June 17, 2004

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

When youíre 30 some years old and married for much of that time, it is inevitable that your social life may deteriorate a bit. It also seems like there is less time to pursue your interests as obligations and duties continue to mount.

So it is nice when you get that rare opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I enjoy golfing and fortunately my wife likes the sport as well. Some time ago a local genius came up with the idea of couples getting together at Timber Ridge Golf Course on Friday nights. The weekly get together provides all of us a needed social outing as well as an opportunity to play a little golf. Top it all off with a nice meal shared by all and you have an easy date night.

Okay, so maybe it isnít candlelight romantic, but it is a night away from the kids, or off the couch and away from the television. After my wife got over the shock of me not either working or taking advantage of that rare time off by snoozing in my recliner, she was game.

If every Friday night isnít enough for you, the club also features a monthly Twi-Light Golf outing on a Sunday evening. Itís a similar format, with couples playing a round of golf followed by supper.

My wife and I were part of the committee that opened the Twi-Light golf season for 2004 on this Sunday. That means we had to be there to cook for all the other golfers. I didnít mind, because it also meant that I HAD to be at the golf course, so I decided we might as well take our clubs and play too.

It was a nice evening. We did the meet and greet routine for the first 15 or 20 minutes as the golfers arrived at the course. The menu was up to us, so we fired up the grill and got the potatoes baking before we ventured out to our first hole.

It was a great night even without the golf, but that was basically just like dessert. I hit a couple balls farther than my wife did so I was happy. Speaking of dessert, I was a bit miffed that she wouldnít let me have a piece of the cake she had baked for dessert prior to the outing, but I got over it when I hit the best drive of my life on hole number nine. The sad thing was, I could barely cut my cake because my arm was so sore from patting myself on the back the rest of the night. My partners were ready to head to town to get one of those neon flashing lights to place next to where my ball had landed so that I could announce my greatness.

But golf is humbling, and we still bogied the hole thanks to three miserable putts.

I guess Iím writing this more as an encouragement to all you other couples out there than as a testimonial to my golf game or cooking abilities.

This isnít the best timing as I realize Friday night is Relay for Life, but the next weekend you have free, why not think about date night at Timber Ridge. Itís open for golfers of all skill levels. Trust me, if they let me play, theyíll just about let any hacker with a set of sticks on to the course.

If you are looking for a fun, inexpensive way to spend a Friday night, head to the golf course. All you need is your clubs, a playing partner, and some edible contribution to the eveningís meal. You even get a chance to take home some prize money of you golf well enough.

I guess thatís why they keep inviting me back, my wifeís a good cook, and Iím a habitual donor to the prize fund.

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