In Episode 65 of the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast, hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch welcome back one of the most well-respected journalists in the game — Ron Green, Jr. of Global Golf Post — for another insightful Emergency 9 discussion with answers coming from Green’s lifetime of covering the game and traveling worldwide.
Ron opens with a foursome of iconic tracks at the top of his Favorite Courses list, culled from a career covering the biggest championships in the game — Royal Dornoch, Augusta National, Pinehurst No. 2, and Seminole, which “totally exceeded” his expectations. And what’s on his Bucket List? How about Long Island’s great triumvirate of Shinnecock, National Golf Links and Maidstone, as well as Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and the many other legendary courses of Northern Ireland. Certainly no golfer can argue with those dream trips.
Green’s “Best Place He’s Ever Stayed” honor goes the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua after a recent visit while covering the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions. And his “Best Thing He’s Eaten on a Golf Trip” (“I love to eat,” he quickly admits, so there are many potential answers) harkens to Ireland and an Irish Stew and Guinness combo he enjoyed while sitting out a storm at the K Club, a culinary memory that still resonates.
When it comes to the “Most Important Thing Besides Golf on a Trip,” Ron believes it’s the company you keep and the ability to make memories on and off the course, citing as an example the options for different formats at Bandon Dunes Resort. And comfort is the name of the game when it comes to “One Piece of Apparel You’d Recommend,” making sure he has rain gloves and a windshirt (for both on and off the course).
A solid 6 handicap (playing our of his home club Cedarwood in Charlotte), Ron plays from around 6,500 yards and loves playing the game with “Favorite Golf Partner” father Ron, one of the giants of sports journalism over a remarkable 60-year career. Finally, Ron clues us in to his “Favorite Course You Wish Everyone Knew About” by listing the great clubs in the mountains of North Carolina — Grandfather, Elk River and Linville, explaining why everyone should do what they can to experience these exceptional private clubs.
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