Unexpected sunshine a blip in a rain-soaked week

Rain, rain and more rain has been the order of the week, that is except for Thursday when members of the Probus Club managed some 14 holes on the links side of the Girvan golf course in good sunshine which was a little unexpected.

Naturally this means that the parkland side of the course was flooded so the whole course was closed last Sunday thereby postponing the Girvan Golf Club’s February medal yet again.

All those members wishing to compete in this medal are encouraged to keep an eye on the Club notice board to see when and if it will be played. Perhaps all this flooding may have happened before, when you consider that the original name for this area was, and still is known as Watermouth Park. That of course refers to the linkland part of the course near the harbour, whereas the part further north was I believe called Knockavalley Holm.

Now we go to the parkland side of the course, which lies the other side of the clubhouse, where we find the 15th. 16th. 17th. and 18th. holes were I believe known as Laganwhilly Holm, but I have yet to discover what the part covering the 9th to 14th. holes where all the water lies was known as. Perhaps someone who knows can pass that information on to me.


P.G. Wodehouse the famous author who was also a golf fanatic once quoted ‘Golf…is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and plays the ball where and as it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.’

Colin Montgomerie is known to have said ‘For five hundred pounds you would play on a runway’.

There you have it two pearls of wisdom about the game of golf.


An interesting but useless bit of trivia is that Ely Calloway named his drivers ‘Big Bertha’ after the German cannon that fired shells many miles further than the British or American cannons did during the second world war. There you are, but it does not mean that a Calloway ‘Big Bertha’ club can always fire a golf ball further than a Taylor Made, King Cobra or whatever.

Another bit of information to add to your golf knowledge is that the Oxford English dictionary records the word ‘Fore’ as a warning cry to people in front of a golf stroke. Nobody is certain as to how this became a golfing term unless it is an abbreviation of the word ‘Before’.

Well Ayr United were not playing last Saturday as their opponents were on cup duty, and the Girvan Juniors match was called off due to ground conditions.

So I was left to watch Scotland playing rugby and it was not really a good option as the game now appears to be one long ruck with the bigger, more physical players coming out on top. However this coming Saturday we have Ayr playing Rangers at Somerset Park, so there is always a silver lining to every cloud if you can find it.

But back to golf, reading John Huggan’s column about Dottie Pepper, a very successful American lady golfer, who now at the ripe old age of 48 can look back and reflect on her experiences. She was asked if men putted better than women. Definitely she said it is all down to the preparation of the greens for big tournaments. Dottie states that on the men’s tour the greens were perfect as they were always checked out before the pros arrived, but the ladies had to take the greens as they were and some were well below the expected standard. However nowadays the LPGA has hired an agronomist to check out the greens before every tournament. I am surprised at this as I have always found the ladies totally nerveless on greens, expecting to sink every putt.

Mind you the company I keep does not have an agronomist to check the greens out before we play but have usually found most greens at Turnberry and Girvan to be in good shape. However when playing at Girvan the greens tend to differ between the linkland side of the course and the parkland side.

But remember, enjoy your golf but do not leave your putts short, and never blame your opponent for rattling his keys as you attempt to putt.