It could have been the panoramic views of Kelowna’s mountains and water while hitting shots over vineyards at the Harvest Club. Perhaps it was watching the bizarre sight of a coyote skipping across the rolling hills of Fairview Mountain Golf Course in Oliver before tackling my approach shot on the front nine. Or, maybe it was the sense that is was long overdue to change our lifestyle and turn away from the center of the universe in Ontario to the west, the beautiful Okanagan. The reasons are many and the trigger has been pulled.
Alison and I are moving to West Kelowna in February. People I have told understand the mesmerizing pull of this region to individuals. Our new townhome offers several outdoor terraces including a rooftop terrace that allows us to see Lake Okanagan, mountains and plentiful trees. Now I can grab a full bodied red wine purchased from one of the many outstanding wineries in the area and stare transfixed at this landscape. Do I play Predator Ridge in Vernon? How about The Harvest Club and Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna? Fairview Mountain in Oliver certainly grabs my attention although that would be wicked to walk the course with those sometimes severe undulating fairways. Alas, I would have to surrender to a riding cart but I would like to see Wile E. again and the sign that warns of rattlesnakes. Did you know this is a desert? Many don’t and are amazed to hear this fact. There is no way to lose in this equation when pondering the choices of spectacular golf. Gorgeous weather and a longer golfing season beckon.
Time for a change. Sometimes a fork in the road offers itself and you should take it. I am fortunate to have this opportunity and I want to thank my wife for agreeing to travel it with me. Your gut feeling dictates that you must. I don’t know what I will do when I get to the Okanagan but I can be sure that it will be a welcome shift in my life. A follow up book to Golf Shorts and Plus Fours has already begun and the clean air of beautiful B.C. will spark my creative impulses. Great to think I will be there in three months!
I find it therapeutic to walk by the water and think about how I will market my newly published book, Golf Shorts and Plus Fours. The tedious editing after long segments of writing is behind me and now I have to get the book out there so the world knows about it. I try not to think about the overwhelming amount of tasks I must undertake to make it a success in the marketplace. There is no publishing machinery-it is me. But the great thing about this process is I get to think about golf subjects, golf courses, golf personalities and marvelous ways on how to sell my book. This energizes me every day.
I view this self-publishing project as a giant jigsaw puzzle. Who do I market to first? What “holes” from my book are the best, funniest, and catchiest to my golfing audience? Questions fire through my brain. I have several pieces on the board but my jigsaw is complex.
The book cover’s look has exceeded my expectations and I think lovers of the game will pick it up in their hands and wonder what the book is all about. The helpful quotes provided on the back cover by Tom Watson, George Peper, Gary Player and the others who have read certain holes on my golf course round out the overall look. This was important to me and I am glad iUniverse was able to create the cover using the great photograph of Chief and me walking the Road Hole. It encapsulates the comradeship and traditions of the game I hold dear.
It is exciting to know that the book is now published and I can focus on building the infrastructure of my web site, social media and other building blocks to try and get my name, and book out to the world. I can’t wait to see the first copy of the hardcover and softcover in February so I can share with my wife Alison and then trek down to see my mother and present them to her. Then I can point to Sam Morgan, my father in the heavens to say, “Bob’s Your Uncle, I did it for you”.