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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I only watch The Golf Channel when an actual tournament is broadcast. When Peter Kessler was on, I was watching. Very insightful, easy to listen to, and he talked TO YOU! Now we have the arrogant Learner & Chamblee (local Putt-Putt Champion), and the dopes in the morning! Too bad, it was fun to watch while it lasted.

  2. GMatt

    Nov 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Just as loud, belligerent, and arrogant as he was when he used to play golf at Metro West in Orlando. You could hear him from across the course….

  3. T-Boner

    Nov 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Epic Tweeter posts, brah. More shade-throwing than a Eucalyptus tree.

  4. hrfdez

    Nov 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Once a tool, always as tool. In his case, he’s “The Perfect Tool”.

  5. TacklingDummy

    Nov 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Who cares about Twitter wars? Just more junior high gossip.

  6. Ronald Owens

    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Loved Peter when on the Golf Channel. How can I get in touch with him? I have a question about a golf instructor he interviewed on GC one day.
    Thanks.

  7. Jose Pinatas

    Nov 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    This article should read… “A day with Peter Kessler, corked on Kessler”. Now that’s entertainment…

    • King Midas

      Nov 2, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Would love to see him using ???????????? emojis after every response..

  8. Law Prof

    Nov 2, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Middle aged guys sometimes nose over the edge a bit, especially as they notice their vitality ebbing and their relevance fading. Hopefully he can pull back from the cliff and recover some dignity.

  9. Blake

    Nov 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Whoever this guy is, he is just insane. He asked me if i went as “jihadi john” for halloween. And how i got out of rehab for the holiday. This guy never wants to be taken serious agiain does he?

  10. benseattle

    Nov 1, 2018 at 12:14 am

    When the Golf Channel was in its infancy, they scrounged up a nobody called Peter Kessler who — due to understaffing — hosted four or five shows at once, then allowed his ego to convince himself that he was actually an Important Talent which was MILES from accurate. When the self-important Kessler was shown the door screaming, he then lent his “voice of golf” to the oh-so-vital ‘Perfect Club’ infomercial which, I suppose, is the broadcast equivalent of being the early-morning host of Wake Up Amarillo (Weekend Edition.) Kessler, sitting dormant for the past 10 years, listens to Tony Robbins “you can do it!” tapes and today has convinced himself that the golf world is desperately, eagerly awaiting his next vital pronouncements on sport, life and how a useless dick can arise from the dead by the simple act of being annoying. Please allow this useless troll to continue his pathetic cries for relevance to go unanswered.

  11. Crusher

    Oct 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Who is Peter Kessler again?

    Answer: someone who disappeared when he thought he was bigger then golf and Arnold Palmer when he left The Golf Channel. (Also see Holly Saunders).

    • Bill

      Oct 31, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      If Peter is the forgotten man with some this ridiculous and vindictive article just made him famous again. “All publicity is good publicity”. Gianni unwittingly has made Peter a star.

      • Crusher

        Nov 1, 2018 at 12:15 am

        A star of what? I doubt this article (with less then 50 viewer responses) will do anything to bring anyone back on the map again. Unless the Perfect Club #2 will be coming out. Maybe they will sell “two-thirds of a million” clubs. That might do it…..

  12. Bill

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    “All publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right.” … “All publicity is good if it is intelligent.” “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”

  13. y2zar

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Well, don’t know about this site & with that kind of PR it’s not helping.. Good for mild amusement though

  14. the Bishop

    Oct 31, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Go big or go home I always say….

  15. Liberty Apples

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Two things.

    1) Kessler has never been nor will ever be `the voice of golf’

    2) No Laying Up has, not have

  16. Peter Kessler

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    It’s Peter. That was fantastic. Enjoyed it. I wish you’d used my most clever lines. Hard for each one to be incredible. I’ll keep at it. Call me anytime. 4072472192. Peterkessler@me.com. I only read it once. Will read some more. Fun????????????? I’m working on something. If I pull it off you get an exclusive. I think the pic looks good. Girls like that one. You do know this all amuses me, right? I laugh as I think of replies. It really helps sharpen my writing too for I’m trying to write a book. I’ve done everything. A book is a whole other world. But I’m trying to be a historian on twitter and amusing and take on anything like poorly made media content obviously. And all things Beatles or Paul . My daughter is sure I want to make out with him. I was acting like an asshole on Twitter till late August when I figured out my current persona. Thanks again. All the best. ?????Pk

    • Daniel Green

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      this isn’t you. Take a picture or something

  17. daniel

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A third of a million? You know your reaching when you say something like that.

  18. Shallowface

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I thought Peter Alliss was the “Voice of Golf.”

  19. awkward

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Flame wars be flame wars … always worthless … Mike Gundy had it right

  20. Brian

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Love the guy even more. Way to double down.

    • Leo

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      I still miss Peter on Golf Channel. “Golf Talk Live” was wonderful, must-see TV. Peter is the best interviewer in golf. An amazingly knowledgeable historian of the game. All the best, Peter!

      • OninTwoDowninOne

        Nov 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        I agree. His interviews were really “appointment TV”.

      • James

        Nov 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Peter (Leo), is that you?

  21. Travis

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    He’s an angry elf…

  22. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Is he still selling the “Perfect Club” or whatever that silly infomercial club was? lol!

  23. Jamie

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Go walk the poodle or talk to yourself in a mirror, Peter. Cool off.

