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By Nash Black
Stuff and nonsense about golf.
Did you ever notice that it’s easier to get up a 6 a.m. to play golf that at 9 a.m. to mow the lawn? That rake by the sand trap is there for those who feel guilty about sipping out on lawn work. It’s amazing how a golfer who doesn’t help out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks and rake out his sand traps.
Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white, sold by the dozen, and every week you have to buy more.
Golf has a religious aspect. Perfect for a Sunday when the player needs to pray — a lot.
A good partner is one who’s worse than you. My late husband always took me when he needed to improve his game.
To use a cart, drag a dolly or slip the bag of clubs over your shoulder and solider on for the most exercise is a matter of open to discussion. Personally, I’ve tried all three and never lost a pound.
How did we get into this crazy game where you take a stick with a knob and a little white ball and aim to drop the ball in a hole some 200 to 300 yards away all-the-while managing to stay out of trees, out of the rough, out of the sand trap, and out of the water.
Maybe we better blame the Scots or the Chinese. Here’s what the history books have to say.
Whether the early origins of the game were in the east with an early Chinese game of Chuiwan, shown in Ming Dynasty scroll from 1368 or in Scotland when James II banned the game in 1457 with the first written record of the game is a matter of debate.
About fifty years later James IV abolished the ban when he became a golfer himself.
Like chess, golf is an ancient game that evolved over the centuries to every country in the world. Japan is a small island nation, yet the Japanese have found space for 3,169 eighteen hole courses. Its no wonder they moved their manufacturing to the US, which had 16,752 according to 2019 figures.
Allan Shepard became the first American to play golf on the moon when he slipped a club and two balls onto their space craft. He dubbed his first try but shot the second about 200 yards.
The modern game of golf originated in Scotland. St. Andrews is the oldest known eighteen hole course; it was modified from the original twenty -two hole course around 1764. The Guinness Book of World Records list play on Musselburgh Links, East Lothis, Scotland, as early as March 1672. Yonkers, New York was the first home for golf in America – it was set up in an orchard in 1888.
If you are a player you will appreciate my research. If you are a wise one who finds comfort in the shade with a good book you can smile. I’ll end with another golf joke.
Golf pro to student: “When do you address the golf ball?”
Student: “Usually before and after swinging at it.”