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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cypress Point Golf Club

Cypress Point.  Mention those words in any setting in which golfers are involved and you hear such comments as:

One of the best courses in the United States
One of the best courses in the world
How do I get on it?
I wish I could play it

Cypress Point is located on the 17 Mile Drive, not far from Pebble Beach. I have been lucky enough to play Cypress Point seven times, four of which were with the Lovely Sharon.  I have not played the course for a number of years and I look back often thinking about the holes, how I played and my playing partners. I can still feel the excite of walking down the fairways with my playing partners and and out caddies.  I remember my surprise when I first walked into the pro shop and realized how small it was.  The men's locker room is old, quaint and small.  This is a golf club not a country club.

I remember after my first round at Cypress we sat out side the mens' locker room drinking the Club's signature drink "Sam's Specials" and eating popcorn.

Here are some great photos of the Course. none of which I took

Here are few comments  about Cypress Point from internet sources

Cypress Point starts by spreading its Mackenzian fingers through the dunes as if to grab a firm hold on dry land, so it can dangle its lower extremities into the Pacific with confidence. Because of the intensely private nature of the club and the overwhelming famousness of its photogenic finish, the first 14 holes are virtually unknown to the golfing public, which is a shame, because they, too, are gorgeous. Eight and nine, two sometimes-drivable par fours, might be considered too short and quirky by today's standards, but only by those who don't have fun playing golf.

We played to the 14th green, all of us entranced by our surroundings, which included deer so secure it seemed as if they had been darted with Prozac. I was utterly spellbound by the sight of the 15th. I'd seen so many photographs, but Ansel Adams couldn't have prepared me for a vision so blissful. Verily, I was gobsmacked.

The Pacific boiled on the rocks and tore at the kelp below, an otter lolled on his back in the shallows, a peregrine falcon hovered overhead, and the smell of the brine filled my nostrils. I sullied the moment by hitting a morbidly obese 7-iron, but it didn't matter. The 16th was even better.
This place is special, it must be, because it made me feel like playing golf again. Playing Cypress Point made me feel like a lucky, lucky man, and it is my favorite golf course. - David Feherty, Golf Magazine

Opened in 1928 Cypress Point is often referred to as Alister Mackenzie’s finest design. Mackenzie also designed Bobby Jones’ beloved Augusta National so that gives you an idea of the gravity of the statement that Cypress Point is Mackenzie’s finest work. The course is laid out in 3 groupings of holes. Holes 1 through 6 are woodland holes set in the midst of the cypress and pine trees. Holes 7 through 13 are dunes holes expertly laid out among the natural sand dunes. Finally holes 14 through 18 are seaside holes that test the mettle of even the best of players lucky enough to tee it up here.

It was one of those great old locker rooms where the benches have spike marks from years of shoe tying before the days of soft spikes and ghosts lurk around every corner. Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus . . . all the greats have laced their shoes up here. In a quick glance around the room I saw Clint Eastwood’s locker and Charles Schwab’s but I didn’t linger too long as I was anxious to get out on the course.

I doubt I will be able to get on Cypress Point again but what wonderful memories of a beautiful place.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hidden Valley Country Club Photos

Here are some photos of Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hidden Valley Golf Course

My home course in Salt Lake City is Hidden Valley Country Club ("HVCC"), a 27 hole facility at the south end of the Salt Lake valley.  I have been a member of HVCC since 1987.  Here is a history of HVCC as published on the Club's website:

 Hidden Valley Country Club’s origins date back to the early 1920s when the club was known as the Fort Douglas Country Club.  The clubhouse was located on private land near the University of Utah in the Fort Douglas area, and a golf course was constructed on public land nearby.  Since the course was built on public land, it was later given to the University of Utah, and the course was no longer operated by Fort Douglas Country Club.  In 1957, the club purchased nearly 300 acres of land along with good water rights at the present Hidden Valley location for its future golf course, and the club became known as Fort Douglas/Hidden Valley Country Club. 

Also in 1957, the club engaged renowned golf course architect William Bell, Jr. from Pasadena, Calif., to design and build an 18-hole golf course at the Sandy, Utah, location.  The purchase price for the land and associated irrigation rights was $337,000.  Mr. Bell sent a letter to the membership stating that the Sandy location was well suited for a golf course and predicting the area would produce a high class residential neighborhood.  The club members supported the location and financial obligation, and construction began in 1958 on the clubhouse and golf course.

The original 18-hole golf course opened in May 1959, and comprised what is today known as the Lakes nine and Valley nine courses.  The clubhouse was completed in fall of that same year.  In 1979, the membership voted to expand the course by adding an additional nine holes.  Golf course architect William Neff was hired for the design work and, in the spring of 1980, the additional nine holes opened for play and are today known as the Mountain nine course.   

