|Three Putt Hell at Enniscrone
What do I mean by ‘worst’? I’m talking about bad behaviour, bad language in an inappropriate setting, ignorance of the rules, poor etiquette or pure stupidity. I’m also talking about things that you regretted shortly afterwards, because, despite the cheats and those who understand nothing about etiquette, there are those who play golf honestly and for the love of the game.
Have you remembered any? Embarrassed yet?
I’ll get this conversation started. Here are my top 5 worst moments, from bad to worst.
Not knowing the rules.
My opponent and I had disagreements on the 1st hole (he wanted to penalise me when my ball moved on the green, but before I addressed it) and on the 7th (my ball disappeared in a vast area of GUR and he wasn’t happy when I took a free drop on the line where the ball entered), and by the time we reached 16 there was still plenty of tension.
He was one up when he hit his tee shot deep into the trees. I found the fairway but had to turn away when he started taking practice swings and knocking the branches above his head. I knew leaves were falling off and that he should be penalised but I thought things would get very ugly if I called him on it, and I was confident of winning the hole. So I didn’t say a word (thereby breaking the rules) and he hit a miracle shot to halve the hole. I lost my match and the team lost 5-4.
|The 6th tee at Greystones