Hal Phillips used to reckon that his barn — from whence he once wrote on sporting, travel and lifestyle subjects (when he wasn’t overseeing his media company, which continues to serve golf, resort and property clients worldwide) — was the most cosmopolitan out-building in the Great State of Maine. Then the barn burned to the ground. He replaced it, then moved 10 miles north. Today he writes from a converted carriage house overlooking the mighty Androscoggin River. In any case, Phillips is the former editor-in-chief of Golf Course News and his freelance work has appeared in GOLF Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Links, Golfweek and dozens of other titles, some of which still exist. As his two children having lit out for the territory, he resides in Auburn, Maine, with his wife, the fair Sharon Vandermay. He can be reached at onintwo@maine.rr.com