I know you’ve all been constantly refreshing the page with the hope that I (finally) posted the second part of my Labor Day weekend at Old Sandwich Golf Club. Okay, maybe just one or two of you. No names, of course!
I was only trying to build up the suspense after the account of my first visit to OS… Did it work?? Never mind, don’t answer that. This is a little dated, but I don’t think pretty pictures of golf courses and fun accounts of meeting new people (or in this case BFFs) ever gets old. (If it does, then you don’t have to keep reading. What a crazy concept, right?!)
As I mentioned briefly in part 1, I only tweeted a picture of the first hole. A bit later, I was checking my “replies” from @skatesave02 (Erik) and @EGChoi (Ed) and a few caught my eye. Erik and Ed are members of of OS and apparently they’ve been longtime followers (again, so they claim). I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but one of them may or may not have called the pro shop to confirm my whereabouts. (Actually, I’m pretty sure I felt the most embarrassed by the whole situation.)
My caddie filled me in on these characters (it’s a small club with 180 members). Remember that really bad movie “21” with Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth that was loosely based on the MIT Blackjack Team? Yeah, Erik was a member of the card-counting crew. He was a mere “spotter,” not a “big player.” Whatever.
Card-counting fascinates me, and I’ve always wished I were smart enough to do it (somehow that Asian math gene skipped a generation). Oh yeah, not-surprising-tidbit: one of the main discrepancies between the movie and the actual events? The team was basically all Asian (shocking), but in the movie, there’s an Asian dude who is fairly insignificant and a girl who looks kind of Asian. Erik says he was the “TWG.” What does that stand for? I’m going to be annoying and let you guys think about it and figure it out on your own.
After my blissful day at Old Sandwich, I corresponded with Erik and Ed via DM and they invited me to play on Monday. Which was quite a predicament since I also had a little thing called work and a last-minute assignment. I really, really wanted to go back there, but the only way it’d work is if we played on the early side. Did I want to wake up at 5am to play golf? Meh. (After my college golf days ended and it became a recreational activity, I vowed I was finished with getting up before the sun rises — with exceptions.)
Well, if Ed and Erik could get Terry to caddie, then I’d be in. (I met Terry at Medalist GC in Florida in March, where he caddied for me, and as it happened, I ran into him at O.S. on my first trip.) Somehow they managed to convince Terry to do it. I only found out later that it was actually his day off (his first in weeks) but he came in per special request. He’s the best.
Clearly I ended up going through with it, but that’s further testament to the awesomeness of the club. I do not normally voluntarily wake up at 5am to play golf. I’m not sure if I have done it in the last eight years. And playing two rounds in three days? Almost unheard of for me! Well, it was Labor Day weekend, after all — might as well enjoy the weather and opportunity while I could.
It was a beautiful morning on that Monday. Curiously, I enjoyed watching the sun rise. I even stopped the car and took a picture.
As I mentioned in “part I”, O.S. has an incredible short game facility that is like golf practice porn for the real psychos. (Kidding.) Here are some pictures, courtesy of Susan Campbell:
Yep, it is so good that it almost makes you want to practice!
Here now, the walk from the clubhouse to the first tee is one you must experience. Initially, we took carts to speed up our round (and I was still sore from the round two days ago — yes I’m out of shape), but ditched them after a few holes because they were interfering with the social part of the game.