Sympatico Column: What will Santa bring the game of golf this year?

Let me take this opportunity to thank each of my readers who turned up on the site throughout the year. I always appreciate the comments — positive and negative. I hope each of you have a safe and happy holiday season. Not sure how often I’ll post over the next week or two — but I might show up depending on the timing. That said, I have two large features due early in the New Year (including one for which I interviewed Steve Nash yesterday), so I might be all written out. I also have to finish my book project for Eagles Nest Golf Club in January, so busy times are ahead.

Next year will see some significant changes at, so stay tuned. I think they are pretty significant changes — and I hope they bring the site to an even wider audience. Over the course of the year so far, had approximately 800,000 readers and 2.3-million page views, and I’m thrilled new people continue to find the site and enjoy the content we’ve provided.

With that in mind, here’s my final Sympatico column for the year — listing my Xmas wishes for those in the game we all love:

Tiger Woods is well aware that the coming of Christmas won’t fix everything.

But that can’t keep him from hoping that Santa Claus and his elves have a means of creating a scandal involving some Hollywood starlet (paging Britney, paging Britney…) so the interest in his alleged dalliances with waitresses, porn stars and party hostess will fade into the back pages of
And while Woods is surely the biggest name in golf, he’s not the only one who is reaching out to Mr. Claus during the holidays. I can’t be sure what everyone in golf is asking for from Kris Kringle, but these are my Xmas wishes for golf:

For Sergio Garcia “ a year in which no one breaks his heart. As well, a new putter in his stocking that helps him find the bottom of the cup a little more often, translating into some wins.
For Mike Weir “ his ninth win on the PGA Tour, confirming what we already know “ that he’s the best professional golfer Canada has ever produced.
For Phil Mickelson “ a year without personal hardship, so we can find out whether his putting lessons from Dave Stockton are just a streak over a couple of tournaments or the real deal.
For Canadian golfers “ a hot, dry summer.
For Canadian golf course owners “ a hot, dry summer.
For the RCGA “ 1-million public golfers who embrace the new “Golf Canada” concept and buy into the fact the organization isn’t just for stodgy blue-blood country club members.
For Richard Zokol “ a rebound in the interior B.C. real estate market to help keep Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, his excellent golf course that opened earlier this year, around for years to come so more people can experience what is the best golf experience in Canada in recent decades.

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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.

8 CommentsLeave a comment

  • RT, job well done this year.
    I am new to your blog in 2009 and have enjoyed your humour and penmanship.
    I also think you do a better job than your compatriot and colleague Bob Weeks. Why is it you get the stories before he does ?
    Anyhow keep up the good work.

  • Rob,
    Your kind words are much appreciated… look forward to teeing it up next year at Sagebrush.
    Merry Christmas to you, yours and all your readers.

  • Mr. T,

    Thanks for being a golf writer who has opinions.

    Keep up the good work.

    Have a happy holidays to you and your family.


  • Richard,

    The kind words are much deserved. Your course and the experience it provides blew me away.

    No more boiled tenderloin (overhyped courses in spectacular settings) in BC.

  • Tighthead,
    Glad you liked the experience and hope you return to Sagebrush for more enjoyment in 2010. We have updated our website, see photo gallery (video soon to come) that gives a little flavor. Loved the boiled tenderloin comment… I know what you meant.

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