They nicked us for the birdie package again.
That means KP, Tater and I went for the package deal at the annual Syracuse golf show, the one that adds a couple of Central New York’s top courses to the base ticket deal. Even that $10 price admission to the downtown Syracuse Oncenter’s pretty good, considering that in addition to entrance to wander amid the sellers of so much golf merchandise, it also nets you a year’s subscription to Golf Digest magazine and greens fees for a round at Kanon Valley, a private course some 30 miles east of the city.
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Add another $25 to that, plus taxes, and for the second year in a row we’ll also play Timber Banks and Seven Oaks. Last year this trio of fine layouts got our season off to a good start. We played Kanon Valley in mid-April, Timber Banks in early May and Seven Oaks before it turned to June.
And then we three longtime friends didn’t get to play together — or apart, either — nearly as much as we want to this year, we decided on Sunday.
We’ll fix that this year, our talk went, during our traditional trip to the Syracuse Golf Show.
We picked up certificates for an extra half-hour at the golf dome at Turning Stone, where we went to hit inside balls and stage a putting contest for a first-day-of the Masters warm-up session last year. We also talked about how we enjoyed the par-three nine-hole courses there, and remembered the times we got to play on their expensive resort 18-hole layouts.
As far as purchases went, we all settled on a similar bargain.
Not a club this year for KP. Not a hat this year for me. We all went for a piece of gear that Tater usually picks up at the golf show because of the good sales available.
I went for the Cabretta Leather version of golf glove. It felt soft and supple when I slipped it on my left hand, a perfect fit. The four will last me all season, considering that I only wear a glove when it’s so warm that my hands are sweating or it’s rainy and my grip is slippery.
Let the dreaming of getting out to play golf begin.
What traditions do you have with your best friends? What’s the last bargain you found for yourself? What magazines comes to your house?