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What Is a Shot Gun Start In Golf


If you are a golf fanatic, then you have probably taken part in a tournament that was referred to as a Shot gun start. A shot gun start is simply a concept where all players in a golf tournament start playing at the same time, but from distinct places on the golf course. Every player will begin at a different hole when the golf tournament begins and they will continue playing along the course in the order from the hole they started from. For example, if one player starts at hole 15, he/she will continue to hole 16-18 and then move to hole 1 and play till hole 15.

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What Is a Shot Gun Start In Golf

The Invention of the Shotgun Start

The word “shotgun start” denotes the first known use of this starting format. According to a December 2004 issue of the celebrated Golf Digest, during a golf tournament in Walla Walla in May 1956, the Country Club head professional Mr. Jim Russell signaled the start of the play by firing off a shot gun. This was a signal to golfers who were waiting on tees around the golf course. Since then, thousands of tournaments have been played each year that are now called “shotgun.”  However, nowadays, air horns are used instead of shot guns and players have gotten used to its sound. Nevertheless, some golf courses may still use shot guns with blanks once in a while as a reflection of the past when starting some of their golf tournaments.

Benefits of a Shotgun Tournament

There are a few benefits of shot gun start that has made them popular among many golfers. First and foremost all golf players will start on different holes but at the very same time. This is beneficial to players because everyone will be able to complete the tournament at the same time and they can celebrate their wins as a team. This can come in handy, especially if you plan on hosting your friends, clients, or customers to a pre-tournament or even post-playing buffet because every individual involved will have a chance to enjoy each other’s company and mingle at the same time.

Shotgun starts are popular with corporate outings, fundraising tournaments, and association playdays owing to their time management benefits. Furthermore, since all golfers will finish almost the same time, it is easier to get the players and everyone else into any follow-up activities like award ceremonies, lunch, and many more. Additionally, having all participants in one room at the same time gives you an opportunity to recognize and celebrate players with prizes for the closest to the pin, longest drive, most honest team or golfer, and even the lowest scores.

The main aim of a shotgun start is to enable a large field of golf players to go through a round without clogging up the driving range the entire day. Keeping everyone engaged and moving will ensure that the golf course does not have to be used the entire day for the event. In most cases, shot gun starts usually begin with players riding out on their carts to the starting hole.

As you can see, a shotgun start is the way a tournament begins and not a golf tournament competition. With a shotgun start, all the players will start gaming simultaneously and each group of four golfers will tee off on a different hole along the golf course. Shotgun starts are a perfect solution, especially when the length of a tournament is a major concern. This starting technique will enable you to move everyone through the golf course faster and you can clear the course for other activities.

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How To Make Bavarian Coffee On My Cafe           


Coffee brings people together, and there is no better place to do that than in a café. If you are venturing into the coffee business, or want to expand your business to attract more clientele, you need to add unique coffee recipes to the menu. One of the most amazing recipes that you can add to the existing menu is Bavarian coffee.

Bavarian coffee is a coffee specialty that comes with a chocolate flavor and lemon notes. There are different recipes to choose from to make great tasting Bavarian coffee. In this article, we delve into making Bavarian coffee in your café by looking at some of the most popular recipes.

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How To Make Bavarian Coffee On My Cafe

Bavarian Coffee Recipes

Recipe 1

The following recipe is one of the most common for Bavarian coffee making. It is simple, and the ingredients are readily available.


  • Strong coffee or an espresso shot
  • Grated chocolate
  • Lemon
  • Chocolate syrup


  • Brew a strong cup of coffee or an espresso shot
  • Pour 10 ml of chocolate syrup into a glass
  • Squeeze a little juice from a slice of lemon juice into the coffee or espresso shot
  • Pour your coffee or espresso shot and pour into the chocolate syrup glass
  • Add the amount of water you want into the mixture. The more water you add, the softer your coffee/chocolate/lemon drink is
  • Sprinkle the final mix with grated chocolate and add a slice of lemon
  • Enjoy the great-tasting Bavarian coffee


You can add other ingredients to the chocolate, such as cinnamon to spice up the coffee. Instead of lemon, you can use orange slices depending on what your clients prefer.

Recipe 2

Another great tasting Bavarian coffee recipe uses Tia Maria, a liqueur, made using Jamaican coffee beans. The liqueur had a strong aroma with a blend of smooth vanilla tones and coffee flavor. The Bavarian Tia Maria coffee recipe takes 3 minutes to prepare. The following is the recipe for one serving.


