David Fletcher looks back on his charity golf trip across the USA, which took him and playing partner Malcolm from Los Angeles to Georgia
David Fletcher and Malcolm Jones have just completed their odyssey for the Prostate Cancer Charity by playing golf from Los Angeles to Sea Island, Georgia - a trip of just over 4000 miles in three and a half weeks.....
Our 11 rounds for charity were bookended by representing our club, Loch Lomond, at The California Golf Club in San Francisco when 26 two-man teams from as far afield as Australia joined 26 teams from the club to battle for the title.
Needless to say it was a home team that won but a great four days (and nights) at a wonderful golf club.
The final leg of our trip saw us meet up with fellow Loch Lomond members at the relatively new Streamsong golf complex just outside Tampa, Florida for a three-day get together.
Both courses, the Blue and the Red, demand accurate golf but the Red’s designers Coore and Crenshaw offer a fairer game for all standards whereas the Blue, designed by Tom Doak, requires you to accept three putts as the norm when you reach the green.
With our charity rounds we were very fortunate to play some of America’s great courses, highlights of a great all-round adventure included:
- Playing LA Country Club - a very private club in the heart of the city and probable home to the 2023 US Open
- Bel Air Country Club - home course to many of Hollywood’s leading actors and by far the best way to see into their homes rather than from the tourist street tours.
- Clear Creek, Lake Tahoe - a spectacular new Coore Crenshaw course in the mountains in fantastic condition with stunning views.
- Southern Hills, Tulsa - home to seven majors and a wonderful track. Malcolm and I are pictured above with the 110,000 square foot Club House behind us!
- Shoal Creek, Birmingham - our favourite course in superb condition and Nicklaus’s first design long before he found earth movers and concrete.
- Peachtree, Atlanta - Augusta by any other name, with the look and feel of the course being along similar lines.
- Seaside, Sea Island - the hardest of all the courses, we played the week after The McGladrey Classic and it was tough. Don't ask us how many balls we lost!
We had a wonderful time and made many new golfing friends on our travels but the ultimate winner was our charity.
With money still coming in, we have managed to raise more than $13,000.
Our thanks go to everyone who has helped make this happen.
To donate, visit www.foreweekswithfletcherjones.wordpress.com
Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email email@example.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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