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There is a 5th dimension…beyond that which is known to man…it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.  It is the middle club between putter and driver, between birdie and bogie, and it lies between the pit of man’s slice and the summit of his well stroked mulligan.  This is the dimension of fantasy…a place called Big Walley zone.

As of today my miserable handicap is 19ish. Not that it matters, but it gives some perspective. About 40 years ago I was ready to throw my driver in a fairway pond...my hair started smoking I was so mad, and why?... yea, shanked one. Now my score looked like 110 rather than 109. Big deal.

So I thought ( a rarity) ...why did I spend all that money on clubs, and $20 for the round only to drive myself to the brink of insanity? hmm....good question. At that point, life changed...for the better. If you can relate to this, here are some ways I've learned to enjoy the game.

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1st annual Golf Trip to the Philippines

19 Feb (Mon) thru 26 Feb (Mon) 2018

This number is sure to change, but currently 19 players are planning to chase their balls around local venues such as Clark Sun Valley, Pradera Verde, Beverly Place and Luisita golf courses.

Notes...

Visas are not required. I highly recommend flying into and out of Clark Airfield (CRK) rather than Manila, although either airport will suffice. You will make your own airport transfer and hotel reservations (I'll provide all the contact & cost info) and I'll set up tee times and a van service to/from the courses.

This trip is still in the planning stages, but should be great fun. I know the location will not disappoint.

Look at the Trip Details page for trip details.

 

 

A golf interview with Idi Amin

Weekly Notes....

Here is a shot of this year's group...some even have golf clubs and at this point, look like golfers. The truth is about to be revealed....

Golf Trip 10 is in the books

Wow! What a fun week of golf...except possibly playing the Highlands course on a really hot, humid day. On that day the course won and all of us hackers suffered. We endured intermittent drops of rain on a couple of days, but not even enough to put on rain gear, so weather-wise it was also a great success.

The guys from India provided a great departure from the norm, with stories of New Delhi's granduer spoken only as cultural gurus can relate.

This year we stayed at the Sea Breeze hotel...well, except Nori and the New Delhi guys who were already booked elsewhere. The hotel, on Soi 11 was across the street from a sports bar, a great German restaurant, a laundramat and a sleezy massage parlor. What more could you want?

It is possible there'll be a Golf Trip 11....so stay tuned...

What I read
...now in paperback
           


The Foursome
by Troon McAllister

Troon McAllister
The Foursome
The Green
Scratch
Barranca
Rick Reilly
Missing Links
Shanks for Nothing
J. Michael Veron
The Greatest Course That Never Was
the Greatest Player Who Never Lived
The Caddie
Bob Mitchell
Match Made In Heaven
Philip Reed
In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing
James Patterson & Peter de Jong
Miracle on the 17th Green

Golf fiction’s finest hustler— Eddie Caminetti—returns in a laugh-out-loud novel featuring a foursome of upwardly mobile golf fanatics who get their just rewards. Mixing equal parts of suspense, hilarity, and raw human drama, Troon McAllister deftly shows readers what can happen when money, friendship, ambition, and greed converge explosively in a single round of golf.

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A Golfer's Life
by Arnold Palmer


Pictures from Golf Trip III, VII, and VIII.

 

Below are some more pictures of the Sabai Resort, where we stayed in 2014. Rooms are nice, the pool is great!

11 nights at the Sabai is aprox $770 (private poolside rooms pictured above)


 

Want to know your USGA handicap, for free? Here's a little program I created to do just that. Download the Handicapper (shown at the right).

For a lot of additional trip details please click here.