View from Mt. Tam

Golf is a mystifying game. Success—whether you define it as breaking 100 or shooting par—can be elusive, “like catching lightning in a bottle,’’ as one Masters winner put it. That’s why there are so many golf schools and why they are so popular. Art Spander reviews the best of them this month in Golf—from the Kingdom to the Classroom. After you’ve perfected your swing, then work on your look. Trends shows you how to arrive for your tee time in style.

Journey travels to Turkey, where writer-photographer Liza Gershman wanders the alleys of Istanbul, cruises the Aegean and goes clubbing along the shores of the Bosporous. In GO, Somer Flaherty does Las Vegas and returns with a guide to what you shouldn’t miss when deciding among its kaleidoscope of hotel and entertainment choices.

In Home, P. J. Bremier visits the rejuvenated but true-to-its-roots Eichler home of Marika Sakellariou, a former choreographer and director for the San Francisco Opera ballet company, and FYI Home Decor highlights a Tiburon kitchen that is high on design. In Real Estate Pulse, Ian Charles reviews the current Marin market.

Also in this issue, Conversation discusses the state of the economy with Russ Colombo, president and CEO of Bank of Marin; FYI Environment profiles John Wick, a Nicasio cattle rancher who is working to end global warming with innovative grazing techniques; FYI People meets Laura Levine, who once needed help finding housing and now helps find it for others; Dialogue meets local rocker Sammy Hagar; and Microclimate finds small-town life still exists in the tourist mecca of Stinson Beach.

As always, our wish is for your good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this extraordinary place!   

Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor