New ScoreGolf Column on Dick Kirkpatrick

My new column, about golf course builder Dick Kirkpatrick, is now up on the site. You can find it here. Apparently you now need to be a Score Insider to read the column, but the process is free and fast.

Here’s a taste:

While building golf courses is old hat to Dick Kirkpatrick, he still looks pretty pleased with himself as he drives his Ford F-150 across an expanse of mud. A smile comes across his face as he points to features on his nascent golf design in Otterville, Ont., a small town about a half hour south-west of Brantford.

Thats going to be a great waste bunker, he explains, as he bombs across another fairway. Like a child in a toy store, the thrill of building golf has never gotten old for Kirkpatrick. It certainly could have “ after all, though this is only Kirkpatricks third solo golf design, it also represents one of more than 180 courses hes helped construct over his 50-year golf career in Canada.

It is longevity worth recognizing.

Ive told the guys that if this is my swansong, Ill make it a good one, says Kirkpatrick.

Few Canadian golfers recognize Kirkpatricks name. For that matter, few of those in the golf media probably know who he is or what hes done in his five decades in the game.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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