My first golf-related memory is watching Fred Couples — my favorite player growing up — win the 1992 Masters. I was seven years old. Watching Tiger Woods win the Masters in 1997 gave me a jolt to want to play myself.
I wasn’t very good but I always loved challenging myself, so I quickly got hooked. I also quickly became obsessed with golf courses architecture and I would frequently doodle course designs. A totally normal obsession for a 12 year old.
Growing up in the Hudson Valley of New York, there was a wealth of affordable and interesting courses to play. Two of the courses I played the most on where early Robert Trent Jones designs — James Baird State Park and Casperkill.
After college, I moved to New York City and went through a period where I didn’t play very much. When you’re new in the workforce and don’t have much money or time, golf is not a priority.
After my wife and I relocated to the West Coast — Portland, Oregon to be specific — I became to rediscover my love of the game. Being in an entirely new region, there were so many new courses to explore. Finding where I wanted to play rekindled my interest in golf course architecture and indirectly led to Forecaddie.
By day I work in the public sector, doing marketing and communications. When I’m not at work, on the course or working on Forecaddie, my wife and I love to travel, visit tiki bars and breweries, and spend time exploring the outdoors in and around Portland.