Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ReGripped's Quest To Play Cypress Point Day 402

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 I promise total discretion for anyone who helps. Thanks! 

As you will see from the Day counter above, it has been over year since I officially announced my quest to play Cypress Point Club and more than 400 days later, the quest continues. I have learned a lot over the last year. Tips and Tricks from John Sabino's great bookDrink recipes have been tried. Of course, the big break has been through Golf Digest's coverage of my quest

I have spoken with 2 people that have had direct access to the course in the past and reached out directly to 1 member. Still, here it is that I sit but I am not sitting idle and here is my strategy for the next year:

1) Continue to play Top 100 Courses. 
I recently was fortunate enough to play Sand Hills and Ballyneal and while there, I ran into people from Pine Valley, The Quarry at La Quinta, people with Augusta swag on their bags and of course, Sand Hills members. If you want to play an elite golf course, you need to put yourself in elite company and I plan on playing more of these Top 100 courses in order to broaden my pool of potential members.

2) Start To Get Up Close And Personal With San Francisco.
So many books that I have read about Cypress have mentioned that members of Cypress are also members of clubs like San Francisco, Cal Club and Olympic. In addition to wanting to play these clubs just for the pure enjoyment factor of playing Top 100 courses, if I spend some time in the Bay Area, I might find myself spending some time in the Cypress Point Area.

3) Continue Positive Thoughts.
Have you ever thought of someone and then the phone rings and its that person? Have you ever thought that something negative was going to happen and then, inevitably, it does? Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, suggests focusing what your mind wants in order to help actualize it. I am a believer in putting positive energy out there and then seeing positive results. What Scott suggests and I have been doing is writing every day that I desire to play Cypress Point.

Yes, I realize that the above looks like an outtake from The Shining but I think the benefit of this is every day I take a moment to remember that I am on a quest to play this amazing course and that I should continue working toward my goal. 

Cool Cypress Point Story: 
Did you know that a ship wrecked right off the coast of Cypress Point back in 1934 and that members of the club helped rescue the sailors on board? Pierce McDonnell is writing a book about the whole affair and I can't wait to read it. Not only is the course beautiful but the members are good eggs as well! Pierce was kind enough to share a photo taken on that day:

The book has been published and I highly recommend you checking it out. Here is a link to Amazon:

Cypress Point Review:
I love this write-up I found on the web the other day. Hopefully you get a kick out of it too!

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