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New York!

My friend, "Captain Joe" (pictured to the right) owns and operates a scavenger hunt company called Clash Scavenger Hunts.  When he informed me that he would be traveling to New York for a hunt and golf was on the agenda, I gladly joined him for the festivities.

First up on the agenda was the nearby Links at Ferry Point.  As far as golf options in NYC go, Ferry Point is the closest you can hit a golf ball outside of Manhattan other than the driving range at Chelsea Piers or ripping one down Wall Street (which is not recommended).  The course boasts some fantastic skyline views and the tall fescue was a nice golden brown.  In the shot of the day, Cory Bradburn holed out a wedge for eagle on the 8th hole.  

 The Whitestone Bridge owns the view on the 18th at Ferry Point.

The Whitestone Bridge owns the view on the 18th at Ferry Point.

Upon arriving in New York, Joe and I decided that it would be a wise idea to document his visit to the big apple via a series of suggestive poses.  We named the photos for added effect.

The 2nd in a series of 6 photos comes from Korea Town where our group did some intense Korean style karaoke.  As it turns out, my voice is slightly less amazing than Whitney Houston's.  However, the power of our performances made up for any noticeable gaps.

 Picture #2 is called "Mystery"  As in, it is a mystery why this photo was named mystery.

Picture #2 is called "Mystery"  As in, it is a mystery why this photo was named mystery.

 Captain Joe, moves to a more "Urban" setting somewhere in the East Village for picture #3.

Captain Joe, moves to a more "Urban" setting somewhere in the East Village for picture #3.

 The walk from the 15th green to the 16th tee is like taking a tropical vacation.

The walk from the 15th green to the 16th tee is like taking a tropical vacation.

 Another clutch birdie captures the match and sends Jeff and Ashley to the ground for 35 push-ups.

Another clutch birdie captures the match and sends Jeff and Ashley to the ground for 35 push-ups.

There would be no rest for the duo as Joe and I would be up early for 36 at the iconic Winged Foot Golf Club.  It would be 36 holes of Top 100 golf.

On the 18th hole on the East Course, Joe would uncharacteristically flub his approach leaving 80 yards in for his 3rd shot.  That 3rd shot would find the bottom of the cup for a walk off birdie.  However, the West course would shut us out and concede no birdies for our twosome.

 At 146 yards, the 13th hole on the  East Course  is referred to as the shortest par 5 in the world.  Both Joe and I would make 5 to confirm this fact.

At 146 yards, the 13th hole on the East Course is referred to as the shortest par 5 in the world.  Both Joe and I would make 5 to confirm this fact.

 Joe Garvey does not putt from the rough, he putts from the sand.  Not advisable.

Joe Garvey does not putt from the rough, he putts from the sand.  Not advisable.

With the golf portion of the trip behind us, it was time to take in some more New York City, take some more pictures, and finish up with an all world scavenger hunt around New York.

 The bridge to Brooklyn.  More commonly know as the Brooklyn Bridge.

The bridge to Brooklyn.  More commonly know as the Brooklyn Bridge.

 "You're  Abe Froman ?  The Sausage King of Chicago?"

"You're Abe Froman?  The Sausage King of Chicago?"

 Captain Joe's 1st in an outstanding series of 6 photos.  This one is aptly named "Skyline"

Captain Joe's 1st in an outstanding series of 6 photos.  This one is aptly named "Skyline"

 Cory Bradburn tries to give his hole out eagle some company with an ace on 17.  He would miss wide right.

Cory Bradburn tries to give his hole out eagle some company with an ace on 17.  He would miss wide right.

After our warm up round at Ferry Point, our foursome blasted onto the scene at Friar's Head.  Our foursome consisted of Ashley Mayo, Jeff Blind, Captain Joe, and myself.  Perhaps one of the greatest pairings the world has even seen.

Friar's Head is a Long Island gem and we took full advantage of the opportunity.  The push-up game was in full effect and the birdies started early on the 2nd hole.  Long putts were made to save par and the hilarious comments reached an all time high

 Ashley Mayo finds the fairway on the 15th.  Ashley always finds the fairway.

Ashley Mayo finds the fairway on the 15th.  Ashley always finds the fairway.

With Friar's Head in the books, it was time to get our jam on and lucky for us, an evening of 80's rock was on the calendar.  REO Speedwagon would open for Def Leppard at Jones Beach, just outside of Manhattan.  "Pour Some Sugar on Me" did not disappoint and Captain Joe and I head banged like it was 1985.

 Jones Beach is a great venue to catch a summer time show.

Jones Beach is a great venue to catch a summer time show.

 One of the better feelings in golf is pulling your ball out of the hole with the flagstick still in.

One of the better feelings in golf is pulling your ball out of the hole with the flagstick still in.

 The proper way to pose on Winged Foot's finishing 18th.  Polo by  State Apparel.

The proper way to pose on Winged Foot's finishing 18th.  Polo by State Apparel.

Clash Scavenger Hunts are high energy, wildly fun events designed for corporate team building.  In this case, the business students at NYU were in for quite a ride.

Dubbed, the "Tech Party King" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Joe Garvey has created a scavenger hunt that will blow your minds.  If you haven't crowd surfed in an elevator, you haven't lived.

 The champs pose with the legendary "Clash Cup"

The champs pose with the legendary "Clash Cup"

Thanks to Ferry Point, Winged Foot, and Friar's Head for hosting us and a bigger thanks to Def Leppard for rocking so hard.  I vow to return and rock again.