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rejoicing at Temple Golf Club. We have won the national award given by British
greenkeepers to the best environmentally-managed course.
a world dominated by American golf architecture, often designed by professionals
with only fellow pros in mind, it is important the game doesn't altogether forget
70s and 80s at Temple we were trying to transform the course into something it
was never intended to be. When Willie Park Jnr designed the course 90 years ago
he had in mind a game played both in the air and along the ground. The original
name 'Temple Links' explains all.
the last 10 years the club has been returning the course to its original design.
The two men responsible, Malcolm Peake and Martin Gunn, work in austere fashion
with a minimum of water, fertiliser and pesticides.
encourage natural grasses to the extent they now manage more than 50 acres of
rough grassland. It's a picture.
celebrate 90 years the club published a review from records full of fascinating
history, including the news that in 1913 the committee decided not to insure greens
against attacks by suffragettes.
are poignant memories of Capt Dick Brounger, RN, a former secretary at the club,
who ran it as his own fiefdom, dispensing a unique version of what can only be
described as stylish bollockings.
the suggestion book of 1972 - Question: "Could we not remove the rope surrounding
the eighth tee? I tripped over it for the second time this morning."
from Capt Brounger: "Ropes are placed along the edges of a number of tees to prevent
players taking trolleys on to them. Gaps are left leading on to the tees. If you
fall over a gap there must be only one reason."
lived in a house by the green on the blind 15th. The suggestion book reveals this
gem from 1976 - Question: "Should there be a bell on the 15th fairway?"
Answer: "No. This would
disturb the secretary."
the secretary was doing at home was not a follow-up question any of us dared risk.
One footnote from
the 20s has a resonance today. A former caddie set down his experiences at the
club and wrote: "We could never understand why a certain caddie was always smartly
dressed and had cigarettes . . . he was a man of about 20 years who never worked
but always caddied for a certain lady.
day while looking for birds' nests we came upon them - and they were not playing
was environmentally friendly even then. Some things never change.