I was blessed enough to have a chance to say a final goodbye this week, and was able to make sure he knew how much he influenced me over a
decade ago on his 80th birthday.My best memories as a kid were spending time with him, and I pray I never
forget those.RIP Grandaddy – I will see
you again some day in that great fairway in the sky.Keep hit ‘em straight till I get there! –
I recently crossed another one off the bucket list with a
visit to Pebble Beach on a sunny 70 degree day in September.My key impressions:1) more beautiful than I could have ever
imagined – sitting high above the ocean, the views are dramatic / amazing –
better than you can ever understand on TV, and 2) more difficult than I ever
realized – more holes on ocean-side cliffs than I knew, tiny little undulating greens
(and they were rolling FAST with the wind and the fact that a PGA Champions
Tour event was starting there this same week), and lots of wind.I broke 100 – and I'm calling that a victory. I also played with the same ball until an OB on my second shot on 18 (right of all things!) - so no penalty strokes until 18 and still pushed the century mark. That should tell you something about the conditions and greens.
The following are probably my favorite holes with number 8
highlighting an unbelievable approach shot over a 150 foot cliff – I was on in regulation
with 2 solid shots, but three-putted (unfortunately a common occurrence that
Sometimes you can get a 'pit pass' and can walk around near the pit stops for the Indy cars. This time we got to be IN the pit - and hang out with some notable names in racing...see if you can recognize some of these folks....
I could bore you with a lot of education, philosophy and science. Or I could just save some time and space and quickly arrive at my conclusion for you: Skiing wins - not by a landslide, but easily. I took lessons for both at the same resort and same slope: Breckenridge, CO. I learned to ski there when I was 4 years-old. I learned to snowboard there almost 40 years later. My conclusion reached is probably driven by those simple facts. But I'm glad I have experienced both and there isn't a much better feeling than a great run down the mountains. Maybe someday I will go deeper into my thoughts around the two mediums - but for now, I'll save you the time and let you watch some video.