The good thing is that I already had a place in mind: Heartwell Golf Course, which is literally within walking distance from home. In fact, that’s how I made my decision: I pass it whenever I go for my walks and each time their restaurant smells pretty killer, so we just had to give it a shot.
In addition to that we could hit a bucket of golf balls when we were through eating, which is exactly what we did.
And to make this blog entry even more intriguing, Heartwell—an underwhelming par 3 course with lots of squirrels and not much else—is one of the places where a golfer by the name of Tiger Woods got his start. Other than the few framed newspaper articles hanging in the lobby (see blurry phone cam pics), the place is unassuming and you’d never know that one of golf’s greatest ever set foot there. Hell, I’ve even played a round there and I suck.
But back to Tiger. When you hear golfers in Heartwell’s coffee shop refer to him on a first-[nick]name basis, there’s a good chance that it’s meant on a personal level than a public-as-a-whole level. And that’s exactly what they were doing while we ate our breakfasts and watched him on TV play at Sawgrass.
“How’s Tiger doing today? Where’s he at? Tiger’s gotta work on [whatever] this round.”
Not a single mention of anything else because, well, this is one of golf’s all-time greats and his name is synonymous with integrity, perseverance, and success on the links.