Missy drove down from DC a day before we left for our golf trip to Pinehurst, North Carolina and we played a quick 9 holes at the Donald Ross course just up the road from the lake house. That evening we had a nice dinner at the local Buggs Island Brewery, where the sign to the bathroom there said it all.
With the help of our caddy, Kade, we made our way around the famous Pinehurst #2. A strong test of golf with waste areas on either side of most fairways and elevated turtleback greens that were very fast. But in the end, we were all smiles, having played one of the top courses in the US and the site of numerous championships. We then played the Cradle, a 9-hole par three course, which they suggested we play barefooted. After walking so much on #2 going barefoot felt good. All of the tee boxes were marked with drink stands, which we took full advantage of.
We went back to the hotel, cleaned up and sat out on the porch for drinks before dinner. We had two evenings of 3 course gourmet meals and 2 days of the best breakfast buffets anywhere. We needed to keep our strength up for our final round on Sunday at Pinehurst #7. A completely different course with hills and water hazards.
We then said goodbye to Charley and made the 2-hour drive back to Aarons. But the golf was not over for Missy. She drove back to DC where she teed off at 9am Monday morning at Congressional Country Club, where the LPGA Championship had just finished up the day before.
On Monday morning, we said our goodbyes to Aaron and are now parked for the night at an RV park in West Virginia heading north toward Michigan.