About the Old Man

The Old Man (history), who took up golf in May 2010, writes about it in his life, mediated by art and literature.

The site map and library list influences. His narrative equipment: fiction, memoir, photo, video, scorecard, map, event planning, taxonomy, product placement and more. He started with the commonplace that art can be found anywhere, even in golf, which most people see as the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable. While sympathizing to a degree, the Old Man tenders New Monuments in defense of golf.

Current Writing

Future Fairways:

Bed A, or Raft of the Medusa

Bed A is a critique of the health-care industry and a celebration of one of its inmates, who endures a noisy hospital room and being denied painkillers. Her husband takes revenge by imagining horrible “cures” (tastes of their own medicine) for stone-faced clinicians on a golf course outside their window. Craving distraction, our heroine, the titular “Bed A,” consults with authority figures of a different nature, from Jane Austen to Tadeusz Kantor. In the end, to the surprise of everybody but her caregiver, the patient executes a tour de force, sitting up in bed on her birthday to improvise a sequel to Austen’s unfinished Sanditon.

sources
Jane Austen, Sanditon (1817/1925)
Tadeusz Kantor, Panoramic Sea Happening (1967)

The Green Room

selected ghostwriters, in order of appearance
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
James Joyce, Ulysses
Andreas Gryphius, Absurda Comica oder Herr Peter Squenz
Samuel Beckett, Endgame
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Bertolt Brecht, Mutter Courage
Günter Grass, Katz und Maus
Heiner Müller, Die Hamletmachine
David Mamet, A Life in the Theatre
Elizabeth LeCompte/The Wooster Group, Hamlet
Gertrude Stein/Elizabeth LeCompte/The Wooster Group, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
Elfriede Jelinek/Nicolas Stemann, Das Werk

The Open

To protect their summer best against mugginess, competitors and fans alike at South Park Municipal Golf Course for the United Golf Association’s 1946 Open Championship gravitate toward the umbrellas on the brick terrace of the clubhouse, where light showers (mechanically generated by sprinklers) and fleeting rainbows had refreshed early birds. Bas-relief deities on the building’s brick façade set a high standard for composure under an August sun in western Pennsylvania. Music deities and avid golfers Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstine, appearing courtesy of a turntable in the locker room, improve atmospheric conditions.

sources
Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive
The Pittsburgh Courier
South Park Golf Club House (1939), design: Henry Hornbostel

Other Writing

During breaks from club business, the Old Man slips off to a semi-private room with a keyboard.

Memberships

The Walking Golfers Society, Mt. Lebanon Senior Men’s Golf Club (PA), past (long-distance) social member of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club (SCT).

Fictional Site Visits

California
Sunnylands (design: Wilson), Rancho Mirage
Torrey Pines (South: Wm. Bell, Jr.), San Diego

Georgia
Augusta National Golf Club (A. MacKenzie/Jones), Augusta

New York
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Flynn), Southampton

Oregon
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon Dunes: Kidd; Bandon Trails: Coore/Crenshaw; Old Macdonald: Doak/Urbina; Pacific Dunes: Doak; Punchbowl: Doak/Urbina), Bandon

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Country Club (Ross/Hanse), Sewickley Heights
Linden Hall (P. Snead), Dawson

