04/19/15 12:00pm
04/19/2015 12:00 PM
Embracing the moment: Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw hugs his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson. Crenshaw played in his 44th and final Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Embracing the moment: Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw hugs his longtime caddy, Carl Jackson. Crenshaw played in his 44th and final Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Years ago I would have early-morning phone chats with my good friend, Wayne DePetris. We talked about everything. Wayne was a golfer, so, of course, many of our conversations centered around golf. Wayne passed away 15 years ago. I miss him.  (more…)

04/13/15 12:00pm
04/13/2015 12:00 PM
The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)

The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)

The folks at Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale are opening a restaurant on the North Fork. Specifically, at The Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead.

The Vineyards is a members-only club, to be sure, and the same holds for the clubhouse restaurant.

But here’s the thing, you can be a dining-only club member for $25 a year.

The partnership was announced Friday.

Read more on northforker.com.

04/12/15 12:00pm
04/12/2015 12:00 PM

Kathy and Jim Mulligan had finished packing their golf gear in anticipation of a golf vacation that was only a few days away. Both are decent players and enjoy the game regardless of how well they score.

A few days before setting out for their golf get-away, Kathy said to Jim: “I’ve been thinking. We always play golf with Joan and Harry and they are such great company. What happens if we get teamed up with a beginner, a club-thrower, a cheater, or even worse, someone with a potty mouth? That could ruin our whole day.”  (more…)

12/06/14 1:00pm
12/06/2014 1:00 PM

One of my favorite holiday tunes is the Andy Williams classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Thanks to the commercialism that has stepped all over the real reason for celebrating the holiday, this “wonderful time” seems to be getting longer and longer with decorations and holiday sales showing up long before Dec. 25. And now we have “Gray Thursday.” Give me a break.  (more…)

10/04/14 1:00pm
10/04/2014 1:00 PM
The Cedars Golf Club professional Jimmy McLaughlin with two members of the Cedars Kids Club, Aiko Fujita, left, and Michael Wineberger. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

The Cedars Golf Club professional Jimmy McLaughlin with two members of the Cedars Kids Club, Aiko Fujita, left, and Michael Wineberger. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

Conversation overheard this past summer around the North Fork:

Matilda, age 10: “I’m so bored this summer. There’s nothing to do around here.”

Gus, age 12: “I know. All we ever do is go to the beach, go boating, swim, fish and go sailing.”

Clancy, age 11: “ I can’t wait to go back to school.”

Say what??!!  (more…)

08/16/14 7:00am
08/16/2014 7:00 AM
Chet Zelenski, 91, of Greenport has been a member of Southampton Golf Club for 71 years. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

Chet Zelenski, 91, of Greenport has been a member of Southampton Golf Club for 71 years. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

I have a bad case of senioritis. No, not that senioritis. Your golf guy is more than a few decades past cutting classes, pulling pranks, and tossing his tassel. I’m talking about enjoying life as a senior citizen. Ah yes, the golden years.  (more…)