The Links Life

Golf. Travel. Live.

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Flat.  Wet.  Chockablock with condos and meandering cart rides between screened-in back porches.  Spongy lies, shallow ponds, baffling Bermuda greens, and long lines of golf buggies at the first tee, scores of snow-dodgers ready to shuffle their way through six hours of sunburn because it’s better than January in Wisconsin.  And what else are you […]

With golf’s greatest team event on the horizon, in which the fortunate few test their talents and guts on an international stage for golf immortality–I’m talking about the Coyne Cup, of course–I visited with one of this year’s Ryder Cup captains, seeking counsel for my own upcoming captaincy of Team Coyne versus the coddled and […]

Coyne Cup fever is ramping up as we count down to the showdown between Team Coyne and Team Paddy in Mayo, Ireland this September.  In preparation for the drafting of our two sides, Captain Paddy sent out a questionnaire to our 44 participants in the hopes of getting to know the talent pool a little […]

My golf life–so, my life in general–started with a junior clinic at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania.  I had no interest in golf until the age of eight or so (by today’s standards, a hopelessly late start).  In fact, I felt hostile toward this placid pastime–it robbed the TV from me on the […]

I have taken some deserved guff from indignant linksters for saying that there are no true links golf courses in my home country.  I know I should have been saying that there were no genuine links, but I have not been to Bandon yet, nor have I sampled the nine-holer on Cape Cod, both regarded […]

Ah, that most uncomfortable intermingling of sport and politics — unlike my soap-boxing of yesterday, I will not offer any opinion here, but I thought this email was too interesting to not share.  Maybe you would like to sign the petition.  Or perhaps you would like to sign the other one, which I include here […]

If ever I lived a year worth reviewing, 2015 was the one.  I am currently up to my ears in the manuscript of A Course Called the Kingdom, but I wanted to take a minute to share my gratitude for some of my memories from days not so auld.  I have plenty of professional quality […]

If your inbox is as crowded as mine with Cyber Monday discounts and miraculously extended Black Friday sales (One more day?  Extraordinary! Such magical benevolence!), you will be relieved to ignore them all for a gift with some actual meaning, charisma, and character.  Your sports-loving friends will open their gifts and surprise you with genuine […]

I am thankful in this season of thanks to share this announcement from Old Sod Travel. I have worked closely with my friends at Old Sod on designing a trip that will visit some of my favorite spots in Ireland and recreate the craic and camaraderie of A Course Called Ireland. We have tried to […]