Judy Garland wasn't talking sports when she uttered the phrase, "There's no place like home ..." in "The Wizard of Oz", but the words elicit a subjective feeling in the arenas of competition in the 21st century.
The consensus, whether accurate or not, is that it's better to play at home than on the road.
Transition this opinion to this year's Jones Cup at Mesa Verde Country Club. Team Mesa Verde will play its home course in quest of the club's fourth Jones Cup title and second consecutive.
Each week leading up to the Jones Cup (1 p.m. on June 29) will focus on one of the four teams (Big Canyon, Newport Beach and Santa Ana country clubs). Subsequent previews will run June 17, 24 and 29.
In golf, there's the thought that playing one's home course carries a decided advantage since the player — or players — putt the greens and hit approach shots here regularly. Play enough and they gain a feel for how the greens break, the fairways curve and what club will provide enough loft to clear an overhanging branch.