So what’s new at the Zoo…
If you have seen the last Traveling Golfer Newsletter you have read and visualized the great experiences at the end of June in Tacoma and ‘The Home of Golf in the Pacific Northwest’, the City of DuPont which is part of Travel Tacoma and Pierce County in Washington. Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 US Open, was a grand part of this experience! Read Article.
Hop, skip and a jump later (45 minute flight actually, from Seattle) and we were in Bend, Oregon for the 10th Annual IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention plus a few rounds in Oregon’s High Desert – Desert Golf without Desert heat! I’m so taken by both of these Northwestern US destinations! Read Article.
I have been laying pretty low as far as travel goes for the month of July after logging 49,738 KM or about 30,000 miles from April 15th to July 1. That included two continents, four countries, seven States and 22 rounds of golf!
If you ever get a chance to play the private Summitt Golf & Country Club just north of Toronto do not pass it up. Doug Carrick did an amazing job with some redesign and renovations. It was truly a treat to play as part of the Golf Journalist Assoc. of Canada’s annual general meeting. A great day with the classy lady of Canadian golf joining us – Lori Kane – who was honored with the prestigious Dick Grimm Award for her lifelong dedication to prompting golf and Canada.
Things will heat up again soon – as you get this I will be preparing to leave for the Marriott Golf Tourism Convention in Orlando (Marriott Grande Lakes) with IAGTO Chief Peter Walton with stops at Saddlebrook Resort and Innisbrook Resort in the Tampa area.
Back to Branson, Missouri mid-September with a group of 20 or more International Golf Tour Operators as they discover why Branson is America’s next great golf destination! We will be one of the first to play the new Ozark National, a Coore & Crenshaw design and new feather in the cap of Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris.
Quick turn around and it is off to Japan where I will no doubt get my fill of my favorite food in the world – Sushi – every which way! The Japan Golf Tourism Convention is on the agenda with a few nights in Tokyo, Kyoto with golf experience provided by Mie Perfecture in the heart of Japan’s main island. Okinawa area is a tentative part of the plan and hoping to get a glimpse of Mount Fuji!
During such a brutal winter, I delivered a middle finger to cold and snow with golf visits to Florida, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Louisiana, but now that we’re through July and into August, it seems like summer is whipping by so fast.
I haven’t had a chance to play much locally – probably six or seven times, including a couple of rounds at Rideau View, a personal favourite.
I played in the Ottawa Citizen Amateur Championship – I did pretty well over the three rounds. I went into the final day at Eagle Creek six shots behind the two leaders (that old nemesis, keeping the ball in the fairway, bit me in the ass again). I was tied for the lead after nine holes, two shots clear of the third-place competitor. But I choked it away with some horrible shots on the final nine – three 8s did me in. And rather than go the safe route and settle for second on the risk-reward 18th, I went for it – dunking my first shot in the water and my next one in a sand trap. Lessons learned. A birdie on the Par 5 would have tied me for the lead, instead I finished third after another snowman on the scorecard.
That aside, my game is getting better, in time for the Ottawa Sun Scramble in late August. Where has the summer gone?