One thing that golf gives us more frequently and more richly than any other sport (and, dare I say it, almost any other activity) is memories. The courses we’ve played, the shots we’ve hit, the wagers we’ve won, the laughs we’ve shared—when it’s all added up, these are what this special game is essentially about.
That simple truth is what led me, a year and a half ago, to invite you to send in photos from your golf trips around the world. Since then we’ve been publishing the best of them ("Reader’s Tee") and asking you to share the stories that you’ve acquired in quest of great golf. I hope you all enjoy these images, but probably no one takes more pleasure than me at seeing the tangible evidence of our shared passion—that’s why this magazine exists, to inspire and empower you to seek out these experiences. And honestly, we get so many submissions that we could fill an issue with nothing but reader photos and anecdotes (hmm, there might be something to that...). So allow me to apologize to all those whose pictures haven’t yet made it into the magazine. Keep sending them in, but, more important, keep searching for new places at which to take them.
There is one person, though, who doesn’t need a camera to record the holes he’s played, because his memory for golf courses (and golf courses alone!) is photographic. That fellow is the fine writer Merrell Noden, whose essay, "Mr. Memory", explores both the upsides and the downsides of his unusual talent. Elsewhere in this issue, author Rex Pickett raids his memory bank for a fun piece on pairing wines with golf shots ("Reds, Whites and Greens"), and yours truly shares some stories I recently gathered in East Lothian, Scotland ("High on Gullane Hill").
Ultimately, of course, most everything in these pages is the fruit of experience—the memories. Enjoy them, then go make your own and bring them back to us.