Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 30: Emergency 9 golf-travel quiz with Tobacco Road’s Mark Stewart
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Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 30: Emergency 9 golf-travel quiz with Tobacco Road’s Mark Stewart

The picturesque par-3 14th at Tobacco Road in Sanford, North Carolina (Photo by Brian Oar /

It’s time for another Emergency 9 golf-travel pop quiz. And in “Talking GolfGetaways” Episode 30, hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch fire away at Mark Stewart, co-owner of North Carolina’s Tobacco Road golf course, ranked on many publications’ Top 100 lists.

Mark began playing at an early age and possesses a lifetime of connection to the game. His answers reflect a sense of gratitude and enjoyment of both golfing and traveling to uncover the next great destination.

Scotland and Myrtle Beach rank atop his favorites. And bucket-listers such as Nebraska, St. George (Utah) and the much-heralded nine-hole track at Sweetens Cove in Tennessee also find their way into one of his answers.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach, a Ryder Cup bacon baguette at Celtic Manor, people who share similar experiences, and good rain pants (and a flask!) are hints of other important Mark Stewart considerations.

And Mark’s handicap, favorite playing partners, and a Pinehurst-area course “Everyone Should Know About” round out his fun, thoughtful Emergency 9 — an enjoyable peek into the golf soul of one of the truly terrific people in the game, a man who shares not only his golf passion but also one of the country’s most exciting and memorable places to play: Tobacco Road.

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The GolfGetaways crew of Darin Bunch and Mitch Lauarance have decades of golf travels and adventures to share, which they do here at GNN, on their "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast and on their social media channels. You can find them usually playing hickories and having a great time taking in amazing architecture, scenery and company.