The Itinerant Golfer

My home has been in Richmond Virginia for most of my life and for the past six years I have been on a quest to visit the Golf Digest 100 Greatest Courses in America . . . and any others I can find along the way. I usually play over 100 rounds of golf a year and yet, somehow, cannot seem to get my handicap index below a 7.

When I'm not chasing my ball around a golf course I can usually be found thinking about, reading about, talking about or writing about golf. I can't help it, I may have a problem. At the rare times that I am not consumed by golf I enjoy doing home renovation projects and doing whatever my wife Brook tells me to do.

Canyata Golf Club

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When Canyata popped onto the Top 100 list a few years ago I had never heard of it. The club is located in the middle of nowhere Illinois, so I started asking around about it with people I knew in the Illinois/Indiana/Kentucky corridor. Anyone I found who had heard of it did not know a member or even anyone who had played there before. I had a feeling this was going to be a tough ticket for me so I set it on the back burner and focused on playing More >

Top 100 Golf Quest E-Newsletter Vol. 23

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Hello Everyone! First, I’d like to say that I appreciate all the emails I have received inquiring of my whereabouts since I went radio silent back in June. I tried to respond to all of them, but I may have had a few slip between the cracks. If you contacted me and didn’t hear back I apologize and assure you that it was not intentional. I pride myself on the fact that I have responded to every email I have received over the last 7+ years. I’ve been a little More >

Hudson National Golf Club

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I have been incredibly lucky in my Top 100 travels. It’s pretty hard to believe that I was more than 70% through my journey before I had my first rain out. A few years back I received a kind invitation to visit Hudson National Golf Club from a member and we made it through 9 1/2 holes before the skies opened up and began dumping rain on us. It was disappointing to have to go home without having seen the entire course, but I knew I would be back in More >

Top 100 Golf Quest E-Newsletter Vol. 22

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It has been over six months since I sent out my last update and I apologize for being remiss in my quarterly updates. With a move to a new house and a few other distractions I fell a little bit behind, but I will get things back on track here shortly. My Top 100 quest has been rolling right along nice and smooth. I ended 2013 with 92 of the Top 100 courses and so far this year I have played one additional Top 100 course which brings me to More >

Top 100 Opportunities – New York

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A lot of great golf opportunities in New York this week.   SEBONACK GOLF CLUB   With a membership roster full of New York City high rollers, this is one of the most difficult invites there is. Last week Sebonack popped up in a big Long Island package, but this opportunity is for Sebonack alone which makes it a bit more affordable.   What: Threesome of golf Where: Sebonack Golf Club - Southampton, NY When: Mutually agreeable time/date Cost: Online auction in progress. Ends May 15, 2014 at 7:30PM EDT. More >

Top 100 Opportunities – Northern Michigan and Incredible Long Island Golf Trip!!!

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This week's Top 100 Opportunities.   KINGSLEY CLUB   This course may not be listed on a Top 100 list, but it certainly could be. This is a wonderful golf course and a very pure golf experience.   What: Foursome of golf (Mon-Thurs) including carts Where: Kingsley Club - Kingsley, MI When: TBD Cost: Online auction in progress. Ends May 13, 2014 at 10:00PM EDT. Supports: Youth Choral Theater of Chicago (Evanston, IL) More Details: Click HERE for the link to the online auction       SEBONACK, MAIDSTONE, ATLANTIC More >

Top 100 Opportunities – Myopia Hunt Club

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  Here we have a rare opportunity offered only here on Golf Tripper to play the ultra exclusive Myopia Hunt Club. This Herbert Leads design played host to the 1898, 1901, 1905 and 1908 U.S. Opens and is one of America's grand old clubs. Do you like unique experiences? Try teeing off on the 3rd hole while the hounds bay from just other side of the hedge or the surprise of seeing a horseback rider appear out of nowhere and meander through the course. The day I spent at Myopia More >

Top 100 Opportunities – Shinnecock Hills & Congressional

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This week's Top 100 Opportunities.     SHINNECOCK HILLS GOLF CLUB   It doesn't get much better than this opportunity. Ultra exclusive U.S. Open course Shinnecock Hills is on of the toughest invites out there.   What: Twosome of golf with member host Where: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, NY When: TBD Cost: Online auction in progress. Ends April 30, 2014 at 11:59PM EDT. Supports: Tact/The Actors Company Theatre (New York, NY) More Details: Click HERE for the link to the online auction       CONGRESSIONAL COUNTRY CLUB More >

Sand Hills Mule

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Many people are familiar with the Moscow Mule which is a vodka drink known for being served in a copper tankard. The good people of Sand Hills Golf Club have added an interesting twist to this classic highball by substituting the vodka for rum to come up with a concoction they call the Sand Hills Mule. When I was there my host did a great job of making sure that everyone ordered one, or maybe more, of these light and refreshing drinks. The real trick to making these is to More >

Top 100 Opportunities – Dallas National, Bayonne, Southern Hills

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Some more exciting Top 100 Opportunities this week.     SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB   This Perry Maxwell gem has hosted three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championship.   What: Twosome of golf and lunch Where: Southern Hills Country Club - Tulsa, OK When: TBD Cost: Online auction in progress. Ends April 19, 2014 at 11:00PM EDT. Supports: Undercroft Montessori School (Tulsa, OK) More Details: Click HERE for the link to the online auction       BAYONNE GOLF CLUB   Note that this auction does not indicate how many More >