Freshly inducted World Golf Hall of Fame member Dan Jenkins is keen on many things: Authoring golf novels that overflow with glowingly hilarious dialogue, his playing days in Forth Worth with Hogan, covering over 200 major golf championships in his career, to name a few.
And there’s no denying that Jenkins is my favorite scribe of all-time. By far.
But there are some things that irk Dan more than the mistresses in his books. Most notably, Bethpage Black.
It’s a strong course but not a great course,” Jenkins said in his 2002 U.S. Open story. “It offers no memorable stretch of holes. Many of them look the same: a hole ringed by bunkers with old-timey round greens that look as if a squadron of flying saucers have glided in from another galaxy and gone splat. There’s no out of bounds and only one water hazard, the small pond at the par-three eighth that would only terrorize your partner in the Member-Guest.”
Right or wrong, I’m willing to give Dan a mulligan. After all, he’s been the source of some of the most dynamic laughs of my lifetime.