My Bucket List – U.S. Open Venues

Goal setting is important. Having a goal has a tendency to enhance motivation and focus, and increase the likelihood of achievement. In my early career, I was extremely goal oriented and meticulous in my goal setting. My colleagues ribbed me about it and asserted that my approach would not survive the arrival of children. IContinue reading “My Bucket List – U.S. Open Venues”

2014 Geeked on Golf Tour

The leaves and the first snow have fallen in Chicago.  My golf calendar looks as desolate as the landscape for the remainder of this year.  It’s a good time to revisit the wonderful courses I was privileged to play in 2014.  Those memories will be enough to take me through the winter. With an extraContinue reading “2014 Geeked on Golf Tour”

Happy Birthday Donald Ross – Tribute to a Life Fully Lived

Today is the birthday of my favorite golf course architect – Donald Ross.  Having grown up caddying and playing on a Ross course, I admit to my bias.  Ross was a creative genius, and is arguably the most prolific architect in history with involvement in 400+ courses across the U.S. (not to mention that heContinue reading “Happy Birthday Donald Ross – Tribute to a Life Fully Lived”

Discovering Golf’s Birthplace in America

In 2013, I took my first golf buddies trip.  Unlike conventional trips to resorts like Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, or Bandon Dunes, we headed out to Long Island, NY.  We are fortunate enough to be able to leg out access to private clubs through our personal and professional networks.  This is the birthplace of golf inContinue reading “Discovering Golf’s Birthplace in America”

The Art of Course – Why Golf Channel Needs a GCA Show

There is much hand-wringing and serious conversation these days about the state of the game.  Rounds are down, and so are the total number of players playing.  The talk revolves around how to get the game growing again through future-forward change and progress. Making the game more fun is certainly part of the solution.  InitiativesContinue reading “The Art of Course – Why Golf Channel Needs a GCA Show”

Take the Risk, Get the Reward

Whenever I can, I sneak away on my frequent business trips to Arizona to play one of my favorites – the Coore & Crenshaw gem, Talking Stick.  On my most recent outing to Talking Stick, one of my all-time favorite holes, the short par-4 12th (more on that hole later), got me to thinking aboutContinue reading “Take the Risk, Get the Reward”

2013 Geeked on Golf Tour

2013 was the year that my reconnection to the game of golf took on a whole new dimension. I was given the gift of a lesson with Butch Harmon in Las Vegas in the spring, as well as other rounds for my 40th birthday. To my delight, the birthday celebration seemed to go on allContinue reading “2013 Geeked on Golf Tour”

Coming Full Circle

Standing on the 16th green at Old Elm Club, looking back down the long, rolling fairway with the sunlight filtering through the trees, I remembered why I loved this game so much. I had been invited by my good friend Brian to join him at Old Elm even though I wasn’t really playing golf at theContinue reading “Coming Full Circle”