England
Heythrop Park (T. MacKenzie), Oxfordshire

Germany
Trümmerbahnen (Weber), Braunschweig/Berlin

Ireland
Taylor’s Hill Pitch & Putt and Galway Golf Club (A. MacKenzie), Galway

Mexico
Agua Caliente Casino and Resort (Wm. Bell, Sr.), Tijuana

Non-Fictional Site Visits

Arizona
Fred Enke (design: Benz/Phelps), Tucson

California
Admiral Baker, North Course (Daray), San Diego
Admiral Baker, South Course (Daray/Halsey), San Diego
Arrowood (Robinson), Oceanside
Balboa Park 18 Municipal (& Balboa 9) (Wm. Bell, Sr./Halsey Daray), San Diego
Bonita (Wm. Bell, Jr.), Bonita
Boulder Oaks (Sanderson/Fleming), Escondido
Carlton Oaks (Perry Dye), Santee
Castle Creek (Daray), Escondido
Cathedral Canyon (D. Rainville), Cathedral City
Chula Vista Municipal (Casper)
Cimarron, Boulder Course (Fought), Cathedral City
Cimarron, Pebble Course (Fought), Cathedral City
Coronado Municipal (Daray/Halsey)
Cottonwood, Lakes Course (Moorman/Sears), El Cajon (No Longer Extant)
Cottonwood, Ivanhoe Course (Moorman/Sears), El Cajon
Desert Dunes (Trent Jones, Jr.), Desert Hot Springs
Eagle Crest (D. Rainville), Escondido
EastLake (Robinson), Chula Vista
Emerald Isle (Gandy), Oceanside
Fallbrook (H. Rainville), Fallbrook (NLE)
Goat Hill Park (Keehn), Oceanside
Indian Canyons, North Course (Wm. Bell, Jr.), Palm Springs
Marine Memorial, Air Station Miramar (Daray), San Diego
Marine Memorial, Camp Pendleton (Wm. P. Bell, Sr.), Oceanside
Meadow Lake (Sanderson), Escondido
Mission Bay Municipal (Robinson), San Diego
Mission Trails (Wm. Bell, Jr.), San Diego
Mt. Woodson (Schmidt/Curley), Ramona
National City (Bermudas), National City
Oaks North (Robinson), Rancho Bernardo
Oasis (D. Rainville), Palm Desert
Pala Mesa (Johnson), Fallbrook
Presidio Hills (par 3), San Diego
Reidy Creek (Olson), Escondido
Riverwalk (Robinson), San Diego
Rustic Canyon (Hanse/Shackelford), Moor Park
Sail Ho (Spalding), San Diego
Salt Creek (Bickler/Cook), Chula Vista
Shadow Mountain (Sarazen), Palm Desert
SilverRock (Palmer), La Quinta
Suncrest (Watson), Palm Desert
Sycuan, Pine Glen Course (Holingsworth/Robinson), El Cajon
Sycuan, Oak Glen Course (Holingsworth/Robinson/Fleming), El Cajon
Tahquitz Creek, Legends Course (Wm. Bell, Jr.), Palm Springs
Tecolote Canyon (Trent Jones), San Diego
Torrey Pines Municipal, South Course (Wm. Bell, Jr. and Sr.), La Jolla CA
Twin Oaks (Robinson), San Marcos
The Vineyard (D. Rainville), Escondido
Warner Springs (D. Rainville), Warner Springs
Woods Valley (Ginkel), Valley Center

Connecticut
Shennecossett (Ross/Mungeam), Groton

Pennsylvania
Mt. Lebanon Municipal (Ormiston)
Ranch View (par 3), North Strabane (NLE)
Schenley Park Municipal (Ormiston), Pittsburgh
South Park Municipal (Loeffler/McGlynn), Library

South Carolina
Charleston Municipal (Adams)
Springfield (Johnston), Fort Mill

As observer
The Farms (Perry Dye/John Fought), Rancho Santa Fe CA
Mission Hills, Dinah Shore Course (Muirhead), Rancho Mirage CA
Oakmont (Fownes), Oakmont PA
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Thomas), Ojai CA
Sunnylands (Wilson), Rancho Mirage CA

Under scrutiny of Golf Widow
Admiral Baker, North Course
Balboa Park 18 Municipal
SilverRock

Selected Equipment

The Delinquent (Cleveland driver)
The Geologist (Kenneth Noble Sandefur putter). Club head provenance: Tecopa Hills CA
The Grandpa (maternal grandfather’s Spalding persimmon 2-wood, for honorific and decorative purposes)
The Nittany Lion (TaylorMade 3-wood)