Challenges make golf such a great game

The weather is certainly improving and it is about time it did, but it is still very cold.

Girvan members completed the third round of the Harry Steel Eclectic and whilst it appears that Willie McMeikan is in pole position we will have to wait until the match secretary has completed his calculations before deciding on a scratch and handicap winner.

Next week the Girvan members will be playing in the monthly medal.

Over at Turnberry last Saturday the sunny weather drew quite a few competitors out onto the Kintyre course to compete in the medal.

The winning score was by Simon Farrell (17)67 followed by Colin McElwee (12)70, Campbell Devlin (7)71, Gordon Tulloch (16)71 with Scott Brown (+1)72 having the best gross score of the round 71.


Lord Balfour once stated ‘I am quite certain that there has never been a greater addition to the lighter side of civilisation than that supplied by the game of golf’.

‘My car will not run unless the golf clubs are in the boot’. A comment made by a fanatical golfer who will remain nameless as it could apply to a lot of cars.


Any golfer of experience knows exactly when he has hit the ball well. Everything about it is right, you swing back within your limitations, down through the ball keeping your body behind the ball and turning into the shot.

The ball flies effortlessly down the fairway with little effort on your part because you have done everything correctly as you have been shown by the professional.

It is a wonderful feeling. one you wish you could sustain. The trouble is that when you reach the ball you think just a little bit more effort into the shot and I could reach the green. Which is the wrong thought as a good golf shot is done effortlessly and you should maintain the same rhythm as with your drive. Well I have explained my problems so just think about yours in the same way.

Another thought is that when you are young you want to play golf with your friends, the last thing on your mind is playing golf with your dad. But to play golf with your dad is one of the most special things in the world and I wish that I had done it when my father was still alive.

The war separated us for a while and I knew he was a single figure handicapper and that intimidated me a little. But being a dad now myself, and if my sons played golf, I would find that their company on a golf course would make my day. However they have other hobbies so we enjoy our company in many other ways which is a real pleasure. If your father plays golf, no matter how good or bad he is, just spare a little time to go round the golf course with him and make his day.

You will both find it beneficial as it keeps you in touch with one another and remember, no matter how old your offspring become they are always your children and you would do anything for them.

I recently spotted on my computer a description of a wedge that was being advertised as guaranteeing to get you out of a bunker plus able to comfortably help you play those awkward shots from the edge of the green when there is a bunker in front of you and the flag is very near it.

I asked the professionals at Turnberry about it but although they have seen the advert have no way of obtaining one. The make is not mentioned just a code and the price is not insurmountable, but then with a weapon like this I could make a golf course child’s play.

However I have been shown a shot which pops the ball high into the air over a bunker to stop on the green. It has, however a drawback in that if you do not hit it exactly as you should, you will blade the ball and it could finish buried in the face of the bunker or in the rough behind the green. It is these little challenges that make golf such a good game.