2019 ECGJ: Playing C. V. State Park with the “Too-Young-To-Be-A-Legend” Joan E. Davis

22This is what I love about life and golf… first of all, playing the Chenango Valley State Park Golf Course… a labor of love built by the CCC during the Depression… try getting out of pine trees planted on 3-foot centers! Totally in tune with nature!

Secondly, playing golf with the ‘too-young-to-be-a-legend’ Joan E. Davis and a literal newcomer to the game, playing her very first round, my writer friend Carol! Joan is an expert instructor, especially likes working with women that are new to the game, in love and honor of her own hero, the gone-all-too-soon LPGA Teaching Professional Jorie Ftorek.

2 Truly amazing to watch the interaction of experienced and newcomer as the love, fun and physical nature of the game is being passed along. Good to see the game through the eyes of a first-timer! And yes, Carol did pick up Joan’s ball marker on the green thinking she found something valuable to be returned to its rightful owner! LOL!

So good to experience and play ‘State Park,’ a must every season and if you are lucky enough to play every week!

Love the socks Joan!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 8-9-19)

2019 ECGJ: Playing the Historic Binghamton Country Club, an A.W. Tillinghast Gem!!!

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Fun, Fun, Fun at BCC!

What a treat, what fun to play. Binghamton Country Club today! Especially with my two good Hobart & William Smith College friends Professor Chip who teaches a golf architecture course and Ken the Statesmen Golf Coach!

The golf course is in incredible shape benefiting from recently completed tree removal and bunker restoration programs! The course conditions have historically been impeccable and they were no different today! The greens, the course’s main defense, along with the engaging high shot value A.W. Tillinghast design, were rolling at an 11.3 on the Stimpmeter today!

The long & difficult par-3 18th home hole at BCC!

The long & difficult par-3 18th home hole at BCC!

Binghamton Country Club is the bedrock, the history, the origin of golf in the Greater Binghamton area and all of Broome County and somewhat beyond! The club dates bank to 1889 with the first course on the flat lands near the Susquehanna River. The famous and tremendously skilled golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast designed the current golf course and it opened in 1921.

 

George F. Johnson in line with his workers ringing out on the Time Recording Clock Machine!

George F. Johnson in line with his workers ringing out on the Time Recording Clock Machine! (Picture Credit: Bundy Museum)

George F. Johnson was a charter resident member of BCC and such a big proponent of golf he built his Endicott-Johnson shoe workers a golf course of their own. Originally called the En-Joie Health Golf Club, the workers’ golf course opened in 1927. George F. influenced Thomas J. Watson not only in business but also in golf. Watson, who also became a BCC member was the man who built International Business Machines (IBM). He also built a golf course for his workers; the IBM Country Club which opened in 1938. The En-Joie Golf Club has brought the world of professional golf to the Triple Cities (Endicott, Johnson City, and Binghamton) since 1971 (Credit source of this information to BCC Club Historian Louis R. Panigrosso, Esq. and his 3-part series ‘E-J, Big Blue, & BCC.’)

Binghamton University Campus from the 15th green at BCC.

Binghamton University Campus from the 15th green at BCC.

With views across the Susquehanna Valley to Vestal in the South direction one can easily see the Binghamton University campus from the 15th green near the clubhouse. There are even better views from the 17th green all the way east up the Susquehanna River to Downtown Binghamton and my beloved Ely Park Golf Course on the western slope of Mount Prospect!

Great golf history, hometown views, and great camaraderie made for an exception day! While my buddies had to head north and home to Geneva after lunch in the grill room I ventured back out on the golf course for a second 18 holes! I had to make up for the round lost after being cut after two rounds in the TCGA Amateur Championship Keith Chesk! For those of you who know me and the TROML/SSS process I am always joyous and rejoicing so why not play and replay this beauty?

View from the 6th green at BCC!

View from the 6th green at BCC!

A Heartfelt Thank You to Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Today also brought back memories of being selected as the 2015 John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence! What a great on-campus experience with the freshman class which just now graduated four years later! Time indeed flies! I hope they learned as much from my share as I learned from them! TROML Baby (an exclamation of Joy and Gratitude!)

