2013 marked the 25th year of the Lakehouse Boys golf trip, which started at Madden’s Resort in northern Minnesota when we stayed in the Lakehouse. For 25 years, 16 to 24 guys have gone away each Spring to play golf. The tradition began long before kids and marriage—was an unspoken pre-nup when we met our wives—and a core group of 12 have been on the majority of the trips
2013 also marked the first time we used GolfTripGenius for our trip. My friend, Mike, and I have handled organizing the games for at least 20 years and we finally got the group to drop the Giant Skins game so that we could enjoy our cocktails after the round and not have to worry about who won skins. Then I heard about GolfTripGenius and realized that it could score our games (including the skins), track our housing and flights and, most importantly for me as the trip captain, organize and display those who hadn’t paid their fees. It worked flawlessly.
Our trip takes place each May, so I purchased GolfTripGenius again in January and started the 2014 planning. I was checking emails while on vacation in Hawaii with my wife in March and noticed a note from Billy Condon of Golf Genius Software. I figured that it was one of their trip reminder emails that help the trip captain stay on track. I opened it and it was far from a reminder. The note alerted me that I had won seven nights for eight people at the Monarchs House in St. Andrews—could this be true?! I showed my wife and we both wondered if this was the golf equivalent of a Nigerian Prince wanting to split $40 million with me. I was skeptical, but sent my cell number to Billy. When he called, he assured me that it was legit. So while I sat on our hotel balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach, my thoughts turned to a fall golf trip to Scotland.
Fast forward four weeks and I have the group of eight finalized, which was no easy task given family commitments and work schedules. The flights have been booked and our tee times set. We are sticking close to St Andrews, but have a schedule that looks to be spectacular: Kingsbarns (pictured); Crail; St. Andrews New Course, Castle and Jubilee. With the Old Course being the one bucket list track not on the schedule yet, we will roll the dice to see if we can get on when we’re there in September.
With logistics in good shape, my focus has shifted back to the Annual Lakehouse Boys trip at the beginning of May. We are heading to We Ko Pa in Phoenix and I can’t wait because it is typically one of the best weekends of the year. But as much as this is a highlight of the year, I can’t help but think about how spending a week in the birthplace of golf with seven of my best golf buddies may be the best week of my life.
Thanks to Golf Genius Software and the Monarchs House for making this happen for us.
Have suggestions for Erik and his friends on places to eat and drink while in St Andrews? Comment below.