Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Hole of the Week — Golf and Tom Petty

Posted 8/19/2010 9:04:00 AM

It’s rare that Tom Petty pops into my mind during any given round of golf, but there he was, ringing unmistakably in my ears, as I stepped up to hit my tee shot on Cherokee Valley’s beautiful 15th hole.

Into the great wide open…Under them skies of blue…

The hole is a golf photographer’s dream. In fact, quite predictably, the view from the 15th tee box adorns most of Cherokee Valley’s marketing materials, and for good reason. It’s mountain golf at its most breathtaking.

Stepping onto the tee box, you are met with an expansive view of the valley below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. I suppose for the Cherokee Valley regulars, the view becomes commonplace, but as a first-timer on the course, I had to remind myself that I was there to golf, not just to enjoy the view.

Snapping out of it, I went back to my bag to grab a club. Not an easy selection, by the way. I truly had no idea what to hit on a 190-yard hole with a 100+ foot drop. I went with the 5-iron, which amazingly turned out to be the right club. However, it really didn’t matter what club I hit.

As I watched my ball soar off the tee, slowly ascending until finally giving up its fight against gravity and speeding back towards the earth and the green below, I realized that, for perhaps the first time in my golfing life, I really didn’t care where my shot landed — as with so many things, the journey was far more important than the destination.

So, in honor of Tom, I teed up another ball and launched it into the great wide open, under them skies of blue, and simply enjoyed the view.