Today is Monday January 28th and currently we are cart path only. We are assessing the golf course to hope that we can ride roughs by noon. any questions please contact the golf shop.

Due to the weather forecast for today we have decided to close the golf course. Thank you very much.

Due to the storms that have rolled through this morning we have closed the golf course for the day. We will reopen tomorrow Friday at normal business hours.
Thank you

We hope everyone had a safe, happy, and healthy new year so far. After the weather from this past summer, fall, and into December we had made the decision to over-seed the greens, collars, approaches, and greens surrounds. The greens which had suffered a disease, as well as a battle of insects and moles, have really rebounded well as we have created a very smooth putting surface after treating the affected areas with proper chemicals as well as some different maintenance practices.

Some may have noticed who have been here in the past three weeks that we have many new faces on our grounds crew. Craig Farrish is our new superintendent and has been in the business for 25 years with stops in Virginia, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida. Joining Craig on staff are  Doug, Clark, Shane, Andrew, Ox, Charlie, Jeff, Keith, and Chuck. The staff has been here for three weeks now and has really become a great unit. They have worked at a few of the best private clubs from Tampa all the way down to Naples and bring a lot of knowledge and experience with them to The MOC.  As many can see the attention to the golf course has improved and the attention to detail is being addressed. All of the tee beds have been sprayed for weeds and wood chips and mulch are continually being placed throughout the golf course. We have repainted tee markers as well as improved yardage marker visibility.

In the next few weeks, we are hoping to take delivery of new equipment which will continue to improve the course conditions and the overall MOC Experience. Getting a great consistent height of cut as well as a drier faster playing surface is our goal moving forward.

We are continuing to improve our restaurant experience with Michele and Tori s well as the kitchen with Jovani and Billy who started last week. Billy is an avid golfer and we look forward to the specials that Jovani and Billy bring to the table. We will be starting a special event dining nights very soon so be on the lookout for a Valentines Day dinner.

Recently everyone can see they have moved forward with the Publix shopping center and our entrance has been relocated on Buffalo Rd immediately after the turn off of Moccasin Wallow rd. We relocated one of our since to show where our new temporary entrance has moved to. This is the beginning of the complete relocation of Buffalo rd which probably will start their construction and closing of buffalo rd in the next few weeks.

For those coming to us from St Petersburg and Pinellas County please note that traffic the course must take exit 2 Highway 41 north and go 1 mile to Moccasin Wallow rd. Take a right and proceed 1.5 miles under I75 to the club entrance on Buffalo rd on the right side.

We are sorry for everyone’s inconvenience and we appreciate your continued support. We are committed to continue making Moccasin Wallow Golf Club a great course and experience for years to come.

Thank you very much and it’s always “a great day to Golf The MOC.”


f you’re topping your fairway woods or can’t hit them above the tree line, chances are you’re not staying in your address posture when you swing the club. If it makes you feel a little better, it’s a common fault—one that I’m going to help you correct.

Before I give you a simple swing thought to get those shots soaring, let’s talk a little about why you might be struggling to hit a 3-wood off the deck. For most amateurs, it starts with the wrong mind-set.

This is a stressful situation, because it’s not a shot you practice a lot or face more than a handful of times each round. You’re not used to pulling it off, and that lack of positive experience can produce anxiety that results in a bad swing. Another reason you struggle with these shots? You’re trying too hard to rip one high and far down the fairway. Getting home in two on a par 5, or reaching the green on a long par 4, comes from making solid, center-face contact with the ball­—not from swinging full out or trying to add loft to the shot with some body English. So swing your fairway woods without tension, and that includes pace. Don’t rush down from the top of the backswing, and don’t straighten up in the through-swing thinking this will get the ball up. On the contrary, it usually leads to that worm-burner you’re used to hitting.

Posture is the primary culprit for line drives and topped shots. If you think of the club moving along an arc determined by your posture at address, the moment you straighten up, you change the arc. Good luck hitting it in the center of the face when you do that. Things happen too fast to make the necessary adjustments.

So if you’re in need of one swing thought to help flush your next fairway wood, think maintain my address posture through impact. Feel like the ball simply gets in the way of your swing. You’re not hitting at the ball, you’re swinging through the ball.

