My Name is Chris, and I am a 30 year old, Father of two who is passionate about the game of golf. Like many I do not get to play golf, every day or even once a week but when I do get to play I like to know details and experiences others have had at the course I am playing. My goal with this site is to share my experiences, as well as review the many courses I have played and will play in the future.
My interest in golf started when I was 15, and Tiger made his giant splash onto TV’s everywhere. I had always thought of golf as an old man’s game, boring and slow, but watching Tiger made it seem fun and exciting. I bought my first set of club for $75 at the local Kmart and started riding my bike with some friends to the local nine hole municipal course. After a few trips I was hooked, I grew up playing baseball and basketball and those sports came natural, I never really had to practice but could always compete and have no issues. Golf was different; one little change here or there changed the entire way I played that day.
When I was 16 and a junior at Kent Island High School, on the gorgeous Eastern Shore of MD, I decided to try out for the golf team. I and two buddies decided to try out together and see how we fared. I showed up with my K-mart specials and quickly realized the competition I was up against. Everyone else had name brand clubs, and had been playing since they were kids; I knew it would be a battle to make the team. On the last day of try-outs only two spots were left for 4 golfers and it was down to whom played best on 9 holes that day. I will never remember what I shot, I just remember having the better score of the 4 and being told I made the team. At this point in life I could drive and had my own car and I will never forget pulling into my drive way and my late father standing there with the look unknowing on his face. I gave him a thumbs up before I even got out of my car, and that was one of the first times I felt like I was becoming a man, as he gave me a huge handshake. Out of the tournaments my junior year I probably qualified for about 75% of them, and normally played as the 3rd or 4th golfer on my team. That changed my senior year, as I played in and qualified for every tournament and generally played as the number one golfer on the team. Rarely during High School did I ever shoot better than the mid 90′s but the coaching I received while on the team, I still use today in my game. I do remember my senior year, I can picture the course but not the name, I shot a 38 on the front and decided to follow that with a 56 on the back destroying any hopes of my best finish ever.
After High School, I accepted a job as Sous Chef at Hunter’s Oak Golf Course in Wye Mills, MD. While I was still deciding what I wanted to do in life, working at a golf course was perfect. FREE GOLF. I worked there for about a year and a half and took advantage of the free golf whenever I could. After I left the position, to pursue school, a good friend still worked there and I got to still play for free.
From Age 23 till about 27 I played sporadically and never gave the game the attention it needed to be a consistent golfer. Working in a restaurant and going to school, never allowed enough time to play when others could play with me. When I was 27, I moved in with a good friend who wanted to take up golf, and I jumped at the opportunity. I went to E-bay and found a set of R5 woods and Taylor Made RAC HT Irons and ordered them that day. I have been playing consistently since. When I first started playing again, I was in 100 range, and have worked at getting my score to a respectable handicap. By the time I was 29 I was playing weekly again, and shooting in the mid to upper 80′s on consistent bases.
Around the time I turned 29, I met a wonderful woman named Sarah and her one year old son Brody. While dating, I still played about once a week, and kept my game just under the 90 mark. Five months ago we welcomed our daughter Taylor into the world, and my life as a family man started. I still get to play about twice a month, and this year I have been hovering around 85, and my goal is to shoot in the 70′s once this year. I recently purchased a used R11 and couldn’t be happier with the results, the club has added at least 20 yards to my drives and I am hitting it straighter than my older R5.
Finding the time and money to golf, as the sole provider for a family of four is tough. Sarah is great about letting me get out when I can, even though it means she is alone with the kids all day on a weekend. My goal with this site is to share my experiences, hear your experiences, give my reviews on courses so others can enjoy and give their feedback, and come up with ideas on how to evolve and better my game.
While golf has really expanded its audience, it still can be an expensive game; I wanted to give the perspective from an average guy trying to play the game.