Friday, July 5, 2013


Everyone agrees, even we non-golfers, that the 2013 U.S. Open Golf Tournament was superb.

For me watching it unfold on television way down here in Florida there was an added attraction. This year's Open was played at the Merion Golf Club which sits right in the middle of my old neighborhood on Philadelphia's Main Line.

Which by the way is not so much what it used to be, as portrayed most famously in the motion picture The Philadelphia Story starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, as for what it is today. These little communities that tie together what William Penn fondly called his Greene Countrie Townes are populated nowadays by mostly ordinary folk who are scrambling 24/7 to make a living knowing full well that Wall Street or Washington can take it all away in a heartbeat. Yes snobbery and using terms like “old sport” or speaking with an under-bite still exists but mostly they are gone with the wind. After all how long can you sit by a swimming pool reviewing your portfolio and talking exclusively to your cousins?

Starting with the Overbrook station at the border of the City of Philadelphia the primary (main) line of railroad tracks wend their way northwest into leafy suburbia and stations like Merion, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Villanova. Many of the communities surrounding these stations include colleges and universities of national renown. All in all the Main Line is an area of rich cultural blessing. And, if military history happens to be your thing, you just can't have it any better than visiting the grounds of conflict where our country won its freedom.

Play at the 2013 U.S Open Golf tournament was more than a nostalgia trip down Memory Lane and Revolutionary War battle sites for me as well as the countless others who followed Open play on the tube.  It was an exceptional outing on a truly exceptional golf course.

But right now it's Happy Hour here in The Land of Eternal Sunshine. Time for me to ask my golfer spouse to explain the meaning of Birdie, Bogey, Eagle, let alone Triple Bogey and Shank.

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