Now that we seem to be out of this never-ending pattern of cold rain, I suppose it’s time for another local golf news digest of goings-on. Any opinions are mine and are probably wrong.
POTUS 44 FINDS A HOME
Several reports confirm that former President Barack Obama has been offered a membership at RTJ Golf Club out in Lake Manassas/Gainesville/Don’t You Dare Call It Manassas. Not to get all snippy, but it’s this kind of reporting that makes me shake the fist of impending doom at people. RTJ is 40 miles west of Washington DC. Now, maybe in some circles that’s a short haul, but anyone who lives in a major metropolitan area can vouch for the fact that I-66 traffic is awful on a good day at 4:00 a.m. I’ve taken I-66 to play in Virginia on weekend mornings, and it’s not pretty. And not for anything but RTJ is in Virginia. Mileage wise, it’s similar distance as DC is to Baltimore.
TPC Potomac would have made sense but I guess they couldn’t come to terms. Well, Obama’s going to get to experience I-66. So that should end well.
POTUS 45 MAJOR #1
Reminder that the (I’m not making this up) Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship is at Trump National DC in Sterling, VA over Memorial Day weekend (seriously, Sterling is near Dulles Airport- IT IS NOT WASHINGTON DC- BUY A MAP). This course has never hosted a professional tournament much less a major on the Champions Tour. Maybe let it host a Web.com event first or something just to see how it works in terms of logistics/parking/flow. Or you know, just kind of wing it because that usually ends well.
This would be a good time to mention my golf-oriented objection to using Trump courses. Instead of people talking about who might win (go Paul Goydos you spectacular thing you), you’re going to have a week-long discussion of President Trump. Does he show up over the weekend and completely bigfoot the event?
Come July his New Jersey course in Bedminster will host the US Women’s Open. So that should be a nice quiet week free of controversy…nothing to see here. The USGA can’t run a 2-car parade (still waiting to see how they’re going to screw up this year’s US Open at Erin Hills because you know they will) and then there’s the Trump factor. So the National Championship gets overshadowed. Again. The USGA could and should have chosen either Congressional or Merion to host the 2026 US Open (in honor of the country’s 250th birthday) but went with Shinnecock near Long Island.
TIMBERS AT TROY OPENS
After a lengthy remodel Timbers at Troy has re-opened. I haven’t been able to get out there yet but am hoping to make the short trek sometime in the next 30 days. The layout was always solid but conditions had gone sideways. Hoping to see the course at its best.
AT&T NATIONAL GOINGS-ON
Not a bad read on what to expect if you go to the AT&T National at TPC Potomac or if you’ve ever thought about volunteering. Tiger isn’t going to play, but you should still get a decent field. I played TPC Potomac in 2012 and it’s a fantastic layout (I never played it pre-renovation so I can’t compare it). Reminder the event goes back to Congressional for 2018 and 2020. No word on a 2019 venue (hint: Bulle Rock or Baltimore CC (Five Farms)).
I’ve been busier than expected of late but I should have the Bulle Rock course review uploaded by the weekend. I’m also working on an equipment review.
If you’re playing this weekend, hit ’em straight and make those pars and birdies.
SONG OF THE DAY
Do the thing, Reds. Do the thing.