2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
Yesterday afternoon I was thinking about the upcoming U.S. Open at The Olympic Club's Lake Course. Of the courses where the U.S. Open has been held over the last 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to visit all of them except for Oakland Hills and Torrey Pines. As I realized this it got me thinking about which U.S. Open course had been the toughest for me as a player. Bethpage Black is a course that comes up in this discussion fairly regularly and it's a valid contender for sure. More >

The History of Sandbaggers

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
Recently I was engaged in some friendly email banter with a fellow golfer I'll be playing a match against this spring. As is typical with the posturing of fools, the conversation turned to "trash talk" and the topic of exactly how the handicap strokes would be distributed came up. Naturally, I thought I should be receiving strokes from him and he thought we should be playing even or he should be getting strokes from me. We each questioned the authenticity of the other’s posted handicap and debated about who would More >

A Big Weekend at Home

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
Each year three of my friends visit Richmond to compete in a Ryder Cup style event that we call The Fred Ridley Cup. It's named after amateur golfer Fred Ridley who won the US Amateur in 1975 when the club where I play last hosted the event. This year The Ridley Cup turned out to be a real dogfight. Of the six matches contested four of them came down to the 17th or 18th green. There were some huge heart breaking putts made to win key holes as well as More >

Welcome to Golf Camp

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
I‘ve just returned from a 3 day trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and I must admit that I am smitten. If you have found your way to this website than it’s quite likely that you are at the very least familiar with Bandon Dunes and may have even been there. For those who are unfamiliar let me give a VERY brief history. Mike Keiser, a Chicago business man, had a dream to build a golf course. Mr. Keiser purchased a large plot of land in the town of Bandon More >

Ski Season at Augusta National???

Written by The Itinerant Golfer
I just returned yesterday to the frigid East Coast after golfing in sunny Southern California and received a reminder of just how cold its been out here this winter. The below photos were taken last week at Augusta National in Georgia and arrived to my inbox this morning. Pretty amazing to see this much snow down there. I have no doubt that the good folks who run The Masters won't miss a beat and everything will be all set and ready to go by the start of the practice rounds More >