A story about a scorecard

Let me tell me a story about how something so inconsequential, so incidental to the playing of golf can matter greatly to the golf course experience. Can a scorecard matter? Not what is written on the scorecard, not the information printed in ink or the scores scribbled in pencil, but the actual physical scorecard? Yes?…

That Perfect Blind Shot

Ben Hogan is quoted as stating, “A good round of golf is if you can hit about three shots that turnout exactly as you planned them.” During the eight holes of golf I played yesterday, I hit exactly two shots that fit my definition of truly turning out exactly as I planned them. The second…

Managing Unrealistic Golf Expectations

Managing expectations is a tricky proposition, in golf as in life.  Balancing hopeful optimism and evidence from past performances without tilting expectations too far in either direction takes mental toughness and discipline, which probably requires a stronger mind than mine. The end of last season was a roller coaster ride that saw me playing the…

How I came to care about Golf Course Architecture

I never paid much attention to, or was really even aware of, golf course architecture until recently. I attribute the oversight to how I came to the game of golf and when I got serious about it. Now it’s a subject I can’t help but ponder with disturbing regularity. I played baseball growing up, where…

Checking in on My 2019 Golf Resolutions

There has been a conspicuous reduction in the number of new faces working the treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical machines at my local YMCA.  It seems the six weeks of winter of 2019 has taken its toll on all the Resolutioners hoping against hope that “this was the year.” In order to avoid their fate,…