Visiting The Waterfall Club Twice in the Fall of 2019: Social Media PLAY-by-PLAY!

_Pic FBSoon to be R&R Time!!! Sooo I have been living in Atlanta for the last 6 weeks working hard assisting my son on a major home renovation… love Atlanta, it’s spiritual fullness, culture, people, & way of life. Sooo what do Atlantans do for for a little R&R, especially this time of year? Head up to the North Georgia Mountains to the Waterfall Club! Purely a tranquil, beautiful, and spiritual place to recharge, reconnect, and revitalize one’s life! Plus there is an unbelievable golf course with bent grass greens! Heart-to-heart, only 2 hours, about 100 miles from the center of Atlanta; northern suburbs are even closer! A little more work, a BIG event, and then off for a “Waterfall Refresher!” TROML Baby (an exclamation of Joy & Gratitude)!!!

CLICK HERE for The Waterfall Club in the North Georgia Mountains- Beyond Expectations!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with Article Link; 10-18-19)

2Perfect day for golf at The Waterfall Club, could not resist playing! Regulation par on first hole after no golf for last 2 months, hit the ball well! Bright, beautiful, sunny day! Dinner at the Overlook. Bartender Anton used my input & came up with a new drink for me, the ‘Waterfall Refresher!” It was quite refreshing!

CLICK HERE for the Picture Gallery of Sunday at The Waterfall Club!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 pics; 10-20-19)

26Spectacular mountain golf at its best! This Scott Pool design has amazing vistas, great shot values, and is a lot of fun to play! Here are the gorgeous 18 holes as you play them. Note the inspiration on the white tees at No. 9! Bill Robeson has it right!

CLICK HERE for the Picture Gallery of Monday at The Waterfall Club!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 pics; 10-21-19)

9Went off-property today driving down some beautiful country roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains The fall colors are emerging in North Georgia! Stopped by the Dicks Creek trail head & got a taste of hiking the Appalachian Trial. Who’s game for a 2,200-mile hike in 2020? Headed up to Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, to check out the view. WOW! Then back to The Waterfall Club to watch the sun set over Lake Burton! WOW! WOWIE!!!

CLICK HERE for the Picture Gallery of Tuesday offsite in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 pics; 10-22-19)

I came, I rested, I golfed, I feasted, I explored, I saw the leaves change colors, I was freed, I was revitalized! Thank you Chris Schindler & Jason LeBlanc for hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! Please rescue my Drone Buddy from the waterfall!

CLICK HERE for the Video of My Drone Buddy’s Ill-Fated Final Flight & Crash into The Waterfall!

_Final Pic ThursI lost a good friend on this visit to The Waterfall Club my Drone Buddy. He was valiantly videoing the namesake Waterfall when due to my pilot error he crashed into the rocky vegetation. Jason LeBlanc $200 Reward for recovering & safely returning my Drone Buddy in ‘as is’ condition to me. Two search & rescue attempts, one from below & one from above by me were unsuccessful. Need someone that can repel down from above. Warning, this video is graphic & not suitable for all audiences. Pilot Note: Mistake I made was piloting from tee above where I had no visual on the drone. Should have been down at the green looking up and watching the drone.

(Andy Reistetter; Two Facebook Post with 1 Pic & 1 Video; 10-23-19)

Where else would one like to go & celebrate knowing this spirited & beautiful woman named Merri for nearly eight years now? The Waterfall Club of course! The right place for golfing & vibrant life embracing guys, gals, couples, & families! Date Days (golf, tennis, spa) & Date Nights (culinary delights, ping pong, & theater room to watch movies) galore! Some pics from our first date at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando! TROML Baby (an exclamation of Joy and Gratitude)!!!

(Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 30 pics; 11-4-9)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

AGTD Experience Kissimmee, Florida: Kayaking at the Paddling Center!

When you are on an Experience Kissimmee, Florida weekend you experience what they want you to experience which is a good thing! I know TPC as the THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach but now also know it as The Paddling Center in Kissimmee!

I knew I would enjoy kayaking but I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did! It’s golf—beautiful, immersion into nature, and good exercise—without ANY stress of performance! Likely due to having a great guide in Alex—properly trained, knowledgeable of and lover of nature, and a great guy too! Case in point when I was going a bit wayward into the brush on the side of Shingle Creek, Alex yelled out “don’t lean!” I didn’t and stayed upright and in the kayak and not the water!