In 1997, the Equity members of the Fort Douglas/Hidden Valley Country Club voted to sell the Fort Douglas clubhouse to the James L. White Jewish Community Center, and the Fort Douglas reference was dropped from the club name.  Proceeds from the sale of the former clubhouse were allocated to construct a new clubhouse in Sandy that members enjoy today.  

I love the golf course and my male and female friends at the club.  One of my favorite things about HVCC is the deer population.  This year it seems as though we have more fawns than normal.  Sunday when I played golf with the Lovely Sharon, and friends Bruce and Grace, I bet I saw 12-15 different fawns.  There were five fawns and a doe on our last hole (Mountain Nine).  Although I see deer on the course almost every time I play, for me it is always exciting to see them. The deer are almost as tame as big dogs.  They will often allow you to get within 10 or 15 feet from them.  This time of year I like to pick apples from the fairway apple trees and roll them to the deer to eat.  Once you roll them a couple of apples they wait patiently for you to roll em a few more.

I will post a few HVCC photos in the next day or so.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Testicle Eating Fish

Now this is a scary story:

"If you're going swimming in Scandinavia, wear your trunks -- no ifs, ands or nuts.
 Authorities are warning skinny dippers about the Pacu, a fish similar to the piranha that really enjoys cracking nuts with its strong jaws. They've also been known to mistake testicles for something nice and crunchy, and they're strong enough to take off a finger.

Fisherman discovered the horrifying little creature, which is native to South America, in the Danish/Swedish strait of Oresund, CNN reports. The Pacu can grow to 55 pounds, has giant teeth and looks angry, but is usually the more friendly cousin of the piranha. That is, until it sees a testicle.
 Experts at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, who were notified of the Pacu sighting, warn: "Anyone choosing to bathe in the Oresund these days had best keep their swimsuits well tied."

Locals in Papua New Guinea say they have firsthand knowledge of a fatal testicle bite. Two fisherman are said to have died of blood loss after a Pacu chomped off their testicles, according to Metro. That said, such attacks are uncommon.

Last year, two Pacus were reportedly spotted in Lake Lou Yaeger in Illinois. Officials think amateur exotic fish collectors are the ones releasing their pets into waters where they don't belong. Anyone caught dumping exotic fish can be criminally charged.

It's unclear how the fish got into Scandinavian waters."

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Table to Sit At

I found this photo on the internet.  I don't know who took it and I don't know the location.  But something about it draws me to this unknown place. It has to be somewhere in Europe, but where?

No people are at the table or for that matter anywhere in the photo.  There is a river on the other side of the wall.   The table is private, protected by the building, the plants and the wall.  Is it a restaurant in the off season or a hotel or private house?   I imagine the table cloth is red and white checked and the chairs are green.  The tall trees on the hill across the river would add a hue of green if the photo was in color. The sky would be blue with wisps of translucent white clouds.

I think I would like to sit at this table with the Lovely Sharon.  A bottle of red burgundy, a basket of french bread and a glass of water. Talking about nothing and at the same time everything. 

Just a dream I know but sometimes the best part of life is our dreams.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Rush Limbaugh and the F Word

Right wing comedian Rush Limbaugh uses the "F" Word a lot.  I just listened to Rush Limbaugh calling Oprah Winfrey fat.  Last year Rush Limbaugh called Governor Chris Christie a "fat fool".  A couple of years ago Rush called Michelle Obama fat.

Oh Rush

What a wonderful person. I continued to wonder if Rush's middle name is "Dick".

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Henning Mankell

I have been on a binge recently reading crime novels by Swedish novelist Henning Mankell. A number of his books has the lead character Kurt Wallander, a Swedish police detective.  Wallander is a divorced middle age cop who is depressed much of the time and deals with the most heinous of crimes.  I love the Wallander character.  From the Mankell Website:

The Wallander series have also been adapted for tv and the screen and Krister Henriksson, Rolf Lassgård and Kenneth Branagh have all portrayed Wallander. The Swedish actor Krister Henriksson has starred in more than 25 Wallander episodes and in 2013 he is again playing the role of Wallander in The Troubled Man. The Swedish Wallander movies have been embraced by the English speaking audience, and when The Revenge, starring Krister Henriksson, was released in the USA the movie received a very high grade 3.5 out of 4.

The BBC’s British adaption of Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role, has rendered great success globally, acclaimed by both critics and audience. The series have won several BAFTA awards, including one for leading actor in 2010 for Kenneth Branagh.

I found the following biographical information about Mankell from his website:

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm 1948. When he was two years old the family moved to Sveg where the father worked as a court judge. The family lived in the court house in Sveg and young Henning much enjoyed listening to the grown-ups discussions on crime and punishment. At age 16 Henning Mankell dropped out of school in order to work as a merchant seaman for two years before settling in Paris. After a year and a half in the French capital, Henning returned to Sweden and got a job as a stagehand in a Stockholm theatre.

