Actually it wasn't dark or stormy, just a typical New England, end-of-summer day. Low clouds and mild, misty air gave the lush, rolling fairways of TPC Boston a soft, slightly brooding feel on Saturday for the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The course, designed by Arnold Palmer, is set in the Great Woods of Norton, MA, about 45 minutes south of Boston and is one of just a handful of courses in MA with Audubon sanctuary status. It's very pretty, in a natural New England woodland way. I love that. More than anything,
OK, I'm totally not a morning person, so we got there around noon, and soon came upon the fabulous 10 acre practice area where a number of players, including Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia, were working with coaches and caddies. It was quite awesome to watch these superstar golfers at such close range after following them all summer on television. They are amazing and awe inspiring in person.
Thanks to an awesome invite from a gracious friend, we spent the afternoon in a sky box over the 17th green. Due to the holiday weekend, Saturday was round 2, and the great thing about round 2 is that everyone is still in the running. Because, as will inevitably happen in golf, some of the best players didn't make the cut. Retief Goosen, Paul Goydos, Paul Casey are among the guys who won't be playing today. Ian Poulter won't be either, and he looked none too happy (though still pretty fabulous, IMHO) by the time he reached the 17th. He attempted to explain why later in the day. Padraig Harrington my awesome Irish cousin, who also missed the cut, graciously signed my Inesis cap at the end of the day... with a smile. How awesome is that?
So where does the Dark 'n Stormy come in? Well that's what we were drinking ...all throughout the afternoon. It's a magical melange of Gosling's Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. It's warm and refreshing...spicy and soft...all at the same time. It's my new favorite cocktail and it was an awesome addition to a wonderful day at the Deutsche Bank Championship. (or anywhere else for that matter)
Dark 'n Stormy
1.5 oz. Gosling's Black Seal Rum
Top with Barritt's Ginger Beer
Garnish with Lime (optional)
Serve on the rocks.