Funny line on XM’s PGA Tour Network

Was listening earlier when I was in my car and the talk turned to how remote Whistling Straights/Haven, Wisc., really is.

One of the guys was talking about how it is 60 miles from Milwaukee and then ex-caddy/very funny guy Michael Collins said it was also “20 miles past Children of the Corn.”

I almost spit up my Diet Coke.

The greatest e-mail

OK, that might be a bit of hyperbole. But a pretty good one landed in my box this morning.

The boss of my boss sent me an email with the subject line that read simply: “Golf on the 17th.”

In it, the email basically said, we had someone back out, would you have interest in playing golf next week along with the president?

Might have been the fastest I’ve ever responded to an email.

Geezer golf was actually fun

During my previous life as a newspaper reporter, I covered the 3M Championship a number of times. I covered the last one at Bunker Hills and a bunch of them since the move to TPC Twin Cities. The more I covered it, however, the more bored I was with the whole thing.

I was always kind of amazed with the number of people who would show up and watch these guys play. They wanted to watch guys like Arnie and Chi Chi and other guys who were pushing 80. Maybe it helps them relive their younger years, maybe it was because regular PGA Tour golf is such a rarity here. But I kind of got bored with the whole thing.

I thought the golf was fine, but I would generally rather watch the Nationwide Tour than the Champions Tour.

Since leaving sports in the summer of 2008 (I think), I had never really considered going to the 3M Championship. But this week, my friend Ryan said he won some skybox tickets from Teemaster for Saturday and wanted to know if I was interested in going for a few hours. We certainly weren’t going to go for the entire day, but it seemed like it might be fun.

And it was much more fun than I thought it would be. I’m not going to lie, but the free food and drink had quite a bit to do with that.

We got there about 12:15 or so and went immediately to the skybox overlooking the 18th green. We grabbed a beer (free) and then went through the buffet line (free). We sat and watched there for a little while before grabbing another beer going out on the course.

We walked across the street and watched a couple groups come in on No. 9. When the group that included Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer came through, we followed them to the back nine. We watched them play 10-12 and hit their tee shots on 13. Then it was back to the skybox for a little more beer and watching some groups come.

Interesting items:
– No. 12 was playing a bit downwind today, but it still is a 589-yard hole. Langer hit 3-wood, hybrid and was pin high just off of the green. The fairly firm fairways are a factor in that, but that is just super long.

– One of my favorite things to look at at pro tournaments is how frequently guys hide another company’s club under a headcover of the company who is paying them. Today, I saw a guy hit an Adams hybrid and hide it under a Titleist headcover. I know it is how the game is played, but I find it interesting.

– I can’t believe how skinny Langer really is. Also can’t believe how his Euro pants had about 12 pockets.

We spent about three hours there and it was a decent time. It’s amazing how the combination of beer and not having to write a couple of stories on deadline will do that.

How many have you played?

Today, Golf Magazine posted its Top 100 Courses in the U.S. that you can play.

So how many of these have you played? I’ve played 12 on the list:

Pinehurst No. 2; Cog Hill No. 4 (though pre-renovation); Troon North; Kapaula Plantation; Paa-Ko Ridge; We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro); Pumpkin Ridge; Harvester; Quarry at Giants Ridge; The Glen Club; Belgrade Lakes and Deacon’s Lodge.

Those 12 courses are in nine different states.

There are several courses on the list I’d like to play. The most notable (and realistic) courses on that list include WeaverRidge in Peoria; Southern Dunes outside of Phoenix, Erin Hills in Wisconsin and Hawktree in Bismarck.

If I could knock off one of those in the next year, that would be a good accomplishment.