On the Fairways

Sam Snead, one of the all time golfing greats.
Sam Snead, one of the all time golfing greats.

Well it is April Fool’s Day and no doubt some advantage will be made of it, so check your partners score carefully. Golfers have managed to get out on the course over the past week although the weather has been very unpredictable.

Turnberry Golf Club gents section held a medal last Saturday which was won by Mark McMillan (2)73 followed by Dick Richmond (18)76 and Bill Clare (16)89.

A report on the new appointments at the Turnberry Golf Club annual general meeting will be made next week.

That will also be the time when I will report on the result of the RNLI Stableford held by the Girvan Golf Club gents section.


Sam Snead and Tommy Bolt in discussion back in1981. Sam Snead ‘If I putted like Jack Nicklaus, I’d have won a thousand tournaments’. To which Tommy Bolt replied ‘If Jack had played in as many tournaments as you he would have won two thousand tournaments’. Both these gentlemen were top rated professional golfers as well as being great entertainers on the course, as after all, all professional sport is a form of entertainment.


The weather leaves a lot to be desired and golf for me is certainly dependant on finding a golfing window in it. Some wind I can take, well you have to living in this part of the world, but wind and rain combined is definitely not on.

I watch the work at Trump Turnberry with great interest and notice that the fountain is up and running in front of the clubhouse where depending on the wind it will no doubt cause some spray to those coming in and out . There are mounds of earth everywhere and hopefully in due course all this will become obvious, in the meantime I can only look on with great expectation. Things are happening, and it is nice to see improvements being made for which there seems to be unlimited funds available.

Turnberry and the first eight holes at the Girvan course are termed links as are many other courses, but for some time there has been a difference of opinion in defining a links course. The interpretation which most tend to favour is that of a course hard by the sea with coastal sand dunes on which fine fescue grasses grow. It can sustain very few trees but low lying bushes principally gorse are common.. The ground is usually undulating, the turf firm and fast due to its exceptional drainage, and with bunkers deep enough for the fine sand not to be blown away. That appears to be the accepted definition, but remember most links courses have been around for many years, usually designed to use the natural contours of the land and not subject to unnecessary frills of ponds etc. There will be some blind shots over sand dunes, but fake mounds of earth do not enhance such a course and the original designers of links tended to use what nature provided. These are the courses where golf started with the land in most cases not good enough for farming and with nature providing all the challenges necessary they were ideal on which to play golf. Playing a links course is very different to playing an inland course as you have so much more to take into account with each shot you play. But no matter what course is available to you enjoy it.