From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, June 15, 2000
We're looking at the same U.S. Open as everyone else--but we're seeing something different.
No matter how you slice (or hook) it, the Open at Pebble Beach this week is a big deal. Pick up a paper or watch the TV and you'll be assaulted with all the same facts and figures about the golf courses and golfers who star in this week's extravaganza.
But we had few different questions.
We've all heard about how the restaurants and motels are going to be filled to the gills this weekend. But we wondered what kind of week the escort services, private dancers and limousines were expecting. So we checked on it (see this week's lead news story).
As Tiger Woods continues his ascendancy and Jack Nicklaus nears the end of his career, they've grabbed headlines. But what about Notah Begay, who spent his early years on a reservation in New Mexico, and practiced his golf skills in the desert sagebrush? We interviewed him.
We talked to the shrinks who carry golfers' bags. They walk in the shadow of the limelight cast by stars, and the uninitiated just see these guys as lugnuts with strong backs. Read on, and you'll find a caddy's job is more complicated than figuring out slopes and carrying clubs.
And for good measure, we have a piece about the corporatization of golf. Just how did a game that started out as a diversion for the common man get to the point where it can cost $300/round to walk around on clinically manicured lawns to stroke scientifically measured balls with ergonomically correct clubs?
Even if you're not a golfer, we think you'll find something that'll catch your fancy with this week's issue.