Ever-Welcoming Waterville

Peering over the stone wall down the pebbled drive towards the yellow Georgian manor house you can imagine being taken back in time. The Butler family built the manor in 1790 and called their 50-acre estate “Waterville”. I had admired the Waterville House from outside its locked gate on our first trip 18 years ago, never thinking that one day I would have the honor of being a guest...

Big Sky Eye Candy

While its 400 inches of annual snowfall makes for a short golf season (June through September), Big Sky provides golfers breathtaking vistas in every direction – which is exactly what Evan set out to capture at Spanish Peaks Mountain Club and The Reserve at Moonlight Basin.

Montana Golf: Playing Big at Rock Creek Cattle Company

As we started the six-mile drive in from the front gate of the Rock Creek Cattle Company, Evan said, “I’m half expecting to hear the Bonanza theme music come on the radio and see the Cartwrights galloping over the dusty hills to greet us”. Well the Cartwrights were a no-show but...

Blast from the Past – How do you move your ball forward in a hurricane? Our visit to Royal Portrush and Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart and Portrush were next on our itinerary. With only four miles between the two towns we stayed in Portrush, where from our bedroom window we could see the Royal Portush Golf Club lying just to the east. The B&B proprietor, with a twinkle in his eye suggested, “if we squinted really hard, we could probably see Darren Clarke raising a pint at the Clubhouse bar”. Remember, Northern Ireland golfers ...

Blast from the Past: Ireland & Northern Ireland 2011 – Two Hurricanes, Two Continents – Bring it on!

While Mother Nature played a commanding role and worthy competitor on Sunday afternoon at this year’s Open (to all except Shane Lowry that is) she let the players off “easy” compared to the 80 mph gusting winds she blew our way eight years ago. The weather on the final day of The Open at Royal [...]

Finding Gold at Bandon Dunes

I was fortunate to tag along on Evan Schiller’s May photo shoot at Bandon Dunes.  This was my first visit (but certainly not last) to this extraordinary golf resort.  Despite it being a work trip, I did enjoy a “Bandon-tasting”, playing the par 3 Bandon Preserve as my appetizer, followed by Old Macdonald and Pacific [...]