…And a Pose at Pinehurst
As part of a thirtieth-birthday present, my wife and I made a trip from our home in Pennsylvania to the Pinehurst Resort. It was fantastic. I can say Pinehurst exceeded all expectations I had about it. I had the opportunity to play No. 2 on a rainy Wednesday morning exactly one week before the U.S. Amateur was set to begin. The course was in superb condition even after eighteen straight hours of rain. My caddie and I didn’t see anybody else out there until a small crowd gathered around the eighteenth while the storm broke for a bit. It was a great course, and Kevin was the best caddie ever. The excitement of the upcoming Amateur and an eighty-three made this the round of my life. Just like Payne, I parred eighteen.
Daniel Patascher Effort, Pennsylvania
Locked and Loaded in Kabul
I recently returned from six months in Afghanistan, serving with the International Security Assistance Force at NATO headquarters in Kabul. My friend Master Sergeant Sean Parijs, U.S. Army, and I were fortunate to visit the only place to play in the country, Kabul Golf Course. It was the first time either of us had ever gone to a course armed with more than fourteen clubs.
Donald Howell Commander, U.S. Navy
At a Crossroads in New Zealand
I’m not sure if your magazine has a limit on how old pictures can be and still be published. I have one that was taken in 2004 in front of a world sign post at the St. Clair Golf Club in Dunedin, New Zealand, a wonderful hilly course with great views of the ocean. Sadly I can’t remember the names of the two Canadian gentlemen who shared a great round with me on this remarkable course. What a day!
John Lawrence Westtown, New York
After teeing it up this past March in Antarctica, I think I can say that there is nothing like camping out on a cold glacier at the bottom of the world and then waking up in the morning, preparing a launching pad, and busting golf balls out into the frigid air. Here’s a tip if you want to try it: Keep the driver and golf balls in the sleeping bag with you all night so they won’t get too cold.
James Bray Roanoke, Virginia
From Missouri to Argentina
This spring, part of the 8:30 a.m. group from Missouri’s Glen Echo Country Club (site of the only Olympic golf ever played in America, in 1904) made its way down to Buenos Aires for a taste of South America. Great golf and great food were enjoyed by all.
Robert Timney St. Louis, Missouri