Golf writer & photographer. Author of ‘Hooked’, the most comprehensive guide to Ireland's golf courses, and ‘Driving the Green’. Published by Collins Press. Editor for Destination Golf Ireland, feature writer for Irish Golfer Magazine freelancer for Irish Examiner. Golf is in the blood. http://www.kevinmarkhamphotography.com
Monday, April 28, 2008
Corballis. A links course. A public links course run by Fingal County Council. And boy is it fun! Dangerous too, but you’re unlikely to find a links course anywhere in the world that offers some fine links holes for 20-odd quid.
Nursing a continuing dodgy foot, I walked Corballis (having played St. Margaret’s in the morning), carrying a 7 iron to hit a few bump shots around the green. I was stopped by a very irate Superintendent as I approached the four new holes (4 to 7) as I was ‘playing’ the course when I hadn’t paid a green fee. I explained what I was doing but he wasn’t remotely interested. And then he threw that most wonderful of lines at me. “I’ve been a Superintendent here for 30 years, and I have never…” blah, blah, blah!
Yet up ahead there was a six ball playing, which didn’t seem to bother him, and after he drove off in his van he merrily drove along the third fairway. [Photo of the 2nd]
Now, I know he was only doing his job, but if I wasn’t so polite I’d tell him where to stick his 30 years.
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