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Hezbollah and Me

In 2010, I visited Lebanon, my ancestral homeland - where, shockingly, there's a golf course!  Who knew?  I mean, Lebanon - it just doesn't scream golf.  It screams hummus and grape leaves, and maybe bombs, but golf? But yes, indeed, in 1923 the Golf Club of Lebanon was opened right in the heart of Beirut, and I couldn't resist playing it. Just getting to the course was an adventure.  The cab driver spoke very little English and while I know a lot of Arabic words, they're almost all food and curses.  But [...]

April 26th, 2019|14 Comments

The Golfer’s Perfect Spouse

I got really lucky in the spouse department.  Rebecca and I have been together 22 years.  And although I tease her that they've been the best 6 years of my life, all 22 have been wonderful. Rebecca's not athletic - au contraire.   Her favorite statement, which she says proudly, is "I don't do anything with balls involved."  In fact, she's so non-athletic she's like Einstein's "antimatter".  Antimatter isn't the lack of matter, and it's not a vacuum, it's ANTI-matter.  Rebecca isn't just not an athlete, she's the ANTI-athlete.  Stand too close to [...]

April 25th, 2019|14 Comments

Gratitude – Happy Thanksgiving

I finished the 15th hole of a course down in Florida this past Thanksgiving week and there were two maintenance workers working hard in the heat.  I often say hello to maintenance workers.  I’m sure they couldn’t care less about me, but they work really hard so I can have fun, and it just doesn’t feel right to walk by and ignore them.  I assumed (correctly) that they were Hispanic and said, “Buenos días.”  They smiled and responded, “Buenos días.” While walking away I had an interesting thought:  out of the 7.6 [...]

April 24th, 2019|12 Comments

Honor

There are few sports where honor plays as prominent a role as it does in golf.  The reason?  There aren’t any rules officials - we’re on our own to call rules infractions on ourselves.  Even if we accidentally move our golf ball 1/16 of an inch, in the woods, 100 yards from our nearest competitor, we assess ourselves a penalty stroke.  And while officials are made available at some tournaments, golfers still call infractions on themselves when officials aren’t present.  This is why golf is known as a game of honor. Compare [...]

April 23rd, 2019|3 Comments

Who’ll Show Up To Play Today?

Remember the Patty Duke show?  Patty was the lead role, but then her “identical cousin” Cathy would appear out of nowhere. That’s how I feel on the golf course.  Sometimes I look like someone who’s played golf before.  I’m not a great player, but it’s clear I’ve played before. But then this BI&T$#CH “cousin” Cathy shows up - unwelcomed, uninvited and possibly high on drugs - and takes over my golf game.  She can’t even hold a club properly.  Her takeaway is bad, she has no follow-through, and she can’t chip or [...]

April 23rd, 2019|12 Comments

Controversy at the Solheim Cup

There was a controversy over a “gimme” putt at the Solheim Cup and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen got slammed for it. For my non-golfing readers, a player can concede their opponent’s next putt – one that is usually so short it’s virtually certain of being made anyway – by saying something like “that’s good.” On the 17th hole of close match, American Alison Lee thought she’d heard one of her European opponents (either Pettersen or Charley Hull) say “that’s good”, so she picked up her 18-inch putt.  But neither Pettersen nor Hull had [...]

April 22nd, 2019|12 Comments