  • Five ounces black coffee
  • Half an ounce of peppermint schnapps
  • Half an ounce of Tia Maria liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (depending on whether your customer like sugar in their coffee or not)
  • Whipped cream
  • One and a half-ounce of cream


  • Stir peppermint schnapps, Tia Maria liqueur, coffee, and sugar together
  • Using the back of a spoon, pour cream into the coffee mixture ensuring that it floats on top
  • Top the mixture with whipped cream
  • Enjoy the Bavarian coffee with the smooth and aromatic aroma of Tia Maria.


If you want to bring change, class, and good taste to your café, adding Bavarian coffee is a sure way to get your faithful clientele coming back for more. It is also a sure way of attracting many other new clients. The above recipes taste fantastic, and they are simple to make. You can also choose from many different recipes that will leave your coffee’s taste buds, loving customers asking for more.

Kindly share the results of your recipes with friends to enjoy the same from the comfort of their home.

GOTG Favorites: Brunch


New series by Girls on the Grid where we give shout out’s to our favorite [INSERT CATEGORY] around Sacramento. We love to support our local entrepreneurs and businesses. Please feel free to leave your recommendations or suggest categories by leaving a comment below!

brunchAimee – I love Tower Cafe’s (1518 Broadway) brunch and patio. Not only does it have an eggs-ellent menu and a killer Caesar salad (my kryptonite), it offers the best brunch entertainment: people watching. Prepare to wait at least a few minutes or if the line is too long you can always walk 2 blocks to Iron Steaks, as I did one packed Saturday. I was lured away from Tower by a sign touting Great Brunch No Wait and it did not disappoint!

Alanna – Definitely INK Drinks and Eats (2730 J Street). The fried egg sliders are delish AND Saturday and Sunday = bottomless Mimosas. I don’t think I need to say any more.

Amelia: My old standby for brunch when the weather is nice is the patio of Tower Cafe (1518 Broadway).  The menu is varied enough from big yummy omelets to “global-themed” salads and sandwiches. The patio is the key place with its jungle-like atmosphere as you sit surrounded by all kinds of exotic plants and flowers.  And, it’s a central enough location for my husband and I to ride our bikes from Midtown and feel like we got just enough of a workout to warrant their custard-y French toast!

Amy – Not exactly on the Grid but the brunch at Dad’s Kitchen (2968 Freeport Blvd)  in Land Park is the best. They have phenomenal breakfast sandwiches I can’t get enough of. When the weather is good, sit on the patio.  If the wait at Dad’s is too long, walk up the street to the brunch at Taylor’s. Although all the dishes are a little richer than I like to eat, they’re delicious and worth every calorie. Their Portugese donuts and breakfast pizza are particularly fantastic.

Ashley R. – I’m a big fan of Hook & Ladder’s (1630 S Street) brunch menu because it includes lunch-like options. I don’t like eggs, or pancakes, or waffles, or anything real breakfasty, so it’s nice to go somewhere that is looking out for characters like me. Also, they have a lovely brunch cocktail menu to shake that hair of the dog. Another fave is Taylor’s Kitchen. They often have special crepes on their menu, and they are delicious.

Chantel – I swear by the biscuits and gravy at The Shady Lady (1409 R Street).  Perfect combo of salty and sweet!

Jamee – This may be a tad out of “midtown” but my favorite go to brunch whether hung over or if I just really need a great meal is Chargins (49th and J street). The staff is great, you can watch your favorite sports game on one of the multiple flat screens and the drinks are always flowing!  The most popular breakfast item on the menu is The Franks Fried Rice Special. Note: If you get there after 10:30 on a Sunday morning you may have to sigh sit at the bar for a few while you wait for a table. Chargins is a weekend brunch staple. Check it out and tell Cindy, I sent cha’!

Julia – One of my favorite go-to brunch spots is Cafe Bernardo (multiple locations). I prefer the location on Capitol to the one on R, mainly because I prefer the atmosphere of the adjoining Monkey Bar to R15, and also because I swear that the food tastes better at that location. I can’t stray from ordering the breakfast burrito because it is so delicious. Another frequent stop is Orphan (3440 C Street). Everything on the menu is amazing, but my favorite is the Papas Loco. What is better than a plate of rosemary potatoes topped with beans, sour cream, jalapeños, avocado, and salsa served with a side of tortillas? I will tell you, nothing is better than this. Orphan’s only downfall is that I can’t get my bloody mary fix on there!

