|Payne Stewart Statue at Pinehurst #2|
Last week I was able to complete a "bucket list" trip to Pinehurst Golf Resort and along the way got to play East Lake in Atlanta, Ga., the course where Bobby Jones grew up and learned golf. From that heady 18 we traveled to North Carolina to spend four days playing the site of next year's Men and Women's United States Opens (they will be played in consecutive weeks on Pinehurst #2).
We also played Pine Needles, site of the Woman's US Open in 1996, 2001, and 2007. Tobacco Road and the Country Club of North Carolina also were savaged by our foursome, causing greenskeepers to earn their pay repairing the grounds from our gouges and slashes that we like to think are golf swings!
We returned home via Nashville Tennessee where we stopped overnight so we could play Vanderbilt's Legends Country Club, specifically the North Course. This has been the site of numerous Ladies and Men's pro tournaments and the North Course has the finest greens I have ever played on, a sentiment shared by our entire foursome.
So you see, I'm indeed blessed to have the support of my child bride, my beautiful, pug-loving daughter, all the while enjoying the greatest game ever played by man. God is good!