Hines at the famous 18th at Merion
Playing All The Open Courses
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/5/13
Joey Hines, PGA has a pretty good gig. As the Director of Golf at the very private Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, North Carolina, he and his club members are a pretty select group of golf enthusiasts; they have a Donald Ross-designed course at their feet. But two years ago, as Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Frank Fitzpatrick reports, Hines completed a journey most of us would love to take:

He has played all 49 of the existing courses that have hosted the men's U.S. Open Championship.
"I started researching. I found out there were 49 of them - actually 50, but Englewood in New Jersey had closed. So I started nibbling away."
When he played a round at Worcester CC (another Donald Ross design) in Massachusetts two years ago, he had completed his "tour" of U.S. Open courses.

Now, he's thinking about a tour of all of the U.S. courses that have hosted a major:
"That's my next goal - playing all of them," he said. "I've played most of the British Open courses, but I need one more trip to play the English courses. I've played Augusta. I've still got about 30 PGA courses left [including Llanerch Country Club in Havertown].

"But the good Lord and my body willing, I'm going to play them all."
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[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
I thought I had accomplished something by playing all the courses in Cabo San Lucas. This guy has a much bigger bucket list.
mmontisano says:
this is amazing. I wish I had the money and the contacts to do something like this.
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