If you're a golfer, and you've got a bucket list, odds are that playing Augusta National is on it. There's a decent chance you'd also like to join Pine Valley and play in the Crosby Clambake with Kelly Rohrbach. Here's another idea: a list that doesn't hinge on vast wealth or fabulous connections. We've got one for you: 37 (realistic) golf-y things to do before you hit that clubhouse in the sky.
1. Play shoeless, like Sam Snead. It’s amazingly liberating and can actually help free up you (and your swing) to post a great score.
2. Donate a set of clubs to charity. The First Tee is among the many worthy organizations that will take them.
3. Caddie for your son or daughter.
4. Attend a U.S. Amateur. The players are nearly as good as Tour pros and you walk with them in the fairway. This summer would be a good time to make it happen: the Am visits an L.A. classic, Riviera, from Aug. 13-20.
5. Play in less than three hours. (Whaddya know, now you have time for another 18.)
6. Play with hickories and in plus fours. You can even make it official by playing in a hickory golf tournament, like the kind organized by playhickory.com.
20. Sleep in the parking lot to land a tee time at Bethpage Black.
21. Charge every putt.
22. Hear a John Daly story — from John Daly. You’ll find him during Masters week, hocking merchandise at the Hooters on Washington Road.
23. While you’re there, scalp tickets to a practice round. For a couple of hundred bucks, you can walk Augusta National, sip $3 beers and raid the killer merchandise shop.
24. Play the Old Course at St. Andrews with a caddie. Here are guidelines on how to book a time.