Yikes, it’s gorst! This plant that grows here and in Scotland is a thick bush, with barbed thorns that secrete an oil under your skin that burns and itches like fury. Did I mention that it also eats golf balls? Kind of like a Venus flytrap.
Another Bandon nightmare is the sandtraps. Mike is pictured here at Bandon’s newest course, Old MacDonald, where we played a preview round. Yes, that sandtrap is probably 100 feet deep. Most people who hit their ball in it will take a penalty and play another ball. Not Mike! He whacked it out of there with a Herculean effort, both in swing and hiking ability!! And no, he didn’t rake it.