Look after the course, the golf gods are watching

2008-11-11 00:00

APART from playing the game and carefully observing the rules and etiquette, there are other duties a golfer must carry out each and every time he plays and they should become second nature.

These duties are repairing pitch marks, replacing your divots and raking the bunkers.

Senior golfers would always say to the younger players, the golf gods are watching you, if you don’t rake the bunkers, without a doubt you will soon land in a foot-mark.

If you don’t replace your divots, your ball will settle in one in the rough.

Even in the rough, fix the divot.

Incidentally, some courses these days ask golfers not to replace divots, rather fill them with sand and have a local rule that makes it compulsory to carry a sand bag.

We don’t have too many public golf courses in this country, but those golfers who have played on a public course will probably recall that the course condition was not quite the same as to what they are accustomed to on their home course. The bunkers look as if a herd of cattle has wandered through them.

On the fairways there are often two divots alongside each other (one for the practice swing and one for the actual shot).

The greens are pock-marked with ball pitch marks and the worst thing is sometimes the pin is left lying on the green!

These things happen because casual golfers have no loyalty or allegiance to public golf courses.

So, all of you who happen to be privileged members of golf and country clubs, try to remember your duties, look after your home course and help to keep it in the condition you expect.

Last weekend’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a 4 ball betterball Stableford competition on Saturday. The winning pair on 46 points was C. Hippolite and D. Gregory. In second place on a count-out were Gary McKenzie and John White on 44 points and third were Fatboy Edmondson and Ken Roberts.

Victoria Country Club held an Individual Stableford on Saturday and Ant Irons was in first place with 40 points. Mahmood Cajee was second with 39 points and third was Steve Carstens on 38 points.

From the 19th hole:

A minister was a member of the local golf club and had a spare afternoon so he went to the course hoping to find someone to play with.

As luck would have it, there was a visitor in the pro shop looking for a game, so they were introduced and off they went to the first tee.

The visitor asked, “What’s your handicap?”

The minister replied, “I’m a 12”, the visitor said, “Oh good, so am I. Would you like a little bet on the game?”

The minister was reluctant, but the visitor said the bet is only for a drink so the minister agreed. After the game they went into the clubhouse for refreshment.

The minister didn’t play very well and lost the bet and he asked the visitor, “What drink would you like?”

The visitor said, “I’ll have a bottle of whisky.” The minister just nodded and said “I’d like you to come to my church sometime.” The visitor said, “Thanks for the invitation.”

The minister added, “And bring your mother and father, I’d like to marry them.”

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