This might be the best idea you’ll hear all day.
Jeffrey and Kimberly Horton, from Boiling Springs, S.C., decided that they would create a "baby bucket list" before trying to have their first child. Some of the things on their list are what you would expect to find – buying a bigger home, traveling, buying a sports car – but for Jeffrey, a former golfer at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, that included playing as much golf as possible.
The catch? He wanted to do it at some of the best courses possible.
“We just decided we wanted to do some things before we settle down and have a family. So I wanted to get in as much golf as I could,” Horton said. “Once the baby comes, I won’t be playing as much. My best friend who I’ve been playing golf with for four, five year -- he just had a baby and I know how that goes.”
Now roughly two years after the creation of the list, Horton got to cross a major milestone off of it.
Recently, Horton, a 27-year-old financial advisor, got to play at Pebble Beach as part of a surprise anniversary trip given to him by Kimberly that also included stops to Las Vegas and San Francisco.
It only got better for Horton as not only did he get to play what he described as the No. 2 course on his list, Kimberly was along for the round. She’s not a golfer, but is a part-time photographer and captured Jeffrey’s round.
“For her to follow me in the golf cart and take photos of the course, of my swing was awesome,” Horton said.
From a pure course perspective, Horton called Pebble Beach the No. 2 on his list. So which course was better?
“Obviously, Augusta is No. 1 on everybody’s list,” Horton said.
Then again, maybe calling it a list is a bit misleading. Horton said there's no set number of courses he wants to play, but the ones he has played is enough to make most golfers jealous.
Pinehurst No. 2? Check. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island? Check. Bay Hill? Check. TPC Sawgrass? Check. And those are just a few of the names.
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Normally he keeps the scorecard and the golf ball from each round. However, he reached No. 18 at Pebble Beach right as it got dark, and he lost his tee shot. But he was able to take solace knowing that he had plenty of high-quality photos to remember the round.
While the list of courses already played is impressive, there are still a few more that Horton wants to hit. He’s yet to play at Linville Country Club and Sequoyah National, both of which aren’t too far from where he lives.
Even if he doesn’t get to those courses before the couple has their first child, chances are Horton won’t be away from the course for too long. The game spans a few generations in Horton’s family with both his father and grandfather playing.
Plus, the other golfers he plays with have started to get a lot younger.
“All of my buddies who are having kids, once the kid gets past 2, 3, 4 years old, they even come out to the range with us,” Horton said.
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According to Kimberly, the couple has been able to check off most of the items on their bucket list. But based on people’s reactions when he tells them about the list, Horton hopes that other people create their own.
“Most people never even thought of doing that,” Jeffrey said. “They say, ‘Oh man, I wish we would have thought about that. Oh, what a good idea.’
“I think it should catch on. I’m glad we’re doing it.”