Friday, February 08, 2008


This evening at dinner, Gary announced that he had scored an invitation to play a round of golf at Pinehurst. And not just Pinehurst, but on Pinehurst Course No. 2, site of the U.S. Open Championships in 1999 and 2005.

I played Pinehurst No. 2 back in the spring of 2000. It’s a wide-open course, very much along the lines of Augusta National, with brutal inverted-teacup greens. Hackers like us could never expect to hit a fairway shot to those greens and have the ball hold. Instead, we would aim for the front of the green and then plan to putt or chip on. It was a workable strategy, one that saved us a lot of heartache.

So Gary says, “You played No. 2 once, didn’t you?”

No sooner had I gotten the words, “Yes, I did...” out of my mouth when the Missus chimed in:

“Yeah...and he played like Number Two.”

Damn, she’s good...

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