Years from now, when vaccines are abundant and people have jobs and kids are in school, we will think back at 2020 and think that we made the best of a bad situation..
Sure, home schooling became prevalent, and working from home meant, well, not working at the office.
For golfers, "working from home" can mean carving out time to get in a quick nine when nobody was watching. Hence Bucks County clubs had record names on their tee sheets. The same could be said for other areas of the country, including southern California, Maryland and New Jersey.
Yes, COVID-19 became a curse word, but somehow the golf industry weathers the storm. Every area, every state, was different. One day we visited Delaware and played legally, the next day we were breaking the law. Quarantines were taken or ignored, but so far so good.
With this as preamble, pondering the year, there are some things to be thankful for.
1. For the most part, golf was played throughout the year using government guidelines. It has been the sixth consecutive year where we're been lucky to book more than 100 regulation rounds. Along the way played 24 new courses.
2. Travel was severely curtailed, but a couple trips were found in the mix. One week in Mesquite saw several new courses played, including the fun and challenging Conestoday. Another trip to southern Virginia allowed a challenge at the reopened Mike Stranz Royal New Kent.
3. Using a new driver, a Ping 410, I've managed to hit more than 85% of fairways played. That's significantly above my historic average. Fact is, it is fun playing from the fairway!
4. On the downside, I'm hitting the ball shorter as age and a lack of flexibility has set in. The reality, though, is I've moved up to the senior tees and having a whole lot more fun. Not scoring great yet, but fun.
5. Found that I just love, really love my Squarz golf shoes. Wow. What can I say. I never through of golf shoes as being a critical part of my golf game but after sampling Squarz I surely can say they are critical to stability and distance. Very thankful.
6. It's not golf, but very thankful to myracehorse.com for opening up micro shares in Authentic. Who knew when I bought into the partnership the wonderful son of Into Mischief would claim the Kentucky Derby and then the Breeders Cup Classic. He might even be named Horse of Year. Euphoricly thankful.
7. Had some great rounds this year. Other terrible. A perfect day at Stonewall in Bulltown saw putt after putt go in on way to a 75, while a chip in eagle at Stoneleigh led to a 78. Not bad for a thankful old guy.
8. Thankful that Mother Nature led to more golf days without freezing! Golf was played every month of the year, aided by an early January Golfweek trip to the Palm Spring area.
9. Very thankful to Tour Edge Golf for allowing me to play their Hot Launch series of wonderful irons. Easy to hit, great feel, and a delight all around.
10; THankful for the outstanding customer service and conditions found at the portfolio of Ron Jaworski Golf. Great people who care about golfers.
Look, it has been a hell of a crappy year, but when you break things down there are lots of things to be thankful for, including health, friends, family and golf. And there is still a month remaining in the year.