Galveston to the Houston Open

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
Trip End Jun 12, 2007

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Friday, March 30, 2007

29/03/07 - "Houston we have a problem!" - I set off from Galveston @ 7.00am and arrived at the Redstone GC (venue of the 2007 Shell Houston Open) at 9.00am, only to be told by the local "federales" that I needed to go to a place called "Greenpoint Mall"and catch a shuttle bus! 2 hours later I found the Mall. Nobody could help, not even the Shell gas stations! (you'd think they'd have sign posts - no, not here, they expect you to know)
So, at 11.30am I arrived back at the place I'd been at two and a half hours earlier! 

Anyway, the best 3 ball I could find was the 12.30pm threesome of Bernhard Langer (Ger), David Howell (Eng) and Frank Lickliter II (USA).(Most of the top golfers are resting before the Masters next weekend - pussies!)  I walked the 18 holes with them and introduced myself to David Howell on the 1st fairway - what a nice guy! (Lickliter II on the otherhand was moody and bad tempered, Langer - well who knows? I've seen him several times over the past twenty years and he is either really cool or has a personality of a brick!).

On my way round I said "hello" to John Goodman (he of many films including, Coyote Ugly,  The Babe, The Flintstones, Blues Brothers 2000, Roseanne, The borrowers,etc.) Another nice guy, he was very surprised that I recognised him in sun glasses and baseball cap, but he is larger than life and very hard to miss!
And I walked passed Will Smith and his wife (I think it was her) spoke to several other USA TV personalities and golf commentators we see on SKY, but I can't remember their names. (Did'nt see "Fairway Feherty"!)

At the end of the round Mr Howell came up to me, shook my hand and thanked me for walking round with him. Like I said, nice man. As you can imagine I didn't get the same kind of feedback from Messrs Langer and Lickliter! - And the nice man shot the lowest score of the 3, with a 2 under par 70.  

As for downtown Houston, what a city - small, compact, state of the art and clean. Not a city break holiday - not much history and not much too see, compared to say, Paris, Rome, Venice, London etc. But as a city to live and work in, it has all the ingredients I like, including its climate. I'm guessing Dallas is similar, but I've chosen to give it a miss and head south to the Mexican Border instead.

So I've ended the day at Bay RV Resort. "minutes from NASA and other attractions" - Yeah 90 minutes!
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