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Some time since I watched golf but am watching a game from Hawaii at the moment. I thought I would Wikipedia golf clubs in that state - flipping heck, for a small state of the US it has 75 clubs! Does one believe Wikipedia? I know some of them are only 9 holes but even so.....
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Birthplace (1860) and original home of The Open Championship. Typical Ayrshire, a riot put an end to that although it's only seperated from the more famous Royal Troon by a small caravan park.
Change must come.
Watched the Open at Troon when Weiskopf got in ahead of Nicklaus to win. I always remember our local club pro. who had got through the qualifiers to play. "You think I'm good, you should play against these fellows".
I learned as a young caddy at Wentworth working weekends to earn a few bob just how different the pros and top amateurs were from the club player. Two occasions: One was when the top amateur player from the Royal Mid Surrey golf club came along with his sponsor to play. Dick the one time caddy master at the club gave me his bag. First hole no trouble, he chose his clubs. 2nd hole (par 3) on the west is around 155 yards, I immediately got out a 7 iron which for good club players (6 iron for some others) was about right, he took it off me and put it back in the nag and pulled out a 9 iron, put it pin high. The second was a while later with Jack Nicklaus, I wasn't caddying but walked alongside Jimmy Dickenson a well known caddy legend at Wentworth, who was Nicklaus's caddy for many years. Coming to the first tee, again on the west, Jack drove it over the valley but left it within 200 yards or so, I thought a 3 or 4 wood out popped a five iron to the middle of the green. As stated, they play a quite different game to us...