2012 Golf Trip
Bandon Dunes Trip Report from Ed Heald
Trip dates Monday October 29-Saturday, November 3, 2012
See the photos.
Notes and emails from trip attendees follow, as I was stranded on the East Coast due to Hurricane Sandy:
From John Blair:
You are already missed. Ed, your gift for hospitality is really missed. Hard to replace you as social chairman. We played the front nine of Bandon Dunes in cloudy, mild weather with little wind. Then the wind came up and a steady light rain followed us the rest of the morning round. No one seems the worse for wear. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse, but then Thursday and Friday much better. The Preserve this afternoon was magical. It is a magnificent little layout, and proved to be a real challenge in 20-30 mph winds! Fortunately, the rain held off until we finished our round. Wish you were here! I’ll try to keep in touch.
After a rousing dinner last night at McKee’s Pub and the customary introductions of the new folks we raised a glass to you. Today was windy and rainy – basically, stormy! We had several casualties for the Pacific Dunes round, among them Jim Noyes, Maureen Grasso, Dick Olson, Bill Adler, Hugh Boss and Nick Smaby. That left 3 threesomes, which included John Blair and Joe Grasso. The first 6-8 holes were a “forced march” through steady rain and strong winds. After that the rain let up and we were rewarded with a breezy, but workable back nine. Two examples: Joe Grasso shot 55-38. I shot 49-37. It was a Caddyshack day! Dinner at Alloro tonight for Jim Noyes, me, all the non-Dartmouth crew and Joe & Mo Grasso. Weather steadily improving, so we are hopeful of two more great days. Wish you were here. Picture to follow.
We had another eventful, but wet day. The good weather we had hoped for did not materialize. So, we played Old Mac in the wind and rain, which added some charm to the experience. But three straight days of rain is something we hope not to repeat. Ironically, starting tomorrow Bandon is going to have a week of mild, sunny weather. You may recall that our original trips were always the week after Halloween, which seems to have consistently good weather. We may want to go back to that when Thanksgiving falls on a weekend.
As for the golf, most people chose to play the morning round. My friend Jim Campbell and I had a “grudge” match with a pair of non-Dartmouth friends. I held it together on the front, shooting 36 in terrible weather, but collapsed on the back with a 47! Fortunately, Jim rallied on the back and we got our revenge from last year. Everyone else seemed to have fun as well, but most were water logged by the end of the round. After taking the pulse of the group, I cancelled the afternoon rounds on the Preserve. Those who did want to play, like Joe Grasso, Nick Smaby and Hugh Boss, played a full course. The weather finally cleared late afternoon. A few of us went out to the Preserve after all and enjoyed the beautiful sunny scenery.
Tonight’s banquet was not much of an event without your involvement, Ed. It was a nice dinner, but not our usual “awards” ceremony. The newcomers, Hugh Boss and Nick Smaby and all the rest are having a great time. Bandon Dunes has done its usual magic, and most are looking forward to coming back next year. I think Max Milton would be a perfect match for Dick Olson, both on the course and off. Hap and Susan Ridgway would be great additions as well.
It looks like we will have great weather for Bandon Trails tomorrow. It will be beneficial to end on a high note. Even Jim Noyes and John Manning are going to play Trails so that they can be part of the group.
Well, we finally had a day almost free of rain. I put my rain jacket on for only one hole – a brief shower on #16 at Bandon Trails. We had an odd number of players (17). Bill Adler volunteered to forego his final round prior to a nine hour drive back to the Bay Area, which allowed Jim Noyes and his friend John Manning to join us for the final round. It was a beautiful day which everyone, particularly Maureen Grasso and Carolyn Rand, seemed to enjoy. Jim Campbell and I played with Nick Smaby and Hugh Boss, two great additions to the group who vow to be coming back next year. I will send some overall reflections along soon.
From Joe Grasso:
Sorry to hear your misfortune Ed. Maureen and I were lucky to have left on Saturday. We will play a few holes and drink a few glasses of wine in your honor. We played The Preserve this afternoon in the rain. It is very cool. Even in the mist your can see the Pacific from most holes.
I hope that Sandy doesn't claim any more of our group. We will be here to welcome the next arrivals--unless we're on the golf course.
Almost made an eagle. And yes, I did make the birdie putt.
The weather today was reminiscent of Sandy when we teed off, though now the sun is shining. Go figure.
Just got back from the break up dinner. Not the same without you.
Today was typical Bandon. The forecast was for nice weather this morning, and it rained (with wind) for the entire 18 on Old Mac. This afternoon was clear and sunny for a replay on Bandon. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, except our last day of golf on Trails.
From Hugh Boss:
In the airport in North Bend heading home from Bandon.
It was a great trip—Ed, you were missed.
The golf courses (all 4 + 13/18th of them) were great -- challenging, varied, visually pleasing, and fair. The weather ranged from A to D, with an average grade of a solid B. The companionship, A+.
Thanks for all of the work you did putting things together. I'm already looking forward to next year. I'm sure you are too.
From Warren Connelly:
Ed, you were definitely missed, but I thought you would enjoy this photo at least. You've probably heard already that the weather for the first three days was wet and windy, but we all managed to get our rounds in. Friday morning on the Trails course was glorious. Looking forward to next year.