But, I wander for a second. When growing up in Taos I started playing golf at the Taos Country Club - a privately owned club that operated on a shoe string - and the proceeds from special parties and the bar. Mind you, I wasn't old enough to drink - but I had access to the place.
A friend of the family, Ed Lineberry, the husband of Duane Van Vechten, a prominent and very wealthy person of Taos, used to chide me and others who played golf - saying it was nothing more than "cow pasture pool".
In Scotland, maybe. At Taos Country Club - there was no pasture and not any cows that wandered around the course.
Anyway...this is Ryder Cup weekend. It is truly one of the great sporting events in the world.
I've been lucky enough to attend 3 of the competitions. The first at Oakland Hills near Detroit in 2004, The Americans were soundly defeated. The Euro's took the trophy back across the pond.
Then 4 years later at Valhalla near Louisville where I took these pictures - the USA won:
Sergio Garcia during a practice round.
Two years ago I went to Medinah near Chicago...this is a collage of that visit.
American's lost that one, too.
Looking forward to the matches this weekend - even though they'll be going on in the wee hours of our morning. NBC and NBC Golf Channel providing live coverage.
And really looking forward to the Ryder Cup's return to the US of A in 2 years - to a course in Chaska, Minnesota.