Forget golf for a minute. Tomorrow is the biggest home game in Utah football history. 5th ranked (8-0) Utah will be hosting 3rd ranked TCU (7-0) in an epic college football showdown.
I’ll be there early, as ESPN’s “Game Day” broadcast will be happening in the west parking lot of the stadium.
If anyone is going to be at the game, come early and fine me in the tailgate lot. I’ll be making seriously kick ass fajitas.
The winner of this game will be on pace for a BCS busting season, and nobody busts the BCS better than Utah with a 2-0 BCS record. Not bad for a team which isn’t in the BCS, at least until next year when we join the PAC-10.
I played golf this week, a few days after I returned from my trip to Williamsburg.
At the airport I examined my clubs for damage but didn’t examine my golf bag. When starting my golf round a couple of days ago I noticed the damage. Sure enough, the fine baggage handlers at jetBlue bent the hell out of one of my favorite Ogio carry bag’s legs, and broke the part which holds the legs together and gives them their spring action. So the only way I could get my stand bag to stand, was to prop the legs very wide open, photo #1. Then since it was broken, the legs no longer would retract.
Seconds later, the whole bag collapsed and laid dead flat on the ground. The legs are toast. See pic #2 below. Called jetBlue and they refused to fix or replace the bag.
This is a warning for you golf travelers to think twice before you fly jetBlue. Beware.
A couple of days ago I posted my review of the Golden Horseshoe Green Course. I wrote it on the airplane ride home. I’ve now had a couple of days to reminisce and look over my photos of the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course. I loved it before but the more I reminisce, the better it gets.
Designed By Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
In 1963 the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course opened. It was designed by one of the most famous course designers in golf history, Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
History is a key word because the area of Colonial Williamsburg is a goldmine of historical events, people and places. That goldmine has been preserved since 1926 thanks to the likes of Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Bruton Parish Church and John D. Rockefeller Jr. In fact, on a few holes of both courses, a small boat house (pictured right) on the water can be seen. That boat house was owned by Rockefeller.
I’m not typically a fan of “earth mover” course designs. I prefer designs which integrate and flow with the natural surroundings and topography, and that is just what the Gold course does. Back in the early sixties golf course design construction didn’t rely heavily on big machinery and moving a lot of earth. Course designers like Jones used their great imaginations and vision to take advantage of the existing topography.
Located in Colonial Williamsburg, the Green course comprises 18 out of the 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe. Rees Jones (son of Robert Trent Jones Sr.) designed and built the course with the help of the local crew, including my new buddy Rick Viancour, long time Golden Horseshoe superintendent. The course winds through a historic area which is preserved for its history. The course is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, providing a wonderful and beautiful refuge for local creatures and vegetation.
The history of the course isn’t just that of pre civil war Virginia and the burgeoning independence of the USA. The course itself has a wealth of golf history dating back to its opening in 1991, including many famous championships, the making of the Ryder Cup trophy, and the famous 18th hole defeat of Michelle Wie by Ya-Ni Tseng in the 2004 Women’s Amateur Publinks Championship.
The most recent and perhaps most distinguished bit of history for the Green course, is my birdie on the 18th in almost complete darkness. I guess I play better when I can’t see what I’m doing. Hey does that mean I can beat Michelle Wie? I doubt it.
I’m well spent after a long day of great golf at the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course, and touring the historical area here in Colonial Williamsburg. Before I turn in and get ready to jump on a plane home, I have to post a couple of shots from today.
Below is the spectacular 16th hole island green. This island green predates the 17th at TPC Sawgrass by decades.
The 2nd hole, a par-5, has a great approach shot over water. Big hitters can go for it. With conditions being tough and wet, that wasn’t an option for me. Made a decent par though, the old fashioned way.
I’ll populate my image galleries for the Golden Horseshoe Green and Gold courses when the HOG World Tour returns to HOG world headquarters Monday.