The winter that would never end is nearing its completion. This picture is from one of the Twin Cities golf courses, just kidding. As we are a mere 41 days from the President’s Cup it is necessary to remind everyone of a few things. We’ve been doing this for 15 years, what do we possibly need to know for our 16th edition? Well, things get foggy on these trips. We at the President’s Cup office get asked the same questions every year (lots of times by the same people). If you can’t remember or don’t know you can always come back to this.
Our newest competitor is Norman, he’s not pictured above but does embody qualities of each man shown above. He hails from White Bear Lake. He spent time on the campus of SCSU. He will drink a beer from time to time and he’s apparently not intimidated by playing 90 holes of golf over 2.5 days with this crew. He will be riding to Cragun’s with Stew so please allow him some recuperating time upon arrival and if necessary a shoulder to cry on. We will see how his golf game travels to the hinterlands otherwise known as Cragun’s Resort and the Bobby’s and Dutch Golf Courses. My guess is this there will be glimmers of good, mixed in with cocktails and some double bogeys.
Cragun’s is a nice place to have a trip like this. The drive is short. Most people will be able to get there in about 2 hours, depending on the time you leave and where exactly you live. Load up those cars and set course for the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Bayview Cabins we are staying in are a short 1.7 mile drive to the clubhouse. It’s a close walk to the Bear Trap Lounge for some karoke and gettin’ down.
Thursday golf at the President’s Cup has probably evolved the most of any one thing at said President’s Cup. It used to not happen. Then we added an 18 hole round for a small group of die-hard’s. Then we one year a rag tag group went up early to play a morning 18 hole loop before the afternoon 18 holes. Some in that group they decided to play another 9 after the afternoon round. That is 45 holes in one day guys. The famous quote, “This is a golf trip not a sit on the couch trip” was coined that day. I don’t think we’ll get in 45 this year but there will be at least 13 die-hard’s going for 36. We will play Bobby’s starting at 9:40am and then the afternoon round will be played on Dutch starting at 3:50pm. Many years Thursday has been the best weather day so if you can, I recommend you attempt to be there.
Thursday night after dinner in the clubhouse (included) we will get the Calcutta back in its original form as a live event. Last year was a bit of a mess. We were missing people, a location and somebody sober to properly organize it. This year it will take place in one of the cabins with Tim yelling at people and questioning their golf ability. Stew may be by his side as a de facto 2nd in command for the evening. Bring some cash.
Friday wake up and grab some breakfast at the main lodge (included). Your day will be the typical 36 holes of President’s Cup golf we have all become accustomed to. An 18-hole 2-man match vs. your competitors in the morning. The afternoon will be 18 holes of 2-man scramble against those bastards on the other team. That evening we will get some dinner in the clubhouse (again included).
Saturday get some grub again before heading to the practice green. You have 18 holes of Individual Match Play to wrap it up. Fill you coolers up and roll a put or two. Hit a few on the range, like it will matter. A champion will be crowned in the mid-afternoon. Then it’s off to the Drunken Scramble.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Somebody will get there first on Thursday, it will just happen, and that’s okay. Tell them you are with the Melling Group and get yourself ready for a 3-day event that goes too fast.
Hopefully you get to play a round or 3 of golf prior to going up north. If you do remember to post those scores. You have a handicap for a reason.