One added unexpected benefit of kayaking in the morning is that my upper body was loose for swinging a golf club in the afternoon ending the day with a Birdie 4 on the difficult 18th hole on the Nicklaus Course at Reunion Resort!

Kayaking at The Paddling Center on Shingle Creek is now on my “Must Do List” for Central Florida! Enjoy!

A BIG thank you to George McNeilly & McNeilly Communications for organizing this weekend with Experience Kissimmee, FloridaReunion ResortReunion Vacation Homes,
Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, and Celebration Golf Club! It was an amazing experience!

Please consider signing up to play in the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic in June!

(Andy Reistetter; 1/27/19; Facebook Post with 40 Pics)

Spectacular AGTD Experience: Reunion Vacation Homes at the Reunion Resort Orlando!

4This part of our Golf Experience weekend was definitely a bit over the top! If you love the staying at the Reunion Resort Orlando, you will love staying in the Reunion Vacation Homes! We stayed in a 10-bedroom beautiful home on the 12th hole of the Nicklaus Golf Course! With a home theater, hot tub and ten bathrooms too; it was the whole deal! Catered dinner the first night and dinner atop the Reunion Resort at the Eleven at Reunion Resort Restaurant! Wow, what a view and cuisine to match! Chauffeured limousine-like shuttles and the whole nine yards! There are Reunion Vacation Homes and then there are Official Reunion Vacation Homes with complete access to all the amenities like the water park. With a $700- 1,000 daily rate depending on season this is a cost-competitive alternative to hotels and resorts; plus lots more intimate! I have always been close to my GTWA peeps but now we are family! Maybe we should tee it up in the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic in June? Or maybe you should too!

A BIG thank you to George McNeilly & McNeilly Communications for organizing this weekend with Experience Kissimmee, FloridaReunion ResortReunion Vacation HomesMystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, and Celebration Golf Club! It was an amazing experience!   (Andy Reistetter; 1/27/19; Facebook Post with 40 Pics)

Celebration Golf Club to Host Kissimmee Family Golf Classic!

1After a great round of golf at Celebration Golf Club, we were introduced to the Experience Kissimmee, Florida organization and learned about the inaugural Kissimmee Family Golf Classic!

The Kissimmee Family Golf Classic June 20-23, 2019 at a lineup of star-studded golf courses including Reunion Resort Orlando’s Nicklaus and Watson courses as well as Celebration Golf Club. The 54-hole team scramble event is open to any combination of family members and will be a celebration of the bonds the game helps create. This is a great deal with substantial savings on greens fees alone! Plus I can tell you that Chris King is part of these so expect a family version of his over-the-top successful
World Am! For more information on the tournament and to register click on this link: 
http://www.kissimmeefamilygolfclassic.com/

3PLUS a BIG thank you to George McNeilly & McNeilly Communications for organizing this weekend with Experience Kissimmee, FloridaReunion ResortReunion Vacation HomesMystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, and Celebration Golf Club! It was an amazing experience!   (Andy Reistetter; January 27, 2019; Facebook Post with 8 Pics)

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Play the World Am in Myrtle Beach; It will make a Professional out of You!

CLICK HERE for Andy’s PLAY-BY-PLAY on Social Media for the 2019 World Am!

Four rounds means 15 new golfing buddies from around the world but this is my GTWA golfing buddy Tom Gorman!

Four rounds means 15 new golfing buddies from around the world but this is my GTWA golfing buddy Tom Gorman!

Competing in the 35th World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, SC was the best competitive golfing experience of my lifetime! Granted I am an amateur golfer and my game this week certainly is proof of that but I have been up close and personal with golf for my entire lifetime. Club Champion, Member-Guest Winners, and even qualified once for the Illinois State Championship and competed against a bunch of flat-belly college players is my amateur experience. Plus I have followed the PGA TOUR for the last eleven years and worked over 200 professional events. Why am I telling you this? So that you know that when I say ‘Competing in the 35th World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, SC was the best competitive golfing experience of my lifetime!’ that is authentic and true!

