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Pursuits Weekly: Confessions of a Lifelong Sports Fan

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CostaTerra in Portugal.

CostaTerra in Portugal.

Source: CostaTerra Ocean and Golf Club

Hey there! Jim Gaddy here. I’m one of the deputy editors here at Pursuits responsible for covering sports, and I have a confession to make: I’ve never played golf. Not a single round. Nary a solitary hole. 

The closest I’ve ever come to even swinging a club is, ironically enough, during a fly-fishing trip on the Smith River in Montana. About halfway down the float is the Heaven on Earth Ranch, where the operators have built a picturesque 9-hole, par-3 course along the bank. Our guides took us up to the highest point—I believe it was the 6th hole—where the tee sits on the precipice of a 100-foot-tall cliff and pointed down to a tiny little yellow flag 145 yards away.