Posted November 16, 2018 04:20:33 In my first post, I wrote that the Ironwood Golf Club was a gift that would change my life.
I received my Ironwood Club in early 2017 and, while I’m sure that my friends and family have been thrilled with its new-found life, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t posted about it.
In truth, the Iron Wood Golf Club is a gift, and one that I don’t think anyone who’s ever played a golf course should be surprised to receive.
The first time I ever played an Ironwood was in the late ’80s.
I had just begun to write a book about golf course design and the importance of a good, challenging, and fair course to a serious golfer.
I was working at a golf club in South Bend, Indiana, and was a regular attendee at the Ironwoods.
I was also a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
One of the first things that I learned at the club was how important it is to use an ironwood course.
There’s something magical about a tree in the ground that’s ready to ripen.
It’s an organic material, like the soil, and when it’s ripe, it’s one of the most important elements in a course’s overall structure.
I knew that, when I played a round of golf at the ironwood, that I was in good hands.
During my second round, I was the first to hit the ball.
I missed it by only a couple feet, but I didn’t think too much about it at the time.
It was all part of the plan.
I played another round at the same golf course that year, and I went on to win my first PGA Tour event.
As a student, I never thought I’d get to the pros, but that’s how I ended up winning.
In 2015, I began writing a book on golf design, and after the first few drafts of it, I decided that I wanted to share the story of the Iron Woods Golf Club with the world.
At first, I knew the book would be a little rough around the edges, but as the project progressed, it became clear that it was an important book for anyone interested in learning more about the design of a golfing course.
I wanted it to be a tool to help people understand the beauty and history of golf, and to encourage them to do the same.
With that in mind, I asked myself if there was anything else I could write about that would be more important than a golf swing.
The answer was a resounding yes.
What if I wrote about the importance and history behind the IronWood?
That’s when I began the process of crafting a book.
As the project grew, the challenges of producing the book grew, too.
The Iron Woods was born.
I’m grateful for the time I spent writing the book and for the help I received from readers and fellow golfers.
I hope that anyone who reads it enjoys the story it tells and feels inspired to find the next great piece of golfing history.
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