Garrettstown at Ballinspittle

My son on the 18th tee at Garrettstown Pitch & Putt.

Humble, I okay with humble. I like humble.

I don’t mind when the golf shop is a double wide, or the screen door slams (okay, I mind a little when it slams on my backswing), or the spartan premises of the not-so-lavishly appointed muni or daily fee golf course don’t offer logoed caps and shirts.

. . . → Read More: Garrettstown at Ballinspittle

Biomass Reduction 101

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Playing “Pebble”

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Played “Pebble Beach” with my nine-year-old son the other day. Well, it wasn’t big Pebble, but little Pebble and, I must write, in deference to the moguls of margin and the top brass of turf grass — the Pebble Beach Company — that if this is not the greatest value in golf it surely ranks . . . → Read More: Playing “Pebble”

Kid Wisdom

During the summer of discontent, political unrest, racial strife, international conflict, sectarian wars and worse, we thought it might be time to introduce the idea of world affairs to the dinner-table conversation list.

The nine- and ten-year-old were having none of it. The deflected, demurred, denied and declined. The attempt to raise consciousness of the . . . → Read More: Kid Wisdom

The Two-Stroke Solution

The jet-pack blower is more difficult to use (than previously imagined) but still essential.

Brush clearing, biomass reduction, defensible space or xeriscape. They’re all one in the same.

Or maybe not. Defensible space has to do with cutting back and clearing. Xeriscape is about planting and cultivation. But they both relate to the yard and, more broadly, the landscape, managing growth, and our most precious limited resource: rain and . . . → Read More: The Two-Stroke Solution

On Gaining a Golfer…in Six Days Time.

Crazy how a kid’s mind works. How the switch gets flipped. The light turns on. The engine revs and the wheels start turning.

If you’d asked me a week ago — last Saturday — if I could envision playing golf with my nine-year-old son and my golf-disinterested wife, I would have nodded politely and said, . . . → Read More: On Gaining a Golfer…in Six Days Time.

On Golf and the Search for “The Friendly Confines.”

Pajaro Valley's has the kind of generous fairways that invite walking.

“It’s expensive, time consuming and frustrating. But if you’re interested, I’ll support you 100 percent.”

— On being told that someone — a friend, acquaintance, relative — is interested in taking up golf.

Been thinking mostly how frustrating the game is. Even the Santa Cruz County municipal venue, DeLaveaga Golf Course, seems strikingly hard, particularly . . . → Read More: On Golf and the Search for “The Friendly Confines.”

Midsummer Baseball

Clayton Kershaw has 134 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. His ERA is 1.92.

This is for friends and relatives back east, New York and Boston, those in proximity to the Munson-Nixon line (Westchster, Worcester, you know who you are) and assorted environs. Also for a few friends in LA, but I’ll get to you in a minute…

For those back east, I recall how on those hazy, hot . . . → Read More: Midsummer Baseball

Oh, Deer

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I can never remember the season when deer are supposedly more active — spring, fall, the rut? — and, by extension, more of a threat to drivers. But I do know that hardly a few days pass that I don’t see one or two on or near a road.

Driving my daughter home from evening . . . → Read More: Oh, Deer

Couple’s Therapy in Berkeley

Played the trifecta in Berkeley last weekend. How often do you have a chance to do that? You line up three events — say, dinner, concert and single-night stay in a boutique hotel — purchase your tickets, make your reservations, outsource your children, and the thoroubreds come across the line just like that: one, two, . . . → Read More: Couple’s Therapy in Berkeley

Lost Cat Robert is a writer, marketing consultant, entrepreneur and former editor and publisher who has recently relocated to Los Gatos and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The opinions expressed here by him and other contributors are their own.

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