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It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
Congratulations are in order to two of St. Louis’ finest ambassadors for the great game of golf: Thomas O’Toole, Jr. and the incomparable Ellen Port.
It was a bit like coming home again to find a beloved wisteria in full bloom and a soft, favorite bathrobe waiting in the closet—this return to Palm Beach after an almost 20-year absence. Best of all, the 16-mile barrier island was pretty much as we remembered it: newly minted, pristine and still boasting its extraordinary beauty and small-town character.
The Walker Cup is the oldest of golf's biennial competitions, and St. Louis native Jim Holtgrieve captained the U.S. team to victory. Nathan Smith, a 35-year-old investment adviser, scored the clinching point in a 17-9 victory against Britain and Ireland in the sport’s top amateur team competition.
A rising star looks to be emerging in St. Louis in Kyle Weldon, while Catherine Dolan has regained her Missouri women's state championship. Let's take the driver out of the bag and rip through the news.
Amanda Garrison & William Bishop
I’m on vacation. It’s the same vacation I take every summer to a cozy hamlet in northern Michigan. The little town is the same, with fudge shops and stray bikes. The lake is beautiful as always, and the weather is delightfully unpredictable. Nevertheless, something is different. Something has changed.
How wonderful to be able to build a 25,000-square-foot home that can be used as a presidential retreat, host the royal family or just entertain luminaries of the day. That is just what Walter (1908-2002) and Leonore (1918-2009) Annenberg did in Rancho Mirage, Calif., building what is arguably the most significant contemporary home in the 1960s.
The Saint Louis Art Museum’s new restaurant, Panorama, is the latest ‘work of art’ to be unveiled at the museum’s new East Building. The restaurant features a farm-to-fork menu and is led by executive chef Edward Farrow, who is known for forming partnerships with local growers. He most recently served as chef at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, where he was twice named a ‘Local Hero’ by Edible Phoenix. Panorama is operated by Bon Appetit Management Company.
It's been another busy month with several local golfers achieving success in various tournaments. Let's get right to it.
Any city is bound to have a few desirable nooks and crannies, but according to these real estate professionals, St. Louis is jam-packed with ideal neighborhoods. Before you buy, see which areas these agents prefer and why.
Move over Big Sur, French Riviera and other world-renowned scenic drives, and make room for one more: Canada’s Sea To Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler is breathtaking and gets you very close to heaven on earth.
For those with a need for speed, a sports car is the perfect solution for your compulsion. Offering looks, performance and fun, a sports car is a viable option for anyone who enjoys driving.
Golf is more than a game—it’s an experience and, good or bad, the attire plays a large part. This summer, leave the plaid flat cap and matching knee socks at home; instead, make the most of your day on the fairway with invigorating colors, sports-friendly fabrics and accessories any linksman—or linkswoman—would envy.
An eagle is magnificent but an albatross is unimaginable. Heck, for me a birdie is an accomplishment.
More than 18 miles of coastline frame the amazing dunes of Pismo Beach, the most extensive in the state of California. Countless wildlife, including coyotes, rattlesnakes, egrets and owls, lives happily amongst wild plants.
The Metropolitan Match Play Championship trophy has many familiar names etched on it, including such amateur standouts as Don Bliss, Jim Holtgrieve, Skip Berkmeyer and Justin Bryant.
Having lived and worked in St. Albans for 22-years, Melinda McCarthy has seen the area grow from a rural retreat to a much more active community. “My kids are grown now, and my oldest son lives in Chicago and hasn’t been back here for years,” she says. “He came home not long ago and said, I can’t believe all the stuff they have now, why didn’t they have all of this when we were growing up? If you’ve been here before and you think you’ve seen St. Albans, you haven’t: You need to come back. Everything has changed—but the beauty remains constant.”
It's getting closer…soon, St. Louis will be hosting the top senior professional golfers in the world.
I’ve been putting off writing this story for some time—too many things to tell you about and too little space. Yes, San Diego has a brilliant blue ocean and blue skies most of the time, mild temperatures year-round, a strong Spanish/Mexican heritage that permeates most of its architecture and culture, a huge U.S. Navy presence, amazing beaches and golf courses, a wealth of public and private universities and a world-famous zoo. You knew all this already, didn’t you?