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Out on the Links

The snow is gone, the grass is green, the sky is blue and gas is cheap! Oh wait, that’s right, not everything can be normal.

Unlike the buds on the trees, golf season is in full bloom and I haven’t golfed once. Unfortunately, my days of late have been packed full with sleeping, eating and other cat-like activities. I’ve only managed to work down at the Coeur d’Alene Resort for the past few weekends.

On Saturday, May 3, we had our first annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Cinco de Mayo fell on a Monday this year and the lack of golfers on the weekdays prompted the first ever celebration of Tres de Mayo. Free tacos and mini Coronas (known as Coronitas) were the theme for this golfing event that I was able to take part in as a caddie. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Well, I guess you could have. Maybe less wind and more heat, but hey, after a winter that is actually the only thing that’s seemed longer than Bush’s term in the White House, May 3 was gorgeous.

I actually couldn’t be happier with the weather right now; it’s a little overdue but the sun on my back feels as good as it will the first day Barack Obama steps into the Oval Office. Oops, I’m speaking out of time, I mean, turn.

My few days of caddying this year have all been great. On the third I caddied for a younger couple from eastern Washington and two middle-aged gentlemen from Canada. The younger guy’s name was Kellen. Let me tell you something about Kellen. A good golfer, straight-A student about to graduate from WSU, great credit, owns a house and a car. Kellen is me in my dad’s alternate universe. If he had gone into the Air Force he’d be exactly who my dad wants me to be. I’ve still got about seven years to get to that point, though, so I figure I’ll wait a couple more.

The two older gentlemen were Grant and Jon. All I heard from these two were their injury stories while visiting the U.S. Each and every one was pretty much the same thing. They travel to “the States,” a catastrophic event occurs and results in one of the two being injured, followed by a heroic and painful trip back to Canada so they don’t have to pay any hospital bills. It really made me jealous.

Have you ever been to Taste of Chicago? What about Taste of Coeur d’ Alene? On Sunday, May 25 at the resort come enjoy Gourmet Golf, a Taste of Coeur d’ Alene. It’s one day I have requested to work this year. Every one of the resort’s restaurants will be out on the golf course on a variety of holes for you to sample some of their best plates. It’s really hard for me to turn down free food so I’ll make sure I’m there for it. Cost is $185 per golfer, or $129 for greens fees only. Keep in mind that the price of this event also includes a free water taxi from the hotel, and a free custom, luxury golf cart fully equipped with heated seats, tee dispensers, club and ball washers, wood grain dash, till steering wheel and shiny rims just like in the music videos. You’ll also be accompanied by a forecaddie who will do just about anything you ask, and did I mention free food?

Besides one of the best golfing experiences in the country, this is the only other event scheduled for this month. Take advantage of this round cost now because the summer months are just around the corner and the prices will go up.

Now that I’ve got the golf course all wrapped up for this month I think I’m going to finish off with a little Caddie tip. If you’re just off the green and you often have problems with your wedge, try a greenside putt. Put your wedge back in your bag and pull out ole’ faithful. Most golfers won’t make this putt but will come within 5 feet of the cup. A chip that close is, in my opinion, not bad at all. You still leave yourself with a one putt and you took away your chance of tearing the ball past the green. Hopefully it comes in handy for you and hopefully I’ll get out and actually golf before my next story.

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Dustin Gannon Dustin Gannon says he's a writer because his mama owns a newspaper. At all other times, he's a sportsman, writing both the Sno Biz column, when he's working at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the wintertime, and Fore! Play, when he's working at the Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course during the summer.

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