(Andy Reistetter; 7/27/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

Visit Rochester, New York and You May Never Leave!

1Visit Rochester, New York and You May Never Leave!

Rochester, New York is Limitless!

Visit Rochester like I did in July 2019 and you may never leave!

Limitless in terms of pretty much everything- accommodations, restaurants, history, museums, scenic vistas, and yes, of course, golfing opportunities which is what initially caught my eye!

But after experiencing Rochester I would say that what is the most limitless about it would have to be the people I met while visiting—their personalities, their dreams, and their realities!

Of course, I include all people—those living that I interacted with and those that lived in the past that interacted with me- both types spirited, creative, and impactful!

New friends found at the Woodcliff with a view of the Bristol Valley from the 4th tee behind!

New friends found at the Woodcliff with a view of the Bristol Valley from the 4th tee behind!

Take for interest, Dusty Odenbach, PGA Director of Golf and fourth-generation owner & operator of the Links at Greystone, an impressive Craig Schreiner-designed gem of a links-style golf course. This is a perfect example of a young and new generation taking the family business, the altered family legacy to new heights. Earlier in life the Odenbachs expanded from the mining business to recreational golf business. Now Dusty and the family team is taking the authenticity of this links design to new levels with fields of yellow-tainted fescue heather and revealed expansive golf course vistas as trees are being removed. This golf course takes you back, all the way back to the roots of the game on the seaside links of Scotland!

With Dusty Odenbach after playing The Links of Greystone!

With Dusty Odenbach after playing The Links of Greystone!

Yes, Rochester lies north of the 42nd Parallel and experiences a winter season when golf is not possible for the rationally-inclined normal golfers. Albeit those that venture out into the winter wonderland with tethered orange colored golf balls, what is one to do on a golf course in the months of January and February?

Snow Tubing at Greystone!

The ‘hit-into-a-slope’ driving range is being converted to a state-of-the-art tubing facility! With lighting, snow machines, and a tube lift to pull you up the 100 feet to the top, having fun at the Slopes of Greystone will be like tapping in that gimmie for birdie to close out a buddy and win the match!

New friends made at Ravenwood, including Rich from Visit Rochester's who shot a 74 with 3 straight birdies!

New friends made at Ravenwood, including Rich from Visit Rochester (under flag) who shot a 74 with 3 straight birdies!

Kick back and enjoy the 1,000 foot long & slick coast back down to the flat lands of Greystone. Whether you do one run or a golfers’ magic number of eighteen the clubhouse and Stoney’s Pub is sure to be your post-tubing destination! Enjoy the ‘Speedie’ Marinated Beef with House Made Cheese Sauce on a Pretzel Roll like I did. And if you are from Greater Binghamton like I am, let Dusty know that proper spelling is ‘Spiedie!’

The larger-than-life Dusty, the UCONN baseball star pitcher that could have made it on the PGA TOUR in my opinion after playing a round of golf with him, is obviously vibrant and alive. But so too to me was Margaret Woodbury Strong after visiting the Strong National Museum of Play, the Ultimate Play Destination, and the No. 1 Rochester Attraction according to TripAdvisor.com.

Margaret Woodbury Strong finishing her swing in life with grace, power, and meaning!

Margaret Woodbury Strong finishing her swing in life with grace, power, and meaning!

A kindred spirit and benefactor of children, young and old like me, is Margaret! After seeing a picture of her golfing in style back in the 1930s and experiencing her fascinating legacy museum, I felt like I spent the afternoon playing golf and experiencing life at its essence with her!

Don’t pass by the Merry-Go-Round as you enter without taking a ride (or as you leave but do upon arrival!)! Chip in the dollar to ride with gratitude and hop on a horse or if you are lucky enough ride in the ‘Lover’s Tub’ with your forever valentine. Afterwards, pass by the Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner if you can, pay the modest admission fee and enter America’s Playland. Be sure to note that Happy Hour at the Skyliner is 2:30 to 4:30 pm every day with milkshakes at half price!

Honored am I to become the 17th member character of Sesame Street!

