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An open letter to my husband on Mother's Day

By Jennifer Mario, Contributor

Dear Honey,

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We've been married for 11 years now, eight of which I've been a golfer like yourself.

Mother's Day is right around the corner. And I think it's time for me to share a little secret with you - I like golf stuff. I really, really like golf stuff.

Last year for Mother's Day, you sent me red roses. The year before, red roses. And if memory serves, the year before, red roses. It's almost as if you signed up for some kind of automatic annual e-mail reminder from flowers.com, if such a thing were possible.

The kids write their letters to Santa every year, and it seems to work for them. Surely you can't be expected to read minds any better than Santa can. So I thought maybe this year for Mother's Day - the one day of the year reserved just for hard-working moms such as myself - I should just come right out and tell you what I want.

Do you think that this Mother's Day you can forego the roses - although I promise you, they're really pretty and all - and just focus on golf stuff?

Number one: At the top of my list, I want a tee time with you. Clear your calendar, book a babysitter, call the golf course and set it up. You're my favorite golf partner bar none, and nothing would please me more than to spend the day knocking the ball around the course with you. It doesn't have to be some place fancy, it just has to be a twosome.

Number two: I know you're not up on women's fashions, so I won't ask you to put together a golf outfit for me, although that's something I would like a good deal. A simple gift card to Golf Galaxy will do. I'll pick out the outfit myself - or maybe I'll go for shoes, equipment, or even a golf lesson. You can't go wrong (unless of course you don't put enough money on the card).

Number three: Mother's Day just happens to coincide beautifully with some of the best golf weather we're going to get all year. So how about a golf trip?

Yeah, yeah, I know I just said "it doesn't have to be someplace fancy," but I didn't really mean it. Fancy is actually fine with me. If we lived on the West Coast, I would strongly suggest something in the northern California area, perhaps narrowed down to a spot in or around Monterey ... say, Pebble Beach? It would be the trip of a lifetime, wouldn't it? We could stay at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and get a round in at Pebble, Spanish Bay, and perhaps even complete the trifecta by adding Spyglass Hill.

I know this is a trip you've wanted to take for quite some time. So why not kill two birds with one stone and bring me along. We could stroll the links at dawn as the resident bagpiper trills "Scotland the Brave." We could light an actual fire in the actual fireplace in our room at the Lodge - I mean, what could be more romantic? And we could tee it up where the pros have before us - on what is arguably the world's most famous and best golf course. Can't you picture yourself stoning an iron into the wind on the par-3 number 7, as waves from the Pacific crash on the rocks beside you? I can.

Of course, we don't live on the West Coast, so perhaps Pebble is a little out of the way. Since we're located in the southeast, I did a little research for you and found an acceptable substitute: the May River Golf Club in the lowcountry of South Carolina, Bluffton, to be exact.

It opened just a few years ago in 2004 but has already garnered accolades from Golf Digest, Travel & Leisure magazine, and Conde Nast. It features a Jack Nicklaus signature course that you can't play unless you're either a member or, as at Pebble, a guest of their hotel, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

Hundred-year-old oaks draped with Spanish moss, holes touching the saltwater May River whose water is so clean you can literally eat out of it, wildlife of all kinds, and of course an exclusive, top quality golf course in pristine condition. At 6,623 yards from the blues, 5,223 from the reds, it's challenging enough for you and reachable enough for me. Oh, did I mention there's a spa? Well guess what - there's a spa. A really nice one on its own private island.

So, Honey, if you really want to impress me come Mother's Day, to show your appreciation for bringing forth three healthy offspring, if you want to show me that you haven't forgotten those hours of labor I endured to produce the fruit of your loins, can you cancel the automatic order from flowers.com and think golf instead?

Thanks, Honey. Oh and by the way, don't forget to take out the trash.

Jennifer MarioJennifer Mario, Contributor

Jennifer Mario is a regular contributor to the TravelGolf Network and the author of "Michelle Wie: The Making of a Champion" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2006). A graduate of Duke University, she lives in the Triangle area of North Carolina with her family.

Reader Comments / Reviews Leave a comment
  • Mother's Day Letter

    Kristen wrote on: May 27, 2008

    So.... I'm dying to know, what'd ya get??? I might need to take a more direct approach next year!


  • Mothers Day Present

    Wendy (UK) wrote on: May 10, 2008

    Hope you get your wish, Jen.


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