It is no secret I'm a golf fanatic. Love watching in person, on TV and especially love playing the game.
It's an addiction.
Today it's 5 degrees and I am thinking about golf. About how I can get to my next goal of having played 1,000 golf courses. I'm at 956 played, and truth be told for the most part I'd rather play a new muni than a course I've played before. I just need the new courses to hit the 1,000 course milestone.
2018 saw me play 39 new golf courses. I've played in 35 states, the District of Columbia an 11 countries. I want more...more...more.
My home state of Pennsylvania has seen me play 135 of its layouts, while New Jersey is runner-up with 110 played. South Carolina has seen me on 100 courses.
States rounding out the top-10 are Florida (80 played), Arizona (65), Virginia (64) California (48), North Carolina (34), Maryland (44) and Nevada (38).
That's a lot of golf on a diverse set of layouts. Bunch of Donald Ross courses, as well as the likes of Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Tom Doak, Stephen Kay, Gil Hanse and a special favorite designer, Ron Garl.
The last year saw me playing several Garl gems, like Money Hill and Lakewood in Louisiana and Golden Ocala in Florida. A new special find was Eagle Creek near the Orlando airport. Garl just designs playable, fun courses for every level of golfer and just doesn't receive the plaudits he should.
So what is on the horizon for 2019. Nothing set in stone, but Hammock Dunes and Creighton Farms on the list, as well as any new ones I can traverse as part of my Golfweek Magazine Course Rater duties.
Stoneleigh in Virginia and Stonewall in Pennsylvania are the exceptions to my one and done prescription, as I'm a regular at both.
But the bottom line is that I must play 40 new courses this year and best the 1,000 threshold early in 2020. If not sooner.
See you on the golf course.