Usually I give a little review of the books I read while on our summer vacation "Up North." Sadly, I only finished one book during this year's vacation. I was simply having too much fun spending time with family and spending time on the course. Nevertheless, I was able to finish a "diary," of sorts, written by Don Snyder, titled Walking With Jack: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie. If you like golf and you appreciate the relationship between a father and son who share the passion of golf, you'll enjoy this book. While I'm not a big fan of diary-type books, Snyder's writing is so good that the only indication that this was a diary book was the dated entries. Snyder vowed to his son, a very fine golfer, that if his son, Jack, ever made a professional tour, Don would give up his job and caddie for his son and that's exactly what he did. While the experiences on one of the qualifying tours and the interaction between father and son was insightful, the most interesting stories came from the author's experiences in learning to become a caddie. Snyder traveled to Scotland for two years and learned to caddy from the most experienced and knowledgeable caddies anywhere - and he did it on a daily basis. If you like to read about golf played in its birthplace, you'll enjoy this book. It was much better - and much different - than expected.
Golf winds down There's a little bite in the air, the wind is beginning to pick up again, the course is now becoming scattered with leaves and the greens have been plugged and sanded. Yes, the golf season in Minnesota is winding down which is a bit sad for me. I enjoyed one of my most enjoyable seasons of golf that I can remember. Even though it got off to a bit of a late start in 2013 thanks to a late April snowstorm, the year was especially enjoyable and relatively cool. I'm a cool-weather person and rarely this summer did I tee off at 6 a.m. and finish up about an hour-and-a-half later drenched in sweat. While my rounds at the Windom Country Club are fewer and farther between now, I did get out late Sunday afternoon. I had the entire course to myself for an enjoyable round of golf before the sun set. There is still plenty of opportunity to golf over the next two months. I might remind local residents who are not members of the club that the course is now open to everyone who would like to pay greens fees. If you're thinking about becoming a member next year, this would be a great way to get a look at the course and give it a test run. Even though the greens have been plugged and sanded in the past week, the course still is in excellent shape, thanks to another outstanding job by greenskeeper Dan Hinton. And don't forget, there's a fun 8-inch cup tourney on Sept. 29.