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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10th annual Golf Trip to Thailand

10 Sep (Sun) thru 20 Sep (Wed) 2017

Right now 11-12 golfers are confirmed with room for more... it'll be a good group.


Visas are not required for either of these golf trips.

Ground transportation has been reserved. With these vans/drivers you can leave your golf clubs on the van overnight, so you won't have to drag them around once you arrive.

Tee times confirmed.

It's too late to improve your golf game. At this point slowly increase your food and drink consumption so it won't be such a shock next week.

Look at the Trip Details page to get some packing tips; remember to bring your golf clubs; I take 3 balls per round...sometimes that works, but if I'm having too much fun whacking away, I can always buy more used balls roadside on the way to the course.

A golf interview with Idi Amin

Weekly Notes....

A typical American golf course’s fairways are 35 to 45 yards wide. Scratch golfers will hit a 32-yard-wide fairway about two-thirds of the time, while 20-handicap golfers require a 40-yard-wide fairway to achieve a 66 percent success rate.

With that in mind, I precisely measured my home course fairways, which are lined with 150' trees on either side. The average width is only 27-30 yards...no wonder my scores spiked a bit when I first got here.

1st annual Golf Trip to the Philippines

8 Feb (Thu) thru 17 Feb(Sat) 2018

Right now 19 golfers are loosely confirmed with room for more. The courses will be really fun, the temps not too hot, and the location very similar to what you'll find in Thailand except everyone will speak English.

This will be a fun trip and playing Intramuros GC will be special. It's laid out around the old walled city of Manila, it's short, and it's really fun.

What I read
...now in paperback

The Foursome
by Troon McAllister

Troon McAllister
The Foursome
The Green
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.


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 plan to stay 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.