Course of dreams
Veteran left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders is stoked about a season with the Rangers. Saunders is, of course, happy that Texas signed him last week after a season with Seattle. But he has another, nonbaseball reason to be excited about coming to Arlington: Our area’s golf courses.
Saunders has a 4 handicap and is likely the best golfer in the Rangers’ clubhouse. He and pitcher Cory Burns, who has an 8 handicap, work out together in the Phoenix area during the off-season.
Saunders is pumped about playing two of our area’s most iconic courses — Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving. Saunders wants to add them to the impressive list of courses he’s played during his near-decade-long career with the Angels, Diamondbacks and Mariners. He also hopes to hit Champions in Houston. “Those are on my list,” he said.
He also has plans to play Augusta next off-season. At the moment, here are his three favorite courses in America:
Word from Wash
“If Prince wants to go play 162 and he’s kicking [butt], he can play 162. But if I decide he needs a break, then I’m going to give him a break. Playing in that heat in Texas, we’ll see. We try to see what we can do to get them fresh going down the stretch. If that means talking him into taking a day and getting [a beating] behind it, I’ll survive, I’ll get up. I’ve been getting up all my life, so if he knocks me [down], I’ll get up. If [all] that means I can get a lot out of him down the stretch giving him two days off in a 162-game schedule.”