Category Archives: golfing memoir

A Lot To Be Thankful For

My golf game has finally received the notoriety it deserves! I live in the country, and it’s dead quiet outside on this Thanksgiving morning. When I look out my window, all I see are a few deer, a bunch of … Continue reading

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The Road To Utopia

As promised in my last post, I headed out to Utopia for a round of golf. It’s a pleasant drive through nice scenery, and it prepares you for a relaxing day. David L. Cook, the author of Golf’s Sacred Journey, … Continue reading

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A Whiff and A Hot Dog

The last page of the December Golf Digest is a little essay on the horrors of whiffing. I can’t say that remembering the whiffs of my life is pleasant, but the article recalled an experience from my early golfing career that … Continue reading

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A Round With Willie

After years of on and off effort and frustration, I finally got my early ’80’s vintage turntable working again. It had developed a nasty buzzing sound and the cartridge mounting mechanism was broken. A repair shop got rid of the … Continue reading

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Can You Explain This?

What you see above is the last 125 or so yards of the 13th hole at my home course. It’s a well-designed risk-reward par 5. It’s reachable in two but wayward second shots often find the bunker at right, the … Continue reading

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A Trip Back To 1976 Greensboro

One Sunday in the spring of 1976 my wife, myself, and a fellow intern headed from Durham to Greensboro to take in the final round of the Greater Greensboro Open. As most of you probably know, the GGO went on … Continue reading

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The Links of the Hill Country

In the September issue of Golf Digest, Nick Price has an article about playing from tight lies. It’s a very timely reminder for me. We’re in the midst of a record setting drought. Our fairways are hard and fast, and the lies … Continue reading

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A Golfer Looks At 60

Jimmy Buffet leads off the B side of his 1974 album A1A with A Pirate Looks At 40. The song is the musings of a lover of the sea, looking back on the years so far. (Buffet is past 40 … Continue reading

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A Byron Nelson Favorite

We’ll all hear a lot about Byron Nelson this week, so here’s a bit of trivia that isn’t widely known. The course at Riverhill Country Club in Kerrville, Texas was co-designed by Byron Nelson and Joe Finger. For those that … Continue reading

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Prairie Dogs at Dusk

When I was in grad school at Texas Tech in the ’70s, the little golf I managed to squeeze into my schedule was in the late afternoons and evenings. If I had a chance to get away early enough, I’d … Continue reading

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