When your golf shoes begin to act like skateboards you know your days at your favourite golf course are on the wane.
Except for a few idiots like me who don’t mind a few snowflakes, snow banks or the fact that the ponds on holes number 13 and 16 are frozen –hurrah – and who managed to play on Feb. 1. That’s the day Lynn officially said enough and I was exiled, until March 9!
Most of the ground crew have been let go now. One will be retained to basically do the greens and tees. The fairways will be mowed just a few more times and operations after Oct. 13 will be conducted from nine to five. All golf carts must vacate the curling rink area by Oct. 13.
There are still a few tournaments left; three to be exact.
On Oct. 4 there will be a fundraiser for the Sports Hall of Fame and the Yarmouth Links closing tournament – also a fundraiser for the club – will take place the following day.
The latter will be a four-ball scramble with a neat big prize; a draw will be held and the winner will have himself or herself a free club membership for the 2015 season. It’s $30 per person and it includes green fees and a meal.
There will be a ‘Self Scramble’ on Oct. 18 (bring your own eggs).
And that’s about it.
As far as the season went, it was better than last year. Well, anything would be better than last year.
“Our membership dropped a bit but our green fees are up and none of our tournaments were cancelled as was the case in 2013. Another year like last year and we would have been in serious trouble,” club manager Lynn Doucette said in an interview.
The club ran another successful junior program. This allows anyone from three to 18 who would like to see if they like the game to participate at no cost.
“We try to make the game fun for the youngsters. They tee off 100 yards from the hole and progress from there. A bonus is that their parents can play with their kids after six o’clock for free,” she explained.
The club purchased new equipment, including a bushwacker that chopped up all the weeds and ProV ones, especially in the rough between fairways No. 3 and 4 and the left rough on the approach to the fifth green.
A mower, which takes care of the ‘skirts’ around each green, was also obtained, which makes the approaches to the greens more consistent.
One of the three sand traps on No. 15 was completed and the trap to the left of No. 10 was fixed, once again, and so far seems to work. After 40 mm of rain one evening in September, it didn’t resemble a swimming pool as had been the case with previous attempts to rectify this problem.
SHORT PUTTS: I think Willie Nelson would fit right in with our foursome of LOFT players. At his Pedernales Golf Club in Austin, Texas, one of the rules is that no more than a dozen people are allowed in each foursome. Another rule is that there is no such thing as a lost ball because sooner or later someone is going to find it! Old pal Stevie is always picking up stray tees but even he would have difficulty with this one. Students from Bay College, Michigan, made the world’s largest wooden golf tee way back in 2009. It was over 26.5 feet long, the head measured 35 inches in diameter and the entire thing, made of pine, weighed almost a ton.