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More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: "The Shotmaker" Hits Las Vegas and the Monterey Peninsula

Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
The Blues Brothers, Jan/Feb 2008

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The Shotmaker was joined by Champions Tour pro Jim Colbert at Spyglass. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

"What is your name?" "Jim Colbert." "The Jim Colbert?" I asked. "Yep," he smiled back. Just what I needed…playing with a legend at Spyglass. What a great guy! We laughed and trash-talked on every hole. He was incredibly gracious…as well as a great golfer.

When we shook hands after the 18th green, I felt pretty stupid. I hardly welcomed him when he asked to join. I apologized for my lack of class and asked his forgiveness. He smiled and told me he had a great time. Me too!

Lastly, I was playing Cypress Point and it was a real thrill. I was told no names, no pictures. But what a great course! I now understand why it is ranked No. 4 behind only Pine Valley, Augusta National and Shinnecock. And the last four holes over water are to die for. I couldn't believe the par-3 16th over this huge water canyon with a narrow landing apron. Breathtaking sight. World-class course. I can't say much more. I'm not sure if I already said too much and won't get asked back. But I REALLY loved it.

All in all, The Shotmaker's week of golf in Las Vegas and the Pebble Beach area in mid-November was not so bad. Until next time…

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