In 1973, Mankell released his debut novel, Bergsprängaren (The Rock Blast). In the same year, he went to Africa for the first time. Ever since he has divided his time between Africa and Sweden and since 1986 he is the artistic leader of Teatro Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique.

In 1991, the first novel in the Wallander series, Faceless killers, was published. Since, Henning Mankell has written nine more novels in the series, including the novel Before the Frost, about Kurt Wallander’s daughter Linda. Next to the Wallander novels, Mankell has also written more than twenty novels and a dozen children’s and youth books. In addition, he is also one of Sweden’s most frequently performed dramatists.

 Here is a list of some of the Mankell Books

2012 The Shadow Girls
2011 The Troubled Man
2010 Daniel
2010 The Man from Beijing
2009 Italian Shoes
2009 The Fury in the Fire
2008 The Pyramid
2008 The Journey to the End of the World
2008 The Eye of the Leopard
2008 The Cat who Liked Rain
2007 Kennedy’s Brain
2007 When the Snow Fell
2007 Shadows in the Twilight
2006 Chronicler of the Winds
2006 Depths
2005 A Bridge to the Stars
2005 The Man Who Smiled
2004 Before the Frost
2003 The Return of the Dancing Master
2002 Playing with Fire
2002 Firewall
2001 One Step Behind
2001 The Dogs of Riga
2000 Secrets in the Fire
2000 The Fifth Woman
1999 Sidetracked
1998 The White Lioness
1997 Faceless Killers

Henning Mankell

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Moab Love Triangle

Now here is one weird story about a Love Triangle in Moab, Utah involving a:

Deputy Sheriff;
His wife; and
His Father- the fire chief.

"Last month's arrest of a Grand County sheriff's deputy for investigation of attempted murder of his father stemmed from a family love triangle, according to a Moab police report. The 13-page report released Friday alleges Deputy Timothy "TJ" Brewer assaulted his wife, Logan, and his father, then-Moab Fire Chief Wesley "Corky" Brewer, after he caught them in bed together July 11.

It's the first time police have publicly released details of the case involving the deputy, who has since been charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and assault on a police officer.

The report states the deputy and his wife had his father over for dinner at their home and the three sat around having drinks until Logan Brewer put one of the couple's children to bed upstairs.

Timothy Brewer told investigators he later "lost it" after he went upstairs to find his father and wife having sex in the bedroom of one of his children.

Logan Brewer told officers that her husband "pistol whipped" his father and backhanded her.

The father returned to his home and intentionally stabbed himself with a kitchen knife, according to the report. The wound punctured his lung and nicked his liver, and sent him to a hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

The son, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office who was assigned to the narcotics unit at the time, is scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday in 7th District Court.

Attorneys for the deputy and his wife both declined to comment on the report.

Moab Valley Fire Protection District Commission Chairman Izzy Nelson told the Deseret News that Wesley Brewer resigned on Thursday as fire chief.

Timothy Brewer was released from the San Juan County Jail after his arrest on the condition he avoid any contact with his wife or his father, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

This story can be found at:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Some Favorite Movies

The Lovely Sharon and I both love to watch movies.  Here is a list of my favorite movies by some of my favorite actors/directors:

Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters
Midnight in Paris
Annie Hall
To Rome with Love
Vickie Christina Barcelona

Diane Lane

Under the Tuscan Sun
Must Love Dogs
My Dog Skip
Nights in Rodanthe

Humphrey Bogart

Casa Blanca
The Big Sleep
The Maltese Falcon
African Queen

Meryl Streep

The Iron Lady
Julie and Julia
The Devil Wears Prada
The Bridges of Madison County
The River Wild

George Clooney

Michael Clayton
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Good Night and Good Luck

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Headlines

I read a lot of news articles and magazine articles.  Sometimes I am attracted to the articles solely on the basis of the name of the article or the headline.  Some are funny, some are titillating, some are sad, and some are just plain unfortunate. Here are a few I have come across: ( have not made any of these up)

These are from July 30, 2013:

Lady Gaga Flaunts Fresh Face, Brunette Hair and Nose Ring At New York Benefit – Huffington Po
 (her face was so fresh and the nose ring was just darling)
Victoria Beckham Smiles For The Second Time In Two Months – Huffington
 (you may be too serious when its news when you smile)
Scientists Create Teeth From  Urine–
(when you spouse says your teeth look kind of yellow,  there would be a reason)
Here is one from July 31, 2013 - Huffington

Dog Eats Paralyzed Man's Testicle
 (man's best friend, I think not.)
Here are some more

 Now that would be something to see, kinda like a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest

  I would think teen pregnancy rates would drop to zero when they are 20 or older

 Me thinks thou does protest to much


 Its not that Clinton and its not that Beaver

 Improvement but not perfection obviously

This must have been a government study