No kidding, golfers: Saturday is National Drink Beer Day
Okay, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but did you know that Saturday, Sept. 28 is National Drink Beer Day? I just found out about it – somehow. I’m not sure how long it’s been around (I’m thinking some guy started this last year), and I’m not sure exactly how you’re supposed to celebrate National Drink Beer Day except by doing what most guys do on Saturdays anyway – drink beer.
Fortunately, for us golfers, that’s right up our fairway, so to speak. Finish a round, and it’s time to drink beer (of course many of my friends start way before the round is finished). Which leads me to this: One of the great things about our sport is the wonderful 19th holes. Lots of fond memories of those, especially having played golf all around the country and in many parts of the world.
Trying to think of my favorite 19th holes automatically leads me across the pond. Most courses in Great Britain and Ireland have great pubs at the clubhouses. They’re experts at it. Most recently, I really enjoyed my time in the clubhouse at Headfort Golf Club near Dublin, both for the authentic Guinness and Murphy’s as well as the great golf banter from our good Irish lads.
In Scotland, you have to start with the St. Andrews Links clubhouse situated between the Old Course, New Course and Jubilee. Besides being a magnificent building, the panoramas of the surrounding courses are spectacular, and the ales are pouring.
And if you’re looking for a similar feel in the U.S., try the castle-style clubhouse at Royal Links Golf Club in Las Vegas. The selection of Scotches and brews can’t be beat. Along the same lines, also check out The Tribute Golf Club, north of Dallas. A cool clubhouse, which also includes old world accommodations, complements The Tribute’s homage to British Open courses.
But alas, there are great American 19th holes that are uniquely USA. At the top my list is the Tap Room at Pebble Beach. The history and memorabilia alone are enough to keep you there, but the beer and the food are actually very good (They’re celebrating Oktoberfest next week with special dishes and drinks). Plus, you never know who you’re going to run into. Last year, I had a great conversation with TCU football coach Gary Patterson. It’s almost rare to spend a few hours there without seeing a celebrity or athlete or two.
Some of my other favorites are in Hawaii. It’s hard to go wrong, for example, at the Plantation clubhouse at Kapalua on Maui. What a view. On Oahu, I love the outdoor Roy’s (great sushi and beer) at Ko Olina Golf Club. And in Arizona, not only are there plenty of suds at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa, but the soups, chili and tacos are to die for. And of course, one of the most spectacular 19th holes is located at the magnificent clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Florida.
A little closer to home, just down the road from me in the heart of Houston, is another one of my favorites – Memorial Park Golf Course, which is served by a Beck’s Prime hamburger joint (these are my favorite burgers in the world) with plenty of outdoor seating around the first and 10th tees and putting greens. It’s a great place to people watch because not only do you see golfers, but the thousands of joggers and tennis players grabbing a bite to eat or a cold one as well.
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