Pinehurst Golf Days 3 & 4

Tuesday saw the old hackers heading to what would be the nicest course we played on the trip; Tallamore. Gaining some interest a number of years ago having the option of using Lamas to carry the golfer’s bags, the idea never took off and the remaining Lamas relegated to a penned area on the back 9, inconspicuously watching the golfer’s carts wiz by giving thanks for their own new life of leisure.
The 8 AM tee time barely dodged a frost delay, and although the sun made a vain attempt to peek through, the wind kept the temperatures feeling cool. The course was a tremendous layout, with many golf-friendly improvements scheduled for later this year including renovated greens, elimination of numerous bunkers and removal of hundreds of trees. The only other game improvement projects I could recommend in enlarging the cup and doubling the width of the fairways, as well as a mulligan a hole. Despite not having those advantages I did manage to post a 42/45 for a respectable 87.
The snack bar was a nice setting, especially the deck overlooking #18; a great place to enjoy a beer. The food choices were minimal, with the bar-b-Que being the most highly rated by our group, but the beer was cold and the staff very friendly.
A number of us played a captain’s choice 2nd round and then headed for Kurt’s Cuccina a phenomenal local Italian restaurant we found last year. Again the culinary highlight of the trip, unless you count the numerous milkshakes at Cookout! This eatery gets 5 stars from me in all categories. The quality is outstanding, the portions ample, the setting very friendly and the clientele, in addition to the many golfers, appears to have a large number of regulars

Our final round was played, as always, was Highland Hills and manager Bridgett and Ozzie the amazing Border Collie. One of the most welcoming courses I’ve ever played and the course, although having just a few difficult holes, is a great layout. Bridgett helps put the entire outing together and clearly loves what she does. Better yet-my first birdie of the year (2 to be exact), my first sub 40-9-hole score (39-with double on # 9 ) and best round of the year of 83, what’s not to like; especially since golf is all about ME! The 19th hole is a typical golf snack bar; nothing elaborate, dogs, subs, chips, etc., but Bridgett always has a large chocolate cake for our group which is a great way to end a great outing!
Great 4 days of golf, and already have it on my schedule for next year!

Wounded Warrior Tournament

wounded warrior projectI had the honor of playing in the Annual Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at Lake of the Woods, Va. on Saturday, June 15th. The event featured 23 teams and raised over $7,000 for the Quantico Chapter of the Wounded Warrior’s Project. I play in many charitable golf outings during the year, all very worthwhile causes; however, this particular one that honors those courageous young men and women who have placed their country above their own safety needs, always touches me in a very profound way. It was a spectacular day, low humidity, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. My foursome consisted of myself, Gordon and octogenarian who’s is consistent as they come and when he wasn’t draining the first put as our lead-off putter, always gave us a clear line of the break of the putt. Dave, one of the most consistent golfers I play with, and the Lake of the Woods Club Champion in the past and always a contender and Sandy, who in addition to being the most accomplished golfer here at Lake of the Woods, I discovered is also money in the clutch- as she always split the fairway when her teammates were looking for their balls in the woods. She was won the long-drive competition in the tournament as well. My major contribution to the team was my uncanny ability to select great teammates!! We started the round with 1 eagle, 9 birdies, and 1 par making us 11 under through the first 11 holes. We stalled out with five consecutive tap-in pars in a row- before righting the ship with back-to back birdies on the last two holes to finish with a 58 and a 2 stroke margin for the victory!! The luncheon that followed was a classic make-your-own Dagwood Sandwich (for those old enough to remember Blondie & Dagwood) with potato salad, chips, etc. The ladies (Claretta, Mae and the rest) always do an outstanding job with outing and providing quick meals at the turn or when the round is over. The club pro, Rea Hardgrave is always a great host and those who were responsible for securing the many hole sponsors and players should all be commended for an outstanding tribute to the brave men and women in our armed forces.

Food:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Course:3 Stars (3 / 5)
Staff:4 Stars (4 / 5)