noted otherwise. We look forward to this weekly training geared to the continued development our staff, while keeping in mind what may interest our guests. Responsibility for topics and/or outside speakers will rotate through each leadership member. The training sessions will be limited to one hour. We are able to accommodate up to 20 outside guests. Sign up is by phone to the proshop at 317-776-4653 ext 1.








Currently the session will not be video taped, and we will not have remote participation. At a later time we may offer these options.


Here is the tentative schedule for the PGC insider training:


March 12th, Tenna Merchent Dropbox & 1password

March 19th off

March 26th Chef Tom, Food Safety

April 2nd, Mike Merchent impromptu golf lesson with volunteer

April 9th Jon Stutz, Rules of Golf, water hazards

April 16th James Brown Pythium Blight