Oh, The Places You Will Go

Oh, The Places You Will Go

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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Dr. Seuss, golf and transformational figures are not topics I’d ever weave into a golf blog post.  Until now, of course.  The author a lighthearted series of children’s books weaves in messages for life for kids of all ages and within the book ‘Oh The Places You Will Go’ I was drawn to comparisons of  someone who I would argue to be the most passionate golfer I have ever met; ‘passionista’ is her term.

Tiffany Chaisson (@tiffchaisson) is active on twitter, loves the game of golf, travels the world, and now – two years into her golf journey – is a CEO of a not for profit to support kids playing golf by removing financial barriers to participate.  This is a new venture for Tiffany and her enthusiasm for Fairways may, (strong emphasis on may) even be more infectious than her love of playing the game.

We met this week for a round at the historic, iconic Ladies Club in Thornhill, ON for a round of golf with head professional Padraig Kelly.  Paddy hosted Tiff and I to a round and a tour of the clubhouse where we learned more about this history of this Stanley Thompson design which is built primarily for women players.  I will share more on the course in a future course review, but the experience we shared on a tranquil July morning is best reflected in this shot.  It is one of my all-time favourite golf pictures.

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Tiffany Chaisson showing her enthusiasm and an impressive vertical!  Love this image, it reflects a passion for the game we should all tap into more often.

Looking back, my reflections of my golfing journey made me appreciate the places I have gone.  And more importantly the people I have met.  New friends and acquaintances drawn together through a love of the game can only make you smile more on the course.  And, as Paddy was right to say, players tend to play better when they smile more.  Makes sense it was one of better rounds in some time.

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Paddy Kelly showing a solid club twirl after his approach on 17.

I will close off with this quote, as I reflect that my own golfing experience is certainly one of ‘fun to be done’!  Thanks for the gracious hospitality to Paddy Kelly and his team at Ladies GC.  And to Tiff, like Dr. Seuss, you have proven to be a transformative teacher.

“Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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New friendships forged through golf.  Paddy, Tiff and I.

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