In New Zealand: Jacks or Better
In December, my son, Michael, and I toured the top courses in New Zealand. Yes, we played Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers, which were both stunning. The courses, facilities and staffs were all world-class. But perhaps our most surprising find was the new diamond among the crown jewels of New Zealand golf courses: Jacks Point. We were fortunate enough to get to play a preview round there, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The course is located on the South Island, just outside charming Queenstown. The layout was challenging and unique, and the views were breathtaking.
Mike Malloy Southfield, Michigan
A Sixty at Bandon
When my older son told me he had something special planned for my sixtieth birthday, I had no idea how right he was. In February we had the opportunity to play at Bandon Dunes, on three of the most scenic golf courses in the country. It would be hard to rate one of the courses at Bandon over the others, because they all have outstanding characteristics. But playing golf in beautiful weather with my two sons and a good friend at this extraordinary Oregon resort has been the highlight of my sixtieth year.
Joseph O’Geen Tariffville, Connecticut
Men of Mauna Kea
My son, Ben, and I played there last spring just before they closed the course for renovations. To carry the two hundred yards over water, into the wind, Ben (age fifteen at the time) was holding a five-iron and I was carrying a metal wood. You can guess who hit the green!
Seth Barad San Rafael, California
They Carved the Pumpkin
For the past seven years, my son James and I have been taking an annual golf trip to destinations such as Pinehurst, Scottsdale and Baja. My dream is that these excursions will continue for many years, someday even including a grandchild! Rain, wind and cold greeted us that morning, but we suited up in rain gear and enjoyed a true Oregon experience on the Ghost Creek Course. James chipped in for birdie from behind the green on the par-three sixteenth, though the yardage book claims that “over the back here is a sure bogey.”
Jeff Stafford San Diego, California
A Win at Waterville
My father, my brother, an old friend and I recently enjoyed eight straight days in southwest Ireland—a golfer’s paradise. We played Lahinch, Tralee, Killarney, Waterville, Ballybunion, Dooks, Old Head and Doonbeg. The golf was spectacular, but to be able to share it with our dad made it truly the trip of a lifetime. And just to get the boys itching for a return trip: Who won six matches, laddies?
Dave Tacha Denver, Colorado