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Winter Golf – Red River Tour 2009

Well with -15 wind chills in NYC this morning, and worse still in store when I head to Siberacuse for the holiday, it’s time for golf in the south. Instead of the annual Florida trip, this year it’s Texas.  Dallas will be this Pittsburgh Steelers fans base of operations, with the rock band Bowling For Soup, as it were.  Here’s the list: Cowboys G.C...

Gang Tackling: Jay and Scot Duke on Public Golf in the Southwest Part 4

Here’s the last part of my conversation with Scot Duke of Innovative Business Golf on Public golf in the southwest.  We talk about great southwest resorts, the design concepts of architects who have built in the desert and wrap it up with a lambasting of casino course golf (except for Atlantic City Country Club – a public course designed by William Flynn...

Black Mesa – Gilligan’s Island With Dinosaurs – Supper’s Ready

High Noon – Supper’s Ready   As we stood waiting for what we could see of the first fairway to clear, our fivesome was spread out over three different tee boxes.  Gilligan (a 1.7 index) and The Skipper (6) will have their hands full from the tips.  I’ll be playing one set down with Kevin Sniffen, about 6,600 yards.  Eschewing the far forward tees, Mrs. Howell opts...

Black Mesa – Gilligan’s Island with Dinosaurs part 3 – The Moveable Feast Arrives

11:00 – “Oh, Dino! Soup’s on!” – Preparing the Moveable Feast Tucked in between the Sangre De Christo Mountains on one side and the Jemez Mountains on the other, there is no question the staggering grandeur of Black Mesa’s natural setting commands the player’s attention. The desolate, wrinkled rose-colored mountains are reminiscent of Turkey’s fabled conical rocks of...

Black Mesa: Gilligan’s Island with Dinosaurs – Fattened up for the kill

16 October, 06:00               Daybreak comes.  Though the rest of the writers are asleep, my room is filled with light and music and movement.  As I walked thirty-six holes over the two days, my morning routine was focused on fitness.  A long jog, a swim, a quick horseback ride and a dip in the Jacuzzi will ready me for the crucible; from first tee to eighteenth...

Black Mesa – Gilligan’s Island with Dinosaurs part 2 – we arrive

15 October, 19:30 SANTE FE, NM – Just like the song says, the weather started getting rough, our tiny plane was tossed; if not for the courage of the fearless flight crew, we would have been stranded in – GASP! – SHREVEPORT! Everyone who left from the greater New York area was routed into Albuquerque through Dallas. Unfortunately, Dallas got slammed with...

Black Mesa Media Trip more like Gilligan’s Island with Dinosaurs

SANTE FE, NM – Forget “release the hounds” or “release the gnats” (if you believe Yankee fans; they think that’s what happened against the Cleveland Indians this year). No Eddie Peck is telling his greenskeeper to release the Velociraptors. Normally the mildest-mannered guy ever, Peck loves laying out the nooses at his grassy gallows of a golf course. He once...