|Armed with only four hickory stick clubs and
three old fashioned balls each, we set out to
conquer 9 holes at Oakhurst Links. Note what
is missing – no golf bag, no cart, no gloves, no tees.
|Golf balls in the mid 18th century were called
gutta percha – covered in a latex material, a vast
improvement on “old” balls made of feathers.
By today’s standards, they are dead as a doornail.
|Mike builds a tee out of his supplies: a bucket of
sand, and a bucket of captured rainwater. The sand
used to be kept in a box, hence the name tee box.
|Greenskeeping is done both by push mower and
a small flock of sheep. The “rough” was an
unbelievable tangle of bramble bushes and ragweed
that sent my allergies into orbit.
|The “Stymie Rule” is best explained by the complete
lack of ball marks. If someone’s putt is in your
way, you have to putt around them. My score
was 89… for nine holes.