Kellie – For vegetarians…and anyone really, my vote is for Fox and Goose (1001 R Street).  They have an entire section that’s Tofu Scrambles, and the majority of meat products can be replaced with spinach, tomato or tempeh.  Plus, the Olallieberry scones!?  With Devonshire cream. Yummy.  Gets crazy packed on the weekends and especially Sunday, so if you can manage an early bird brunch, you’re more likely to not end up with an hour wait.

Kelly – Capitol Garage (1500 K Street) is an obvious choice. If the sweet potato hash is on the menu, order it! Another phenomenal brunch is at Iron Steaks (Broadway and 13th). You don’t have to wait for two hours to get a table and they have a huge brunch menu including lots of really interesting french toast options and bottomless mimosas.

Laura – My new favorite brunch spot is Republic (908 15th Street). Now hear me out…are you likely to meet four of the ten worst men in Midtown any given Friday or Saturday night? YES. But on Saturday and Sunday (and especially during sporting events), the lights come on, the skee ball table is bumping, and their menu is to die for. My fave is the Chicken and Waffles Sandwich (Belguim style waffle with deep fried chicken with a spicy maple syrup) with Rosemary Tater Tots or (if I’m in the mood for lunch) the Mustang Sandwich (Korean beef with Kimchi, daikon, wasabi saracha aoli, provolone, and Swiss on sliced sweet french). They also have standard fare like omelets and biscuits/gravy. Other regulars include the Breakfast Burger at Capitol Garage (1500 K Street) and the Spinach Omelet at Pour House (1910 Q Street), which also just won the 2nd best Bloody Mary in California.

Lisa – I love to try out new brunch spots, but the two I keep coming back to time and again are Café Bernardo (three locations, but preferably the one at R&15th) and Fox and Goose (1001 R Street). In my humble opinion, Café Bernardo has the best toast in town. I like to get an extra side of it with the eggs bernardo to sop up the hollandaise sauce – or I’ll go for the chicken apple sausage scramble. Right now they also have a butternut squash scramble, so try it while in season. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order there, which is probably why Bernardo has three spots on the grid now. I still remember going to the ONLY one at 28th & Capitol when I first moved to Sacramento over 10 years ago – yes, I’m dating myself. Kellie already covered Fox & Goose, but for the best non-vegetarian item on the menu, get the corned beef and hash. It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g. ‘Nuf said.

Lyndsey – My favorite brunch on the grid would have to be the breakfast pizza at 33rd Street Bistro (3301 Folsom Blvd). It’s flat bread the size of the plate topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and sunny side up eggs. I like to also add tomatoes. And of course like many other places they offer bottomless mimosas!!

Paola – Cafe Bernardo (multiple locations) for sure. Their Amaretto French Toast with almonds is enough to get me out of bed on some not-so-easy-as-sunday mornings. Craving something savory? Try the Eggs Bernardo, the place’s own fab spin on the brunch staple.

Rachel – If for some unforeseen reason I’m awake before bottomless mimosas end at 2PM, my first choice of places to go is actually Shari’s (960 Florin Road) in Greenhaven. I like any place that doesn’t force you to choose between breakfast and lunch. What if I want chicken nuggets with a side of eggs? I deserve the choice. But realistically, we all know that I’m far too lazy to make that seven-mile drive so the likeliest place I will be is Firestone for a side of bacon and 82 Vodka pineapples.

Stacy – I love brunch so much, especially a spot with bottomless mimosas, but the place that I absolutely crave the most for brunch is Roxy Restaurant and Bar (2381 Fair Oaks Blvd). Their biscuits and gravy are AMAZING and the eggs benedict are something to write home about. The biscuits are cheddar biscuits and the eggs benedict is served on a potato cake instead of a traditional English muffin. I also have an insider’s tip … you can order ½ biscuits and gravy and ½ eggs benedict, so you get one of each for the same price.

Essential Oils: Yay! or Nay? Two Moms Decide


Michelle Sweezey and Jamee Villa are two moms with great kids and big opinions. They love oversharing and making a point, even if that means they disagree. This article kicks off the new Monthly Yay or Nay series on topics from kids to the grid, where the ladies promise to keep it real (unfiltered, funny, and fair). Follow along and join the discussion!

Essential Oils

Michelle: YAY!

Is this really still a question? Of course essential oils work. Duh. How do you think I cured my kids’ last cold, my Christmas flu, my husband’s upset stomach, and my bosses’ body aches. Oils. That’s how. Essential oils.

