It's snowing outside my window here in Maine. I haven't touched a club since late October and if I'm lucky, my course will open a week or two before May. But I can dream about golf and I have a big dream.
I've driven across the United States four times and I recommend it as something everyone should do at least once. America is indeed beautiful and spacious. The Great Smokey Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore and Niagara Falls...I've gotten a speeding ticket in Texas and food poisoning in South Carolina. I've discovered that walking a breakwater to a lighthouse on Lake Michigan can be dangerous and that you don't want to lock yourself out of your car in the Everglades.
What I haven't done is golf my way across the country. Oh, I've played some great courses from revered classics like Aronimink and Kittansett to more recently canonized creations like Muirfield Vilage and Old Macdonald. But great golf today is almost everywhere you go, and so I've made up a marathon—a two-week "Ultimate Golf Road Trip across America."
From Bar Harbor, ME on the Atlantic Ocean to Santa Cruz, CA at the Pacific—3,799 miles according to Mapquest, and about $6,000 worth of greens fees, motels, meals and gas, by my estimate. Fourteen courses in 14 states in 14 days!
I've picked courses which have been highly placed in golf course rankings by Golf Week and Golf Digest and designed by notable golf course architects from A.W. Tillinghast and Donald Ross to Pete Dye and Tom Fazio.
All of these courses allow the public to play them and none charge an exorbitant price, which is why this trip doesn't end with Pebble Beach. In fact Alister Mackenzie's less expensive finale (see the slide above) on this journey may just top Pebble anyway.
So come on along and celebrate America's amazing golf history, its glorious growth and its vast variety. From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans, it's all here!