Do you have any advice for women who are getting into golf in their 30s or 40s or later?
Q: Do you have any advice for women who are getting into golf in their 30s or 40s or later?
A: First of all, it’s not too late. It’s a great game for life so that means you have lots of years ahead of you. Find other women at the club and chat with them, find some friends to play with. You don’t have to start with 18 holes; start small if you feel intimidated, play three holes, learn the basics. And combine it with the 19th hole! Have a glass of wine, chit chat with other women. Go out and have fun.
Q: Have you faced any discrimination as a businesswoman?
A: Not discrimination, I wouldn’t use that word. But you know I design golf courses and I would say in golf design, for example, a lot of times when they throw my name in the ring as a potential designer, in some parts of the world it’s not an option—not me personally, it’s just that they won’t hire a woman. And you hear things like, “Oh, it would be a short course if she designed it.” Those kinds of comments come to mind.
Q: You spend a lot of time flying. Are you a chatty seat mate or do you listen to music? If it’s music, what do you listen to?
A: I put my headset on and listen to music. It’s my time to relax, to work on my computer. I’m not a social person on the plane—I’m not the person you want to sit next to if you’re social. I like all kinds of music, but sometimes I listen to nature sounds, something relaxing. I focus on my breathing. I like pop, I like a lot of things, but once the wheels touch down it’s directly to luggage, car, hotel, event, golf activity, dinner—boom, boom, boom—and so I have my solitude on the plane.
Q: Have you ever assembled anything from Ikea?
A: Many times! We’ve had many of their items. And it’s always the same frustrations: you do the whole thing and you miss a screw and the thing is tilting or whatever—it’s a marriage tester!
Letter to My Daughter
It’s spring, and you and your brother, Will, have just started T-ball.
I know that you’re shy and it seems so easy for your brother to go up and talk to people and say hello. Don’t worry, he is just more outgoing, like Daddy.
And as much as I try to encourage you to be brave when you meet new people, I’m not worried, Little A, because your confidence will come soon.