First, we’re gonna talk about rules. Changes are on the way for 2019, and that’s almost always good.

The rules of golf can be mind boggling complex, unnecessary, and counterproductive to pace of play and enjoyment of the game. Some of the changes will speed things up, others will make existing rules easier to understand and enforce, and thankfully make the game a little more user friendly.

Then we take a trip to Shaker Hills CC in Harvard, MA. I was amazed at the convergence of greens and tee boxes near the clubhouse and outdoor patios. You can sit in one place and see players teeing off on both the 1st and 10th holes, AND see them putting out on the 9th and 18th greens.

Shaker Hills CC is semi-private, which means memberships are available, but the general public is invited nearly all the time. The facilities are set up to host corporate events, weddings, you name it.

The course itself is impressive too. They’ve improved an already good layout to make it an award winning destination-type experience. We talk to owner Fred Curtis, and get out on to the course with head pro Andy Jordan.

Finally, it’s time to check in with KOHR Golf co-founder Bill McInerney. Full disclosure: I’m in love with KOHR. I stopped by earlier this week and spent some time with another instructor, Dan Boisvert, and he brought my short game back from life support in less than an hour. Obviously, it’s gonna require more work, but the guys at KOHR have created a place to work on your game and get real results.

— By Rob “Hardy” Poole, 98.5 The Sports Hub

You can hear Hardy’s thoughts weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET on the Zolak & Bertrand program. As well as the Sports Hub Golf Club every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. ET during the season. Follow him on Twitter @HardyRadio.

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