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Take Me Home – Golf West Virginia

Published May 20, 2014 in United States , West Virginia - 0 Comments
Oglebay - Jones Course

Take Me Home West Virginia

– by Dave Finn

West Virginia – Even though some of you may not be old enough to remember the #2 hit on the U.S. Billboard from 1971, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, this John Denver song kept resonating in my head throughout my last visit to West Virginia.

Country roads, take me home…To the place I belong…

West Virginia, mountain momma…Take me home, country roads

His song certainly reflects the attitude of the 1.85 million residents who call this state home. In fact, on March 7th of this year, the West Virginia Legislature approved a resolution to make it the official state song. I was truly amazed by the number of people that I met who had left to learn their trade elsewhere but have come back home with outstanding credentials. All of them seem to be well grounded, humble, with a passion and pride for their home state. True Mountaineer fans and I can see why. The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the small town atmosphere and friendly people with a more laid-back lifestyle, make it very conducive to family life and visitors alike.

West Virginia is also an outdoor adventure oasis. There is world renowned white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining, fishing, hunting and some of the best mountain golf you will find anywhere.

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“Asolo Mio” Golf Veneto Italy

Published May 8, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments
Golf Venice Italy

Asolo Mio” Asolo Golf Club – Italy by Dave Finn

Not exactly the words penned by the famed Italian poet Giovanni Capurro in 1898 for the classic song “O Sole Mio” but the lyrics definitely inspired me as we left behind the hustle and bustle of the Venice train station.

What a beautiful thing is a sunny day … But another sun, that’s brighter still…It’s my own sun that’s upon your face!

My ever smiling face reflected how truly blessed I was to be able to freely enjoy Italian history, heritage, food and wine in my quest to write these articles for you, but I had another reason to smile that I am sure you will appreciate. You can’t go to Italy and not check out the cathedrals, museums, famous fountains and statues. Everything we saw was fabulous, don’t get me wrong but I was feeling the need for wide open spaces, preferably with a club in my hand, and I knew I was less than a couple of hours away from hitting the links!

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Four on the Shore – Golf in Yarmouth Nova Scotia

Published May 1, 2014 in Canada , Nova Scotia - 0 Comments
Cape Forchu Lightstation

Four on the Shore … Plus More! Yarmouth, NS Canada by Dave Finn

Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores are located at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, stretching north along the world famous Bay of Fundy in Clare County to East Pubnico and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. For centuries the sea has been the mainstay of this economy and continues to influence all aspects of life here including the golf. Blessed with the longest golf season on the Atlantic Coast this region, believe it or not, has one of the best climates in Canada due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. The area is also rich in heritage, culture and community spirit that begs to be explored after a round or two.

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Secrets of Siena Italy

Published April 24, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 1 Comment
Enoteca Italiana Siena Italy

The Secrets of Siena Italy

by Jane Finn

Siena Italy – If you are a history buff or a horse-racing fan then more than likely you know that Siena continues to operate as a true medieval city. Ruled by its 17 contrades, every year the city hosts the world renowned Il Palio, a serious, no-holds barred, bareback race around the stunning Piazza del Campo, where the winning team earns nothing more than the all important victory flag and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

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Golf RVing the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton NS

Published April 14, 2014 in Canada , Nova Scotia - 4 Comments
Our RV at Bras d'Or Lake - Main Photo

Born to be Wild – Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia Canada by Dave Finn

Cape Breton NS – Even if you don’t remember the 60’s***, you’ll probably recognize the riff and some of the lyrics to the song “Born to be Wild” by legendary Canadian rock band, Steppenwolf.  This timeless classic soundtrack was made famous in Peter Fonda’s “Easy Rider” and continues to encourage us in movies trailers, TV shows and advertising to want to hit that open road once more. 

Get your motor runnin’…Head out on the highway…Lookin’ for adventure…And whatever comes our way…Born to be wild…

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Myrtle Beach World Amateur

Published April 2, 2014 in South Carolina , United States - 0 Comments
Myrtle Beach World AM

Are You Up for the Challenge? – by Dave Finn

Myrtle Beach S.C. – My knees were knocking, my palms were sweating and my toes were actually tingling as I approached the tee blocks. All I could think about was “don’t make a fool of yourself on the first drive of the day”.

Normally, I don’t get unnerved very easily but I can recall in vivid detail how I felt preparing to lead our fearsome foursome into battle last August. I was playing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, reportedly the largest amateur golf tournament on the planet, and I certainly did not want to embarrass myself.

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Best Rain Out Day Ever – Ponte Vedra FL

Published March 28, 2014 in Florida , United States - 2 Comments

The Best Rain Out Day Ever…Ponte Vedra/St. Augustine Florida by Dave Finn

Ponte Vedra, FL- It is nine in the evening and I am sitting on my second floor balcony with my buddy Steve overlooking the sandy beach, only 100 feet away, while being serenaded by the constant pounding of the Atlantic Ocean lapping up on the shore.  We are staying at the opulent Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, a historic oceanfront gem that has aged very well since its birth in 1928 and, home to two championship golf courses.  Our plans for the day were to play their Ponte Vedra Ocean Course, the selected site to the cancelled 1939 Ryder Cup. Unfortunately the weather man had something to say about that.

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Golf in Flint Michigan

Published March 17, 2014 in Michigan , United States - 0 Comments

Flint, Michigan – A Steal of a Deal!

By Dave Finn

It has been well documented that the economy in parts of Michigan has been weakened by the downturn in the North American auto industry. And Flint, home of the Buick, is no exception. But, for us out-of-state golfers, it means that great golf can be had at a fraction of the price of what we would pay back home.

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Golf in Norfolk County ON

Published March 10, 2014 in Canada , Ontario - 1 Comment

Ontario’s Garden of Eden Norfolk County, Ontario

by Dave Finn

Norfolk County, ON – For years my best buddies and I would pile into a minivan and endure a two hour drive just to play the Pine Valley Golf Club located south of Simcoe on the northern shores of Lake Erie. For those who do not know, Pine Valley has always been one of the first golf courses in Ontario to open each spring. It was certainly worth the drive to be able to play an 18-hole golf course on green grass in late March while the rest of our fellow golf enthusiasts were either heading to the deep-south to get their fix or waiting patiently in shin high snow for their local golf courses to open.

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Florence Golf Club Ugolino Italy

Published February 12, 2014 in Europe , Italy - 0 Comments
Golf in Tuscany Italy

Florence Golf Club – Birthplace of Golf in Italy        by Dave Finn

Have you ever dreamed of playing golf among the ancient landscapes of Europe, so steeped with history that you can almost taste it?  Well I can! It’s September and the roads and hillsides of the Chianti region of Tuscany are lined with row upon row of grapes almost ready to harvest. Last night, we’re in Greve celebrating the season and sampling wine and olive oil. Today I played my first round in Italy at the oldest Golf Club in the country.  How cool is that? 

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