By Sharon Winslow, Fox Run Outside Events and Donations Coordinator
When I was in my mid thirties, my husband gave me a set of golf clubs for Christmas. I was very surprised to say the least. He said he thought that if I would give it a try, golf might become something that we could do as we grow older together. And he was right: it worked.
That was thirty years ago, and I'm still at it. We baby boomers just keep on going! My first female golf partner was my good friend Deb Manahan. It just so happens that aside from being a great friend, she was the golf coach at the high school, club champion at our local country club, and a great golfer. So I lucked out having her as a partner and mentor. She helped me with my game and the all important etiquette of the game. I have played in local leagues and tournaments and before retiring, with customers, both men and women. I currently play in a mixed league at Lakeside Country Club in Penn Yan, NY, sometimes with guys and sometimes with gals. Lakeside is a great 18 hole course overlooking our beautiful Keuka Lake. I also enjoy Seneca Lake Golf Club, another 18 hole course overlooking another of our treasures, Seneca Lake.
We are fortunate to live in the heart of the Finger Lakes, and to have several courses with spectacular views overlooking these glorious lakes. I have played a couple of times at Turning Stone Casino's course, Shenandoah, and they were rounds to behold at a most amazing course in a spectacular natural setting. Another noteable course is Reservoir Creek,located in Naples, NY. It was built into the natural terrain of our Naples Valley and is a great combination of wooded and links style holes.
On our local courses we are surrounded by vineyards, woods and water. Playing golf for me is good for the heart and good for the soul, and it has enhanced my life beyond measure. All of our children play golf, and a couple of grandchildren also play, which is awesome. Being out there in the midst of natural surroundings, taking a minute to breathe it all in and savor the moments, makes me realize that ah yes, life is good.
The only way it gets better is by following a round of golf with a glass of Fox Run wine: now that is heaven.