About the Old Man

The Old Man (history) writes about golf 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:

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
Heiner Müller, Die Hamletmachine
David Mamet, A Life in the Theatre
Elizabeth LeCompte/The Wooster Group, Hamlet
Gertrude Stein, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
Elfriede Jelinek, Das Werk

The Open

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

In Memory of Billy Eckstine (1914-1993)

Other Writing-in-Progress

Our Man in Tver, a short-story collection

Carousel, a Bildungsroman in Kodachrome

invisible ink: diary of a caregiver

The Ladies of Guadalupe, a short story


The Walking Golfers Society and Mt. Lebanon Senior Men’s Golf Club (PA). Past social member of Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club (SCT).

Fictional Site Visits

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

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

New York
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Flynn), Southampton

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

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

Heythrop Park (T. MacKenzie), Oxfordshire

Trümmerbahnen (Weber), Braunschweig/Berlin

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

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

Non-Fictional Site Visits

Fred Enke (design: Benz/Phelps), Tucson

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
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

Shennecossett (Ross/Mungeam), Groton

Mt. Lebanon Municipal (Ormiston)
Ranch View (par 3), North Strabane (NLE)
Schenley Park Municipal (Ormiston), Pittsburgh
South Park Municipal (Riis), 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

Selected Equipment

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