This thought will improve your mechanics, and clear some of the clutter out of your mind that led to that nervous, clunky, rigid swing. You’ll hit the shot like you’re swinging a wedge.

Rick Smith, a Golf Digest Teaching Professional, recently opened a new academy, the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump National Doral in Miami.

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After marking ball on green and picking up ball, golfer or caddie drops ball, which rolls into water hazard, not retrievable. Replacement ball of exact brand and kind not available. What is penalty and how to continue?

Ball lifted from putting green must be replaced. Must be exact ball. If not same ball, make/model no matter—substituting ball without authority under Rules. Two strokes or loss of hole is penalty. Also, One Ball Condition of Competition only encouraged for pros. Top-tier amateurs, too. Not for club play. Suggest: Grip ball tight!

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Three important physical attributes that lead to more power in the golf swing are strong gluteal muscles, core stability and ankle mobility. Strong glutes should be obvious. They are prime movers in the golf swing and control the action of the pelvis. You also need strong muscles around the mid-section of your body to stabilize it as you swing a club, especially at faster speeds. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to keep your balance and hitting the ball with the center of the clubface would be a real challenge. The third attribute might have surprised you, but it’s just as important. Ankle mobility matters particularly in transferring weight from your back foot near the top of the backswing into the front foot as you swing down. If you think of the footwork of players such as Tony Finau, Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas—very big hitters—you might have an easier time understanding why functional movement in the ankles is a crucial part of power generation. They have active feet and extremely mobile ankles. Most long-ball hitters leverage the ground to store up power and then spring upward through impact. A good example of this was Tiger Woods’ swing while working with Sean Foley.

So what exercise can you do in the gym to improve function in your power-generating muscles? Squats. But not just any squats. In fact, the majority of people should avoid doing most types of squats—especially traditional barbell squatting—as it is one of the easiest ways to injure your lower back. Instead, try goblet squats. This exercise is great because it’s amazingly self-regulating, both in terms of form and safety. If there are issues with core stability or ankle mobility, you’ll know it the minute you try a goblet squat. If your trunk lurches forward or you can’t drop your butt down until your elbows are about knee height—or lower—then you’ll know you need to spend some time on core stability exercises and ankle mobility exercises. Continuing to practice the goblet squat will help, but you need some extra work on the exercises provided in the links, too. As far as how much weight to use, I recommend starting with a lighter dumbbell or kettlebell and then progressing to heavier weight as your form and range of motion improve. If you can’t easily pick up the weight with one arm, start with something lighter.

To watch me demonstrate a goblet squat, click on the video below. Add these to your workout and you’ll be priming your body for better power generation when you play.

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The 2018-19 PGA Tour season already started, but it really starts next week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That’s when a lot of the big-name winners from 2018 will play at Kapalua to start off the 2019 golf calendar year. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will be there, and Tiger Woods might even make an appearance.

Regardless, with a condensed 2019 calendar for the PGA Tour, things are going to be fast and furious for the next nine months leading up to and including a revamped Tour Championship. There are approximately 1 million storylines for the coming year, but I tried to cull that down to nine (or so) that I’m most intrigued by as the calendar flips. Here they are.

1. Tiger Woods’ encore: Obviously, this will top everybody’s list this time of year. While it’s my No. 1 personal preference, what Woods does in 2019 is so overwhelmingly interesting that it engulfs both any other stories I might be partial to and pretty much everything else in golf. The interesting part about Woods in 2019 is that everything is kind of still on the table. When the variance is that wide-ranging and the subject that famous, it makes for the greatest drama.

2. Jordan Spieth’s rebound: Of all the players who were down in 2018, Spieth is both the best player and also the one most likely to rebound in 2019. Again, all of this is relative because his 2018 wasn’t that bad, but his first few months as the Masters comes into focus is something I’ll be diving into pretty vociferously.

3. Will Brooks be beloved (and will he get his third straight U.S. Open)? I both get it and don’t get it. Maybe it’s dumb to have a storyline like this this high on my list, but if Brooks Koepka keeps up the pace he’s on and the general public continues to not care, we’re going to have a pretty unprecedented situation on our hands. He’ll go for his third consecutive U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach in June. Nobody has ever won three in a row, and only six golfers ever have won three total.

