As a hurricane Arthur wasn’t much—a tropical depression—when it hit this area. But when it left many people were indeed depressed.
Peak gusts were clocked at 115 km at the Yarmouth airport and the wind direction and the fact that Yarmouth’s plethora of hardwood trees were in full bloom combined to wreak havoc on most streets, highways and byways of the entire region.
The Yarmouth Links isn’t blessed with an abundance of trees. Its windswept contours support a handful of hardy spruce, a few maples, poplar and apple trees and that’s about it. So when Arthur snuffed the life of 15 trees, it was a lot, strickly speaking. The Pubnico and Clare golf courses saw over 50 trees demolished.
Thanks to the grounds crew and Jim Burbidge with his power saw, the course didn’t stop operating. Wayne and I played the day after the Big Blow and the only fairway which was impacted somewhat by Arthur was No. 6 with heavy limbs and brush on the approaches to the green. They were gone the next day.
The course was in marvellous shape for the Jody Shelley Hospital Foundation fundraiser and the two-day Vic Rodney event.
FATHER’S DAY RESULTS: Twenty-six teams took part in the two-person scramble, although it appears it became a three-person get-together. 1st Division. Low Gross: Ryan Goudey and Jordan Bain. They shot 63. 2nd G. Kyle Boudreau and Jordan Gray. 1st Net. Kevin and Mitch Penney. 2nd Net. Dave Sprague and Blair MacDonald. Mixed: Won by Maggie and Janet d’Entremont and Mia White. Low Net winners were Elaine MacDonald and Paulette LeBlanc.
A couple of aces were recorded at the Links since I last wrote in this space and it’s obvious this year that Hole No. 1 is the venue of choice. Allister Mood aced the hole on June 29, with Jordan Gray and Tom ‘Dick’ Barnett following suite, all on the same hole. Wally Sisco did the honours earlier…Next year will mark the 95th anniversary since they first bounded feathers down the Yarmouth Links fairways in what had been a farm owned by the Caie family. Daughter Clara Caie deeded the property to the club with the stipulation that it wouldn’t be burdened with taxes. She was indeed a remarkable lady and I’ll have more to say about her in the near future.