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Golf Boys return with “2.Oh”

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Depending on your aesthetic sensibilities, the day you’ve either been longing for or dreading is upon us: the Golf Boys have returned.

Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are back. The PGA Tour pros once again donned ridiculous garb and showed more farmer’s-tanned skin than you’d probably like to see from a professional golfer in their second music video, “2.Oh.”

If you somehow missed its groundbreaking first effort “Oh, Oh, Oh,” you might want to take a look at that video (from June of 2011) so you can have an appropriate perspective on the group’s work and evolution as artists.

The first word on the latest effort from this club-swinging quartet is that it’s markedly superior to its previous effort. Mahan and Fowler, in particular, are coming into their own as vocalists and Crane, clad in his traditional red unitard, really steps to fore as the group’s leader.

It was Crane, too, who reached out to songwriter Mat Kearney, “Who set out to write a song that played off of the golfers’ individual style and personality, but also managed to name-drop numerous PGA Tour stars including: Stewart Cink, Aaron Baddeley, Adam Scott, Ricky Barnes, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Na, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Bo Van Pelt and Stuart Appleby,” according to the press release.

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“Name-drop,” of course, isn’t really sufficient to describe the brilliant way the Boys incorporate its fellow Tour professionals into the song, however. For example, Watson, wearing overalls with nothing but an abundance of chest hair underneath, rhymes, “I got some hot wings at Stuart Appleby’s” (while devouring a chicken wing, no less).

Mahan, dressed like some sort of fur-clad, bohemian biker-pimp, does one better working in multiple player references with “I caught a tiger by his tail for the Bo Van Pelt.”

“Stewie, Stewie Cink, Stewie, Stewie Cink,” the group intones as Crane disturbingly places his tongue beneath a dripping faucet rapping, “I’ve got a drippy faucet on my Stewie, Stewie Cink.”

The video itself is a masterpiece of the golf hip-hop genre (which presently only includes “Oh, Oh, Oh” and Jesper Parnevik’s “Gangnam Style” remake. From fog, to golden golf clubs, to a golf cart with “25 inch” rims and a fur steering wheel cover, the video has it all and showcases the golf-baller lifestyle that the Boys typify.

All joking aside, though, the video is a great display of the personalities we rarely get to see from Tour professionals inside the ropes and helps out a great cause.

As the press release states:

The Golf Boys use the videos to raise money for charity and hope to introduce a younger generation to the game of golf. For their second video, the Golf Boys are partnering with international aid organization, charity:water. 100% of proceeds from Golf Boys “2.Oh” will be dedicated to the construction of clean water wells in Ethiopia through charity:water. Since 2006, charity:water has been able to provide clean water to over 3.2 million people in 20 countries. The Golf Boys set up a fundraising page on the charity:water website so that fans can learn more about the cause and, if interested, contribute: www.mycharitywater.org/GolfBoys.

Early response to “2.Oh” on Twitter has been predictably enthusiastic. Indeed, #GolfBoys was trending earlier Monday. Its first video has garnered nearly six million views on YouTube to date, making it the most popular non-Tiger Woods golf video on the site.

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  1. JEFF

    Mar 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I must be beyond hope…… cause this is idiotic!

  2. BarbaraLee

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    With all the discussion regarding slow play and anchored putters, isn’t this a nice refreshing take on the game? I say if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face and you don’t get a chuckle at the player references then you’re beyond hope.

  3. Blanco

    Mar 5, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I like it. A lot.

  4. Walt

    Mar 5, 2013 at 12:33 am

    This…ummmmmm…..

    Why not?

  5. Brett Adamkiewicz

    Mar 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Is it safe to say we just have to face facts and golf is changing with the times? I’m 26 and I am honestly not sure how I feel about this… Could something like this attract the younger crowd and at the same time repel the older crowd (by old crowd, I am referring to maybe 30 and up who still have a long long life to enjoy or not enjoy the game)?

    • Trevor

      Mar 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Doesn’t matter; it’s for charity. Props to them for having fun with this! I know I am.

      • Edawg

        Mar 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        True! And not everything on earth has to be perverted to be funny. Keep it up guys!

    • tim

      Mar 12, 2013 at 1:01 am

      I started golfing before Tiger was known, I’m 34 and think this stuff is hilarious!

      If anyone finds these offensive, then PONY up and donate so pro’s can practice their profession.

      These guys are enjoying life: talented at golf, get paid to golf, representing golf.

      As I’ve heard before, “Those who can’t, criticize; those who can, DO!”

      Be Well GOLF BOYZ!!

    • Doing the right thing

      Mar 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Using their fame to donate? Nuff said….stand up guys. If this has an affect on your opinion of game, go play tennis. It’s for fun and a good cause.

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The History of Course Design is Yours to Play at Oglebay

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There is a much-talked about “New Golden Age” of golf course design underway that is driven by demand for ever-more spectacular courses at the top end of the resort golf market. Destinations such as Streamsong, Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, Sand Valley and others provide the traveling golfer a spectacular golf experience; unfortunately, it comes at a price tag that is equally spectacular. When a week playing golf in Florida can cost as much as a week in Scotland, where do you go for a golf getaway that doesn’t require a second mortgage?

Oglebay Golf Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, doesn’t just provide an affordable golf vacation option; with its three golf courses, it provides players the chance to experience a condensed history of American golf course design through its three courses. The resort sits on land that was once owned by a wealthy industrialist and is now a part of the city park system. Located about an hour from Pittsburgh, Oglebay draws the majority of its golfers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. It’s kind of cool that when you drive to Oglebay from the Washington, D.C., you hit all of those states except Ohio, which is just a few minutes away from Wheeling. The area is especially picturesque in the autumn months when the changing colors of the leaves are at their peak.

The property has a rich history in the business and sporting history of West Virginia, but the three golf courses, Crispin, are a special prize that taken together form a primer on the history of golf design in the past 90 years. The 5,670-yard Crispin course is a one-off design by local golf enthusiast Robert Biery that was completed in 1930 and is a fascinating study of design techniques of that era. The slopes and elevation are severe and extreme by today’s standards. A clue was the raised eyebrow of the assistant pro when I said that I would walk the course. Uneven lies are the order of the day, the product of a time when there was neither the money nor equipment readily available to create gentle slopes and even surfaces; the course is true to the original contours of the West Virginia hillside.  There is little relief on the greens, which run a little slower than typical greens but make up for it in size and slope. It is by far the shortest of the three courses but the par-4 8th hole and par-5 9th holes are a thousand yards of joy and pain.

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The Klieves Course is a 6,800-yard, par-71 Arnold Palmer design that was completed in 2000. The design features broad fairways, mildly undulating greens and opportunities for heroics on short par-4’s, all the prototypical characteristics of modern resort golf courses. While some architects choose to torture and torment, Palmer courses put a premium on fun and this one is no exception. The par-5, 515 yard 6th is a great example of the risk/reward available without that challenges the resort golfer without the need to humiliate. The course is very well maintained tee to green, and you’ll want to keep a fully charged battery to take photos of the vistas from the elevated tee boxes.

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The golf is good at Oglebay and the prices are better. You can get in 18 at the Oglebay courses for as little as $32…on the weekend. And when you’re not playing golf, you can take advantage of the myriad of outdoor sports activities, tour the Oglebay mansion, hit the spa or visit the Glass Museum on the property (I promise it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds). There’s a lot of great new golf resorts out there and that’s a good thing for the golf industry, but destinations like Oglebay prove that there’s a lot of life left in the old classics as well.

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