Welcome to the 4th installment of my golf odyssey newsletter. I hope the summer is treating everyone well and its not too hot where you are.
I’m pleased to report that excellent progress is being made on my Top 100 project. Having started last year on June 8th I hit the one year anniversary of my quest about a month ago. On that date I stood at 18 courses completed. I fell just a little short of my goal to play 20 courses in my first year. I completed my 19th and 20th courses just 12 days after my 1 year anniversary, so I came pretty close.
I’ve added an “Updates” tab to my website so that it is easy to find the newest content. The month of May proved to be fruitless as I put so much effort into planning my California trip in April that May fell by the wayside and I did not make plans to play a single Top 100 course. June brought Galloway National (#74) in New Jersey and the infamous Merion Golf Club’s East Course (#7) in Ardmore, PA. Just a few days ago after several false starts and weather cancellations I played Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course (#86).
I’ve added my notes and photos for all 3 of these courses to my website so please check them out at www.itinerantgolf.com. Playing Congressional brings me to a total of 21 courses completed from the Top 100 list in 13 months time.
August is proving to be quite a month with a trip to the NYC area for Bethpage Black (#26) and Winged Foot’s West Course (#8) and then a trip to New Jersey for the perennial #1 in the World and possibly the most difficult golf course ever – Pine Valley Golf Club.
As a side note, I recently suffered my first set back with accomplishing my quest. About 2 weeks ago I received an absolutely incredible invitation to go to the private golf retreat Sand Hills Golf Club (#12) in Mullen Nebraska. The invite was for a weekend in August and we would play 36 holes a day. Regretfully, I had to decline because I was already booked to play Pine Valley (#1) at the exact same time! Oddly, I have received no sympathy from my golf friends. Hopefully that will be the worst problem I encounter on this odyssey, but somehow I doubt it.
I’ve also secured hosts for 10 other courses but have not yet worked out dates and times. Hopefully I will be able to get them in this summer/fall. I am taking a very aggressive line and hoping to end the year with 40 courses completed from the list. That is a long way from where I stand now at 21. Reaching 40 by the end of the year will be a stretch, but it is certainly within the realm of possibility. Below are several target courses where I am still looking for a host or sponsor. Please let me know if you or someone you know can help.
New York City Metro Area
Quaker Ridge, Somerset Hills, Garden City Golf Club, Maidstone Club
The Honors Course
Pittsburgh, PA area
Oakmont Country Club
Muirfield Village, The Golf Club, Double Eagle Club, Scioto Country Club
Sea Island, GA
Ocean Forest Golf Club
Calusa Pines Golf Club
As always, thank you all greatly for your help and support in this quest.