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NOBLE ON GOLF

How to feed a hungry golfer

Golfers can be unusual people. They will pay several hundred hard earned bucks for a new Big Mama driver because the advertisement says it will turn their 210-yard, crooked tee ball into a high-flying 295-yard thing of beauty. But, are they up to taking a golf lesson from old Pro Joe? I don’t think so. At least not now, maybe later. I just bought this great golf club, and my wife would kill me if I spent more on golf. Let me show you that Big Mama. It’s really cool.

Now our golfer guy is headed down the 15th fairway in the right-hand long grass. Big Mama let him down again. He can’t remember how many times today it has happened, but it was often. The score is mounting and so is the knot in his stomach. After all he has been at it for over three hours and with any luck GG will end this round before too much longer. The question in his mind turns to, “I wonder what’s for lunch at the Club House today?” He is starving and could almost eat Big Mama.

If he were playing The Golf Club at Red Rock the food and beverage manager, Paul Herringer, would be happy to custom make a Pot Roast Wrap or a Shrimp Wrap (GG’s choice of boiled or pan fried shrimp) or any number of inventive concoctions. Another dish Paul likes to serve is the hot dog — the universal favorite food of all sports fans, including golfers. It is, has been, and always will be the choice cuisine of champions.

Paul has taken the hot dog to another level. It all starts with a quarter pound, all beef dog containing the right amount of moisture and salt. He places it in a fresh bun that fits the hot dog perfectly. Paul makes his own homemade french fries too. This is how you feed a hungry golfer, but what will our golfer guy select?

I started my visit last Thursday to The Golf Club at Red Rock by visiting with a longtime acquaintance and excellent golf professional, Jason Young. He has performed the leadership role of golf pro for 11 years, directing golf play, supervising the golf car fleet, dispensing the range balls, and most importantly providing the area with a wide program of golf instruction. He proudly addresses the golf education needs of all ages and abilities of golfers and prospective golfers, and does it with an ardent spirit.

Young is a soft spoken sort of fellow. His face lights up, however, when he sees the opportunity to serve a golfer. That occasion repeats itself often. When I asked him to describe the mission of The Club at Red Rock he quickly replied, "To treat our visitors with a personal touch.”

Journal correspondent Dave Noble, a member of The Professional Golfers Association of America, can be reached at dnoble@pga.com.

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