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While away recently I missed the news that Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of the R&A, had passed away. Catching up over the weekend I noted several, “Golf to Farewell Dawson” type headlines, which gave pause. Now nobody likes to speak ill of the dead but while Dawson’s family will no doubt grieve, the game of golf will not miss him.
For international visitors, it’s one of the curiosities of golf on the Melbourne Sandbelt. You get to pull trolleys, as they are often known overseas, right across the greens. Foreigners rarely fail to notice or admire the policy, and the very sensible agronomic reasons for the apparent practice. By pulling buggies across greens, rather than around the sides, you minimise damage to edges and spread wear across the green complex. That’s the theory anyway and it always seemed a win-win.
Strangely, on the Sandbelt in recent times the practice has been phased out at certain clubs.