Hi there. My name is Keith. I’ve been an avid golfer most of my life. I love the game, but perhaps even more so, I love all the different courses. If you stop and think about how many different types of golf courses there are in the world, it’s mind boggling. From the cheap muni tracks to the world-renowned resorts, they all have their own distinct charm and appeal to golfers from all walks of life.
Me? I’m a mediocre golfer. When I’m on my game and playing a lot, I average in the low 80s. When I’m not, it’s more like high 80s or low 90s. Because I play so much and I’m playing a lot of courses only once, my handicap will vary anywhere between 8 and 12 at any given point. If I had unlimited funds and no job to deal with, I would play a whole lot more golf.
It’s no secret that I don’t like playing the same few courses over and over again. This approach has allowed me to play over 1,000 total courses (and counting). I live in Southern California and have played hundreds of different courses in this region. I’ve played every single public course in Southern California and roughly 2/3 of the private clubs, as well. Someday I hope to play them all!
I’m a veteran of many road trips. I grew up in a small town in Northern California (right on the Oregon/California border). I came down to SoCal for college and a career, and I’ve been down here ever since. My father still lives in my hometown and I also have friends and family throughout Oregon and Washington, so driving long distances is like second nature to me. Plus, it’s a great excuse to play as many different courses as I can throughout the West Coast.
I also like to take smaller road trips to different regions like the Bay Area, Central Valley, Southern Nevada and Arizona. All of my golf travels are chronicled here on this site.
One thing to note is that I am a regular guy with limited funds. Though I’ve been fortunate to play some really amazing courses, I try and look for deals and discounts wherever I play. I save my pennies and almost any expensive course I play is likely a “special” one-time visit. I usually travel pretty light and keep my lodging/food costs as cheap as possible, opting not to stay at an expensive resort if I don’t have to. So most of my reviews will be based on just one experience at each course and the photos I share are from the day I played. The weather is what it is and seasonal course conditions aren’t always ideal. Just keep that in mind when you are reading.
Though I’ve played many courses, there are so many more I want to play. Someday, I hope I can say I’ve played at least all the public courses in the massive state of California, and maybe even Oregon and/or Nevada if time allows. I’d also love to play as many of the private courses in these regions as possible.
However, one of my biggest personal goals (as the name of the site would imply) is to play golf in all 50 states and that is also a huge inspiration for having this ongoing blog. Currently I’m up to 43: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. I’ve also played in the District of Columbia, for good measure.
These past few years have had me put the 50-state goal on hold for various reasons, but I will get back on it someday. Until then, I still like to stay active with the West Coast road trips and local play.
This blog will feature a variety of posts, from regional course reviews to stories from my various golf adventures. I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned!
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