There is a slice of glamour to the life of a sports reporter, hobnobbing with famous athletes, traveling the world, and of course, press credentials. For many media golfers, however, these perks are surpassed by the joy of playing some great golf courses. Some Boston media stars share a few of their favorite hacking havens.
I love Wannamoisett and the challenge of those slick greens,” says Patriots public address announcer and GoLocalProv.com personality John Rooke. “For someone like me who doesn’t hit it a ton, I feel like I can compete, even if the course packs a wallop. I also enjoy Quidnessett, Potowatami, Warwick, Cranston and Alpine.”
While Rooke favors some great Rhode Island courses, WCVB-TV sportscasting legend Mike Lynch brings it back to Massachusetts. “I still consider Tedesco my home course because I caddied there, but I love Salem, Kernwood, and Belmont. I loved playing Brookline because I am a student of the history of the game. I imagined being on the 17th hole where Francis Ouimet played.”
ESPN sportscaster Sean McDonough is a member at Boston Golf Club (BGC) in Hingham, MA, but has also experienced some national treasures. He relates, “BGC is such a great course. Tom Brady, Sr. played there and told me it was one of the top 3 courses he has ever played in the world.
“When CBS was trying to hire me full-time, they took me to Augusta. I’ve played Pine Valley and Pebble Beach, but my favorite has to be Oakmont. It is a world class course, but there is a regular-guy feel to it.”
Comcast SportsNet Celtics’ announcer Mike Gorman has been part of the Boston sports scene for decades, but his golf love remains in the Empire State. “I belong to Salem Golf Course in New York. There are no pools, no tennis courts. It is an old fashioned golf course. The pro shop is out of the 1950s.
“I had a chance to play Balthazar. It’s like a cathedral. You have to take a caddy who wears a white jump suit. After two holes, the caddy will tell you what club you should use.”
Similarly, 7NBC’s Joe Amorosino is a Cape Cod golf guy from his early days on the links. He relates, “Dennis Pines was a narrow, tree-lined course, not too forgiving but very fair. Hyannis Golf Club was terrific. A couple of amateur golfers, the late Fordie Pitts and Joe Keller, bought the course and made it more challenging. There was also the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds in Marstons Mills. It was a tough course with a lot of play, very well-manicured.”
Amorosino’s WBZ-TV counterpart Dan Roche has quenched his golf thirst locally and otherwise. “My favorite course ever is The Country Club in Brookline. I have been fortunate enough to play in several media events there. That course just oozes history. I loved playing Torrey Pines, but I was paying too much attention to the views of the ocean.
“I also played Medina the day after Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia dueled down the stretch at the 1999 PGA Championship. It was so hard due to the lengthy rough and fast greens.”
Roche’s WBZ colleague and Patriots Football Weekly editor Paul Perillo has quenched his golf passion on some excellent area courses. “Green Meadow was my favorite,” he relates. “But there are so many others like Unicorn Golf Club in Stoneham, Cedar Glen Golf Course in Saugus, or any of the courses in Lynnfield.
“Ballymeade (Falmouth) is great, as is Pinehills in Plymouth. I did play twice at The Country Club in Brookline, and that was probably the best I’ve ever experienced.”
John Molori is the co-author of “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.” Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email firstname.lastname@example.orgWHAT'S YOUR REACTION?