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More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: Year in Review

Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Tom Selleck, Nov/Dec 2007

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I now can reach the greens on most par 4s in two, something I could rarely do in the past. My short game and putting were always the reliable part of my game. I am now parring the par 5s much more often and last week, playing with Gordon Mott, executive editor of Cigar Aficionado, I birdied a 510-yard par 5 at The Bridge (so did he, by the way!).

Among the highlights of my golf experiences of 2006—2007 are the following:

Toughest course -- Pine Valley, NJ
Top emotional experience (U.S.) -- Augusta National, GA
Top emotional experience (international) -- St Andrews Old Course
Most creative, original layout -- Kinloch, VA
Par 3 closest to the pin (10 inches) -- Wee Burn, CT (4th hole)
Toughest rough -- Winged Foot, NY
Trickiest par 3 -- Engineers, NY (3rd hole)
Most amazing clubhouse -- Seminole, FL
Best caddie -- Alex Lowenthal ("The Massapequa Kid"), The Bridge, NY
Best halfway house -- National, NY (peanut butter and Ritz crackers)

I still dream, every time I step up to the tee of a par 3, of getting a hole in one. Maybe one day my dream will come true.


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