2018 World Am Welcome Party at Broadway at the Beach!

2018 World Am Welcome Party at Broadway at the Beach!

IF you want to know what it feels like to compete in a 4-day, 72-hole professional tournament then sign up for next year’s World Am in Pebble Beach! Seriously, we aren’t really professionals, that’s why they call us amateurs, but this golf tournament for 3,200 golfers in 66 flights on 50+ golf courses is run by Professionals! Plus there is an unbelievable, from every perspective, 19th Hole every evening after the golf! Plus Plus you are in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a world-class tourist destination! What an experience for a lifetime is the World Am in Myrtle Beach!

Oceanfront accommodations at the Caravelle Resort! Sunrise! Nice!

Oceanfront accommodations at the Caravelle Resort! Sunrise! Nice!

This year’s week of competition, entertainment, and FUN started with a Welcome Party at Broadway at the Beach. It was a blast! Festive atmosphere, entertainment, a brief introduction program and lots of raffle giveaways! Don’t miss it next year!

Any professional golfer knows the key to a god week is a good bed. Find your bed as soon as possible and get a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s Round One! My home for the week was a more than comfortable, more than fantastic oceanfront studio room with a efficiency kitchen at The Caravelle Resort! Nice to swim in the ocean after golf. Sunrises (moon rises too) are spectacular! Be comfortable, be rested, and play good golf!

Don't ever call me a sandbagger but I do feel good about my net 290, Plus-4, T4 finish!

Don’t ever call me a sandbagger but I do feel good about my net 290, Plus-4, T4 finish!

For the record my Handicap Index was 9.6 and I received 11 strokes each round of golf. I was in Flight 17 and my division was “Senior Men (50-59).” Start time every day was 9 am as a shotgun. This was always preceded by the Head PGA Golf Professional welcoming us and going over the local rules and orienting us to the club. In your welcoming package is a listing of your course assignments, strokes for the day, and start hole. Know the day, know your course, so you drive to the right one and avoid a DQ (and that is not a drive thru Dairy Queen). The final round starting hole is determined based on your standings within your flight so you get to play face-to-face with your competitors down the stretch!

Did I tell you this is a very well organized golf tournament run by professionals?

With Duke, Barry, and Clay for Round 1 at Wachesaw East!

With Duke, Barry, and Clay for Round 1 at Wachesaw Plantation East!

My first competitive round in the 2018 World Am was at the Wachesaw Plantation East Course. We had a great foursome with Duke, Barry, and Clay. Let me tell you how nervous I was taking back the driver on our first tee, the par-5 17th hole. No, I can’t tell you because it makes me anxious just thinking about it. Of course I yank my first tee shot left into the water hazard. But I recover well and 2-putt from 30 feet for a bogey. Of course my drive on the next hole goes to the right and I have to chip out and drain a 10-footer for bogey. Still nervous a bit I pure a 9-iron to 6 feet and make a birdie on our third hole.

Lots of challenging shots at Wachesaw Plantation East!

Lots of challenging shots at Wachesaw Plantation East!

As the round went on I settled down a bit and added three bogeys to post a 2-over par 38 on the front nine. Then I add three more bogeys finishing up the back nine to go with my two-bogey start and post a 5-over par 41 on the second nine. A double-bogey-free 79 for me is a very good score and I was happy about it! When I got to the 19th Hole later that evening I was ecstatic to see my net 68 leading my flight by 4 strokes!

 

It's not where you start but where you finish. But my name was up there in first place after Round 1 for all the other 3,200 golfers to see at the 19th Hole!

It’s not where you start but where you finish. But my name was up there in first place after Round 1 for all the other 3,200 golfers to see at the 19th Hole!

Did I party that night! You bet I did, after all I am an amateur and a 19th Hole with thousands of golfer guys and gals that fills up the convention center—main musical stage on one side and free food, a mini PGA Show that is open to the public and golf entertainment on the other side—is seductive! Did I mention that they have beverages, i.e. open (free) bars on both sides!

Partying was Mistake No. 1. Mistake No. 2 was knowing that I was the leader by four strokes! It gets to your head. It definitely got to me! Now I was real nervous and not so well-rested for Round 2 which was at the beautiful and challenging Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Amazing golf courses! I played Wachesaw East, Caledonia, Legends Parkland, and Aberdeen. This is the 18th at Caledonia!

Amazing golf courses! I played Wachesaw East, Caledonia, Legends Parkland, and Aberdeen. This is the 18th at Caledonia!

We started on the 150-yard par-3 11th hole. An Augusta-like No. 12 par-3 if you know what I mean. Not the hole you want to take your first swing on! Water hazard left, a green that angles away from you right to left. I was not prepared to start and quite frankly did not know the exact yardage as I had not set up my trusty Shot Scope V2 GPS watch the night before. Another consequence of Mistake No. 1!

