Peyton Manning: Where I Love to Play

August 4, 2009
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The Honors Course
Ooltewah, Tenn.
Crooked Stick
Carmel, Ind.

They’re both Pete
Dye specials, and
they’re both all golf.
The Honors is built for
amateur golf; Tiger
won the NCAA there
in 1996, and he still
says it’s one of the
hardest courses he’s
ever played. Gene
the bartender helps
with the barbecue,
and Bert the locker
room guy tells great
stories.

I play Crooked Stick
more since it’s only
10 minutes from my
house. Sometimes
you’ll be playing and
the next thing you
know you’ll see Pete
Dye out there walking
his dog. It’s pretty
neat to know that in
1964 this was his first
well-known course.

I’ve never broken
par at either course.
I think I’ve shot 75
at Crooked Stick,
and maybe 76 at the
Honors. I’m mostly
a weekend golfer.
I don’t play at all
in-season. My goal is
to get pretty good by
July and then put the
clubs away for seven
months. The way I
judge a course is,
when I get done
with 18 holes, do I
want to play 18
more? At these two,
the answer is yes.

Peyton Manning is the
quarterback for the
Indianapolis Colts.