Just some thoughts:
This past week saw the playing of the 119th United States Open golf championship being played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.
It was my good fortune to be on the staff of the USGA for nearly twenty-five years. One of my favorite things to do when on staff was to ride with Tom Meeks, the Director of Rules and Competition at the time as he would set up the course.
I would meet Tom of the mornings early. Very early, say before dawn. Often we would ride together from the hotel, get to the golf course while it was still dark. Stop off at the golf superintendent’s headquarters, get a cup of coffee, a cart and then head out. To me a golf course can be it’s prettiest at two times, just before the sun comes up and then near sunset. At dawn the course still belongs to nature. You can hear the birds, see animals scampering about. It is still their domain before 40,000 folks run about.
Tom would be going out to check the course from the previous night and cut the holes for play on that day. Occasionally he would take a putter and putt from various places to see the speed and break in the greens. Yes, even on a few occasions I would put my stoke on display. Bad.
Often he would have finished maybe one or two holes and then dawn would break. If you can imagine a Pebble Beach, Pinehurst or Bethpage what they might look like with the breaking of the sun.
“Dawn can be very beautiful depending on which end of the day you see it from.”
Miss Gertrude Stein
True Miss Stein, but I can attest that at least from an early morning standpoint I saw and experiences some beautiful sites.
June 11, 2019
Posted June 18, 2019