I hit a tentative 8-iron that goes left into the water hazard. I find it and can play it and I did find the courage to play it a little too strong over the green. From there I do an ’85 U.S. Open T.C. Chen double hit chip. Worse yet I don’t make the green. By the way T.C. Chen had a 4-stroke lead over Andy North and needless to say we know who won. I chip onto the green, take two putts and walk away with my own personal quadruple bogey 7. There goes my four stroke lead!

Needless to say we are not going hole-by-hole for all of the 72 holes of Andy’s World Am but I will say I rebounded with a birdie on the very next hole, then two pars, and then another birdie to be back in the zone, not mine, at plus-2 after six holes for the round! After I posted three more bogeys there was a rain delay and by chance we were just finishing on the 18th green when the skies opened! Good omen I thought but silly me sat down for the half hour or so and tightened up. Yep Mistake No. 3 was not staying loose during rain delays. My second nine 45 was not pretty. Neither was the second round score of 88 net 77.

With Dan, Aaron, and Don in Round 2 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

With Dan, Aaron, and Don in Round 2 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

We had a great foursome with Aaron, Don, and Dan. Dan my cart mate shot a 79 so we did see some good golf!  I wasn’t so happy at the 19th Hole when I looked up to the projected and rotating through flights scoreboard. I was now T5 nine strokes behind some guy named John that shot a net 63 on the same course I tried to play that day!

Here I will digress to point out two things that make this a professionally run golf tournament. First, there is a room you go to at the 19th Hole to receive a printout of the up-to-date standings of your flight. Pretty nice, very professionally done so everyone knows where they and everyone else in their flight stands. Secondly, the guy that shot the net 63 in Round 2 did not tee it up in Round 3. If your score is too good to believe and statistically way out there on the bell curve well then, being fair to the other competitors, the tournament committee will remove you from the competition. I still hoped he still got to play golf and enjoy the 19th Hole every night like we did.

Need I say it again... Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer...

Need I say it again… Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer…

As I mentioned the 19th Hole is amazing! Stage musical entertainment, golf entertainment and personalities the likes of Charlie Rymer, Chantel McCabe, Paige Spiranac, Katrek & Maginnes on Tap, and Damon Hack. If you get tired of golf there is the beautiful and talented Ewa Mataya Laurance—The Striking Viking—the most visible superstar in the history of pocket billiards for your entertainment and viewing pleasure. You might even get to play her! Did I mention all the beverages, including alcoholic ones and the food is FREE? There are no hidden costs when it comes to the World Am!

Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer… he shared his chilling commentary on skin cancer during a break in the golf entertainment schedule. Hugh’s message was to take ownership of your healthcare despite the failings of healthcare professionals. Live and love life to its fullest! I first met Hugh Royer III several years ago when he was inspiring juniors in golf… now he is inspiring adults in life!

With Jeffrey, Anthony, and C.J. in Round 3 at Legends Parkland!

With Jeffrey, Anthony, and C.J. in Round 3 at Legends Parkland!

So now it is Moving Day, Round Three for Flight 17 at The Legends on the Parkland Course. A special place for me as The Legends was my first taste of Myrtle Beach Golf back in the late 80s coming down from New York in the winter with my brother and brothers-in-law. But today was the day to make up for all the mistakes of Round 2. We had a fun foursome with Jeffrey, C.J., and Anthony.

But it turned out to be no moving for me on Moving Day. I shot a disappointing 87 (net 76) still T5, but well back 9 strokes behind the leader Gay William (82-82-83; Net 212)  But as Tiger would look at it there were only four guys in front of me! I still have a chance to win this thing! Another great 19th Hole experience in the evening. It was seafood & karaoke night! There were some real pros up there impersonating professional singers and bringing the house down! The Biggest Party in Golf just goes on and on and on!

Before I knew it the final day of the 2018 Myrtle Beach World Amateur was here. Technically not the final day because if you win your flight you play the next day for the overall World Am Champion title!

With Scott, Richard, and Kevin on the first tee before teeing off in the final round at Aberdeen CC.

With Scott, Richard, and Kevin on the first tee before teeing off in the final round at Aberdeen CC.

