Talking GolfGetaways 67: Bandon, the Badger state and boxer shorts in Ryan Heiman’s Emergency 9
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Talking GolfGetaways 67: Bandon, the Badger state and boxer shorts in Ryan Heiman’s Emergency 9

The Casitas at Puerto Rico’s Royal Isabela top Ryan Heiman’s list of Best Places He’s Ever Stayed • Photo courtesy Royal Isabela

Every one of our Emergency 9 golf-travel questionnaires on the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast sheds a bit of light into golfing souls of those who join us. And this episode is no exception, as iGolfReviews creator and driving force Ryan Heiman goes golf-and-travel deep with hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch.

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If you caught his earlier episode (#52) during our Bandon Week podcasts, it’ll be no surprise that Ryan — whose Independent Golf Reviews website takes pride in its “Unbiased and Thorough Reviews” — begins by citing Bandon Dunes Resort as his Favorite Course or Destination Anywhere in the World. Or why, as tied as he is to the history and traditions of the greatest game, he chooses the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, as his “Bucket List” pick.

Since “Talking GolfGetaways” is always trying to turn you on to interesting golf-travel destinations, lodging options, food and lifestyle choices, Ryan’s pick of the Casitas at Puerto Rico’s Royal Isabela fits right in for Best Place He’s Ever Stayed. And, of course, it’s back to Bandon for Grandma’s Meatloaf and the Guinness Float at McKee’s Pub to round out his Best Thing (or Things) He’s Ever Eaten on a Trip.

As a widely-traveled golfer, Ryan shares the reasons why, other than golf, reasonably-priced food-and-beverage service is his Most Important Thing on a Trip” before he details the joys of his Most Important Apparel faves — Kentwool socks and 2Under Boxers (that’s right, he mentions underwear). And you’ll hear about the on-course comfort zone for this 2-handicap player who likes to play courses from the tees at “around 7,000 yards” (which makes Mitch and Darin weep).

Ryan rounds out his Emergency 9 with why he considers friend and co-reviewer Stephen Zinger (@spyzinger) to be his Favorite Playing Partner, discussing the nature of fun, laughs and competition when sharing a round. And finally, he gives a glowing review of his Course He Wishes Everyone Knew About — the 1930-designed Lawsonia Links in Green Lake, Wisconsin, a course growing in fame in the burgeoning golf destination known as the Badger State.

It’s another info-filled Emergency 9 with one of our game’s most passionate and dedicated golf journalists — and an all-around great guy. We hope you enjoy.

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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.