Monday, February 15, 2016
ReGripped's Quest To Play Cypress Point Day 190
This is one of several posts about my attempts to play the ultimate course, the Cypress Point Club. If you have any tips for me or want to invite me to play (!!!) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I promise total discretion for anyone who helps. Thanks!
The AT&T Pro Am just concluded at Pebble Beach and while there was a lot of focus on the PB courses, the blimp cams seemed to focus an inordinate amount of time over Cypress Point. Coupled that with many of the amateurs playing last week were members of the course and all the pros were bragging about how they got to play Cypress, well it had me salivating that much more!
The television coverage and the online Twitter feeds of various golf people made you think that everyone and their mother could play Cypress when in fact it still remains one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. It is slightly frustrating that celebrities and pros can play there has they have more immediate access to the members and that it is shoved in our face by TV but that will just make it that much sweeter for an average guy like me to get to play there...eventually.
Here we are, day 190 of my quest to play CPC. So close, yet so far. That is the latest news I bring to y'all on my continuing Cypress Point quest. Through the magic of the Internet, I was connected with someone in the golf biz who then put me in contact with an ACTUAL member of Cypress. I also contacted someone else in the golf biz who knows two members at the course.
Alas neither connection ultimately panned out, yet. One connection was a matter of timing and the other was a one-way street and not a Harry Meets Sally moment but STILL, several direct avenues to one of the 250 of the luckiest people on Earth (i.e., the members of CPC).
What this proves to me is that while the Internet is something you can't touch or smell or feel, it is a real connector of people. The connections that people establish online can translate to connections IRL (in real life). While I haven't been able to IRL a member (that sounds dirty), the online connections I have made are amazing and I have run across so many good people looking to help me.
I am extremely GRATEFUL for every person who has taken the time out to try and help me. So far I have had 3 real life people offer to help my real life quest and to those people I say THANK YOU and I hope to buy you a beer of your choice if I ever get to meet you. To those reading the blog who I haven't met yet, maybe you don't know a CPC member but perhaps your buddy or co-worker does! If so, send em my way, I am easily findable ;).
Now for some random Cypress Point factoids.
First Up, The Match.
One of my television shows of all time is Twin Peaks and one of my favorite golf books of all time is The Match, both written by the same guy, Mark Frost. It details a pivotal point in golf's history when the definition of a golfer could mean a professional or an amateur and this Match at Cypress signaled the death knell of the "gentlemen amateur golfer". Aside from the fascinating history, the book is an ode to Cypress Point, lovingly detailing every hole so the reader/listener is there on the course with Hogan and Venturi as they make their way around. I highly recommend this book for any golf or Cypress Point fan! http://www.amazon.com/The-Match-Game-Changed-Forever/dp/1401309615
Random Internet Review: http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/productdetails.asp?id=404