As I mentioned the final round starting hole is based on the standings so I was, as they say in golf broadcasting, in the penultimate group starting on No. 1 right behind the lead foursome. Perfect position for our foursome of Scott, Richard, and Kevin to watch and make a move as we played the Highlands/Meadows at Aberdeen CC. With a 4-stroke lead over the field and 9 strokes ahead of me it was Gay’s tournament to win or lose. I wanted to shoot in the 70s and maybe be there to back door a World Am flight championship, who knows maybe still win the whole thing!

I started with six pars but 3-putted the par-3 7th hole and bogeyed the difficult ninth for a first nine 39. A good start but needed some birdies on the second nine. I suffered another 3-putt bogey on the 10th but did manage to birdie short par-4 12th making a nice little left-to-right downhill 6-footer. After a par at the 13th I was only plus-3 through 13 holes. I was hoping for a couple birdies on the way to the clubhouse but it was not meant to be. My short game let me down on the 14th for bogey and a poor drive and another 3-putt on the par-5 16th pretty much ended any of my chances. As it turned out I shot 80 and finished T4 ten strokes behind flight winner Gay William who shot a final round 79 to win by four strokes.

Great entertainment at the world's largest 189th Hole!

Great entertainment at the world’s largest 189th Hole!

The fourth & final night of the 19th Hole was a celebration extraordinaire! WOW, what an amazing experience to play & party my way through this 4-round handicapped competition! Definitely an add to any golfer’s bucket list. Organized, orchestrated, & conducted to the perfection, pleasure, & performance of all the golfers participating! I felt the thrill of being a professional golfer for the week! The World Am was the concluding experience on the 2018 East Coast Golf Journey for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! It was time to head home to Ponte Vedra Beach!

Hope to see you next year at the World Am in Pebble Beach!

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Here are 183 pictures of golf, the 19th Hole and a whole lot of FUN at the 2018 World Am!

2018 World Am Myrtle Beach: PLAY-by-PLAY on Social Media!

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Four rounds means 15 new golfing buddies from around the world but this is my GTWA golfing buddy Tom Gorman!

Four rounds means 15 new golfing buddies from around the world but this is my GTWA golfing buddy Tom Gorman!

Competing in the 35th World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, SC was the best competitive golfing experience of my lifetime! Granted I am an amateur golfer and my game this week certainly is proof of that but I have been up close and personal with golf for my entire lifetime. Club Champion, Member-Guest Winners, and even qualified once for the Illinois State Championship and competed against a bunch of flat-belly college players is my amateur experience. Plus I have followed the PGA TOUR for the last eleven years and worked over 200 professional events. Why am I telling you this? So that you know that when I say ‘Competing in the 35th World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, SC was the best competitive golfing experience of my lifetime!’ that is authentic and true!

Here are my posts in chronological order for that amazing week in Myrtle Beach! Only room for a few pics in the text but there are 183 in the Picture Gallery beyond the text!

Enjoy and I hope to tee it up with you in the 2019 World Am in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Play well!

Oceanfront accommodations at the Caravelle Resort! Sunrise! Nice!

Oceanfront accommodations at the Caravelle Resort! Sunrise! Nice!

Last leg of the 2018 East Coast Golf Journey- competing in the 35th Myrtle Beach World Amateur Golf Championship! A 4-day event on 4 different golf courses; 3,183 golfers; 66 flights; 50+ golf courses masterminded by Chris King! Kickoff/Welcome Party at Broadway at the Beach was a blast!(Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-26-18)

Loving my room/efficiency at The Caravelle Resort! Nice to swim in the ocean after golf yesterday & the sunrises (moon too) are spectacular! Nice transition back home to PVB! Let’s have a TROML Day today! #MBWorldAM   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-28-18)

It's not where you start but where you finish. But my name was up there in first place after Round 1 for all the other 3,200 golfers to see at the 19th Hole!

It’s not where you start but where you finish. But my name was up there in first place after Round 1 for all the other 3,200 golfers to see at the 19th Hole!

WOW, what a first day the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship! First a 79 at Wachesaw Plantation East, then the world’s largest 19th Hole! I call it the World’s Largest Party in Golf! And it’s a Monday night! WOW, what fun! Good to see some old friends in golf & make some new ones too! Caledonia Golf & Fish Club tomorrow!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-27-18)

Off to a good start! One birdie, no double bogey, no 3-putt round of 79! TROML Baby! #MBWorldAM   (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 8-27-18)

With my new golfing buddies after Round 1: Duke, Barry, & Clay!

