Chris BaldwinThis Week at Dec. 19, 2006

Outside Traveler magazine applauds thanks to idiot YOU

Outside Traveler - the travel arm of the hugely popular and award-winning Outside magazine - lauds in its winter issue, writing: "For course and destination info, is hard to beat."

This is the kind of thing that makes everyone here as nervous as Mel Gibson running into a bus full of rabbis during Chanukah. brings a maverick touch to covering golf travel after all, a commitment to actually telling the truth about destinations and courses.

Critical travel stories, honest course reviews and photographs of what courses truly look like rather than those carefully controlled press-kit images that dot every other golf Web site? Are you crazy?

What we do can send head pros and PR reps running. And often does.

Only, it's hard to consider yourself too maverick if the folks at Outside, the guys who usually write about whitewater rafting, mountain biking and rock climbing, have noticed.

Especially after Rolling Stone, the Chicago Tribune and Rush Limbaugh all cited in recent months.

That's where YOU come in. That's right, YOU.

Don't worry, this isn't going to morph into what those bozo bloggers out of ideas have been doing in the wake of Time magazine picking YOU as Person Of The Year. I'm not going to tell you how we love YOU and would invite every one of YOU over for dinner if we could.

Frankly, a lot of times we think YOU are idiots. Or a little scary. Or both. Especially when you come up with a nonsensical argument on Michelle Wie being a champion.

Regardless, the point is surely many times you think some of US are morons with all the charm of Terrell Owens. That's why works.

It's golfers who love the game calling each other on their garbage. Reader reviews are a major part of the site. Reader letters are treated with reverence.

Basically, YOU have as much power as YOU want here. If YOU have an opinion on golf, there's no easier place to get it heard.

Even the crew from Outside might notice it.

Now, get writing. I'm waiting to make fun of YOU.

As always, welcomes your comments.

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