Baxter, me and Chester on 18th green at Merion: Yes, we’re wearing matching caps and yes, that’s a ballmarker on the bill
No, I’m not being a total jerk with this picture — Baxter and Chester requested that their faces be removed (typical WASPs!).
Last Saturday was a special day for me: I played a top-ten ranked golf course (if you believe the annual rankings) for the first time in my life. Merion, site of the ’13 US Open, is ranked seventh, according to most recent edition of Golf Digest‘s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses.” (I plan to play them all at some point.) And the following day, I hacked my way through the 76th-ranked track, Aronimink, the home of the ’10 AT&T National.
It’s not every weekend I get the chance to play two of the best courses in suburban Philly, not to mention the country. Believe it or not, I hardly had a tour of America’s most famous courses. I’ve played all over, but it was mainly for tournaments and Cypress Point or Shinnecock doesn’t usually host 100+ junior and/or college golfers. Point is, despite my vomit-inducing game, it was a real treat to play both Merion and Aronimink. I’ll focus just on the former today.