Friday, February 10, 2012


I am far from an avid golfer. I might get a couple of games a year in, mostly last minute fill-ins for business associates.

It is supposed to be a relaxing experience.

Frankly, the experience can be intimidating to novices like me. The three important principles to remember when playing golf are etched into my mind:  Play the course as you find it;  Play the Ball as it lies, and  if you can't do either, do what's fair."

Etiquette covers both Courtesy and Priority on the Course as well as Care of the Course.

1 Don't move, talk or stand close to a player making a stroke.
2 Don't play until the group in front is out of the way.
3 Always play without delay. Leave the putting green as soon as all players in your group have holed out.
4 Invite faster groups to play through.
5 Replace divots. Smooth footprints in bunkers.
6 Don't step on the line of another player's putt.
7 Don't drop clubs on the putting green.
8 Replace the flagstick carefully.

Care of the course is important, as I learned one day when I was playing out in Holyrood. We were on the Green, my ball was right there on the edge, so I pulled out a wedge. The party thought I was horsing around, but when I set up to swing they panicked. "Peter, are going to rip up the green"

"People get in arguments every day on every golf course in America," Carpenter told the paper. "But 99.9 percent of the time no one takes it this far."

It's still unclear who jammed the iron club into Carpenter's leg during the melee and who threw the first punch.

During the 911 call, the other golfers said that Carpenter's groin was "leaking [blood] like a faucet" and that they had to pinch his femoral artery to stop it from bleeding while paramedics arrived.
"I'll never be able to lift my feet up again......I've run full marathons, and I’ll never be a runner again. I’ve lost the ability to properly use my leg. I’ll have to use a brace on this right leg forever."

Monitoring your emotions is fundamental to enjoying the game and getting the best out of yourself and your playing partners. Hey, we all have off days but WTF?  I guess this way anger is labelled the rotten apple of golf!

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