Top 100 Golf Quest E-Newsletter Vol. 19

It looks like spring has finally arrived here in Virginia and I don’t know how it could have taken any longer. There was snow on the ground as recently as 2 weeks ago and after a few consecutive days of increasing temperatures I think Old Man Winter has officially been put to bed.

This time of year means one thing for golf fans . . . The Masters!!!! Can’t wait for the coverage to start and to see how the course looks this year. Hopefully Augusta did not have the same kind of winter that we did here in Virginia and the course will be its usual vision of beauty. I’ve got tickets for the Wednesday practice round so I’m excited to see the course and get a chance to visit with a few friends who will be there the same day. I went to the Thursday round back in 2007, but this will be my first practice round so I’m excited about that.

My Top 100 quest is chugging right along and I’m gearing up to have a few good trips this year. I’ve already kicked the season off with a trip to Texas to visit Whispering Pines (not yet posted on the site) which brings my grand total up to 79. Later this month I’ll be visiting the west coast to play Sahalee and revisit Bandon Dunes. While I’m there I’ll also be squeezing in a game at Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. I’m hoping to have a good year for the Top 100 Quest and think that I should be able to reach 90 by the end of the year if all goes well.

The big news here is that I’m going to be redesigning the site again. Below is a link that talks about the changes that are in store. Originally the site was going to be named, but I ran into some legal issues with the word “Tripster” and I’m currently in the process of finding a new name. If you would like to read about the changes that are coming please click the link below entitled “What’s on the Horizon for“. I’m also including links below to some of the more popular postings that have been added to the site since my last newsletter.

What’s on the Horizon for
Golf Houses
Logo Bingo
It’s In The Hole!

Other Courses
Cap Cana (Punta Espada) / Dominican Republic
Streamsong Resort (Red) / Streamsong, Florida
Streamsong Resort (Blue) / Streamsong, Florida

Pinehurst North Carolina Travel Planner
How to Play Bethpage Black
Streamsong Resort Travel Planner

Pine Valley Golf Club: A Unique Haven of the Game
A Course Called Ireland
Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes
Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History
The Golden Age of Golf Design
Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots and Bad Lies
The Fishers Island Club and its Golf Links

As always, thank you to everyone who continues to support my Top 100 Quest and to all the well wishers who visit this website and have been following along in the fun. It’s been quite a wild ride so far and I hope that it is going to continue through 2013 and beyond. I look forward to launching the new website and continuing to cover golf in a fun and entertaining way. Have a fun and safe golf season everyone!!!


  • Bob Stroh

    Steve – Enjoy the Wed practice round at Augusta. You’ve probably heard, but go early because most golfers only play nine and those who play more holes are still done by mid afternoon. It is a ghost town by 4:00.

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Did not know that Bob. Thanks for the heads up. I will do as advised. Thanks!!!

  • Buck Leigh

    Itinerant golfer. I played Brunswick Country Club, Brunswick, GA 3/17/2013. Conditioning was excellent and probably the most enjoyable golf course I have ever played. You might want to check it out. Davis Love listed Brunswick Country Club as one of his favorite courses recently in Golf Digest.

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Cool, I will keep that on the radar for next time I’m in that area. Thanks for the tip!

  • Andy

    Don’t know if you’d have time but cuscowilla isn’t too far from Augusta and is one of the better public access courses in the southeast. Chambers is a great track as well. Similar to Bandon but not as remote. Newcastle is another good complex near Renton, Wa and has one of the most beautiful views of Seattle you could hope for.

    • The Itinerant Golfer

      Thanks for the suggestions Andy.

  • Nick

    Augusta native here, and I enjoy reading your site. Augusta’s had a fairly mild winter, so the course ought to be in it’s usual state of perfection. The azalea’s, however, may be a bit past their prime. I hope you enjoy the practice round Wednesday, and as stated above, most all of the action will be on the par-3 course after lunch.

  • Peter Allenby

    I attended a Masters Wednesday practice round a few years back and I am thankful I had a good friend along who had been through the routine on seven prior occasions! Wednesday is the Par 3 tourney – We actually found spots in the front row of the tee on one of the back nine holes – at roughly 9 AM! Players did not start coming through for another four + hours!But it is a fun experience to sit at the feet of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player as they hit their tee shots as well as all of the other players who entered the tourney. I also had a blast engaging the club member acting as the “marshall” and club ambassador on the tee. Awfully nice man who confided that it was a thrill to greet each group as they approached the tee. Local gentleman in a local business who had a contact or two who were members…Joined the club at their invite…Membership may include a ton of luminaries, but it also has regular people as well…ENJJOY the experience!

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