On a scale of one to 10, golf is an 11 in my books. I have four golf bags with four different sets of clubs on standby, and I probably played 80-plus times last year all over the country (and the world) for fun and for charity. I love the sport so much I even made technical golf clothing a major part of my MSX by Michael Strahan line: the stretch chino pants, the performance polo shirt, right down to the underwear are must-haves before I hit the links. If I could make it on the professional golf circuit, I would do it in a second. I mean, back in 2017, I came this close to beating Tiger Woods in a putting contest on Good Morning America (I still say it was too close to call).
As you can probably guess, I have a list of courses I consider my favorites (my ideal foursome: Gene Wolfson, Constance Schwartz-Morini, and Mike Morini who are friends I play with now), so if you’re up for a round at any of these three clubs, I’ll be happy to carry my own clubs.
Augusta National Golf Club; Augusta, GA: From top to bottom, Augusta is unmatched. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts in 1933, Augusta National is best known as home of the annual Masters Tournament, but it’s also one of the most famous courses in the world. Playing with such a deep sense of history surrounding you makes it that much more special. The most incredible overall golf experience I’ve ever had.
PINE VALLEY GOLF CLUB; PINE VALLEY, N.J.: Probably the number-one-ranked golf course out there, Pine Valley offers what real golf die-hards like me consider the purest of golf experiences. It’s also one of the hardest courses I’ve ever played, which can be hard on a guy’s ego. But those fairways … there’s nothing greener and nothing else in the world like them.
Old Course at St. Andrews; Fife, Scotland:This is literally the birthplace of the sport and the oldest and most iconic ever built. Old Course was on my bucket list until I was lucky enough about 15 years ago. One of the things I like most about Old Course: it’s open to the public, so if you can get yourself to Scotland, you can play it and make your every golf dream come true.