Golf Digest Road Trip: 60 Stories In 60 Days

The people, places, and smiles we saw while driving 14,176 miles across the U.S.

Released on 9/13/2010

Transcript

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[Voiceover] Of all the places I've been,
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people I've met, it's hard to instill
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one single idea about the road trip.
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But I will say this.
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People who only watch golf on TV,
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tend to think of it as a sport with too many rules.
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When they saw Dustin Johnson ousted from the playoff
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at the 2010 PGA Championship
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for grounding his club in a bunker
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some people didn't know what to think about this sport.
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In fact, golf's first rule was that
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you couldn't play it in 1566,
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when it was outlawed by the Scottish parliament
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for interfering with the soldiers archery practice.
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But we've come a long way from that in America.
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Here I found, people play the game
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pretty much any way they want.
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And I'm not talking about the difference between
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an ultra private place like The Vineyard Club,
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that gets 7,000 rounds a year.
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Or America's busiest municipal course,
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El Rancho in LA,
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that sees over 130,000 rounds a year.
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It goes way deeper than that.
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Take Thad Daber, from North Carolina,
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who likes to play with just one club.
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The World One-Club Champion
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once shot 200 par
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on a 6100 yard course using just a six iron.
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The local caddies told me he was the best loop in town.
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Some people just like to play golf real fast,
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like these speed golfers from Ohio.
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We ran and carried our bags,
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and played 18 holes in an hour and 14 minutes.
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(laughter)
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(Man) Makes them play a little longer that way.
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(Voiceover) Some people like having
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their own personal fancy cart,
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like Joan Comisar of Palm Springs.
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Joan has won 47 women's club championships.
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I'm proud to say I squeaked a half against her
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in a nine hole match.
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Some people just like to drive the ball real far,
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like Sean The Beast Fister,
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the three-time World Long Drive Champ,
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who I met up with in Little Rock,
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to watch him drive a ball across the Arkansas River,
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with a 360 yard carry.
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This is the best stretch in golf.
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When you hit the ball across the river,
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especially at President Clinton's library,
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probably shouldn't have your name on the ball,
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but I know Clinton, so I can get away with it.
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(Voiceover) It took a few tries, but he did it.
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I've guys that come down here,
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and hit it over this river,
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and as we put them under the lights,
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with the cameras on, and the crowd behind ya,
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and they freeze up, sweating,
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and they swing out of their comfort zone,
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and that's where the separate the men from the boys.
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(Voiceover) Some people just like to play old school,
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like with hickory shafts and gutta-percha balls,
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at Oakhurst Links in West Virginia.
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Some people want to grow up and play on the PGA tour,
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like Christian Carpenter from North Carolina,
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who first made a hole-in-one
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when he was four and a half years old.
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He says it's his first memory.
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What a way to come into the world.
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Some people, they just use one arm.
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National Amputee Champ Lucian Newman from Alabama,
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who plays to a two handicap.
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Some people like to play for a lot of money,
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like professional poker player
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Erick Lindgren from Las Vegas.
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Some people never mix money with golf,
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like Bill Campbell, who played in 33 straight U.S. Amateurs.
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I rode around with Mr. Campbell,
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and he told me when he played in a tournament,
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he woke up ready for a special experience.
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Some people play where it's real windy,
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like The Hogan Golf Course in Midland,
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or The Canyons in Salt Lake.
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In Oklahoma, some people don't even play with shoes.
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Some people are real good and practice all the time,
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trying to qualify for the U.S. Open in Florida,
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to find out that pretty good isn't good enough.
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Some people just like to play a lot,
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like Jim Mahoney from Georgia,
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who played 711 rounds in one year.
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Some people don't even play golf at all,
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but still love the game.
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Artist Linda Hartough watches golf on tv while she paints.
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Some people like to go skiing and play golf in the same day.
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I tag along, but only had my golf rain pants.
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What an idiot.
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Some people just like to play with their son,
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or their spouse.
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Some people, they just like to teach,
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like like Errie Ball, age 99,
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the only living contestant from the first Masters in 1934.
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So what's the one thing these people all have in common?
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They all read Golf Digest.
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These are our readers.
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