  24. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Nobody cares what this guy does or says, he is old news….

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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Tweets of the Week: Justin Rose shows off his Honma clubs, Justin Timberlake does Happy Gilmore and Barack Obama’s new swing

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Over the last seven days, Matt Kuchar brought home the bacon at the Sony Open, while golf fans got a look at plenty of new equipment releases for 2019. But here’s some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere in the last week.

Justin Timberlake’s Draw

Ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, and he can hit a perfect draw Happy Gilmore style. Bit annoying.

Rose Showcases His New Honma Clubs

Still waiting to make his first start of 2019, the World Number 1 is ready to go as a member of Team Honma.

Chez Reavie Goes Bananas

In case you missed it, Chez Reavie became the first player since the PGA Tour began keeping records to make three eagles on three par 4’s in a single round. The fact that he holed out each one from the fairway is quite incredible.

Obama’s New Swing

Barack Obama has had a bit more free time over the past couple of years, since, well you know, he’s not running the country anymore. How do you rate his swing, GolfWRXers?

Double Hit Rule

This video has caused much confusion over the past week on social media. The double hit rule may have changed in 2019, but this attempt is still illegal. Impressive either way you look at it though.

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 4. Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Three of our Exploring Ireland Series, we went west and focused on Spanish Point Golf Club in Clare. Now it’s time for Part Four, and we’re staying on the west coast and taking the short trip up to County Galway.

Galway city is famous for its bustling nightlife, and in terms of bars to choose from, there are few better places in Ireland. Whether it’s a quiet night out and a meal, enjoying a few pints with some live traditional music, or a wild all-nighter you’re looking for, Galway certainly has you covered. Conveniently, the city also homes some top golf courses, which makes it a must-visit destination for anyone coming to this island.

Bearna Golf Club, Galway

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Galway Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort are usually the two golf courses that people think of when they mention this county. But lurking under the radar is Bearna Golf Club, which will provide you with just as incredible an experience as those two courses, at a lower price.

Located within a 15-minute drive of Galway City, Bearna GC offers an authentic Irish golfing experience. Surrounded by bogland, you can expect your nose to take in all of the scents of Ireland as you navigate your way through the rugged land of humps, gorse bushes and ditches that will give your game a real workout.

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Creeks will appear on most fairways, so don’t expect to be able to turn up and grip it and rip it. Bearna is a golf course that is going to make you think, and with the challenges provided, will most likely test your patience as well as your skill.

The track offers five different sets of tees, all of which provide for a fun test. The course ranges between 4,897 yards and 6,271 yards and plays as either a Par 72 or 71 depending on the tees you choose. Thirteen holes feature water, and the one relief that you will find here that is different than other courses in the area is the lack of fairway bunkers.

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Robert J. Browne designed the course back in 1996, and as well as the feeling you will have of being amongst nature, you will also have impressive views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the famous Burren.

During the week, 18 holes around Bearna GC will set you back just under $50, while to play on the weekend the rate rises to $75. Don’t be surprised if after your round you want another crack at this deceptive course.

Food & Drink – Tig Coili, Galway

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There is no “best pub in Galway.” The city has an inordinate amount of amazing watering holes to spend your night, and it just comes down to personal taste and what experience you are looking to have for your night. As someone who loves the feel of an old traditional Irish pub though, Tig Coili gets my vote.

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Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway City, this place will often have swarms of people flooding out from the bar onto the street. Traditional music plays here every night, with 14 music sessions each week. The pub prides itself on its music, with pictures of famous musicians that have played here in the past covering the walls.

Also, Tig Coili’s pint of Guinness is renowned for being one of the best in the area, and it’s what 90 percent of folks will be drinking for the night here.

@MeetInGalway

As for food in Galway, it can only be oysters. Described by multiple top chefs as the “best flavoured in the world,” the oysters here come from Galway Bay and are so popular in the city that should you visit here in September you can enjoy Galway’s three day Oyster festival.

You can hop into most bars in Galway serving food and throw back half a dozen oysters, but if you want to experience them for a sit-down meal then go and visit Oscars Seafood Bistro, where the flavour will blow your socks off. An early bird two-course meal of half a dozen oysters and a plate of steaming hot mussels with fries will cost just $20. The perfect drink pairing for oysters? Guinness. Ideal.

Where To Stay

My recommendation is to stay in the center of Galway. We’ve gone traditional in our visits to Donegal and Clare, but for Galway, the city is so alive that you will want to stay right in the heart of it. The Jury’s Inn is a solid option, which will leave you within walking distance of the best bars, restaurants and sights to see in the city. A double room here will set you back in the region of $100 a night.

@WriterVicYates

If you like to shop then visit Quay Street, where you can take in the shops while plenty of buskers on the street entertain you, while the bronze statue of Irish writer Oscar Wilde and Estonian writer Eduard Vilde is an imposing outdoor sight that is a trendy spot for a photo.

@IndoSport

But as we’re sports lovers, then when in Galway do whatever you can to catch a game of hurling. Galway’s hurling side are currently one of the best teams in the land, winning the All-Ireland title in 2017, and they possess some of the most passionate fans. Just try not to mention the last final when you get here.

How to Get There

Galway is about as accessible as it gets from anywhere in the island. You can take the train from any major city in Ireland, and it’ll take you right into the city center of Galway. A direct train from Dublin City will arrive in Galway in just over two hours.

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