Golf - Past, and Present
Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
61Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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Another day in Paradise... '57 ?????
What I did
Em & Phil, who happen to be volunteers at the Hall, led us on a personal tour (free!) of the famous tower, from which you can see the only course designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer together. One of the highlights of the Hall is an incredible tribute to Bob Hope, golf's greatest fan, which takes you through his entire career. Then you wind your way through the history of golf and all of it's storied players as you climb the tower, culminating in the trophy room with an incredible crystal display which hangs above your head arranged in the arc of the perfect swing.
Phil, who was a car salesman all his life, knew Bob Hope personally - having sold him some Cadillacs - and even got to play nine holes with " old ski nose"
Em and Phil also gave us a tour of nearby St Augustine - now we're into buildings that are 500 years old... I find it hard to believe that Florida waited some 300 years to open it's first bar! Ever the seasoned tour guide, Phil whisked us around and through what is considered the oldest city in the U.S., pointing out his barbershop, his lube shop, his optometrist office .... oh yeah, and a really old hotel where he and Em go to have lunch in the deep end of an old indoor swimming pool. Actually, he was very informative and knew quite a lot of the local history, and he somehow remembers everyone's name, right down to the lube mechanic.
Phil was always quick to point out to anyone who would listen that Em and Mary ran the Harden & Weaver Golf & Tennis Tournament for nine years, which under their guidance became the largest tournament on the Eastern Seaboard and fundraiser for Children's Hospital
Once again, Mare and I have been treated royally and would love to stick around long enough to try some of Phil's famous rutabagas, but we have to make room for the next guests, who I'm sure will be treated to mimosas with their eggs benedict or a hearty chicken pie,for dinner, just as we were.
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