Springtime on the Golf Course


March 2009


Springtime is here. The official start of the season, the Spring Equinox (officially called the Vernal Equinox), is on March 20, 2009. The birds return and the animal kingdom is becoming more active. The plants are starting to wake up and show first signs of life in which small leaves and flower buds abound. This is a perfect time of year to be outdoors, especially on the golf course. The golf course can be the perfect attitude adjustment and stress release needed after a long hard winter.


The freshness of springtime can be very therapeutic. While playing a round of golf, allow yourself to truly enjoy the surroundings of the golf course and consciously become connected to nature and the peaceful friendship it offers. Several amazing golf courses played on the PGA TOUR come to mind that are well worth visiting in the Springtime: Augusta National, Muirfield Village Golf Club, and Westchester Country Club.


Augusta National Golf Club is synonymous with golf course perfection. Each year, when the Masters is played, every blade of grass is in place, and the azaleas are in full bloom. The grass on the golf course is so perfectly manicured that it looks and feels like plush carpet. Prior to Augusta being a golf course it was a tree nursery, housing fruit trees as well as many other varieties. The vegetation flourishes with each spring season. If you have the opportunity to attend the Masters it is well worth your time.


The Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, home of The Memorial Tournament on the PGA TOUR, is a very well designed Jack Nicklaus Course. The course is in pristine condition. The design includes beautiful rolling hills, large trees, flowering plants, and water throughout the course with each hole having its own unique personality. This course design requires every golf club in the bag and a strong mental game. As so aptly put by Jack Nicklaus:


"I set out to build not only an outstanding golf course for every level of player, but a magnificent course for watching a tournament...I thought the Masters was a great thing for golf and that I'd like to do the same thing in Columbus."[1]


- Jack Nicklaus, Muirfield Village Golf Club

Jack Nicklaus


Another amazing and aesthetically pleasing golf course is the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York. The course spans a rolling New York terrain that includes enormous ancient trees, an abundance of wildlife, and a multitude of wildflowers in every color! The club house and hotel are 150 years old, in good condition and still in use today. Majestically overlooking the golf course, the club house and the surrounding grand estates offer a sense of ancient history and wisdom which leaves visitors with a feeling of awe.


I am continually amazed by the splendor that surrounds me as I play the fantastic courses of the PGA Tour. Each course has its own splendor. Springtime is the perfect time to get out on the golf course and join nature in celebrating the renewal of life!