August 9 — With all the hot air emanated over worrying if Tom Brady will receive a contract befitting his stature as one of the best QBs ever to suit up, Boston sports fans were relieved to read that No. 12 hit the links Sunday with New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft.
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The Boston Herald reported that the two teed it up at the hoity-toity Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee on the Cape. Hey — ESPN has its Brett Favre obsession (will he, won’t he, will he again, please just go away), and Boston has its love affair with all things Tom Brady. (Well, maybe not all things; a slew of Pats fans could do with a whole lot less of Mrs. Tom Brady, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, but that’s a whole other discussion.)
What contract dispute? Back from that brief digression, football watchers were pleased to learn that the player, who reportedly plays to an 8-handicap, and his boss are still on friendly enough terms to play a Sunday morning Nassau at the 27-hole track owned by former Reebok International Ltd. honcho Paul Fireman. After all, if the two can knock the little dimpled ball around for 18 holes, then surely they can work out a resolution to a little contract tiff, right?
That’s certainly what ESPN football guru Adam Shefter believes.
“I won’t answer specifically about when it’s going to get done,” Shefter told WEEI sports radio hosts Dale & Holley Friday. “Let’s just say this: It’s going to get done.”
Varied layout. As for Willowbend, members — including Kraft — pony up small fortunes to belong to the private Cape Cod enclave that offers four sets of tee boxes on five different course routings that range from 4,943 yards to 7,211 yards, according to the club’s website. You got your Old Course, Championship Course, and three combos of the club’s Bay, Bog and Bend course routings. Michael Hurzden designed the original 18, while Bruce A. Besse Jr. came up with the newer nine-hole layout.
Dirty laundry. Willowbend has had a tumultuous history that includes Fireman’s revitalizing the course, a lawsuit claiming the owner misled members who paid through the nose to join the exclusive club, as well as precipitous drops in membership dues to attract new members.
The economy continues to batter the golf industry, as private clubs lose members and reconsider their financial structures. Read how the venerable Pleasant Valley Country Club, host to many LPGA and PGA Tour events over the years, is on the market