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Spent the night at Lake Shastina, California, “camping” in Gene and Joyce Fink’s serene side yard. This was after playing with friends from home, Jim and Al, along with Gene at the Lake Shastina Course, and watching Big Al knock in a four-foot putt for a birdie on 18. Same old, same old. Different date, different course, same results! We enjoyed delicious trout and salmon dinners at the Mt. Shasta Resort, then two of our foursome – with wives – drove back to Shastina, while The Happy Golfer( w.w.) and Jim checked into the Mt. Shasta KOA. Jim had a “Kamping Kabin,” while we enjoyed the Winnebago View’s comforts. The smell of pine trees and campfires permeated the air and we all slept soundly.
I had an 8:30 a.m. tee time the next morning, playing with assistant pro Sean at the Resort, which is nestled at the foot of the snow-covered mountain near the pristine lake. Thanks to Sean for the the comp and for playing with us. It was wonderful for Jim and me to see how a golf ball should be hit. The course has a well-designed layout with natural terrain, undulated greens and spectacular scenery. Sean runs a very active junior golfer program for boys and girls, and The Happy Golfer is so proud of these programs throughout the U.S. We were joined, during the last four holes, by Skye, a reporter who’s a young mom of three, for the Mt. Shasta News. She is going to write a story about my travels, meeting wonderful people, playing great courses and enjoying every stroke and every putt of my adventure. It all adds up to fun! That’s 47.5 states completed, 18 holes to go at Redding’s Gold Hills course on Thursday, 8 a.m. tee time.
Keep happy – The Happy Golfer
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