4. This year’s Koepka: There are so many candidates for who could win a pair of majors or, say, win five PGA Tour events. Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm … the list goes on and on. Maybe the answer at the end of 2019 will simply be “nobody,” but nearly every season is owned by one guy. Last year it was Koepka. Before that, it was Thomas with five wins and a major. Dustin Johnson with three and a major before that. Spieth with five and two majors. You get the point. I’m curious to see who that person is in 2019.

5. That major rota! (and the new slate): The new PGA Tour schedule has the Players Championship in March and the PGA Championship in May. That will be interesting and, I think, provide a better rhythm for the year. It also allows the European Tour to backload its schedule, which will be better for the health of golf globally. Oh, and look at these four major courses:

  • Masters: Augusta National
  • PGA Championship: Bethpage Black
  • U.S. Open: Pebble Beach
  • Open Championship: Royal Portrush

That’s three of the top 40 courses in the U.S. according to Golf Digest, and the No. 7 non-American course.

6. Justin Rose vs. D.J.: This is kind of a weird one because nobody to my knowledge ever talks about Dustin Johnson vs. Justin Rose. However, their career resumes are pretty similar. Rose has won 23 times worldwide, has 15 top 10s at majors, one major win (a U.S. Open) and is one of 23 players who has been ranked No. 1 in the world. Johnson has won 20 times worldwide, has 15 top 10s at majors, one major win (a U.S. Open) and is one of 23 players who has been ranked No. 1 in the world. The big question for me for two of the five best players alive is whether one of them can get to two or three major championships. That would set that player apart from what has become a pretty comparable peer.

7. More money matches: With the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match in the bag and others apparently on the horizon, I have a lot of questions. Will there be undercards? Will Lefty and Woods face off again? Does there always need to be $9 million on the line? It’s a sideshow, sure, but it might be the most interesting sideshow going in golf right now, and where it lands in 2019 could tell us a lot about where it lands for the next decade.

8. Cam Champ’s trajectory: He’s probably the most well known of the mega young potential superstars, although he might not be the most likely candidate to step into the role (can I introduce you to Norman Xiong and Matthew Wolff?). After a win in the fall, he’ll create a buzz in Hawaii when Tiger (if he plays) and others start talking about how spectacularly long he is off the tee. Anything is possible for somebody who seems to be just stepping into who he’ll become.

9. Equipment rollback? I’m sort of bored by this because it seems like we talk about it every year, but nothing ever really happens. The drum beat did seem a little louder in 2018 than it has before. Will 2019 bring about change? Probably not, but it means we’re a little closer to whatever the eventual solution will be.

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Thank you for visiting Moccasin Wallow Golf Club. We have a lot of things that we are working on and we wanted to let everyone know. We have hired a new superintendent and he has built a very nice crew who have experience at some of the best private clubs in the area. We will be purchasing some new equipment in the next couple of weeks that will truly continue to enhance the facility. Our first priority is a new bunker machine. We had tried to get out and work on bunkers Monday and the transmission as well as steering column had cracked so that is our first purchase. We will be spraying them to get all of the overseed out of them which we will address tomorrow Wednesday jan 2nd. If you hit into a bunker we ask you to play them as ground under repair as we are working quickly to restore them after 12 inches of recent rains.

Our next purchase will be a pull behind topdressing machine so that we can restore the putting surfaces to being as smooth as they were recently as we will lightly be sanding greens and dragging them in which will smooth out through areas from the damage earlier in the summer and fall.

We also will repurchasing a new greens mower to be able to go faster with our mowing process. We are committed to continually making the MOC a great golfing experience and we hope to share it with you.

Our new superintendent Craig has assembled a team in the past few days that are committed to making our course great. The blend of our new crew as well as those who have stayed on has been great to watch them grow as a unit. They have worked at TPC Prestancia, The Founders Club, The Oaks, Palma Ceia, Lakewood Ranch CC just to name a few. We will be focusing on repairing greens and bunkers as well as focusing on the detail work in the coming weeks.

Thank you for understanding and its always a great day to golf the MOC.