Archive for May, 2013

Sunrise in Scotland

By: purgatorygolf on May 30th, 2013

Sunrise over Craigielaw golf course

Some of the Purgatory staff members are in Scotland right now for a junior golf tournament.

As a landscape photographer, Scotland poses some challenges. Good landscape photography is only take at sunrise and sunset. It was still light here last night at 9:45 p.m., then when I woke up at 4:15 a.m. it was light again. Yikes! I scrambled to grab my camera gear (which I should have prepared last night) and ran out the door. Luckily I made it out before the sun came up.

That 30 to 45 minutes around sunrise, goes so quickly. You want clouds because they make the sky more dramatic, but every time the sun ducks behind one, you lose that magnificent light.

In this image of the sun rising over Craigielaw golf course, I like the contrast of the highlights created by the sunshine hitting the putting green, and the shadows behind the rolls. This contrast creates the movement in the green for your eye.

In the distance you can see the north sea.

By the way, just because you can get out the fire door at 4:20 a.m., does not mean you can get back in that door at 5:00 a.m. Luckily there was a night watchman that was kind enough to let me back in the hotel. That would have made for a long morning 😉

Free iPhone book

By: purgatorygolf on May 28th, 2013

Front 9 iPhone book cover

We also have a book for your iPhone. It covers the front 9 for each hole it includes:

  • A description of how to play the hole
  • A flyover video
  • High quality images
  • An illustration of the hole including yardages created by golf course architect Ron Kern

It is only available from our website. We hope to have one soon that covers the back 9.

It is a large file and will take several minutes to download.

I made a brief video that walks you through how to import your new book into iTunes so you can read it on your iPhone.

You will also need to download the free ibooks app onto your phone to read this book.


Can You Guess the Golf Hole?

By: purgatorygolf on May 23rd, 2013

Can you guess the golf hole?This is a tough one, from the archives. I had to think about it for a while. I showed junior golfer Clay Merchent, and he had to think about it a while, but, we both figured it out. Can you?

Purgatory Artwork on Time Square & Las Vegas

By: purgatorygolf on May 21st, 2013

As part of our recent iBooks press release our artwork appeared on both Times Square in New York City, and on the Clear Channel sign in Las Vegas. So these images are the real deal, not something I Photoshopped together. Fun isn’t it?’s Great Article on our iBook

By: purgatorygolf on May 15th, 2013
A screen grab from

Attribute & Rick Limpert

There’s a wonderful new article by Rick Limpert on the covering our recently released iBooks. Wow, I don’t think I could have written the article better myself. He included 5 screen grabs, links to iTunes for both books, and cover art. It’s great to hear an outsider’s thoughts on the books:

“So my hat is off to the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana for releasing a brand new high tech book/app through iTunes showing off this beautiful course the people of Indiana should be very proud of.”

Rick Limpert is a tech savvy writer, and it shows up in his work. This article includes a slide show, and the post on his site from the PGA Tour Radio show on Sirius radio, channel 93 includes the complete audio from the show.

It’s great to have an early adopter like Rick Limpert appreciate our cutting edge iBooks.


Our Book on PGA Tour Radio

By: purgatorygolf on May 14th, 2013

More Heaven than HellYou can listen to the episode of the PGA Tour Radio and Rick Limpert for covering or iBook! What an honor to be discussed on the PGA Tour Sirius (channel 93) show. Thank you also to Lisa Sirkin Vielee of Gracie Communications for making them aware of our book.

Tee Variety

By: Aaron Konold on May 9th, 2013

tee it forward from 6061 yards 

Despite having six sets of tees for golfers, Purgatory can offer a bit more…or less it seems.  The pro shop has special Tee It Forward (TIF) scorecards for golfers who want a playable length at about 5,000 or 6,000 yards.

Purgatory joined this recent PGA and USGA initiative to add more options for enjoyable and fun golf.  Ask for a unique TIF scorecard on your next visit.

The combination cards use a set of different color tees to route a player.  The 4,892 yard course is blend of both Green and Yellow tees.

The same blending of different tees is true for the 6,061 yard layout.  In this routing various Blue, White, and Green tees are used.

With TIF, the fun and challenge of the holes is not derived from a focus on the length. Since every fairway in Architect Ron Kern’s course is designed to accept a drive from each tee box, selecting a desired total yardage is an easy task.

“By hitting more lofted irons into the greens than fairway woods and hybrids, players have a chance to play faster and have more fun,” said head professional, Jon Stutz.

“Golfers still have the challenge of Purgatory’s unique greens and bunkers, but their approach shots have a better chance to be on in regulation,” added Stutz.

For example, the difficult #2 hole from the 338 yard Green Tee changes from a long distance carry over water to a tee shot of accuracy. Water still confronts a tee shot, but it is now a lateral hazard to the left of the fairway.

“Our Tee it Forward initiative misses none of the unique and challenging features that make Purgatory such a great course. It just makes it more enjoyable,” said Mike Merchent, director of golf.

Slopes and ratings for postings are calculated for both men and women playing either of the scorecards. Ask the pro shop for your TIF card on your next visit. Chart your round and perhaps more fun.



Thank you Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau!

By: purgatorygolf on May 8th, 2013

This gorgeous advertorial (an advertisement that is in an editorial style) is courtesy of the Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It will appear in the next edition of Golf Styles Ohio magazine. Notice the author . . . yes, our great friend and champion of all things golf, Alan Hinds! Thank you all!

You can download the article as a PDF and read in your browser or print.

From the HCVB


Web Transitions

By: purgatorygolf on May 5th, 2013

WebsitesWe are making some changes to our website. During this process there have been, and continue to be some hiccups. Please be patient with us, we will get everything running smoothly as soon as possible. Thank you!

Men’s Night is Back

By: Aaron Konold on May 2nd, 2013

May Men’s Night set for May 9, First day of Tour Players Championship

 Three Putt Contest Precedes, 6 pm Shotgun Start!

3 putt contestPurgatory’s May Men’s night event is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, the first day of the Tour Players Championship (TPC).

The monthly nine hole event is open to all and play begins with a shotgun start at 6 pm. Players return to the clubhouse for complimentary buffet and beverage specials.

 The men’s night entry fee of $35 includes nine holes with GPS enhanced golf cart, free range balls, beverage specials, complimentary food, door prizes and a chance to a free round of golf with a TPC golf pool.

Golfers play with their own group and select their own tees and game. Twosomes and singles can be paired.

The event also includes a Three Putt Contest from 5:00 to 5:45 pm. Golfers enter as a 3-person team and must simultaneously sink putts from 3, 6 and 9 feet. If making all three putts, players win a free draft after play.

Call the Pro shop at 776-4653 no later than noon, Wednesday, May 8 to reserve a tee slot.