With my new golfing buddies after Round 1: Duke, Barry, & Clay!

Rough Round Two… tough golf course, a great Mike Stranz design in perfect condition, weather delay, poor execution… shot ÷18, 88, net 77, bogey golf was I today… scores likely high though cart mate shot 79, other two had 93s… disappointed though I did my best throughout the battle… 19th Hole tonight, largest party in golf, tomorrow will be a new day!   (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 8-28-18)

 

 

Need I say it again... Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer...

Need I say it again… Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer…

Pure Inspiration, Pure Courage, & Pure Determination is Hugh III Royer… chilling commentary on skin cancer, taking ownership of your healthcare despite the failings of healthcare professionals, and living & loving life to its fullest! First met Hugh Royer III several years ago when he was inspiring juniors in golf… now he is inspiring adults in life! Thank you Hugh! All the best to you & family!  (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 8-28-18)

 

Amazing golf courses! I played Wachesaw East, Caledonia, Legends Parkland, and Aberdeen. This is the 18th at Caledonia!

Amazing golf courses! I played Wachesaw East, Caledonia, Legends Parkland, and Aberdeen. This is the 18th at Caledonia!

Shoot 88… go from leading by 3 strokes to T5 nine strokes behind… go to the 19th Hole of the World Am, the Biggest Party in Golf…have a BLAST… now there are only 4 golfers ahead of me with two rounds to play… going low tomorrow on Moving Day! #MBWorldAM   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-28-18)

No moving for me on Moving Day… disappointing 87 (net 76) in Round 3 BUT still T5 with only four guys in front of me! I still have a chance to win this thing! Another great 19th Hole experience this evening! Seafood & Karaoke Night! The Biggest Party in Golf just goes on and on and on! #MBWorldAM   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-29-18)

Don't ever call me a sandbagger but I do feel good about my net 290, Plus-4, T4 finish!

Don’t ever call me a sandbagger but I do feel good about my net 290, Plus-4, T4 finish!

Final Day of the 2018 Myrtle Beach World Amateur! Shot 41+39=80 to finish 4th in my flight! The fourth & final night of the 19th Hole was a celebration extraordinaire! WOW, an amazing experience to play & party my way through this 4-round handicapped competition! Definitely an add to any golfer’s bucket list. Organized, orchestrated, & conducted to perfection, pleasure, & performance of all the golfers participating! Concluding experience of the 2018 East Coast Golf Journey for Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! Time to head home to Ponte Vedra Beach!   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-30-18)

The World Am was a great finish to the memorable month-long, 4,173-mile East Coast Golf Journey!

The World Am was a great finish to the memorable month-long, 4,173-mile East Coast Golf Journey!

The month-long, 4,200 mile, 11-different beds 2018 East Coast Golf Journey has been successfully completed! WOW, so many wonderful golf & travel experiences, family & friend visits! TROML Baby! Thank you to ALL the great people and events that helped make August 2018 a memorable month! Much appreciated with gratitude! Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary #MBWorldAm #DSGO (Facebook Post with 1 Pic, Andy Reistetter, 9-2-18)

Here are those 183 pictures of golf, the 19th Hole and a hole lot of FUN!

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America’s Best Golf Resort: Innisbrook a Salamander Resort near Tampa, FL!

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Copperhead+-+Logo+Golf+Ball_1274b7d4-9676-44a4-9a45-acc672a7e02e-prvThere is nothing better than a golf vacation at Innisbrook!

Innisbrook is one of five Salamander Resorts along with Hammock Beach (Palm Coast, FL); The Henderson (Destin, FL); Reunion (Orlando, FL); and Salamander (Middleburg, VA).

Why Innisbrook?

Because it whets your appetite and brings you along wanting more at each turn until you are more than fully satisfied, you are astonished at the good time you experienced with family and friends.

Plus I just experienced a great golfing weekend at Innisbrook!

Whether you are driving in or flying in it all starts with the drive coming up US 19 North from the Clearwater/Tampa area. Florida is flat, right? Not! There is a big dip in US 19 that marks your entry into the beautiful rolling hills of the Innisbrook Resort. Perfect topography for golf courses and for a perfect play-land of nearly 1,000 acres including 70 acres of lakes! The appetizer entry is quick, only 20 miles from Tampa International Airport. On to the main course (actually 4 golf courses) of a resort that has renewed itself in terms of the physical structures yet gone further in terms of its unique spirit, service, and spectacular delight of its guests!

