This story was first published on April 21, 2020.
Ran Morrissett got his first taste of golf as a young boy growing up in Richmond, Va. That’s when he began joining his investment-banker father, Ed, and two younger brothers, Bill and John, for post-dinner games on the James River Course at the Country Club of Virginia. His mother, Betty, often accompanied the group, even though she was not a player. So did their dog, Sandy, who had been rescued from the local pound.
In time, the sport came to permeate Morrissett’s soul. It first started to spread when his mom gave his dad a copy of The World Atlas of Golf. Ran, whose given name is Randolph Edward Morrissett III, couldn’t put the book down. His brothers were just as enthralled and they started sketching golf holes that were featured in the volume as they also created their own.
The game took an even greater hold after Morrissett took a couple of golf trips with his family, first to Pinehurst, N.C., and Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, S.C., in 1981, and then two years later...
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