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Son Day at Cordillera

We live in Florida but travel to the mountains in the summertime to beat the heat. My son, Logan, and I recently got back from Colorado, and one of the courses we played was the Summit at Cordillera in Edwards, just outside Vail. It was great to play golf in such a scenic setting, but for me the best part was getting to spend quality time with my fourteen-year-old son.

Diane Wood Boca Raton, Florida

The Bandon Air Force

In July 2006, four of us played our way from Columbus, Ohio, to Bandon Dunes, Oregon, and back, traveling in a private plane. Our first stop was Eagle Ridge in Galena, Illinois. Then it was on to the Golf Club at Red Rock in Rapid City, South Dakota. The third day we played at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Three days at Bandon Dunes came next. Returning we hit Old Works in Anaconda, Montana; Hawktree in Bismarck, North Dakota; and the Masterpiece at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.

Greg Butler Dublin, Ohio

Sympathy in the Sand

I read “Buried in Sand” with interest because I was afflicted with the same bunker disease for quite some time. I am a two handicap, but from the time I started playing seriously ten years ago, I’ve had the bunker game of an eighteen. Then one day I was given a putting lesson by a local pro that transformed my approach to the game. The most important concept was a mental one: Simply, you have to believe you are good putter and that you are entitled to make every putt. You should be surprised when the putt does not go in. Much was made of Vijay Singh’s success in the FedEx Cup after he declared that he felt he was the best putter in the world. What happened to me was in its own way similar: Literally overnight I started to believe that I was a good bunker player capable of getting up and down from anywhere. At the end of the day, confidence is your friend.

Lance Hellring Miami Beach, Florida

Aloha, Wailea

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided to take our kids and my parents, Lanny and Frances Burton, along with us on vacation to Hawaii, where it has long been a dream of mine to play golf. We played the Gold Course at Wailea Golf Club, home of the Wendy’s Skins Game, and enjoyed the views of Maui from the fairways. Seeing Lanai made my dream come true. We are planning to take a trip back next year, to Kapalua.

Jeremy Burton Clifton, Virginia

A Round and a Ring in Oregon

This past September my fiancée, Molly, and I had our destination wedding on the Oregon coast with a ceremony at sunset. Before the nuptials I wanted to play a round of golf with my father, Morris Berg, and my future father-in-law, Richard Bergstrom, at the Rees Jones–designed Sandpines Golf Links in Florence, Oregon. Sandpines is a fantastic course that offers plenty of variety within the same round—from towering pines and forced carries over crystal blue lakes to the open and windswept sand dunes. Its new clubhouse is fantastic as well. Unfortunately, Richard had to have surgery on his elbow right before the trip, so he caddied for my father. They made a great team—Dad whipped me one last time before I tied the knot. Sandpines is a great stop on your way to Bandon if you are making the coastal drive down from Portland. Bring your wind game. And by the way, the wedding was great!

Jon R. Berg Savage, Minnesota

A Pregnant Pause at Pebble …

Believe it or not, I am pregnant in this photo. My patient husband, Ray, is a fantastic self-taught golfer, and when we started dating he committed to teaching me so that we could play together. Well, I got bit by the bug, and as a reward to ourselves before Junior arrives, we stayed at the Lodge and played Spanish Bay, Spyglass and, on the last day, Pebble Beach. Ray has played golf since he was a teenager and told me it was truly a dream come true. Unfortunately, my high handicap means I have a leg up on my poor husband, who’s a three. To his dismay, I chipped in on nine for par and holed a twenty-foot putt on the eighteenth in front of a gallery of people at the clubhouse! I am so grateful for his patience, and now we have something we can enjoy together for the rest of our lives.

Kim Jackson San Rafael, California

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