Family, Friends and Golf Partners,
I hope all is well with everyone and 2007 was a great year for you all. As some of you know, I began a quest in June of 2007 that will be an extraordinary challenge over the next several years.
In June I played a round of golf at Donald Ross’ Pinehurst No. 2 course. It was my first time playing a world class golf course like this. My game was a little weak at the time, but I had a blast regardless. A month later I had an incredible day at world famous Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY. These 2 golf experiences inspired me to make a run at playing all 100 of the Top 100 golf courses in the United States. I’m working off the list that is published in Golf Digest Magazine every two years. This is no small task as 81 of the Top 100 courses are private clubs that require being hosted by a member of the club. I am having to call on everyone in my social, business and golf networks which has lead to a fun game of “the 6 degrees of separation”. I’m consistently amazed at what a small world it is that we live in.
I am keeping an online journal of my adventures so that anyone who wants to follow along with the fun is able to. The web address is www.golftripper.com. Please check out what I have done so far. There is a list of the Golf Digest Top 100 courses, entries for the courses I’ve played, and a list of the courses I’ve got lined up so far for 2008.
Since June of 2007 I have completed 10 of the top 100.
June 2007 – #19 Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, NC
July 2007 – #2 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY
August 2007 – #46 Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia, MI and #83 Tullymore in Stanwood, MI
September 2007 – No golf trips this month. I must have been working or something like that.
October 2007 – #29 Kinloch in Manakin-Sabot, VA and #13 National Golf Links of America in Southampton, NY
November 2007 – #93 Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, SC
December 2007 – #38 The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, SC, #79 TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedre Beach, FL and #67 Black Diamond Ranch Quarry course in Lecanto, FL
I’m hoping to complete 15-20 courses in 2008. They will all be covered, ad nauseam of course, on my website.
So far for 2008 I have lined up the following courses:
January – #78 Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island
February – #91 Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, SC
March – #80 Colonial Country Club in Dallas, TX. I’m really looking forward to visiting with my friend Greg and his family on this trip. I don’t make it to this part of the country often so it will be great to see them. It will also be fun to play this course which is the home of the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic.
April – #6 Pebble Beach Golf Links, #52 Spyglass Golf Course, #77 Monterey Peninsula Country Club and #95 The Preserve. Obviously I’m REALLY looking forward to spending a week on California’s Monterey Peninsula and playing these incredible courses. I’m also working on securing a sponsor at #4 Cypress Point Club. I have a lead for this course but I wont know for sure until late February. It would sure be disappointing to go all the way out there and not get to play that course, so I’ll be holding my breath until I can get it lined up.
May – #7 Merion Golf Club right outside Philadelphia. The historic course where Bobby Jones completed his Grand Slam title in 1930. #86 Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Current home of the Tiger Woods Invitational. #8 Winged Foot (West Course) in Mamaroneck, NY. Another US Open Championship course with a rich history including the site of Lefty’s meltdown in 2006. Lastly, #26 Bethpage Black, home of 2002 US Open and returning in 2009.
Please bookmark my online journal and watch for updates on my adventures. Some other clubs that I am working on for 2008 include Wade Hampton and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, Crystal Downs in Michigan, Sand Hills in Nebraska and The Honors Course in Tennessee. If you or someone you know has a contact that would be able to host or sponsor me at these or any other Top 100 courses, please do let me know . . . I need all the help I can get.
Please stay in touch and be happy, healthy and safe in 2008.