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The elusive 10 are amond the 52 private courses. Galyon has yet to play Bethesda, Burning Tree, Century XXI, Chevy Chase, Congressional, Prince Georges, River Band, Washington Golf and Country Club and the north and south Woodmont courses.
He has played all 25 public courses, all 10 semiprivate ones and all 13 military courses and he plays them respectably. His handicap has been as low as 7 and now he's 9 or 10.
Galyon, who lives in Annandale, said, "I didn't start out with any intention of playing every course around here. I just happened to be transferred into the are and, well, one course led to another.
"I'm not too fussy where I play. If somebody takes the trouble to build a course, I'll try it - at least once."
But Galyon is a devotee of links beauty.
When a first-time player at Fort Belvoir remarked how pretty the course was, Galyon immediately asked: "Did you ever see a golf course that wasn't pretty?"
Aside from his golf course addiction, Galyon is a reasonably normal chap and a sterling addition to any foursome. After serving in World War II, he was tapped again for Korea and decided to make the Army his career, most of it in the intelligence branch.
He retired last year as a lieutenant colonel and continues to work as a freelance writer.
Gaylon has pursued his hobby around the world, golfing in the British Isles, Japan, Taiwan, Okinawa, Kenya, Libya, Korea, India, Ethiopia and anywhere a tee was accessbile.
"I think the most enjoyable place to play golf is in the British Isles, where the game is still a form of recreation," he said. "They don't take all day to play 18 holes and the courses are not crowded."
Galyon said playing strange courses hasn't helped his game much.
"The only way I can lower my score is simply to walk off the course after the 16th hole," he said.
Galyon's grand golf tour has made some impressions, "This may not be the golf capital of the world," he said, "but there is good variety in the area - from rinky-dink courses to a championship one like Congressional.
"The thing that pleases me most is the increase in the number of courses. A decade ago there wasn't a public course in Northern Virginia. Now you have several fine places to play - Twin Lakes, the parthree Burke Lake, Algonkian and the new course at Greendale that will be fine in time."
Playing at Twin Lakes the other day, Galyon said, "I haven't been here since this place opened. It sure has changed for the better. I haven't been back to a lot of courses and I guess I would be surprised at how much they're improved."
Although it was only Galyon's third outing this spring, he ripped off a neat 81 that should have been about five strokes better.He carded three birdies and barely missed another.
"I really don't worry about score," he said. "I truly go for the joy of being out on the course and try to have some fun out of the game.
"I don't have a real favorite but if you pinned me down I guess I'd vote for Army-Navy at Fairfax and Evergreen as two of the finest courses in the area that I have played. They're challenging and beautiful. They feel the way golf courses should feel.
"There are a lot of truly fine public courses in the area - Algonkian, Northwest, Reston Squth, Twin Shields and Shannon Green are as good as you'll find anywhere.
"Another thing that has impressed me here is the attitude of the pros and assistant pros. I've met a lot of them and they are exceptional, most accommodating. I guess they're golf nuts, too, and kind to fellow addicts."
It was suggested to Galyon that he ought to go to Israel. He could play every course in the country in one morning.
"We have only one golf course," reported Ido Dissentshik, Washington correspondent for the newspaper Maariv. "It is Caesaria Golf Club, about 35 miles north of Tel Aviv."
Galyon said, "That's the way it was in Eritrea when I was stationed there. The country had one course. It was built on a cow pasture and it sure looked it. My wife had taken some lessons and she had a beautiful swing before we went there. After playing that course a couple of times, she gave up the game."
Gaylon's quest for playing so many courses here has kept him well occupied.
"You know," he said the other day, "I never have even been to the Capitol. I've got to get around to that."