Stop rolling your eyes at me, it’s rude, and you look funny. So there. I’m going to spare you the really long ‘Born Again Yoga Teacher’ Eastern Medicine spiel and break it down in the simplest way I know how— with facts* and jokes. Ready? Okay, here goes:

Fact One:

Everything is energy. Everything, everything. Thoughts, actions, words. The screen you are staring at now? Also energy.  Remember E=Mc2? Yeah. Mmhmm. Energy.

Fact Two:

Your spine carries energy, as do your cells. In fact, cancer is at its simplest definition — cellular change — which, if you follow along this cosmic train of thought, is a result of a shift in energetic quality.

Fact Three:

You aren’t paying attention anymore. You’re asleep, or you moved on to a more interesting article. Wake up. Stay with me here. Jokes and reasons to disagree with me are coming. Promise.

Fact Four:

Your skin is your largest organ, and everything you put on it, and I mean EVERYTHING, affects your cells, and thus… you know, like, your energy. The other places you absorb shit into your body, are through your orifices. Yes, those holes in your body where you… um, eat, and breathe and stuff. Those are also direct channels to your bloodstream, which affect your… cells and energy.

Fact Five:

This really cool dude, the one who had that fortunate apple incident, outlined some physics laws, one of which is that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Yes, you are getting all the science lessons today. You can help your fifth grader with her homework now. Congrats.

Fact FivePointFive:

When you put something in your body, it causes an energetic reaction. You’re directing and moving energy, which is like, kind of a big deal. Essential oils are made for your skin, or to go in aforementioned orifices. Thus, they go directly to your cells and affect your. . . (everybody say it together)- ENERGY.

Fact Six:

To heal, your body needs energy. Shocker at this point, I know. But, you can either manufacture that energy from pharmaceutical products (which, p.s., are made from plant products on at least some level), or, you can eat real food, take care of your spine and immune system, and. . . use essential oils.

Fact Seven:

This is not a new idea. This is not even a recent idea. This is like, B.C. business. Shit, I bet even Socrates threw a little Eucalyptus oil in his bath when his sinuses were congested. Know why it’s been around so long?


Fact Eight:

Pharmaceuticals do the work for you. Oils help your body do its own work.

Yes, the former is “easier” in the short term, and it might even look cheaper too. Know what? Cheap is expensive people. Want to keep getting sick? Keep popping pills to fix your problems.

Fact Nine:

Last one. I promise.

Energy. Energy. Energy. Oils. Oils. Oils.

The End.

*Michelle is not a doctor. These are not facts in the sense of scientific review of the literature, but more in the sense of things Michelle, the non-doctor-know-it-all, has spent a lot of time reading about, researching, and trying out, and that have at least a 99% googable truth to them. Because everyone knows the internet doesn’t lie, Bob Dole said so.

Jamee: NAY

You can all stop inviting me to your Essential Oil parties. I’m not going. Like, ever.

If I understand this correctly, if I buy a special $199 pack of essential oils, place them on my body, my child’s body and all over my home, we’ll all be happy and stress free?  Oh, we’ll also never get sick? Is that what you are trying to sell me? Wait, was that a pig I just saw fly by? I must’ve missed that scientific breakthrough as well. (Insert sheep sound here… Baaaaaaa…)

Call me old fashioned, but if we get sick, we rest, drink water, and get the hell over it. I highly doubt that your $200 diffuser blasting magical air at night is going to save me a few sick days.

I take the natural approach to most things. It is the way I was raised. My stepmom is a hippy and even her granola-eating self can’t get behind the oil movement.

Have you heard their claims of curing or slowing cancer? If you even remotely think that is a possibility, well let’s just not be friends. I know a few people battling cancer right now that would bathe in them daily if there was even a hint of truth to this.

Now, before you go out and preach your love of oils to the world, can you even tell me what “100% certified therapeutic grade” means? Ready…go!

Just because some branding guru hails it as “natural,” that doesn’t make it safe all the time and in every case. Big props to their marketing team!

Does anyone remember Metabolife? Herbalife? Body by Vi? Exactly. It’s a fad. It’s hot and then it’s not.

We all want what’s best for our family, but not at the expense of these anti-pharm companies setting up pyramid schemes in every city. It makes us look like sheep and incredibly gullible. My vote is a big fat, NO.


Michelle Sweezey and Jamee Villa are two moms with great kids and big opinions. They love (over)sharing and making a point, even if that means they disagree.