What are Cristie Kerr’s favorite cities?
Well, there are a lot. I mean, I don’t play every tournament every year, but I’ve been to every tournament over the years, if that makes sense. So, Thailand is always amazing. The food. The culture. The people. It’s just a different world when you’re there. You can go and get an hour foot massage for like $4. It’s pretty cool. And the diversity in the food and the people that go there for vacation [make it] a pretty unique place.
There’s also Singapore. I call it the New York City of Asia. It’s almost like a utopian type of society. The service there and everything is perfect. No gum on the streets. I mean, it’s so clean. Everybody is so friendly. And the diversity of the cuisine [is impressive]. It’s really drawn a lot of international chefs from around the world. It is a pretty interesting place to go. Seoul has its own charms in Korea. That is a pretty cool city to go to. I mean, every culture is so different. Japan is different. Kuala Lumpur is where they invented pad Thai. I mean, if you want real pad Thai, you have to go to Kuala Lumpur. And I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the royal family there, and meeting the current reigning queen [Sultanah Haminah Hamidun] there. I lead a pretty cool life.
I’m a Libra, so it’s kind of hard to get a super straight answer out of me. But, I mean, I live in New York City part of the time — in between Florida, New York City and Arizona for different reasons. Do you want variety, people watching, food or art? Anything you want, you go to New York City. Portland, Oregon is a beautiful city to drive around. It has its own unique steakhouses. It has its own unique districts where you can go and walk around and eat. I need to almost be looking at a world map here to remind myself of all the different experiences that we’ve had.
As for Europe, well, we play in The Evian [Championship], which is in France, but it’s right outside of Geneva. It’s a beautiful place to not only visit, but to play golf. I mean, the views are spectacular. The bread and cheese [are also good]. I say every year I’m not going to eat the bread or cheese, and I eat the bread and the cheese. And the wine — you know, the different local wines from France. We’ve been to Italy three or four times in the last four or five years, and I love Italy. Rome may be my most favorite city in the world, with all the sightseeing and the history. Every time we go, we like to take market tours and cooking classes and make unique experiences of our time while we’re there.