I know, I know. This can’t happen anymore. A golf course designed and built for golf’s sake. (I got that line from Frances Trimble, a highly-respected Texas golf writer and historian.) Golf courses should be built with the golfer in mind, shouldn’t they? Not for selling real estate or as a place on which to sprinkle the dookie water from surrounding developments. Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland is incredible, and there’s nothing flashy about it. Simple, straightforward golf with beautiful trees and turf. So what if the clubhouse looks like Noah’s Ark (not my description). This, my friends, is what golf should be. Allen Findlay, chairman of the Greens Committee there, told me that Hurricane Ike took 400 trees. I can’t imagine what it looked like before.
Usually I try to avoid shooting the unsightly periphery of golf. Power lines, Pulte Homes, etc. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. It’s there, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. (Westlake Dermatology would certainly disagree.) I vote for embracing the features we feel may be different, ugly, unworthy, distracting. They are part of the environment in person, so why not in photographs? These anomalies are what make us different, special, unique. They are what make us, us. Look at Heidi Montag. She has systematically removed every last cell of sex appeal in a long and expensive journey designed to achieve it. The poor thing.
The shot above is one from a couple of weeks ago in Houston. That’s Houston National Golf Club, up on the northwest side of town. Some very cool mounding around a relatively flat golf course. 27 holes and plans for another 9, which will change the whole place into a 36-hole facility with a private and a public course.
After spending a week in Houston, I’ve gained a new respect for it. The weather was PERFECT every day I was there. No humidity. 45-degree nights and 70-degree days. Maybe it’s always that way in Houston (LMAO). Normally in Houston, it’s not humid, it’s more a feeling of hummus.
And while we’re on the subject, David Pilsner over at Bay Oaks will take home the award for STPGA Golf Professional of the Year. Another fine man, and very deserving of the award. David was a big supporter of mine back in the days of Austin Golf magazine, which was around the time I shot this one of him at the 2005 Joe Black Cup Matches out at Barton Creek. Congratulations, David.
After linking to and reading (again) Guy Yocom’s interview with Jack Burke in a previous entry, I feel compelled to give it its own post. It is by far the best thing I’ve ever read about golf. For those interested in learning the game, you must read this interview. It’s a shame Mr. Burke isn’t running the PGA, the USGA and all the other groups that claim to support the game. And for those of you who disagree with his views on golf, guess what: you’re part of the problem.