It’s all about the golf, cuisine, and lodging for me. But there is more for non-golfers and families for sure.

No better place for a group golf or spa weekend than at Innisbrook!

No better place for a group golf or spa weekend than at Innisbrook!

The Salamander Spa is all about transformation of mind, body, and soul to our optimal well-being. The art of healing is manifested through various treatment and services. So numerous that I counted them and there are over sixty! For women and men! From the Exotic Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow to the Thai Floor Massage to the mother-to-be Mellow Mama Maternity Massage; the Salamander Spa has them all and they are delivered by the most experienced therapists available in the business!

Besides the four golf courses and eleven har-Tru tennis courts, six heated pools including the Lochness Monster pool, there are numerous seasonal and holiday activities for the kids and families. The Activity Guide I saw was 17 pages long but I did not count the number of activities. I will let you do that as my schedule was full with playing all four golf courses on a Golf Travel Writers Association weekend visit after the PGA Show!

Let’s get onto my favorites—the golf, the cuisine, and the lodging!

Packer 100th Cake 2

Mr. Packer’s 100th birthday cake complete with a replica of his double dogleg par-5 14th hole!

Innisbrook has the perfect and scenic topography for golf courses! Lawrence Packard, the legendary golf course architect who lived to be 101 years old designed all four of the golf courses at Innisbrook— Island, Osprey North, & South (all three in 1970) and Copperhead in 1974. Not only did he do a great job with the overall resort design of the golf courses and lodge clusters, he also invented the double-dogleg par-5. This player loving and challenging golf hole is exemplified by the 14th hole at Innisbrook. Larry’s personal favorite was the par-5 14th at Innisbrook Copperhead. After a somewhat blind tee shot, the golfer plays around the bend with a lake on the right, and then changes direction again to take aim at a green perched up on the hill. Like that drive up US 19 who knows what next to expect while playing this hole? Packard so loved Innisbrook that when he retired in 1986 he moved there to enjoy the atmosphere and his legacy designs!

I will likely be snake bitten next time but for now I am treasuring my back nine 36!

I will likely be snake bitten next time but for now I am treasuring my back nine 36!

My GTWA buddies and I played where the PGA TOUR pros play in the Valspar Championship—the famed Copperhead Course—upon arrival on Saturday! At 7,209 yards from the tips why not start with the hardest course and tee it up from the whites (6,243 yards, Rating 71.1, Slope 137)! Hey 137 slope is no easy walk in the park and I proved that by shooting a 49 on the first nine. The only highlight being a regulation par on the 140-yard par-3 4th hole with a two-putt from thirty feet!

Not sure what happened at the turn but I had my way with the second nine shooting a one-over par 36 with a birdie on the 11th (9-iron to 10-feet) and two bogeys early and then a finish of five straight pars! Snake Pit (Holes 16, 17, & 18)? Not today my Copperhead friend! How many pros improve by twelve strokes in nine holes?

Always an awesome experience to stay right on the golf course!

Always an awesome experience to stay right on the golf course!

After the round it was time to check-in and find my bed for the next two nights. Wow, like the Copperhead Golf Course, nothing but the best here! Our two-bedroom suite in the low-rise lodge had been completely remodeled as will all the guest accommodations at Innisbrook be by the end of the year. All new furniture, furnishings, flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, cabinets, lighting, draperies and other decor. With a full kitchen and separate entrance for the master bedroom there is a lot of flexibility with the accommodations at Innisbrook! Another one of those unexpected yet beyond satisfaction turns at Innisbrook!

To say we had a great time is a bit of an understatement!

To say we had a great time is a bit of an understatement!

After getting cleaned up it was off to experience the last leg of my Top Trifecta of Travel Golf—golf course; lodging; and NOW dining cuisine! The Innisbrook team including Managing Director J. Michael Williams, Director of Instruction Dawn Mercer, and PR Specialist Ramona Herald hosted us in the Market Salamander Grille. With great food and live music by the Backstreet Band featuring Kerry Olivia and Peter Vann in the adjacent Osprey Bar, it was an exceptional evening of camaraderie, entertainment, and satiation of hunger!

