There is a long tradition in golf to give holes names, either because of a distinctive feature or to fit in with a narrative for the course. One of the most famous named holes is the 17th at the Old Course in St. Andrews. This is the “Road Hole” with its distinctive pebbly road running adjacent to the green. At Green Woods CC. we have our own road hole, not nearly as famous, the driveway crossing the fairway on #2. Another famous hole is the par 3 eighth at Royal Troon, known as “The Postage Stamp” for its small green. At only 123 yards, this hole has been a real test at The Open because of the diabolical nature of the green. Here’s a fun fact, “The Postage Stamp” green measures 2635 square feet, the ninth green at Green Woods measures by my rough calculations at about 5000 square feet. Think about the upper green on #1 from 123 yards surrounded by pot bunkers in gale force winds. Continue reading
While not all men golf and not all golfers are men, there seems to be a symbiotic relationship between golf and fathers. Golf and Father’s Day go together like peanut butter and jelly. Nothing illustrates this more than the fact that the US Open always concludes on Father’s day. It just seems natural, part of the landscape. As we look forward to this year’s tournament, with the indulgence of my friends at Green Woods CC, my thoughts go backwards, to my roots in Golf. To where my love of the game started, by my Dad.