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Comment: This is a quote from #1 NYT Best Seller "Your Best Life Now" by
Joel Osteen. My bet would be that the story is not true. Have you heard
of this one?

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Years ago, a famous golfer was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia to play
in a golf tournament. He accepted the invitation, and the king flew his
private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro. They played golf
for several days, and enjoyed a good time. As the golfer was getting on
the plane to return to the United States, the king stopped him and said,
"I want to give you a gift for coming all this way and making this time so
special. Anything you want. What could I get you?"

Ever the gentleman, the golfer replied, "Oh, please; don't get me
anything. You've been a gracious host. I've had a wonderful time. I couldn't ask for anything more."

The king was adamant. He said, "No, I insist on giving you something so
you will always remember your journey to our country."

When the golfer realized that the king was resolute, he said, "Okay, fine.
I collect golf clubs. Why don't you give me a golf club?"

He boarded the plane, and on his flight back home, he couldn't help
wondering what kind of golf club the king might give him. He imagined that
it might be a solid gold putter with his name engraved on it. Or maybe it
would be a sand wedge studded with diamonds and jewels. After all, this
would be a gift from the oil-rich king of Saudi Arabia.

When the golfer got home, he watched the mail and the delivery services
every day, to see if his golf club had come yet. Finally, several weeks
later, he received a certified letter from the king of Saudi Arabia. The
U.S. professional thought that rather strange. Where's my golf club? he
wondered. He opened the envelope, and to his surprise, inside he
discovered a deed to a five-hundred-acre golf course in America.

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I had never seen this one but it has all the earmarks of a UL no names, dates or otherinformation that could be verified.

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There are also no golf courses in Saudi Arabia, or there were none there when I lived there (that's a lot of theres) I also don't believe that King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, or any of their brothers played golf to begin with.

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quote:
Originally posted by RangerDog:
There are also no golf courses in Saudi Arabia

Now that's just not true! [lol]


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I remember that plot line in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip which ran from 1958 to 1964 except it was one of the detectives that was so rewarded. I have been searching for the episode but so far have been unsuccessful.

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quote:
Originally posted by RangerDog:
There are also no golf courses in Saudi Arabia, or there were none there when I lived there (that's a lot of theres) I also don't believe that King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, or any of their brothers played golf to begin with.

But the OP specifically says
quote:
He opened the envelope, and to his surprise, inside he
discovered a deed to a five-hundred-acre golf course in America.

I would read this as, it took the king a long time to get the gift to the golf pro because he had to find an American golf club to buy.
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Opened in 1994 - Four Seasons Riyadh

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Robigus, responding to RangerDog writes:
quote:
I would read this as, it took the king a long time to get the gift to the golf pro because he had to find an American golf club to buy.
But the story starts off:
quote:
Years ago, a famous golfer was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia to play
in a golf tournament. He accepted the invitation, and the king flew his private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro. They played golf
for several days, and enjoyed a good time.

So the golfer was over in Saudi playing golf.

Gibbie

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quote:
Originally posted by Gibbie:
Robigus, responding to RangerDog writes:
quote:
I would read this as, it took the king a long time to get the gift to the golf pro because he had to find an American golf club to buy.
But the story starts off:
quote:
Years ago, a famous golfer was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia to play
in a golf tournament. He accepted the invitation, and the king flew his private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro. They played golf
for several days, and enjoyed a good time.

So the golfer was over in Saudi playing golf.

Gibbie

Actually, I see nothing that says the private plane flew the pro back to Saudi. It just says it flew him to a tournament, location unspecified.

ETA: Okay, I missed this on the first read.
quote:
The king was adamant. He said, "No, I insist on giving you something so
you will always remember your journey to our country."

So, they did play golf in Saudi. My bad.
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RangerDog
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Good research StanTUM, I left the KSA in 1985. The OP fiction mentions a long time ago, and I know there were no courses there then. Actually, we teamed up with the ARAMCO folks and made a couple of 3 hole courses on our compounds. They looked a lot like Jay Tea's picture! [lol] I have pictures somewhere.

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Jay Tea...you freakin' crack me up, Dude. We need to toss back a few pints sometime. (or some warm Gin [lol] ) And you have a good eye for photography to boot.

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Comment: I heard a rumor that Arnold Palmer was once asked by a Saudi king
to come and play golf with him. Palmer wasn't sure if he should go, but
his friends convinced him. As he was playing the king told him he wanted
to give him a gift for coming to play with him. Palmer declined, but the
king was persistent. Palmer said he could give him a golf club. The king
said he would send it to him. After returning home Palmer got to wondering
what the club would look like. Solid gold? Diamond studded? The package
arrived, but it was not the size of a golf club. Palmer opened it and
found the keys and a deed to a golf club (resort).

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