So many elements add up to creating an unforgettable round of golf. It might be a birdie on the toughest hole, the miraculous putt on 18 for your career best, or the golf course itself. Could even be watching your uncle make four birdies to start the round and caring far less about your match and more about him carding the type of score that made him your golf hero to begin with.
Thanks to my day job as a newspaper editor (and my obsession with playing golf whenever and wherever possible) I've had opportunities through the years to play some of the best golf courses in the world. USGA championship media events at Baltusrol and Saucon Valley come quickly to mind as two of the heavyweight classic designs I've been lucky to play.
But as much respect and admiration as I have for the classics, I've come to realize that to crack into the class of "burned into the memory forever" it takes something beyond simply a great golf course.
It usually means seeing something new, experiencing golf in a way you've never previously imagined. Three unique experiences stand out and illustrate exactly how I'd define the formula for truly memorable golf experiences.
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