Honored am I to become the 17th member character of Sesame Street!

I had an amazing afternoon at the Strong National Museum of Play! We learned through fun and I learned a lot about myself in a couple of hours. I was honored to become the 17th member character of Sesame Street during their celebratory 50th year! Then, if that wasn’t enough, I was voted Wegman’s Employee of the Month! Locals know all about Wegman’s and you should too! My play friend Margaret’s collections are amazing! Yes, even Mabel, Margaret’s first doll that started it all, especially my namesake Raggedy Andy (and Ann). The only sad occurrences of the day were when the ride of the Merry-Go-Round ended and the play museum closed at 5 pm. Hopefully you can visit on a Friday or Saturday when they are opened to 8 pm.

My three days visiting Rochester were magical. I did not want them to end!

The Art Deco Suite at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa.

The Art Deco Suite at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa.

Accommodations in the Art Deco Suite at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa were over the top! My first of four rounds of golf was right there on top of Woodcliff Mountain with a view all the way down the Bristol Valley from the 4th tee. My final round would be in the distance, on the west side of Canandaigua Lake at Bristol Harbour. The Cook Family, in their fourth year of ownership, continues to renew the Finger Lake’s premier golf resort. The historic and renown Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course with so many scenic views never fails to impress the beauty of nature upon golfers and guests from around the world!

My Bristol Buddy Joe and I on the 7th green with the view of Canandaigua Lake behind us!

My Bristol Buddy Joe and I on the 7th green with the view of Canandaigua Lake behind us!

In between the Woodcliff and Bristol Harbour, I played The Links at Greystone and another gem of the Golf World—Ravenwood Golf Club. Host of the 81th New York State Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in 2003 and then again the 87th in 2009, this centrally located golf course is public golf at its country-club-like best. The Robin Nelson-design on gently rolling topography speaks for itself directly into any golfer’s heart. Challenging but not too difficult, this masterpiece is true to its designer’s vision of “If you hit a good approach shot, you should have a chance to make the putt” and walking off the 18th green you will leave wanting to come back and play Ravenwood again!

As far as culinary delights and satisfactions, my indulgences at Label 7 in the village of Pittsford, Stoney’s Pub at The Links at Greystone, The Cub Room in Downtown Rochester, Genesee Brew House overlooking the gorge-ous waterfall of the Genesee River, Rohrbach’s Brewery & Bitter Honey on Railroad Street, and at the Restaurant at Bristol Harbor were all memorable!

Visit Rochester, New York and You May Never Leave!

Visit Rochester, New York and You May Never Leave!

Additionally, I visited the George Eastman Museum and Mansion which are beautifully located on East Avenue amidst the most elegant and architecturally sophisticated residential area of Rochester. Founded by George Eastman and Margaret’s father Henry Strong in 1888, Kodak continues to this day along with the Xerox Corporation, another Rochester corporate baby. A Kodak Moment and a Xerox Copy is as American as it gets. Kodak’s legacy and Eastman’s personality are to be found below the canopies of estate trees along East Avenue.

Whether through the lenses of golf, community, or entertainment Rochester, New York is seen clearly as limitless. Visit Rochester like I did in July 2019 and you may never leave!

For more specifics on each Rochester venue I visited, please click here to follow a play-by-play recap of my visit to Rochester, NY!

July 2019 Visit Rochester, New York: PLAY-by-PLAY on Social Media!

4Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary is on the move again heading up and over to Visit Rochester, New York! This will be an exceptional trip for sure! Staying at the elegant, historic, and extremely comfortable Woodcliff Hotel & Spa. Golf history for sure as this is where the European & American Ryder Cup teams lodged for their 1995 match at Oak Hill.

