|One of my favorite things to do is to play a round of golf. I first took up the game while living
in Hawaii ('92-96) and have tried to play regularly ever since. That's not to say that my game
is very impressive, but it's good enough (about a 17 handicap) to at least continue to enjoy
it. I've been very fortunate to be able to have played on a variety of courses all over the world,
and I'd love to use this space to not only report on my recent and ongoing outings, but also
to share thoughts and info about some of the great places I've been able to play.
|Ever wonder why golf is growing in popularity and
why people who don't even play go to tournaments or
watch it on TV?
The following may shed some light:
11. You can bring a picnic
lunch to the tournament golf
course, watch the best in the
world, and not spend a small
fortune on food and drink. Try
that at one of the taxpayer
funded baseball or football
stadiums. If you bring a soft
drink into a ballpark, they'll
give you two options -- get rid
of it or leave.
12. In golf, you cannot fail
70% of the time and make $9
million a season, like the best
baseball hitters (300 batting
13. Golf doesn't change its
rules to attract fans.
14. Golfers have to adapt to an
entirely new playing area each
week. Golfers keep their clothes
on while they are being
15. Golf doesn't have free
16. In their prime, Palmer,
Norman, and other stars,
would shake your hand and say
they were happy to meet you.
In his prime, Jose Canseco wore
T-shirts that read "Leave Me
17. You can hear birds chirping
on the golf course during a
18. At a golf tournament,
(unlike at taxpayer-funded
sports stadiums and arenas)
you won't hear a steady
stream of four letter words and
nasty name-calling while you're
hoping that no one spills beer
19. Tiger hits a golf ball over
twice as far as Barry Bonds
hits a baseball.
20. Golf courses don't ruin the
1. Golf is an honorable game,
with the overwhelming
majority of players being
honorable people who don't
2. Golfers don't have some of
their players in jail every week.
3. Golfers don't kick dirt on,
or throw bottles at other people.
4. Professional golfers are paid
in direct proportionto how well
5. Golfers don't get per diem
and two seats on a charter
flight when they travel between
6. Golfers don't hold out for
more money, or demand new
contracts, because of another
7. Professional golfers don't
demand that the taxpayerspay
for the courses on which they
8. When golfers make a
mistake, nobody is there to
cover for them or back them.
9. The PGA raises more money
for charity in 1 year than the
NFL does in 2.
10. You can watch the best
golfers in the world up close, at
any tournament, including the
majors, all day every day for
$25 or $30. The cost for even a
nosebleed seat at the Super
Bowl costs $300 or more,
unless you buy it from scalpers,
in which case it's $1,000+.
|With Gary at Bountiful Ridge
|Why do golf courses have 18holes -- not 20, or 10, or a dozen? During a
discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews in 1858, a
senior member pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to polish off a
fifth of Scotch. By limiting himself to only one shot of Scotch per hole,
the Scot figured a round of golf was finished when the Scotch ran out.
|Gary at Soldier Hollow
|With Gary at Penmar Golf Course
|With Derrick and Morgan at Valley View Golf Course