Forest Dunes Golf Course, Roscommon, Michigan – Harmony and Exhilaration

Here’s the truth that they ought to print on the front of the scorecard of Tom Weiskopf’s 2002 masterpiece, the Forest Dunes golf course at the Forest Dunes Resort in Roscommon, Michigan: Be bold! Go for it! Following that simple advice will set a golfer on a course for maximum fun, requiring daring and challenging…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 16 – Americans in Pinehurst Roundtable –Pinehurst #1, The Cradle & Thistle Dhu

Welcome to our new Americans in Pinehurst series. Familiar voices from a new setting, as Fred, Matt, and I provide tales, laughs, and analysis on our experiences in the Sandhills region of North Carolina. This week we discuss how we began our 2020 Golf Trip at the Pinehurst Resort, playing Pinehurst #1, The Cradle, and…

What I learned from that one time I walked 81 holes of golf in 31 hours.

I’ve been thinking and reflecting upon my emergency, sanity-restoring one-man golf trip to the Sandhills of North Carolina to visit Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, Hyland Golf Club, and Tobacco Road Golf Club. Here are my musings on what I experienced and what I learned from walking 36 holes at Mid Pines one Friday…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #9 – Sanity Break, Part Three – After

A post-script on my one-man spirit of golf marathon to and thru the Sand Hills of North Carolina. I briefly recap what I was looking for, what I found, and what it means to me to have completed my personal golf crusade to my favorite American golf course, Mid Pines and Tobacco Road. I walked…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session #7 – Sanity Break, Part One – Before

Self care. Refresher. Getaway. Mini-Vacation.Sanity Break. Whatever you want to call it, I’m escaping into a combination of things I’ve always wanted to do: play virtually unlimited golf on the summer solstice in a place that I love very much. I don’t know who needs to hear this episode, except that everyone should know that…

Blind Shots Podcast Short Game Session 6 – Story Time with Uncle Dave

My friend Rod Morri always laments that the best of conversations occur and the best stories are told “off-air,” once the recordings are finished. He’s right. So today, with Short Game Session #6, I’m bringing you one of my favorite golf trip stories, ripped from the outtakes of one of our regular podcast recording sessions.…

Blind Shots Podcast Episode 8 – Americans in Scotland Roundtable, Round 2 – Carnoustie and Elie

Welcome to Episode 8 – The Americans in Scotland Round table, Round Two. In this episode, we recount our day at Carnoustie and a day at Elie. It’s a virtual roundtable conversation with my Scottish Golf Trip companions remembering our journey getting to and from Carnoustie, golf on the world’s hardest links course, and the…

Rules of the Road: Updated Tips and Tricks from a decade of Golf Trips

The golf trip to Southern Pines in August 2020 will mark my 8th consecutive year as a golf trip captain. Add in random long weekends and overnight golf excursions that pop up from time to time, and I’ve spent a lot of time chasing this crazy game far and wide. Each trip has been fun…

The Trophy Club, Lebanon, IN – A familiar, linksy jewel of a course

In 2016, our annual Guys’ Golf Trip took us to the greater Indianapolis metro to explore the best public courses in the area. Indy is well-known for its many memorable Pete Dye-designed golf courses, but it was a course constructed by Dye understudy, Tim Liddy, ASGCA, that perhaps made the most lasting impression. The Trophy…

Our Crazy Golf Trip Side Games: How to gamble with irregular golfers

On our recent Guys’ Getaway golf trip through the Indianapolis area, the four of us had a blast on our 36-holes a day, two-day trip.  This was our 3rd edition of the Golf Trip, but our first with four players. While I was confident that the golf courses I’d selected would live up to their…