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I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – The Ultimate

It’s like loving outer space and being chosen to fly in a rocket ship to Mars. It’s like being a hiker and reaching the top of Mount Everest. It’s like winning the Super Bowl – not as a fan, AS THE QUARTERBACK! That’s what it’s like to play Pine Valley, arguably the world’s #1 golf course.  It’s the ultimate in design, the ultimate in beauty, the ultimate in challenge.  And the ultimate in how impossible it is to get to play. So how does a low-falutin golfer like me get to play [...]

June 27th, 2016|9 Comments

Prejudice:  Golf Once Again Proves It’s a Microcosm of Life. 

My friend Bill and I were paired with two strangers on The Red Course at Bethpage.  The round was excruciatingly slow.  When we got to the 8th green, we could see the group on the 11th tee box had 4 – yes, you read that right, 4 - holes open in front of them.  And the group behind them wasn’t pushing them, so we knew they were just as slow. Joe, one of the strangers we were paired with, said, “It’s the Koreans that make golf so slow.”  I asked, “What Koreans?” [...]

May 24th, 2016|3 Comments

Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – Pebble Beach

In a bizarre coincidence, I played all four of my top Bucket List courses in 2015.  This is Part 3 in the series "I'm Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List." Sandra had a milestone birthday - her 30th.  Not!  But she’d kill me if I gave her real age.  So she, some great golfing friends and I went to her #1 (and my #3) Bucket List course, Pebble Beach. Sandra and I roomed together.  Remember The Odd Couple?  She would spend 20 minutes doing her hair, I’d put on a baseball cap.  [...]

April 19th, 2016|1 Comment

Carolina Basketball and Golf

How does a New York Institute of Technology graduate become a North Carolina Tar Heel?   She marries one. If you know Rebecca (or read my The Golfer’s Perfect Wife blog) you know she’s the most un-athletic person in the world.   I’m not convinced Rebecca even knows the names of sports because she only ever refers to golf as “little white ball”, football as “pointy ball” and my favorite, “fuzzy ball” (tennis). So you can imagine my surprise when shortly into our relationship she said “Carolina is playing tonight, let’s watch the game”.  [...]

April 5th, 2016|6 Comments

Marco Rubio Needs a Golf Lesson

Marco Rubio lost to Trump in the last set of primaries and dropped out of the Presidential race.  Why? Because he broke the Cardinal Rule of Golf. I know this rule well.  As a shorter hitter, I’m constantly being out-driven by my competitors.   Being out-driven puts me at a disadvantage, but I can still compete if I stick with my strengths... get it close, chip and putt.  But I don’t stand a chance if I try to outdrive longer hitters.  All it does is take me out of my game - and [...]

March 22nd, 2016|4 Comments

Not Kicking the Bucket List – The Dinah Shore

This is the second blog in a series of four about playing all my top Bucket List courses in 2015. The Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills, Palm Springs, CA.  I don’t know if there’s a golf tournament I love as much as the LPGA ANA Inspiration, once known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, once known as the Nabisco Dinah Shore, once known as, well, many other names.  But it’ll always be The Dinah to me. Oh wait, it has one other name.  About 25 years ago some entrepreneurs created [...]

November 30th, 2015|8 Comments