Storey Creek Golf Club is located near the beautiful east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 30 minutes north of the Comox Airport. It was our first tee time during our Trek Down the Vancouver Island Golf Trail back in May, and it sure got us fired up for the rest of the trip.
The easiest thing to be in the world is a critic. I’ve been quick to criticize golf’s governing bodies in the past, whether it was in regards to the decision to not allow solo rounds as eligible handicap scores, or the rules controversy at the 2016 U.S. Open. It was pretty easy to sit back and be enraged by the things I disagreed with and vent in a blog post.
In the case of golf’s governing bodies, there are far more things to be positive about and support than there are to criticize.
The first time I visited Vancouver Island I was young enough that I don’t even remember how old I was. All I recall from the trip was going to the beach and catching miniature crabs from under rocks and putting them in a bucket.
My most recent trip to Vancouver Island was a little different.
Beth and I set out on a 5-night, 6-day excursion to see what the Vancouver Island Golf Trail (more commonly referred to as the VI Golf Trail) was all about. Although I was still fascinated by all the tiny little crabs hiding under rocks on the beach, this time it was the golf, scenery, and food that’ll have me coming back for more.
I am fired up to introduce my fourth guest on A Casual 9 – avid golfer, golf photographer, and writer Patrick Koenig. With Patrick’s stunning photography of the world’s best golf courses assaulting my Instagram timeline, and his strong wit on Twitter, he has quickly become one of my favorite follows on social media.
Patrick carries a sporty 3-handicap and has taken his game (and camera gear) to enough courses to make most of us envious, including Cypress Point, Augusta National, and Merion Golf Club, just to name a few. His work has been featured by the likes of Golf Digest, and now he’s taking his career to the next level by being featured here on Golf is Mental. Please enjoy.
For my third installment of A Casual 9, I’m pleased to introduce the Founder and President of the Alberta Golf Tour, Leah Bathgate. Her tremendous efforts to start the Alberta Golf Tour from the ground up have made it possible for amateur golfers of any skill level to feel like a pro and have their own season-long tournament circuit. Leah’s energy and drive to make a positive impact on the game is contagious. Please enjoy.
The Glencoe Golf and Country Club is located a few minutes west of Calgary, Alberta and has been one of the city’s premiere private golf clubs since 1984. The property boasts 45 holes of golf, including two 18 hole championship courses, a 9 hole course, and arguably the best practice facility around.
This review is for the more difficult and well-known of the two championship courses — The Forest Course. I actually played the Forest Course last summer when I teamed up with my father-in-law for an inter-club match, and probably delayed writing this review to suppress memories of the shellacking we received…
For Episode 2 of A Casual 9 I am ecstatic and humbled to have 7-time Canadian Women’s Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk join me.
In addition to being a Long Drive Champion, Lisa is also a keynote speaker, golf journalist, instructor and golf celebrity for corporate events. Lisa talks about her inspiring journey getting into golf, competition, growing the game, hitting it longer, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am sure you will too.
Do you have a minute? I was wondering if you could minimize your spreadsheets and set aside your day timer for a few seconds to hear me out. First, I appreciate everything you do for me. You work hard to keep the company running and provide us the opportunity to earn money so we can put food on the table and take our families on vacation.
Trust me, I appreciate the opportunity to occupy this job, but here’s the deal. It’s Masters Week, and there are a few things you should know.