The Posse Rides to Muirfield
Our "Posse" from Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey celebrated our tenth anniversary with an August trip to Scotland. We’ve traveled the world together for semiannual competitions. This trip: Gleneagles, Machrihanish, Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick and Archerfield. It doesn’t get any better!
—Gregg Boron Ridgewood, New Jersey
Brotherly Battle at the Old Course
My brother and me spent a week touring Scotland with our wives and also played Carnoustie, Nairn and the Jubilee at St. Andrews.
The highlight of our trip was getting to play the Old Course a little over a week after the Women’s British Open had been played there. It’s a round I will never forget; the history of St. Andrews is amazing, and it’s the greatest course I will ever play on. Our wives walked the course with us, and I’m so glad I got to share my round with them. My wife doesn’t golf, but she read all my putts for me. Thanks, honey!
—George Doman Royersford, Pennsylvania
I took my wife, Lisa, to Hawaii for our honeymoon in August. We played golf at both courses on the island of Lanai: the Experience at Koele and the Challenge at Manele. We also played at the Makena course on Maui. Our photo was taken on the signature seventeenth hole at the Experience at Koele. Although all of the courses were beautiful, this one was by far the most breathtaking.
—Richard Farnham Ramsey, New Jersey
Team Bandon Prevails
This past August, twenty-four members and guests from the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis traveled to the Oregon coast to what is arguably the number one golf destination in the world. Here we are on our last night at the Bandon Dunes golf resort. Over four days, two teams battled it out Ryder Cup–style for bragging rights (and maybe a few dollars) on the three top-notch courses: Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails. Out of hundreds of total points, when it was all said and done Team Bandon was victorious over Team Pacific by a mere three points—competitive golf at its best.
This was truly the greatest golf experience of my life (winning the skins pool helped). It’s the type of place that will have you planning a return trip before you leave the property.
—Steve Ponciroli St. Louis, Missouri
Kauri by Storm
In June my wife, Donna, my son, Nick, and I took off on a vacation to New Zealand and Australia. We all looked forward to a day of golf at Kauri Cliffs near Kerikeri on the North Island in New Zealand. The course is high on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Islands, with spectacular ocean views to rival those at Pebble Beach. Our trip to the course was met with on-and-off rain showers, but when we arrived we found a patch of clear skies and a panoramic view of the bay. And much to our surprise, we were told we were going to be the only golfers that day. Yes, three people would have the whole course to themselves.
Needless to say, we had no worries about slow play. With five holes along the water and such great views, it was hard to concentrate on golf. We had a soaking rain shower at the sixth hole that made us flee back to the clubhouse, which was undergoing annual maintenance. The staff lit a fire for us, gave us some tea, and then sent us back out on the course a half hour later when the sun returned.
—Mike Lovas Pleasanton, California
The British Isles Rota
The Away We Golf group all got together in Ireland for our 2007 "Dream Trip." We played the European Club, Adare Manor, Ballybunion Old and Cashen, Tralee (where this photograph was taken), Doonbeg, Waterville, Lahinch, and finally the spectacular Old Head. Then an adventurous four of us drove north and played Portstewart, Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, site of this year’s exciting Walker Cup matches. (Along the way, we took out several road signs and often narrowly missed oncoming traffic, but we survived to tell about it!) The last two golfers standing kept going, making the pilgrimage to Scotland to play the Old Course, the New Course, Kingsbarns, North Berwick and (on the way to the airport) the Glen Club. In all, we played eighteen rounds on seventeen courses in eleven days. It was the trip of a lifetime!
—Jay Skolnick Boca Raton, Florida