50 State Golf Tour
Wounded Warrior Project Benefitted from
A New Concept In Golf Reporting…
Golfing The US with Chuck Miller, The Traveling Guy
Golfing the US with Chuck Miller, the Traveling Guy, a new concept in golf and travel reporting, had its debut on January 7, 2012 on the nationally syndicated golf show Real Golf Radio. Each week through December 15, 2012 golf and travel writer Chuck Miller raised awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project while visiting a different state bringing Real Golf Radio listeners upbeat and informative reports about golf and travel throughout the USA.
Miller reported each Saturday morning from a different state about courses and points of interest in the state he was visiting. His reports helped listeners conjure up fantasies of birdies and pars and gave those in Real Golf Radio’s audience the opportunity to vicariously visit all 50 states. During his 50-week, 50-state driving tour of the US, Miller reported about his experiences visiting and playing golf from Alaska to Florida, Hawaii to Maine.
All the courses Miller reported on were ones open to public play. Some were in the mountains, some at the seashore, others in the desert. Some were municipal courses, some were resort courses and a few were private courses.
His reports on Real Golf Radio appealed to non-golfing spouses and friends as well as he included snippets of information about local cultural and scenic spots as well as tips on places to stay, shop, dine and just have fun.
Golfing the US with Chuck Miller, The Traveling Guy on Real Golf Radio was an informal yet informative approach to golf and travel reporting. Golfing The US with Chuck Miller, The Traveling Guy gave listeners insight into golf and travel throughout the United States.
....and Away We Go !!!
It started with a rush and it wasn’t adrenalin. It was water rushing from the broken hot water heater that was flooding the garage. That was what I heard when I went to the garage at 5:30 in the morning to get a suitcase on departure day of my 50-week, 50-state golf tour.
What a way to start! Was this God’s way of testing my patience for obstacles that I might encounter during my golf odyssey? Was this a bad dream? Once I realized it was neither of these, I turned off the water to the house and called Sam Homant, the contractor who had done all the remodeling on the home that my significant other Shirley and I had purchased a few years earlier. I explained my predicament and he agreed to come over and fix the problem.
At about 10:15 AM, with the rushing water problem ready to be solved, and my bags packed, I doubled checked my car trunk. It held the clothes I would need for a year on the road; the myriad of informative books about golf courses and locales throughout the US; two plastic file containers containing an assortment of office supplies I would need; my Toshiba laptop computer; two cameras; my beat up but still usable briefcase; and two bags of cereal, cookies and other assorted goodies I figured I would need at the start of my trip. And…of utmost importance, the new TaylorMade golf bag which TaylorMade graciously presented me; my trusty left handed clubs, six dozen golf balls and the rain outfit which I had worn while on trips to all seven continents.
I closed the trunk, backed out of the driveway, took a few photos, said goodbye to Shirley, who would manage the house while I was on my odyssey, and I was off to Fountain Hills, Arizona the first stop on my tour. While on the road for the next six hours I began to realize the long awaited day had come and my highly anticipated 50-week, 50-state golf tour was underway.
I was excited, not only about the golf I would be playing and the places I would visit during the year that lay ahead, but also the opportunity I had developed to bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project during my tour. Let me be clear about this. I was not then, nor am I now, in any way associated with, nor did I then nor do I now receive any compensation from the Wounded Warrior Project. I merely wanted to give back in some way during my tour. Although I am not a veteran, I felt strongly about the things the Wounded Warrior Project was doing to help wounded warriors who had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and wanted to spread their message during my travels.
During my drive I hoped that all the planning I had done in preparation for my tour would prove to be correct, all the while knowing that I damn well would have to be resourceful, self sufficient and able to adjust to new surroundings and challenges for an entire year. Did I have second thoughts? Sure !!! Was I going to let these thoughts stop me? Not on your life. I had planned, talked about and desired to make this tour for so long I wasn’t going to let some mischievous mind games hold me back.
I was about to do something that to my knowledge had never been done before by anyone. That in itself was stimulating. I was headed out to play golf in 50 states in 50 weeks. I was going to give weekly reports on the nationally syndicated golf show Real Golf Radio about courses to play, places to stay, and things to see and do in the state I was visiting that week. For me this was going to be an exciting adventure, an opportunity to combine three of my passions... golf, travel and people. I was pumped!