As of today my miserable handicap is 18ish. 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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9th annual last trip to Thailand

5 Sep (Sat) thru 16 Sep (Wed) 2015

It's been awhile since I udated the site, but it has nothing to do with a lack of interest in golf. As the time until this year's golf trip gets near, it's a good time to think seriously about joining us.

Right now 9 golfers are confirmed, so there is still room for more. Look at the cost for airline tickets - it's not too expensive this far out...and I don't have any intention of changing the dates, so if you buy tickets the dates won't need to be changed later.

1) It's the right time to buy new clubs while there's still time to break them in before the trip.

2) With practice you still have time to fix some of those swing problems, or really any problems before the trip.

3) If you've ever had a heart attack or other death-defying occurance, you know there is no time like the present for living it up a bit. Here's your chance; don't squander it.

Weekly Notes....

Drove to Tama Hills this morning - didn't play golf, but just picked up clubs for Thailand trip - regripped all of them. In an unusual fit of productivity I also wrote letters of invitation to three major college basketball teams, but never got around to mailing them. Besides, who needs a group of 7 footers to distract the caddies.

Got hit in the arm by a golf ball about a month ago...could have been worse, but then again, it was like getting and "old guy" tatoo. Now I've got TourStage imprinted on my left bicep, for life maybe.

Manure and golf... In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course.
 As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOM! 
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening. After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ' Stow high in transit ' on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.  

Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ', (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word. Neither did I. I had always thought it was a golf term.

Until next time...

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

Ron during a memorable moment at Laem Chabang GC.


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.