North Shore golfers have certainly been blessed with lovely weather this fall. It’s brilliantly sunny and 72 degrees as I’m writing this in late October. But, as we all know, it’s just a matter of time before Old Man Winter and his buddy Jack Frost shock us back to reality.
Who knows, there might even be snow on the ground by the time this Winter edition of North Shore Golf magazine rolls off the presses in early November. That’s the perfect time to plan a great escape from the bitter cold. We offer a couple of tantalizing toasty options in this issue. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands region is often overshadowed by its neighbor, Myrtle Beach, about 75 miles to the south. But the Brunswick Islands area offers 30 championship courses, great fishing, exceptional dining and more. Bob Albright magically transports you there. Mitch Marcus takes us to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, where he played three championship courses of varying difficulty, including the Ocean Course, which hosted The War by the Shore Ryder Cup in 1991.
Thirty-one years ago, Alison Ann Russell was foolish enough to marry me. Pretty, intelligent and confidently independent, this Redding, Conn., native could have had her pick of men. It’s not easy being in a relationship with a newspaperman, what with the long hours, unpredictable schedule and pitiful pay. And when you throw me into the equation, it’s even more of a challenge.
By GARY LARRABEE
A few observations around and about the North Shore golf scene at August checkpoint time, as many of us close to the 2017 U.S. Senior Open continue coping with withdrawal symptoms after working one, two or three years on the now-departed championship at Salem Country Club.
By BILL BROTHERTON
“Is John Daly playing at Salem?” That’s the first question most people ask when they find out I edit North Shore Golf magazine. Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples have made the most money. Billy Andrade, Jerry Kelly and Gene Sauers have the devoted New England following. Tom Watson and Davis Love III are the most recognizable. Nearly every competitor has the skills.
The North Shore of Massachusetts boasts a rich golf history. In the late 1880s, the North Shore was the summer playground for the wealthy and golf played a major role in attracting and engaging the well-to-do. A few holes began popping up on private land from Ipswich to Beverly to Gloucester. Then, in 1893, construction of the area’s first course began in Manchester and Essex County Club was established. Many more would follow.