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 slower on my responses this year, but hopefully haven’t let too many get overlooked.
Ok, so on to the questions everyone has been asking me . . . where are we with the Top 100 Quest and where in the hell have I been. First I’ll cover where I’ve been.
Back in February of this year I did a post here on Golf Tripper about Peter Millar stitched belts and the company that was manufacturing the belts right here in America. In the post I raved about how much I liked the belts and how I’d been buying them over the last year or so of my golf travels. Well, turns out I liked them so much that I ended up taking the company over from the previous owner. Effective May 15 I was officially working for J.T. Spencer and my life has not been the same since.
To say that the new job has involved a lifestyle change would be nothing less than the understatement of the millennium. I went from a soft and cushy corporate sales job where I had been on cruise control for the last 10+ years to running a small business where in an average day I may find myself doing anything from operating machinery to counting and sorting orders to meeting with top executives of the companies we do business with. It has been a major change in lifestyle, but I’m having a great time . . . even though it means not as much golf travel for me. We do make belts for about half of the courses on the Golf Digest Top 100 so at least I’m getting my golf fix that way!
In an act of shameless self promotion I will encourage you click here, here and here to follow us on social media where we are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Also please take a minute to visit our website www.JTSpencer.com and take a look at our belts. We have over 100 different designs ranging from classic lobsters to officially licensed collegiate product. Outside of what we do in golf and the retail markets we also do a lot of business with corporate clients so feel free to contact us if you’d like to get your company’s logo on a belt. Finally, you can of course also find our club logo belts in pro shops all across the globe. If your shop doesn’t carry our belts ask your pro to give us a call!
Ok, so that’s where I’ve been up to off the golf course and now onto the important stuff . . . the Top 100 quest.
I started the year out with just eight courses left to play. So far I’ve posted about Kapalua, Baltusrol Upper and Hudson National which leaves just five more courses left to cover. Canyata, Friar’s Head, Hazeltine National, Interlachen, and Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club. Since the golf season is basically over for the year and the new Top 100 list is coming out at the end of this year I guess I should just go ahead and report that I have officially completed the Top 100 Quest. In early October I played my final Top 100 round and sunk the last putt on what has been a long, strange, crazy journey.
I will be posting the final five course profiles over the next few weeks (check the site on Mondays), so I hope that all of you who have followed along with me over the last 7 1/2 years will continue to follow along until the very end. Once the final course is posted I’ll be writing some post mortem reports on the whole crazy adventure so be sure to stay tuned in and I will plan to continue to give you some golf reading that will hopefully help satisfy your golf needs through the winter. As always, thank you to everyone for your support and please keep reading up until the very end. There are still more stories to be told on this journey!