To Hell Bunker and Back

Last year my son, Tyler, rewarded me for sixty-plus years of life with a father-son trip to Scotland to play several of the historic courses and attend the Open Championship at Carnoustie (a high point: our celebration after we both avoided Hell Bunker on the fourteenth at the Old Course at St. Andrews). Our trip included rounds at Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick, in addition to three of the St. Andrews courses. With two toddlers and a busy medical practice, it is unlikely Tyler will be able to join me for another such trip for many years, but the wonderful memories will be with us forever.

Steve Staelin Ottawa Hills, Ohio

An Ace at Doonbeg

Last summer our group of eight journeyed from the States for a taste of Irish golf and a few pints. We were welcomed by the friendliest people on the planet and took to the links for four fantastic rounds of golf, at Lahinch, Ballybunion (Old) and Doonbeg, where one of us, Sean Flanagan, had an ace!

John O’Brien Rocky River, Ohio

A Vote for Sutton Bay

I enjoyed Alan Shipnuck’s article about Sand Hills, Dismal River and Wild Horse (March/April 2008). However, I think he missed the best destination in the entire region. Sutton Bay, north of Pierre, South Dakota, is spectacular in both setting and service. On the east shore of Lake Oahe, the course is a combination of Scottish links, American desert and the Wild West. I had played both Sand Hills and Wild Horse already, but Sutton Bay’s challenging course, friendly service and amenities stood out as top-notch. The vision of founder Mark Amundson, the attention to detail of director of operations John Anderson and the creativity of architect Graham Marsh (along with the fascinating ranch history of the Sutton family) have made Sutton Bay the destination in the Midwest.

Fred Davis Red Oak, Iowa

Proud of Warwick

I enjoyed reading Summer in Rhode Island in the May/June issue but was somewhat surprised by Jeff Silverman’s omission of the Warwick Country Club. This eighteen-hole, par-sixty-nine Donald Ross design sits on Warwick Neck and has outstanding views of Narragansett Bay. It is noted to be one of the prettiest and most challenging courses in New England and is considered one of the top three or four courses in Rhode Island. In previous years, the Insight tournament was hosted here and many touring pros participated, with Hale Irwin winning the last. Hence I was disappointed by Warwick’s exclusion.

John Biafore Cranston, Rhode Island

No slight was intended. Besides Warwick, there are several other great Ross tracks in Rhode Island that we did not have room for, including Agawam Hunt and Misquamicut. —Ed.

Sunset in Bluegrass Country

We took the advice of your October 2007 story Of Bluegrass and Bourbon and traveled to horse country, where we attended the 134th Kentucky Derby and then played some great courses: Valhalla, Old Silo, Kearney Hill, Brickyard Crossing, in Indianapolis, and Harborside International, in Chicago. As you suggested, we combined horses, bourbon and golf, and we decided to add baseball, taking in a few games in Cincinnati and Chicago. I just wanted to say thanks for the idea—we had a great time.

Tim Graham Springdale, Arizona

Bewitched in Jamaica

When your kids grow up and go away to school, it becomes difficult to schedule family get-togethers. In an attempt to make that happen, my wife and I planned a post-Christmas trip to Jamaica for us and our sons, Addison and Wilson. For those who haven’t been, the White Witch—located on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, just outside Montego Bay—is a very nice course with some stunningly beautiful views of the Caribbean.

Steve Anthony Bearden, Arkansas

Having a Ball in the D.R.

I recently visited La Romana in the Dominican Republic with my boyfriend, Bob Laversin. We played Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore courses, and we added the new neighboring course, La Estancia, after reading about it in your March/April issue. Although it was not yet open, the head pro invited us to play nine holes. The course was a good layout in great condition, with beautiful views of the Chavon River. Here’s Bob at Teeth of the Dog.

Sandra Myers Oakland, California