Thursday, July 25

The Man Who Has Played All 119 Major Championship Venues

JOEY HINES, THE GOLF DIRECTOR at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, North Carolina, has played them all. Now 60, it took nearly half his life and cost an estimated $100,000 (or a bit more). It was worth it, Hines said.

Here's the opening of the story by Josh Sens:
In the 159 years between the 1860 British Open at Prestwick Golf, in Scotland, and the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, in Northern Ireland, 119 different courses have played host to what we now consider to be golf's four major championships: the Masters, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. You could fact-check this on Google. Or you could confirm it with Joey Hines.... 
The quest began for Hines in 1990, when he landed a job at Northwood Club in Dallas. Knowing that Northwood had hosted the 1952 U.S. Open (winner: Julius Boros), Hines got to thinking, which gave way to an inkling that he was onto something, which evolved into a goal. As a junior, he had played Pinehurst No. 2, unaware that it had held the 1936 PGA Championship. Still, Pinehurst counted, so Hines had that going for him. Two major championship venues down. Only 117 to go.

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