G4G has been on the road recently, playing The Raven at Lora Bay, Ridge at Manitou and the newly opened Tarandowah (near Ingersol, Ont.). I’m going to post a full review of Martin Hawtree’s Tarandowah, or at least the nine holes I’ve played, after having seen it last week. Though course is still rough around the edges, but I have a feeling when the full 18 opens next year, this could be something special. Lots of questions remain, but the holes I played were great fun with a real mix of length and shot requirements. This could just be the second coming of Osprey Valley’s Heathlands course. We’ll see.
As for the coming week, I’m at the Open. I’m lucky enough to be playing in the pro-am on Wednesday, so I’ll probably blog live from the site that day, though not likely between shots! Not sure who I am playing with yet, but there are several I’m keen on, including Nick Price, Jim Furyk, and Chris DiMarco. If you had the chance, who would you pick? Send me a comment and let me know.
Open news today includes the Geoff Ogilvy deciding not to come north to play. Instead he’s heading to China to get paid some ghastly fee. Ugh. I was hoping he’d be at Hamilton. Apparently Phil Mickelson’s people haven’t said no yet, though his agent told the Canadian Press he won’t be coming (source). That means there will likely be seven of 12 U.S. Ryder Cup players, and John Daly. At least until big JD hits a tree root on the 8th hole while posting a 6-over score and decides to WD. Then he’ll head to his merchadise trailer and sign women’s breasts for a while. Just like in 2003. Charming fellow, that JD. Oh and Brett Wetterich isn’t coming. What a shame.