Golfer spends 30-years playing all 119 major venues
Has anyone realised that the four major golf championships have been played on 119 different courses since the British Open was first contested at Prestwick in 1860?
Who’s counting, I hear you say. Well Joey Hines is, for starters.
Augusta National (Credit: ANGC)
Hines must be the only person in the world who has played golf on every course where either a US Masters, a US PGA Championship, a US Open or a British Open have been played.
Now 60-years-old, it has taken Hines half his life to achieve such a remarkable record.
Now the director of golf at Cape Fear Country Club, in Wilmington, North Carolina, Hines’ quest began in 1990 when he found himself working at Northwood Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.
When it was pointed out that Northwood hosted the 1952 US Open, won by Julius Boros, Hines soon hatched a plan that quickly became a mission…to play every course that had hosted a major.
It took him 29 years as Hines began to work his way through the encyclopedia of courses that had hosted majors, on both sides of the Atlantic.
And every major course that Hines played he left with his scorecard and usually some memorabilia as well.
And Hines can obviously play the game – he treasured the 66 he had scored at Northwood as his lowest score.
Yet he rated two of his best scores as the 70s he shot at Medinah and also at Pinehurst No 2.
And the Pinehurst round did include one shot that he’ll remember for a lifetime. He holed out for eagle from 100 yards on the 10th hole.
So apart from staying abreast of the times and playing any ‘new’ courses that might be hosting majors, what can he do next?
Well, someone has already suggested that maybe he could play all the courses that have hosted Ryder Cups as well.
And after that maybe Walker Cups, or Solheim Cups or even women’s majors. The list is endless.