April 14, 2010

Shhhh…. don’t tell anyone, but would you like a “sneak peek” at the golf courses I hear the Goodboys will be playing for their 20th anniversary weekend this coming July? You would???? Well, let The Great White Shank be your informal tour guide…

sagamore

A little birdie tells me that Friday, July 16th sounds like a good day to limber up on a very accessible and wide-open Sagamore Hampton Golf Club. A humble, yet pretty course, not too long, and rather forgiving, I think most Goodboys will welcome the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and get to know their partners intimately (well, as intimately as you’d want to know your golf partner) on a course that won’t bite even the highest handicapper all too bad. After all, there will be plenty of chances for that to happen over the next two days, believe me! No need to go stupid right out of the box.

ledges

On Saturday the 17th (if all goes according to plan) the Goodboys will be paying a return visit to the beautiful and challenging The Ledges Golf Club just up the road apiece in York (we locals pronounce it “Yawk”) Maine. The ‘Boys played this picturesque, challenging, and hilly course on an absolute ten-bell, breezy, and dry Sunday last year; hopefully the golf gods will grace us with a repeat performance (at least weather-wise) this year. At The Ledges you have to play “wicked smaht” golf, but I don’t mind: after a couple of cold frosty Samuel Adams Summer Ales in their beautiful clubhouse to calm the jitters on what we call “moving day”, who cares? Just go out and play.

Then you have Sunday.

portsmouth

So how does one truly commemorate twenty years of Goodboys Invitationals after playing everything from scenic mountain courses in Vermont and New Hampshire to scrub pine-lined tracts on Cape Cod? Why, you select a crown jewel of a golf course the Goodboys have never played as a group before: my favorite course in all the world, the exquisitely grand Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland, NH.

portsmouth5

Winding its way along the shores of Great Bay, this majestic chestnut of a links course is everything and anything I’ve ever loved about a golf course. Wide open much of the time but excuciatingly long, with rocket-fast, well-maintained greens, it’s a thinking man’s course that (as you might well expect, given the author), while never treating The Great White Shank very well over the years, has never failed to intimidate, excite, and entice. I love it.

I can honestly say that, on those occasional nights when sleep doesn’t come easily, thinking about times long past playing Portsmouth Country Club on a warm late-summer day with good friends (both current and departed) always quiets my mind and soothes the soul. Warm breezes, the purple loosestrife ablaze in the surrounding wetlands, the waters of Great Bay shimmering in the summer heat, the tankers lumbering overhead on their lazy approaches to the nearby Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth Country Club has its own unique shape, sounds, smells, and rhythm, and I can’t wait to play it with all my Goodboys friends.

Three days.

Three fine courses.

Back home in New England, along the sea.

Only three months to go, fellas…

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  1. Shank:

    Very Nice!

    Looking forward to a great outing.

    Cubby

    Comment by Cubby — April 15, 2010 @ 3:31 pm


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