Archive for month: December, 2013

Bellows Falls Country Club – Bellows Falls, VT

22 Dec
December 22, 2013
Bellows Falls CC #2

Hole #2 – Par 5, 512 yards. Green hidden in large bowl depression.

What a Wonderful Life! It may not be Bedford Falls and I may not be Jimmy Stewart, but what a joy it was playing this wonderful course in late September. Read more →

Winter Park Country Club – Winter Park, FL

16 Dec
December 16, 2013
Winter Park CC #1

Hole #1 – Par 4, 232 yards. Short, narrow & scary.

Hovering over my ball at the first tee, I have to admit – I was nervous.  On paper this 232 yard straight par 4 is a birdie waiting to happen, but standing there it was a completely different story. First you have all the traffic on Webster Ave. that is just a short slice away. Second, Read more →

Persimmon Hill Golf Course – Tampa, FL

08 Dec
December 8, 2013
Centro Asturiano Memorial Park

Centro Asturiano Memorial Park Cemetery – Where is Persimmon Hill Golf Course?


A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Golf Course – we found a cemetery. My copilot entered the address into the GPS and it took us to a lovely spot of land that was occupied by Centro Asturiano Memorial Park Cemetery and a beer distributor building. Michael then entered the golf course name and the same result ensued. Time for a beer, a few prayers, and our next step.

During my research, I discovered that the course was built in 1976. As Michael and I toured the cemetery (why not since we are already here), the grave headstones looked brand new but many of the dates of death preceded 1976. As Arte Johnson would say, verrry interesting but…

I went back to the internet to dig a little deeper and finally found out this course was closed around 2003. Now I am totally confused but intrigued about how this site went from a golf course to a cemetery (or did it)? If anyone knows the story of Persimmon Hill Golf Course, please comment or send me an email.

Quadruple Bogey:  The course no longer exists (neither do all those people buried in the cemetery).

5490 E. Chelsea St., Tampa, FL 33610 (see if you can find it)

Hooper Golf Club – Walpole, NH

02 Dec
December 2, 2013
Hooper Golf Club #7

Hole #7 – Short Par 4, 311 yards

Before I stepped to the first tee, Ron Roscoe, the Hooper Pro gave me this sage advise, “what you see is what you get – there are no hidden hazards”. Good to know since I was already distracted by the myriad of fall foliage on this late September day. I needed all the help I could get as I was more photographer than golfer today. Read more →

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