Other resort dining includes Packard’s Steakhouse where a Signature Packard’s Salad enhances any entrée; the Turnberry Pub for a friendly, casual family meal; plus several other convenient, recreational-based places to eat.

Momma Osprey protecting the nest and her young ones!

Momma Osprey protecting the nest and her young ones!

We played 36 holes on Saturday taking on the Osprey North Course, a.k.a. Baby Copperhead, in the morning and the Osprey South Course in the afternoon. There is a strikingly beautiful picture of an Osprey behind the check-in desk at Osprey Clubhouse. Early in the round we saw an Osprey nest up high in a pine tree behind the second green. The Momma Osprey came out and did a few laps around the green for us! What a way to start the day off! A lackluster 45 on the first nine but then driver—3-wood to 4 feet and an Eagle-3 on the 10th hole. I mean an Osprey-3 as Eagles are Ospreys at Innisbrook! Two doubles and two bogeys to finish but hey I did post an Osprey 39!

Sparring with my buddy Tom! Must have been after we both made birdie! Always a good match with Tom!

Sparring with my buddy Tom! Must have been after we both made birdie! Always a good match with Tom!

The afternoon round on the Osprey South, a links-style design, was just as much fun but without the excitement of another Osprey-3! The South is scheduled to have its greens upgraded to TifEagle Bermuda Grass before the end of the year to match the other three courses at Innisbrook. While Innisbrook is known worldwide for the Copperhead Course, Larry Packard was consistent in the shot-value quality of design so all four courses are challenging, engaging and rewarding. If you play a good shot you will be rewarded!

Come Monday morning I finished up The Innisbrook weekend with a round on the Island Course with my GTWA buddies Tommy & Jamie! What a picturesque, challenging & fun golf course to play. With a couple more birdies on my scorecard I was definitely smitten with Innisbrook—the golf, the accommodations and the dining cuisine! I was taken by the charming nature of Innisbrook. My only regret is that there was not a fifth golf course, or even sixth, and that it is time to go home!

Innisbrook: Be Charmed Like I Was, Not Bitten, by the Snake Pit!!!

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I will likely be snake bitten next time but for now I am treasuring my back nine 36!

I will likely be snake bitten next time but for now I am treasuring my back nine 36!

WOW, what a visit to Innisbrook Golf Resort! It seems like everything had been redone and upgraded; the golf courses, the accommodations, and the restaurants and entertainment! Played all four courses; Copperhead, North and South, and the Island Club in three days. My only wish? That there was one more golf course to play as I did not want to leave! PS: More will be written about this experience… and I was actually charmed, not bitten, in the Snake Pit with a back nine 37!

Florida is flat….coming up US 19 North from Clearwater… there is a big dip that marks your entry into the beautiful rolling hills of Innisbrook, perfect topography for golf courses! Lawrence Packard designed four of them here! We played Copperhead, the host course for the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour! Snake Pit? Not today! Snake my convoluted golf game… went 49-37! Beautiful accommodations, cuisine & live entertainment with Kerry Olivia and Peter Vann, the Backstreet Band… North & South tomorrow, then the Island Course Monday Morning before heading home to Ponte Vedra Beach… Grateful, life is good… TROML Baby! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/27/18).

58Thirty-six holes on North & South today then CBS/GC’s Torrey Pines five-hole playoff… I am pooped! Storyline… picture of Osprey behind check-in desk at Osprey Clubhouse… Osprey nest up high behind North No. 2 green… driver, 3-wood, made four footer for eagle on North No. 10… I mean Osprey! Get it? Eagles are Ospreys at Innisbrook! Morning with Bruce, Dan, & John… Afternoon ‘two tie, all tie’ competition with Greg, Rick, & Tom! Who do you think won with nine skins on the back?Tain came late, last three holes! Hey who won at Torrey Pines? I fell asleep! Island in the morning at sunrise! TROML Baby! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 28 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/28/18)

62Finished up the Innisbrook trip with a round on the Island Course with my GTWA buddies Tommy & Jamie! What a picturesque, challenging & fun golf course to play. The Innisbrook real estate around it is blooming! My only regret is that they don’t have a fifth golf course and that it is time to go home! Thank you Ramona Herald & all the folks at Innisbrook for an exceptional golfing experience & hosting Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! I can see why Rory (McIlroy) is coming to play in the Valspar Championship! #Innisbrook #Copperhead #SnakePitSelfie   (Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Andy Reistetter, 1/29/