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  • 19th Hole: Picking a Landing Spot While Chipping

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s assistant golf professional, Shea Balch, shows us how to pick a landing spot while chipping.

  • Holly can add variety and texture to your landscape

    When you think of Holly you may have visions of a large overgrown shrub, burying the corner of your house. Or maybe a thick hedge of sharp pointed leaves too big under your windows. But the world of Holly has a wider range than these two scenarios. Many Hollies are evergreen and tolerate a wide variety of soil and lighting situations. Quite a few forms are berry producing in the winter. Some Hollies can have thorns but choosing the right […]

  • 19th Hole: Proper Pivot

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s assistant golf professional, Shea Balch, shows us how to pivot properly in the golf swing.

  • Out with the summer and in with the fall…flowers that is

    As fall approaches, it becomes time to take out your hot weather annuals and put in your cold weather flowers. An example of this may be to take out your summer begonias and impatiens and replace them with winter pansies. But with weather being unseasonably warm- you may be waiting for cold weather to get here. We would like to encourage you not to do this. With this extended warm weather, summer flowers may still have plenty of color left […]

  • 19th Hole: Longer Drives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s Director of Golf, Steve Mack, shows us how to hit longer drives.

  • Try Muscadines in your garden for making jellies or wine

    Grapes are a staple item in most fruit baskets. But, growing grapes in our area can be a struggle. Fortunately, there are native grapes to North Alabama and they are called Muscadines. Although Muscadines are grapes- they differ quite a bit from the bunched grapes in the super market. Muscadines are native to our region and thrive in the heat and humidity. In fact, most Muscadines are resistant to insects and disease. Even though there are many cultivars there are […]

  • 19th Hole: Swing Follow Through

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s assistant golf professional, Shea Balch, shows us the importance of follow through in the golf swing.

  • Hardy Orange can make your garden really stand out

    If you’re looking for an interesting shrub for a focal point, one that really stands out, there may be something for you. Trifoliate Orange, sometimes called Bitter Orange or Hardy Orange, could be just the thing to add flavor to your garden. Not only is it unique – but it’s extremely hardy for our area. Hardy Orange has small dark green leaves in the summer with pale yellow foliage in the fall, slightly fragrant white flowers in spring followed by […]

  • Golf Tips: Using Hybrid Clubs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s Director of Golf, Steve Mack, shows us how to effectively use hybrid clubs.

  • Fall is a great time to start pruning your garden for winter

    As fall approaches many gardeners like to clean and prep their landscapes for winter. Most often that includes some pruning. Here are some tips on what to prune and when. First, don’t prune anything until after a frost. After frost, any perennial that has died back can be trimmed to the ground. Many shrubs can be shaped to keep a neat appearance, like the Boxwood or Holly, but there is an exception. Plants that flower in early spring do not […]

  • Golf Tips: Hitting a Fairway off of the Ground

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Robert Trent Jones Hampton Cove’s Director of Golf, Steve Mack, shows us how to hit a fairway wood off of the ground.

  • Perennial or not, Mums bring great color to your garden this fall

    With cooler weather approaching, fall color could be on your mind. The most obvious choice for fall color are Chrysanthemum. Now, your expectation for mums can determine how and when to plant the plant. If you want your mums to be perennial, here’s what to do. Fall mums can be found just about anywhere you buy flowers. Unless you’re buying florist mums, most are hardy for North Alabama winters. Mums purchased in the fall should be full plants and covered […]