The Goat Track of the Year announcement and the Cedar Ridge GC review.
(pictured above: 2008 Goat Tracker of the Year, Wink, re-creates a magical shot from the brook on #7 at The Country Club of Woodbridge for our readers' benefit. Golfer Number Two, seen walking ahead, seemed less than impressed.)
|Theirs (PGA Majors)
||Ours (GT Minors)
4/5 - 4/8
The GT Open
The prestigious Copper Hill GC
a/k/a "The Goat Track"
6/14 - 6/17
San Francisco, CA
The Willie Li Memorial Open
Keney Park, The Urban Goat Track
7/19 - 7/22
Royal Latham & St. Anne's
The "Over the River" GT British Experience
"The Other" St. Anne CC
8/9 - 8/12
Kiawah Island Resort
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The GT Championship
The alternate runway for Bradley Int'l Airport
Other GT stuff to help you waste/pass your time...
A fan of the GT site was kind enough to send a link to "The Tiger Game," which is pretty amusing. Enjoy.
"The Office" Golf Game. Play the Dunder-Mifflin Mini-Golf Course.
Courtesy of 2008 Goat Tracker of the Year, Wink, at the 2010 Willie Li Memorial Open 6/24/10 (directed toward Golfer Number Two on the 16th),"That looks like an interesting lie you've got there. Do you have a club in your bag for that shot... one that you can hit from.... the fairway?"
The esteemed Tracker known as Friar Tuck provided some interesting insight to the "real estate angle" of the TW/Elin fiasco, "The last time an angry Swede went to an island to get away from it all, it was called England."
Per Sherpa JB 8/09, "Wink called me to say he was driving up for some Tracking. I said, 'Hey, that's a long ride for just 9 holes and by the way, it may rain.' Without a second's hesitation, Wink responded, 'That's what the Goat Tracker of the Year does. See you later.'" Truly a man who takes his status within the Goat Tracking community seriously.
"In honor of Michael Jackson, we're all wearing one glove today." Deep thought from Rabbit Ears at the Willie Li Memorial Open, 6/25/09.
"It's a good idea to keep your greens fee receipt on you at Keney. Not so much for the ranger, but if your body ends up in the woods, the time stamp may prove useful in establishing a time line for the investigation." Insight from Rabbit Ears on the Urban Goat Tracking Experience, 6/10/09.
"I wanted to make sure not to step in your line, I might improve it," GTC on the putting conditions on #4 at the GT Open 4/16/09.
Other Notable Quotables
"When primative man screamed and banged clubs into the ground, they called it witchcraft. When modern man does it, they call it golf." Source unknown, posted on a plaque above the urinal at Chanticlair GC.
"[Barkley] has a great coach. [Haney] coached Tiger. On the other hand, Phil Jackson coached Kwami Brown." TNT basketball studio analyst Kenny Smith, on the Barkley/Haney project.
"What Greg Norman has done so far this week is nothing compared to what Hef does every single day." Tim Kurkjian, ESPN, re. the 2008 Open.
"Somewhere in hell, there's a course where every shot is 55 yards from the hole." Jeff Foxworthy
GT QUOTE OF THE MILLENEUM (not sure which tour player to credit): "[Augusta National] is the most unassuming clubhouse I've ever been in." As John McEnroe would say, "You CANNOT be serious!" Whoever made this comment has obviously never been to Keney's Great Room or the watering hole (can't really call it the 19th, since it's a 9-hole course) at Canaan CC. His loss.
Other "classic" archived GT-inspired quotes
Featured ad: this FedEx ad spot is pretty well-traveled territory for most of us...Featured Clips: Kudos to Friar Tuck for providing this clip from NPR, which is generally off the radar as far as all things golf and Goat Tracking are concerned. This voice clip works on several levels, but the two most significant ones are: 1) it reinforces Friar Tuck's long held position that "the golf gods always punish hubris" and 2) Ana Gasteyer's NPR skits on SNL with Molly Shannon, occasionally with Alec Baldwin (Schweddy balls, Schweddy wieners), were more spot on than we could've imagined.