Golfing venues will include the fun, but challenging executive 9-holer at the Woodcliff, The Links at Greystone, and Ravenwood Golf Club. Adventure, fun, and history stops at The Strong Museum (of Play now officially), the George Eastman Museum, and an evening on Railroad Street! Culinary pursuits will include The Cub Room, The Genesee Brew House, Rohrbach Brewing Company, and Bitter Honey… Awe, honey is NOT bitter… but their website description says it all for this trip:

1“Simply put, we’re a casual neighborhood restaurant serving up elevated and authentic Mexican fare in a family-style setting. In Mexico, meals are a time for sharing good conversation over even better food. We like that philosophy, so we decided to bring it to Rochester and complement it with a mezcal-based cocktail list. Yes, we have other spirits and classic cocktails, but we want to celebrate and share mezcal—Mexico’s indigenous spirit made from agave and a cousin of tequila—with Rochester and beyond. Bitter Honey is about hospitality. We love our guests; it’s that simple. We look forward to welcoming and hosting you soon!”

I am casual, I am elevated (tall), and I am just a kid too! Lucky that I just turned 22 (thou-days that is)! Look out Rochester, New York… here comes Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Pic; 7/16/19)

 

4Amazing start to my Visit Rochester experience! Checked into the Art Deco Suite at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, played golf in their 9-hole Executive Course, and enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar! Given the carpet color & design I think I am staying in the same suite as 1995 European Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher! WOW, two story penthouse, circular staircase, view galore! Fun, yet challenging & tight golf course at times! Pass a residential vineyard on the 3rd hole and a beautiful view of the Bristol Valley on the 4th! Dinner was quite unique, the L.A. Chicken, a Belgian waffle with buttermilk battered chicken with all the extras! Can’t decide where in the suite to watch The Open preview… probably in the whirlpool bath! Sleep well my Facebook friends!

CLICK HERE for 30 Pics of the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Golf, and the Label 7 Napa Eatery & Bar in Pittsford, New York!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7/16/19)

 

1This video speaks for itself! Note the well-positioned tee shot! Par 4 to finish off a great round! Visit Rochester, The Links at Greystone, & especially my playing partner & PGA Director of Golf Dusty Odenbach; Thank you for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!

CLICK HERE for Andy’s Commentary & Approach Shot to the 18th Green at The Links at Greystone!

CLICK HERE for Pics and the “Play-Write” Article on The Links at Greystone!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; 7/17/19)

 

5Incredible day today! Honored to be the 17th member character of Sesame Street! WOW! Absolutely taken with Margaret Woodbury Strong! Amazing woman! Likes to have FUN in life and is a golfer like me! So blessed to have met her! What an amazing day spending time and being with her! And then, if that wasn’t enough I was voted Wegman’s Employee of the Month! Only sad thing was that the Merry-Go-Round ride had to end! What a day playing at the The Strong Museum! Life is good! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY)!

CLICK HERE for 30 Pics of FUN while playing at the Strong Museum!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-17-19)

Strong Museum of Play? I like to play!

CLICK HERE for the Video of riding the Merry-Go-Round at the Strong Museum!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; 7-17-19)

 

4Fantastic dinner this evening with Rachel of Visit Rochester at The Cub Room to cap off arguably the BEST day ever for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! Some free time in the Art Deco Suite at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa; golfing with Dusty at the amazing The Links at Greystone, playing and having fun at the Strong Museum of Play!

Great conversation about the ongoing Rochester Renaissance and such wonderful culinary delights- grilled octopus, burrata cheese, sea scallops, and the unimaginably delicious Cub Room S’Mores for dessert!

Story of The Cub Room… a.k.a. the Stork Club, Junior’s Gin Joint… tied somehow to a similar place in New York City back in the day… some great pics for sure!

Another gorgeous Woodcliff Sunset!

Forecast for tomorrow… more of the same! TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY & GRATITUDE)!!!

CLICK HERE for 30 Pics of The Cub Room and their Amazing History!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-17-19)

 

14Everyone’s coming to Visit Rochester! Pure coincidence that the SJF group is here! Well then again was that really my friend Phil BOMBING that drive or an imposter! WHAT, no invitation for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary??? Play well gentlemen!

CLICK HERE to see a Video of my friend Phil bomb a drive off the 1st at Ravenwood Golf Club!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; 7-18-19)

Great round of golf at Ravenwood Golf Club with Rich of Visit Rochester who shot a 74 with 3 straight birdies! Thank you to GM Mike Roeder for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!

