Last year, for this special edition of NEGM, Tom Gorman and I listed our premiere golfing vacation spots. It was not our usual debate (which I win 95 percent of the time) and neither will the 2013 version of the holiday issue. This year we are entering a mostly fictional world, where there is a slight possibility of intersection with reality. This is our ultimate golfing wish list, a catalog of our top 10 wishes for our golfing experience. I’m sure after we’ve filed our respective columns we will think of something else that we could have petitioned the golf gods, but like in golf itself, you don’t get mulligans. So for better or for worse here is my golfing wish list, listed numerically but not necessarily in order of preference.
1. To walk up the 18th fairway at Augusta National on a Sunday afternoon with a 3-shot lead at the Masters, the crowd applauding my every step as I move closer to a green jacket.
2. To have Tom Gorman lugging my bag, clad in the white jumpsuit and green baseball cap required of all Augusta National caddies, pulling out my putter and saying, “You’re my hero Tim…………… and don’t forget my 10 percent.”
3. Holing my second shot on a par 5 for a double eagle. I’ve had eagles and birdies and a couple of aces, but I’ve never had an albatross and I want at least one before I leave the 18th green of life.
4. To design a golf course that fits my game, one where the rough runs down the middle and there are fairways on either side.
5. To play a round with Fuzzy Zoeller, Peter Jacobson and Lee Trevino, where the golf will be secondary to the laughs.
6. To play a round with Natalie Gulbis, Blair O’Neal and Sandra Gal. If you don’t know why then I can’t explain it to you.
7. To live for a year, free of charge and with full membership privileges, at the Pinehurst, (N.C.) resort.
8. To play at least three rounds at St. Andrews; The first to be disgusted with the course, the second to understand it and the third to have the great experience you should enjoy the first time you play it.
9. For everybody to play at the pace of Brandt Snedeker. Slow play is my biggest complaint. I like to walk and to move. I hate people who throw grass into the air and line up every shot as if their lives depend on it. Sneds grips it and rips it.
10. To have been able to play golf at least once with my late father. He never played the game and never wanted to. I think sons who get to play with their dads are very lucky. I hope they realize it. I feel fortunate that I have had many experiences that some people might include on a wish list. I’ve shared a round of golf and beers afterwards with Bobby Orr and Brad Park. I’ve sat on a barstool next to John Daly and discussed hang gliding. I’ve had one-on-one conversations with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (Arnie and I had a drink together). I’ve played Pebble Beach, The Dunes Club, Pinehurst #2 and the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, among others. And most importantly I’ve met so many great friends through golf. Happy holidays folks. See you on the first tee next spring.
Tim Geary is a R.I. based freelance writer who believes golf is so much more than a scorecard.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?