2012 Goat Track of the Year, The Country Club of Woodbridge (known to some as CCW), initially reviewed July, 2012.
Some questioned GNT after he imploded on this fine course in October, asking (paraphrased), “Will your inability to not suck at golf affect CCW’s Goat Track of the Year standing?”
“Of course not!”
Even though GNT may not be able to golf for squat on occasion, that never affects the rating process, or at least it rarely does…
CCW built up far too much goodwill with us over the summer to allow it to be cheapened by a crappy, more like historically crappy, round from the only reviewer with a final say in the matter. What we appreciated, and possibly what other Goat Trackers may take note of, is that the pro shop personnel jumped out to the cart return area to assure us that the greens will be a lot faster next year (“They haven’t been aerated in four years”). Ah, course improvements. We like the attitude; we like the course; we’ve learned to live with the signage; learning to live with faster greens?…the jury’s still out. Still an unquestionable selection for Goat Track of the Year.Harrisville GC, Woodstock, Connecticut, 2011 Goat Track of the Year.
There's a lot of "Goat Track" related material floating around on the web; we occasionally sift through it and provide the best, Tracker-relevant info. (contributions from GT readers are greatly appreciated).
7/9/10 "30 Arrested, $1,622 Seized in Keney Park Drug Ring," (ctnow.com/Hartford Courant). Putting the "contact high" achieved upon departure from the Willie Li Memorial Open 6/24 at the UGT into context.
5/31/10 "Hartford Hopes to Build Driving Range at Keney Park" (ctnow.com). We can think of a few things that should probably be higher on the list of priorities at the Urban Goat Track, but what do we know, we're just Goat Trackers. What's next, a maitre d' and sommelier in the Great Room?
11/3/09 "4.1 Pounds of Pot Found in Keney Park," (WFSB.com). Par for the course at the Urban Goat Track.
8/1/09 "Golf Cart Mishap Sidelines New Lion Bryant Johnson." Where to begin...at least it wasn't a self-inflicted gunshot wound caused by holstering in a pair of sweatpants.
6/3/09 "The Word's Toughest Golf Tourney: One Hole, Three Miles Long" (Yahoo Sports). Extreme Goat Tracking in Mexico...pretty cool.
5/26/09 "East Hartford: Man Dies after Police Shooting" (Hartford Courant). Noteworthy because of the location and the tie-in to the original June, 2007 review of East Hartford GC/Long Hill CC.
4/28/09 "Columbia Golfers Win Without Golf Course" (WSJ)
4/14/09 "Public Hearings Set for Next Month on Controversial Golf Course Plan" (Hartford Courant) We generally try to keep Goat-Track.com out of the political fray. We only wish that politicians would reciprocate in kind. Not so. Rabbit Ears forwarded the above article about a contentious golf course development in the northwest corner of CT. What's noteworthy here, from a non-GT perspective, is that this looks like Attorney General Blumenthal's second major overreach in as many months. We're sure that Senator Dodd has extra room in his club car out of town; we're looking forward to the AG tagging along for the ride.
4/4/09: Warning! Not all hazards are listed on the scorecard...or hitting the fairway is overrated..."Woman Dies After Falling into Hole at Golf Course" We're providing two links to this disturbing story; one with a picture of the sinkhole/death trap, just to help one wrap one's mind around it, the second with the more detailed news story.
1/25/09: "Bearly Open Golf Tournament" Golf on a frozen White Bear Lake. We like that they stuck some old Christmas trees in the ice to make it look more like a course. Nice touch.
1/5/09: "Playing Golf Can Damage Hearing" (BBC). Fore! What?
Check the Tracking News Archives for older news articles and/or the Recommended Tracker Reading section of the More Tracks page for other golf related pieces.
Other links, sites, etc. of Goat Tracker interest can be found at the bottom of the More Tracks page.