12 Golf Courses to Play Before You Die

My number one goal in life – after a healthy and happy family – is to play these 12 golf courses! These courses are a mix of prestigious courses and unforgettable locations. Anyone lucky enough to play even one of these courses should count their blessings!

These courses are all over the world and might contain some surprising selections!

    The Old Course – St. Andrews Scotland

A pilgrimage to the home of golf is at the top of any self respecting golfers bucket list. Getting a tee time isn’t easy but it would be worth the hassle. Ideally, you could extend your visit to Scotland and include plenty of scotch tasting and golf the other magnificent courses.

    Augusta National – Augusta, Georgia

A round at Augusta National would require some finesse or connections but surely it would be worth the legwork. The home of the Masters is truly an American masterpiece. A round here would be the focal point of an epic golfing tour of Georgia or the Carolinas.

  • Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California

The number one public golf course in America can seem expensive but the unmatched setting of coastal Northern California make this course worth any price. Combine this trip with a round at San Francisco’s venerable public courses for an amazing West Coast swing. Don’t forget to indulge in some wine tasting

  • Sunningdale – Berkshire, England

This quintessential English course is a short hour drive from London in the picturesque English countryside. A golf tour of England would be woefully incomplete without a round at the Old Course in Sunningdale. Pack for all weather and prepare for some pints at the pub during an English golf adventure.

  • Old Head – Kinsale, Ireland

The rugged coast of Ireland hosts a number of spectacular courses. The best in class is Kinsale’s Old Head. The course is highlighted by a landmark Lighthouse and tremendous winds. Pack a wind breaker and let’s go!

  • Cabot Links – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Just a quick flight from New York or Boston this Canadian gem will have you believing you are playing a coastal Scottish course. Put this links course on your list and make a point to get it done soon before it starts to get too popular!

    TPC – Scottsdale, Arizona

Escape the winter blues and head southwest to the home of the fratty Waste Management Open. Don’t let the rambunctious tourney atmosphere scare you – this is an amazing course and a great place to kickstart your season.

    Ocean Course – Kiswahili, South Carolina

The Ocean Course at Kiawah is the best course in the Southeast outside of Augusta! Spend a week eating and golfing around Charleston in early autumn!

  • Mid Ocean Club – Tucker’s Town, Bermuda

Picture yourself teeing off while enjoying a nice breeze off the Atlantic at this Bermudan gem. A quick flight from the US but a world away the Mid Ocean Club has a luxurious yet relaxed feel. The challenging course has been played by a number of US Presidents so be sure to book a tee time well in advance!

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    Fontainebleau Golf Club – Fontainebleau, France

Just a quick hour drive south of Paris sits a quintessential European track. While most Americans don’t think of France as a golf destination there are a number of excellent courses. Treat your wife to a trip to Paris while treating yourself to some unforgettable golf!

    The Olympic Club- San Francisco, California

The esteemed San Francisco club offers 45 incredible holes with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. A round or two at this picturesque club would pair nicely with a West Coast wine and golf trip!

    Bandon Dunes – Bandon, Oregon

The 5 links courses in Bandon make for an amazing golf vacation. I am dying to make the trip to southern Oregon for some unforgettable golf.

Upgrade your Basement Laundry Rooms

A basement remodel project is incredibly fun to plan as you dream of your basement bar, gym or mancave but you cannot forget the utility you need from the space such as storage or the dreaded laundry area!

Now a laundry area is never going to be your favorite part of the house but with a little thought and planning you can upgrade your basement laundry area!

An amazing basement laundry area will offer plenty of storage, folding area, clothes hanging functionality and maybe some diversion from the drudgery!

To spark some interest in the forgotten area of your basement renovation I have compiled some of the coolest and innovative basement laundry areas that I could find on Pinterest!

Adding shelving for storage and a surface for folding makes doing laundry less of a chore! These upgrades can be done inexpensively and easily!

The great Bob Vila shows how a simple curtain can enable you to hide the laundry area!

A nice laminate floor coupled with a folding surface and repurposed kitchen cabinets turns a laundry area from drab to welcoming !

Happy Organized Life offers a number of great and inexpensive ways to get organized in the laundry room. Below is an example of inexpensive cube shelving and hampers plus an extendable hanging unit.

Consider recycling old kitchen cabinets to make a full blow laundry station appear organized and bright.

Decor Pad highlights a luxurious basement laundry room with a contemporary flair. Add a bar and this might become your favorite room!

This fun and functional small laundry room from Decoria shows that you can add a nice space without eating into the rest of the basement!

If you are sufficiently inspired get started with your remodel! There are great organizational items available here, here and here! As usual, Amazon is a great place to pick up items for your project!

Gym Equipment Buyers Guide

Are you looking to get at shape in the comfort of your own home? Perhaps you want to outfit an Amazing Basement Gym?

Once you decide where to build your workout space and what kind of exercises you want to do it is time to buy some equipment!

Buying gym equipment can be really intimidating as it is an expensive and often bulky task! That said there are a number of approaches to purchasing gym equipment! Here are 5 ideas on places to buy your equipment to start the fitness journey!

    Craigslist: the least expensive place to purchase gym equipment is undoubtedly Craigslist! There are usually plenty of options for different types of equipment but it is used and you don’t always get exactly what you want. The other obvious drawback is transporting the equipment. This usually means borrowing a truck and asking a friend for help!
    Facebook Groups: similar to Craigslist – tons of people are looking to unload unwanted exercise equipment for free or cheap! Check back frequently for killer deals in your area.
Kettlebells can be purchased at a number of retailers
    Traditional Retailers: traditional retailers are still a great place to pick up your fitness equipment! The best part is that you can still visit a store and try before you buy! This takes a lot of stress out of the purchase. The downside is that these stores can be more expensive if you don’t find a sale.

  • One way to reduce the cost is by using a coupon or cash back site like Ebates! Ebates will pay cash back on your purchases at major retailers like Dick’s. Check out Dick’s Sporting Goods or Modell’s for a wide variety. These stores will deliver and assemble for an additional fee
  • No matter where you buy from – consider using Amazon Home Services for setting up and assembling the equipment!