North Shore Golf editor Bill Brotherton

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.

For those unable to travel to warmer climes, there is much in this jam-packed issue to keep you occupied while you’re puttering around the house waiting for the ground to thaw.

We spotlight North Shore golfers who performed well in club tournaments and in MGA, WGAM and New England PGA events during the summer and fall. We chat with renowned course architect Ron Forse, who is helping Tedesco CC return its bunkers to their original design. And we report on the retirement of Paul Barkhouse, and well-deserved honors given to Eddie Carbone, the executive director of this year’s successful
U.S. Senior Open Championship at Salem CC, and revered area pros Jim Lane and Bob Green.

Green, Tedesco’s longtime head professional, examines the state of the game in his Shades of Green column. Gary Larrabee applauds Rob Oppenheim, who grew up in these parts, for earning his PGA Tour card, and expresses his disappointment with one of our most hallowed golf clubs for not playing ball with the USGA.

We introduce you to TurfScapes, a Hamilton company that designs and installs putting greens at private homes. Our holiday gift guide offers tips that’ll please the golfers in your family … and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

So, slip on a warm sweater, settle into your favorite chair and get cozy with this Winter edition of North Shore Golf magazine. You know, Spring really isn’t that far away.

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