CLICK HERE to see 30 Great Pics of Ravenwood Golf Club!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-18-19)

 

30Great time with Chelsea of Visit Rochester! Genesee Cream & a Beef on Weck took me back to college! High Falls! WOW! Beautiful view! Dinner on the Bridge looks FUN!!!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-18-19)

CLICK HERE to see 30 Pics of the Genessee Brewhouse & the Gorge and High Falls of Rochester!

 

 

2Andy Reistetter is feeling amazed at George Eastman Museum.

Yeah, amazing!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-18-19)

CLICK HERE to see 30 Pics of the George Eastman Museum & Mansion!

 

 

2Railroad Street as I Visit Rochester… Bitter Honey… Rohrbach’s Railroad Street Brewery… Almost Queen at Martin Luther King Park… Fun, Tasty, & Entertaining! Wow, Wow, Wow!!!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post 7-18-19 with 30 Pics; 7-18-19)

CLICK HERE to see 30 Pics of Bitter Honey & Rohrbach’s on Railroad Street!

 

Andy Reistetter is attending a live concert at Five Star Bank Party in the Park Rochester.

Visit Rochester, having a good time!

CLICK HERE to watch the Video of the Almost Queen Concert!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post 7-18-19 with 1 Video; 7-18-19)

 

13‘Buddy Golf” at its BEST at Bristol Harbour on Canandaigua Lake! What a great finish to the AGTD Visit Rochester trip! Bristol Harbour, along with Sabina Ravenwood, and The Links at Greystone are part of the Finger Lakes Golf Trail! Spectacular views, spectacular golf course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. design), and spectacular golf too… at times! JB and I both birdied the difficult par-5 10th hole! The bunkering is spectacular! The clubhouse is spectacular too! Lunch was delicious! The view- WOW!!! My Buddy Drone was grounded due to high winds… YES, “Make Every Moment Count!” TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY & GRATITUDE)!!! Thank you to Tim & Bristol Harbor and Visit Rochester for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! More will be written about the golf experience and the visit to Rochester!

CLICK HERE to see 30 Pics of the spectacular Bristol Harbour Golf

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-19-19)

 

 

 

 

 

2019 ECGJ: Play Bristol Harbour Overlooking Canandaigua Lake outside Rochester, NY!

1‘Buddy Golf” at its BEST at Bristol Harbour on Canandaigua Lake! What a great finish to the AGTD Visit Rochester trip! Bristol Harbour, along with Sabina Ravenwood, and The Links at Greystone are part of the Finger Lakes Golf Trail! Spectacular views, spectacular golf course (Robert Trent Jones Sr. design) , and spectacular golf too… at times! JB and I both birdied the difficult par-5 10th hole! The bunkering is spectacular! The clubhouse is spectacular too! Lunch was delicious! The view- WOW!!! My Buddy Drone was grounded due to high winds… YES, “Make Every Moment Count!” TROML Baby (an exclamation of JOY & GRATITUDE)!!! Thank you to Tim & Bristol Harbor and Visit Rochester for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! More will be written about the golf experience and the visit to Rochester!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-19-19)

Photo Gallery 231: George Eastman Museum & Mansion; Visit Rochester 7-18-19

Photo Gallery 232: Bitter Honey & Rohrbach’s on Railroad Street; Visit Rochester 7-18-19

Photo Gallery 230: Genesee Brewhouse, Gorge & High Falls; Visit Rochester 7-18-19

2019 ECGJ: Play Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York outside Rochester!

14Everyone’s coming to Visit Rochester! Pure coincidence that the SJF group is here! Well then again was that really my friend Phil BOMBING that drive or an imposter! WHAT, no invitation for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary??? Play well gentlemen!

CLICK HERE to see a Video of my friend Phil bomb a drive off the 1st at Ravenwood Golf Club!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; 7-18-19)

Great round of golf at Ravenwood Golf Club with Rich of Visit Rochester who shot a 74 with 3 straight birdies! Thank you to GM Mike Roeder for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 Pics; 7-18-19)

Photo Gallery 227: Strong Museum: ‘America at Play;’ Visit Rochester 7-17-19