Lost in Palm Springs

Rebecca and I spent the winter in Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs is in a “desert” which means it’s sunny so there are “shadows.” It’s called Palm Springs so, you guessed it, there are “palms.” And, like most of the United States, it was once inhabited by “Indians.” I get it, but does every golf course there have to have “desert,” “shadows,” “palms,” or “Indian” in the name? I’m over 60, I can barely remember my own name. But I’m supposed to remember which desert, shadows, palms, or Indian course I’m playing? [...]

June 11th, 2021|26 Comments

I Can Die Happy!!!

I’m writing this drunk. It took forty-four FRIKKIN, FRACKIN (and that other F word) years but I finally got a Hole in One. I had given up hope. I’ve had to watch so many of my shots ALMOST GO IN that I deliberately stopped hoping. How many, you ask? There was one that ended up, literally, half an inch from the hole. Then there was one where the stranger I was playing with started yelling, “that’s in the hole, that’s in the hole!” Nope. Once, on my all-time favorite hole, the 8th [...]

March 2nd, 2021|61 Comments

Patrick Reed and Frightened Little Commentators

OMG, I’m watching the coverage of the latest Patrick Reed cheating incident in disbelief. I’m not surprised Reed cheated – he’s cheated so many times I’ve come to expect it. But the professional commentating about it is pitiful. For non-golfer readers, a player gets relief (is allowed to move their ball to a better position) if their ball plugs in its own pitch mark – in other words, slams into the ground and sticks right there, embedded into a cavity caused by its own landing.  At one time, this rule only covered [...]

February 1st, 2021|27 Comments

FA**OT: It’s a Horrific Word, But….

Subscribers to this site who are golfers know what happened, but for non-golfers:  on January 9th, PGA player Justin (JT) Thomas, a popular player with a reputation of sportsmanship and class, called himself a Fa**ot after he missed a putt.  A microphone picked up the anti-gay slur, so it was heard on air.  A week later, Ralph Lauren discontinued its sponsorship of him. You can make your own assessment of his apology but for me, it seems heartfelt and genuine.  And I applaud JT for apologizing right after the incident, in person, [...]

January 17th, 2021|4 Comments