2013 Scion FR-S: Good Thing I Can't Drive
July 27, 2012
After a 12-year absence, I've decided to take up golf again. I'm not sure why, it just pulled me back in. Yesterday, I snuck out in the middle of the afternoon to go play 18 holes. I figured the FR-S could hold my ridiculously large bag, and it did. But just barely.
I bought a new set of Callaway irons and a 3 wood a few weeks ago. I did not buy a driver because they're evil and should be destroyed. As it turns out, it's a good thing I didn't get one, because it would not have it in the trunk of the Scion.
As it was, I couldn't get the bag in there without folding down the rear seats, angling the bag in, then positioning it behind the rear wheel humps. Sure, I could have just left the bag lying longitudinally in the car, but I knew what I was in for.
You see, I joined up with a former Edmunds editor friend at the Malibu Golf Course. It's a wonderful setting that just happens to be nestled between some epic roads. Knowing that I was going to be pulling some Gs, I made sure everything was snug in their place.
No surprise, I'm a better driver than golfer. I can place a front wheel inches from an apex, but I can't get a golf ball to land anywhere near my intended target. My final score tested my skills in mathematics, but hey, I still had a blast. Added bonus: while playing in Malibu, you can hear various Ducatis, rice rockets and what I assumed was a Boss 302 tearing up the canyons. Also noteworthy was an Acura event that was being held there in the afternoon for Chinese journalists and a Fisker event that was setting up in the evening.
The drive back was also quite fun, and helped me forget the bad shots and frustration. I wonder if I could barter driving lessons for golf lessons.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 3,780 miles