Monday, October 31, 2016

The Absentee Writer

Hey! A blind squirrel found a nut!

Hello friends,

Well, once again I must offer my apologies, as I've gone two entire seasons without so much as a paragraph here at Now on the Tee. I wish I could tell you that I've spent the last seven months travelling and playing the world's greatest courses but alas, that's not the case.

While I still played more than my fair share of golf this summer, it was a relatively quiet year travelling to see new courses. In fact, I saw only three clubs for the first time in 2016 - The Prairie Club in Valentine, Nebraska, Olympia Fields CC in Olympia Fields, Illinois and Beverly CC in Chicago, Illinois.

In all, I played only seven courses for the first time this year, including the three courses at Prairie Club (Dunes, Pines and the short Horse Course), the two courses at Olympia Fields (North and South), Beverly and finally, the Tom Doak designed Red Course at the Dismal River Club. The Red Course wasn't mentioned above because I had visited Dismal back in 2012, playing the Nicklaus designed White Course and seeing the Red Course during the grow-in phase of construction.

So while it wasn't a big year from a volume perspective, there is no questioning the quality of those courses mentioned above. In addition, I did return to a few of my most favourite places in all of golf, including Ballyneal and Sand Hills GC, among a couple others.

And hey, as you can see above, I caught lightning in a bottle in late September, shooting a one under par 71 at St. Catharines G&CC, my home course to notch my 15th (!!) lifetime sub-par round.

I'll certainly share my 2016 experiences in my annual "Year in Review" column, which usually comes in late December.

In the meantime, I'd love to get back to posting some course profiles on a semi-regular basis. I also need to reconstruct my links section, which looks like it's disappeared since I last updated my site!

Thanks for visiting.