Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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W hen Terry Rickson and Kristen Biety of Charleston, S.C. began playing four-ball events together about six years ago, they quickly realized that staying in motels and eating out at restaurants every night wasn't for them. They decided to rent an RV for one of those early events and fell in love with the experience. Soon after that first trip, they bought their own RV to take on their golf excursions. "For us it's an adventure. W hen you're here, it's like the entire outdoors is your living room," Rickson said. "It's so much fun because you have a hobby during the day and it's relaxing during the night." Being out in the "wild" doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your creature comforts. The Red Gates RV Park, where they were staying in Hendersonville, N.C., has Wi-Fi, washers, dryers, bathrooms and showers. Their RV is equipped with not one, not two, but three televisions. Another reason they love the RV is it gives them the freedom to cook whatever they want. They can grill out on their miniature portable W eber or use the stove inside the RV. The night before the first event, it's tradition to make spaghetti and meatballs. It's their way of carbo-loading before the big competi- tion. We met up with Rickson and Biety in the moun- tains of western North Carolina where they were playing in the Carolinas Golf Association Ladies Four-Ball Play Days at the Country Club of Ashe ville and Hendersonville Country Club. Ladies' Four-Ball Play Days are one-day four-ball (better ball of two-woman team) events open to female CGA members (those who have a valid GHIN Handicap Index at a CGA member club). Players of all skill levels and abilities are welcome. Events are flighted based on team Handicap Index. Prizes are given for gross and net winners in each flight. Entry is $150 per team, which includes all golf fees, prizes and lunch. "It's more fun than [individual] stroke play. It's a little less intense and less pressure because you have your co-pilot to lean on if you totally screw up," Biety said. "We've met people that we would have never met before. You keep in touch with them and talk about the other events you're going to. It's just fun." They haven't ventured beyond the Carolinas or Georgia yet, but hope to take the RV out for a longer trip soon to visit other beautiful sites (and golf courses) across the country. ■ 22 | | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 M E M B E R S P OT L I G H T Terry Rickson and Kristen Biety travel all over the Carolinas playing the CGA Ladies Four-Ball Play Days together in their RV named "Hemeenee." By day, they get to play some of the best golf courses in the country. By night, they call the great outdoors their living room. Golfing Meets Glamping Country Club by Day, RV Park by BY JACKSON SVEEN JACKSO

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